Mendes Ranch Trail Rides in Maui, HI

3530 Kahekili HwyWailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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An exciting and scenic experience for guests of many ages to enjoy together, Mendes Ranch and Trail Rides offers two scenic horseback rides through the Mendes Ranch Corral, down the edge of the valley and near the ocean shore. Guests can choose between the morning and afternoon rides, both lasting about an hour and a half. Both options offer the option of having photos taken at the coastline.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Wailuku, Maui Travel Experts
  • Ride duration: approx. 1.5 hours.
  • Check-ins at 8:45 am and 12:15 pm dependent upon trail ride reservation.
  • A tasty BBQ lunch is available for an additional fee.
  • Guests must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes in order to participate.
  • All riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


from Mendes Ranch and Trail Rides - Maui
Let Mendes Ranch Take you on a journey through the green pastures of Kahakuloa down to the North Shore coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the spectacular views of central Maui and Mount Haleakala's summit and come meet our "local" ranch hands.

The 1-1/2 hour trail ride starts at the corral and takes you down the slope of Eki Crater as you head towards the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. There will be an opportunity for you to trot and canter your horse if you want to. On the Ocean Front Trail Ride, you may encounter longhorn cattle, sheep, goats, peacocks, pheasants, and turkeys among other animals. At the coastline, you will be given the opportunity for your guides to take photos of you with the majestic seascape in the background.

We are open daily with check-ins at 8:45 am and 12:15 pm.

Note: Long pants, close toe shoes and sunscreen recommended.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Sherry H.
Claremont , CA
2 Reviews
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"Best thing we did in Maui!"
October 2017
Riding a horse along the ocean was always on my bucket list. I am glad I chose the Mandes Ranch. The employees at the ranch were very friendly and helpful. The views that we saw on our ride were the best that we saw on our trip.
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Tip: Make sure you let them know if you're a beginner or immediate writer. They will make sure To pair you up with the right horse!

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Naomi G
Vancouver, Canada
"Happy riders. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2020
We had a great time on a morning ride. Although relative beginners, having only done a couple of trail rides, we were well taken care of and were given horses with a little personality, but we still felt confident. Our nine year old had a great time, even being able to run his horse a little. The scenery was beautiful, it took away any apprehensiveness I might have had as it was so lovely. Our guide Trevor was authentic, and our horses looked well cared for and happy. Even though I didn’t think horseback riding was for me, I’d do this ride again next time we come.
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Glenn S
Boulder, Colorado
"Beautiful place for a trail ride!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2020
Mendes ranch is situated in one of the most beautiful places, with views of the coastline of Maui. The wranglers were real cowboys and you have an option of the horses running for two short stretches of the ride (only if you want to). If you're into horseback riding, this is a great place to do it!
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New Hartford, Connecticut
"A fantastic horse back ride through some beautiful scenery."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019
One of the best experiences we had. Small group, great guides and beautiful scenery. AND we got too gallop. Stopped for photo shoots. I highly recommend this ranch for riding.
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Houlton, Maine
"Authentic experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2019
My husband and I booked the morning session- some reviews gripe about the time it takes to saddle up. I have no issue with this as they select what horse is appropriate for each rider. If you are a person who wants a squeaky clean experience and no surprises - this may not be for you. Remember- these are animals and this is a true ranch. You will get sweaty, and your shoes may get dirty. I am very nervous around horses but the guides assured me I would be fine. Once on the trail the horses essentially knew the drill. The rub came when a downpour came, making the trails very slick for the horses. This is what I mean by surprises. My horse did go down to it knees while trying to get up the hill on slippery clay. The horse didn’t fall on me and I’ve lived to tell about it. We really enjoyed the gorgeous views and the ride. The horses were tame enough that two young girls with their family were able to ride and also made it out of the rainstorm without issue. I recommend this adventure for anyone looking for a relaxed morning.
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sara o
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 05, 2019
Absolutely stellar activity! One of the few activities on Maui that is clearly run by professionals! I had never been on a horse before- and felt totally safe, prepared, and enjoyed every minute of it. The guide, Butch, led us through the trail and was perfect at matching our abilities to our horses. The horses are so well trained and docile. Apparently, this is the only tour on Maui that lets you run the horses, it was so fun and not once was I nervous due to the guides explicit instructions and watchful eye. He took so many photos of us on our own phones. Do yourself a favor and visit this establishment. I’ve lived here 15 years and this is, by far, one of the most amazing things I’ve done on the island.
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Mendes Ranch and Trail Rides - Maui is located at 3530 Kahekili HwyWailuku, Maui, HI 96793
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mendes Ranch and Trail Rides - Maui

How long is the horseback trail ride?
It is about 1 ½ hours of riding time. Plan on being at the ranch a total of 2 ½ hours.

How early should we check-in?
You should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your departure time. The morning rides start at 9:00 am and the afternoon rides are at 12:30 pm.

Is the BBQ Lunch included with the trail ride?
No, this is an additional cost that is optional for $30 + tax. The lunch starts at 11:30 am.

What should I wear?
We suggest wearing closed toed shoes and long pants. Bring sunscreen and a camera. At the coastline, our trail guides will take photos of you with the majestic seascape in the background.

What are the weight or age requirements?
The minimum age is 7 years old and maximum weight per rider is 250lbs. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Where are you located?
We are located in Wailuku, which is on the north side of Maui close to mile marker #7. From Lahaina, we are about a 45-minute drive.