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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TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
I can not say how pleased I am with this ranch. My daught owns/shows Arabians so she was adamant she wanted to ride by the ocean. She was also, however, adamant that the horses must not be over workded AND well cared for menatlly as well as physically. Mendes Ranch filled all of the above and did not disappoint! We messed up and missed the time scheduled for both of us to ride. Terry could not fit 2 people in before we left but she did fit my daughter in. I never thought I would allow my daughter to be in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with out parent supervision, but I allowed her to go under the circumstances. She had an amazing time and full filled a bucklist item. They were wonderful with her! We highly recomend.
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"Mistreated horses"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2019 NEW
When I booked this ride I was really excited. As a long time rider I was looking forward to riding next to the beautiful water. When we arrived we had to stand around a while for them to be ready. They did offer drinks and water. Once they were ready, they separated you into groups based on your experience, advanced, intermediate and beginner. I would have been the only advanced rider so I stayed with my family and did intermediate. I was just looking for a nice scenic trail ride. They assigned horses based on your size and riding experience. However, they gave my son a small horse and he is 6 feet tall while giving bigger horses to smaller riders. I was initially happy with my horse. Once we headed out on the trails, they were very steep and the horses were sliding making it a bit dangerous for the horses. None of them had much energy which I guess is good when beginners are riding. My sons horse would barely go forward. After we made it to the first scenic overlook and had pictures taken, we passed a horse grazing whose hooves were curled up and could barely walk. I immediately asked about this and was told I needed to speak with someone else. As we headed back towards the barn, you were allowed to run your horse up a hill. I opted not to do this but asked if we could trot. Was told yes so I trotted my horse about 10 steps. After that, she was visibly lame. Once back at the barn I told my guide that she was lame and he pointed to her feet and said once her foot was past the shoe she needed her feet done and would be lame. Ok, I know this is not correct but wasn’t going to argue with him. I also asked about the horse with the curled up feet and was told he couldn’t pick them up. Once again, not true. These horses work 6 out of 7 days 2 rides a day. That isn’t much for a young healthy horse. These horses just appeared to be miserable and not cared for. They were in good weight and not skinny but were being pushed by guys wearing spurs. I’m not sure I would promote this treatment of the horses. Non horse people will not know the difference but horse owners will. I left sick for these animals.
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Tampa, Florida
"Scenic Trail Ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2019
We had a great time on our trail ride at Mendes Ranch! The Ranch is beautiful with scenic vistas everywhere you turn. Rocky and his son Trevor, our trail guides, made the ride fun with their authentic Hawaiian cowboy manners. Polite, friendly and funny. And they really care for the horses who were all very well mannered. It was myself, my husband, and my daughters, 19 and 21 years old. We stopped at 2 scenic spots overlooking the coast line where they took our pics using our phones and we had the option for two runs. It was really a great time and we will most definitely be back the next time we come to Maui.
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Melissa H
"Awesome Experience!! Highly Recommend!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2019
I can only say that it was the best experience for a first time riding a horse!! Everyone that we encountered on this excursion were great!! Our guide Trevor was a character!!! The views were amazing!! Would definitely do again!!
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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
"Nice way to start our vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 27, 2019
My husband and I did this our first full day in Maui. Butch and Trevor were so nice and friendly. They guided us thru the terrain and helped us with everything. They let us run our horses twice. They stopped twice and took pictures of everyone using their own cameras. Expect to see peacocks everywhere. We even saw wild cows. I lost $30 on the tour. I hope Trevor or Butch found it because they deserved it.
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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.