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Maui- Sunset Ride in West Maui

by Melissa Sowers, a Maui resident and equestrian

A beautiful afternoon, horses, and an up and coming sunset on Maui couldn't make for a better end of the day! On Maui's West side, two miles above the town of Napili, Ironwood Ranch is a beautiful trail ride facility located less than 10 minutes from most hotels and condos on the very popular West End of Maui. If you're looking for a trail ride close to your resort, this is the ride to enjoy! 

The horses are beautifully kept and the grounds are clean and manicured. They allow you to walk through the trail horse barn to see all of the trail horses they own, which I thought was really great as a horse lover. I found myself taking many pictures of the horses there too. 

I mounted my horse, a gray mount named Jet Lee. I came to realize all the trail horses here are named after stars. A few on the ride today were Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Sandra Bullock and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Too cute. We rode through beautiful tropical landscapes and organic pineapple groves. Those views were incredible. As we came out of the valley, we saw the West Maui Mountain Range on one side. It was covered by a beautiful rainbow. On the other side-- the coast! It was breath taking. I was loving it! Being a rider myself for many years, I would recommend this hidden gem.

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