Niagara Ranch

Explore real world riding at its very best! We've partnered with Reba Farm Inn to offer western style horseback riding at the park. View all programs and register through our online portal, or scroll down to learn about Spring 2019 options.


"7-to-70" - Real Stories in Equine Adventure

Saturday, April 6, 10am to 3pm at Niagara Ranch - $5
The new Niagara Ranch is launching a new season of operations with an inspirational array of activities for all ages. Learn about the Reba Farm family’s unbelievable story in equestrian adventures.  Experience fun, healthy, stimulating, educational, heart  warming, character building adventures. It’s all at your finger tips.  Without a  doubt, the best activity available to you and your loved ones.   Participate in clinics, demonstrations, “equicational” talks, etc. Advance registration is recommended, but admission will be accepted at the gate. Gates open at 9:30am..

Register Online Here

Horseback Wildlife Ride w/ Interpreter

Saturday, April 13, 2:30pm at Niagara Ranch - $50
It’s time to saddle up and experience the sights sounds of the unique wildlife ecosystem surrounding Explore Park. To make sure you don’t miss any of the spectacular sights and sounds along the way, you’ll be riding alongside our staff naturalist. Get exclusive access to fields and trails near the Blue Ridge Parkway, previously closed to the public.  This is a beginner program with no previous experience required, and a great way to get an introduction to the thrill of horseback riding. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. This program will meet at a trail head at 3404 Highland Rd. SW, 24014, just down the street from the new Niagara Ranch.

Register Online Here

Horseback Astronomy Ride w/ Interpreter

Saturday, May 18 or June 22, 7:00pm at Niagara Ranch - $65
The Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks near Explore Park have been recognized as the region’s best places for stargazing! Saddle up and get exclusive access to fields and trails near the parkway, previously closed to the public. To make sure you don’t miss any shooting stars or constellations along the way, you’ll be riding alongside our staff naturalist. This is a beginner program with no previous experience required, and a great way to get an introduction to the thrill of horseback riding. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. This program will meet at a trail head at 3404 Highland Rd. SW, 24014, just down the street from the new Niagara Ranch.

Register Online for May 18 or Register Online for June 22

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A Rung Higher - Steeplechase

Saturday, April 27, 10am to 3pm at Niagara Ranch -  $5
This event will demonstrate why our program is a “rung higher”.  See riding that most have never experienced but can with our system.  It is the cherry on top!  The exhilaration and thrill from feeling the power  of a horse under you is unmatched and the fact that you can control the situation will benefit every part of your life. Come tail gate with us with “runs” at specific times.  Other horse activities including:  demonstrations, clinics, and mounted rides for the kids ($5.00 per person extra). Advance registration is recommended, but admission will be accepted at the gate. Gates open at 9:30am

Register Online Here

Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday, May 11, 3pm at Niagara Ranch - $25/$50
Interactive “who dunit” event.  Fun for all in a beautiful setting, majestic horses, thought provoking camaraderie, prizes and much more.  “Cowboy” style food will enhance the experience.  Western style dress encouraged!  Book early! This program is $50 (including food) with 50% off for ages 12 and under.

Register Online Here

Western Riding Lessons

Choose from several Saturday and Sunday sessions in April, May and June, Four week program -$250
Ready to ride like a cowboy? Learn horsemanship skills that are needed with any discipline of riding. Get a hands-on experience in this new weekly program at Explore Park’s Niagara Ranch.  Simply the most advanced lessons available, whether you’re a beginner or experienced rider. Learn with a proven method that will take you further than you have ever imagined.  Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included. Four week course.

View All Horseback Programs and Register Online

Horseback Obstacle Course

Choose from several Saturday and Sunday workshops in April, May and June - $50
Test your horsemanship with a unique obstacle course challenge at the Niagara Ranch at Explore Park. Use a Reba Farm horse and hone your skills on obstacles that challenge every rider. Learn how to work your horse through the obstacles with expert help when needed. It’s great for anyone who loves horses and riding. All experience levels are welcome. Prizes will be awarded to the top three riders! Advance registration is required. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets, and tack included.                     

View All Horseback Programs and Register Online

Horseback Riding Summer Camps (ages 8-19)

Weekly programs from June to August
You can’t gallop until you learn to trot. Get started on the right hoof with the equine experts at Explore Park’s Niagara Ranch, operated by Reba Farm. Saddle up for a week of adventures on horseback, with no previous experience needed. the mechanics of horsemanship - both physically and behaviorally.  Good for anyone who wants to really work with, ride, and understand horses. Work with different horses and breeds daily while learning life’s lessons from a 1000 pound teammate. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets and tack are included.

Half-day programs focus on grooming, feeding and educational experiences with limited riding for short periods. Full-day participants will experience complete western style horseback riding lessons, featuring multiple riding sessions per day. Please bring a bagged lunch.

View All Horseback Camps and Register Online

Future Plans / Directions

Have questions about future plans for Niagara Ranch? Please email prtonline@roanokecountyva.gov

From the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Explore Park, take Chestnut Ridge Rd. to the service entrance intersection at Rutrough Rd. Turn right and travel 1.2 miles to Highland Rd. Turn right and travel under the parkway bridge, the ranch is visible on the right.

From downtown Roanoke and I-581, take Elm Ave. / Bullitt Ave 0.5 miles to intersection with 9th Street. Turn right and travel 1.1 miles to intersection with Riverland Rd. (SR 116)/ Turn left and travel 0.5 miles through a stoplight continue through a roundabout on the same road (bearing right). After the roundabout take a left onto Rutrough Rd (SR 658) and travel 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Highland Rd. (SR 618) and travel under the parkway bridge, the ranch is visible on the right.

Directions To Niagara

Contact Us

Niagara Ranch is operated by Reba Farm Inn and Saddle Soar Equitainment. 

Phone: (540) 586-1906
Text Message: (540) 583-1906
Email: rebafarminn@rebafarminn.com