McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Special Features

Riding Your Horse

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Scenic trails await you; bring your own horse


A challenging and fun trail system has made McKinney Roughs Nature Park popular among horseback riders. No horses are provided, so bring your own.

Features
Several of the trails provide scenic overlooks across box canyons, criss-cross pine groves and grasslands, and meander along the Colorado River. Two equestrain trailheads provide access to the McKinney Roughs Nature Park trail system.

The Highway 71 Trailhead is located on the westbound side of State Highway 71 just 1/4 mile east of the McKinney Roughs entrance.  The trailhead allows immediate access to the east side of the park.

The Pope Bend Trailhead provides immediate access to the west side of the park.  From the McKinney Roughs main entrance, travel one-mile west on State Highway 71 to Pope Bend Road. The trailhead is located 1.5-miles down Pope Bend Road on the right side.

Both trailhead gates are opened at sunrise and closed at sunset everyday if weather conditions permit. See the trail guide in upper right corner of this webpage for more information.

Riding tips
Equestrians must stay on the trails designated for that use. Some trails are for hikers only. Where the trail is narrow, riders should travel single-file. All trails are designed to be used at a slow, reasonable pace.

Trail etiquette
Riders and hikers must share many of the trails. While hikers should always yield to horses, it is important that riders communicate when it is safe for a hiker to pass. Allow hikers to pass horses on the left.

Prohibitions
To provide the safest outdoor experience for all, follow these rules:

  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No bicycles.
  • No ground fires.
  • No smoking.


Fees: $12 per horse and rider.

To check if equestrian trails are open, call the 24-hour trail information hotline at (512) 578-7427 or 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 7427.

​Download Trail Guide

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