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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge Review

Ride the range on a 1,250-acre property combining forest and pasture ($45) or gallop along the beach at sunset on horseback ($50). Explore the forest on a nature hike ($35) or go bird-watching ($45) with an excellent guide. Riding tours also include a guide and helmets and kid-size saddles. All tours begin at the pleasant reception center, where you can freshen up in clean, modern restrooms. The full-day, Cowboy for a Day tour ($45) includes roping and riding and herding cattle. For $6 you can explore the 10 km (6 miles) of hiking trails on your own with a trail map that includes a wildlife picture guide. There's also a night tour with a naturalist guide ($35).

Updated: 04-01-2013

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