If your vacation has become a whirlwind of activities, shopping, and driving from one spot to another, it’s time to put the gear in park. Of course you want to make the most of every minute to discover the Garden Isle, but slow down. Here’s a tip: Kaua‘i is the slowest-paced of all the Hawaiian Islands, making it the perfect environment in which to relax. Take it easy. Breathe.

If you need help to get into your zen, let the expert handlers and horses of Silver Falls Ranch guide you there.

With a variety of trails situated within 300 acres of pristine Hawaiian wilderness, Silver Falls Ranch offers horseback riding experiences to suit every skill level from zero to expert. Three different outings take you through an 80-acre botanical garden home to calming streams, native plants including exotic orchids, wildlife, as well as offers breathtaking views of the northern Makaleha mountain range. In Hawaiian, makaleha translates to “eyes looking about in wonder or admiration,” which is something you’ll be doing throughout your horseback ride.

Silver Falls Ranch offers three guided tours offered daily:

Tropical Trail Adventure – Explore Kauai’s interior on this three-hour ride, taking hidden trails leading to an ancient volcanic caldera to the base of Mount Namahana. See exotic natural growth, indigenous ferns and wild orchids along the way and stop for a lovely picnic and swim at Silver Falls. Rides daily.

Silver Falls Ride – Relish a leisurely horseback ride through a tropical botanical reserve with magnificent views of the 2,800-foot Makaleha mountain range. Your destination is lovely Silver Falls where you’ll enjoy snacks and refreshments before cooling off in the natural pool. Rides daily.

Hawaiian Discover Ride – Riders of all ability levels are welcome to take the trail less traveled into the remote interior of Kalihiwai and Kamo‘okoa Ridge. Along the way, you’ll ride through a lush valley along the winding streams surrounded by tropicals and, at the end, close up views of Mount Namahana are guaranteed to amaze. Rides daily.

Rides for groups and gatherings, as well as private outings are available. A horseback ride is perfect for family or class reunions, anniversaries, weddings, corporate events and more. Events are easily customizable.

If you’re looking for a more private experience, your wish can be accommodated as well. You pick the pace, leisurely or brisk, based on your riding ability. Expert guides can also provide more one-on-one instruction for those who need a little more attention. As they say, it’s your day—they’re just along for the ride!

All rides begin with an orientation and safety briefing, and rides go at a comfortable walking pace.

Happy horses make for a great riding experience, and at Silver Falls Ranch, every horse is happy! The horses who get to call this place home are loved and well cared for, and the experts here are great at pairing up riders to their mounts so you’ll enjoy the best possible ride on the Garden Island.

Sixteen-year-old Ikaika is a sweet Belgian/Quarter Horse cross. Popoki, a 14-year-old American Paint Horse, is a favorite with children because of her gentle demeanor. Akua, meaning “god” in Hawaiian, is a capable, handsome steed with “dinner-plate”-sized hooves; his description shows just how much this Spotted Draft is loved by all. Modella hails from Modella, Australia, and is an Australian Thoroughbred, who was a professional polo athlete. Check out the website for a preview of these trail experts and others, who are more than the typical workhorse!

So, really, there’s no reason you’ll need a vacation after your vacation when you explore the Garden Isle at just the right pace.

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