Warner Springs Ranch

Warner Springs Ranch is part Catskills retreat, part California dude ranch. Summer activities include crafts, horseshoes and riding clinics. Three pools offer famed mineral baths and freshwater swimming. The 6,892-yard championship golf course has stunning views &mdash; that's the <a href="http://travel.latimes.com/destinations/san-diego/clm/palomar-mountain">Palomar Observatory</a> you'll see off the 15th tee. Best of all, you can cowboy up, just like the Duke did, on one of the ranch's 75 horses: a selection of Arabians, thoroughbreds and quarter horses that travel the nearby Pacific Crest Trail.<br>
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The <a href="http://www.warnersprings.com/horseback-riding.cfm">equestrian options</a> set this broad-shouldered resort apart from most family vacation spots. Trails pass through creeks, brimming this spring, and across meadows, ridges and hills dotted with oaks, manzanita and sage.<br>
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Children younger than 6 can take free pony rides, and beginners 6 and and older can sign up for clinics and private or group lessons. Kids 6 and up can also go on trail rides.
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( Lisa de Araujo )

Warner Springs Ranch is part Catskills retreat, part California dude ranch. Summer activities include crafts, horseshoes and riding clinics. Three pools offer famed mineral baths and freshwater swimming. The 6,892-yard championship golf course has stunning views — that's the Palomar Observatory you'll see off the 15th tee. Best of all, you can cowboy up, just like the Duke did, on one of the ranch's 75 horses: a selection of Arabians, thoroughbreds and quarter horses that travel the nearby Pacific Crest Trail.

The equestrian options set this broad-shouldered resort apart from most family vacation spots. Trails pass through creeks, brimming this spring, and across meadows, ridges and hills dotted with oaks, manzanita and sage.

Children younger than 6 can take free pony rides, and beginners 6 and and older can sign up for clinics and private or group lessons. Kids 6 and up can also go on trail rides.

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