Horseback riding is a fun way to be outside and enjoy the scenery around you. There are several horse trails around the foothills and mountains of Pacifica. Several private ranches and horse parks allow for the riding of horses in the Pacifica area. In San Mateo County, horse riding is allowed in The Crystal Springs Reservoir. There are two horse-riding trails: The San Andreas Trail and the Sawyer Camp Recreation Trail. Both are wide, flat, paved trails winding around the eastern shore of the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

Shamrock Ranch and Mill Wood Ranch are boarding kennels for horses and have private trails for their tenants. 

A public riding stable will open soon in late 2013 in Park Pacifica.