Private Upcountry Horseback


Come explore Upcountry Maui's paniolo (cowboy) country!

The perfect opportunity for those looking for an authentic riding experience in the comfort of a private ride. Piiholo Ranch offers it all! Experience is not necessary. Riders start in the Ranch arena to warm up and get to know their horse. Let the experienced and professional wranglers take you on an unforgettable journey through private pasture land in UpCountry Maui.

The ranch is located on the edge of the rainforest 2,000 feet above the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. With plenty of wide open ranges for horseback riding and panoramic views, come participate in the legacy created by seven generations of Maui?s preeminent ranching family. Owned and operated by Peter Baldwin and his family, Piiholo Ranch shares the family?s skill in cattle ranching and caring for the land and Hawaiian history for more than one hundred years.

While enjoying one of our Maui horseback riding adventures you will be part of this working cattle ranch, bearing witness to the many native plants and indigenous Hawaiian trees that line the property, all the while catching sight of colorful, endemic forest birds. You can also observe the majestic state bird, the endangered Hawaiian Nene goose, at the preserve and nursery established on the Ranch.

While there are many activities on Maui, only Maui Horseback Riding at the ranch offers the traditional Hawaiian paniolo cowboy adventure. So, saddle up and get ready for an experience of a lifetime.

Your wrangler will greet you at the Pavilion with coffee and tell you about the horse you will be riding. Your horseback ride begins in the arena so you are comfortable before you head out to the open pastures, forests and breathtaking panoramic views of Maui. You might be lucky and get a surprise visit from the Nene (Hawaiian Goose) or see some of the ranch?s cattle grazing in the pasture.

Two Hour Private Horseback Ride lets you enjoy the pristine ranch with a slightly shorter ride. Included snacks and water. 9:30am, 10am, and 2pm daily. Minimum two riders. +$70 for solo riders.

Three Hour Private Horseback Ride
 with Lunch at the Private Cabins +$120
an exclusive invitation to the secluded private Baldwin Cabins for lunch highlighted with a champagne greeting, our famous turkey club focaccia bread sandwiches, spinach and bacon green salad with a vinaigrette dressing and finished with cookies for dessert.  Drinks include water, green tea and a variety of Hawaiian style sodas. Riders and wranglers all eat together on the cabins 20 foot dining table, set with red and white checkered table cloths, Ranch blue metal plates and silverware. Guests of this 3 Hour Lunch Ride are special and will be swept away by the views and atmosphere of the ranch. 9:30am and 10am only. 
Time 9:30am, 10am, 2pm
At 2pm we offer a 2 hour ride only
Duration 2 hours
Location Makawao

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to Cancel for ANY reason please give us the courtesy of 48 hrs so we have some time to re book your horses. "No-shows" will be charged the full rate or a 15% re-scheduling fee per person.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


Riders must meet height/weight requirements.

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- Sep 2016 -

Stephanie M.

Highlight of our visit to Maui! A great opportunity to see some of the beautiful ranch lands that are in East Maui. The experience of horseback riding could not have been better. Driving into the ranch you can see that it is well cared for by the people who work here. Tara & Kaipo took great care of us by getting us on the right horses for our experience level to touring us around the ranch. Lunch at the cabin was delicious and the views couldn't be better. If you are visiting Maui, don't miss riding at Private Upcountry Horseback!

- Aug 2016 -


Highlight of our daughter's first trip to Maui. My 6 year old daughter's dream has been to ride horses. While its difficult to find a ranch who will allow a 6 year old to ride, Piiholo was very welcoming and friendly from the first contact, even though we weren't in a position to spend on a large group ride. Morgan's patient and personal tutelage made Kaitlyn's experience feel extra special. The steady rain couldn't dampen her spirits and this was certainly her most memorable experience of our Maui vacation. She keeps talking about her next visit to the ranch (and how she'll teach the rest of us to ride). Thank you Morgan and everyone at Piiholo - we'll definitely be back on our next trip!

- Jul 2016 -


Horseback Hawaii! Never road a horse before, but our trainer and ranch hand Morgan put me at ease. Two hours with a great horse named Maui, up and down hills on this beautiful ranch. Well worth it. Got great pictures as well.

- Jul 2016 -

Bruce C

Worth Every Penny! We did the three hour ride with lunch. We were greeted with extreme friendliness and even felt like family. We have ridden horses on vacation about 10 times and were sceptical about paying the extra money for a private guide. It was much more personable and memorable. We have three children and thought these horses were the best trained horses that we have seen. Very clean stables and beautiful land. The lunch is definitely worth the extra money. 'Scuba Sue" was very pleasant to talk with and went the extra mile to make our daughter's birthday memorable. Terry our guide was also very friendly.

- Jul 2016 -


Magical Upcountry Journey. We arrived and were treated to coffee from our friendly guide. The grounds are beautiful and well-maintained. The horses my family rode were very healthy and much loved with gentle temperament. We did not feel rushed and were treated to the beauty that only Private Upcountry Horseback can provide. This is not your average trail ride. We ate lunch at the family's cabins and enjoyed delightful food and conversation with the trail guides. This is an adventure of a lifetime!

- Jun 2016 -


Loved it! Horses were well-mannered and well taken cared of, guides were amazing and made us feel like family, ranch was gorgeous as soon as you pull up and out and about, customer service at its finest! The private cabins and lunch served their is so intimate and the views spectacular. This is my #1 recommendation as a local living on the island to anyone visiting Maui!


Sarah S.

If you want an amazing horseback riding experience, I can not recommend Private Upcountry Horseback enough! Morgan is an amazing guide and ranch hand; she is...


Mike P.

My wife and I had a wonderful time. We took the three hour ride with lunch at the ranch house. Laura was our guide and she was so informative. She...


Olystacy B.

My daughter chose Private Upcountry Horseback for her excursion during our recent vacation to Maui. Unfortunately it rained so hard they had to cancel the outing due to...