03 Mar Discovering Cañada de la Virgen on Horseback
Many years after my first ride in the Cañada de la Virgen with Coyote Canyon, I’ve reconnected with my intense love of horses and horseback riding. There’s really nothing like it. Since my re-introduction to horse adoration, I’ve ridden in Cuba, and many places in Mexico, including Real de Catorce, Angangeo, and of course, San Miguel de Allende.
Cañada de la Virgen remains my favorite – and no one does it like Coyote Canyon Adventures.
Coyote Canyon, in the Cañada de la Virgen area, near the Otomi pyramid & archaeological site is west of San Miguel de Allende. Coyote Canyon Adventure Tours is the only tour company with access to the canyon. The trail passes through 6 cattle ranches west of San Miguel de Allende.
We start on a plateau, looking out over a vast expanse of semi-arid land leading to the canyon. The canyon is home to hawks, eagles, ravens, roadrunners, vultures, owls, cardinals, woodpeckers, egrets and many more birds. Rabbits, jackrabbits, skunks, foxes, squirrels, possums, armadillos, raccoons and coyotes also call the canyon home. Additionally, you can find coral, corn and garter snakes, as well as the diamondback rattlesnake.Clark’s spiny lizards, frogs, toads, tarantulas and scorpions also live in this abundant habitat.
We ride leisurely through the open swaths of terrain, occasionally encountering livestock, as we make our way to the gentle descent.
Down into the canyon, we lean back in our saddles, lessening our weight on the descending horses.
At the bottom of the canyon we cross a stream, and play in the water before moving on.
A break at the bottom of the canyon gives us time to admire the epic landscape, much more verdant around this water source.
Then our horses climb the trails back up. We lean forward to help their ascent.
At the top, the view is spectacular.
A half-day’s ride full of good times and incredible views.
Have you been horseback riding in San Miguel de Allende or while traveling in general? Have thoughts to share or questions to ask? Share in the comments below.