Equestrian Trails, Inc.

31st Annual Spring Ride 2017

by Kelli Land, Corral 12

This year’s ETI Spring Ride will be in Bear Valley Springs near Tehachapi June 4-10, 2017. Tehachapi and BVS are an approximately 2-hour drive from the Los Angeles area. ETI’s cook crew will prepare our meals (breakfast, a variety of lunch fixin’s, dinner, and dessert). Our trail boss will lead us on four days of wagon-wheel rides, with a duration of 4-6 hours thru the valley and mountain trails. In camp, our equine pals will have corrals to stay in. Camp sites do not have electricity; however, there are showers and toilets nearby for those not self-contained. Riders will have plenty of time for rest and social time with other riders. Midweek, we have a day of rest when riders can explore the nearby town of Tehachapi, hike, sleep in, head over to the winery for a taste of the local wine, or even a game of golf.


Bear Valley Springs is a private gate-guarded community located in the Tehachapi Mountains in California. With 25,000 acres of land, elevations range from 4,118 feet to 6,934 feet (Bear Mountain). BVS amenities include a country club, golf course, tennis, equestrian center, horse trails, rifle range, swimming, indoor recreation, lakes and wilderness areas.

Originally settled by the Fricket family in 1859, BVS remained an isolated and remote hidden valley. By the early 1900’s the family had expanded their holdings to 25,000 acres. By 1959, the immediate family had passed, the heirs of the ranch eventually sold to a developer, and Bear Valley Springs was born. In the early 1970’s, the first properties were sold. Over 1700 homes have been built, maintaining the rural life that is the charm of this hidden valley.

The Bear Valley Springs Equestrian Center and campground will be our site to camp. The equestrian center boasts 42 acres of equestrian amenities. There are over 50 miles of trails groomed and maintained by BVS resident trail crews. The valley, mountains, and trails provide views of abundant wildlife, Surprise Lake (which is known to appear and disappear on wet vs. dry years), wildflowers, and spectacular views of the valley.

Save the dates! Join ETI’s 31st Annual Spring Ride and enjoy the hidden wonders of Bear Valley Springs. See you there.

Contact Kelli Land at 818-472-2043 (cell) or email: horseqrtrs@yahoo.com.

Download and print your 2016 Spring Ride Pt. Reyes application and waiver forms HERE.