Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin: Fiberglass Graveyard Riding Stable

Santas, monsters, and other cast-offs from dead Dells attractions. You saw them from your car, now see them from your horse.

Beaver Springs Riding Stables

Address:
615 Trout Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Directions:
One mile southwest of downtown, at Beaver Springs Riding Stables. Exit I-94 at Hwy 12, take Hwy 12 to Hwy 13, left at the light. Go past Paul Bunyan's, and turn left on Trout Rd (between the Mobil station and Denny's), left side of the road.
Hours:
Summer 9 am - 7 pm, Winter 10 am - 5 pm weather permitting. (Call to verify)
Phone:
608-254-2707
RA Rates:
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Fiberglass Graveyard Riding Stable

Beaver Springs Horseback Riding is just one of many stables in the Dells area, and as a matter of fact may have the cruddiest trails, but for one thing: some clever person collected up ruins of old Dells attractions and planted them in the fields!

They offer several rides on their 70-acre property, and for anyone familiar with horses, you'll know 70 acres is not a lot of room. Thus, the ride winds back and forth, in circles and figure eights, to take up the appropriate amount of time. These circles and figure eights allow for many photo opportunities of the old tourist attractions, including:

  • Ruby Slipper from when the Enchanted Gardens remodeled
  • A giant Santa Claus
  • Godzilla
  • A giant fiberglass puppy
  • A creepy abandoned trailer with a mannequin dressed as a butler in the window
  • The ruins of old Fort Dells

If you want to experience the scenic Dells, take a ride someplace else. But for a totally bizarre ride that accommodates experienced riders in addition to novices, go to Beaver Springs. It's weird! They also have an aquarium, a petting zoo, and a fishing park, but these didn't look very weird, just boring, so I can't vouch for them.

[Ciara Pares, 10/30/2005]

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