A Taste of the American West

By Debby Harris, Guest Blogger

Hello everyone! We are Tom, Debby and Cactus Sam Harris of Harris Stage Lines.  Judging from our name most would think we are a bus company, but no, we are an actual stage line, with an actual stagecoach and a team of horses for hire! 

100_3101 We are not native Paso Roblans, however, we love sharing the history of the region.  We feel it is important to keep the agricultural heritage of Paso Robles alive. For example, we farm with our horses and mules growing grain hay, which is a big part of Paso Robles’ early history.  We also offer visitors the opportunity to visit Harris Stage Lines to experience a variety of activities and educational classes that include learning about and caring for horses.



Harris Stage Lines operates as a working horse ranch that provides horseback riding and stagecoach driving lessons, day and night horse camps, horse training, horsemanship clinics, and driving school for both children and adults. We also offer field trips for students and have worked with schools all over California.

We have horse drawn vehicles for hire, and hold birthday, anniversary, graduation and any type of party you can imagine. If you wish to experience a real western BBQ, stagecoach ride or working horse show, we encourage you to plan an event at Harris Stage Lines.  Our events are perfect for small and large gatherings like tour groups, family reunions and special birthday parties.  And yes, we even host western weddings at Harris Stage Lines.  Everything we do here involves our horses.  We invite you to come check out what we do here, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Listed below are some upcoming activities that we have planned at Harris Stage Lines:

100_2908 August winds up our Summer Horse Day Camps. Our day camp is scheduled for August 16-20 and is open to children ages 7-18.  Kids will learn what it takes to own a horse, ride, drive, trick ride and trick rope.  The camp ends with a choreographed show in which the campers perform the skills they have learned for family and friends.

If you plan to visit Paso Robles, schedule a horseback riding lesson to learn horsemanship skills that you can use in your travels as you venture to other places and plan trail rides.  We have different horses to suit each person’s riding level.

100_3060 Want a unique horse experience?  Take a horse driving lesson to try your hand at driving a single horse buggy up to a team four horses.  You may get hooked and come back to one of our driving schools!

You can also schedule a stagecoach ride to experience what a way station is like as the horses are hitched to the coach and you board for your ride.

 For a real taste of the west, you can visit the ranch to cook your own steak on our western BBQ.  We will provide all the food for a tasty meal, then we’ll take you on a stagecoach ride and end the evening around the campfire telling Wild West stories.

Harris Stage Lines is located on North River Road just four miles north of downtown Paso Robles.  All activities and events at Harris Stage Lines are on a reservation basis.  Please contact us at: info@harrisstagelines.com. For more information and some great photos of the activities, go to www.harrisstagelines.com.

All photos courtesy of Harris Stage Lines