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Get ready to saddle up for the authentic ranch experience of a lifetime. Arizona offers you the unique opportunity to experience the west as the settlers did or as the modern ranchers do now. Witness the breathtaking landscapes and natural rock formations that have made Arizona a premier vacation destination for over a century. Each resort on the list provides you with a one-of-a-kind experience by showcasing different aspects of ranch life. Whether you're on horseback or on a hike with a rancher you’ll be feeling like a ranch hand in no time. Camp out under the stars in front of a roaring fire or relax in your luxury cabin in front of the stone fireplace, there is something for every aspiring rancher. Learn how the west was settled, maintained and built to flourish with a trip to the ranches of Arizona's majestic wilderness.
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Rancho De Los Caballeros

Wickenburg, Arizona

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If someone was to offer you the chance to live as a cowboy for a day, how could you say no? Who hasn’t wanted to swing onto a dusty horse, adjust their 10-gallon hat, and lasso a couple of runaway steers? While... read more

If someone was to offer you the chance to live as a cowboy for a day, how could you say no? Who hasn’t wanted to swing onto a dusty horse, adjust their 10-gallon hat, and lasso a couple of runaway steers? While there’s no guarantee that Rancho de los Caballeros can help you accomplish all of that specifically, they nonetheless can provide you with a definitively cowpoke weekend.

At Rancho de los Caballeros, you and your family will feel like you've stepped back into a picturesque 1850's cowboy town. And there's so much to do! Of course there’s horseback riding, and with 20,000 acres of scenic Sonoran desert to explore, it’s rather unlikely that you’ll end up riding the same path twice. Hay rides, ATV and jeep tours, and even hot air balloon rides await those that want to experience the beautiful surroundings in every way they can. For relaxation, hit up the spa, pool, or do some bird-watching! An all-inclusive stay at Rancho de los Caballeros only is limited by your imagination.

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1551 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Population

As of 2013, 6,604.

Total area

Wickenburg is 11.5 mi².

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Elkhorn Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

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Among the Baboquivari Mountains you’ll find Elkhorn Ranch perched within Sabino Canyon. At an altitude of 3,700 feet you have a stunning perspective high above the open lands of the Sonoran Desert.Don’t let... read more

Among the Baboquivari Mountains you’ll find Elkhorn Ranch perched within Sabino Canyon. At an altitude of 3,700 feet you have a stunning perspective high above the open lands of the Sonoran Desert.

Don’t let majesty of the surrounding wilderness distract you too long from the friendly confines of Elkhorn Ranch. Since 1945 the Miller family has been providing a quiet, relaxing and entertaining vacation dude ranch experience. This is evident in the get-away-from-it-all style of their guest accommodations. The rooms are designed to have you feeling right at home with fireplaces, comfortable beds, private bathrooms and electric heat. While they leave out television, phones and internet to eliminate the hustle of everyday life. With your focus off of technology you can enjoy all the entertaining and educational activities the ranch and area. Every authentic dude ranch experience has to include horseback riding. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or it's your first time, Elkhorn Ranch is the perfect place for you. All horseback riding trips are guided and showcase the majestic beauty of the natural surrounding. On site at the ranch they have activities for all ages. You can go for a swim in the 50 foot heated pool, play tennis on their full court or try your hand at shuffleboard, ping pong and horseshoes. All the fun will most certainly work up your appetite. Three times a day home cooked meals are available at the Long House. All the meals are nutritionally balanced and the menu usually has something for everyone. No matter if you're traveling with friends, family or work group the Elkhorn Ranch is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature.

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Elkhorn Ranch 27000 W. Elkhorn Ranch Road Tucson, AZ 85736

Highlights

Elkhorn Ranch is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of their land and all the surrounding wilderness. They help the Conservation Service monitor the variety and density of local vegetation to promote biodiversity. In addition they make use of wind and solar power in various places on the ranch.

Related Onsite Offerings

Elkhorn Ranch offers a series of fun and educational workshops. From drawing to music there is a range of activities to learn about. Contact the friendly staff for dates and rates.

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Circle Z Ranch

Patagonia, Arizona

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Circle Z Ranch is the oldest continuously running dude ranch in Arizona. With humble beginnings as a sheep herding operation in the 1880’s it has grown into a top dude ranch experience.As you approach the resort... read more

Circle Z Ranch is the oldest continuously running dude ranch in Arizona. With humble beginnings as a sheep herding operation in the 1880’s it has grown into a top dude ranch experience.

As you approach the resort the landscape will have you believing you’ve been transported to the old west. Being tucked away between the Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains give you unforgettable views of the untouched wilderness. When you arrive at the lodge the classic southwestern architecture and decor will have you in dude ranch frame of mind. Stone fireplaces, adobe construction and fine woodwork set an authentic tone for your getaway. You can choose between individual rooms or one of their seven historic style adobe guest cottages. All rooms include A/C, heat and porch/patio access. Cottages include the extra perks of refrigerators, irons and hair dryers. Ready for some fun? Circle Z Ranch has a comprehensive list of fun activities for all ages. Kids are taught by experienced ranch hands how to ride and play games with horses. They can then play games on the lush lawns, swim in the pool or spend time in the game room. Adults will enjoy nature classes, stargazing, bird watching, nature hiking, basketball tennis, horseback excursions, photography and golf. With something for everyone Circle Z Ranch is an ultimate dude ranch vacation!

Address

Circle Z Ranch P.O. Box 194 Patagonia, AZ 85624

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No matter your skill on horseback the Circle Z Ranch has a riding program for you. They have seven highly trained wranglers how will show you the ins and outs of riding. They have over 100 horses to choose from. Horseback is the perfect way to experience the unique local landscape.

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The food provided will satisfy any appetite worked up while enjoying the abundant activates. They serve three meals a day that are made with locally sourced ingredients. Make sure not to miss dinner where the chefs showcase their finely tuned culinary talents.

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White Stallion Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

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For over 50 years the True family has opened its White Stallion Ranch to visitors. They pride themselves on giving you an authentic ranch experience while you stay in their luxury level accommodations.Join the... read more

For over 50 years the True family has opened its White Stallion Ranch to visitors. They pride themselves on giving you an authentic ranch experience while you stay in their luxury level accommodations.

Join the multitude of people who have visited this award winning ranch and see why it is one of the premier dude ranch destinations in America. Surrounded by hills, mountains, rock formations and deserts vegetation the ranch is a great place to reconnect with nature. Hollywood productions regularly use this ranch to film because of the stunning landscape. They feature 41 guest rooms that will have you feeling right at home. All the rooms are spacious and have private bathrooms. As you go up in size and quality rooms include private patios, whirlpool tubs, pull-out sofas and living areas to relax and reflect on your dude ranch excursion. When it comes to activities the ranch will not disappoint with their state-of-the-art facilities and numerous things to do. Their horse riding program is great for riders of all skill levels. Once your skills are sharpened then you can take part in mountain rides, slow rides, fast rides, day trips and specialty rides. Back on the ranch you’ll find a fully outfitted game room, gift shop loaded with apparel and travel items, fitness center, heated pool and hot tub to rest your tired muscles and even a petting zoo. Don't forget to check out the rodeo which has been a staple at the ranch for 50 years. With so many activities for everyone, White Stallion Ranch will deliver on your dream dude ranch experience.

Address

White Stallion Ranch 9251 W. Twin Peaks Rd. Tucson, Arizona 85743

Fun facts

White Stallion Ranch began as a cattle ranch way back in the early 1900's.

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Traveling with the family? During certain times of the year the ranch offer its Cactus Kids Club. The entire family will enjoy riding, hiking, various entertainment and meals. Check with the ranch for rates and specific times.

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Steeped in a rich and unique history Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch is the ideal ranch vacation destination. The classic Arizona style inn is located on 34 acres of breathtaking southwestern land.Surrounded by... read more

Steeped in a rich and unique history Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch is the ideal ranch vacation destination. The classic Arizona style inn is located on 34 acres of breathtaking southwestern land.

Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch is a secluded gem that embodies luxury accommodations and the traditions that help establish the Southwestern United States. Established as a desert retreat in 1929 for the daughters of affluent families it has evolved into a high end ranch destination for everyone. The accommodations feature 30 private guest rooms that are loaded with all the comforts of home. Each room has free internet access, telephone, flat screen TV, refrigerator and a selection of bath amenities. From single rooms up to suites visitors will find extra amenities as they upgrade rooms such as fireplaces, private patios, king sized beds and more space to enjoy. On site at the ranch there are activities and programs for everyone. The spa has a comprehensive list of treatments like massages, wraps, skin treatments and scrubs. What would a trip to a ranch be without horseback riding? Year round they offer various trips that showcase different aspects of the stunning wilderness. There is a 24 hour fitness room with modern equipment, towels and water. Also there is a outdoor pool and Jacuzzi where visitors can relax and soak in the beautiful vistas. Last but not least there is a botanical garden that is loaded with local vegetation and is the perfect place for a low key stroll. Regardless of the time of year, Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch showcases the best of Arizona ranch life!

Address

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road Tucson, Arizona, 85718

Fun facts

The Tuscon area only averages about a foot of rain each year.

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Looking for a picture perfect place for your wedding? Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch is the place. You and your guests will never forget a beautiful and serene ranch wedding. Contact their customer service now to being to plan your dream wedding.

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Tucked away on the gorgeous banks of the Salt River, Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort provide you with some of the most scenic vistas in the Southwest.Under the shadow of the stunning Bulldog Cliffs this is the perfect... read more

Tucked away on the gorgeous banks of the Salt River, Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort provide you with some of the most scenic vistas in the Southwest.

Under the shadow of the stunning Bulldog Cliffs this is the perfect place to experience all the exciting adventures at the Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort. The ranch is an oasis that stands in lush contrast to the surrounding deserts outside of the Tonto National Forest. Lodges at the ranch are designed to help you escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They have no clocks, radios, TV or telephones in any of the 20 guest cabins. Although you can find all of the aforementioned items in the main lodge. Each cabin is decorated in the spirit of classic southwestern ranches as well as having private bathrooms, comfy beds, A/C and heat. No matter your age or reason for visiting there is an adventure for you. Try the horseback riding program, they have horses and courses for all levels of riders. Hit the river in a kayak or on a tube for a unique perspective of the surrounding wilderness. If you're looking for more low key fun go for swim in the on site pool or enjoy a game of shuffleboard, volleyball, badminton, ping-pong and much more. Saguaro is not only a great place for a couples or family getaway but its scenic location for your wedding or next conference. Let their experienced and friendly customer service help you plan your next unforgettable group event.

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Saguaro Lake Ranch 13020 Bush Hwy. Mesa, AZ 85215

Related activities

Saguaro Lake is only five minutes from the friendly confines of the ranch. You'll find dining, tours, and boat rentals all available at various places around the lake.

Fun facts

Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch originated in 1927 as a camp for workers who were building the Stewart Mountain Dam.

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Canyon Ranch in Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

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Different than the other picks on our list, Canyon Ranch in Tucson is one of the foremost health and wellness focused resorts in the United States.Since the late 70’s Canyon Ranch in Tucson has been the benchmark... read more

Different than the other picks on our list, Canyon Ranch in Tucson is one of the foremost health and wellness focused resorts in the United States.

Since the late 70’s Canyon Ranch in Tucson has been the benchmark in providing luxury relaxing and rejuvenating experiences. Nestled on 150 acres of dazzling desert landscapes, the surroundings inspire an overall feeling of calm and tranquility. That same feeling is spread to all the guest rooms for the deluxe rooms all the way up to the freestanding 2,700 square foot Casa Grande. Each of the rooms is designed to be more comfortable than home and feature amenities like extra soft feather beds, pillows from the extensive pillow menu, high end linen, robes, entertainment system and much more. When you decide to leave the ultra comfy surrounding of your room is time to improve your health and wellness. Start by setting up a meeting with one of their exercise physiologists and figure out what exercises and technique work best for you. They have facilities for swimming, yoga, squash, racquetball, tennis, wallyball, personal training studio and a strength and conditioning rooms. In addition to all the physical things you can do to improve your well being try taking a class or two. They teach proper nutrition, weight loss, medical education, cooking and creative arts. While not being your typical ranch, they offer you the one of a kind opportunity to optimize your physical and mental states. Customer service is priority number one and they will help you plan a helpful and transformative getaway.

Address

Canyon Ranch in Tucson 8600 East Rockcliff Road Tucson, AZ 85750

Related activities

Canyon Ranch in Tucson has many different packages and deals that cater to specific reason for visiting. Contact the staff to find out which apply to your next visit.

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Attention all golfers! There is a 3,400 square foot Golf Performance Center where PGA professionals are ready to help bring your game to the next level. Great for beginners and seasoned player alike, they use advance technology and facilities to analyze and improve your game.

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Sunglow Guest Ranch

Pearce, Arizona

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Sunglow Guest Ranch is a secluded and serene location where high end resort meets the traditional guest ranch experience. This combination gives you an exclusive place for your ultimate ranch adventure.Perched on... read more

Sunglow Guest Ranch is a secluded and serene location where high end resort meets the traditional guest ranch experience. This combination gives you an exclusive place for your ultimate ranch adventure.

Perched on 475 acres of Arizona wilderness, the ranch offers you postcard esque surrounding as you relax and enjoy your vacation. They offer one and two room options for their casitas. The decor is classic southwestern helping to complete your immersion into Arizona ranch life. The rooms are fully furnished and feature comfortable furniture, large bed and stunning vistas from each window. If you're looking for a horseback ride Sunglow Guest Ranch is a premium location. The ranch borders the sprawling 200,000 plus acres of the Coronado National Forest and its miles of beautiful trails. Another popular activity is birding. Grab your binoculars because there are over 500 species of birds that call the area home. Hiking and biking are great ways to experience the brilliant landscape. There are trails and roads that snake through the neighboring park and if you're feeling extra adventurous go off road for a mountain biking excursion. On site a the ranch has its own set of fun things to enjoy. Relax in the 45 foot solar heated pool or unwind the the hydro-spa. Hit the fitness center and get your workout in before or after your fun filled day. When it's meal time stop in the Sunglow Cafe. They use the freshest ingredients possible to present you with three delicious meals a day. With so much to offer one trip to Sunglow Guest Ranch will not be enough. Contact their excellent customer service to begin your new annual vacation tradition!

Address

Sunglow Guest Ranch 14066 South Sunglow Road, Pearce, Arizona 85625

Fun facts

The resort is located in the Chiricahua Mountains which are also known as the Sky Islands. At an elevation of over 5,000 feet this is one of the best places in the United States for astronomy,

Related Onsite Offerings

Sunglow Guest Ranch offers guests educational and informational workshops. Experienced professionals will show you the ins and outs of photography and/or yoga. Contact the ranch for rates and availability.

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Tanque Verde Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

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Tanque Verde embodies the perfect fusion between luxury accommodations and classic old world ranching.Located on 60,000 acres of Arizona's stunning desert landscape, Tanque Verde Ranch is a one-of-a-kind dude ranch.... read more

Tanque Verde embodies the perfect fusion between luxury accommodations and classic old world ranching.

Located on 60,000 acres of Arizona's stunning desert landscape, Tanque Verde Ranch is a one-of-a-kind dude ranch. The ranch has won multiple awards from Travel Channel, Conde Nast, Arizona Republic and Tucson Lifestyle for being a top dude ranch and family destination. Steeped in a rich history the ranch has existed since 1868. Since then the ranch has changed hands multiple times before reaching its final genesis of being a premier getaway destination. Accommodations at the resort are designed to give visitors unique vistas while relaxing in luxury. The design of the ranch embraces classic Santa Fe architecture and adobe construction. Would be ranchers can choose to stay in Casitas, Salas and Haciendas. Each is fully furnished and features fireplace, patio to enjoy the stunning landscapes, internet and small refrigerator. Regardless of age or reason of visit Tanque Verde Ranch has activities that fit all visitors. Families will enjoy volleyball, tennis, pickleball, biking, kids club, swimming, fishing and much more. Those who are looking for more of an authentic ranch experience can learn horsemanship in detailed hands on classes. All the activity will work up a hunger, good thing the ranch has a master chef who prepares three meals each day. There is also a on site spa that has a comprehensive list of treatments that will soothe any sore muscles and leave visitors rejuvenated and ready for more fun.

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Tanque Verde Ranch 14301 East Speedway Tucson, AZ 85748

Fun facts

Tanque Verde is Spanish for "green tank"or "green pool".

Related Onsite Offerings

The ranch is the perfect place to hold an unforgettable meeting or conference. They feature a variety of meeting venues, technology and catering to help make the meeting memorable. Contact the staff for additional details.

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The Historic C.O.D. Ranch

Oracle, Arizona

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Welcome y'all to the Historic C.O.D. Ranch in Southern Arizona, an authentic ranch experience that's meant to inspire and refresh each and every visitor. Far from expensive spas or overdeveloped ranch-style resorts,... read more

Welcome y'all to the Historic C.O.D. Ranch in Southern Arizona, an authentic ranch experience that's meant to inspire and refresh each and every visitor. Far from expensive spas or overdeveloped ranch-style resorts, the C.O.D. Ranch has been carefully restored from crumbling ruins to a true Southwest-style retreat that brings you back in time and invites you to create your own authentic experience.

The Historic C.O.D. Ranch is easily the best all-inclusive dude ranch in the great state of Arizona! This adventurous retreat is perfect for groups of all sizes and walks of life. The C.O.D. Ranch gets artists, educators, families, religious groups, and health-conscious folks. The prices are right and the staff is accommodating. The surrounding desert, wildlife preserve, and the Coronado National Forest are perfect for exploring and discovery. Book the entire ranch for spiritual retreats, reunions, and groups of 20 or more. Time's a wasting--book your next getaway at the Historic C.O.D. Ranch!

Address

37 South COD Ranch Rd, Oracle, Arizona 85623

Highlights

Ideal for group retreats, the ranch features adobe casitas, a hacienda-style main house, a pool and the aura of an old west Arizona cattle ranch.

Fun facts

The ranch was originally owned by the Huggett family, and was once called Cash On Delivery Ranch. The Huggett's were some of Oracle's first settlers.

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