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Arizona Hacienda Ranch, USA




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We are back from our AZ trip now and had a fabulous time. The ranch was GREAT! Can't praise it highly enough. The horses were very well looked after and well behaved - the rides are varied, in lovely terrain with fantastic scenery. Hotel accommodation was excellent, food excellent, pool excellent - we were looked after like VIPs but felt a family atmosphere. We hope to go back.

Grethe K.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter horses/ Draft horses

Nature of horses:

There are well schooled horses to suit all abilities

Height of horses:

up to 17hh

Weight limit:

100 kg for most rides although up to 127 kg can be accommodated for walk only rides

Tack type:

Western

 

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Ride Description

The 300 year old ranch is one of the last great haciendas in America. It was established as a guest ranch in 1924, and its history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling pastures of the high Sonoran Desert. The Mexican Revolution brought history to the ranch when revolution leader Pancho Villa fired on the hacienda. A Mexican cannonball from the era was found embedded in the stucco walls of the main house. Today the cannonball sits on display in the structure for all to see.

The ranch boasts more than 320 day of sunshine a year and is just one hour from Tucson, ideally situated at the base of the sacred Baboquivari mountains and bordering the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. The ranch also borders the 120,000 acre Buenos Aires National Wildlife refuge which contains extensive grasslands that preserve the endangered masked bobwhite quail and is also home to more than 300 species of birds including hawks, herons, gray hawks, vermilion fly catchers and golden eagles during their seasonal migration. This is a wonderful destination for birdwatchers.

Nestled among huge eucalyptus trees, the gracious lifestyle of the Old Southwest is captured and treasured in the 1800’s Hacienda. This elegant building welcomes each guest with a warm and inviting ambiance. Furnished with Mexican antiques the Hacienda is a gentle reminder of the fascinating history of this magnificent old Spanish land grant.

The ranch offers a range of activities, including beautiful trail rides for all abilities, cattle work, sport shooting or simply relaxing. This historic ranch has previously hosted US presidents and legendary figures such as Pancho Villa, as well as Gone with the Wind author Margarett Witness.

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Food & Accommodation

There are 18 guest rooms at the ranch, each uniquely and vibrantly furnished with Mexican antiques and vintage furniture. Each room has a porch that opens to mountain views and most rooms have a wood burning fireplace. The hacienda, built between the 1830's and 1860's, today houses two dining rooms and four salon areas with fireplaces for warmth and relaxation. The adobe walls of the hacienda are more than two feet thick, providing natural cooling from the summer heat and warmth from the late night winter chill.

There is a choice of deluxe rooms, premium rooms or suites. Deluxe rooms are available as single or double rooms, whereas premium rooms and suites are not available for singles. Deluxe rooms and suites can accommodate a third bed if required. The larger Clayton House is also available for a minimum of four guests so would suit families.

Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available to guests from a number of communal areas on the ranch.

The ranch serves a range of South western cuisine, encompassing a blend of Spanish, Mexican, Native American and Southwestern ingredients. Meals are served either in the romantic and historic hacienda dining room, secluded outdoor courtyard or under the stars at a cookout.

The ranch chefs are passionate about their craft and love to produce creative and tasty selections using fresh, hearty yet healthy ingredients. The days of franks and beans for dinner are long gone!

About an hour before dinner, the historic bell will ring and you can walk from your room to the hacienda for appetizers and pre-dinner drinks with the staff and other guests.

With prior notice the ranch can cater for gluten free, vegan, sugar free and most other diets.

 

Activities

The ranch offers a variety of activities besides horse riding such as nature walks, hiking, mountain bike rides and bird watching. There is a swimming pool and hot tub open all year round (pool towels provided).

Sport shooting is also available including clay pigeon shooting, a 22 range with targets and a 3D Archery range.

You can also enjoy the peaceful garden, relax with a beer in the saloon cantina or watch the Milky Way glittering overhead.

There are a variety of interesting places to visit nearby as well as a championship desert golf course within a one hour drive from the ranch.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: Fit & Healthy

Age limit: Children must be aged 6 and above

Tuition: Private lessons can be arranged for riders of all abilities at an additional cost.

Included: Accommodation, three meals daily, all regularly scheduled ranch activities and use of ranch facilities.

Not included: Flights, travel and medical insurance, alcoholic and canned drinks, horse riding lessons.

 

Travel Information

There are no direct flights to Tucson from the UK, but many options via major hub airports in the US.

Complimentary airport transfers are provided for a stay of at least 7 nights. The shuttle can carry up to seven people.

For stays of less than 7 nights, the shuttle currently (2017) costs:
4-6 night stays: 185 USD return
2-3 night stays: 220 USD return

Alternatively, you can hire a car at the airport.

Airport: Tucson

 

Programme


Ranch Stay



Situated in the high Sonoran Desert and with access to over 120,000 acres of trails, the ranch offers unique and exciting rides. One day you could find yourself riding over rocky uplands and across grassland desert rounding up cattle. The next day out riding a mountain trail, perhaps packing a breakfast or lunch with you. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced rider there is a horse and ride suited to your ability at the ranch.

As well as a wide range of non riding activities the ranch offers 2 scheduled horseback rides per day, each approximately two hours in duration. The riding is available to guests of all riding abilities and there are trails to suit everyone. All day mountain rides are available for week-long guests (weather permitting). Faster rides are available for advanced riders with the approval of the head wrangler. Sightseeing rides are fantastic for bird watchers, on which you can also spot antelope, koos deer, coyotes, quail, hawks, golden eagles and white egrets. You may ride deeper into the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge on a 6 hour ride if you wish to do so. Private lessons are available from expert wranglers for less experienced riders or those looking to brush up on their skills in the saddle (private lessons are at an additional cost).

As well as trail riding, you can also have a go at team penning - learn how to work with a team of fellow cowboys to move the cattle within the arena; or maybe drive the cattle along the Mexican border! Many of the trails are part of history and you may find yourself walking in the footsteps of legends such as Cochise or Geronimo.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All abilities
Type of ride: Based trails and tuition
Total riding time: Flexible from 2 hours to all day rides
Departure dates: Flexible dates
 
Pricing: 2017:

Prices are per person per night, based on two sharing. There is a minimum stay of two nights.

Low season: 1 June-30 September

Deluxe Single: £236
Deluxe Double: £204
Premium Double: £229
Suite (max 3 people): £252
Clayton House (min 4 people): £266

3rd or 4th person sharing a room: £169
Child (5-9 years): £87
Child (4 and under): Free

Mid season: 23 April-31 May and 1 October-16 December

Deluxe Single: £278
Deluxe Double: £252
Premium Double: £278
Suite (max 3 people): £301
Clayton House (min 4 people): £314

3rd or 4th person sharing a room: £169
Child (5-9 years): £87
Child (4 and under): Free

High season: 1-22 April and 17 December-1 January 2018

Deluxe Single: £325
Deluxe Double: £301
Premium Double: £325
Suite (max 3 people): £349
Clayton House (min 4 people): £362

3rd or 4th person sharing a room: £169
Child (5-9 years): £87
Child (4 and under): Free

All above prices include 8.1% Tax and 15% Service Charge to avoid any hidden costs.