Arizona Tombstone riding holiday in USA - Far and Ride
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Arizona Tombstone, USA




Programme


• Tombstone Monument Ranch Stay

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter horses and others

Nature of horses:

Calm, good natured

Height of horses:

14.2-

Weight limit:

110 kg

Tack type:

Western

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Take a step back in history and ride through a landscape made famous by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the outlaw Curly Bill Brocius. With the Dragoon mountains as your backdrop, you explore Apache territory whilst riding along trails through miles of rugged, open country. You will ride past ancient Indian Petroglyphs and abandoned railroad grades and trestles; past forgotten mines and old prospector's monuments. If you've ever watched old Western movies and hankered after experiencing that life, then this is the ranch holiday for you. You can even ride to the town of Tombstone itself and ride through the streets, hitching your horse and stopping for a drink in the saloon.

There are a range of horses for all abilities and a number of different trails to explore, from slow scenic rides which are suitable for all, to faster rides which include loping, for riders with more experience.

The ranch has been designed as a replica of an 1880's main street and each room is individually unique to represent store fronts, so you may find yourself sleeping in the post office or the jail! There is entertainment provided each evening and a saloon bar where you can relax and purchase whatever drinks you wish.

This dude ranch is owned by the same people as our White Stallion ranch and so there is an option to combine both ranches on the one holiday - see White Stallion ranch for more information and prices.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

There are 18 spacious guest rooms which are individually decorated in turn-of-the century style. You may find yourself waking up in the Mining Office, Blacksmith's shop or Jail! Each room is designed to represent the storefronts of Tombstone town and are all within easy walking distance of the lodge, pool, hot tub and corral.

There are four room categories:
Standard rooms have two queen beds and a private bathroom.
Deluxe rooms have one king or two queen sized beds with a private bathroom and a private terrace.
Junior Suite rooms have two rooms - one with a queen bed and one with a king bed plus a private bathroom.
Premium Suite rooms have two rooms - one with a queen bed and one with a king bed plus a private bathroom. There is also living space, a kitchenette and private patio.

Most meals are taken in the Schieffelin's restaurant but there occasional treats, such as a Chuck Wagon breakfast by the campfire.

The restaurant serves three meals a day, which are all home-cooked and hearty. Breakfast and lunch offer a variety of options to suit all tastes whilst dinner is the Chef's choice each evening. Selections are made from family recipes based on what's in season, to ensure that all meals are made with the freshest ingredients.

Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

 

Activities

As well as a varied riding programme, the ranch offers a number of alternative activities.

There are many hiking trails on or around the ranch, including visiting ruins, abandoned mines or monuments.

Other activities on offer include shooting with old style guns (extra charge); archery; roping lessons and horseshoe games. There is also a pool and a hot tub for relaxing in.

Evening entertainment is also laid on, including card games and live music in the saloon/bar.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: None

Age limit: Minimum age for slow rides is 5 years and for fast rides and Team Penning is 8 years.

Tuition: Riding lessons are available at additional cost.

Included: Accommodation, riding, all meals, in-room coffee, on-site ranch activities

Not included: Drinks, visa fees, insurance, flights

 

Travel Information

There are no direct flights to Tucson from the UK but there are many options via various hub airports in the USA.

Transfers from Tucson to the ranch are free for stays of 7 nights or longer, for a minimum of two people. For shorter stays/solo travellers, transfers are available for $150 each way (vehicle for up to four passengers).

Airport: Tucson

 

Programme


Tombstone Monument Ranch Stay



On this western ranch near Tombstone you can do as much or as little riding as you like. There are many outrides offered each day which you can sign up for. Beginners or novices can join slow rides, whilst more experienced riders can join fast rides, which include trots and lopes (steady canters).

Examples of slow rides include:

Outlaw Trail: ride up Outlaw Road for a scenic ride with a great view of Tombstone town - there is some up and down hill riding but it's an easy trail

Railway Creek: ride on Schiefflein Monument Road (the old road that connected Tombstone to Fairbank), join up with the old abandoned railroad grade and then drop down to spectacular Walnut Gulch. The rides takes you through a narrow wash back to the ranch.

Examples of fast rides include:

Stagecoach: start on Monument Road, drop into Walnut Gulch, ride to Highway 80 and back along a steep sided wash, in and out of some brush until you reach the railroad grade.

Cave and Road: start on Outlaw Road, turn onto Gunfighter alley to the "dead end" and return home like the old cowboys - brush poppin'.

Examples of Speciality rides:

Beer and Doritos: slow ride to the back of Scheifflin monument with amazing views of the old railroad trestle, petroglyph rocks and Dragoon mountains, with cold beer and Doritos as your reward.

Tombstone ride: Ride to town like the gunslingers of the past, through old ranches and down washes. Step off your horses in an old bull riding arena and head to Allen street for a beer at Big Nose Kate's or to witness a gun fight. Return to the ranch down Schiefflein Monument Road and the old railroad grade.

There are also full and half day rides on offer. When not riding you can choose from other activities on site such as Team Penning, Archery, Shooting (extra charge).



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 0
Ability description: All abilities welcomed. Riders wishing to join faster rides will need to pass a lope (canter) test.
Type of ride: Ranch stay with daily outrides
Total riding time: Flexible
Departure dates: Arrive/depart any day
 
Pricing: 2017:

LOW SEASON: 1 May-31 August:
Rate per person: per night
Standard Single: £184
Standard Double: £163
Deluxe Double and Junior Suite: £183
Premium Suite: £246
Additional Persons: £118

HIGH SEASON: 1 Sept 2017 - 30 Jan 2018 EXCLUDING HOLIDAY WEEKS (see below):
Rate per person: per night
Standard Single: £215
Standard Double: £195
Deluxe Double and Junior Suite: £212
Premium Suite: £274
Additional Persons: £118

HOLIDAY WEEKS: 1-30 April, 20-26 November, 21 December 2017-2 January 2018:
Rate per person: per night
Standard Single: £255
Standard Double: £232
Deluxe Double and Junior Suite: £251
Premium Suite: £305
Additional Persons: £148

2018:

HIGH SEASON: 1 Feb - 31 March
Rate per person: per night
Standard Single: £265
Standard Double: £241
Deluxe Double and Junior Suite: £260
Premium Suite: £317
Additional Persons: £118

These prices include accommodation, all meals, snacks, drinks (except alcoholic and canned drinks), riding and laundry. Also included are 6.1% taxes and 15% service charge. Courtesy airport transfers are included with a minimum seven night stay and minimum of 2 passengers. Shorter stays can arrange transfers at an additional cost of USD 150 each way (up to 4 passengers). Additional person rate is for third or fourth person in a room.

Prices do not include flights, travel insurance, drinks or riding lessons.