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 days 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 Margaret Mitchell.
The ranch is quieter during the hot summer months of mid May to early September and reduces the number of guests it can take. The owners are also involved in our Montana Mountain Ranch and many of their staff head to that ranch for the summer months.