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Arizona Hacienda Ranch

Overview

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 …

Highlights

  • Stay in one of the last great haciendas in America
  • Ride through the high Sonoran Desert & across grassland
  • Have a go at team penning or driving cattle
  • Enjoy sightseeing rides watching for birds & wildlife
  • Discover the history of the Mexican Revolution

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 8 riders per group (20 in camp)
  • Average of 2 - 7 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100 kg /220 lbs / 15st 10lbs.
    more info Riders weighing up to 127 kg can be accommodated for walk only rides

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 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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

The tack used here is all quality American western. Saddles are comfortable for long riding hours and bridles as simple leather headstalls with snaffle or western shank bits.

Horses

Horses used here are predominantly American Quarter horses, but there are a small number of Draft horses available for heavier riders. The horses are well-schooled and respond well to western riding aids such as neck-reining.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Ranch Stay is a based ride

Ages

Children must be aged 6 and above

Health

Fit & Healthy

Weight

100 kg /220 lbs / 15st 10lbs. Riders weighing up to 127 kg can be accommodated for walk only rides

Food & Accommodation

Food

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. Many of the ingredients have travelled only a few yards from the organic farm-style garden to your plate. Specific ingredients depend on seasonality and the ranch specialises in preserving and producing heirloom varieties that have been planted in the Arizona desert.

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 most speciality diets.

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.

Itineraries

Ranch Stay Standard / Luxury accommodation.

Other Activities

The ranch offers a variety of activities besides horse riding such as nature walks, hiking, mountain bike rides (electric bikes), bird watching, croquet and bocce. There is a swimming pool and hot tub open all year round (pool towels provided). You can also enjoy the peaceful garden as well as the on site massage services.

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.

Travel

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, transfer costs are an additional price - please see the itinerary for details.

Alternatively, you can hire a car at the airport.

Itinerary & Pricing

Days 1 to 8

Riding: 2 - 7 hours

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.

Accommodation

each night is spent in one of 18 comfortable guest bedrooms decorated in the traditional adobe style.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All abilities welcomed

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 20.
Departure windows

At any time during: Oct. 3, 2021 - March 31, 2023  (Flexible arrivals/departures with min 3 night stay)

Pricing

2021
Child (5-9 years); all seasons
£82 $113 €97 per night
Child (4 and under): Free
2021
Deluxe Single; 26 Sept – 18 Dec 2021
£240 $335 €285 per night
2021
Premium Double, sharing; 26 Sept – 18 Dec 2021
£240 $335 €285 per night
2021
Premium Double, sharing; 19 Dec 2021 – 1 Jan 2022
£290 $400 €340 per night
2021
Deluxe Double, sharing; 19 Dec 2021 – 1 Jan 2022
£260 $360 €310 per night
2021
Deluxe Single; 19 Dec 2021 – 1 Jan 2022
£280 $385 €330 per night
2021
Deluxe Double, sharing; 26 Sep – 18 Dec 2021
£210 $295 €250 per night
2022
Premium Double, sharing; 13 Feb – 31 Mar, 18 Dec 2022 - 1 Jan 2023
£285 $395 €340 per night
2022
Deluxe Double, sharing; 12 Jun - 1 Oct 2022
£171 $235 €200 per night
2022
Premium Double, sharing; 12 Jun - 1 Oct 2022
£194 $265 €225 per night
2022
Deluxe Double, sharing; 2 Jan - 12 Feb, 24 Apr - 11 Jun, 2 Oct - 17 Dec 2022
£210 $290 €250 per night
2022
Premium Double, sharing; 2 Jan - 12 Feb, 24 Apr - 11 Jun, 2 Oct - 17 Dec 2022
£240 $330 €280 per night
2022
Deluxe Double, sharing; 13 Feb – 31 Mar, 18 Dec 2022 - 1 Jan 2023
£260 $360 €305 per night
2022
Deluxe Single; 12 Jun - 1 Oct 2022
£200 $275 €235 per night
2022
Deluxe Single; 2 Jan - 12 Feb, 24 Apr - 11 Jun, 2 Oct - 17 Dec 2022
£235 $330 €280 per night
2022
Child (5-9 years); all seasons
£81 $112 €96 per night
Child (4 and under): Free
2022
Deluxe Single; 13 Feb – 31 Mar, 18 Dec 2022 - 1 Jan 2023
£275 $385 €330 per night
2023
Child (5-9 years); all seasons
£83 $115 €99 per night
Child (4 and under): Free
2023
Premium Double. sharing; 2 Jan - 11 Feb 2023
£245 $340 €290 per night
2023
Deluxe Double. sharing; 2 Jan - 11 Feb 2023
£215 $300 €255 per night
2023
Deluxe Single; 2 Jan - 11 Feb 2023
£245 $340 €290 per night
Included Accommodation, three meals daily, all regularly scheduled ranch activities and use of ranch facilities, transfers if staying 7 nights or more, taxes and gratuities
Not included Flights, transfers if staying less than 7 nights, alcoholic and canned drinks, horse riding lessons, travel insurance & personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Airport Transfer £163 $225 €193
Paid to Far and Ride
Applicable for stays of 3 nights: Tucson return (up to 4 pax) * Stays of 7 nights receive complimentary transport.
2021/2022 - Airport Transfer £134 $185 €159
Paid to Far and Ride
Applicable for stays of between 4-6 nights: Tucson return (up to 4 pax) * Stays of 7 nights receive complimentary transport.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.