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Arizona Tombstone

Overview

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 …

Highlights

  • Ride through a landscape made famous in Western movies
  • Stay in a replica 1880's main street, in unique rooms
  • Enjoy a drink in the saloon in the town of Tombstone
  • Ride past Indian petroglyphs, old mines and railroads
  • Enjoy fast rides or slow rides, for all abilities

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 18 riders per group
  • Average of 5 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 120 kg / 265 lbs / 18st 13lbs

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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

The tack used is all quality western tack. Saddles have a broad seat which makes them very comfortable to ride in and bridles are made up of a simple leather headstall with either western snaffle or shank bits, depending on the horse.

Horses

Riding horses available at the ranch are mostly American Quarter Horses, which have been selected for their wonderful, calm temperaments and intelligence. They can easily adapt to the trail or turn their hand to working cattle when needed and have great stamina to boot. There are also a small number of heavier draft type horses and crosses available for heavier riders.

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Tombstone Monument Ranch Stay is a based ride
  • Cattle Round Ups is a based ride

Ages

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

Health

None

Weight

120 kg / 265 lbs / 18st 13lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

Most meals are taken in the Schieffelin's restaurant but there are 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.

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.

Itineraries

Tombstone Monument Ranch Stay Standard / Luxury accommodation.

Cattle Round Ups Standard accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

Direct international flight options to Tucson in Arizona are generally quite limited, but you will likely find many options for travel via other major hub airports in the US such as Phoenix, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York.

Transfer costs are an additional price - please ask us for details and a quote at the time of booking.

Alternatively, you can hire a car at the airport and self-drive. Instructions for arrival can be provided for you in this case.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

Arrive and settle into your room. You're free to use the ranch facilities and maybe take a walk to explore the local area before dinner.

Days 2 to 7

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

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).

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast.

Accommodation

Each night is spent on one of 18 spacious guest rooms which are individually decorated in turn-of-the century style.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All abilities welcomed. Riders wishing to join faster rides will need to pass a lope (canter) test.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 18
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2024 - March 31, 2025  (Flexible arrival/departures and length of stay (min 3 nights). Saturday arrivals preferred.)

Pricing

2024
Deluxe Double, sharing; 2 Jan - 10 Feb, 21 Apr - 8 Jun, 29 Sep - 14 Dec 2024
£275 $355 €325 per night
2024
Deluxe Double; 11 Feb - 20 Apr, 15 Dec 2024 - 1 Jan 2025
£330 $420 €385 per night
2024
Standard Single; 9 Jun - 28 Sep 2024
£230 $295 €270 per night
2024
Standard Double; 9 Jun - 28 Sep 2024
£200 $255 €235 per night
2024
Deluxe Double; 9 Jun - 28 Sep 2024
£225 $290 €265 per night
2024
3rd or 4th person in a room, all seasons
£149 $190 €175 per night
2024
Standard Single; 2 Jan - 10 Feb, 21 Apr - 8 Jun, 29 Sep - 14 Dec 2024
£275 $355 €325 per night
2024
Standard Double, sharing; 2 Jan - 10 Feb, 21 Apr - 8 Jun, 29 Sep - 14 Dec 2024
£245 $315 €290 per night
2024
Standard Single; 11 Feb - 20 Apr, 15 Dec 2024 - 1 Jan 2025
£325 $420 €385 per night
2024
Standard Double; 11 Feb - 20 Apr, 15 Dec 2024 - 1 Jan 2025
£300 $380 €350 per night
2025
Standard Double (sharing); 2 Jan - 8 Feb 2025
£255 $330 €300 per night
2025
Deluxe Double; 2 Jan - 8 Feb 2025
£285 $365 €335 per night
2025
Standard Single; 9 Feb - 31 March 2025
£345 $440 €405 per night
2025
Standard Double; 9 Feb - 31 March 2025
£315 $400 €370 per night
2025
Deluxe Double; 9 Feb - 31 March 2025
£345 $440 €405 per night
2025
3rd or 4th person in a room, all seasons
£155 $197 €182 per night
2025
Standard Single; 2 Jan - 8 Feb 2025
£285 $365 €335 per night
Included Accommodation, riding, all meals, in-room coffee, some drinks, on-site ranch activities, laundry, taxes and gratuities
Not included Flights, alcoholic and canned drinks, airport transfers, insurance, riding lessons

Extras

2024 - Tucson Airport Transfer £141 $180 €166
Paid to Far and Ride
Tucson Airport transfers, each way, per car. Price is approximate and subject to change due to fuel prices.
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.

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Arrive at the ranch and settle in; take a walk about the lodge, have a drink in the saloon, enjoy a delicious dinner before bedding down for a night full of cowboy dreams.

Days 2 to 6 - Days 2-6

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

A great way to experience an authentic cattle round up! You’ll hit the range to gather the ranch's herd of Criollo cattle and drive them to the ranch, then back out to new pasture. You’ll ride through dry riverbeds, rocky desert hills, dramatic canyons and mesquite groves to find and gather the Criollo cattle herd across the 15-square-mile ranch; and then drive them back out to their desert rangelands—just like the cowboys of years past.
The typical itinerary will begin with a Sunday arrival followed by a day in the arena to make sure all riders are happy and in control on their mounts. Then it's off out onto the range to start scouting for cattle and begin the gathering. You will be riding independently. Wranglers will be out with the group, but there will be times when you are on your own, out of sight of the wranglers so you must be prepared to follow instruction and be in control of your horse at all times.
The Winter Gathering working ranch experience does not include seasonal cattle work activities like branding and tagging (for this please see Spring Round Up dates/rates), instead the focus is on gathering and driving cattle to and from the ranch, and there is no definitive timescale for this; how quickly the herd is gathered will depend on kind of country they are in, how widely they are dispersed, how far from headquarters they are, and how many renegades escape and have to be brought back to the herd! The ranch country you will be riding across is diverse with wide, dry riverbeds, boulder strewn valleys, slot canyons, steep rock covered hills, dense thickets of thorn covered trees and brush, sudden drop-offs and open flats toward the San Pedro River. For this reason you should be able to mount and dismount without assistance, as you likely will have to do this throughout the day.
PLEASE NOTE: this is not a “fast ride”. Moving and working cattle is always done as slowly as possible. Speed will only be employed when necessary and hopefully not at all. Hearty meals at the lodge restaurant will ensure riders are well fed while out on the range! There is also a saloon back at the ranch for a well-deserved beverage at the end of a long, dusty day full of camaraderie and cattle.

Accommodation

Comfortable, spacious rooms designed to represent the storefronts and buildings of an Old West town.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be comfortable riding independently in varied terrain including open country and make forward thinking plans when choosing routes through the rough countryside. You should be able to mount and dismount without assistance, as you will have to do this along the way.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 7, 2024 - Jan. 12, 2024  (5 night Winter Gathering Round Up)

May 7, 2024 - May 14, 2024  (7 night Spring Round Up)

Pricing

2024
January 7-12; Single occupancy
£1800 $2290 €2115
2024
January 7-12; Shared (double/twin) occupancy
£1645 $2095 €1935
2024
May 7-14; Single occupancy
£2520 $3210 €2965
2024
May 7-14; Shared (double/twin) occupancy
£2305 $2935 €2710
Included Accommodation, all meals, snacks, drinks (except alcoholic and canned drinks), riding, state taxes and 15% service charge. Courtesy Tucson airport transfers, rock climbing, target shooting, fat tire e-bikes and cattle sorting are also included.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, alcoholic and premium canned drinks, activities not mentioned and other personal expenses.
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.