Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails) riding holiday in USA - Far and Ride
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Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails), USA




Programmes


• Ranch Stay

• Disabled riding programme

 

Reviews



I have to say I was a bit unsure if I would like the ranch, the horses and being out in the middle of nowhere etc but I have to say all my worries where just washed away in the first day. Apart from me getting lost (a typical man thing we never look at the instruction), everything was wonderful. Randy produced a perfect meal every time, although I missed the Mexican Dinner, you can't win them all. George was a terrific guide he looked after me and I know he has his funny old ways but I liked him right from the start and underneath it all he has a heart of gold.

Brian P.
We had a fantastic holiday. From the moment we arrived, we started to relax and very quickly slipped into the ranch's routines and rhythm. The accommodation was excellent - clean and on theme! (Favourite memory?) It has to be loping (cantering) in the desert washes. As a disabled rider that was a real achievement and I can't thank the wrangler (Wez) enough for teaching me; he was so encouraging.

Heather C.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Mostly quarter Horses and paints, but some other breeds available, including 2 Belgian draft horses.

Nature of horses:

Safe, sensible and surefooted

Height of horses:

Mostly 14.2-16.2 hh (Belgian drafts are 18.2 hh)

Weight limit:

250lbs / 110 kg

Tack type:

Western

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride Description

This wonderful guest ranch is located in northwest Arizona, within the Mohave desert. Your hosts JP and Tricia McCormick, together with their sons Tristan and Cayden, will do everything they can to make sure all who stay at the ranch have the most memorable western experience possible. Belding perfectly the old and new, the ranch owners aim to introduce their guests to the real west in a fun and enjoyable environment! The overnight stay at this ranch includes all meals which are always home cooked, daily horseback riding as well as a host of other ranch based activities.

The horseback riding programme can be tailored to include slow and scenic rides, more challenging mountain rides and advanced trotting and loping rides in the sandy wash of the desert. There are also opportunities to take part in longer lunch rides (seasonally), “cactus” rides and a host of other speciality rides. All guests will need to undergo a first assessment ride (in walk only) on the afternoon of their arrival to see how they manage with the ranch horses and to get an idea fo their comfort level in the saddle. Following this, you will be able to plan and organise your preferred riding stay together with the ranch wranglers.

The ranch offers an “old west experience” with a modern, yet intimate setting which is just perfect for a family-oriented holiday. With wonderful, safe horses, children aged 7 years and older will be allowed to ride on the trails, with their parents, own horse and under their own guidance. Each ride is led by a knowledgeable and friendly wrangler, who will help to make your experience fun and enjoyable.

The ranch itself is set up like a small-scale old western town. When leaving your room you will feel like you have stepped back in time as you walk about the property. Bordering over 360,000 acres of pristine untouched Federal land that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, riding enables guests to go on the trails to explore the miles of unspoiled scenery, with not a single fence in sight. There are also numerous activities to try out when not riding, so there really is something for everyone here.

At this ranch there is also a disabled riding programme - everyone has the opportunity to ride a horse. The ranch provides a special mounting/dismounting ramp, sidewalks and a gentle well-trained horse to make sure the horseback ride is safe and enjoyable. Once you are comfortable in the saddle you can leave the arena and hit the trails with your family and friends for a truly memorable riding experience.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The ranch is laid out like a small Western town. There is a main Frontier lodge with a central courtyard separating the two main guest buildings, as well as a further two family suites and the Pioneer wagon themed accommodation. In early 2018, the guest accommodation has all been renovated and upgraded, enhancing every visitor's enjoyment of their time at the ranch.

The Frontier Lodge is the main focus of the dude ranch and is complete with plenty of western flare. Within the lodge, a comfortable sitting area offers cosy sofas and chairs, for guests to use, which surround a huge central fireplace. This area gives the lodge a warm homely feel and offers the perfect place to relax and share your day with the other guests.

The Hualapai dining room is also located in the main lodge and is complete with south-western decor. This is where guests and staff can enjoy dining together for breakfast, lunch and dinner - except of course when dinner is cooked outside on the grill! A beautiful courtyard separates the dining room from the Frontier Lodge and is perfect for outdoor dining when the weather is just right, as well as offering a great backdrop for evening entertainments.

The guestroom buildings, which feature ten bedrooms between them, face the beautiful Hualapai mountains and are perfect for viewing the spectacular sunsets this region is known for. The rooms come in configurations of a single king-sized bed, for couples or those travelling alone, ones with a queen bed and further futon perfect for families, or rooms with 2 double beds, which can accommodate up to 4 guests easily. The larger Family suites feature 2 bedrooms with queen and double beds and can accommodate between 4 and 8 guests. They are also perfectly situated for viewing the mountains and evening sunsets. All guest rooms are supplied with environmentally friendly soaps, shampoos, lotions and amenities. All rooms have hair dryers, some with mini refrigerators and are extra roomy to accommodate wheelchair using guests. Many rooms are adjoining and all have air conditioning. Each guest room is over-sized and equipped with handicapped accessible bathroom.

In addition to all of this, there is a centrally located swimming pool and hot tub for guests to use, as well as a variety of game options such as volleyball, billiards and horseshoes.

Food is plentiful, homemade and always delicious. You will be served three mouth-watering meals each day including sumptuous desserts as well as homemade bread, cookies and snacks. Fruit punch, lemonade, iced tea, coffee, orange juice, milk and water are served with each meal. There is also a fine selection of wines and beer to complement your dinner.

Most meals are served buffet style with some sit-down meals. Occasionally you will dine outside, however, this will depend on the weather - the desert gets cold at night in winter!

In the main Lodge, there is also popcorn upon request and a full bar. Other snacks, beer and beverages are available to purchase in the lodge as well.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.

 

Activities

For those who do not wish to ride - or at least, not all the time - there are a number of other activities available on the ranch. You might like to try a chuck wagon ride, try some archery or shooting, or take one of the ranch's fat tyre mountain bikes for a spin in the desert.

You can also pay to rent one of the ranch's quad bikes for a guided ride in the desert mountains. Ride the trails and explore the wilderness. Check out “Shot Up Well” a favourite target zone for the military during WWII. You might even find some old shells laying around. Drive by old Gold mines that made this valley popular back in the day or just enjoy the stunning scenery as you ride out in the badlands.

The ranch is also located in a pristine untouched wilderness. Just a walk in and around the ranch will delight you with all kinds of natural wildlife from coyotes to road runners. Make sure to bring your camera as you will not want to miss that once in a lifetime shot. One of the other great advantages of being out in the wilderness is that there is no light pollution. Here is your chance to be in one of the few places on earth where you can actually see the milky way. Head out into the night to do some star gazing and amaze yourself with an incredible sky.

Alternatively, guests are free to simply relax, make use of the swimming pool, hot tub, horseshoe pit, pool table and basketball hoop. You may, of course, just want to take some time out for sunbathing or reading a good book sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch.

The ranch is located just off Historic Route 66! This means there are several Route 66 attractions close to the ranch such as Kingman, AZ (45 minutes), the famous ghost town of Oatman (1 hour), and Chloride (1 hour), along with the world-famous Grand Canyon south rim (3.5 hours)!

They are also very close to Las Vegas (2.5 hours), and beautiful Sedona (3 hours).

Another great attraction is Lake Havasu City located on the beautiful Colorado River just 45 minutes away. This is the home of the world-famous London Bridge! It was shipped to Lake Havasu from London in 1963 and reconstructed brick by brick because yes, it really was falling down just as it says in the nursery rhyme, "London Bridge is falling down, falling down...."

There are two golf courses in Kingman and two golf courses in Lake Havasu, and two "high end" courses in Laughlin. All of the courses are within 45-75 minutes away from the ranch. As you can see, the ranch is centrally located with all kinds of extra things to do either before, during, or after your stay at the ranch.

There is also a botanical garden and sustainable living resource centre located about 20 minutes from the ranch called Destination Forever Ranch which is part of the Santa Fe Ranch in Yucca, Arizona.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: None Specific

Age limit: 7+ for trail rides: Children under the age of 6 can ride, but will remain in the arena, with a leader. All children should be comfortable riding well-mannered and safe horses as there are no ponies avaialble.

Tuition: No, but this can be arranged at a small additional cost.

Included: Accommodation, three meals a day, two rides a day (EXCEPT SUNDAYS), use of facilities, ranch activities, 5.78% state taxes. A 15% gratuities charge is included for 2018 guests, but this will be optional in 2019.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers/car hire, alcoholic drinks and other services not mentioned. * Tips/gratuities in 2019

 

Travel Information

Las Vegas McCarran airport is 2 - 2.5 hours drive from the ranch and Phoenix is 3.5 - 4 hours away. Most guests choose to fly to Las Vegas, rent a car and then drive to the ranch from here.

Airport: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

Alternative Airport: Phoenix

 

Programmes


Ranch Stay



The horse riding programme is catered for all levels of rider, offering gentle walking rides or faster trotting/loping rides. Following the first initial assessment ride (which is a walk only ride usually conducted on the afternoon of your arrival) you get to choose what type of ride you want to go on each day. The wranglers are all friendly, personable and the horses are as well!

The ranch has a wonderful and kind team of horses, of varying ages, each with its own distinct personality. There are older horses who know their jobs well and are perfect for nervous riders or children, as well as some younger and more spirited horses which are suited to more capable and experienced riders who want to have fun. The ranch wranglers will do their best to match you to your perfect mount, based on your riding ability, preferences and personality. Once you have left the corral and ranch behind you, you'll see nothing but the beautiful desert scenery and the three mountain ranges which surround the ranch - NO cities, fences, traffic or houses in sight. The ranch is located adjacent to roughly 360,000 acres of federally managed land, offering endless trails and riding opportunities. 

Generally, riding is offered twice daily, unless you are on a full day ride and on Sundays when the horses and the wranglers have the day off. Full day rides will include a saddlebag picnic.

A typical weekly itinerary may be as follows (please note that this is an example and that you may not follow this itinerary exactly during your stay);

Days 1 & 2:

On your first day at the ranch, you will be able to check-in from 2 pm (early check-in can be accommodated as well - please let us know) before heading to the corral to be matched with your horse and enjoy a slow, scenic walking ride in the desert to let you get acclimated to your horse, our surroundings and saddle. The ride lasts for approx. 2 hours. Dinner will be served back at the ranch.

On your second day, you will take two rides, each lasting approx. 2 hours, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. These can be a combination of slow scenic walk rides and faster trotting stretches if you feel up to it.

Day 3:

Following breakfast this morning, you will again be able to enjoy two rides today and will also start to incorporate some loping into the trails as well (if you feel comfortable doing so). You will need to have taken part in at least 3 rides before being able to go on the faster loping into your trails. 

It's a great to have the freedom to thrill of faster riding along the desert trails and to feel the wind rushing past your face.

Day 4:

Today you may like to take a 4-5 hour ride into the mountains which surround the ranch. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the desert wash before heading up to the top of Buck mountain to enjoy the incredible views from up there. Due to the Arizona heat in July and August, this ride may be replaced by an early morning breakfast ride to make the most of the cooler time of the day (ride lasting approx. 3 hours).

Day 5:

Today you might want to take a 3-hour ride through the cactus forests of the desert wash. Some of the plants here are over 100 years old and the scenery will be reminiscent of many a Hollywood western. There is some challenging terrain to negotiate in the foothills of the mountains.

Day 6:

Today you might choose to take part in a ride to see the old gold mines. Heading into the mountains and exploring some of the long-lost gold mines, you will be able to see what the pioneers had to endure to make a living searching for gold. This ride last approx. 5 hours and you will have a picnic lunch at the gold mines.

Please note that anyone over the weight of 230 lbs will not be allowed to ride outside of the arena.

Children aged 6 and under may be "ponied" on trails meaning that the wranglers will take the child on a lead rein which is attached to their horse. This is up to the discretion of the wrangler and in this case, the rides are limited to walking only. 

Children aged 7 and over are able to join the adult trails on their own horse, provided they are proficiently able to control the speed and direction of their own horse.

Lessons, for those who wish to have these, can also be organised at a small additional cost. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to take advantage of this so that we can notify the ranch team and ensure the correct instructor/wrangler for your chosen lesson level if available.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: All levels can be catered for
Type of ride: Ranch based stay
Total riding time: Riding twice a day except on Sunday
Departure dates: Open all year. High season pricing will operate in March & April.
 
Pricing: 2019:

PLEASE NOTE: These prices already include state sales tax but DO NOT include gratuities.

The prices are per person and the weekly prices are for a 7 night stay. There is an additional supplement of 20% for stays in March and April 2019

Standard Bedroom (1 king-sized bed) minimum 2 person occupancy:

March & April: Shared occupancy £622 per couple, per night or
£3913 per couple, per week

Rest of year: Shared occupancy £497 per couple, per night or
£3130 per couple, per week

Queen Bedroom (max 4 guests - 1 Queen bed, 1 futon) or
Double Bedroom (max 4 guests - 2 double beds):

March & April:
Single occupancy £337 per person per night or
£2057 per person per week
Each additional adult £213 per person per night
£1326 per person per week
Each additional child £188 per person per night
£1216 per person per week

Rest of year:
Single occupancy £269 per person per night or
£1645 per person per week
Each additional adult £170 per person per night
£1061 per person per week
Each additional child £150 per person per night
£972 per person per week


Santa Fe or Palo Verde Family Suites (max 10 guests):

March & April:
Up to 4 guests: £7439 per group per week, £1203 per group per night
Each additional adult after 4: £1326 per person per week, £213 per person per night
Each additional child after 4: £188 per person per night

Rest of year:
Up to 4 guests: £5951 per group per week, £962 per group per night
Each additional adult after 4: £1061 per person per week, £170 per person per night
Each additional child after 4: £150 per person per night

Children aged 3 and under, free of charge.



Disabled riding programme



This fabulous ranch has the unique ability to offer a completely barrier-free experience to all disabled riders and their families. The ranch is fully accessible to disabled guests, all rooms, bathrooms, lodge and dining areas were built with the disabled concerns in mind with no restrictions

They also provide accessible riding equipment so that everyone has the ability to participate in the riding programme if they so desire. Disabled guests can choose to experience a ride in the desert or a ride in our arena depending on their ability. All riders will be assessed thoroughly before riding to assure safety. It is proven that horses are very therapeutic animals.

The swimming pool and hot-tub was also built with wheelchair accessibility in mind. They created the ranch so that the accessibility is subtle, not obvious. The owners have personal, first hand experience with disabled guests as they have a 28-year old disabled daughter. They feel their first hand knowledge makes a big difference in the creation of this unique ranch experience.



Minimum group size: 0
Maximum group size: 0
Ability description: All abilities
Type of ride: Tailored to suit
Total riding time: Individual in nature
Departure dates: Open all year except 1-15 June
 
Pricing: Please contact the office for further details.