This ranch has been present on this land in Arizona since 1909 and the first adobe building was built in 1914. This old adobe building is now the Homestead House guest casita with additional accommodation added over the following years. As early as 1918 the ranch welcomed its first guests and it has been welcoming guests ever since (apart from a short period from 2012-2018). The ranch has also been listed on the State Register of Historic Places since 1979.
The authentic, intimate and friendly ranch offers a genuine dude ranch experience. Located in the Sonoran Desert, in the shadow of the Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness it sits at an altitude of 2130ft. The nearby Hassayampa Hill offers desert vistas and unforgettable sunsets. Whilst the ranch itself encompasses 100 acres, there is access to over 2,000 acres of state and federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management which can be enjoyed on horseback or on foot.
The ranch’s proximity to the Hassayampa River makes for some spectacular riding - the Hassayampa is intermittent, meaning it doesn’t always flow at the surface, but rather underground in stretches. It creates the unique desert riparian habitat in the area. Guests ride through slot canyons, saguaro forests and sandy stretches of the river’s washes with plenty of opportunity to see the Sonoran Desert plants and animals. For more experienced riders, trotting and loping can be incorporated into rides where the terrain allows and at the wrangler's discretion. Riders have to prove they can safely control their horse at faster gaits in the arena before doing any faster riding on the trail.
As well as riding the trails, you can also enjoy the pool and whirlpool spa, hike, or rest in the lodge living room. Whatever you want, you will find peace and relaxation at your own pace. Authentic adobe-walled buildings and cowboy décor help transport you to a quiet place, apart from the rush of modern life.
The friendly staff make it easy to become part of the ranch family. Many guests return every year to wake up to the gorgeous desert sunrise, enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, and ride into the beautiful landscape on wrangler-led horseback rides.