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A TASTE OF THE OLD WEST AT ARIZONA’S WHITE STALLION RANCH!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

The following article appeared in  Ranch & Reserve Magazine’s 6th edition.

Are you looking for a stress-free vacation far from the madding crowd? If so, the White Stallion Ranch is the ideal place.  Situated between Phoenix and Tucson this charming, informal ranch is easily accessible from Arizona’s two major airports. Steeped in the history of cowboy country and the location of many a Hollywood movie, this authentic guest ranch imparts that true Old West feeling to its guests. Located at the foot of the Tucson mountain range and directly adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, guests enjoy wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery and breathtaking sunsets. The White Stallion Ranch is a working ranch and open year round, which means that guests can choose to fill their days with the various ranch activities or simply kick back and relax….. either way you will enjoy exceptional hospitality and all the creature comforts of a top resort.

Arizona Guest Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

Built in the 1900’s this historic ranch started out as a cattle ranch with its original property constructed of Mexican adobe bricks made from straw and mud. Today, guests can still see a small part of the original adobe on display in the dining room, the first structure to be built at the ranch.  In 1965, Allen and Cynthia True from Colorado decided to make The White Stallion Ranch their home and now 51 years later guests are greeted by third-generation Trues who continue to welcome people into their home. Over the years, the True family have maintained the traditions of the Old West by preserving many of the original buildings; however, Russel and Michael (Cynthia and Allen’s boys) have added many modern amenities and established one of the largest privately owned herds of cattle and horses in Arizona.

Movie buffs will love White Stallion Ranch’s extensive Hollywood history. The list of movies that have been filmed here throughout the years starting from 1939 until 2014 is truly impressive. In the earlier years the ranch was often used as a backdrop in Western feature films and later, as a location for the television series, The High Chaparral (1968-72). The ranch has been featured in 27 Hollywood films which include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind filmed in 2002 starring everyone’s favourite actor George Clooney with co-star Sam Rockwell.  If Western movies are your ‘thing’ don’t hesitate to ask the staff for the complete list of movies shot at the ranch and they just might throw in some juicy insider gossip!

A dude ranch vacation is not complete without the opportunity to experience an authentic western rodeo.  Every Wednesday afternoon (weather permitting) the ranch’s wranglers, family and friends take part in an exhibition rodeo that for almost 50 years has been a tradition at White Stallion Ranch. Guests can watch riders compete in team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and sometimes bulldogging. If these terms are unfamiliar don’t worry since from your seat in the bleachers you will hear and see first-hand what a rodeo is all about and gain a better understanding of the cowboy way of life. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon and soak up some Old West culture.

Arizona Guest Ranch

Photo Credit: Steve LoRicco

Aside from Wednesday afternoon rodeos, White Stallion Ranch offers lots of fun and interesting activities for guests to partake in such as hiking, rock climbing as well as a diverse children’s program for younger guests. Riding enthusiasts will appreciate the varied scenic trails and wide choice of rides available every day of the week except on Sundays when the horses rest.   Horse lovers can choose from mountain rides, slow, fast or all day, as well as a hay ride and team cattle penning. Each rider is carefully matched with a horse suited to their specific riding experience for the duration of the stay. For those wishing to improve their riding skills, classes are available for $20/hour, payable to one of the friendly wranglers at the ranch, who will gladly help and assist guests  to gain more confidence in the saddle.

In addition to the daily rides, the ranch also offers two unique riding opportunities for guests over the age of 21. These rides, available seasonally, are the perfect way to get to know your fellow guests in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The “Wine & Cheese Ride” takes guests to a secluded area of the ranch surrounded by mountains and stunning scenery where an assortment of cheeses, crackers and bread are paired with a unique selection of wines. While you and your fellow guests sample different cheeses and wines, your horse waits patiently a short distance away. For those who prefer drinking a ‘cold one’ the ranch offers a “Beer & Cheetos” ride. Picnic tables are set up in a special spot in the desert where guests can snack on a childhood favourite, brightly-coloured orange Cheetos, washed down by ice-cold beers. Both rides are a wonderful way to make new friends or enjoy the company of old ones.

Arizona Guest Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

At the end of the day retire into one of the ranch’s 41 guest rooms or a 4 bedroom Hacienda ideal for larger groups or families. You’ll feel right at home in one of the spacious rooms all of which feature a private patio with views of either the cactus gardens, mountains or corrals. Some suites include gas fireplaces or whirlpool bathtubs and all the rooms have hair dryers, mini-refrigerators and personal safes. When you’re not off exploring the area by horseback there is a rec room & movie theatre, gift shop, heated pool & hot tub, sports courts, fitness center, bar, and a fun petting zoo for kids and adults alike.

Currently celebrating 51 years of western hospitality the True family invite you to reconnect with nature, family and friends while engaging in a variety of fun outdoor activities and enjoying the breathtaking scenery that has brought Hollywood filmmakers to the White Stallion Ranch for over 70 years.

So don’t forget to bring your camera along and your sense of adventure too!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation!

Happy Trails!

 

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Are you ready for the horseback riding vacation of a lifetime? The Tod Mountain Guest Ranch promises to deliver that and more. Located a short distance north of Kamloops, an easy 4 hours’ drive from Vancouver, Tod Mountain Guest Ranch is the perfect mid-way stop on your Western Canada road trip between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper. This BC guest ranch, which is tucked away in the Louis Creek Valley and surrounded by majestic mountains, offers stunning views, great food and an exceptional experience with horses. It is the ideal vacation spot to find adventure as well as a peaceful, calm environment to relax and unwind.

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch focuses on horseback riding and because they are a small, intimate guest ranch they can provide complete flexibility when it comes to their riding program. Rides will be geared towards your interest level as well as your riding ability. So whether you are an advanced rider or saddling-up for the first time experienced wranglers will match you with the perfect horse for the duration of your stay.

BC Guest Ranch

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

Aside from riding you can also enjoy hiking and biking trails, horseshoe pitch, indoor games or movies and of course just kicking your boots off to relax and unwind. Nearby there are endless activities to try out like fishing, golfing, kayaking and canoeing. For those who are seeking even more adventure there is Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Heffley Lake or Zip Lining across Chase Canyon.

Guests stay in spacious cabins that are a real blend of the modern and traditional.  Each cabin is luxuriously equipped to ensure your comfort during your stay. Imagine waking up with the sun and sitting on your covered porch with a hot cup of steaming coffee while soaking up the beautiful views and sounds of nature! There are several different configurations of cabins to suit your needs and all of them have a private bathroom with a bath tub and shower.

This luxuriously rustic guest ranch combines wholesome home cooked meals, delightful accommodations and a unique hands-on horseback riding experience to provide you with a memorable dude ranch experience.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: The Three Bars Guest Ranch

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

For your next vacation why not consider visiting “Super Natural” British Columbia? There you will find the Three Bars Guest Ranch considered THE adventure guest ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Located just south of Banff, in Cranbrook, Three Bars specializes in 3 – 6 night all- inclusive riding and non- riding packages. The guest ranch, which is owned by the Beckley family, invite you to join them for the experience of a lifetime.

Here you will find an abundance of nature, clean, rushing water, green fields, and breathtaking mountain views. Three Bars offers one of the most complete adventure vacation packages available. There is a wide range of activities to choose from like horseback riding, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, and tennis. Every day is a new adventure for you and your loved ones to experience!

Canadian Guest Ranch

Three Bars Guest Ranch

If you are a true city slicker and have never been on or near a horse don’t worry. Three Bars ranch offers horseback riding lessons for all of their guests and can accommodate all levels of experience. With over 110 head of horses their horse-to-guest ratio is over 2-to-1, which allows them to suit horses to each rider’s individual ability and experience level. While riding you will have the opportunity to roam over 75,000 acres.

At the end of the day a spacious log cabin awaits you where you can kick-back and relax on your porch while enjoying all the western charm that your cabin affords you. There are cabins suited for couples and families alike.  Aside from all of the modern amenities that are included there is also an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and Jacuzzi ideal for soothing sore muscles after a long ride.

When you choose to vacation at Three Bars Ranch you are choosing to experience something more than just your regular vacation!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Spotted Horse Ranch

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Make Spotted Horse Ranch, located near Jackson Hole, top on your list for your next dude ranch vacation. You will find life laid-back at this Wyoming ranch where you will feel as if you have returned to a simpler time similar to the old west. The pace is different here- leisurely, comfortable and relaxing-but never boring!

Choose from fly-fishing, hunting, and a scenic float trip on the Snake River or white water rafting for the more adventurous traveler. For those guests who want to get a taste of the wilderness that surrounds the ranch there are overnight pack trips available. And of course, there are daily trail rides to choose from. Come experience thousands of acres of scenic forest lands. Don’t forget your camera as you will be treated to majestic mountain vistas and valleys of wildflowers all from atop one of Spotted Horse Ranch’s Appaloosa horses.

Wyoming Guest Ranch

Spotted Horse Ranch

Two nights a week during the summer months the ranch hosts evening cookouts. Live entertainment provided by local talent and the smell of steaks grilling over an open-fire will take you back to a time gone-by. There is also volleyball, ping-pong, square dancing and horseshoes to try your hand at while taking a break from the more energetic activities. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, guests are taken to the local hot springs for a dip in the natural “hot tub.” There are even great hikes close by, so you can warm up a bit before, well, warming up!

Guests stay in comfortable individual cabins made of log featuring modern conveniences from home have spacious rooms with private baths and all embody the true spirit of the West. In the main lodge you’ll find the dining room that overlooks the Hoback River as well as a living-room with a beautiful rock fireplace and lounge. Other main features include a sauna, whirlpool, video library, and laundry facility.

Spotted Horse Ranch truly has something for everyone so make your next summer vacation a dude ranch vacation!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Just north of Yellowstone Park, in McLeod Montana, at the end of a gravel road you will find Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch. Wild, remote and situated in a breathtaking mountain setting with acres upon acres of pristine wilderness awaits a fun-filled vacation spot for you and your family away from the distractions and hustle and bustle of everyday life. With a maximum of 20 guests per week you will come to feel as though you are part of the ranch’s close knit family as you receive a personal touch that only a small family dude ranch can offer.

Come explore and discover exhilarating mountain wilderness experiences like horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, a scenic boat float trip along the Yellowstone River and a fun jeep trip to visit ghost mining towns and an alpine lake. Two or three nights a week you can join in the campfire cookouts which provide the opportunity to enjoy tasty cuisine, play volleyball, try your hand at horseshoes, practice roping, or simply just kick back and relax by a blazing campfire and share stories and songs.

Montana Guest Ranch

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

A vacation at this Montana guest ranch will teach you new skills while you enjoy the rugged landscapes and crisp outdoor air and warm sun on your back. It is the perfect ranch for re-connecting with loved ones and making new friends in a beautiful setting.

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch is the ideal vacation choice for you if you are looking for a place with quiet solitude and breathtaking scenery. Leave your everyday worries behind and experience true warm western hospitality and unique outdoor adventures balanced with peace and tranquility.

Happy Trails!