The Best Dude Ranches In Arizona

Whether you are on a long road trip and making a stop or you set out for a long weekend trip getaway to a ranch, Arizona is filled with several Dude and guest ranches. From horseback riding to spas, they have it all. Come out and stay a while, or visit for just a few quiet days, you won’t be disappointed. Each ranch is unique in what it is popular for, and they all offer many outdoor activities that anyone in the family can enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites in the Arizona area. 

Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

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Located right outside of Wickenburg, Arizona, this ranch gives you plenty of opportunities for sightseeing just on the way to the Guest Ranch. The small and intimate feel is perfect for those traveling with your loved ones, or even if you are traveling solo. They have several museums, walking tours, and musical performances that you don’t want to miss.  You can even get the chance to see and meet a few real cowboys. If country western is what you are after, this is the perfect place. You may even see a few real cowboys riding their horses and taking care of the land. 

Tombstone Monument Ranch

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Tombstone Monument Ranch is located right in Tombstone, Arizona. You can stroll the streets that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, an outlaw Curly Bill Brocious once walked. If you are interested in traveling back in time, this is the perfect place for you.  This is one of the most popular ranches in all of the United States. For a day trip make sure to head to the town of Bisbee, Arizona. It is home to the largest turquoise mines in the United States. With so much to see and do at this ranch, you will want to stay forever.

Tanque Verde Ranch

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Located just east of Tucson, the Tanque Verde Ranch ensures that you will have a memorable and unforgettable experience on their ranch. With options for fine dining, horseback riding, and much more, it is the perfect place for those looking for a variety of things. Be a cowboy by day and feel like you are living in luxury at night with the La Sonora Spa, or the fine dining restaurants located on the property. You can enjoy your view of the Saguaro National Park from the back of a horse, or just go exploring on one of the many trails located around the ranch. 

Sprucedale Guest Ranch

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For those interested in a mountainous area, the Sprucedale Guest Ranch is calling your name.  Located in the White Mountains of North Eastern Arizona, the ranch is home to the Wiltbank Family. You can find a variety of different terrain at this ranch, making it uniquely one of a kind in Arizona. From the spectacular meadows to the pine-filled mountains, there is plenty to do on this ranch. The atmosphere is a lot cooler and less desert-like compared to the other ranches. You can enjoy fishing, swimming, and exploring that natural territory. 

Circle Z Ranch

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Explore the thousands of acres on horseback at the Circle Z Ranch. Located in the heart of Southern Arizona, this ranch has thousands of trails to wander down and explore.  From the vast canyons to the distinct Arizona Grasslands, you can see it all here. See the desert lowlands and experience the mountains rising. Spend all day exploring on the horses or head out for a solo hike, the options here are endless. The views are amazing and so is the hospitality. Feel what it is like to be a local in the area for a few days. 

Elkhorn Ranch

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Embark on a journey on horseback for miles and miles of desert trails at the Elkhorn Ranch. Perfect for families, parties, or even solo travel. You will make lasting friendships and lifelong memories here. Home to an extensive variety of curious Sonoran vegetation and birding, there is plenty to get out and see to connect you with nature. Located just minutes away from the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, so you can see beautiful wildlife just outside of your window. Spend a day in nature where the Baboquivari Mountains and the Altar Valley meet and connect with yourself and the world around you.

White Stallion Ranch

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At the White Stallion Ranch, you can spend all day on the back of a horse exploring the wildlife. From practicing penning with others to a tennis match with those you came with, this ranch has everything. Located near Tucson, the White Stallion Ranch has everything you need for the perfect relaxing getaway. Even if you are not interested in outdoorsy activities, they have a game room, a movie theatre, and a sports court available on sight. Perfect for families with kids of all ages. 

No matter where you choose to go in Arizona, a Dude Ranch is always a great place to spend your time. Whether you are interested in indoor or outdoor activities, they have it all. From spa’s to pinning, this is the place for you. Connect with nature and unwind from the world out here. I hope you absolutely love wherever it is you decide to stay. You won’t be disappointed.

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