White Stallion Ranch

Arizona USA: (GRAZ03)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/az_white_stallion_ranch.aspx

Introduction
Arizona USA
Indulge yourself! Relax, bask in the warm Arizona sun, make new friends, learn new skills and rejuvenate your soul in the beautiful Arizona desert...

This charming, informal ranch gives you the feeling of the Old West. Only at White Stallion Ranch can you find 3,000 acres of wide-open land at the foot of the ruggedly beautiful Tucson Mountains, adjacent to the Saguaro National Park. Here, ranch hospitality is blended perfectly with the comforts of a top resort.

A Real Vacation for Real People...

You'll enjoy the guided, western-style horseback riding with our friendly wranglers, fine horses, and scores of scenic trails. This is a working cattle ranch with Longhorn cattle coming in for water every day. Whether you are busy all the time or take it a little easier, your vacation will be one of real experiences and relaxation, a vacation free of crowds, lines and stress. Don't worry about traveling alone to the ranch. Within hours you will have lots of new friends and feel like part of the family.
This ranch is suitable for families with children, for couples looking for a romantic getaway, and also for singles seeking some warm hospitality and the opportunities to meet new people.

The ranch that has been the home to the True family for three generations. Their goal has always been to carefully blend the family approach and personal touch of a traditional dude ranch with the service and quality of a fine resort.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent in the same location.

Description
The ranch has a warm, welcoming, atmosphere that makes you feel at home immediately. Guest rooms are spacious and charming. Here, ranch hospitality is blended perfectly with the comforts of a top resort.

Room Options
Each room is tastefully decorated in a regional southwestern style with art and accents from nearby Mexico. Our generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, and a charming patio with views of the cactus gardens, mountains, or corrals and many feature patio fireplaces. There are 41 guest rooms and the Hacienda (a private four bedroom/three bath house). WIFI is accessible everywhere on the property. Coin-operated laundry is available on premises. All rooms contain an in-room safe, air conditioning, refrigerator, hairdryer, Apple iHome Alarm Clock, complimentary toiletries (eco-friendly soaps, shampoos and lotions), and bathrobe.


Standard Double
Perfectly placed for viewing our spectacular Arizona sunsets, these rooms include tile floors, solid wood furniture and granite vanities. They offer one Queen bed and one Twin bed and bathroom with separate vanity area.  You’ll be right next to the horses and conveniently located near our main lodge and dining room.
- 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Bed


Deluxe Queen

Deluxe Queen Twin rooms offer one queen bed and one twin bed, a spacious bathroom and comfortable sitting area with couch and coffee table.  These rooms are appointed with tile floors, solid wood furniture and granite vanities.  Conveniently located near the pool and fitness center with views of our cactus gardens.
- 1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Bed
- Couch and Coffee Table
- Occupancy 1-3


Deluxe King
Our deluxe King/Twin rooms offer picture-perfect mountain or cactus garden views. The comfortable sitting area is a perfect place to relax after a busy day. Private patios with gas fireplaces let you enjoy Arizona evenings under the stars.
- 1 King and 2 Twin Beds
- Sitting area
- Occupancy 2-4


Family Suite

Our newly renovated Family  Suites offer two bedrooms and are perfect for families or friends traveling together. In the master bedroom, you’ll find a king bed, while the adjoining bedroom offers two twin beds and a twin day bed. These rooms accommodate up to 5 people, and feature a large bathroom, with separate vanity/dressing area. You’ll also find a large closet in the master bedroom and a ranch-rustic sideboard in the front bedroom. Family Suites come with a private patio and views of our cactus gardens.
- 1 King and 3 Twin Beds
- Two Bedrooms
- Occupancy 1-5

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is possible.
Single supplement is mandatory if you are traveling by yourself.

Amenities on Site
For spa services or working out, the Fitness Center has something just for you. The Roundup Recreation Center is great for quality family time as well as making new friends. If home and business keep tugging at you, our free, wireless internet access allows you to keep in touch. Swim some laps in our heated pool or relax after a day of riding in our hot tub. The Rearing Horse gift shop satisfies the most avid shopper. How about a game of tennis on our beautiful, Har-Tru stadium court? Or, gather up a team and play some volleyball, basketball, badminton or paddle tennis on our versatile Sport Court. All courts are lighted and available in the evenings. Grab a drink with a friend at our bar, or cozy up and watch a Western in our movie theatre. This ranch vacation truly has something for everyone.



Meals
All meals are included at the ranch from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on your last day. Coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade and cappuccino are included. Our breakfast includes a cooked-to-order menu as well as an extensive continental buffet. Our daily lunch buffet allows you to dine inside or on the patio with a selection of two entrees, several side dishes, and salads, a salad and a sandwich bar. Fresh-baked cookies and fresh fruit are always available.  Dinner is often a buffet with the main entrees grilled outdoors with a choice of two entrees and an ever-changing variety of side dishes. Delicious dessert options vary nightly. Snacks are always available, including fresh fruit, chips and salsa, peanuts and our famous homemade trail mix. Coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot and cold teas and lemonade are available all day. There are also special Breakfast Rides and Steak Barbecues -  the steaks are so big we to cut them to order. While steak is on the menu every week, our guests love the other dinners we grill over mesquite. The signature meal is a whole dinner of roast beef, carrots, onions, potatoes, bread and cake, all cooked with mesquite in our traditional Indian Oven.
Bar beverages; sodas, canned juices, beer, wine, spirits and alcoholic mixers can be purchased at the bar.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Riding Level
We are proud to cater from all riding levels from complete beginners to experienced riders. Many of our guests experience their first horseback ride with us. We have horses that are appropriate for first time and inexperienced riders. Our riding program is designed to help people to feel comfortable, learn at their own pace and most importantly – ride safely. Lessons are available at an additional cost.
We also have a horse for experienced riders. In fact, many of our guests own their own horses and ride competitively.  The variety of our riding program is designed to meet the expectations of every riding level. Our Team Cattle Penning, All Day Ride, Half Day Ride and Fast Rides (with loping/cantering) are popular with our many accomplished riders.

Pace
Dependent on riders' wishes. Slow & fast rides, short & long rides, cattle & team penning activities, food & drink rides. Can ride 5-7 hours per day 6 days a week (Sunday is always our horses’ day off).
Slow rides average 7-10 guests and fast rides average 5-8 guests. Slow rides average 7-10 guests and fast rides average 5-8 guests.

Riding Requirements
Children must be at least 5 years old to ride on scenic rides or take a lesson.  8-year-old children may take the riding ability test to qualify for fast rides and team penning. The Wine & Cheese and Beer & Cheetos rides are for adults 21 years and older.

Trail Diversity
We are adjacent to Saguaro National Park and have an extensive trail system on 3,000 acres which enables us to not repeat a trail during a week of riding.
Slow rides average 7-10 guests and fast rides average 5-8 guests.

Itinerary

 
Riding Activities
The ranch has one of the largest herds of horses in Arizona and are bound to have one just right for you. We can accommodate the experienced horse-owner to the "first-time" rider and everyone in between. When needed, our professional wranglers can help guests overcome bad experiences and instill confidence at any skill level. Our greatest reward is seeing guests and horses working well together. Children 8 and older may qualify for our fast rides, mountain rides and all day rides. Those 5 years and older will enjoy the slow rides. We offer a wide choice of rides every day except Sunday, which is always the horses’ day off.

Mountain Rides
What better way to explore the rugged Tucson Mountains than by horseback? Exciting and beautiful, our steep, rocky trails take you to the top of our surrounding mountains where the panoramic views are breathtaking. Ride through Movie Pass surrounded by Saguaros, if it looks familiar, that’s because Hollywood has been filming here for over 50 years.
Choose from three different mountain rides to reach the summit, where you’ll take in the panoramic view of our 3,000 acre ranch and the miles of farmland beyond. The trails can be steep and rocky, but out horses are surefooted and adept at picking their way through the rocks. Rides can be slow to fast to get to the mountain, with walking once we reach the pass. Mountain rides are available to children 8 years and older.

Slow Rides
The perfect introduction to riding and for those who prefer to soak up the sun and scenery. This is the best way to see the desert flora and fauna and experience the ecosystem of the Sonoran desert. You’ll ride all week and never use the same trail twice on our walking rides. Our wranglers use walking rides as an opportunity to share their knowledge of the desert and our horses. We ask that every guest complete a slow ride to become better acquainted with your horse and the trails before moving on to more strenuous riding activities.

Fast Rides
For those who like a little excitement, our fast rides are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. Loping through the desert on horseback you’ll begin to believe that you really should have been born a cowboy. Intermittent walking and trotting allows you to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. Experienced riders love these rides and we pride ourselves on helping beginners gain the skills necessary to participate as well. With our wide variety of trails, fast rides are always an adventure. Our fast rides require that you be 8 years or older and have passed a lope test in our arena. This test is conducted for your safety as well as the riders around you.

All Day Rides
This ride is a combination of loping and walking, you’ll be making contact with your saddle for almost 8 hours while covering 20 – 25 miles. Lunch is served on the trail at a Ramada in Saguaro National Park West. There’s a bathroom break and plenty of water for the horses while you lunch. Highlights of this ride include traveling through rugged canyons, sandy washes and seeing Native American petroglyphs ~ not to mention some pretty great bragging rights if you come back happy!

Half Day Rides
You may choose to do one or both Half Day rides offered weekly at White Stallion Ranch. Our Half Day rides are approximately 3 1/2 hours of saddle time. One ride follows the perimeter of the ranch property while the other takes you to Javelina Canyon in Saguaro National Park. Similar to our All Day rides, Half Day rides are suited for fast riders* who would like to explore more of the ranch and spend more time in the saddle.

Lessons
For beginners and experienced riders alike, everyone learns from our patient and knowledgeable wranglers. Work on improving your control and communication, learn western equitation, or overcome challenges you may be having.  Riding lessons will quickly increase your confidence and improve your riding experience.
Lessons are the only riding activity with an extra charge.

Cattle Penning
You will acquire the skills and understanding of cattle work while doing it. Learn how to turn or stop a steer, by applying pressure as you put your horse in the right position. With a just little practice, you’ll see an improvement in your timing and ability to read a cow. It’s rewarding, fun and challenging.

Team Penning*
This guest favorite is as much fun as you can have on the back of a horse, it is a total adrenaline rush! You and three teammates ride “Bonanza” style into a herd of cattle in our rodeo arena and separate out three to move to a pen. To up the stakes, this is a timed event, but you are welcome to ride at whatever speed you find most comfortable. It’s all about teamwork, so our wranglers will give you tips and instructions. Team Penning lasts about one hour, and each team gets three rounds to better their time. It’s exciting and challenging, and you will rely on everything you’ve learned about riding – when you finish, you’ll feel like a real cowboy/cowgirl! If you don’t have a team, don’t worry, we will match you with others, and our wranglers are always happy to ride! This is a fast ride.

Hayrides
Every Wednesday, climb aboard our hay wagon, decked out with hay bales for seats and powered by a magnificent team of draft horses. You’ll be transported to lunch the old fashioned way, through the desert to our cookout site with Panther Peak as your backdrop. Enjoy “All American” hamburgers and hotdogs cooked over a fragrant Mesquite fire with all the trimmings – Delicious vegetarian options are always available. Russell presents a brief but very entertaining overview of the ranch – past and present – while you soak up the sunshine and fresh desert air.
Tuesday evenings in the summer, perfectly timed for our brilliant Arizona sunsets, we offer a Monsoon Mule hay wagon ride complete with Moscow Mule adult beverages and Prickly Pear Lemonade for the kids. You’ll be amazed by the colors of the desert as it glows in shades of red and orange.

Wine & Cheese Rides
Enjoy a scenic walking ride to a secluded corner of the ranch, surrounded by mountains and stunning scenery. Here, you’ll be presented with a unique selection of wines and enjoy assorted cheeses, crackers and bread. Your horse waits patiently only a stone’s throw away while you relax and enjoy the company of your fellow riders.

Beer & Cheetos Ride
This is the perfect way to get to know your fellow guests in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere! We’ve chosen a very special spot in the desert, added picnic tables for you and a picket line for your horse and “Voila!” A fun way to spend a lovely afternoon with friends old and new… You’ll unwind with an ice cold beer and an assortment of crispy, orange empty calorie snacks served up by your wranglers.

*Additional cost if staying less than 4 nights

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Other Activities

Rodeo
Once a week the True family and friends present an exhibition rodeo in the large arena. Russell narrates,  explaining the objective of each event, noting fun facts and illustrating the history of rodeo.  Team Roping, Barrel Racing, Break-a-Way Roping and Bulldogging (or Chute Dogging) are most often presented. The Rodeo opens with the Lee Greenwood song “I’m Proud To Be An American” and a dramatic horseback presentation of the American flag, as well as a mounted honor guard presenting flags for the countries of each of our foreign guests.

Hiking   
We offer several guided hikes weekly: from a family-friendly, informative, nature walk to increasingly challenging hikes up Mesa Vista and to the top of Panther Peak.  Guests may hike without our guides, directions and suggestions are available at the Front Desk and from our guides.

Rock Climbing*
If you’ve never tried climbing before, here’s your chance to experience it in an incredible setting. If you’re an experienced climber, you will definitely be challenged by our climbs! If you are a beginner, you will experience the accomplishment of completing your very first climb. We provide all the necessary climbing gear; helmets, shoes and hardware. Our Certified Climbing Instructor will guide you climbing boulders and faces on the east end of the ranch. He has designed beginner, intermediate and advanced climbs.
The climbing program is based on top roped bouldering and top roped single pitch climbing. Climbs range from 30′ to 60′ with difficulty ratings from 5.3 to 5.12+ with every rating in between. We currently offer 30 different routes and we’re still expanding.  Climbing is offered 3 days a week, with two 2-hour climbs. You’ll experience all the conveniences of a climbing gym with the added thrill and challenges of real rock, fantastic weather and the beauty of the Tucson Mountains. Team Building Programs are also offered through our climbing program, please inquire for details.

Shooting*
If you’re ready to “Get Western” visit the ranch shooting range for professional instruction, honing your skills and some friendly competition. You’ll be shooting Cowboy style Henry Yellowboy .22 caliber lever action rifles and Ruger .22 caliber single action pistols.

Fat Tire Bikes
Now you can travel the Ranch on one of our Radpower E-Bikes. Use the power when you need it and peddle when you want, it’s a brand new way to see the Ranch at your own speed. The power of E-bikes equalizes the experience for everyone, making it possible to explore a variety of trails regardless of difficulty.

Entertainment
You’ll enjoy amazing performances and educational events most evenings after dinner. Our schedule includes: a moonlight bonfire with a cowboy singer, an astronomy show with large telescopes, line dancing lessons, nature and animal programs, watercolor classes with our resident artist Ute Vaughn and Loop Rawlins’ Wild West Show of Trick Roping, Whip Cracking & Gun Spinning.

*Additional cost if staying less than 4 nights

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Facilities at the Ranch

- Tennis
- Basketball (full court)
- Volleyball
- Heated pool
- Hot-tub
- Movie theater
- Game room
- Petting zoo
- Fitness center
- Gift shop
- Sauna and massage services

There are golf courses near by, as well as many museums and historic venues to visit in Tucson.


Rates and Dates for White Stallion Ranch

Rates include:

Accommodations in standard double rooms, all meals, daily riding except on Sunday. All daytime activities and evening entertainment, use of ranch facilities, helmets are offered at no extra charge.
Some activities are an additonal cost if staying less than 4 nights.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20198 Day, Standard Double, AP (high)$1845
    • Nightly rate, dbl, pp$275
      Single Supplement (Standard)$140
      Nightly rate, single$295
      Upgrade to Deluxe Queen & Twin, dbl, pp (max 3 pax in room)$130
      Upgrade to King & 2 Twins, dbl, pp (max 4 pax in room)$260
      Nightly rate - Deluxe Queen & Twin, dbl, pp (max 3 pax in room)$295
      Nightly rate - King & 2 Twins, dbl, pp (max 4 pax in room)$315
  • B
    20198 Day, Standard Double, AP (mid)$1535
    • Nightly rate, dbl, pp$230
      Single Supplement (Standard)$260
      Nightly rate, single$270
      Upgrade to Deluxe Queen or Twin, dbl, pp (max 3 pax in room)$85
      Upgrade to King or 2 Twins, dbl, pp (max 4 pax in room)$225
      Nightly rate - Deluxe Queen or Twin, dbl, pp (max 3 pax in room)$245
      Nightly rate - King or 2 Twins, dbl, pp (max 4 pax in room)$265
  • C
    20198 Day, Standard Double, AP (low)$1180
    • Nightly rate, dbl, pp$175
      Single Supplement (Standard)$270
      Nightly rate, single$215
      Upgrade to Deluxe Queen or Twin, dbl, pp (max 3 pax in room)$85
      Upgrade to King or 2 Twins, dbl, pp (max 4 pax in room)$215
      Nightly rate - Deluxe Queen or Twin, dbl, pp (max 3 pax in room)$190
      Nightly rate - King or 2 Twins, dbl, pp (max 4 pax in room)$210
Gratuity:
For White Stallion's services, the following Gratuity/Service Charge will be added to your invoice: 15%
%

Tax 1: 8.1 %

Rates Note:

Inquire about daily rates (minimum 3 nights, +5% surcharge)

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 15 %
Tax: 8.1 %  

Rates Note:

Inquire about daily rates (minimum 3 nights, +5% surcharge)


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from Tucson included with 4+ nights $0
2019 Transfer from Tucson with less than 4 nights, each way, per person $25
2019 Family Suite available (max 5 persons) -- please inquire $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
B 2019 01/02 - 02/16 8d / 7n 8 Day, Standard Double, AP (... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 02/17 - 04/20 8d / 7n 8 Day, Standard Double, AP (... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 04/21 - 06/15 8d / 7n 8 Day, Standard Double, AP (... 2 /8 Reserve
C 2019 06/16 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 Day, Standard Double, AP (... 2 /8 Reserve
B 2019 09/29 - 12/14 8d / 7n 8 Day, Standard Double, AP (... 2 /8 Reserve
A 2019 12/15 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 Day, Standard Double, AP (... 2 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: Standard Rooms Sold Out dates: Sept 1-30, Oct 1-5, Oct 9-13, Oct 17-20, Oct 22-26, Oct 28-31, Nov 1-30

Rates do not include:

Riding lessons, beverages from the bar, massage therapy.
No riding on Sunday

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch outside of Tucson
Airport: Tucson International Airport (TUS)
Transfer: Tucson International Airport (TUS)

Climate:
                                                Tucson area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

66

70

75

83

91

100

100

99

95

85

74

66

Average Low Temperature (°F)

42

45

48

54

63

72

76

75

71

60

48

41

Average High Temperature (°C)

19

21

24

28

33

38

38

37

35

30

23

19

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

7

9

12

17

22

25

24

22

15

9

5

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

3

2

2

1

0

0

5

6

3

2

2

2

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The desert cools quickly at night and there’s usually about a 30 degree F swing between the high and low.  We recommend that you pack for both cool and warm weather.  Layered clothing is the best way to dress, as you can lose layers as the day warms. 

Fall and winter are generally mild during the day and cool at night.

Spring and summer are warm to very hot, but summer monsoons bring rainy afternoons. In the summer, our riding schedule changes. We ride earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon. Our summer guests enjoy both riding and the opportunity in the middle of the day to explore Tucson or rest and relax by the pool or enjoy the Movie Theater, game room and library.

What To Bring:
Packing for a ranch vacation is a little unique.  White Stallion Ranch has a casual, outdoor atmosphere so you should dress comfortably for the duration of your stay. Dressier clothing is not needed for evening or other activities. Here are some suggestions for what you might need on your vacation at the ranch. Your needs may vary depending on the time of year and length of your stay. For your convenience, we have a coin-operated laundry facility available for use.

- Jeans: pairs for riding and pairs for evening/daytime wear 
- Belt*
- Shorts/ Skirts: not formal; depending on time of year and weather conditions
- T-shirts/Sleeveless tops/Comfortable shirts*
- Long sleeve shirts: depending on time of year and weather conditions
- Outerwear* – Jackets and layers are suggested
- Walking/Hiking shoes
- Riding Boots: not compulsory for riding
- Chaps: personal preference; not compulsory for riding
- Sandals/Flip flops: for the pool area
- Tennis attire (optional): no black soled shoes are allowed on the tennis court
- Bathing suit: for the pool / hot tub.  Terry cloth robes are provided.
- Bike Shorts / Tights / Underclothing: to minimize possible chafing from riding
- Hat /  Stampede string*
- Sun Protection Items*: sunglasses, lip balm, SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, after-sun moisturizer
- Gloves for riding*
- Camera

* These items are available for purchase at the ranch.