Pleasant Valley Ranch

Arizona USA: (WRAZ02)

Arizona USA
Set in the heart of the Tonto National Forest along the Mogollon Rim, this lodge is part of a working 55,000 acre cattle ranch that offers something for every visitor and level of rider. It is also rich in old west history and culture – located near the site of one of the gunfights of the infamous Pleasant Valley War. The war is one the most famous of the range feuds in the American West, the subject of a number of nonfiction books, as well as the source of a number novels (including one by Zane Grey) and movie plots.

The lodge is a study in rustic elegance, providing all the modern comforts, while staying true to its working cattle ranch history. Guests will enjoy the accommodations at the lodge – the spacious great hall with its fireplace and leather couches, the supremely comfortable bedrooms, the deck overlooking the lake and the patio with its fire pit. The lodge is the perfect place to relax when not out on the trail on well-trained, responsive horses, or taking advantage of the many activities around the ranch, including the roping arena, rifle range, archery course, sporting clay course, four-wheeling, fishing, hiking and more.

The family-owned lodge opened to the public in 2008 and now offers a variety of riding opportunities that accommodate every level of experience including 'cowboy skill' classes, trail rides, half-day, day-long and camping excursions to explore Indian ruins, remote line cabins, or to the sites of gun fights in the Pleasant Valley War. Experienced riders can also go out with the ranch hands to experience the cowboy life, monitoring livestock & range conditions, riding fence lines, rounding up, driving and working the livestock.

The trails wind through diverse and breathtaking terrain: Ponderosa pine forests, running streams, riparian valleys and canyons, stands of aspen, juniper, oak and chaparral, and open grass lands. Beginners will enjoy wide, slow-curving trails that wind around the hills and through the gullies around the lodge. These trails are relatively flat, mostly graded and very easy to follow. More experienced riders will want to take advantage of the more challenging trails and cross country excursions. Trails climb across ridges, gullies, valleys, mesas, hills and peaks. Some of the paths are fairly narrow, full of switchbacks and traverse steep rocky slopes, but provide some of the most spectacular views of Pleasant Valley and the wildlife hidden deep in the woods.



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

Discover a hideaway with all the comforts of home in a stunning mountain setting and spectacular scenery. Personalized hospitality at its finest, a stay at our Ranch is so much more than a getaway, so much more than a vacation at a common Country Inn or Dude Ranch; it is an unforgettable experience that ensures guests leave recharged, refreshed and with endless memories of their time spent in the Tonto National Forest. All of our rooms are unique and can be configured to best suits your lodging needs. A crib and pullout bed are available for families with young children. All Guest Rooms are private, quiet, smartly appointed in décor with quality furniture, fine linens, cozy blanket throws, and fresh and fluffy bed pillows. And, all of the beds (excepting some of the bunkbeds) have top-of-the-line pillow top mattresses. To maintain the natural environment around the lodge we are solar-powered and green friendly!
Free Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests, as well as a washer and dryer.
Note: absolutely no smoking inside! However, designated outdoor smoking areas are available.

The Rustler’s Roost, Wranglers Rack, and Bunkhouse Suite are in a separate bunkhouse building, located less than two hundred feet from the main lodge, situated closer to the horses and other livestock. Of course, all guests are encouraged to enjoy the main lodge amenities.
Rustlers Roost and Wranglers Rack are the only pet friendly rooms.

Wrangler Package Rooms

60 Caliber Room - Lodge Room

With two luxurious queen beds, a shared bathroom with tub/shower combination and French doors leading to the patio with outdoor furniture, it is a perfect place to relax and unwind. The room shares a bathroom with the Queen Anne Room.

Queen Anne Room - Lodge Room
Dream of the next day’s activities on a luxurious queen bed in our Queen Anne room. With French doors leading to a comfortable and shaded patio with outdoor furniture, direct access to campfire patio and outside dining area and a spacious closet, it is an ideal retreat. It shares a bathroom with the 60 Caliber Room.

Rustlers Roost - Bunk House Accommodations
Located in the bunkhouse apart from the main lodge, this room features a king size bed, private bathroom, an exterior entrance. This room is perfect for mom and dad, with access to the kid’s bunkhouse commons.

Wranglers Rack - Bunk House Accommodations
This room comes complete with your choice of two comfortable queen beds, or, upon request, up to three bunk-bed sets, as well as private bath and porch.

Cow Boss Package Rooms

Ambush Hill Loft - Lodge Room

The loft provides a direct view from a private balcony on to the infamous Ambush Hill. It features a comfortable king bed, a private bath, and a private balcony. A separate anteroom off the main bedroom contains two additional twin beds.

Lake View Retreat - Lodge Room
This room offers a relaxing escape with two luxurious queen beds, an en suite bathroom with tub/shower combination, a spacious closet, and private exterior entrance with patio furniture leading straight to the Lake Sharon.

Owner’s Hideaway Package Rooms

Deluxe Hideaway - Lodge Suite

This luxurious room is the most spacious at the lodge and is outfitted with everything that will truly make you feel like the owners. The room features a king size bed, French double doors out to a private redwood deck, stone fireplace, plasma screen TV, and a private bathroom. After a long day riding the trails, sit down and relax in the large soaking tub or oversized shower.

Buckaroo Package Rooms

Bunkhouse Commons - Bunk House Accommodations

The bunkhouse commons is the perfect room for your kids! Apart from the main lodge, this room comes complete with a full bed and twin bunk-bed set, as well as an additional two twin bunk-bed sets with trundles. This suite also offers a private bath a kitchenette, and a private porch., with one bathroom to share. These quarters are not of the same luxury standard as the lodge rooms, but still very clean and comfortable.

Room Occupancy
Single rooms are possible based on availability.
Triple occupancy might be possible based on availability. Please inquire.

All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on your last day.
We serve delicious hearty country breakfast, western lunch, and dinner daily. All meals are served family style and prepared with love. Our weekly cowboy cookout is special – it includes a grilled to order 16oz Prime Rib Steak cooked to perfection and served with all the trimmings. We always finish with something sweet from our kitchen!

Sample lunches
- Hamburgers: grilled out back and served with salad.
- Chili dogs: These are not your typical hotdog. These giant dogs (1 pound) are grilled out back and topped with chili, cheese and onions.
- Pulled pork sandwich with slaw on homemade buns.
- Sliced brisket of beef sandwich on homemade buns and served with salad or slaw.
- Asian Chicken Salad: Grilled chicken breasts with fresh greens, fruits and nuts served with a ginger soy dressing.

Some of our adventurous guests need to take their lunch out on the trail – be it a horseback ride, jeep tour, or nature hike! Usually it would consist of something similar to: Shaved ham or turkey sandwich on homemade bread with all the trimmings, homemade potato salad or coleslaw, fresh veggies and brownies for dessert. Water and house beverages.

Sample dinners
- Grass Fed Beef from the Ranch (when available): Ask the Chef about availability and the particular cuts of beef that are available.
- Chicken Piccata: Chicken breast sautéed in butter with lemon and capers and served over angel hair pasta. Served with a fresh green salad, freshly baked French bread and dessert.
- Cherry Creek Chicken and Dumplings: Our version is a thick and creamy chicken stew served under a latticework of puff pastry. A mixed green salad with berries and goat cheese and dessert are included.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to special diets with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Our program is very flexible -- make sure you talk to our ranch manager about what you would like to do during your stay!

Riding level
Experienced riders and beginners alike will find everything they need to enjoy and take advantage of the lodge’s miles of trails, beautiful horses and professional equipment. Our staff will help find the horse just right for you!

Riding Terrain
There are over 100 miles of trail on 55,000 acres of land around the lodge. This a variety allows us to keep guests entertained for days exploring the beautiful country around the lodge.
Some trails are gentle and wide enough for wheeled vehicles, while others are steep, winding paths that cut through the hills on their climb to the top. Some trails require crossing running water, and include relatively steep slopes.

Bringing your own horse
Guests are welcome to bring their own horses. If you do decide to bring your own horse, please inquire for more details. 

Animals and Wildlife
Kids, in particular, love our ranch animals. They are friendly and gentle, even most of our chickens. The goats love to be fed and petted. Our horses love to be brushed, fed and petted. Come and gather fresh eggs daily from our chickens, be sure to feed them too. Our cattle are visible most anywhere on the ranch. And then there is the local wildlife, – elk, mule deer, Coues deer, turkey, bobcat, coyotes, bear, javelina, mountain lion, coati, hawks and eagles. We don’t pet those.


From horseback riding and UTV excursions to hiking, fishing, archery, shooting and so much more, there is no end to the memorable experiences to be found at the Ranch. Buried deep within the Tonto National Forest, guests are able to experience the full natural beauty of the Arizona highlands on the 40,000+ acre property.
A stay at our Ranch is an authentic American Cowboy Ranch experience!

Visit, interact, pet and feed our friendly horses, goats and chickens. Help collect fresh eggs daily from our chickens. Pick vegetables from our garden. Enjoy the tire swing, swim, or go bird watching on Lake Sharon, our private 3 acre lake. Walk and meditate in our Labyrinth. Enjoy stargazing most every night from anywhere on the ranch. Children love to catch and release our HUGE Bull frogs and toads, they love to catch crayfish and help turn them into a delicious meal. Nature walks on the seamlessly never ending grounds refresh the soul. 
The ranch is also a great place to bring your own mountain bikes, ATV’s, Razor’s, Rangers, dirt bikes and all your riding toys.

Of course, some people will like to simply relax, enjoying the scenery from the wrap around deck, or the fire-pit on the patio.

Activities that require to work with cattle (cattle drive, round-up and sorting) are not always available, depending on the time of the year you visit the ranch. Please, inquire for more information about these activities.

Our package offers 1 activity per day. This includes horse riding, UTV tours, shooting, and/ or fishing. Extra activities can be booked for an additional fee.

Step into your jeans and cowboy boots and hop into the saddle on one of our beautiful horses to take in the Arizona wilderness like never before. Experts and beginners alike will find everything they need to enjoy and take advantage of the lodge’s beautiful horses and professional equipment, miles of trails, and arena.

A typical class is 1-2 hours long and will involve feeding and grooming the horses, proper saddling and riding techniques. When riders are comfortable, the ranch hands will have the guests ride in our pens or arena and begin taking them out on the smoother trails around the lodge.

The wide variety of trails will keep guests entertained for days exploring the beautiful country around the lodge. Some trails are gentle and wide enough for wheeled vehicles. Others are steep, winding paths that cut through the hills on their climb to the top. Riders will need to have a moderate level of experience before tackling the steeper trails.
On our longer trails, lunch is packed to allow us to explore even further into the wilderness. We also offer an overnight trail (extra fee) where you ride through spectacular scenery and geological formations to a camp where you enjoy a campfire dinner and tent accommodations.
Shorter trails are 2-3 hours long, while extended trails are 5-8 hours.

Cattle Drive/ Round Up - experienced riders only
Be a real cowboy for half a day or full day. Driving the cattle says it all. This is fun yet hard work. Work side by side with our experienced ranch hands. Riding, sorting and moving cattle from one pasture or place to another. 

Cowboy for a Day - experienced riders only
The working the cattle often includes roundups, branding, sorting, weaning, vaccinating, castrating, moving to new pastures. For advanced riders, this is the ultimate experience. Be prepared for the possibility of long days and less guidance than other activities. Riders will be instructed on the activities and guided on how to participate. Then they can either sit back and watch the action or jump right on in and help. Playing an active role in working the livestock in particular will expose the rider to a variety of terrains, some of which may be relatively rugged, wooded and/or rocky, and may require riding at a fast canter or gallop. Once the cattle have been rounded up, riders will sometimes have the opportunity to also take part in the cattle drive, and ultimately branding and other activities. It’s an experience not soon forgotten. This activity usually lasts from 5 to 8 hours.

Cowboy Clinics
Learn Cowboy skills from one of our experienced ranch hands – choose one or more subjects for a 1 to 2 hour class, including: western riding techniques, horse care and grooming, use and maintenance of western tack, and roping

Cowboy Skills Package (requires min. 3 days)
Learn a variety of cowboy skills from one of our experienced ranch hands – caring for horses, saddles and tack, saddling a horse, shoeing, roping, branding, Western riding, barrel & pole workouts in the arena, cattle management & care.

Team Penning / Sorting (extra fee)
Test your riding skills and “cow sense” in our arena. In penning teams of two, riders separate particular cows from a herd and move them into a penning area. Time is of the essence here. Penning and Sorting offer participants the opportunity to incorporate all of their working cow horse skills in a fast-paced, fun, team-oriented competition that embraces the roots of the western lifestyle.

Take advantage of the beautiful three-acre Lake Sharon – stocked with bass, and Georgia giant perch and crappie – only a stone’s throw from the Ranch. As to the monster fish we’ve been catching – pictures speak more loudly than words. Catch and release.

UTV Tours
Sit back and enjoy UTV rides over the ridges hills and mountains to see spectacular scenery, geological formations and, on occasion, wildlife. Or, see ancient Native American sites and sites of the infamous Pleasant Valley War.

Enjoy the spectacular scenery and geological formations hiking the numerous trails around the Ranch.

Archery/ Shooting (extra fee)
Archery, rifle, pistol, and sporting clay shotgun ranges are available to our guests. Beginners can learn the proper way to shoot a bow or fire a gun and experts can brush up on their aim before a hunt. All guests are required to take a brief course on gun safety before entering the shooting arena.

Rates and Dates for Pleasant Valley Ranch

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals with 1 soft drink per meal & 1 activity for each riding day

Packages and Options

Tax 1: 6.6 %

Rates Note:

Shorter stays possible with minimum of 3 days 2 nights

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 6.6 %  

Rates Note:

Shorter stays possible with minimum of 3 days 2 nights

Transfer and Other Charges:

2023 Transfer from/to Phoenix pp return (cash only)
- to be paid locally
2023 Cowboy add-on package- no added fee $0
2023 Group half-day cattle drive add-on package, pp $140
2023 Child 6-12 yrs = $100 per night (with two adults in double, or one single with supplement) $100
2023 Child 5 and under are FREE $0
2023 Individual half-day cattle drive add-on package -- please inquire $0
2023 Each additional adult in the room = $200 per person per night $200

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2023 01/01 - 12/23 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Wrangler 2 /12 Reserve
B 2023 01/01 - 12/23 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Owner's Hi... 2 /12 Reserve
C 2023 01/01 - 12/23 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Cow Boss 2 /12 Reserve
D 2023 01/01 - 12/23 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Buckaroo (... 2 /12 Reserve
A 2023 12/26 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Wrangler 2 /12 Reserve
B 2023 12/26 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Owner's Hi... 2 /12 Reserve
C 2023 12/26 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Cow Boss 2 /12 Reserve
D 2023 12/26 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch - The Buckaroo (... 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:
Arrival can be any day of the week - open all year.
It's best to come between April to October as there's chances of snow and bad weather between November to March.

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, Drinks, Overnight excursions, Team penning / Sorting, Additional riding, Sporting clays & Archery course, Half-day cattle drive add-on, Transfers & Taxes

Other Info
Meeting: Young
Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Transfer: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

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Average temperatures do tend to vary at the lodge over the year, giving a very temperate climate compared to most of Arizona. The lodge receives a dusting of snow each year, but has seen up to three feet of snow before! Temperatures reach just over 100°F in the summer. Please be sure to pack correctly for the season.

For a brief but spectacular three weeks in September, the foliage undergoes a magical change around the Valley. Brilliant reds, oranges and yellows cover the deciduous trees.

December through late February the lodge receives a dusting of snow and the occasional winter wonderland storm. Temperatures reach below freezing at night, so be sure to pack plenty of warm winter clothing and cozy up by the fire.

Spring and fall temperatures are very temperate with an average between the low 70s to mid 90s (degrees Fahrenheit). It’s the perfect escape from the still blazing heat in Phoenix.

July and August are the hottest months of the year, while August and September receive the most rainfall of the year.

What To Bring:
Summer temperatures can climb well into the high 90s F during the heat of the day in Young, Arizona, while winter nights can plunge below freezing. Depending on when your stay is, always come prepared for the seasonal weather and temperature! Please see the climate section for the chart on average temperatures.

That being said, here are some items you will want to bring year round.

- Broken-in riding boots (new ones will really hurt)
- Riding jeans (preferably without leg seam to reduce chaffing)
- We recommend full or half chaps
- Any riding gear you own and wish to bring
- Comfortable clothing for indoors
- Sunscreen (High-SPF)
- Hat for shade
- Sunglasses
- Camping or pocket knife
- Flashlight