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Arizona Dude & Guest Ranches…A Great Place to get Away this Winter!

Now that the snow has started to fall, I am sure many of you are like me and have started to think about some fun in the sun.  Don’t get me wrong, I look forward to the snowy winter weather we have here in Wyoming because it brings with it skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and for some of my friends even ice climbing up frozen waterfalls.  But even the hardiest of us die hard winter sports enthusiasts dream of sitting by a pool or playing a round of golf (while wearing shorts) after a nice day of riding an exceptional horse in the scenic and warm desert.  Lucky for me, I will be in Arizona this coming January enjoying the fun in the sun, recharging my battery so I can come back home and enjoy the winter sports I love so much.

ArizonaGuide.com recently wrote an article that enforces the reality of this warm winter dream. The article states, “After a long day in the saddle, even the most grizzled of wranglers would enjoy a soothing massage, delicious food and wine, and a starlit soak in a hot tub. Besides offering traditional trail rides, cookouts and hikes, many of Arizona’s fabled guest ranches are pampering guests with gourmet meals, wine tastings, spa services and more.”

So…before the winter blues take hold, start planning your trip to one of our great Dude Ranchers’ Association ranches in the desert this winter!  You will have something grand to look forward to and when you get back home you will have memories to sustain you through to Spring!

Tanque Verde Ranch

Tucson, Arizona – Phone: +1 800-234-3833 Located just east of Tucson, Tanque Verde Ranch Resort is one of the premier, all-inclusive dude ranch resorts in the country. You will find the perfect blend of western adventure, solitude and luxury amenities to make your next getaway unforgettable.

Elkhorn Ranch

Tucson, Arizona – Phone: +1 520-822-1040 Sunny winter season Sonoran Desert guest ranch in scenic Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson, Arizona. Family owned and operated since 1946. Comfortable living and excellent horseback riding for singles, couples and families of all ages and abilities. Adventure, relaxation, friendship.

Circle Z Ranch

Patagonia, Arizona – Phone: +1 888-854-2525 Join us at Circle Z Ranch for an old-time ranch adventure! From the moment you arrive you feel a sense of stepping back in time.

Flying E Dude Ranch

Wickenburg, Arizona – Phone: +1 888-684-2650 With 20,000 acres to ride and roam there is seldom a day without sunshine. The Flying E Dude Ranch is a working cattle ranch and the ideal place to take a step back in time.Enjoy delicious home cooked meals, great horses and a comfortable place to relax at the end of the day.Open Nov 1 to April 30.

Rancho De Los Caballeros

Wickenburg, Arizona – Phone: +1 800-684-5030 Saddle up and make a perfect getaway to the warm heart of the Old Southwest! Rancho de los Caballeros is the resort with the soul of a bed and breakfast offering full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name.

Hidden Meadow Ranch

Greer, Arizona – Phone: +1 866-333-4080 Celebrate the seasons at this pristine quest ranch surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest in Arizona’s White Mountains.

White Stallion Ranch

Tucson, Arizona – Phone: +1 888-977-2624 Immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of the Southwest. You will experience the aura of a real Western ranch combined with present-day comforts and conveniences. Varied riding program, guided hikes, full bar & excellent food. 41 rooms, heated pool, fitness center, gift shop & meeting room.

Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch

Sasabe, Arizona – Phone: +1 800-872-6240 Rancho De La Osa is a special place that rejuvenates the spirit and invigorates the soul. The gracious lifestyle of the old Southwest is captured in the 1800′s era Hacienda and territorial-style guest quarters. Enjoy the serenity, friendly horses, fine wine, and delectable Southwest cuisine.

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