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White Stallion Ranch is one of the best dude ranches in southern Arizona, within easy reach of Tucson and surrounded by 3000 acres of beautiful countryside at the foot of the Tucson Mountains.
There's a sense of laidback charm at White Stallion which permeates the 41 rooms and the four-bedroomed private property - The Hacienda. Every room has a terrace with a view of either the cactus gardens, horse corrals or the mountains beyond, and some of the suites also have hot tubs. There are interconnecting suites that are perfect for families, and children aged four and under stay for free.
The ranch offers seven night programmes (starting any day of the week) that include accommodation, meals, and all activities, and White Stallion is particularly suited to families, as their wranglers offer expert riding tuition for children as young as five, as well as walking, rock climbing, basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, campfire cooking and even a petting zoo. As they say themselves, this is somewhere for children 'to take their hands of the keyboard and grab the reins, to discover a whole new sense of freedom.' Admirable stuff, we're sure you'll agree.
For adults and proficient younger riders more technical riding is available on a horse from one of the largest selections in Arizona which can be put through its paces on 'fast rides', mountain rides to all-day rides. Other activities include watching the ranch's rodeo, stargazing, line dancing and lasso lessons and watercolour classes.
Why we love it
White Stallion Ranch is in cactus country adjacent to Saguaro National Park, and for decades Hollywood film-makers have used the ranch's landscapes to film quintessential western scenes. For the full experience, guests can practice cowboy skills such as whip cracking and gun spinning.
Will, Original Traveller