After his talk, he'll take you on a tour of the ranch, including behind-the-scenes areas that most people don't get to see, including the tack room, feed room and the all-important kitchen!Lunch: Lunch in the Ranch's dining hall. Most of the time, they serve delicious homemade cookies for dessert - everyone makes sure they get one or two of them at the end of the meal. By the way, the food is scrumptious!Afternoon: After lunch, everyone will go to the corrals to meet the horses. You'll learn about the different breeds of horses and see their many different colorations and markings.
You'll also receive general safety instructions for holding, leading and grooming a horse. Part of this session will be hands-on.
The horses are so much fun to watch! In the cool of the early morning and evening hours, they romp and play in the corrals behind the casitas. If you go up and stand by the corral fence, several horses will come up to you, wanting to be patted and talked to. They're really delightful creatures, and respond to your attention with obvious requests for more of the same!Dinner: Dinner will be in the dining hallEvening: Wild West ShowLodging: White Stallion RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A cowboy breakfast cookout will be a great early morning experience - there's no food better than that cooked in the great out-of-doors!Morning: After riding back to the Ranch, there will be a Natural Horsemanship demonstrationLunch: Lunch in the dining hallAfternoon: After lunch, you'll have an opportunity to see how the ranch animals (including the long-horned cattle!) are cared for. You'll learn about feeding them, grooming them, shoeing the horses, and lots more - and get a chance to help groom and feed them as well.
Later, enjoy a late-afternoon hay ride.Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall.Evening: This evening, you're in for a real treat. Almost everyone has looked at the stars and the moon (and planets, too, if they knew what they were looking at!), and sometimes it's difficult to see those things well if there are city lights making it so bright that you can't observe as you'd like to.
At White Stallion Ranch, there aren't any "city lights" to get in your way. As soon as it gets dark, you'll walk out to a selected area where you'll be able to view the heavens just as the early Native American residents of this desert setting did - the stars, moon and planets will all stand out, and there will be more stars visible than you could possibly imagine existed.
Adults and children will have an opportunity to view the magnificence through telescopes as well as binoculars (we'd encourage you to bring some; even inexpensive ones make viewing more pleasurable). A local astronomer will tell you about what you're seeing, how and when it's best to look for certain stars and planets, and how to expand the experience if you choose to do so after returning to your homes.Lodging: White Stallion RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The facility exhibits more than 300 live animal species, including mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, hawks, bighorn sheep and hummingbirds in natural habitats.
Paths lead visitors through landscapes containing more than 1,300 species of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region, including desert grasslands, cactus and desert gardens.
A pollination garden complex shows interactions between insects, birds, bats and plants, and a fenceless enclosure allows javelinas to explore hillsides and take mud baths.
A simulated walk-through limestone cave features a collection of regional gems and minerals. A display about how the planet has evolved with explanations of erosion, volcanic and seismic activity and plate tectonics also is featured.
This is an absolutely incredible place to visit; kids and adults will be fascinated by the variety of exhibits and things to do.
Following the visit, the vans will travel back to the Ranch for lunch.Lunch: Lunch in the dining hallAfternoon: In the afternoon, there will be some time to learn some western-style crafts, followed by a final late-afternoon trail ride.Dinner: Dinner in the dining hallEvening: After it gets dark, everyone will go outside and enjoy a real western bonfire, hear a cowboy singer present some songs (and you can sing along, too). There will be time for some socializing and a program closing afterwards.Lodging: White Stallion RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner