We'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 stand by the corral fence, several horses will gather, wanting to be patted and talked to. They're really delightful creatures, and respond to attention with obvious requests for more of the same!
We'll then embark on an introductory trail ride.Dinner: Dinner on the patioEvening: Loop Rawlins and his Wild West ShowLodging: White Stallion RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then have some free time for games.Dinner: Dinner on the patioEvening: Entertainment by cowboy singer Bill GanzLodging: 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 hall or on the patioAfternoon: This afternoon, we'll hear about what's involved in caring for all of the ranch animals, followed by a team penning demonstration and a sunset trail ride.Dinner: Dinner in the dining hallEvening: This evening, we're in for a real treat. We've all looked at the stars and the moon (and planets, too, if we knew what we were looking at!), and sometimes the bright lights of cities make the stars difficult to see.
At White Stallion Ranch, there aren't any "city lights" to get in our way. As soon as it gets dark, we'll walk out to a selected area where we'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.
Adults and children will have an opportunity to view the magnificence through telescopes as well as binoculars (we'd encourage folks to bring some; even inexpensive ones make viewing more pleasurable). A local astronomer will tell us about what we're seeing, how and when it's best to look for certain stars and planets, and how to expand the experience if we choose to do so after returning home.Lodging: White Stallion RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After his talk, he'll take us on an exploration 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 dining hall or on the patioAfternoon: This afternoon, we'll have an opportunity to try our hands at creating a water color painting or ink drawing. It's surprising what we can do with a little expert instruction!
We'll then go to the arena for a Ranch Exhibition Rodeo performed by the White Stallion Ranch staff.Dinner: Closing ceremony in the Sunrise room, followed by our farewell dinner on the patio.Evening: After dinner, we'll be serenaded by cowboy singer David Rynchner.Lodging: White Stallion RanchMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner