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Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch Experience

Program Number: 20193RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/30/2014 - 10/5/2014; 1/4/2015 - 1/9/2015; 2/1/2015 - 2/6/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,139.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience a Wild West adventure at the renowned White Stallion Ranch, a working ranch at the foot of the ruggedly beautiful Tucson Mountains. Take easy trail rides, hear the history of the ranch from owner Russell True, and lend a hand with grooming and feeding ranch animals. Cowboy songs around a bonfire complete this adventure to discover your inner cowboy or cowgirl.




Highlights

• Enjoy scenic trail rides on gentle horses, breakfast and lunch cookouts, a hayride, and a desert nature walk.
• Learn how to handle a lasso, communicate with horses, watch horse-roping and penning demonstrations, and see how a horse is “shod.”
• Enjoy evenings learning how to “do-si-do” in country western dance lessons, stargazing at the stunning night sky with a local astronomer, and entertainment by a cowboy singer and "Wild West Show."



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, riding a horse.




Date Specific Information

9-30-2014, 1-4-2015, 2-1-2015, 9-27-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Tucson

Cactus forests, craggy mountains and rolling hills surround this temperate city, which lies in the borderlands of the U.S. and Mexico. The region reflects a blending of the two cultures, along with a history of Native American settlement. The city is dotted with museums, galleries and parks that celebrate this natural and historical diversity.



Accommodations
Comfortable rooms with Old West-style furniture, private baths and patios on working cattle ranch.
Meals and Lodgings
   White Stallion Ranch
  Tucson, AZ 5 nights
 White Stallion Ranch
Type: Other
  Description: White Stallion Ranch is a 3,000-acre working cattle ranch run by the True family since 1965. Most rooms have original Western furniture. The spa and fitness center bring many comforts to this authentic setting. Horseback riding, hiking, hayrides, cookouts, team cattle penning, rodeos, country line dancing, telescopic stargazing, and campfire sing-alongs allow you to experience the absolute best of the Old West.
  Contact info: 9251 W. Twin Peaks Road, NW
Tucson, AZ 85743 USA
phone: 888-977-2624
web: www.whitestallion.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated in regional southwestern style with art and accents from Mexico. Generous floor plans offer sunny, comfortable rooms with plenty of closet space. All guest rooms have air conditioning and a charming patio. Views are of the mountains and cactus gardens. No televisions or telephones in rooms.
  Facility amenities: Two tennis courts, heated pool, gym, hot tub, spa services, sauna and Fitness Center, basketball, billiards, horseback riding, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, petting zoo, full bar, library, piano, RoundUp Recreation Center, business services, meeting rooms, airport shuttle, no room phones, no TVs. Free wireless Internet access, guest office with computers and printers. Coin-operated laundry including detergents, etc. Additional horseback riding and lessons available at an additional cost; please speak with Ranch directly to arrange this.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rates apply Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rates apply Make arrangements directly with White Stallion Ranch well in advance of program dates for additional nights' housing.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive any time after 3:00 PM on first day of program; check in at Ranch prior to 5:00 PM. You will be staying at White Stallion Ranch that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on Day 6; check-out time is 11:00 AM. You will be staying at White Stallion Ranch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking is available on the ranch premises
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tucson, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Benson
  Nearest highway: Interstate 10
  Nearest airport:  Tucson International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Tucson, AZ
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tucson

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
White Stallion Ranch Shuttle
phone: 520-297-0252
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies by number of people transported (approximately $35 one way for one person)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Please let front desk at White Stallion Ranch know, several days in advance, when your plane departs from Tucson International Airport. The van's departure will be scheduled with plenty of time for you to get to the airport 1 1/2 to 2 hours prior to your flight time.

 

Tucson

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Stagecoach Shuttle
phone: 520-889-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45 per person one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Call shuttle company well in advance of program's start date and reserve shuttle for pick up close to your plane's arrival time. Tell the company in advance (520-889-1000) that you'll be traveling to White Stallion Ranch, and they'll give you the current price per person one way.

 

Tucson

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
White Stallion Ranch Shuttle
phone: 520-297-0252
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies by number of people transported (approximately $35 one way for one person)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes to 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Call White Stallion Ranch at least two weeks prior to program's start date to arrange for shuttle close to your arrival time at Tucson International Airport. If you find that your plane will be delayed, please call the Ranch at 520-297-0252, and give them your new arrival time.

 

Tucson

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Stagecoach Shuttle
phone: 520-889-1000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45 per person one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Call shuttle company well in advance of program's ending date and reserve shuttle for pick up at least 2 1/2 hours before your plane's departure time. Tell the company in advance (520-889-1000) that you'll be departing from White Stallion Ranch and going to Tucson International Airport, and they'll give you the current price per person one way.

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate 10 From Phoenix you will be going East on I-10 and from Tucson you will be going West on I-10. Exit from I-10 at Twin peaks road, Exit #244. From Phoenix, turn RIGHT on Twin Peaks road and from Tucson turn LEFT on Twin Peaks Road. Go 2 miles to 5th traffic light 'T' intersection at Silverbell and turn RIGHT. Almost immediately, bear LEFT up the hill. Travel 1/2 mile on Twin Peaks Road over the hill. Turn LEFT at bottom of hill onto White Stallion Ranch Road (dirt road). Watch for sign on right side of road (opposite the entrance). Go 300 yards and cross over cattle guard. Turn RIGHT. Follow dirt road 1 mile to Ranch Office Headquarters Building. Call Ranch office at 520-297-0252 for additional assistance. WORD OF CAUTION: Do NOT follow directions found in the on-line mapping program Map Quest - they are incorrect!
Equipment Requirements: No equipment is required, but you may want to bring a camera and binoculars.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in at Ranch/Welcome Reception and Orientation/Dinner
(Tuesday, September 30)

Note: Walking up to two blocks over packed dirt terrain between housing and dining hall/meeting room.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at White Stallion Ranch after 3:00 PM; check in at Ranch office. Ranch personnel will give you your welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information and provide information regarding dinner and orientation.
 Dinner: We'll have dinner in the Sunrise Room. The ranch food is delicious, nutritious and healthy, and always gets rave reviews. Dinner is a often a buffet with the main entrees grilled outdoors. There is always a choice of two entrees and an ever-changing variety of side dishes. Delicious dessert options vary nightly. Special dietary restrictions, such as gluten free, low salt, and vegetarian are cheerfully accommodated.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: White Stallion Ranch History/Behind-the-Scenes Ranch Visit/Scenic Trail Ride/Country-western Dance Lessons
(Wednesday, October 1)

Note: Walking a few blocks or up to a mile over the course of the day depending on your physical capabilities. Standing during behind-the-scenes ranch visit. Even those with physical impairments can mount a horse (thanks to mounting block) and enjoy a short trail ride. Watch or participate in country western dance lessons.



   
 Breakfast: Our breakfast at the ranch includes a cooked-to-order menu as well as an extensive continental buffet.
 Morning: Russell True, owner of White Stallion Ranch, and other ranch employees will tell us about the ranch's history, how his family established it, and how his children are preparing themselves to run it in the future. We'll also be treated to a guided "behind the scenes" ranch exploration; the scope of this facility is amazing!
 Lunch: Our daily lunch buffet allows us to dine inside or on the patio with a selection of two entrees, several side dishes and salads, plus a sandwich bar. Fresh-baked cookies and fresh fruit are always available.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll enjoy a scenic introductory trail ride, followed by the video "Wild Horse, Wild Ride," a documentary about a "mustang makeover."
 Dinner: At the ranch
 Evening: After dinner, we'll work off some of those calories with country-and-western line dance lessons. Although these are optional, they're usually too much fun to resist.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trail Ride and Breakfast Cook-Out (vans for non-riders)/Roping clinic/Animal-Care Demonstration/Evening "Star Party"
(Thursday, October 2)

Note: Walking a few blocks or up to a mile over the course of the day depending on your physical capabilities. Even those with physical impairments can mount a horse (thanks to mounting block) and enjoy a short trail ride, but vans are available to transport non-riders. Standing for an hour during roping clinic, animal care demo, and evening star party (a few chairs will be provided in the evening for those who can't stand long).



   
 Breakfast: This morning, we'll take a guided trail ride to a breakfast cookout location (van transportation is available for those who don't want to ride). This is so much fun; the food tastes great in the fresh morning air, and the scenery is spectacular.
 Morning: After breakfast, we'll ride back to the ranch for a roping clinic.

Those who wish may participate, or simply observe.

 Lunch: At the ranch
 Afternoon: This afternoon, there will be a demonstration and lecture on the care of the ranch animals. This includes grooming, feeding, shoeing, sheltering, and everything else involved with keeping the horses, cows, donkeys, burros, and other critters healthy, happy and well-maintained. Those who wish will have the opportunity to help groom some of the animals.
 Dinner: At the ranch
 Evening: This evening, 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; far away from city lights, the stars, moon, and planets 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 expert 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.

   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Scenic Mountain Trail Ride/Hay Ride and Cookout/Desert Nature Class and Walk
(Friday, October 3)

Note: Walking a few blocks or up to a mile over the course of the day depending on your physical capabilities. Even those with physical impairments can mount a horse (thanks to mounting block) and enjoy the scenic trail ride. Standing during cookout (a few chairs will be provided). Walking over unpaved terrain during desert nature walk.



   
 Breakfast: At the ranch
 Morning: This morning we'll take a scenic mountain trail ride. We'll then get on board the flat-bed trailer and embark on a hay ride and picnic lunch.
 Lunch: Outdoor cookout; we'll dine outdoors beneath clear blue skies, surrounded by beautiful mountains and saguaro, ocotillo, and prickly-pear cacti.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, there will be a class and nature walk about the desert flora and fauna found on the ranch.
 Dinner: At the ranch
 Evening: This evening, we'll be entertained by Phil Garcia, who will introduce us to some of his "critters."
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Natural Horsemanship Demonstration/Scenic Trail Ride/Art Class/Cowboy Serenade/Program Closing
(Saturday, October 4)

Note: Trail ride, art class, walking a few blocks from housing to dining hall/meeting room, standing during evening entertainment (a few chairs will be provided)



   
 Breakfast: At the ranch
 Morning: This morning we'll be treated to a demonstration on "Natural Horsemanship." We'll have our eyes opened by this effective technique for working with horses.
 Lunch: At the ranch
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll practice our riding skills some more on a scenic trail ride.

After returning to the ranch facilities, we'll participate in an art class with Ute Vaughn. We can try our hand at creating a simple piece of art using water colors and ink; all materials are provided for us, and we'll have a nice souvenir to take home! Even those who've never tried drawing or painting can succeed in producing something that will bring back fond memories of the lovely scenery at White Stallion Ranch!

 Dinner: At the ranch
 Evening: After dinner, we'll gather at the bonfire ring, where we'll be entertained by a a talented cowboy singer. A brief program closing will complete our visit to White Stallion Ranch.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and Departures
(Sunday, October 5)

Note: Walking a few blocks from housing to dining hall



   
 Breakfast: This morning's breakfast will be the last meal included with the program.
 Morning: If you are departing from the ranch, please check out no later than 11:00 AM.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, wherer you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Early Tucson (Images of America)


Author: Anne I. Woosley and Arizona Historical Society


Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border


Author: Rachel C. St. John


True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine


Author: Editors of True West


Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900


Author: Jeremy Agnew


Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West


Author: William Manns, elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney


Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City


Author: C. L. Sonnichsen




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