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Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch Intergenerational

Program Number: 20350RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/24/2014 - 6/29/2014; 7/22/2014 - 7/27/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Price starting at: $1,059.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 10 - 14 years of age.

Soak up the Arizona sun, make friends and learn new skills during this ultimate Old West program with your grandchild at White Stallion Ranch, a true Wild West getaway not far from Tucson. Lend a hand with the grooming and feeding of this working dude ranch’s horses and longhorn cattle, and get in touch with your inner cowboy or cowgirl as you learn to rope cattle and horses, take part in country-Western dancing and more.




Highlights

Set out on gentle horseback trail rides amid your striking surroundings.
Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and see more than 300 live animal species and 1,300 species of plants in their natural habitats.
Gaze at the stars with a local astronomer and sing cowboy songs around a bonfire.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain. Slow and easy horseback rides, dance lessons, roping lessons.



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
Working cattle ranch with heated pool, hot tub, tennis courts. Rooms furnished with Old West-style furniture, bedding. Private baths, patios for each room.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Russell True

Russell True has lived and breathed ranching since the age of five. Along with his brother Michael, Russell is the owner and operator of the White Stallion Ranch, a working cattle ranch that welcomes guests from around the world. Russell is familiar with all aspects of ranch operation and is well versed in the history of ranching and rodeo. He is currently president of the Dude Ranch Association and is a member of the board with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor’s Center.
 
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:
Check in anytime between 3:00 and 5:30 PM; meet your group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM You will be staying at White Stallion Ranch that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast on last day of the program; checkout time is no later than 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 at the ranch.
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

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
White Stallion Shuttle Service
phone: 888-977-9624
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free airport transfer via White Stallion vans
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

28 miles

   

Ranch (Hotel) Shuttle must be arranged directly with the ranch at least two weeks prior to the program date. Arizona Stagecoach Shuttle from airport (520-889-1000) Approximate cost one way is $44.00 per person. Taxi cab approximately $72.00 one way.

 

Tucson

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
White Stallion Shuttle Service
phone: 888-977-2624
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free airport transfer via White Stallion vans
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

28 miles

   

Ranch (Hotel) Shuttle must be arranged directly with the ranch at least two weeks prior to the program date. Arizona Stagecoach Shuttle to airport (520-889-1000) Approximate cost one way is $44.00 per person. Taxi cab approximately $72.00 one way.

 
Driving Directions
  Tucson Int'l Airport & Sky Harbor, Phoenix airport The White Stallion Ranch is 40 minutes from the Tucson International Airport and 90 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. No matter which airport you arrive at, you will approach the ranch on I-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 Cortaro Road, Exit #246. From Phoenix turn right on Cortaro Road and from Tucson turn left on Cortaro Road. Go to Silverbell Road and turn right. You will pass two traffic lights and the Safeway store. There will be a sign for West Twin Peaks Road. Take West Twin Peaks up over the hill and the entrance will be on the left at the bottom of the hill. The ranch is about ten miles from I-10.
Equipment Requirements: No equipment required, but binoculars and a camera are nice things to have with you!
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/Dinner/Orientation
(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: Walking a few blocks over even packed dirt terrain from registration office to housing and back to dining hall



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at White Stallion Ranch between 3:00 and 5:30 PM; check in at Ranch office. Ranch personnel will provide information regarding dinner and orientation.
 Dinner: Get acquainted reception and evening meal followed by orientation and group introductions.
 Evening: There will be a short Western movie shown after dinner.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: White Stallion Ranch history, Ranch exploration, meet the horses, country western dance lessons
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over packed dirt, even terrain. Country western dancing in the evening if you wish.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Ranch's dining hall
 Morning: The White Stallion Ranch's owner, Russell True, will tell you how his family purchased the Ranch, how he learned to manage it and how his own children are planning to run the Ranch in the future. He'll also tell you about the history of rodeos.

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 hall
 Evening: After dinner, you'll be treated to country western dance lessons. These will include line dancing as well as other dances. Even if you haven't danced before, you'll find that this is a joyful, companionable experience that will allow you to meet more Ranch staff, other guests at the Ranch, and experience a great form of exercise.

Guaranteed - everyone will have a good time!

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

Day 3: Breakfast trail ride and cookout, Roping and lassoing class, Caring for the cattle and horses, Round pen demonstration, Evening star party
(Thursday, July 24)

Note: Riding gentle horses on easy trail ride (if you wish; van transportation available). Walking up to one mile over course of the day on even packed dirt terrain. Lasso lessons (if you wish!). Walking over Ranch grounds as needed; walking and standing to Star Party area (short distance) over relatively even terrain.



   
 Breakfast: This morning, you'll meet at the corral, get on a gentle horse and take off on an easy trail ride.

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 one and a half hour clinic where you can either just observe or try your hand with a lasso as you learn to rope some of the animals. Kids and adults will have a grand time with this experience!
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall
 Afternoon: 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. This will last about an hour, and will be followed by a round-pen demonstration with an explanation of its benefits.

Round penning is direct one-to-one, precise communication with horses, using very specific cues and instructions. When round penning is done correctly, the horse will be quieter, more compliant, and a much more willing partner in other training activities. Round penning can be an invaluable tool in developing a happier horse -- and a happier rider!

You will learn how to effectively communicate with your horse in the round pen to establish respect for your leadership position.

Your instructor will discuss some of the fundamental techniques for effective round penning using Natural Horsemanship principles. Then, these round pen techniques are demonstrated in an actual round pen session.

You will also learn about round pen body language, “volume thinking,” controlling the horse’s feet, direction, inside and outside turns, “eye changes,” the four signs of compliance, latch-on, controlling the hindquarters, building the “come here” cue, and much more! It's a real art to do this well, but you'll love learning about it and watching all the things the horses and their trainer can accomplish together.

 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.

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

Day 4: Natural Horsemanship demonstration, Scenic trail ride, Hayride and lunch cookout, Class about the Hohokam Indians
(Friday, July 25)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on packed dirt, even terrain. Easy horseback trail ride (if you wish - if not, vans are available). Noontime hayride on flatbed truck (assistance getting on and off vehicle).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: This morning, you'll see a Natural Horsemanship demonstration.

Natural horsemanship is the philosophy of working with horses by appealing to their instincts. It involves communication techniques derived from wild horse observation in order to build a partnership that closely resembles the relationships that exist between horses.

Horses are social herd animals, evolved for social interaction and the ability to escape predators. The horse has a highly developed communication system practiced primarily through body language. It is possible for humans to learn to use body language to communicate with the horse. Horses use ear position, head position, speed of movement, threatening gestures, showing of teeth and swinging of hips, and many other gestures to communicate. They are quick to escalate a behavior if early warnings are not heeded. Similarly, in natural horsemanship, the handler or trainer uses body language along with other forms of gentle pressure with increasing escalation to get the horse to respond.

Horses are quick to form a relationship of respect with humans who treat them in this fashion. The object is for the horse to be calm and feel safe throughout the training process; the horse that feels this way with his handler is quick to bond with that person.

The human must be knowledgeable of the horse's natural instincts and communication system, and use this knowledge in their work with the horse. The results can be remarkable!

After the demonstration, you'll go for a scenic trail ride, viewing the beautiful mountains and cacti that surround the White Stallion Ranch.

 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Western hayride followed by a lunch cookout.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, you'll have a chance to learn about "those who have vanished," the Hohokam Indians.

There will be some free time for a swim or some games - or even a nap! Ranch personnel will spend time with the young people, and grandparents can relax as they choose for awhile.

 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the dining hall.
 Evening: After dinner, there will be a "Critter Show" featuring some of the unusual living creatures that have adapted to the Sonora Desert climate. Most of them can be held (including the tarantula!) and enjoyed. The presenter will tell you what the critter had to do to be able to live with such temperature extremes and so little water.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Desert Museum/Western arts and crafts afternoon/Final evening bonfire with cowboy singer
(Saturday, July 26)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on packed dirt and paved terrain. Standing during museum visit. Sitting outdoors in evening around a bonfire; we recommend a chair cane if you have trouble sitting down on the ground. www.amazon.com - enter chair canes into search box.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall
 Morning: Everyone will board one of the White Stallion Ranch's vans and drive to the amazing Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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 at the Ranch.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, there will be some time to learn some western-style crafts, play some games and learn more about horses.

Children and adults can do these things, but if the adults want some time to relax, Ranch personnel will work with the young people.

Make some things to take home to show to friends and family, including some leather-craft and a watercolor and ink art piece.

 Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the dining hall.
 Evening: 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.
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Breakfast and Departure
(Sunday, July 27)

Note: Walking a block or two from housing area to dining hall and check-out area.



   
 Depart From: Check out no later than 11:00 AM. Independent departures anytime after breakfast.
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall will be the last meal included with the program.
   
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


A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert


Author: Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Book of Answers


Author: David Wentworth Lazaroff


Bless Me, Ultima


Author: Anaya, Rudolfo


Children in Prehistoric Puebloan Southwest


Author: Kathryn Kamp


Description: Children's book - suitable for 9-12 age group.



Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West


Author: William Manns, elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney


Early Tucson (Images of America)


Author: Anne I. Woosley and Arizona Historical Society


Indian Arts of the Southwest


Author: Page, Susanne & Jake


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


Author: Rachel C. St. John


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


Author: Jeremy Agnew


Native Americans of the Southwest: A Journey of Discovery


Author: Tito Naranjo


Secrets from the Center of the World


Author: Harjo, Joy


Spider Woman's Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women


Author: Allen, Paula Gunn


The House at Otowi Bridge


Author: Church, Peggy Pond


The Stars: A New Way To See Them


Author: Rey, H.A.


Description: naked-eye astronomy primer



Time for Children


Author: Tallent, Elizabeth


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


Author: Editors of True West


Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City


Author: C. L. Sonnichsen


Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit: Essays on Native American Life Today


Author: Silko. Leslie Marmon




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