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Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch Intergenerational

Program Number: 20350RJ
Start and End Dates:
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.
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/Hay Ride/Welcome Reception and Orientation/Dinner/Dance Lessons
(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: Walking a few blocks over even packed dirt terrain from registration office to housing and back to dining hall. Country/western dancing if you wish.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at White Stallion Ranch after 3:00 PM; check in at Ranch office. Ranch personnel will provide information regarding dinner and orientation.
 Afternoon: We'll meet in the Longhorn room at 4:00 PM for introductions, then depart for a hay ride at 5:00 PM. Following the hay ride, we'll meet for our welcome reception and orientation, plus a scavenger hunt for the young people.
 Dinner: Dinner on the patio from 7:30 to 8:30 PM
 Evening: Country/western dance lessons
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Natural Horsemanship Class/Meet the Horses/Trail Ride
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day over packed dirt, even terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall or on the patio
 Morning: There will be a class this morning on "Natural Horsemanship." We'll have our eyes opened by this effective technique for working with horses.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall or on the patio. 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, we'll meet at the movie theater for an instructional riding video. Then, everyone will go to the corrals to meet the horses. We'll learn about the different breeds of horses and see their many different colorations and markings.

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 patio
 Evening: Loop Rawlins and his Wild West Show
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Morning Trail Ride/"Paint Your Pony" Class/Roping Clinic/Cowboy Singer
(Thursday, July 24)

Note: Riding gentle horses on easy trail ride. 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.



   
 Breakfast: This morning, we'll meet at the corral, get on a gentle horse and take off on an easy trail ride. We'll then return to the ranch for breakfast.
 Morning: "Paint Your Pony" class: We'll paint our horses with Indian designs, braid their manes, and add feathers or flowers. This is a lot of fun, as grandparents help their grandchildren decorate the horses.
 Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall or on the patio
 Afternoon: After lunch, there will be a roping clinic; those who wish can participate, or simply observe.

We'll then have some free time for games.

 Dinner: Dinner on the patio
 Evening: Entertainment by cowboy singer Bill Ganz
   
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum/Pool Time/Team Penning Demonstration/Sunset Trail Ride/"Star Party"
(Friday, July 25)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on packed dirt, even terrain. Standing during museum visit.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall or on the patio
 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 or on the patio
 Afternoon: 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 hall
 Evening: 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.

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

Day 5: Trail Ride Breakfast/Class on Ranch Animal Care/Water Color Class/Ranch Exhibition Rodeo/Program Closing/Cowboy Serenade
(Saturday, July 26)

Note: Walking up to one mile over course of the day on packed dirt and paved terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Trail ride breakfast. We'll ride out to our breakfast location for an outdoor cookout. (Van transportation available for those who would prefer not to ride.)
 Morning: The White Stallion Ranch's owner, Russell True, will tell us 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 talk about the history of rodeos.

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 patio
 Afternoon: 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.
   
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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