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Arizona

Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch Experience

Program No. 20193RJ
Discover your pioneer spirit on a working dude ranch as you enjoy scenic trail rides, ranching demonstrations, country western dance lessons and cowboy songs around an evening bonfire.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.8)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,649

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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2023
Starting at
1,649
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
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1,649
Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
1,649
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
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1,649
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2023
Starting at
2,119
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
2,119
Apr 23 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
2,119
Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
2,119

At a Glance

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 ranch animals. Cowboy songs around a bonfire complete this adventure to discover your inner cowboy or cowgirl.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles; getting on and off of and riding a horse.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy scenic trail rides on gentle horses, a breakfast cookout, a desert nature walk and an assortment of hands-on classes.
  • Learn how to care for and communicate with horses, watch horse-roping and penning demonstrations and see how a horse is “shod.”
  • Spend evenings participating in country western dance lessons, listening to a performance by a cowboy singer and enjoying a "Wild West Show" presentation by a Western performer.

General Notes

Select dates can be taken back-to-back with a sister program, “Rancho de la Osa: Ranch Life on the Southern Border (#23771)”. Please check Dates and Prices of both programs for availability and then contact the Ranch directly to make arrangements.
Featured Expert
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Ute Vaughn
Ute Vaughan, originally hailing from Germany, is an artist and teacher who has studied art in Europe and the U.S. She is now based in Tucson, Arizona. Working primarily in watercolors and wall murals, her work is most often inspired by the colors, animals, and mysticism of the Southwest.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ute Vaughan, originally hailing from Germany, is an artist and teacher who has studied art in Europe and the U.S. She is now based in Tucson, Arizona. Working primarily in watercolors and wall murals, her work is most often inspired by the colors, animals, and mysticism of the Southwest.
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Bill Ganz is a natural musician, and he’s been singing and playing western music for the last 25 years. Whether playing at campfires, guest ranches or major resorts, he always brings the authentic feel of Arizona to his music. He has performed for the last 20 years with his band, The Bill Ganz Western Band, which has appeared for a series of concerts with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing, Bill teaches private lessons and has been involved in many independent recording projects.
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Carol Moore has lived in Arizona since 1969. She discovered her true calling when she began working with Lazy K Bar Ranch as General Manager in 1975, in charge of operations. In 2000, she began working at White Stallion Ranch where she is group sales coordinator and reservations manager. Carol oversees front desk operations, books groups, acts as logistics coordinator, does marketing, creates special programs, leads hikes, and also does horse penning and roping activities. In addition to her other interests, she writes book reviews.
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Loop Rawlins has been fascinated by cowboys since he was a boy, and began learning trick roping at the age of eight. At 14, he started performing at a theme park, and at 16 shocked his competitors by winning five International Wild West Arts Awards in Las Vegas. He soon found himself working at rodeos, resorts, festivals, and special events. He has also appeared on ABC, AMC Television, History Channel, the BBC and ITV (UK). Loop was the first cowboy performer in Cirque Du Soleil.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine
by Editors of True West
Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border
by Rachel C. St. John
Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900
by Jeremy Agnew
Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City
by C. L. Sonnichsen
Early Tucson (Images of America)
by Anne I. Woosley and Arizona Historical Society
Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West
by William Manns, elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Tucson, AZ
D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Ranch check-in from 3:00 p.m. Walking up to several hundred feet; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.

Afternoon: Program Registration and Orientation: 5:00-6:30 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. Most days, we will have a choice of ranch activities led by staff that take place simultaneously. What happens each day depends on the weather, so this schedule should be considered provisional. Welcome Reception: 6:30 p.m. In the bar, we’ll be treated to complimentary appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At 7:00 p.m. on the Ranch’s patio, we’ll have a buffet with a choice of entrées, a variety of side dishes, and dessert plus several non-alcoholic beverage choices; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: After dinner we'll gather at the bonfire site for some stargazing (you may wish to bring binoculars). We’ll also sign up for the ranch activities of our choice tomorrow.

DAY
2
Natural Horsemanship, Trail Ride, Activities, Critter Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horses (mounting blocks available).Walking up to 1 mile over the course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.

Breakfast: In the Ranch’s Sunrise Room, the breakfast buffet also offers a cooked-to-order menu with several beverage choices. Depending on the weather, dine inside or on the patio.

Morning: We’ll walk to the stables and meet our horses. The Ranch horses are extremely friendly; if you stand by the corral fence, they’ll usually gather round vying for attention. We’ll each have the same horses all week and get to know them. Ranch Staff will take us on a scenic introductory trail ride around the property this morning. Next, we'll gather for a class on natural horsemanship as well as riding tips that will help prepare us for the week ahead.

Lunch: At the ranch, the daily lunch buffet offers a choice of entrées, side dishes, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase. Depending on the weather, dine inside or on the patio.

Afternoon: We will have some independent time in the early afternoon before gathering in the Ranch stables for a class on the value of sports massage for horses. We’ll then have a chance to try target shooting with instruction from Ranch Staff. Cocktail hour before dinner.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will introduce us to some of the “critters” that live in the area. We’ll have an opportunity to meet some of the unique creatures that have adapted to their arid desert home. We’ll also sign up for the ranch activities of our choice tomorrow.

DAY
3
Breakfast Cook-Out, Ranch Activities, Line Dancing
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horse and riding to cookout location; (van available to transport non-riders). Walking up to 2 miles over the course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain. Evening line dancing activity.

Breakfast: Trail ride breakfast. We’ll ride our horses to a beautiful location for our trail ride breakfast (van transportation is also available). We’ll have an al fresco cookout and ride back to the ranch after breakfast.

Morning: After returning to the ranch, we'll gather in our meeting room for a leather tooling class led by a local expert.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll choose between a scenic trail ride, cattle sorting, or similar activities. Later in the afternoon we'll have the chance choose an additional ranch activity; selections may include: a team penning demonstration, a fast trail ride, or a beginner fat-tire E-Bike ride.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: After dinner we’ll enjoy country-and-western line dance lessons by Ranch staff. We don’t know exactly where line dancing originated, but many believe it developed from English country dances brought over to America by settlers. Since then, line dancing has been mixed with various styles of music. We’ll also sign up for the ranch activities of our choice tomorrow.

DAY
4
Trail Ride, Desert Walk, Art Class, Rodeo, Wild West Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horses (mounting block available). Walking up to 2 miles over the course of the day; unpaved desert terrain (closed-toe shoes strongly recommended).

Breakfast: Ranch buffet.

Morning: We’ll have a choice of four trail rides this morning. More experienced riders may choose a fast-paced flat trail ride or a fast-paced mountain trail ride with loping. Those who are beginners may choose between a slow mountain trail ride or a slow flat trail ride. After returning to the Ranch, we’ll have a nature walk with a local expert who is an experienced desert forager and herbalist. We will learn about and observe some desert flora and fauna. This is an easy, flat hike, surrounded by several varieties of cacti and other rugged desert plants.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll enjoy an Art Class with Ute Vaughn, where you can try your hand at simple art using water colors and ink. Even if you’ve never drawn or painted, you can succeed in producing a painting that will bring you fond memories of your ranch stay. We’ll then go to the arena for the Exhibition Ranch Rodeo performed by the White Stallion Ranch staff. The weekly exhibition rodeo has been a Ranch tradition for almost 50 years.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: On the front patio, we’ll enjoy a Wild West Show by a local performer. We’ll also sign up for the ranch activities of our choice tomorrow.

DAY
5
Trail Ride, Ranch History, Desert Life, Cowboy Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horses; riding horses during trail ride. Walking up to 1 mile; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the day with a scenic trail ride. After we return, White Stallion Ranch’s owner, Russell True, or a member of his family 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 then have a behind-the-scenes exploration of the operational facilities, including areas that guests don’t get to see, including the tack room, feed room, and the all-important kitchen.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will choose between another scenic trail ride or cattle sorting. Later in the afternoon we'll regroup in our meeting room for a presentation on desert life with a local expert.

Dinner: Ranch buffet. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: We’ll gather around the bonfire for a performance by a talented cowboy singer.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Tucson, AZ
B

Activity note: Ranch check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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