20193
Tucson
Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch Experience
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.
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Program No. 20193RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check in at Ranch, Welcome Reception and Orientation
Tucson, AZ
D
White Stallion Ranch

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

Afternoon: Check-in available at Ranch office from 3:00 p.m.. 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. Program registration, introductions and orientation between 5:00 and 6:30, followed by cocktails in the bar with complimentary appetizers.

Dinner: We'll have dinner in the dining hall. Dinner is a often a buffet with the main entrees grilled outdoors. There is always a choice of two entrées and a changing variety of side dishes. Delicious dessert options vary nightly. Coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot and cold teas and lemonade are available all day; alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Special dietary restrictions, such as gluten free, low salt, and vegetarian are cheerfully accommodated.

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!

DAY
2
Natural Horsemanship, Scenic Trail Ride, Roadrunners
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Walking a few blocks or up to a mile over the course of the day depending on your physical capabilities; getting on and off horses (mounting blocks available).

Breakfast: Our breakfast at the ranch includes a cooked-to-order menu as well as an extensive continental buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll be treated to a class and demonstration on "Natural Horsemanship," a fascinatingly effective technique for working with horses. We'll then view an instructional riding video in the Round Up movie theater.

Lunch: Our daily lunch buffet allows us to dine inside or on the patio with a selection of two entrées, several side dishes and salads, plus a sandwich bar. Fresh-baked cookies and fresh fruit are always available.

Afternoon: Optional riding lessons will be available after lunch ($20 per person). We'll then enjoy a guided scenic introductory trail ride. After returning to the ranch, we'll enjoy a class, "All About Roadrunners," with a local expert.

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 the area did; far away from city lights, the stars, moon, and planets are visible with amazing clarity. We'll have an opportunity to view the magnificence through telescopes and binoculars (we'd encourage folks to bring some; even inexpensive ones make viewing more pleasurable) as a local expert explains what we're seeing.

DAY
3
Trail Ride, Cook-Out, Roping, Movie Walk, "Wild West Show"
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Walking a few blocks or up to a mile over the course of the day; getting on and off horse and riding to cookout location (van available to transport non-riders); walking over varied terrain during movie walk.

Breakfast: Trail ride breakfast. We'll ride our horses out to a beautiful location for an "al fresco" cookout breakfast. (Van transportation is available for those who don't wish to ride. Restrooms available at cookout site.)

Morning: After breakfast, we'll ride back to the ranch for a roping clinic where we'll learn how to throw a lasso.

Lunch: At the ranch.

Afternoon: Optional riding lessons available after lunch ($20). This afternoon we'll embark on a Western movie walk where we'll see some of the locations used in films shot at the ranch (wear comfortable walking shoes.) Enjoy a team penning demonstration after returning to the ranch.

Dinner: At the ranch.

Evening: This evening we'll enjoy ranch entertainment, a "Wild West" show presented by Western performer Loop Rawlins.

DAY
4
Trail Ride, Hay Ride, Art Class, "Critter Show"
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Walking a up to a mile over unpaved desert terrrain over the course of the day; getting on and off horses; boarding hay wagon; riding horses during trail ride.

Breakfast: At the ranch.

Morning: This morning we'll have a choice of riding options: Either a slow mountain trail ride as our sure-footed mounts take us up to a nearby peak or a slow, flat trail ride. After returning to the ranch, we'll enjoy the video "Wild Horse, Wild Ride" before boarding the hay wagon, decked out with hay bales for seats, and embarking for our lunch location.

Lunch: After arriving at the cookout site we'll enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs cooked over a fragrant mesquite fire with all the trimmings (delicious vegetarian options are always available) as we soak up the sunshine and fresh desert air.

Afternoon: After returning to the ranch, we'll participate in a hands-on class with artist Ute Vaughn. Working with watercolors or ink, we'll try our hands at creating a small painting or drawing. Even those who've never tried before will be surprised at what they'll be able to produce and how much fun it can be. We'll then enjoy watching the ranch's exhibition rodeo.

Dinner: At the ranch.

Evening: This evening, we'll be entertained by Phil Garcia, who will introduce us to some of his "critters."

DAY
5
Trail Ride, Ranch Exploration, Nature Walk, Cowboy Serenade
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Walking over unpaved terrain on ranch grounds; getting on and off horses; riding horses during trail ride.

Breakfast: At the ranch.

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" exploration of the ranch facilities.

Lunch: At the ranch.

Afternoon: Optional riding lessons available after lunch ($20). This afternoon we'll enjoy another scenic trail ride, then learn about desert flora and fauna on a guided nature walk where we'll see some examples of the same. This is an easy, flat hike, surrounded by several varieties of cacti and other rugged desert plants. (Closed-toe shoes strongly recommended.)

Dinner: At the ranch.

Evening: Gather at the bonfire ring and enjoy being serenaded by a a talented cowboy singer. A brief program closing will complete our visit to White Stallion Ranch.

DAY
6
Breakfast and Departures
Tucson, AZ
B

Activity 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: Those departing from the ranch should check out no later than 11:00 a.m. 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!