Walking up to one mile over course of the day over packed dirt, even terrain; mounting and dismounting horse (mounting block available).
Our breakfast at the Ranch includes a cooked-to-order menu as well as an extensive continental buffet.
This morning we'll meet our horses. The Ranch horses are extremely friendly; if you stand by the corral fence, they'll gather round vying for attention. We'll have the same horses all week, and by the end of the program, they'll feel like old friends. We begin our day with an early-morning trail ride. After returning to the Ranch, we'll be treated to a demonstration on "Natural Horsemanship," learning about this effective technique for working with horses. We'll then watch an instructional riding video at the Round Up movie theater.
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.
After lunch, we'll enjoy a presentation on saguaro cacti, the iconic plants of the Sonoran Desert. Afterwards, we'll end the afternoon with a late-afternoon/early-evening trail ride.
In the Sunrise Room.
This evening, we'll meet for tonight's "Star Party." 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. With our local expert, we'll have the opportunity to view the magnificence through telescopes as well as binoculars (we'd encourage folks to bring some; even inexpensive ones can make viewing more pleasurable).