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Arizona

Rope & Ride at the White Stallion Ranch With Your Grandchild

Get ready to rope and ride with your grandchild on a working dude ranch in Arizona! Learn to ride and groom horses, stargaze, sing cowboy songs and more on this Wild West adventure.
Rating (5)
Program No. 20350RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Arizona

Rope & Ride at the White Stallion Ranch With Your Grandchild

Get ready to rope and ride with your grandchild on a working dude ranch in Arizona! Learn to ride and groom horses, stargaze, sing cowboy songs and more on this Wild West adventure.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,399 / ADULT
949 / CHILD
Program No. 20350RJ

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Age 10 - 14
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
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DATES
Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
Per Adult
1,399
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949
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Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
1,399
/ Adult
949
/ Child
1,399
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949
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949
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
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1,399
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Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2023
1,399
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949
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1,399
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949
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949
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Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
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1,399
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Aug 6 - Aug 11, 2023
1,399
/ Adult
949
/ Child
1,399
/ Adult
949
/ Child
1,649
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949
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At a Glance

Saddle up and soak up the Arizona sun on White Stallion Ranch as you learn to ride on horseback with your grandchild. At this true Wild West getaway not far from Tucson, make new friends both human and horse! Lend a hand with caring for the horses, pick from daily ranch activities like cattle sorting or target shooting, and add learn about the amazing animals and plants in the Arizona-Sonoran Desert. Get in touch with your inner cowboy or cowgirl as you learn to throw a lasso, move your feet at a country-Western dance and more.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to two miles over varied terrain. Slow and easy horseback rides or fast trail rides, depending on rider experience and comfort. Dance lessons, roping lessons, and other ranch activities available.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Take the reins as you set out out on low-key horseback trail rides to practice your horsemanship skills.
  • Enjoy an Exhibition Ranch Rodeo, and learn about plants and animals at the nearby Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
  • Far from the light pollution of any city, see millions of stars at an evening “Star Party,” and sing cowboy songs around the bonfire.

General Notes

For grandchildren ages 10-14.
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Ute Vaughn
Originally hailing from Germany, Ute Vaughn is an artist and teacher who has studied art in Europe and the U.S., and is now based in Tucson, Arizona. Primarily working 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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Originally hailing from Germany, Ute Vaughn is an artist and teacher who has studied art in Europe and the U.S., and is now based in Tucson, Arizona. Primarily working 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.
Early Tucson (Images of America)
by Anne I. Woosley and Arizona Historical Society
Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City
by C. L. Sonnichsen
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Book of Answers
by David Wentworth Lazaroff
Time for Children
by Tallent, Elizabeth
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
by Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus
Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border
by Rachel C. St. John
Children in Prehistoric Puebloan Southwest
by Kathryn Kamp
Children's book - suitable for 9-12 age group.
Native Americans of the Southwest: A Journey of Discovery
by Tito Naranjo
Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900
by Jeremy Agnew
True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine
by Editors of True West
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Page, Susanne & Jake
The Stars: A New Way To See Them
by Rey, H.A.
naked-eye astronomy primer
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 2 miles; mostly even, packed dirt terrain. Evening line dancing activity.

Afternoon: Ranch check-in is available at 3:00 p.m., along with ranch activities for those arriving at this time. Program Registration. 5:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table 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. Orientation: 5:30 p.m. 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. We will then view an introductory riding video in the theater. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. 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 the Ranch 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 enjoy country-and-western line dance lessons taught by Ranch staff. It is not known 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.

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

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horse (mounting block available); riding about 5 miles. Van transportation available for those who don’t wish to ride to breakfast. Walking up to 1 mile over the course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.

Breakfast: We'll walk to the stables to meet our horses early this morning. The Ranch horses are extremely friendly; if you stand by the corral fence, they'll usually gather round vying for attention. We'll have the same horses all week and get to know them. We'll set out for our trail ride breakfast, riding to a beautiful location for our trail ride breakfast. We’ll have an al fresco cookout, then ride back to the ranch. Van transportation is also available, if you’d prefer not to ride to breakfast.

Morning: Returning to the Ranch, we'll be treated to a demonstration on “natural” horsemanship and learn about this effective technique for working with horses.

Lunch: At the ranch, enjoy the daily lunch buffet with a variety of choices. Depending on the weather, dine inside or on the patio.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll enjoy a hands on class on wind chimes. Next, we'll have the chance to choose between several ranch activities, such as a scenic slow ride, a fast trail ride or team penning. Then, we will have a class on target shooting, with instruction from ranch staff.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: After dinner we'll meet some of the "critters" that live in this desert environment; our local expert will give a presentation about the animals and then we will be able to hold some.

DAY
3
Trail Rides & Activities, Leather Tooling, Wild West Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horse (mounting block available); riding several miles. Walking up to 1 mile mostly even, packed dirt terrain.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet.

Morning: This morning we'll choose from several hands-on activies (limited space is available for each activity, so we'll sign up with our Group Leader before hand). Activities may include: Rock Climbing, E-Bike rides, Slow or Fast trail rides, or Cattle Sorting. Next we will gather in our meeting room for a hands-on class on leather tooling, with an instructor from the ranch.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: In the Longhorn room, our instructor will teach us about desert animal behavior. Then we'll choose from one of the Ranch's hands-on activities, such as: Horse Grooming, Team Penning or a Fast Trail Ride.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: We’ll enjoy a “Wild West Show” on the Ranch patio.

DAY
4
AZ Sonora Desert Museum, Ranch Rodeo, Star Party
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Getting in/out of van; traveling about 60 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking and standing at Desert Museum; paved and unpaved terrain. Mounting and dismounting horse (mounting block available); riding horses. Swimming; bring bathing suits. Walking up to 2 miles over course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet.

Morning: We’ll board one of the Ranch vans and travel to Tucson to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We’ll go on a docent-led exploration of the exhibits, followed by time for independent explorations. The museum exhibits more than 300 live animal species, including mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, hawks, bighorn sheep, and hummingbirds in their natural habitats; a fenceless enclosure allows javelinas—a pig-like animal with hooves— to explore hillsides and take mud baths. We’ll walk on paths through landscapes containing more than 1,300 species of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region, including desert grasslands, cactus and desert gardens. There is also a pollination garden complex which shows interactions between insects, birds, bats and plants. A simulated limestone cave features a collection of regional gems and minerals. Additionally, there is a display about how the planet has evolved with explanations of erosion, volcanic and seismic activity and plate tectonics. We will take the van back to the Ranch for a little free time for swimming or relaxing before lunch.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: We'll choose from a couple ranch activities this afternoon, such as a scenic slow trail ride or cattle sorting. We'll then walk 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: After dinner we'll gather for a Star Party. We'll walk out to a nearby area where we'll be able to view the heavens just as the early Native American residents of this area did; far away from city lights, the stars, moon, and planets are visible with amazing clarity. With our local expert, we'll have the opportunity to view the magnificence through telescopes as well as binoculars (bring your own if you have them).

DAY
5
Desert Survival Skills, Art Class, Trail Rides, Cowboy Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting and dismounting horse (mounting block available); riding horses. Walking up to 2 miles over course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain. Materials provided for art class.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet.

Morning: With our local expert, we'll enjoy a hands-on class on desert survival. We'll learn about special situations to be aware of in the desert and some valuable survival skills.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: We'll have a hands-on art class led by our expert instructor. Using watercolors and ink, we'll create a little memento to take home with us (all materials provided). After the class, we'll spend more time with our horses, choosing between a slow or fast trail ride.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the Ranch.

Evening: We'll gather around a 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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