Mounting/dismounting horse (mounting block available); riding about 5 miles. Walking up to 1 mile over the course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.
In the Sunrise Dining Room at the Ranch, the breakfast buffet also offers cooked-to-order items with beverage choices of milk, coffee, tea, water.
Next, we'll walk to the stables to 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 have the same horses all week and get to know them. We’ll then set out on an early morning trail ride. Returning to the Ranch, we'll be treated to a demonstration on “natural” horsemanship and learn about this effective technique for working with horses. We'll then walk to the Round Up movie theater and watch an instructional riding video.
At the ranch, the daily lunch buffet offers a choice of entrées, side dishes, salads, a sandwich bar, fresh-baked cookies, fresh fruit and coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Depending on the weather, dine inside or on the patio.
Next, in the Longhorn room, we'll attend a presentation by Ranch staff on saguaro cacti. This iconic plant of the Sonoran Desert is Arizona’s state wildflower and can grow to be over 40 feet tall! We'll end the afternoon with another trail ride.
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).