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20350
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.
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Program No. 20350RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,279 / ADULT
799 / 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
1,279 / ADULT
799 / CHILD
Program No. 20350 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Age 10 - 14
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
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Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
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Aug 7 - Aug 12, 2022
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799
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799
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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 the grooming and feeding horses, and add a little friendly competition during a “Paint Your Pony” class. 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, dance lessons, roping lessons.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Take the reins as you set out out on low-key horseback trail rides to practice your horsemanship skills.
  • Learn how to throw a lasso, and watch the pros show you how it’s done at an Exhibition Ranch Rodeo.
  • 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.
Featured Expert
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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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Russell True has lived and breathed ranching since the age of five. Along with his brother Michael, Russell is the owner and operator of the White Stallion Ranch, a working cattle ranch that welcomes guests from around the world. Russell is familiar with all aspects of ranch operation and is well versed in the history of ranching and rodeo. He is currently president of the Dude Ranch Association and is a member of the board with the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor’s Center.
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Ute Vaughn View biography
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.
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.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Book of Answers
by David Wentworth Lazaroff
Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City
by C. L. Sonnichsen
Native Americans of the Southwest: A Journey of Discovery
by Tito Naranjo
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
by Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus
Time for Children
by Tallent, Elizabeth
Children in Prehistoric Puebloan Southwest
by Kathryn Kamp
Children's book - suitable for 9-12 age group.
Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West
by William Manns, elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney
The Stars: A New Way To See Them
by Rey, H.A.
naked-eye astronomy primer
Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900
by Jeremy Agnew
Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border
by Rachel C. St. John
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
Early Tucson (Images of America)
by Anne I. Woosley and Arizona Historical Society
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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. Line dancing.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff. Ranch personnel will give you your welcome packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and will confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). Welcome Reception & Orientation: 5:00-5:30 p.m. In the Longhorn room, 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. 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: In the Sunrise Room at the Ranch, we’ll have a buffet dinner with choice of entrées (grilled outdoors), a variety of side dishes, dessert, and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: In the Longhorn room, 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, Star Gazing
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: 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.

Breakfast: 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.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: 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
3
Trail Ride, History, Horse Grooming & Penning, Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Mounting/dismounting horse (mounting block available); van transportation available for those who don’t wish to ride. Walking up to 1 mile mostly even, packed dirt terrain. Getting on/off hay wagon; steps.

Breakfast: Trail ride breakfast. We’ll ride our horses to a beautiful location for our trail ride breakfast. We’ll have an al fresco cookout with choices such as eggs, bacon, and more plus coffee, tea, juice, water, milk.

Morning: We’ll ride back to the Ranch. The 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. He'll also talk about the history of rodeos. 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: In the Longhorn room, Ranch staff will give us a presentation about the Ranch's "infamous" roadrunner. Then we’ll walk to the stables where Ranch staff will lead a team penning demonstration and a hands-on lesson about grooming our horses. After the penning demonstration, we'll climb aboard flatbed trailers for a scenic hay ride.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: We’ll view a “Wild West Show” from the Ranch patio.

DAY
4
Paint A Pony, Ranch Rodeo, Critter Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Early morning trail ride; mounting and dismounting horse (mounting block available). Swimming; bring bathing suits. Walking up to 1 mile over course of the day; packed dirt, mostly even terrain.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet.

Morning: We'll go on an early morning trail ride to practice our riding skills and view the area’s beautiful flora and fauna. Then, after breakfast, we'll meet at the round pen for a lesson by Ranch staff on how to groom and lead our horses. After, grandparents and grandkids will work together to “paint” our horses with designs from Indigenous peoples, braid their manes, and add feathers or flowers.

Lunch: Ranch buffet.

Afternoon: On the grounds of the Ranch, we’ll learn about local geology by Ranch staff. Then, we’ll have some time for independent swimming at the Ranch’s pool. 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: In the Ranch’s classroom, we'll meet some of the "critters" that live in this desert environment; Ranch staff will give a presentation about the animals and then we will be able to hold some.

DAY
5
AZ-Sonora Desert Museum, Art Class, Penning, Cowboy Show
Tucson, AZ
B,L,D
White Stallion Ranch

Activity note: Getting in/out of van; traveling about 60 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking at Desert Museum; paved and unpaved terrain. Throwing a lasso. Materials provided for art class.

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. Following the visit, we will take the van back to the Ranch for lunch.

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 go to the round pen for instruction by Ranch staff on how to throw a lasso. We’ll finish the afternoon by spending more time with our horses.

Dinner: Ranch buffet.

Evening: We'll gather around a bonfire for a performance by a talented cowboy singer Bill Ganz.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Tucson, AZ
B

Activity note: Walking up to 2 blocks; well-groomed paths. Ranch check-out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Ranch buffet. This concludes our program.

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