Arizona Dude Ranch
Arizona Dude Ranch: Featured in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide
Located 50 miles southwest of Tucson, Elkhorn Ranch is a historic, boutique Arizona dude ranch with horseback riding and comfortable living for around 32 guests. This traditional winter season ranch is family run, having been owned and operated by the Miller family since 1946.
Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson, Arizona
Tucson International Airport
Riding Style & Ability
Beginner to Advanced
Winter season, mid-November through April
32 guests across 20 cabins
Rates/ Payment Methods
2018/2019 season weekly rate of $1778 plus tax and gratuity per person per week, single or double cabin. Discounted rates for 2 or 3+ week long visits and for children ages 6 – 18. Kids must be 6 or older to ride, and there’s no charge for kids 5 and younger. Nightly rate $345 per person plus tax and gratuity, with four night minimum. Payment by check, cash or VISA/MC.
Why an Equitrekking Top 20 Ranch?
This longtime family-run Arizona dude ranch offers a unique desert vacation experience. Guests rave about the wildlife viewing, including the abundant bird watching opportunities, Sonoran desert vegetation and riding ranch bred horses in small groups.
From the Horse’s Mouth
Couples, families, and solo travelers enjoy laid back or faster loping rides through the Arizona desert. Longer trips up into the mountains are offered every day except Sunday, when the horses enjoy the day off. The ranch’s 10,000 acres provide plenty of remote canyon and mountain country to explore–– a true wilderness experience. To really get out in nature on your Arizona dude ranch vacation, enjoy an all day adventure with sandwiches or a mule-packed hot lunch.
The Elkhorn Ranch takes pride in their herd of 120 horses. Thoroughbred, Percheron and Quarter horse cross horses vary in type and temperament to suit any level of rider, even beginners – the right horse and saddle remain yours throughout your visit. Horses have been raised and trained at this guest ranch for years.
Elkhorn Ranch has been continuously owned and operated by the Miller family since 1945, when Grace and Ernest Miller ventured south from Montana to find a sunny winter guest ranch location. They already operated an Elkhorn Ranch in the Gallatin Valley of Montana, and had teamed up with other pioneer dude ranchers to found the Dude Ranchers’ Association. Now that’s a cool ranch history!
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the old Spanish missions at San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori, and Kitt Peak National Observatory are located near this Arizona guest ranch.