Exhilarating Ranch Vacation USA

Enjoy the Desert Southwest at DD Gamble Guest Lodge and Ranch. DD Gamble Guest Ranch's motto is "Rustic not Primitive". You will take advantage of the comfortable rooms, great meals, trail horses, and the relaxing atmosphere. You may also take a carriage ride or simply play with the friendly and "child-safe" 17 Miniature Horses. Walk out the Lodge door, saddle up your horse, and ride into the Wild West! These activities are guaranteed to make you smile. Cattle barons, yes, DD Gamble Guest Ranch has miniature cattle also. With no city lights, you can see for miles as the clear skies, sunrises, and sunsets will thrill you every day. Ride the Old West where Geronimo and Cochise roamed in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona! Tour historical Horseshoe Canyon on horseback! See a battlefield where Cochise and the U.S. Cavalry fought.

Key Information

  • Riders Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 221 pounds
  • Horses Height Range: From 12 to 15 hands
  • Tack type: Western / Trail

Meet the instructors

Tom
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Highlights

  • 9 hours riding
  • Super gentle to the more energetic horses
  • See historical and exotic artifacts from 1300 A.D. to the 1990's
  • Ride the old Chiricahua Apache Reservation
  • Miniature horse carriage driving
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily housekeeping
  • All meals included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Spanish, English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

You will be accommodated at DD Gamble Guest Lodge and Ranch. In 2011, the guest lodge property became available as a way to expand the ranch. Lodge has four bedrooms.

Cowboy room

The Cowboy room has two large south facing windows, two stone walls, a queen bed, a large double dresser, an armoire, and plenty of room for a roll-away bed if needed. The amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Private bath
  • Blu-Ray
  • All meals included
  • Roll-away bed available
  • Horse hotel available
  • Loaner trailers for up to five horses may be available.
  • Laundry facilities

Charro room

The Charro room has an east window, two stone walls, a double bed, a large double dresser, and a walk-in closet. The amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Blu-Ray
  • All meals included
  • Roll-away bed available
  • Horse hotel available
  • Loaner trailers for up to five horses may be available.
  • Laundry facilities

Music room

The Music room has a west facing the window, two stone walls, two single beds, a large double dresser, and a walk-in closet. The amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Blu-Ray
  • All meals included
  • Roll-away bed available
  • Horse hotel available
  • Loaner trailers for up to five horses may be available.
  • Laundry facilities

Bird room

This room os a part of the Cowboy Suite but may be used in conjunction with other rooms. The Bird room consists of one double bed and one single bed. It can also be booked separately. The amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Private bath
  • Blu-Ray
  • All meals included
  • Roll-away bed available
  • Horse hotel available
  • Loaner trailers for up to five horses may be available.
  • Laundry facilities

Pet policy

  • There is no charge for dogs or cats.
  • There are no unattended dogs or cats.
  • Dogs and cats are welcome in your rooms but not on the beds.
  • Horses are welcome (free for the lodge guests).

Program

You have to wake up and enjoy a beautiful sunrise first thing followed by a delicious homemade breakfast. Then, you will start your day by feeding and indulging the horses. Afterward, you will receive a one-hour horseback riding lesson per day. DD Gamble Guest Ranch has lessons for all riding levels. After your riding activity, you will come home to a scrumptious and healthy meal. You can choose to relax at the ranch in the afternoon, enjoy miniature horse carriage driving, or ask your hosts to explore the wild Old West and visit the too many attractions that the area has for you. Then, you will come back later for an excellent wholesome food dinner, most of it procured from the local area. You will end your day feeding the animals, taking care of injured horses, participating in corrals clean up, and winding down in a beautiful campfire gazing at the stars.

Note: Horseback riding will be included after your first night (second day) and the day before you leave (for an additional fee). If you would like to have more horseback riding hours, you can request it to your hosts directly for an additional reduced fee.

Horse

The horses range from super gentle for the beginning rider or child to the more energetic horse for the advanced rider. DD Gamble Guest Ranch welcomes you to ride the desert Southwest of the Chiricahua Mountains.

Instructors

Tom Davidson
Tom Davidson is a co-founder and horse riding instructor for this listing.

Location

This vacation will take place in Arizona, USA. DD Gamble Guest Lodge lies between the Chiricahua and the Peloncillo Mountains on the Arizona / New Mexico border.

Nearby places

  • South Fork and Cave Creek birding sites - 15 to 20 minutes’ drive

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding

General

  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

You will be served full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). All beef served at the table is from DD Gamble Guest Ranch own herd - grass-fed and steroid and chemical free. Alicia and Tom are pleased to host three different dining styles. After a hard day riding on the range, trail riding through the national forest, or driving the miniature horses through the desert, you may come home to a scrumptious and healthy meal. It is DD Gamble Guest Ranch’s custom to sit and dine with the guests.

Intimate dining

On your romantic getaway, if you are fortunate to have the lodge to yourselves, Alicia and Tom will prepare a gourmet meal with dessert prepared on the side. This is the only time that DD Gamble Guest Ranch does not dine with the guests.

Informal dining

In the informal setting, DD Gamble Guest Ranch provides excellent wholesome food, most of it procured from the local area. Wholesome fare includes steaks, roasts, chicken, and pork with fresh local produce, milk, and eggs.

Formal, gourmet dining

At least once during your stay, Tom and Alicia will prepare at least one gourmet breakfast and one gourmet evening meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching at the Four Bar Cottages
  • Bootheel Maps tour
  • Carriage driving
  • Chiricahua Art Gallery visit
  • Chiricahua Desert Museum visit
  • Chiricahua National Monument trip
  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site visit
  • Hiking trails of the Chiricahua Mountains
  • Horse trail riding ((35 USD per hour per horse; there will be a 10% discount after four hours of trail riding (not lessons))
  • Kartchner Caverns visit
  • Queen Mine tour in Bisbee
  • Southern Arizona Bird Observatory visit
  • Tombstone, Arizona tour

What's included

  • 9 hours riding
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Taxes
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
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Pricing information
  • Children of all ages are welcome
  • Children under 12 years old get meals and lodging for free. Riding $25 per hour.
  • Children from12-17 years old pay half price of an adult  ($315) meals, lodging, and 9 hours riding.

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