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Saddle up your horse and enjoy the centuries-old traditions of the American cowboy as you step back in time on a guided overnight camp out in Arizona, USA! During this camp, you will enjoy a horseback riding adventure through several amazing landscapes of Arizona to reach a rustic cowboy camp where you will be greeted by a herd of buffalo, stories, steak dinner, and other fellow cowboys and cowgirls. This is truly a wild west adventure not to be missed!
During this holiday, you will stay in a tent in rustic cowboy camp.
The Grand Canyon Western Ranch is nestled in Grapevine Canyon between the Music mountains and the southern end of the Grand Wash Cliffs, 15 miles from the west rim of the Grand Canyon. The water comes from an artisan spring called Grass Springs. The Stone Cabins date back to the 1880’s built by miners who were processing gold ore. They ended their operations here when the Hualapai held their very first Ghost Dance in 1889. The ranch was surrounded by beautiful and scenic views and the Starkey family moved into the Stone Cabin after the miners had left.
The main ranch house was built in 1931 by Tap Duncan who acquired the ranch from the Starkey’s. It became the original headquarters of his 1.4 million acre cattle ranch then known as the Diamond Bar Ranch. In order to acquire 1.4 million acres, some folks still wonder how he came by that money. Some say honestly through hard work whilst others say from Bank and Train robberies.
Tap’s wife had an uncle named Black Jack Ketchum and he and Harvey Logan (known as Kid Currie) were a notorious bank and train robbers and associated with the Hole in the Wall Gang. Whilst Tap may have been guilty by association one thing is known for sure that Tap participated in a gun battle and killed a man in Bruneau, Idaho.
In 1956, the ranch was bought by Dale Smith who was a World Champion Calf Roper in rodeo. At that time, the ranch only operated as a cattle and horse ranch until it was purchased by the present owner's predecessor in 2002 and converted to tourism whilst operating on a smaller scale as a horse and cattle ranch.
The new and present operations include helicopter rides into the Grand Canyon, horseback and wagon rides, and a gun range. Buffalos were also introduced to the ranch to revive their past and future history. The main ranch house was converted to a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a bar which is fully licensed, and accommodations were added. Today, the ranch offers rustic cabins, glamping tents, and an overnight campsite for those wanting to take a horseback trail ride, sleep under the stars, and enjoy a meal cooked by a real cowboy.
Your journey starts as you ride horseback through a Joshua tree-lined trail and through the breathtaking desert landscape. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Spirit Mountain as you climb into the vastness of the open range. As you near your cowboy camp at sunset, you will see a real heard of buffalo. Chow down on a home cooked western steak dinner while you relax in the company of your fellow cowboys and cowgirls. Relax under a canopy of stars and relive the history and stories of the outlaws from the old wild west. Just after sunrise, and a freshly made cup of cowboy coffee, it's time to saddle up and head back to the ranch house for a hearty breakfast. Your overnight adventure promises to be the highlight of your vacation!
Please note that this overnight campout is subject to weather conditions. Also, you must be at least 9 years old and have the minimum height of 5' 2" (5 feet and 2 inches) / 157.48 centimeters to participate in the horseback ride.
This horseback riding holiday will take place in Arizona, USA. You can enjoy the panoramic views of the Iron Basin, Music Mountains, and the Spirit Mountain during the ride.
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