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Exciting Ranch Vacation in Arizona

Experience the exciting ranch activities in a destination rich with history, adventure, and good old fashion Western hospitality! Grand Canyon Western Ranch is a historic outlaw ranch, both tranquil and full of excitement. Located five miles from the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, with 165 square miles of land to explore, the possibilities for outdoor adventure at the historic Grand Canyon Western Ranch are limitless. The guided horseback or wagon rides and buffalo photo safaris are all managed by a team of experienced wranglers to ensure the safety of your holiday.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 250 pounds / 113 kilograms
  • Tack type: Western
  • Horse breed: Quarter and Draught horses
  • Horse height: 15 - 16 hands


  • Guided sunset horseback or wagon ride
  • Buffalo viewing in their natural environment
  • Ride to the spectacular Buffalo Point or Sunset Point
  • Cowboy entertainment and other ranch activities
  • Luxury transportation to and from Las Vegas
  • Western breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


1 day with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Restaurant

Grand Canyon Western Ranch has 10 cozy cabins brimming with the excitement and authenticity of the Wild West. At night, you can enjoy live entertainment, sit around the campfire, and sing along with some genuine cowboys. All cabins feature comfortable double beds and single pull-outs, heating by a quaint fireplace for the winter, air conditioning for the summer, full bathroom with a historical claw-foot bathtub and shower, porch with rocking chairs and views of the untouched desert landscape, custom weathered pine wood construction, and Western decor including numerous historical pictures, Western artifacts, and desk with chairs

All cabins have spectacular views of the Spirit Mountain. They are detached, each one custom-built, have beautiful woodwork interiors, porches all with spectacular views, and containing authentic Western artifacts such as saddles and wagon wheels. Daily maid service is included.

Short history of the Grand Canyon Western Ranch

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 1880s 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 that 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.


Horseback riding

Only at Grand Canyon Western Ranch, you experience a guided horseback and buffalo safari. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride on a Western horse and see the icon of the west, the buffalo, roaming in its natural environment. All the horse rides are designed for beginners; the horses are gentle and well-trained and suitable for all ages (age 9 and over). Comfortably seated in your authentic Western saddle, you will follow your guide through the Joshua Trees lining the historic Mormon Trail and up to Buffalo Point. You will have the opportunity to photograph wild buffalo and panoramic views of Spirit and Iron Mountain.

Wagon riding

Climb aboard a covered wagon drawn by two beautiful Belgian draft horses. Go back in time as you follow the old Mormon trail like the pioneers did long ago. As you climb through the Joshua Tree Forest, your cowboy guide will fascinate with tales of the history and wildlife of this historic ranch. On arrival at Buffalo Point, you will be in awe as you get your first views of the majestic icon of the west, the buffalo. Having the opportunity to see these animals that used to roam the plains in their millions and hear the story about their near extinction is an experience of the West definitely not to miss. From over seventy million animals to under three hundred in 25 years is a near extinction story as important to share with your family as the story of the whales.

Sunset adventure

Sunset horseback and wagon rides include an extended ride, a cowboy entertainer serenading you with old songs, and a champagne toast or soft drink at Sunset Hill. It is the perfect Arizona moment that you will never forget, looking West with the sun setting, the silhouette of buffalos, and views of the mountain ranges stretching on most days over 100 miles.


  • There is no minimum height restriction and weight limit for the horseback and wagon rides
  • Pony rides are also available for kids age seven years old and below
  • This vacation is suitable for all riders of varying experience
  • Your safety is Grand Canyon Western Ranch's priority. Grand Canyon Western Ranch is a real working guest ranch with live animals and a high desert climate which can be dangerous. Guests participating in the activities do so at their own risk
  • All tours and experiences are subject to weather conditions

Included excursions

During the vacation, you will have a buffalo viewing at the top of the spectacular overlook. You will track down the buffalo for photo opportunities.


This historic guest ranch is just a two-hour drive from Las Vegas or six hours from Phoenix, USA. Surrounded by 165 square miles of a beautiful Western country, it is the ultimate private retreat. There are no distractions or interference from the outside world. Since Grand Canyon Western Ranch has the only natural springs in the area and being in the lee of majestic Spirit Mountain, the location has been a popular meeting place for thousands of years by multiple ethnic groups who would host special meetings and ceremonies. It was, and still is, sacred ground to the native American Indians where human artifacts and roasting pits found here at the ranch date back 4,000 years.

Located five miles from the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, with 165 square miles of land to explore, the possibilities for outdoor adventure at the Historic Grand Canyon Western Ranch are limitless. The ranch is beautiful to visit at any season. It is the ideal location to escape the heat of Las Vegas during the summer and in the winter, the climate is similar to Palm Springs with warm days and campfires at night, cowboy songs sung around the campfire, and a canopy of stars overhead so close, you could reach out and nearly touch them. An outpost of the Old West, the ranch is an ideal retreat for Christmas and the New Year.


  • The West Rim of Grand Canyon - 15 minutes
  • Las Vegas - 2 hours
  • Phoenix - 6 hours


During this vacation, you will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Experience the old-fashioned hospitality at Grand Canyon Western Ranch where you can enjoy the authentic Western home-style cooking served in the historic ranch house. Sit back and relax while surrounded by the glow of an open fire and candlelit tables and the charm of old-fashioned hospitality. After your meal, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy live cowboy entertainment in the famous "Diamond Bar" serving beer, wine, and all your favorite cocktails.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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)

  • Overnight campout
  • Helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon
  • Wild West gun range

What's included

  • Horseback ride guided by a genuine cowboy OR sunset wagon ride through the rugged desert landscape
  • Ride to the spectacular Buffalo Point or Sunset Point
  • Sightseeing with the real buffalo at the top of the spectacular overlook
  • Cowboy entertainment and many other ranch activities
  • Transportation in the luxury vans to and from Las Vegas
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Tax and resort fee

What's not included

  • Other activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at McCarran International Airport (LAS). Please send an inquiry to Grand Canyon Western Ranch if you need any airport assistance service.

Driving directions from Las Vegas, Nevada

  • With the opening of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge, the ranch is a short two-hour drive. Follow US 93S toward Hoover Dam.
  • Continue past the dam for about 45 miles to Pierce Ferry Road.
  • Turn left on Pierce Ferry Road toward Dolan Springs and continue through Dolan Springs.
  • Continue for 29 miles to Diamond Bar Road.
  • Turn right on Diamond Bar Road and continue for 5.4 miles until you reach an unpaved road.
  • Continue one mile further on an unpaved road, on your right is Grand Canyon Western Ranch Gate Entrance.
  • The last mile of the road like many ranches is not paved but a good surface.

Driving directions from Kingman, Arizona

  • The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Follow north on US 93.
  • Continue for about 28.5 miles to Pierce Ferry Road.
  • Turn right onto Pierce Ferry Road.
  • Continue for 29 miles to Diamond Bar Road.
  • Turn right onto Diamond Bar Road and continue on for six miles.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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