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Tucson likes to keep true to its cattle ranch roots. Today horseback riding is still as big a part of life in the Arizona town as it was in Wild West times. So saddle up at a guest ranch, resort or public stable and escape for an equestrian adventure…

White Stallion Ranch

The White Stallion Ranch is one of the most popular guest ranches in the Tucson area. A cattle ranch back in the 1900s, the White Stallion Ranch has now expanded its horse herd to over 120 horses for all riding levels. It has also expanded its guest rooms to 41, making it the largest guest ranch not just in Tucson, but southern Arizona.

The White Stallion Ranch offers a variety of rides, from slow rides for beginners who just want to mosey, to fast rides for advanced riders who want to feel the breeze in their hair. There are even wine and cheese rides for the more refined palates – as well as beer and Cheetos rides for the less-refined palates!

All Around Trail Horses

So you have a nice hotel to stay in, but you still want to ride? Then check out All Around Trail Horses. They don't have any fancy haciendas for people to stay in, but they do have horses. Their wranglers give guests an authentic western experience, offering sunset rides through the desert, as well as campfire dinners under the stars.

Pusch Ridge Stables

This is one of the best ways to discover the mountains of the Sonoran desert. Riders of all skill levels can accompany wranglers on their wilderness rides down mountain trails to peek through the veil at unparalleled beauty. Pusch Ridge Stables offers not only sunrise and sunset rides, but overnight moonlight rides too. On these moonlight rides, guests can see the desert fall asleep, enjoy a fine western dinner and then wake early enough to see the desert come to life again.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Hacienda del Sol is a guest ranch for beginner riders. This is the place for curious horseback riders to find their place in the saddle. The guest ranch comes equipped with a full spa and world-class dining facilities. Sunset horse rides and guided nature walks are also on offer.

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