Arizona Dude Ranches Photo Journey

January 22, 2013

Desert landscapes, mountain trails, Ponderosa pines... take a photo journey with Arizona dude ranches through diverse terrain in Arizona.

Interested in seeing America's Southwest? Saddling up is a great way to do it. We've ridden in Arizona a few times, traversing the state to meet cowboys, endurance riders, Native American guides and horse loving locals from Canyon de Chelly in the North down to the borderlands in the South.

Arizona has a lot of land to roam, including large public forests, park land, state trust land, Native American reservations and dude ranches. Well known for its deserts and cacti, Arizona also has landscapes of verdant pine forests, colorful canyons and dramatic cliffs.

In this photo montage, shared by the Arizona Dude Ranch Association, check out some of what makes Arizona such a beautiful place to ride.

arizona horse riding- white stallion ranch

Riders explore the Saguaro National Park West, known for its towering saguaro cacti, with White Stallion Ranch.

hideout ranch arizona

An enchanted forest at The Hideout Ranch on the Arizona/ New Mexico border, where forest, mountain and high desert riding trails are but a ride away from the ranch.

Hidden Meadow Ranch, Arizona

Hidden Meadow Ranch is a luxury guest ranch at 8500 feet near the town of Greer. Here, you'll find totally different Arizona landscapes, including tall Ponderosa Pines, whispering Aspens, and lush mountain meadows.

Elkhorn Ranch arizona dude ranches

Just north of the border, riders take on mesquite covered valleys where mountains and desert meet with Elkhorn Ranch.

Hideout Arizona

A mountain trail on the Arizona and New Mexico border with The Hideout, which takes trai rides to historic locations once traveled by legendary figures Cochise, Geronimo, Wyatt Earp and his brothers.

arizona dude ranches- tanque verde ranch

Horse riding desert mountain trails amid giant Saguaro at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

white stallion ranch

A desert sunset with White Stallion Ranch, adjoining the Saguaro National Park West in Tucson.
 

Learn more about the Arizona Dude Ranch Association. Check out the Arizona Dude Ranch Association page in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide to great dude ranches, guest ranches, cattle drives and riding holidays.

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