9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Elkhorn Ranch

This longtime, family-owned ranch captures the hearts of many guests who return year upon year to ride quality, ranch raised horses in mountain and desert environments.

by Darley Newman

Located about one hour southwest of Tucson in the Baboquivari Mountains and Sonoran desert country of the Altar Valley, Elkhorn Ranch is a longtime dude ranch offering mountain and desert horseback treks and special weeks with a focus on music, photography, art and more. Guests saddle up in small groups or enjoy hiking, swimming, tennis, sightseeing and other ranch adventures from mid-November through the end of April. Keep reading to hear about what its like to visit Elkhorn Ranch and if this ranch is a good fit for you and your group.

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Straight From the Ranch
First Time Riders/ Beginners
Elkhorn Ranch attracts the first time rider as well as the experienced rider! We find that the same features make Elkhorn work for both beginners and advanced riders. Small guided rides are organized individually to suit riders’ experience and interests. Beautiful and scenic Baboquivari Mountains and Altar Valley offer diverse terrain — many different lengths of rides, steep and gentle country.

For the Experienced Horseman or Horsewoman
Riders use the same horse and saddle all week so that they can become comfortable and confident — unless things aren’t working, in which case we make changes! The ranch is home to friendly, sure-footed ranch raised horses that live here year round.

Famous Ranch Features
Elkhorn is about beautiful country, friendly horses and friendly people... an adventurous but relaxing vacation. The ranch is welcoming to couples, families or people traveling solo — and a great place for reunions of families or friends. It's been family owned and operated since 1946 by the Miller Family, your hosts!

Learn about other quality Arizona guest ranches that have met the high standards of the Arizona Dude Ranch Association and check out Special Travel Discounts and Deals at Arizona ranches.

Check out great ranches in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide and at Top20Ranches.com.


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