<I visited a resort years ago outside Wickenburg where we had Sun brunch, where tennis was available and it had casitas available to rent but cannot find any info on it. Does anyone have any knowledge of such a place and it is still a resort? kb, mn snowbird>
This is from a really old post and closed topic. There was one reply - but not with the answer to this. Well, the place the OP was looking for was “The Wickenburg Inn- Tennis and Guest Ranch” – and it is indeed no more. (Not to be mixed up with the current Wickenburg Inn motel – nothing to do with each other).
It used to be a large dude ranch located a couple of miles up 89 on the right after you turn off 93, heading north. There were lots of tennis courts (around ten I think). But the main focus was on riding really. I used to work there as a wrangler, and during peak season were had over 100 horses (leased from a large ranch up in Colorado).
Guests stayed in neat bungalows built as a Casita village along a ridge. Across from it, backed against the next parallel ridge, was the main building with dining room and some guest rooms – as well as the pool. There were Saturday night cook-outs. You could go there on the hay ride or ride there – and some of the wranglers would sing songs at the campfire after the steak dinner barbecued right there. There was also a small boutique and an arts & crafts center for guests.
Back in those days the ranch belonged to some business group back in Chicago, and was later bought by Merv Griffin – who died in 2007. The ranch was then sold again and totally destroyed – everything was demolished and all the vegetation was cleared. It’s now like a massive sandpit. The idea was to create another of those modern resorts with golf course and all. The drop in the real estate boom recent years has halted operations. Last year there was nothing doing, after the bulldozers had been busy leveling the ground. It’ll be interesting to see what’s going to happen. IMO it is a damn shame they tore the place down, I loved it, and so did the legion guests who came and stayed there.
Apart from having been voted ‘most authentic western town’ several times, Wickenburg used to be nicknamed the Dude Ranch capital of the world – and it still is a great place to go to experience the ‘real’ Old West – no town is more authentic than Wickenburg. Sadly the KL Bar, a smaller-scale, traditional local dude ranch, is closed again this season; dearth of business has forced them to this step. It can only be hoped they’ll be open again next year. You can get the full experience at Flying E, though. Or guests can stay with the Williams family on their working ranch and ‘play cowboy’. Or you can stay at a hotel/motel and just go riding (guided trail rides) to see the beautiful Sonora Desert with its rich and varied flora and fauna.Edited: 12 March 2012, 12:46