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White Stallion Ranch
Ranked #1 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
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Barendrecht, The Netherlands
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“Absolutely perfect - also if you are not riding”
Reviewed 6 September 2013

We stayed in Tucson for 3 nights and rather than booking a standard hotel/motel we chose the WS Ranch (even though we don't ride). In short: this was the best choice we could have possibly made. The ranch is perfectly located next to/in the Saguaro N.P., near Tucson, but totally peacefull and quiet. The staff is great, they will help you in any possible way. Most of all, you really feel 'part of the family' here. The food is really great and we enjoyed the evening entertainment very much (roping act and lecture about desert critters). Will definitively come back!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Moreton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Where do I start on this amazing place??

We arrived on the Sunday afternoon (18/08/13) and were greeted at the office by the most friendly "reception" staff ever. The room we were given (#6) was beautiful and spacious and very very clean.

Food - OMG it is amazing!! If you don't put weight on here I will be amazed as the food is out of this world, and as for the girls that work here they can't do enough for you to make sure you have got everything you need from water, lemonade etc through to food.

The ranch part - if you have never ridden before like my daughter then by the time your 1st day is over you'll wonder why you've never done it before, Western riding is so different to English riding - I've done both and much prefer Western. As for the wranglers they are the nicest bunch of people that help you so much to be comfortable and confident in the saddle, and these guys work so hard but always have a smile, thanks to you all for everything :)

Gift shop - lovely stuff in there but I am never taking my purse in there again as I kept buying stuff lol, would go in most days for a chat with Cheryl who is lovely :)

There is only 1 bad thing about this place - YOU HAVE TO LEAVE :'( and yes I cried when I left.

All in all it really was the best holiday I have ever had and can't wait to go back in February.

Well done and a huge thank you to the True family and all of the staff at WSR - see you in February XXX

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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burbank, ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

This was my first 'ranch' vacation and I went with a friend for a weekend getaway within driving distance of our homes. My only regret was not having booked more nights. I will be returning. The ranch is on the outskirts of Tucson but just minutes from the suburbs and shopping and yet once you are on the humongous property you are secluded from everything. There is no reason to leave the ranch once there.

Tip: if you are going on a short stay, know that there is no riding on Sunday - so plan around that.

The meals were all wonderful and there was always something to eat (even for this vegetarian). The seating is communal and so you get to meet other people, of course you can find a secluded spot to dine if you prefer being alone. The dining room staff was so friendly and eager to make everyone's meals enjoyable.

The True family and their massive staff are all amazing, kind, warm, laid back yet entirely professional. The ranch's 7 dogs were fun to watch as they are used to the comings and goings of so many guests. The horses seemed very well cared for and the facilities were clean. There is an older but big enough pool for playing and relaxing in - no pool towels, so bring your own or use a bath towel from the room. The pool is fine, but it's not a resort/sit the whole day by the pool kind of facility, in case you were wondering. A sauna and jacuzzi is attached. There is also a fitness room and movie theater on the premises but I did not use either.

The rooms were bigger than I was expecting and are not quite bungalows, but sort of, and were very private. I believe we had a basic room and it had two comfy twin beds and a seating area, refrigerator and microwave. I was told by another guest that the rooms toward the back of the property have jacuzzi tubs, can't confirm that. The rooms have no phones so for any services you want to book - massage, horse back riding, etc, reservation for dinner - you need to go to the front office. The office is in the main building where meals are served. A separate bar/lounge has a library, pool table and a social (happy) hour on the honor system - take a drink, write down your name and room number on a slip of paper so you are billed. The appetizers with social hour are complimentary and delicious. There is also some sort of nightly entertainment following dinner. Sunday night was line dancing and the instructor (Jennifer, I think?) was great.

Most of the visitors during our trip were Europeans and were not first time visitors to the ranch and all raved about it. The ranch follows strict rules on riding - which is understandable - because people could 'think' they can ride at a certain level but may not be up to snuff.So all guests must take a slow ride first, then if you want to do a fast ride, you have a test. Not everyone passes the test. But if you are there enough days you can take a riding lesson(s) for an additional very modest fee. I do not believe the ranch is trying to bilk people, but rather rides are always going to go at the speed of the least common denominator and they want to ensure that everyone is at the same skill level.

There is a lovely gift shop with run by Carol and Sharon (I think) that has all sorts of western items and very modestly priced compared to other gift shops and hotel shops in town. They do not have toiletries in the gift shop, so make sure you pack what you need though I imagine the front office could help you in need.

I've lived in the area for 10 years and have only now heard of this place which is a shame. I guess because it mostly caters to out of towners. But this is a real gem in Southern Arizona and I am sure to visit again and to recommend it to my out of town visitors.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

It was our first time on a ranch so we were a little apprehensive. We were quite late arriving from our expected time. We eventually got to the ranch late evening, tired and hungry and we humbled as they had saved use a plate of food. Its the small things that make a gret holiday and this place does it well. We arrived beginners on horse back and left able to cattle penn... We have rebooked again for next year!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

This was our 4th trip 3 with summer programme and 1 with winter the rides are great , the. Team work their socks off to meet everyone's needs the setting is fantastic, the food and company are to die for, so if you want a holiday where you can relax and leave the world behind where people treat you with true respect and love there home and want to share the experience with you , look no further and book .

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chichester England
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

My family party of 8, ranging in age from 7 to 75 stayed at the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson in August.
What a FANTASTIC place this is, perfectly run by the TRUE family headed by Russell, who has a wicked sense of dry humour.
We stayed in the Hacienda which accommodated us all easily.
Nothing was ever too much trouble,and once assigned your horse you kept the same one for the week.
The rides out into the desert were fantastic, especially the Breakfast ride, where the Wranglers were already making the breakfast when we arrived. They all work so hard to make sure that you have a brilliant time, which we did.
Our driver, Steve was so helpful on visits out to Tombstone, Scottsdale and Tucson, always making sure that we got the perfect photo shots.
Do not hesitate to book a trip to the White Stallion Ranch.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We had our first ever ranch holiday at White Stallion and had the time of our lives. From the airport pickup by Gerry, to the additional time organised by Gabe on our last day and all in between, we couldn't have had a better experience. Myself, my husband and our 2 daughters (aged 15 and 8) stayed for a week. 2 of us were experienced riders and we did the loping rides but even the non-rider was able for the daily walking treks, guided by the helpful wranglers Ron, Beston, Laura, Gary, James and others. Additional activities such as Barrel Racing and Team Penning were available and riding lessons were also available from the wranglers. The food was excellent and varied. There was free entertainment every night and each night was different. Everyone on the ranch was extremely helpful and good humoured and the horses were suitably matched to each rider's ability. It was very socialable on the ranch and we easily made friends with the other guests. The overall feeling was like being part of the extended family on the ranch. When not riding, our kids were entertained with the pool and recreation room and they didn't want to leave. High points were the Margarita ride and the Breakfast Cookouts and there were no low points. Overall, this was our best holiday ever and we hope to go back again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Property: White Stallion Ranch
Address: 9251 W Twin Peaks Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-8854
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Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — White Stallion Ranch 3.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EXCEPTIONAL HOSPITALITY AND FAMILY TRADITIONS At White Stallion Ranch, the personal touch and hospitality of a traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and amenities of your favorite resort. This dude ranch has a history of more than 50 years of ownership and daily management by the True Family and over 75 years as Guest Ranch. ... more   less 
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