Over the past several decades my family and I have vacationed at multiple dude ranches, including four others in Arizona, have enjoyed nearly all, and have revisited some. Without question, I would rank Elkhorn as the best. I got a sense that I had stumbled onto a good thing when, on our first evening I turned to the couple next to me and asked if they had been to Elkhorn previously, and they replied, yes, every year for thirty years. The wrangler who was with us every day on rides that were customized to our taste and skill, and never exceeded four persons, had first come to the ranch as a guest at age 6. Of the 35 guests at the ranch, two-thirds had been there multiple times. Within a day I felt like I was revisiting my extended family. All the meals were hosted by three generations of the Miller family. The guests were interesting, the horses first rate, the accommodations fine, the setting beautiful, and the experience - to be repeated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Elkhorn Ranch lies 51 miles southwest of Tucson, in a valley where mountains and desert meet. Since 1945, the Miller family has owned and operated the ranch, offering exceptional riding and living for thirty-two guests. Riding is the main interest with gentle or loping rides through the desert and vigorous trips up through the mountains. With seventy head of horses, the right horse can be yours throughout your visit. Come enjoy the Arizona sunshine! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Elkhorn Ranch Tucson, Arizona