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White Stallion Ranch

    White Stallion Ranch
 in Tucson
    White Stallion Ranch
 in Tucson


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  • Best family owned resort!

    by Julie K on 2018-06-19 03:31 am

    You can't ask for better service or care. This ranch is owned and operated by the True family. And true to their name - they treat you like family! All of the flavor of a dude ranch with the class and amenities of a fine resort. You won't be disappointed!

  • Social gathering

    by AnneB673 on 2018-06-18 05:49 pm

    We had a delicious buffet lunch. All the food was very tasty. The servers were very helpful and accommodating.
    The location is in the desert and the buildings are designed to blend with the scenery. The views are beautiful. The mountains are gorgeous at sunset, turning pink

  • Double Figures

    by Whitewash1970 on 2018-06-05 12:52 am

    Well I've finally made it to double figures for visits to the ranch so I think it's fair to say that it's going to be a positive review. To keep things relevant I'm going to focus on some of the changes at the ranch in the last six months that help to keep it a great place to visit.

    The first is in relation to the accommodation. In recent years there has been a refurbishment programme that has included refits to both the standard and more deluxe rooms. These have been done to a high standard throughout and even the most basic room will have ample sleeping space, a table to make notes on, en-suite facilities, safe and a patio area. Space for clothing is fine and I doubt I even use half of what is provided. The rooms are decorated in a tradition style with ranch/horse related fixtures and fittings. While I can't imagine wanting to stay in your room for any length of time other than for sleeping, they do provide a homely feel to the stay.

    The second major change is to the dining area and this is twofold. The grill and serving area has been revamped. The replacement is a stunning addition, full of style and something that is photographic in its own right, but also clearly functional as well. It creates a good centre piece for the outdoor dining area and is large enough to cater for the ranch being fully booked meaning that queues for the buffet won't be an issue. The old grill location has been resurfaced and used for more outdoor dining space and the quality of the work there is such that unless you knew there had been a grill there, you wouldn't have a clue. The other change is the inclusion of a sunken more private dining area. There's a fire place in the area which will be nice in the winter. If you want to eat outside but have a quieter meal, this is a great addition.

    I'm already booked to make it up to a dozen trips and can't wait.

  • Great time for novice rider

    by Brian0928 on 2018-05-29 05:31 am

    We were thrilled with our time at White Stallion and hope to return soon.

    There were 4 or 5 opportunities to ride each day. That is probably more than enough considering the heat. They post a schedule at the beginning of the week so you can plan your rides days in advance. Many of the rides involve a meal or snack at a remote meeting point. Those are particularly enjoyable to take a break and get refreshed while conversing with other guests.

    You generally get paired with the same horse through your stay. There a great notebook in the lodge that has biographies of each horse so you can learn more about your new friend.

    The wranglers are excellent. There are helpful with instruction if asked. Lessons were $20 for an hour in a group. Not a lot of individual time but well worth $20.

    The food is outstanding in both quality and quantity. They offer two entrees each meal so there is bound to be something you will enjoy.

    The grounds are beautiful. The rooms are simple but nicely furnished. They lack a television but this TV addict didn't miss them. The pool area is very well kept and was a great way to cool down between rides.

    Most guests do arrive or leave on Sunday as there is no riding that day. We stayed through Sunday and found things to do at the ranch and nearby but would probably chose Sunday as the arrival or departure day on the next trip.

    The most valuable part of White Stallion is the people. I believe a good share of the staff are family members. However, everybody we met is friendly and wants you to enjoy your stay. Even the ranch dogs are fun to spend time with.

    The resort is small and not particularly close to Tucson. However, that is part of the charm of White Stallion. I cannot wait to return.

  • First time at a ranch

    by Craig D on 2018-05-28 07:25 am

    This was our first dude ranch vacation so everything was a new experience for my wife and me. Most of what we needed to know was on their website so if you're considering a visit here, read over that information ahead of time. I'll list some tips and experiences that hopefully are helpful.

    When packing, include blue jeans for horseback riding. You can wear shorts around the ranch anytime, but on a horse jeans work best.

    The wranglers and experienced people wore long-sleeved Western shirts around the horses. Otherwise T-shirts, polos, tank tops, or pretty much anything is fine. Bandanas around the neck are helpful.

    Hats are a must. People walking around or riding without hats or caps regularly got sunburned. There's a variety of cowboy and cowgirl hats for sale at the gift shop, generally around $50. However, there were also a few hats that guests left behind that you can borrow. When you check in, look at the rack and see if there's one you like that fits. Then leave it behind when you're done.

    It goes without saying that you'll need good sunblock. Remember to re-apply every few hours. Equate brand from Walmart (Sport Lotion) is highly recommended and inexpensive. You WILL get a sunburn without it because of the location.

    If you're nervous about horseback riding, don't be. There are slow rides every day. All you have to do is get on and off the horse (and there are many wranglers around to help) and remember not to drop the reins. The horses are gentle and know that they're doing - just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Daily riding lessons are available for $20 per 50 minutes. That's definitely recommended if you don't have much experience. They're helpful for beginners and intermediate riders.

    Fast rides are also available daily for experienced riders.

    The daily schedule of activities generally allows 2 rides per day (morning and afternoon). You'll always be with a group at an assigned time - you can't just take a horse and ride by yourself.

    I went on guided mountain hikes on two consecutive days. One was steep and difficult but good exercise and rewarding. The other was more of a gentle slope and can be done by most people. These were good alternatives to morning rides.

    There's a medium-size outdoor heated pool with plenty of lounge chairs. It's 3-5 feet deep so not dangerous and fun for children and adults. Great place to cool off. There's also a hot tub that helps with sore muscles.

    Also for kids there's a playground, a few animals in the petting zoo, and a game room that has pool, air hockey, ping-pong, and a TV and movie screen. You can bring your own DVD or VHS tapes - the ones there were mostly old Western movies and some family films. The TV also gets local and cable channels (not that you should be watching TV on vacation!). There's a fitness room but I didn't need it with all the hiking and walking around.

    Food was excellent and plentiful. You'll get 3 large meals each day and if you're still hungry there are some snacks in the bar area and appetizers each day at 6:00 PM. You won't need to bring any food or snacks with you. There seemed to be vegetarian and gluten-free options at each meal, and you can contact them ahead of time with any dietary needs. The meals were all freshly prepared and appealing - all you can eat for those with big appetites. We mostly ate outdoors on the patio but there's plenty of indoor seating as well. The only disadvantage of eating outside was swatting away flies.

    The bar was always open - you serve yourself and mark down what you drink. The cost was $1.50 for a can of soda, juice, or bottled water. Beer was $3 or $4 and there were also wines and spirits at various prices. You can purchase those by the glass or by the bottle. Premade margaritas were also available. They add your drink charges to your bill when you check out.

    There was entertainment at 8:00 PM each night - star-gazing, cowboy songs, a talented guy doing rope and pistol tricks, and a live animal demonstration with tarantulas, scorpions, snakes, etc. if you're not squeamish.

    We had a suite and everything was pretty clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were modern and the soap and shampoo were ok (not the best). Towels varied from thin and scratchy to new and fluffy. We had plenty of closet space and drawers to spread out. D?cor was Southwestern (of course). No TV but there was a clock radio. The housekeepers were friendly and very helpful if you have any special requests. We could sit in comfortable outdoor furniture on an individual patio outside our door but it tended to be in direct sun most of the day.

    Wifi was available all around the ranch, both inside and out. It had a surprisingly strong signal and connected quickly - better than most hotels.

    Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and plan to come next year. Many other guests were repeat visitors - the most was a man on his 18th trip and another man from England was on his 10th. People were there from Germany and other countries and it was fun chatting and getting to know the other guests. While the whole vacation experience seemed kind of expensive, we realized that once we were there we didn't have to spend any money. No individual tipping - 15% is automatically added to your bill when you check out. You can spend money at the gift shop and for riding lessons but other than that everything was free including shuttle service to and from the airport. So keep that in mind when comparing to other vacation destinations.

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