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White Stallion Ranch


    White Stallion Ranch
 in Tucson
    White Stallion Ranch
 in Tucson

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  • Wonderful!

    by CMehta904 on 2018-01-14 10:39 am

    This is the 5th guest ranch where we've stayed, and it was wonderful. We are riders and have our own horses, and we were really impressed with the way the horses were cared for and trained. I requested a change of horse after my first day because my horse wasn't keeping up with the rest, and my request was accommodated perfectly with a great horse the next ride--and a check in with me to ensure I was happy afterward. The wranglers were all helpful and just good people--the kind you enjoy spending time with when you are riding on a trail. We rode several times each day, with different scenery and experiences, including mountain rides, team penning (which was a blast), and an all-day ride into the Saguaro National Park. It was just great.

    The room where we stayed was spacious, had a nice tub for soaking after a day of riding, and included a refrigerator, comfy bed, indoor sitting area, and outside sitting area with a fireplace. The staff were all, without exception, genuinely engaged and gracious, responding to any requests that we had promptly and happily.

    The food was good; not gourmet, but there was a lot of variety for lunch and dinner, and the option of a hot breakfast made to order each morning was great. I'm not a big meat eater, so I appreciated the diversity in the offerings and the availability of many different options if I didn't want the meat.

    I plan to tell the riding organizations where I'm involved about this ranch, and how good it was for us. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have booked a return trip next year at the same time!

  • welcoming western flavor

    by newyorker59 on 2018-01-07 02:06 pm

    Well-trained, well cared for horses; comfy, spacious rooms in hacienda style; great hot tub and pool (except for the awful music which, oddly, couldn't be turned off or volume lowered) in a desert setting. Riding is the primary activity and White Stallion is a good choice for those who want some riding as well as lots of free time -- most rides are an hour or slightly longer and are offered twice a day. There are longer rides every day or so. Loping is permitted only on ranch land which limits rides. The terrain, while beautiful, is largely desert and small peaks so the riding is either flat or up/down hill. {other ranches i've been too have had longer morning and afternoon rides with more variety in terms of gait, rider expertise and overall environment.} The staff is friendly and helpful and activities run on time. Facilities are clean and well laid out so that everything is a short walk but there is privacy and views too. As others have mentioned, the food could be improved, especially the coffee. Breakfast was the best with lots of cooked-to-order options while lunch and dinner always had something pretty good but nothing to rave about. Desserts were uniformly bland and dry.

    Owner Response
    Dear newyorker59,
    We are happy that you enjoyed your room, the pool, hot tub and riding. We are very sorry to hear our coffee was not to your taste. It is 100% fresh ground, high-quality coffee, but not the stronger style that coffee houses often serve. We are also sorry some of our food was not to your preference.

    While you enjoyed our horses and riding, we do want to correct some misunderstandings. While our Ranch includes 3,000 acres and most of our riding is done on that acreage, fast riding is NOT limited to the Ranch. Also, we offer 4 rides daily (except Wednesday with 3 rides and no riding on Sunday) not two. Guests can do all four. The longer rides you mentioned are twice weekly all day rides (7-8 hours) and three different half day rides weekly (3- 3 1/2 hours) as well as our specialty rides featuring Wine & Cheese or Beer & Cheetos.
    Slow rides are walking, with a little unintended trotting and fast rides include loping/cantering. You are correct we don't have planned trotting rides. Our guests seem not to enjoy trotting in Western Saddles.
    Our guests' riding experience levels are extremely varied, with a larger than average (for dude ranches) percentage of intermediate and advanced riders. We are also very confident that our variety of ride options (including Team Penning) is as good as any ranch. Possibly you were here at a time with different demographics.

    wsrcowgirl, Guest Relations Manager at White Stallion Ranch, responded to this review

  • Wonderful experience

    by 805worldtraveler_sof on 2018-01-05 01:14 pm

    I had an incredible time. I attended with some 36 other people that week. I would certainly go again with a group, alone, or with my husband.

    I'm not a "horse person." But everyone was great with me. I had a wonderful horse. I had to be more assertive than I wanted, but that's between her and me.

    The food was abundant. There was happy hour which was great. The evening entertainment was lovely, but sometimes I went to bed early. We did have a miscommunication over the "special meal" the first night and when I reported it within an hour, they offered to cook me anything on the spot. Very apologetic. And every meal after that was completely aligned with my special meals. Whether I ate on a ride or in the dining room.

    I borrowed a water bottle and helmet for the duration of my time. (They provide water in the saddles in the summer.) They took photos with our phones for us. They had good wifi. The rooms had locking screen doors so I could have a breeze at night. And shutter for additional privacy as needed.

    I also did laundry and the facilities were adequate and well maintained.

  • We just completed our 21st trip to the White Stallion Ranch.

    by LRandSR on 2017-12-28 04:44 pm

    We first came to the ranch when our kids were young, and this year we were joined by our son's wife and our daughter's fiance. It is the perfect vacation - a great staff (at all levels), beautiful facility, awesome horses, and delicious food. We simply never grow tired of coming back and seeing dear friends, as well as making new ones. It is fun to meet new guests who are enjoying their trip as much as returning guests do. Everyone - guests, staff, and horses - are kind and friendly, whether you are traveling as a family or taking a solo adventure. It has always been a special place for our family, and we look forward to many visits in the future.

  • FIRST TIME TO THE WHITE STALLION RANCH

    by Rick C on 2017-12-11 05:35 pm

    I wanted to visit a ranch out west and after researching all of the options we decided on this ranch. The past reviews are a little hard to believe because everyone rates this place so highly. My wife and I and another couple couldn't of been more pleased. The other couple took a lesson on the day we arrived since they had little experience. Everyone at this ranch and I do mean everyone are extremely pleasant. The rooms are beautiful and designed in a rustic/western theme. The food was excellent from appetizers to dessert. My wife is picky but had no problem finding something to eat. The horseback riding and scenery was great. The wranglers are interested in you and your experience. I rode twice each day but on the last day decided to ride four times. Two slow rides and two fast. We left yesterday and I miss riding already and can't wait to go back. None of us could think of a single negative thing to say about the ranch. We met people there who have been there more than thirty times. That should say it all.


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