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Howdy Folks!

Welcome to MacDonald's Ranch!

MacDonald's Ranch is the premier horseback riding stable in the valley of the sun. Located in the tranquil Sonoran Desert in north Scottsdale, Arizona,

MacDonald's Ranch offers activities for individuals, small parties, large conventions or corporate gatherings. Choose from Guided Horseback rides, Hayrides & Cowboy Cookouts, and also available are many varieties of Entertainment.

Our location is close to all modern conveniences, minutes from most Valley resorts, hotels, airports and easily accessible. We are open all year long. Due to the seasonal weather please contact us for hours of operation.


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Who comes out to MacDonald's Ranch?

Everybody! From a single rider, small parties, medium sized parties, or large groups we also have the facilities to accommodate Parties up to 1,000 individuals. We enjoy having Churches, Schools, Youth Groups, Corporate Events, Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, also Adventure Groups, Photographers, and "Wild West" seeking tourists. Our professional staff will customize services and amenities to fit most any situation.


New This Year, Souvenirs at the Trading Post

History of MacDonald's Ranch

From the beginning of a horse and cattle ranch in the late 1950’s, the Richardson Family is still working the land. Initially the spread consisted of 36,000 acres in the desert that is now North Scottsdale. In the spring of 1970 on Easter Sunday Old Mac Donald’s Farm opened to the public. The Richardson Family realized a dream of an operation that allows the public the hands on approach to the ranch experience. A place where kids from the city could watch a cow being milked, see live ranch animals and be in a natural surrounding as you ride in the sonoran desert. This became Mac Donald’s Ranch and is in operation today. 

Years passed, the Valley grew and with the exception of MacDonald’s Ranch’s 1300 acres, the land surrounding became a few shopping centers and housing development. In 1994 Old MacDonald’s Farm was updated to MacDonald’s Ranch and our services changed to offer an atmosphere where you can relax and take a step back in time to an overview in ranch live. In our third decade of operation MacDonald’s Ranch is one of Scottsdale’s oldest and experienced horseback riding stables making it the premier Western adventure in the Valley of the sun.

Fun Facts:

Did you know that there are Desert creatures that glow in the dark?

These are not the type of animals you can pick up and cuddle with.. We are talking about the Bark Scorpion.

This Scorpion is light brown in color, and has some venom that can be fatal to humans. Contrary to popular belief it is not the big ones that can be deadly, it is the small ones!

One of the best ways to locate these creepy crawlers is by using a Black Light. With this light the glow in the dark!

MacDonald's Ranch  ::  26540 N Scottsdale Rd  ::  Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343  ::  480.585.0239

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