Horseback Rides

Group tour at sunset

Your trip to the Valley of the Sun will be a memory you will never forget..

Leave the city behind and enjoy the peaceful, scenic, Sonoran Desert on horseback.

Call today to book your reservation:

480-585-0239

Group Rides

1 Hour

$55 Adults

$50 Children (ages 5* to 17)

1.5 Hours

$75 Adults

$70 Children (ages 5* to 17)

2 Hours

$85 Adults

$80 Children (ages 7 to 17)

  • Tax and gratuity not included - 20% gratuity will be added to reservations of 10 or more.
  • *$10 additional charge for each child that is 5 years old or any guests that must be led by a guide.
  • $35 Unaccompanied Minor Fee will be added to reservations that do not have an Adult present.

Never rode a horse before? Worry not! We have the right mount for you! No experience is necessary for our rides and the Group tours are great for families and friends. After you are horseback, your guide will lead you through scenic trails with endless views of saguaros and the possibility of spotting desert wildlife. 

Private Rides

1 Hour

$90 Adults

$85 Children (ages 5* to 17)

1.5 Hours

$105 Adults

$100 Children (ages 5* to 17)

2 Hours

$125 Adults

$115 Children (ages 7 to 17)

  • Tax and gratuity not included - 20% gratuity will be added to reservations of 10 or more.
  • *$10 additional charge for each child that is 5 years old or any guest that must be led by a guide.
  • $35 Unaccompanied Minor Fee will be added to reservations that do not have an Adult present.

A private ride is ideal for guests with previous riding experience such as: past or present lessons or if you have owned your own horses. Spend your time maintaining or improving your riding skills, learning about the desert flora and wildlife, or just enjoy the beautiful views without other guests. 

Please note: your wrangler will only let you ride based on what your abilities and previous experience allow - for your safety and the safety of your horse. Not all private rides will be a “fast” pace.

Due to our wrangler to guest ratio, we recommend booking private rides as far in advance as possible.  

Moonlight Rides

1 Hour

$90 Adults

$85 Children (ages 7 to 17)

1.5 Hours

$105 Adults

$100 Children (ages 7 to 17)

  • Tax and gratuity not included - 20% gratuity will be added to reservations of 10 or more.
  • Adults must be present for moonlight rides - children cannot ride alone. 
  • Any guests that must be "led" cannot participate in this ride.

Mount up as the sun sets! Your wrangler will take you through the moon lit desert on horseback to see the desert in a luminescent glow.  This unique tour is only offered 4 to 7 days prior to the FULL Moon with limited availability! Great for date night or if you have are in town and want to try something special! See our moonlight dates below:

Moonlight Ride Dates 2020

May: 3rd, 4th and 5th

June: 1st, 3rd and 4th

July: 1st, 2nd, 3rd / 30th and 31st

August: 1st and 2nd / 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st

September: 26th, 27th, 29th and 30th

October: 28th, 29th and 30th

November: 27th, 28th and 29th 

December: 26th, 27th and 28th 

Please note these dates/rides can be cancelled due to weather and overcast.

Discounts & Specials

  • $5.00 off your ride for Veterans, Active Military, and First Responders.
  • 1 Hour Ride FREE on your Birthday - limited to your actual day of birth, can be booked for a Group Ride reservation only - NOT Private or Moonlight, cannot be combined with other discounts. 

FAQs

Do I need a reservation?

Yes, please call or email to check ride times, availability, and to book your reservation. For faster service please call: 480-585-0239

What is your weight limit for the rides? 

260 lbs. depending on your height. Please call to discuss. 

Can I bring a bag with me on the ride? 

No. No items can be wrapped or strapped around your body. This includes fanny packs, purses, backpacks of any size, and Camelbaks. However, we do have a cabinet in the Office where you can leave your belongings or you can lock them in your vehicle. 

What do I need for the ride?

Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes such as tennis shoes or boots. We recommend a hat and sunscreen for warmer weather, dress in layers for the winter so you can determine what to wear on the ride and a bottle of water is required for each rider. Hats must be snug fitting and we provide a water bottle holder on your saddle. Phones and small cameras can be brought on the ride at your own risk.

Myself or someone in my group just found out we are pregnant, can we ride? 

For your safety and the safety of your future child, no. 

Do you have helmets available?

Yes! And they are highly recommended for each rider, though not required. The decision is up to the adults if anyone in their group will be wearing a helmet.

My child is under the age of 5 or they are nervous to ride on their own, can they ride double with me on my horse? 

No. We do not allow "double riding" as it is unsafe. 

My child will be 5 in just a few months and they are very tall and mature for their age, can they still go on a tour? 

No. We are firm that all children must be a minimum of 5 years old or older to ride.

What do you have available for my children that are too young for the tours or are nervous? 

We have a large walk-in petting zoo, games at the ranch, and pony rides! Enough activities to keep everyone entertained if you will not be joining the rest of your family on a tour or if you would prefer to walk around. Or check out a Stagecoach Ride!

Can I bring my dog with me to the ranch while I wait? 

No. We do not allow outside animals at the ranch.

Cancellation Policy

All changes to a reservation or cancellation must be made 24 hours or more before the scheduled ride time. Changes to a reservation include: increasing or decreasing the number of riders, changing the ride time, changing the ride length, or canceling the ride all together. If contacted after the 24 hour period you will be charged the full amount or difference of the ride. No exceptions. At the discretion of MacDonald's Ranch reservations may be cancelled due to weather such as, but not limited to: rain, lightning, excessive wind, and extreme heat. 

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