Dude ranch vacation of the month: Rancho de los Caballeros
Dude ranch vacations don't get more unique than Rancho de los Caballeros, which is why the Arizona dude ranch has been chosen as Top50's April 2012 Ranch of the Month.
Each month we scour our selection of dude ranches and picks out one that we feel surpasses our standards of excellence - and, most importantly, offers something unique. That could be anything from ultra-luxurious facilities, to those personal touches that really make a ranch vacation, to fast-and-furious cattle drives that'll be etched in your memory forever.
Top50 has chosen Arizona dude ranch Rancho de los Caballeros as April 2012 Ranch of the Month
On paper, Rancho de los Caballeros might look like your typical large-scale dude ranch resort, with its high guest capacity, full-service spa and stunning golf club. But although the ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, it all comes with the charm and intimacy of a much smaller family ranch operation - this is the kind of place where everyone knows your name and remembers your favorite horse, and where the staff start to feel like family! The 20,000-acre luxury dude ranch is also steeped in history: opened to the public by the Gant family in 1948, the ranch strives to honor the grand tradition of the Spanish caballeros who explored and settled the Southwest. This rich history has made Rancho de los Caballeros what it is today, and the charm and service remain the same as it was back in the '40s.
Rancho de los Caballeros became involved in cattle ranching in 1953 as a steer operation, later developing into a cow-calf operation with the purchase of 100 cattle from the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Although the ranch is no longer a working operation, cows still offer guests the chance to work on their cowboy skills with team penning activities in the arena.
A fine example of true luxury, the dude ranch's location in the vast a beautiful Sonora desert seal it as one of the best dude ranch vacations in the USA, and its warm, personal service makes dude ranch vacations at this Arizona guest ranch that extra bit special. Close your eyes and you might believe you're in a small, cozy B&B! Because this dude ranch has soul - this is what makes it unique and this is what makes it Top50's dude ranch of the month.
If you're after great weather then this is the ranch for you - open between October and May, the Arizona guest ranch makes the most of its warm climate for out-of-season dude ranch vacations. For incredible horseback riding country, a great place for kids and non-riders to enjoy a ranch vacation and all the luxury offered by a spa, then Rancho de los Caballeros is ready to give you a dude ranch vacation you'll never forget.
For more information and to book a western ranch vacation at Rancho de los Caballeros, visit Top50Ranches.com
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