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Saddle up and make a perfect getaway to the warm heart of the Old Southwest! Rancho de los Caballeros isn't your average dude ranch: this is a historic ranch resort with the soul of a Bed & Breakfast.

The ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear - it's the kind of place where everyone knows your name and remembers your favorite horse. Don't be surprised if the friendly staff start to feel like family!

Come ride our rugged trails, tee off at one of Golf Digest's Top 100 US golf courses, or luxuriate in a spa treatment featuring local desert ingredients. Savor cookout feasts with old friends and old wines, or make new friends over fresh local fare in the nostalgic main lodge. Bring the kids and celebrate holiday traditions, such as Christmas boots by the fireplace and Easter egg hunts. Or make it a memorable couples' affair, with peaceful rides and moonlit nature walks. At Rancho de los Caballeros there's always something to do, including doing nothing – preferably by the pool.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Dude Ranchers' Association, Arizona Dude Ranch Association, Historic Hotels of America
  • Good time to go

    Rancho de los Caballeros is a seasonal property, open annually mid-October to mid-May

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Rusty Gant
  • Manager(s)

    Rui Pereira
  • Address

    1551 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, Arizona, USA, 85390
  • Tel

    800-684-5030
  • Fax

    928-684-2267
  • Capacity

    125
  • Open

    Jan-May, Oct-Dec - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, People of all ages

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Highs

  • You can be assured of quality service - it's been owned by the same family since 1948, the staff makes an effort to get to know each guest AND remember his/her favorite horse
  • With approximately 100 solid horses in the corral and an experienced team of wranglers, they can offer rides for all skill levels and the opportunity to work with cattle through team penning
  • With a setting of 20,000 acres in the Sonoran Desert, this offers the best views of the desert and a true separation from the hustle and bustle of daily life
  • You will enjoy award-winning golf, four tennis courts, a full-service spa and quality dining
  • A historic ranch, they offer the full resort amenities with privacy, charm and the intimacy of yesteryear

Lows

  • You will wait a long time for meals, but the food is excellent; A 'spend and splurge' ranch, but the expense is worth every penny
  • No cattle pasture gathers available, but plenty of opportunity to hone your cowboy skills with team penning in the arena
  • A larger-scale dude ranch - however guests can expect the same personal attention as a small intimate operation
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Included in your stay

  • Extras

Winter Season Rates & Booking  

  • Open

    Jan-May, Oct-Dec
  • Nightly rate

    $415-635   view details on lodging rates
  • Included FREE in your stay

  • meals, lodging, supervision of children during children's program, scavenger hunts, hiking, swimming
  • Extras

  • Other

    Golf

Lowdown

     

    Nearest Airports

    • Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix

    • Nearest town / city

      Phoenix
    • Distance to ranch

      65 miles
    • Time to ranch

      1 hour 15 mins
    • Airlines

      Delta, United, Horizon, Alaska, United Express, Southwest, US Airways, American Airlines
    • Ranch shuttle

      $150

    Nearest Town / City

    • Wickenburg

    • Facilities

      museum
    • Shopping

      small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear
     

    Our riding stands out

    • With more than 20,000 acres of rolling hillsides, wide-open spaces and flowering Sonoran Desert beauty, you can ride all week and never see the same trail twice
    • All levels of ability are welcome, from beginners to advanced, with each guest individually matched to one of the ranch's 100 horses
    • Exceptional riding for children, with the Cabelleros Kids Program - family rides are also offered

    Our horses

    • guest horses

      100

    Lowdown

    • Type of riding

      Western Riding
    • Riding opportunities for

      Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
    • Most riders are

      Intermediate
    • Rides are grouped by

      Age, Ability, Families Ride Together
    • Family rides are available in the afternoons
    • Pace of ride

      Walk, Trot, Lope

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    You'll enjoy

    • hours in the Saddle

    • Morning rides depart at 10am, with afternoon rides departing at 2:30pm. All-day rides are also available, as are lessons, cookout rides and nature rides.
    • Riding

      On specified trails
     

    Riding Lessons

    • Details

      lessons come with package, lessons are additional
    • Priced at $60 per lesson

    Arena Work

    • Type

      outdoor arena
    • Activities

      penning
    • The ranch's team penning activities are mostly for adults, but if some of the kids aged ten upwards have been on loping rides, they're more than welcome to sign up. Teams are broken into groups of three or four guests, plus a cowboy. There are a dozen yearling steers in the arena - your job is to ride in, cut three out of the bunch and, with your teammates, herd them to the other end of the arena into a 12ft by 12ft pen. Your team cowboy will give you as much or as little help as you desire during this timed event!

    Sample Riding Itinerary

    • Rides depart the corrals daily at 10am and 2:30pm, except on Sunday afternoons.

      Nature and cookout rides are regularly scheduled.

      Children ride in the Caballeros Kids Program in the morning, and family rides are available in the afternoons.

    Meals at the ranch are epicurean events not to be missed. All are included in the price of your stay, and our talented chef and culinary team work hard to provide three inspired feasts each day.

    Breakfast is a full buffet featuring nearly everything under the morning sun. From homemade biscuits to made-to-order omelets, if you've craving it, our chef is likely serving it.

    Lunch is another impressive buffet with a cuisine for every palette, with poolside dining available.

    Linger with friends over an elegant dinner that recalls the sophisticated lifestyle of the original caballeros. The menu, which changes each night, includes a choice of four soups or salads, five delectable entrees and of course, dessert. An extensive wine list complements the ranch's exquisite menu.

    Good to know

    Alcohol

    available for purchase

    Lowdown

    • Enjoy

      Gourmet, Ranch-style
    • Meals served

      buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
    • Enjoy dining in

      nature settings, patio, dining room (formal attire), bar & grille
    • Dietary restrictions catered for include

      lactose intolerant, vegetarians

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    Wine List Sample

    • Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)
    • Franciscan Merlot (Napa Valley)
    • Stags Leap Chardonnay (Sonoma)
     

    Sample Menu

      Starters

      Tortilla Chicken Soup
      Our signature Ranch Soup, Shredded Chicken in a clear broth topped with guacamole, salsa fresca and sour cream, served with tortilla strips.

      Sun “C” Salad
      Fresh baby spinach with chilled smoked Quail, raspberries, pine nuts, crumbled goat cheese and finished with prickly pear vinaigrette.

      Potato Cakes
      Potato, spinach and feta cakes finished with a sweet onion and vanilla dressing.

      Smoked Salmon Hash
      Yukon Gold Potato Hash with house smoked salmon, topped with a poached egg.

      Entrees

      New York Steak
      All-natural, grass-fed beef, grilled to order and topped with red wine demi glaze, served with sweet potato puree and broccolini.

      Pork Ribs
      Mesquite smoked all natural thick cut pork ribs, Served with sweet potato, black bean salad, sautéed green beans, and our Ranch made BBQ sauce.

      Braised Lamb
      Braised Colorado Lamb Shank in Fat Tire Amber, served with goat cheese polenta and baby carrots.

      Muscovy Duck
      Achiote rubbed duck breast, served with basmati rice, mango chili sauce and topped with a sweet corn and poblano salsa.

      Vegetarian

      Vegetable Strudel
      Portabella mushroom, fennel, carrots and bell pepper with boursin cheese rolled in phyllo dough and topped with a roasted garlic tomato sauce.

      Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
      Forrest mushrooms sautéed with garlic, sage and shallots. Mixed with homemade French bread and baked, accompanied by sautéed greens and carrots.

    Children at the Ranch

    Great for children aged 5 and over



    Younger guests are particularly welcome at Los Caballeros, with an entire children's program guests aged five to 12 years of age at no charge. The Caballeros Kid's Program has been around since 1947 and generations of families have enjoyed the program. It allows parents to have some adult time: golfing, riding or just relaxing, while the children enjoy activities geared specifically for their age group.

    Ranch counselors meet the children at 8am for breakfast when, after a hearty meal, the group heads to the corral. Children eight years of age and over enjoy a daily trail ride, while younger guests aged seven and under enjoy a ring ride in the corral where basic horsemanship skills are covered. Then it's off to swimming, tennis clinics, hiking, scavenger hunts or crafts until it is time for lunch.

    After lunch the children are returned to their families; 2pm - 6pm is family time at the ranch, where guests can enjoy a family horseback ride or jeep tour, trap and skeet shooting, or just a dip in the pool.

    The counselors meet the kids again at 6pm for dinner, and evenings are filled with games, a marshmallow roast around the campfire - or maybe even line dancing! Meanwhile the adults can enjoy a relaxing dinner in the Dining Room.

    The Caballeros Kids Program ends at 9pm each night, just in time to tuck everyone in bed for a good night of rest!

    Babysitting

    • Available for children age

      0 to 4
    • Provided by

      Ranch Counselors. For those too young for the children's program, Rancho de los Caballeros will make every effort to help you secure a babysitter for your family - allowing your children can then join the program activities while still receiving the special attention they deserve.

    Rancho de los Caballeros is a historic ranch resort and golf club situated on 20,000 acres of spectacular Sonoran desert. The Gant family first opened its ranch doors in 1948, and continues to honor the grand tradition of the Spanish caballeros – the ‘gentleman on horseback’ who explored and settled the Southwest. The ranch’s rich history has made it what it is today and, while it has evolved over the years, the charm and service remain the same.

    The ranch offered guests luxury facilities from the start, the original construction’s 40 main guest rooms complemented by a swimming pool and a tennis court. In 1951 an airstrip was built to accommodate the private planes of early guests, and the ranch made headlines as the first in Arizona to implement under-floor radiant heating. More recently, in the fall of 2006, a full-service spa was added, sealing Rancho de los Caballeros as a luxury ranch vacation destination.

    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.

    Lowdown

    • Ranch established

      1948
    • Guest ranch since

      1948

    Our Staff

    • Exceptional guest service skills
    • Diligent work ethic
    • Personable and attentive

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    Owner Info

    • Owner - Rusty Gant


    Our Managers

    • Manager - Rui Pereira


    Rooms & Rates

    • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

    • Lodge | Full American Plan$290-$614n/a

      • Description

        Room plus all meals, subject to availability
      • Prices listed are

        per room / accommodation
      • Minimum stay

        no minimum
      • Bathrooms

        Private bathroom
      • Amenities

        fridge, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning
      • Entertainment

        tv, dvd, vhs, jetted tub in bath
    Sunset Room
    Sunset Room
    Sunset Room

    Services

    Communications

    • wireless internet
    • telephone
    • Business Services

      • Conference center

    Additional Services

    • Spa

      relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures.
    • Corporate Retreats

      For groups of 100 & over. With 9,000 square feet of combined meeting space, adventurous team-building activities, and miles of surrounding solitude, Rancho de los Caballeros is an invigorating atmosphere of uncommon focus.

    Onsite

    Outdoor Activities

    • tennis
    • Golf - 18 hole course
    • sporting clays
    • ATV Rentals - guided
    • bird watching
    • Water based Activities

      • outdoor pool
     

     

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