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  • Established

    1948
  • Owner

    The Cutler, Martin and Kemper families
  • Manager

    Dan Lyle
  • Tel

    800-684-5030
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    Summer: $290 - $525
    Winter: $415 - $635
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Maximum Guests

    300
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Corporate Retreats, Weddings
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers' Association, Arizona Dude Ranch Association
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

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: experience the historic legacy of the ranch – refreshed.

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, commune with nature and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sonoran desert, the mountains and some of the local wildlife, while teeing off or luxuriating 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.

Make it a memorable couples' affair, with peaceful rides and moonlit nature walks. Or why not plan a teambuilding retreat or family reunion?

At Rancho de los Caballeros there's always something to do, including doing nothing – preferably by the pool.

Good time to go

Rancho de los Caballeros is a seasonal property, open annually mid-October to mid-May (Mother's Day)

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 for guests aged five to 12 included with FAP meal package.

The Caballeros Kids Program has been around since 1947 and generations of families have enjoyed the fun.

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 aged eight 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:

1pm - 5pm is family time at the ranch where guests can enjoy a family horseback ride or jeep tour, trap and skeet shooting, archery or just a dip in the pool.

The counselors meet the kids again at 5pm 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 8pm each night, just in time to tuck everyone in bed for a good night of rest!

Activities

outdoor play area, supervised swimming

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 4.

Baby Sitting 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 to join the program activities while still receiving the special attention they deserve.

Ranch History

Rancho de los Caballeros is a historic ranch resort and golf club situated on 13,300 rideable acres of spectacular Sonoran desert.

The Gant family first opened the ranch doors in 1948, 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.

In 2021 the ranch transferred ownership to another trio of families who have been multigenerational guests of the ranch for decades.

These three families and a new management team, complete with a three-year plan to upgrade facilities, will continue to deliver exceptional levels of service, while honoring the unique southwestern traditions for which the ranch has become famous.

In this way, the treasured history of Rancho de los Caballeros will be preserved for generations to come.

Your Manager, Dan Lyle

Dan Lyle is leading the management team and staff for lodging, dining, activities, spa services, retail, and golf.

Dan was most recently General Manager at the 4-diamond resort Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, California.

Previously he was GM at Yavapai Lodge and Trailer Village in Grand Canyon National Park.

Dan’s career has been leading all aspects of hospitality and recreation in special places. He has lead central reservation offices, hotels, recreation facilities, food and beverage outlets, retail stores and spent many years in accounting and finance leadership roles. Dan's management style focuses on continuous improvement and service excellence.

Your manager

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

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

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

Meals at the ranch are epicurean events not to be missed.

With the FAP meal plan, 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 that changes daily, but is always scrumptious.

Lunch is another impressive buffet with a cuisine for every palette and 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, offers three delectable courses and dessert. An extensive wine list complements the ranch's exquisite dinner.

Guest Favourites

  • Shaved Vegetable Salad: spring mix, shaved local vegetables, roasted corn, pepitas, champagne vinaigrette
  • Ranch Burger*: butter lettuce, tomato jam, fried onion, BBQ aioli, french fries. *GF bun available
  • One of the favorite specialty drinks is our Prickly Pear Margarita. Hand-picked and hand-crafted prickly pear tequila puree and house-made margarita mix are poured over ice.

Your Chef, Chef Jacob Ellis

Chef Jacob Ellis began his culinary career in 2012 at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, AZ under celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan, where he spent four years honing his skills.

In that time, Jacob quickly rose through the ranks and assisted Chef Beau in multiple national cooking events across the country.

After leaving Sanctuary, Jacob moved on to Top of the Rock in Tempe, AZ where he was fast promoted to Chef de Cuisine.

Jacob remained at Top of the Rock until 2019, when he was offered the position of Specialty Chef at the acclaimed Forbes five-star hotel, the St. Regis San Francisco.

Jacob spent several months fine-tuning his cuisine and skills as a chef in San Francisco, before accepting the Executive Chef position at Oak Tree in 2020.

Jacob has come home to his roots in Arizona and is excited to be the new Executive Chef at Rancho de los Caballeros and is keen to start the next part of his culinary journey.

Sample Menu

  • Appetizers

  • Mushroom Tart- arugula | radish | Crow's Dairy chevre tarragon piston | onion jus
  • Beef Tartare- pickled mustard seeds | garlic chips micro sango radish | country bread
  • PEI Mussel- chili lime broth | heirloom tomato micro sango radish | country bread
  • Entrées

  • Seared Hokkaido Scallop- herb risotto | black garlic butter | fennel pickled celery
  • 6oz Niman Ranch Filet Mignon Au Poivre- “creamed” spinach | fondant potato pickled green peppercorn | demi-glace
  • Hand-made Linguine- roasted butternut squash | sage pesto | pancetta parmesan | local herbs
  • Braised Tofu- vegan BBQ beans | broccolini | cashew cream cashew crumble
  • Desserts

  • Prickly Pear Cheesecake- Graham cracker | prickly pear curd
  • Apple Pie Panna Cotta- cinnamon | house granola | caramel
  • Tamarind Spice Cake- cream cheese frosting | spiced cream

Lowdown

  • Address

    1551 S. Vulture Mine Road
    Wickenburg
    Arizona
    85390
    USA
  • Remote Location

    No
  • Private Land

    10,000-20,000 acres

Nearest Town - Wickenburg

Wickenburg has a population of 6500 (approx), and is situated 5 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Wickenburg include: museum.

For shopping Wickenburg offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Nearest Airports

Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix

Distance

65 miles / 1 hour 15 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Horizon, Alaska, United Express, Southwest, US Airways, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

$150

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
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    100

The Setting

Private Land (10,000-20,000 acres)

We have more than 13,300 rideable acres of rolling hillsides, wide-open spaces and flowering Sonoran Desert beauty.


Our Riding

Hours in the saddle

Morning rides depart at 10am, with afternoon rides departing at 2:30pm. Nature rides and lessons are also available. 


Why our riding stands out

  • With more than 13,300 rideable 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

Sample Riding Itinerary

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

Nature rides are regularly scheduled.

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

Riding Lessons

Priced at $100/hour per person

Details

lessons are additional

Arena Work

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!

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

penning

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    Summer: $290 - $525
    Winter: $415 - $635
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Packages available

    2 night
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Rancho de los Caballeros can cater for up to 300 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Lodge | Casitas

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)*

$290 - $525
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

1 night

Description

Luxurious Casitas for up to four people. 
Meal plan options available.

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning

Entertainment

tv, dvd, vhs, jetted tub in bath


Booking Policy

Children ages four and under stay free in a room with an adult.

Extras

Tax

A state sales tax of 7.27% is added to the room rate and 6.27% is added to the meals package rate for each night of guest stay.

Gratuity

At Rancho de los Caballeros, we pride ourselves on the ability to hire the best service staff to provide exemplary service for our guests in a worry-free environment. A 15% gratuity charge is added to each night of guest stay, meals and all activities, so no additional gratuities are required at any time during your stay.

Other

Alcohol

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  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Business Services

    Conference center.

Onsite

Shopping

We have three retail areas on-site for those that want to take more than memories home:


NEW Trading Post Gift Shop: featuring custom jewelry, cowboy hats and boots, men's/women's/children's apparel, Sun C collection, locally made products and more. You can also shop online at: https://bit.ly/3zemCCZ


Golf Shop: featuring golf and leisure apparel, golf accessories, shoes, boots and more.


Spa: featuring skincare products, aromatherapy candles, Athleisure wear and robes, and more.

Outdoor Activities

tennis, Yoga, Golf - 18 hole course, sporting clays, bird watching, Shooting - trap / clays, Tennis, pickleball, archery, guided e-bike rides, guided Jeep rentals, nature hikes and rides, bird-watching, Hassayampa River Preserve tours

Water based Activities

outdoor pool

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures


Fishing & Wildlife

Wildlife

Birds, rabbits, coyotes, javelina, snakes


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 100 & over.

With 12,500 square feet of combined indoor and outdoor meeting space, adventurous team-building activities and miles of surrounding solitude, Rancho de los Caballeros is an invigorating atmosphere of uncommon focus.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 100 & over.

For the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, book at the ranch for your wedding celebration.

Our staff and facilities will be at your disposal, and you, your family and friends can enjoy each other's company at a party they'll never forget.


Highs

  • You can be assured of quality service, the owners have been focused on great guest experiences since 1948.
  • 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. The staff make an effort to get to know each guest and remember his/her favorite horse.
  • Covering 20,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert, the Rancho offers the best views of the desert, and a true escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
  • You will enjoy award-winning golf, four tennis courts, a full-service spa and quality dining

Lows

  • You may wait a long time for meals, but the food is excellent.
  • No cattle pasture gathers available, but there's plenty of opportunity to hone your cowboy skills with team penning in the arena.

Visitor Reviews

Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

Fun family time - live like cowboys!

We visited the Ranch in March with another family. The kids ages were from 7 to 16. This was our first time at a dude ranch. And even though we aren’t a horsey bunch, everyone had a great time. Our family took advantage of riding, golf, tennis, swimming and the naturalist bird walk and talks. Everything was terrific and hassle free. There was zero stress - even though the ranch was full it didn’t feel crowded. There were always free tennis courts and pool lounge chairs! The riding was really fun and our 7 year old was well coached by the wranglers and was able to do a few trail rides. The wrangler, Caroline, was particularly amazing. The highlight for our group was the cowboy cookout. What an amazing evening in the desert with a campfire, s’mores and terrific music. Service was also terrific and food was very good. We highly recommend it.

5 stars

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