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Lowdown

  • Established

    1900s. Guest ranch since 1940
  • Owner

    Michael, Kristin, Russell, Laura, Steven, Alice, David True
  • Manager

    Steven and Alice True
  • Tel

    520-297-0252 888.977.2624
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $175 - $244
    Winter: $228 - $379
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $135 - $142
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 2 days
    Winter: 4 days
  • Maximum Guests

    85
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    Dude Rancher's Association, Arizona Dude Ranch Association, Spur Alliance, Visit Tucson, Historic Hotels of America

Experience the beauty and the history of the southwest at White Stallion Ranch. Tucked away on 3,000 acres of lush Sonoran desert bordering the Saguaro National Park, we are 1.5 hours from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and just 40 minutes from Tucson International Airport.

The True family, with their long-standing reputation for exceptional service invite you to share in the timeless traditions of their ranch while enjoying all the comfort and service of your favorite resort.

Take in the unique scenery as you ride or hike through desert flats and rocky mountain trails. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the ranch, nestled against the west side of the Saguaro studded Tucson mountains. Hone your cowboy skills with team penning in the arena. Improve your cowboy knowledge at the weekly exhibition rodeo.

Saddle up for breakfast rides, wine and cheese rides, beer & Cheetos rides,half-day and all-day rides. With more than 150 horses and 100 head of cattle on the ranch, there are endless opportunities to experience the cowboy culture.

Relax and unwind in our fully equipped fitness center, complete with sauna and massage therapy, or enjoy the heated pool and beautiful indoor redwood hot tub - perfect for soothing tired muscles.

Spend your evenings watching classic Westerns in the movie theater, line dancing, singing songs around the bonfire, learning about desert critters, taking art classes or star gazing with the ranch astronomer.

Whether you're travelling on your own, vacationing with friends and family or attending a corporate retreat, your White Stallion Ranch memories will last a lifetime.

Good time to go

Southeastern Arizona offers over 300 days of sunshine every year...Desert temperatures are moderate and sunny in the winter, warm and sunny spring and fall and hot and sunny in the summer months. Summer temperatures dictate early morning and early evening riding schedules. Guests looking for the dramatic should visit during our July - August monsoon season with amazing displays of lightning. Typically the afternoon storms are short in duration and leave the desert refreshed and aromatic.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 0 and over

At White Stallion Ranch we value and encourage family time and offer a wide variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy - both together and separately, though we do not offer a supervised children's program.

Take your kids back in time, and let them play outside to experience the freedom and love of nature. Children aged 8 years are, if capable, welcome to enjoy our fast rides, mountain rides and all-day rides; while those 5 years and older will enjoy wonderfully scenic, slower trail rides.

Kids Under 5 Stay FREE, and may enjoy rides on a lead-line from the wranglers.

And there's lots more for kids to enjoy on the ranch! After a day of riding, hiking, playing tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, playing shuffleboard, foosball and table tennis,or feeding the animals at the petting zoo, kids are barely able to keep their eyes open for the evening entertainment.

Give your children a vacation that changes their world, builds their confidence and creates a lifetime of family memories.

Minimum age children can ride

5 and over

Activities

hiking, outdoor play area, cookouts, petting zoo, swimming, movie theater, game room,playground, horseshoes, roping dummies, sport court, tennis court, nightly entertainment

Games

board games, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table, shuffleboard, foosball, basketball, tennis, air hockey

Baby Sitting Provided By

we do not offer babysitting

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

The True family has always been conscientious stewards of the desert land and water. Solar panels provide 35% - 45% of the daily energy usage and minimize the carbon footprint. This facility is one of the largest privately owned solar powered installation in Arizona.

Community

The ranch gives "In Kind" gifts to numerous charity events every year.

Conservation

voluntary guest laundry water saving program for guest room linens

Solar Panels produce up to 45 % of Ranch energy needs

Ranch History

White Stallion Ranch was originally built in the 1900s and like most guest ranches, began as a cattle ranch.

In the 1930s, chickens and turkeys were added and the ranch developed quite a business with 30,000 birds. In 1940, the ranch was bought by Max Zimmerman, a Chicago liquor store owner who moved West to become part of the then 100-strong guest ranch industry in Tucson. Max re-named the ranch MZ Bar Ranch and built six new buildings complete with kitchenettes - buildings which still stand and are now guest rooms, but no longer have kitchenettes...

In 1948, the ranch was purchased by the retired governess to the Dupont family. She continued the guest ranch operation and also used the ranch to provide housing for Air Force personnel and their families. In 1958, the ranch was sold to Brew and Marge Towne from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They had stayed at a guest ranch in the area and loved it so much they decided to get into the business and the name became White Stallion Ranch - which has a funny story behind it - that we'll tell you when you get here.

In 1965 the Townes sold the ranch to Cynthia and Allen True from Denver, Colorado, who purchased adjoining land until the ranch grew to its current size of 3,000 acres. Cynthia and Allen dedicated the rest of their lives to the ranch and to raising their two sons, Russell and Michael. The ranch is currently owned and operated by the second and third generations of the True Family.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase, wine cellar
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    fresh daily desserts

When it comes to food, we believe it is freshness, variety and quality that make the difference - and that is exactly what's offered at White Stallion Ranch.

Start your day with a hearty, cooked-to-order breakfast, and choose from the delicious options from the continental buffet. When lunch time comes around, tuck into a choice of two entrees, several side dishes and salads. Fresh baked goods and fresh fruit are always available. When evening comes, follow your nose to the outdoor grill and enjoy a bountiful buffet dinner, complete with a choice of two entrees and an ever-changing variety of side dishes. Not forgetting dessert!

Always popular are Thursday's traditional steak night and Saturday's signature Indian Oven Dinner. Foodies should should saddle up for the 'Wine and Cheese Ride' - an adult-only, scenic walking ride to an area surrounded by beautiful mountains, where you will enjoy wine, cheese and good company. Those who enjoy bright orange high calorie snacks will love the Beer & Cheetos Ride, similar to the Wine & Cheese ride just different beverages and snacks.

Guest Favourites

  • Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
  • Grilled Chicken & Shrimp
  • Sirloin Steak - cooked out on the BBQ

Lowdown

  • Address

    9251 W. Twin Peaks Road
    Tucson
    Arizona
    85743
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    2083.3 ft
  • Private Land

    1000-5000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Tucson

Tucson has a population of 526,000 (approx), and is situated 20 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Tucson include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

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

Rental car

Required

Nearest Airports

Tucson International Airport, Tucson

Distance

28 miles / 45 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Northwest, Alaska, United Express, Continental, US Air

Ranch shuttle

$25/PP


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix

Distance

99 miles / 1 hour 45 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines, Continental, British Airways, Lufthansa

Ranch shuttle

use the AZ Shuttle Company


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Marana, Arizona

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Distance

10 miles

Ranch shuttle

complimentary

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride
  • Max riders per ride

    12
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    150
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Draft, Draft Cross, Paints, Geldings
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 3 hours
    Afternoon - 4 hours

The Setting

Private Land (1000-5000 acres)

Sonoran desert flats, sandy washes and mountain trails that can be challenging with a variety of cactus along the trails.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

We have access to Saguaro National Park West, a 92,000 acre National Monument for our half day and all day rides.


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

we publish a weekly riding schedule that changes with the seasons.

Guided rides

all of our rides are guided

Good to know

Children 8 years and older may qualify for our fast rides, mountain rides and all day rides. Those 5 years and older will enjoy the slow rides. Children under 5 may enjoy lead line rides.

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

In addition to two fast rides and two slow rides daily (except Sundays), there are many specialty rides - such as breakfast rides, half-day rides, all-day rides, beer and cheetos ride and a wine and cheese ride.


Why our riding stands out

  • Varied riding program - from gentle slow rides for beginners to faster, more adventurous rides for intermediate and advanced riders
  • 150 ranch horses and Russell's uncanny ability to match every rider with just the right horse
  • Diverse terrain, including two mountain rides, a half- day ride and an all-day ride - you will feel a real sense of accomplishment after completing these!

Sample Riding Itinerary

Sample Daily Riding Schedule

Monday  
9:00am- Petroglyph Hike
9:00am- Slow Ride
11:00am- Fast Ride
1:00pm- Lessons
2:00pm Slow Mountain “Sidewinder”
4:00pm- Fast Ride

Tuesday    
8:30am- Breakfast Ride
9:00am- Nature Walk
9:00am- Slow Ride
9:30am-     All Day Ride
11:00am- Fast Ride
1:00pm-   Lessons
2:00pm-   Slow Ride
2:30pm- Wine and Cheese
4:00pm- Fast Ride or Team Penning

Wednesday   
8:30am- Mesa Vista Hike
9:00am- Slow Mountain “Lookout”
9:15am- Slow Flat Ride
9:30am- Fast Flat Ride
10:30am- Fast Mountain “Lookout”
12:00pm- Hayride Cookout
2:00pm-  Lessons
2:00pm- Slow Ride
4:30pm- Rodeo


Thursday 
8:30am- Guided Hike “Panther Peak”
9:00am-    Slow Ride
9:30am- All Day Ride
11:00am- Fast Ride
1:00pm-    Lessons
2:00pm-    Half Day Ride “Javelina Canyon”
2:15pm -   Slow Ride
4:00pm- Fast Ride or Team Penning

Friday       
9:00am-    Guided Hike “Kings Canyon”
9:00am-  Slow Mountain “Suicide Pass”
9:15am- Slow Flat Ride
9:30am- Fast Flat Ride
10:30am- Fast Mountain “Suicide Pass”
1:00pm- Lessons
2:00pm- Slow Ride
2:30pm- Beer and Cheetos Ride
4:00pm- Fast Ride

Saturday  
8:30am- Breakfast Ride with
                “Panther Peak” Continuation
9:00am- Slow Ride
11:00am- Fast Ride
1:00pm- Lessons
2:00pm-  Half Day Ride “Perimeter”
2:15pm-  Slow Ride
4:00pm- Fast Ride or Team Penning

Riding Lessons

Highly popular and instructive, our arena lessons are geared to the group's level, and private lessons are also available. All riding activities are included in our rates, EXCEPT lessons, which are $20 per person On trail rides when needed, our friendly, helpful wranglers will assist guests in overcoming past experiences and develop confidence at any skill level.

Details

lessons are additional, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic

Clinician

Julie Goodnight, Anna Twinney

Details

Clinics occur yearly, Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena

Cost

$varies

Focuses on

Many natural horsemanship clinics take place at the White Stallion during the year.

Arena Work

our rodeo is an exhibition rodeo that is performed for the guests and narrated by Russell True to explain the history and purpose of each event and the method of scoring.

Type

outdoor arena, professional rodeo arena

Activities

penning, roping from the ground, barrels, rodeo

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $175 - $244
    Winter: $228 - $379
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $135 - $142
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 2 days
    Winter: 4 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Western rustic chic
  • Packages available

    3 night, 5 night, 6 night, 1 week, 2 week

White Stallion Ranch can cater for up to 85 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Standard Double

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $175 - $269
Winter: $228 - $269

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

Standard double rooms have one queen and one twin bed with their own patio and the corrals quite nearby.

Rooms

16

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Cabin | Deluxe Double

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $202 - $255
Winter: $255 - $306

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

Deluxe rooms have two twins and a king bed with a separate sitting area - and a fireplace on the patio with either cactus garden or mountain views.

Rooms

16

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Cabin | Family Suite

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $212 - $265
Winter: $265 - $321

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

King bedded master bedroom and 3 twin beds in the front bedroom, a patio with cactus garden and mountain views.

Rooms

7

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, hair dryer, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Cabin | Deluxe Suite

Rates (Per Person)

Summer: $244 - $310
Winter: $310 - $379

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

With a King bed and day bed in the bedroom, deluxe suites come complete with whirlpool tub, a living room with fireplace and day bed as well as a patio with fireplace, cactus garden and mountain views.

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Entertainment

jetted tub in bath


Booking Policy

$250 deposit per person is due at the time of booking.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding, Courtesy transfers from Tucson International Airport are included with four-night minimum stays

Extras

Tax

9.915%

Gratuity

15%

Massage

$65 - $95

Other

Horseback riding lessons in the arena $20 Beverages from the bar

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi.
  • Cell Networks

    AT&T, verizon. T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Cricket, Metro PCS.
  • Business Services

    Executive business center , Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Shopping

The Rearing Horse gift shop offers a wide selection of unique southwestern gifts, useful travel items, riding gear and ranch logo wear for purchase.

Outdoor Activities

tennis, wagon rides, bird watching, Guided Rock Climbing, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking, Horseshoes, Cookouts, Ranch Rodeos

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, scrubs, facials


Fishing & Wildlife

Wildlife

We have created a Bird & Butterfly garden for our birding guests and to provide the milkweed plant to Monarch Butterflies for egg laying.


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 50-75.

Excellent for corporate retreats and team-building events, includes the use of The Longhorn Room, 2,600 sq ft meeting space... private dining rooms and a variety of inspiring outdoor venues


Local Attractions

Saguaro National Park West

The Ranch shares a 2 mile border with Saguaro National Park West. We offer several different guided hikes each week - from an easy, informative, nature walk to a more challenging climb to the top of Panther Peak. Or you could join us on a hike to visit ancient petroglyphs. Saguaro National Park hosts the largest stand of the famous Saguaro cacti in the world.  The topography is unique and the scenery beautiful. 

Distance

1/2 mile miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

We provide transportation with our guided hikes.


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.  The museum provides the most complete introduction to the Sonoran Desert with impressive and realistic displays.  It is an excellent learing experiences for the whole family.

Distance

15 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

There is no ranch shuttle.

Rental car

Required


Mission San Xavier Del Bac

A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Also known as The White Dove of the Desert...Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.

Distance

30 miles / 45 mins

Ranch shuttle

There is no ranch shuttle.

Rental car

Required

Top50 says

Highs

  • Stunning desert location offers diverse riding and hiking terrain, amidst mountains and towering cacti
  • High-quality service and warm hospitality; guests are made to feel part of the family and the Trues (owners) are actively making your stay the best it can be
  • An eco-friendly ranch, White Stallion has the largest privately-owned solar-power system in Arizona
  • Car hire available direct from the ranch, allowing guests to explore the many local attractions and off-site activities. Only 35 minutes from Tucson International Airport and its location next to the Saguaro National Park gives the ranch a much more remote feel

Lows

  • No cattle drives, but 100 cows to work with for team penning in the arena
  • Being in the desert it can get quite hot so remember to take plenty of water with you wherever you go

Visitor Reviews

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First time at a ranch

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and plan to come next year. Many other guests were repeat visitors – the most was a man on his 18th trip and another man from England was on his 10th. People were there from Germany and other countries and it was fun chatting and getting to know the other guests. While the whole vacation experience seemed kind of expensive, we realized that once we were there we didn’t have to spend any money. No individual tipping – 15% is automatically added to your bill when you check out. You can spend money at the gift shop and for riding lessons but other than that everything was free including shuttle service to and from the airport. So keep that in mind when comparing to other vacation destinations.

5 stars

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