Circle Z is known for its excellent horses, many of them ranch raised, and
its great variety of trails. We have 165 miles of trails which run along
and through the Sonoita Creek, meander through sand canyons and climb up
through our mountains where the scenery is breathtaking. Riders are
assigned a horse for their stay. The horse (one of over 100 in our
string) is chosen to meet the needs of each guest and their riding
experience. Basic instruction is offered, at no charge, from our experienced wranglers.
We are known as the Riding Ranch with great horses for every rider. Our 20,000 acres of rolling high desert hills, afford endless trails to ride or roam, with beautiful scenery in every direction. Our wranglers make every effort to insure guest enjoyment of our wide open spaces, from the back of a horse, comfortably.
We offer the beginner scenic ride and suggest this ride for our novice riders and the riders who just want to take things slow and easy. Our intermediate ride offers a walk & trot for the more experienced rider and the looping ride is offered to the more advance rider. Each ride is two hours and you may choose a 9:30 AM ride and/or a 2:00 PM ride. Only one ride on Sunday at 10:00 AM.
The best view on earth is from the back of a horse. We hope to see you on our trials.
At Hideout Ranch, riding is at the heart of ranch activities. Our location gives us easy access to millions of acres in the Coronado National Forest and US National Parks, where there are trails of every experience level. We tailor the rides to our guests and their interests, discussing and planning the next day’s adventure over a sumptuous dinner. If guests want a lesson or some arena work to brush up on skills – or get acclimated to the saddle –we spend quality one-on-one time, working until everyone is comfortable. Our rides go at a pace appropriate to the terrain and our guests’ ability. We have a vast array of horses for every experience level, and at Hideout Ranch safety is first and foremost.
History surrounds Hideout Ranch, and every ride covers the same ground Apache, US soldiers, bad guys, good guys, and thousands of unknown but brave, determined settlers put their feet upon decades and decades ago. There are myriad spots intricately woven into the historical fabric of the American West, fascinating areas well-known to and revered by legendary figures Wyatt Earp and his brothers, Doc Holliday, the Clantons and McLaurys, Pancho Villa, Billy the Kid, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Places like Turkey Creek where Johnny Ringo was found shot between the eyes with no clue still today of who pulled the trigger, and Skeleton Canyon, just miles down the road, where Geronimo, who broke away from Cochise's band and continued the fight against the US Army for years, finally surrendered. With millions of miles to ride, guests could stay six months without covering the same ground. Some of our favorites include:
Fort Bowie: Built in 1862 after the Battle of Apache Pass which was the southern route from the East to California, the US Army launched and maintained campaigns against Cochise and Geronimo from the mountaintop fort. We ride along the old Butterfield Stage line, stop for a visit at the stagecoach station, pay your respects at the cemetery, and pass Apache Spring on up to the ruins of the fort. It's an easy trail, crowded with well-known historical figures and those beyond the pages of books. Bowie has long been a favorite ride of both Hideout guests and wranglers.
Chiricahua National Monument: One of nature's most belief-defying rock formations, the Chiricahua National Monument was known to Cochise and his band of Apaches as the "Land of Standing-Up Rocks." The Monument is an amazing ride with indescribable views, but somehow – you see something different every time you ride there.
Horseshoe Canyon: Directly across from Hideout Ranch, Horseshoe Canyon winds back for miles into the Chiricahuas, then forks in opposite directions, each to more fascinating landscapes. There is no spot on Hideout Ranch from which you can't see Horseshoe Canyon, and a favorite pastime is watching the light play on the walls of the canyon. It is beyond imagination.
Camp Rucker: First known as Camp Supply, this outpost of Fort Bowie was renamed for Lt. John Rucker in 1878 after his accidental death nearby. It was from this camp, later a fort, that the US Army continued their efforts to capture Geronimo. The ruins of the fort are fun to poke about and imagine them thriving with soldiers and livestock. When you ride across the expansive parade grounds, you'll hear bugles calling the soldiers into formation and feel the exhilaration of an army on a mission.
Red Rocks: High above Camp Rucker, the Red Rocks are a magnificent destination, achieved after riding through still more astonishingly pristine country. Again, the views are spectacular.
Owl Canyon: To reach this delightful little canyon in New Mexico, you ride across Hideout Ranch to the upper corner, then wind through the mesquite and arroyos on up into the canyon. There is a vantage point from where you look across the valley into Horseshoe Canyon in Arizona as a staggering panorama opens in front of you.
Situated in the high Sonoran Desert with access to over 135,000 acres of trails, Rancho De La Osa offers a variety of controlled pleasure rides, as well as specialty riding programs. One day you could find yourself riding over rocky uplands and grassland desert to round up Longhorn cattle. The next day you could be out riding a mountain trail, perhaps packing a breakfast or lunch with you. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced rider, we have a horse and ride suited to your ability. Our daily riding program offers two scheduled rides per day, each of approximately two hours in duration. Private riding lessons are available on request.
We also schedule two specialty riding programs – our Cowgirl Camp and Couples’ Round Up, several times each year. Both are five day, four night programs, which include more time in the saddle, individual riding instruction, and basic horsemanship skills. Scheduled dates and detailed agendas for these programs are on our website, and we can offer these programs exclusively for groups of 8-12 adults.
White Stallion Ranch offers a variety of horseback activities suited for the most inexperienced rider to the advanced. Our six day riding program (no riding on Sundays) includes a gentle, walking scenic ride morning and afternoon, sometimes on the flat desert or up into the foothills. Later in the morning and again in the afternoon, there is a fast ride with some beautiful lopes through the desert. One of the most popular activities is the Cattle Team Penning which we do Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. This horse and cattle game, held in the arena, is an option to the regular afternoon fast ride. For the "die hard" riders we have a 7 hour all day ride on Tuesday and Thursday into the Saguaro National Park. This is a picnic lunch ride. We have a breakfast ride on Tuesday and Saturday to our beautiful desert site.
In addition to all of the rides, we are also proud to offer a one hour horse whisperer session with our head wrangler, Carol Bachman for anyone wishing to improve their relationship with horses. There is no charge for this program. We also offer several clinics during our season and you will find these detailed in our Specials section of our website. Daily riding lessons are available in a group or private setting and there are barrel racing lessons by request. There is an extra charge for lessons. It this is your first visit to the ranch, a slow ride is required before testing for the the fast rides.
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