Hiking at White Stallion Ranch
Our Tucson Mountain backdrop and border with Saguaro National Park makes White Stallion Ranch a supreme location for high desert hiking.
We offer several guided hikes weekly: from a family friendly, informative, nature walk to increasingly challenging hikes up Mesa Vista and to the top of Panther Peak. Guests may hike without our guides, directions and suggestions are available at the Front Desk and from our guides.
Travel with us to the Saguaro National Park for the Petroglyph Hike. We access this ancient form of communication via a well-maintained trail, appropriate for families and novice hikers. The petroglyphs are attributed to the Hohokam Indians, who inhabited this area from 250 through 1450 A.D. There are some stairs to climb on the way in, but this a great intergenerational family hike complete with a picnic table and bathroom available. Hiking boots not required, closed-toe shoes are a must. Plan on spending approximately 2.5 hours on this adventure.This hike can be customized to suit more advanced hikers by choosing alternate trails after leaving the petroglyph site.
Our Nature Walk introduces you to the flora, fauna and geology of the Sonoran Desert. This is an easy, flat hike appropriate for all ages interested in learning about our unique desert surroundings. Questions and discussions are encouraged. Duration 1 – 2 hours, no hiking boots required, although closed-toe shoes are a must for your comfort and safety.
Mesa Vista Hike is an intermediate level hike with a focus on geology, history and the formation of the mountains. There will be some off trail hiking. The views are incredible, taking in the ranch, Picacho Peak, Mt. Lemmon, the Tucson Basin and the Rincon Mountains. It is a 3 hour adventure, and hiking boots are recommended.
The Panther Peak Hike will dramatically change your perspective of the ranch and several miles beyond. This is our most challenging hike and will take approximately 4 hours to complete. It is a 2-hour uphill climb that gains over 1300′ feet in elevation and has steeper inclines than any of our other hikes. Panther Peak is not recommended for children under 10 years old. Hiking boots are recommended.
King’s Canyon Hike qualifies as easy to intermediate, utilizing well-maintained trails and sandy washes in Saguaro National Park. This trail is also the most direct route to reach Wasson’s Peak – the highest summit (4,687 ft) of Tucson Mountains. Hikes may take the old mining road that follows King’s Canyon or hike up the Canyon along the wash. Depending on the route chosen, there are two locations with petroglyphs along the way. Hiking boots are recommended, expect to spend 3 – 3.5 hours on this hike.