White Stallion Ranch Riding
White Stallion Ranch owns one of the largest private herds of horses in Arizona. Our extensive riding program accommodates the experienced horse owner, the “first-time” rider and all riders in between. Each guest is carefully matched with a specific horse for the duration of their stay, based on their experience, height, weight and riding ambitions.
We offer a wide choice of rides every day except SUNDAY, which is always the horses’ day off.
For those who like a little excitement, our fast rides are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. Loping through the desert on horseback you’ll begin to believe that you really should have been born a cowboy. Intermittent walking and trotting allows you to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. Experienced riders love these rides and we pride ourselves on helping beginners gain the skills necessary to participate as well. With our wide variety of trails, fast rides are always an adventure. Our fast rides require that you be 8 years or older and have passed a lope test in our arena. This test is conducted for your safety as well as the riders around you.
The perfect introduction to riding at White Stallion and for those who prefer to soak up the sun and scenery…
This is the best way to see the desert flora and fauna and experience the ecosystem of the Sonoran desert. You’ll ride all week and never use the same trail twice on our walking rides. Our wranglers use walking rides as an opportunity to share their knowledge of the desert and our horses.
We ask that every guest complete a slow ride to become better acquainted with your horse and the trails before moving on to more strenuous riding activities. Children 5 and older may participate in slow rides.
Half Day Rides
You may choose to do one or both Half Day rides offered weekly at White Stallion Ranch. Our Half Day rides are approximately 3 1/2 hours of saddle time. One ride follows the perimeter of the ranch property while the other takes you to Javelina Canyon in Saguaro National Park. Similar to our All Day rides, Half Day rides are suited for fast riders* who would like to explore more of the ranch and spend more time in the saddle. (*at least 8 years old)
All Day Rides
According to Russell True, “this could be the best ride of your life – or the absolute worst!”
This ride is a combination of loping and walking, you’ll be making contact with your saddle for almost 8 hours while covering 20 – 25 miles. Lunch is served on the trail at a ramada in Saguaro National Park West. There’s a bathroom break and plenty of water for the horses while you lunch. Highlights of this ride include traveling through rugged canyons, sandy washes and seeing Native American petroglyphs ~ not to mention some pretty great bragging rights if you come back happy!
Team Cattle Sorting
You will acquire the skills and understanding of cattle work while doing it. Learn how to turn or stop a steer, by applying pressure as you put your horse in the right position. With a just little practice, you’ll see an improvement in your timing and ability to read a cow. It’s rewarding, fun and challenging, available to all riders 5 years old and up.
$45 per person
For beginners and experienced riders alike, everyone learns from our patient and knowledgeable wranglers. Work on improving your control and communication, learn western equitation, or overcome challenges you may be having. Riding lessons will quickly increase your confidence and improve your riding experience.
Lessons are the only riding activity with an extra charge;
$20 per person for 1 hour of group instruction – (groups are typically limited to 4 guests)
What better way to explore the rugged Tucson Mountains than by horseback? Exciting and beautiful, our steep, rocky trails take you to the top of our surrounding mountains where the panoramic views are breathtaking. Ride through Movie Pass surrounded by Saguaros, if it looks familiar, that’s because Hollywood has been filming here for over 50 years.
Choose from three different mountain rides to reach the summit, where you’ll take in the panoramic view of our 3,000 acre ranch and the miles of farmland beyond. The trails can be steep and rocky, but out horses are surefooted and adept at picking their way through the rocks. Rides can be slow ot fast to get to the mountain, with walking once we reach the pass. Mountain rides are available to children 8 years and older.
This guest favorite is as much fun as you can have on the back of a horse, it is a total adrenaline rush!
You and three teammates ride “Bonanza” style into a herd of cattle in our rodeo arena and separate out three to move to a pen. To up the stakes, this is a timed event, but you are welcome to ride at whatever speed you find most comfortable. It’s all about teamwork, so our wranglers will give you tips and instructions. Team Penning lasts about one hour, and each team gets three rounds to better their time. It’s exciting and challenging, and you will rely on everything you’ve learned about riding – when you finish, you’ll feel like a real cowboy/cowgirl!
If you don’t have a team, don’t worry, we will match you with others, and our wranglers are always happy to ride! Team Penning is classified as a fast ride and only available to children 8 years old and over.
Wine & Cheese Rides
Enjoy a scenic walking ride to a secluded corner of the ranch, surrounded by mountains and stunning scenery. Here, you’ll be presented with a unique selection of wines and enjoy assorted cheeses, crackers and bread. Your horse waits patiently only a stone’s throw away while you relax and enjoy the company of your fellow riders.
Guests over 21 may partake, available seasonally
Beer & Cheetos Rides
This is the perfect way to get to know your fellow guests in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere! We’ve chosen a very special spot in the desert, added picnic tables for you and a picket line for your horse and “Voila!” A fun way to spend a lovely afternoon with friends old and new… You’ll unwind with an ice cold beer and an assortment of crispy, orange empty calorie snacks served up by your wranglers.
Guests 21 and older may partake, available seasonally
Every Wednesday*, climb aboard our hay wagon, decked out with hay bales for seats and powered by a magnificent team of draft horses. You’ll be transported to lunch the old fashioned way, through the desert to our cookout site with Panther Peak as your backdrop. Enjoy “All American” hamburgers and hotdogs cooked over a fragrant Mesquite fire with all the trimmings – Delicious vegetarian options are always available. Russell presents a brief but very entertaining overview of the ranch – past and present – while you soak up the sunshine and fresh desert air.
Tuesday evenings* in the summer, perfectly timed for our brilliant Arizona sunsets, we offer a Monsoon Mule hay wagon ride complete with Moscow Mule adult beverages and Prickly Pear Lemonade for the kids. You’ll be amazed by the colors of the desert as it glows in shades of red and orange.
* Of course, our Hay wagon trips are weather permitting!