Riders on a trail ride at White Stallion ranch in Arizona

White Stallion Ranch in Arizona

A memorable ranch holiday in Arizona! Perfect for families or groups of mixed riders and non-riders, the White Stallion Ranch offers a wide range of adventures for everyone. Riding everyday from the Ranch, discover the rocky trails of the Saguaro, amongst mountains, canyons and cactii. In the evening, enjoy a dip in the pool and a beer around the bonfire... Welcome to the Far West!
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Ranches and Cattle Drives
8 days (5 riding)
From £1,075
Family holidays
from 5 y.o
Open to non-riders
  • Riders playing mounted western games in Arizona at White Stallion ranch
    Enjoy a variety of riding activities with a western twist!
  • Riders sorting cattle on horseback at White Stallion ranch in Arizona
    A US ranch holiday for riders looking to experience western riding and traditions
  • Young rider getting in the saddle at White Stallion ranch in Arizona
    This ranch holiday welcomes riders of all ages and abilities
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    After a day in the saddle, enjoy the White Stallion margarita at the bar!
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    A memorable guest ranch holiday in the United States
  • Young girl petting a horse at White Stallion Ranch
    The ideal family ranch holiday in the USA
  • Rider on horseback sorting cattle at White Stallion ranch
    Enjoy cattle work and western games in the saddle
  • Riders on a trail ride at White Stallion ranch in Arizona
    Trail riding at White Stallion ranch in Arizona

Itinerary

Highlights

- Many riding and non-riding activities are available, to make sure everyone has a great time.
- A beautiful Arizona ranch where winters are warm, with a pool, sauna and hot tub.
- The trails are in groups of similar ability: relaxing treks for novice riders and more active trails for advanced riders.
- The real "Far West" scenery, with canyons and cactii left and right!
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - TUCSON

    White Stallion Ranch
    Flight to Tucson, AZ. There are currently no direct flights from the UK but you can fly with just one connection. If your flight times allow it, your transfer to the ranch is included from the airport. Dinner and overnight at the Ranch.

    Please note you can arrive and depart any day you like, however we advise you arrive on the Sunday, where there is no riding (day off for the horses and wranglers).
  • Day 2 2 : RANCH - 1-7 hours riding

    White Stallion Ranch
    First day on the ranch, with a relaxing ride to explore the beautiful landscape around the ranch. Non-riders can enjoy the pool, sauna or hot tub. A fitness centre is available; and you can also play tennis, volleyball, basketball, badminton or paddle tennis.

    After a busy first day at the Ranch, enjoy a lovely dinner al fresco, and perhaps have a drink around the bonfire.

    IMPORTANT : the following itinerary is just an example - the actual itinerary is flexible and will depend on your preferences and those of the group.

    Not included: riding lessons in the arena (mandatory for beginner riders who want to ride out), massages, etc.
  • Day 3 3 : RANCH - 1-7 hours riding

    White Stallion Ranch
    Today, experienced riders may like to go on a full day ride: you can expect up to 35 km and 7 hours in the saddle! Your lunch will be served in the Saguaro National Park, renowned for its canyons, arid landscape and gigantic cactii. You ride back to the ranch in the afternoon - the pool will surely seem like a very appealing option...

    Non-riders can choose to go on a hike. There are many trails around the Ranch.

    Dinner and overnight at the Ranch.
  • Day 4 4 : RANCH - 1-7 hours riding

    White Stallion Ranch
    After a hearty breakfast, get back in the saddle for another beautiful trail ride in the Arizona scenery. You can choose to head towards the mountains, less experienced riders can enjoy a relaxing trek, and advanced riders can go for one of the Ranch's "fast rides" to pick up the pace!

    Back to the ranch for lunch. In the afternoon, you may like to go on a sunset "hay ride" (in the summer only and if weather conditions allow), or attend the rodeo organised by the Ranch - team roping, barrel racing... This is Ranch life as it should be!
  • Day 5 5 : RANCH - 1-7 hours riding

    White Stallion Ranch
    Why not discover another part of the wranglers' world today? You can try your hand at team penning, that is very popular in the USA. This team activity consists of separating cattle into different pens. It's fast, fun, and typically Western!
  • Day 6 6 : RANCH - 1-7 hours riding

    White Stallion Ranch
    For those who wish to, the region offers many other activities (not included in your package): abseiling, hot air balloon flights, 4x4 drives, golf, etc.
  • Day 7 7 : TUCSON - EUROPE

    Last breakfast at the Ranch. Depending on your flight times, transfer to the airport and overnight flight to Europe.

    We can also organise an extension to the West - Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon or Monument Valley. Please contact us for details.
  • Day 8 8 : EUROPE

    Arrive back in Europe.

Dates & prices

Price details

• Flights to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.     

• Price per person based on two riders sharing a standard room. Upgrades to a Deluxe Queen, Deluxe King, or Family Suite are possible. Availability above is based on all room types, if the standard room is not available then a supplement can apply.

• Although you can arrive and depart any day you like, we recommend you stay for a minimum of four nights to enjoy all that is available. Please note there is no riding on Sundays and private transfer fees may apply.

• Groups are made up of 1 to 10 international riders. English speaking guides.

• If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. £X. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. 
Single supplement 2020 (based on a standard room):
£215 from Jan 2 - Feb 15
£140 from Feb 16 - April 18
£215 from April 19 - June 13
£240 from June 14 - Sept 26
£215 from Sept 27 - Dec 12
£140 from Dec 13 - Jan 12, 2021

Single supplement 2021 (based on a standard room):
$255/€230/£200 from Jan 2 - Feb 13
$165/€150/£130 from Feb 14 - April 17
$250/€225/$195 from April 18 to June 12
$300/€270/£240 from June 13 to Sept. 25
$255/€230/£205 from Sept. 26 to Dec 18
$165/€150/£130 from Dec 19 to Jan 01 2022

• Transfers from Tucson are included for stays of 4+ nights. For shorter stays, this is payable at $25/€23/£20 per person each way.

• Children under 5 year old are welcome free of charge. Please note they need to be over 5 to ride off the lead rope.

• Taxes and gratuities are included.

• An electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) is required to enter the USA. It is your responsibility to organise this. Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ and contact us if you need help.

• Please note that beginner riders will be asked to have a lesson in the arena before they are allowed out on the trails. This lesson is not included and is $20 for one hour.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

A team of wranglers and staff at the Ranch

Inland transport

Scheduled airport transfers

Accommodation

6 nights at the Ranch, standard room

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
Coffee and tea, lemonade, iced tea

Extras

Gratuities and taxes

Price doesn't include

Transport

International flights
Visa fees (ESTA fee)

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement

Extras

Additional activities: massages, lessons, abseiling, park visits etc.
  • November - December 2020

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Equestrian info

Horses

The horses are mostly American breeds, including Quarter Horses and Paints. They are easy to ride, well mannered and sure footed. There will be a horse for everyone, from beginners to more advanced riders.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

No specific level is required, and this trip is open to beginners and more advanced riders alike.

Please note that beginner riders will be asked to have a lesson in the arena before they are allowed out on the trails. This lesson is not included and is $20 for one hour.

Rider weight limit: 115 kg, 18st, 250 lbs.

Pace

The main pace of the trail is the walk. The pace and technicality of the trail will be decided depending on each rider's ability. There are "fast rides" with frequent canters for advanced riders.

Tacking ability and participation

You can help get your horse ready, but the team of wranglers will be happy to help or do it for you.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

No specific requirements, but reasonable levels of fitness are required for those looking to take part in riding or physical activities.

Equestrian equipment

Western tack
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

The Ranch has 43 rooms and a private hacienda (5 rooms) for private use. Our rates are for a standard room with one double bed and one single bed, en-suite. Deluxe rooms (up to 4 people) can also be booked. Each room has a fridge, hairdryer, safe, and iPod station. Pool, sauna and hot tub available. No TV in the rooms. A/C in all rooms.

Meals

A la carte breakfast and continental buffet.
Lunch is salads, sandwiches, biscuits and fresh fruit.
Dinner is usually family style with a BBQ and an assortment of sides and desserts.
A buffet with snacks and drinks (hot drink/lemonade) is available during the day.
All meals are taken at the ranch except on full day rides (picnic lunch).

Climate

Tucson has a desert climate and there can be an important temperature gap with day and night. Spring and summer can be extremely hot, especially in July, and you may experience showers. The riding activities are adapted in the summer with early starts and sunset rides to avoid the heat of the day.

Guide and local team

You are looked after by a team of local wranglers

Tips

Tipping is an instituition in the United States. In all restaurants - except certain snack bars with self-service -, it is expected that you leave around a 10 - 12% tip. Certain tourist hotspots will also add a service charge.

It's also considered 'good manners' to leave a 1 to 2$ supplementary tip to taxi drivers.

Regarding tips made to the team at the ranch, it is customary to give them to the lead cowboy who will then share it out amongst the rest of the team.

Packing list

Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee in the summer and it's better to be prepared. Please do not bring ponchos.
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts
- Casual clothes for the evening
- Swimsuit

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Water bottle.
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
-Mosquito repellent
-Insect bite relief cream
- Chapstick

Medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts.
- If you prefer travelling in a "light way" please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.
-Please take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling.

Visa & Health

Formalities

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry. We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors for further information.

You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you’re planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States

Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee. An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.

When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA. Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don’t qualify for entry under the VWP, and don’t have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.

Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.

PLEASE NOTE
Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
    2, avenue Gabriel
    75008 paris
    Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
    4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
    20007 Washington D.C.
    Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
    Fax :
    info@ambafrance-us.org
  • US Embassy
    24 Grosvenor Square
    W1A 2LQ London
    Tél. : 020 7499-9000
    Fax :

Health

There are no vaccinations required for entering the United States. If you are entering from a yellow fever endemic area (or you have been to one within 7 days of entering the country), you may be required to show proof of immunization. Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus(Lockjaw), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Rabies vaccinations are sometimes recommended for wilderness travel and/or wildlife volunteer projects. Lyme disease is endemic in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas and transmitted via blacklegged ticks.

Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin

Budget and money

The US Dollar, is the national currency of the United States. One dollar consists of 100 cents. Frequently used coins are the penny (1¢), nickel (5¢), dime (10¢) and quarter (25¢). 50¢ and $1 coins also exist, but are rarely used. Frequently used banknotes are the $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes. $2, $50 and $100 notes can also be found, but are rarely used.
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.

Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.

Telephone and jetlag

The dialling code for the USA is +1

The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Team penning  and ranch sorting are sport events that involves moving cattle on horseback by riders teams. In penning, teams of three horses and riders combine their athleticism, horsemanship and general cowiness to humanely separate particular cows and herd them into the penning area in under 60 seconds.

In just a few seconds the most skilled horses and riders need to find their specific cow, and separate it from the herd without ever touching the animal. Penning and Sorting offer the participants the opportunity to incorporate all of their working cow horse skills in a fast-paced, fun team-orientated competition while embracing their western roots. 

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