You can find a dude ranch or stable with a horse for every level of riding or interest. For those who have never been near a horse, get up close with an experienced horse handler. Are you a novice rider? You can ride a few trails with a group of confident horses and horse people. An experienced rider can lope along beautiful Sonoran desert trails where classic Hollywood cowboy movies have been filmed. Horse owners can trailer in their own beloved horse to camp and ride gorgeous scenic trails. Get acquainted with the Old West and take part in a cattle drive out in the open desert range.
Ranches & Stables
If you’re looking for an all-in-one, stay-and-play experience look no further than White Stallion Ranch, Arizona’s top-rate dude ranch. A traditional, historic, upscale family-owned and operated dude ranch that boasts one of the largest herds of riding horses for every level of rider. Only need to arrange a riding session? Check out Tucson Mountain Stables, offering hourly and longer rides, cookouts, and corporate rides. For a real slice of the Old West, head over to Cocoraque Ranch for a cattle drive or rodeo!
Learn the Ropes
If you are looking for lessons – for all ages and levels- there are several venues in Marana that can help. Cortaro Equestrian Center offers adult and youth horse riding lessons in both Western and English disciplines, day camps, and more! While Sarabande Riding Club focuses on youth lessons for English riding.
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Hit the Trails
The Wild Burro Trail offers up beautiful desert vegetation and the ruins of a stone house. Towards the end of the trail is a nice shaded area with a huge cottonwood tree in the middle of it, making it a great place for lunch. There are 5 easy to technical trails available for horseback riding at Catalina State Park. Here you’ll find an equestrian staging and camping area with 16 pens. Water, hitching posts, mounting and dismount steps are available.
Marana is the perfect place for those looking to learn how to ride, or to explore the Sonoran desert on horseback. Discover everything else Marana has to offer!