We invite you to the Guest Ranch that has been our home since 1965, where the third generation of the True family is now growing up. Our goal has always been to carefully blend the family approach and personal touch of a traditional dude ranch with the service and quality of a fine resort.
Our Full American Plan Rates Include: 3 delicious meals a day, comfortable accommodations, horseback riding on 3,000 acres of Sonoran Desert, fast rides, slow rides, mountain rides, all-day and half- day rides into the Saguaro National Park, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, tennis, movie theatre, game rooms, evening entertainment and a warm, welcoming family atmosphere.
Established in 1965.
Family owned and operated Guest Ranch by the True family. We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary as Arizona's premier dude ranch in 2015.
Company Info: Rating: 5.00
Address: 9251 W Twin Peaks Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85743
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1. Jill C.
I spent two nights at the White Stallion Ranch. I wouldn't have known about it, but the Ranch donated a two night stay to the Ronald McDonald House and I won the stay at their recent silent auction in Tucson. I have to say that I had no idea what to expect, and I also have to say that it was one of the most fun getaway weekends I've ever had! I travel a lot, and I tend to be picky and annoying about things. But at White Stallion Ranch, everything exceeded my expectations. The staff are wonderful, the food is fantastic, the scheduling of things to do is well coordinated in every respect. I was assigned my own horse at the beginning (Jaeger), and so whenever I went to ride he was saddled up and ready to go (they schedule rides, so one need only sign up to be assured that the assigned horse is ready). I did a breakfast ride (a sublime early morning slow ride out to the foothill of the mountains, whereupon breakfast was cooked up and served); a slow ride (just relaxing as we rode for a few hours); a lesson (after I failed the test to do a "fast" ride). It's an unbelievably well run place--places like the Ritz Carlton could learn from the management of White Stallion! They just do everything right! I loved my stay, my friend loved our weekend there, and I can't wait to go back. If you have ever thought about going to a dude ranch, please consider White Stallion Ranch. It's unbelievable and so worthy of your business.
11/11/10 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
2. Jill C.
The White Stallion ranch has become a favorite destination for my son and I. We recently returned from our 2nd visit and loved every minute of it. The ranch itself is located on a few thousand acres of desert land and neighbors saguaro national park...which means a vast amount of gorgeous open space is available for riding and viewing pleasure. The ranch is home to some 130 or so horses, many cows and calves, peacocks, goats and other critters that make for an interesting visit.
My son gained a lot of confidence in his riding ability while riding a very patient and reliable horse named Cherokee. They have horses for all different skill levels. The helpful and friendly wranglers take your safety very seriously which is much appreciated, especially when children are involved. I never felt stressed over my son's safety and always felt he was in good hands. The trails are fantastic with a lot of variety. Our 2 most favorite rides were the sunset ride and the breakfast ride. AZ has some stunning and photo worthy sunsets! For the breakfast ride, we headed out at 7 am and had eggs with sausage and blueberry pancakes out in the desert...awesome. :)
Ranch accommodations are spacious and comfortable. We enjoyed the fireplace in our southwestern style room in the evenings and the ac kept us nice and cool during the day. There is plenty of tasty food which includes a dessert after dinner each night. The faire is basic american style with some mexican flavors thrown in. We had meals like steak and potatoes, bbq ribs and baked salmon for dinner--sandwiches, queasadillas, burgers and salads for lunch and eggs (any way), pancakes, cereal or french toast for breakfast. There is a self serve full bar and great selection of wines available whenever you want..I indulged in quite a few yummy margaritas.
We enjoyed some great evening entertainment as well. One night we gathered around an outdoor fire and enjoyed listening to a great local western guitarist/singer. Another evening we enjoyed a live "desert critter show" where we were introduced..very up close..to several indigenous snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, a horny toad, a ghecko, some other eccentric lizards and my favorite...a sweet and soft chinchilla. We were allowed to touch and hold these critters though I passed on most! There was also a magic show that was very, very good and had the audience in stitches from laughter.
Horseback riding is definitely the highlight here though there other other activities offered such as tennis, swimming, billiards, ping pong, shuffle board and a small movie theatre. We also enjoyed a trip to old town Tucson where we watched an enacted gun fight, panned for gold and enjoyed both a can can and a comedy show. If you go, be sure and visit the Desert Museum too which is fantastic.
This is simply a great family destination though there were plenty of childless couples visiting too. We met other guests from England, Australia and Italy. My son and I had a wonderful time there and look forward to another visit. I highly recommend The White Stallion ranch.
27/06/10 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
3. Dorian C.
This ranch and the land that it's on is beautiful. The rooms are very comfortable, clean, and well maintained. The staff is genuinely warm and welcoming. The food is delicious! It's also very kid-friendly, with lots of things to keep them busy and happy. I highly recommend!
23/09/10 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
4. Hope T.
My two teens and I just got back from a thoroughly delightful five day stay at The White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ. We're already planning our next trip. I've never been so sad when a vacation came to an end. As many others have said, the customer service is A+! From the moment we arrived, we felt welcome and pampered. I just soaked it all in. The riding is great, but there is also so much more to do, all on-site and all included in the price - beautiful pool, jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, petting zoo, billiards, huge game room with air hockey/ping pong/etc, tennis courts, basketball court, etc. My teens didn't watch TV or play video games the whole vacation. And they loved every minute. Amazing!
Every evening, there was a special event - meeting critters (snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, etc.), cowboy poet and singer, magic show, rodeo...By the time my head hit the pillow, I was dreaming of the awesome day we had.
And the food. Wow! Delish, and always served with a smile. The staff really goes out of their way to make sure your taste buds are treated very well. I'm going to miss the fabulous meals.
The weather was very hot during the day, but the horseback rides were early and late, and somehow it wasn't a big deal.
It's a very special place, and I don't know why, but the atmosphere breeds friendliness amonst the guests. Traveling as a single parent, I was a bit concerned, but the other guests were so friendly, I never felt alone.
There is a mandatory slow ride everyone must go on. Not very exciting, but no big deal. Then comes a test to see if you're ready for fast rides. I failed initially, but JC (wrangler extraordinaire) gave me an informal lesson, and then I passed the test. Loping (cantering/galloping) is oodles of fun, and the wranglers make safety a top priority. I had a blast galavanting around the cacti. The mountain ride was breathtaking, and the fast rides were always a blast. I felt like a real cowboy. There was a riding lesson offered every day ($20), which I regret not taking. I heard it was very worthwhile. Next trip. The team penning event is a blast. Herding cattle is definitely a lot tougher than it looks. I haven't laughed that hard in ages. And the photographer gets some wonderful photos, which he sells to guests at reasonable prices.
The petting zoo was a highlight for my boys and me. There is the cutest pig and a chow-hound goat who just loves to eat. There's a machine that sells food for 10 cents. We probably spent $5 on treats for the animals. I even fed the ostriches.
I honestly can't think of anything negative to say...except the fact that I had to head back to reality.
I guess the way White Stallion Ranch runs the bar kind of sums it up. They use the honor system. You drink whatever you want, and then write it down on chits. And the prices are very reasonable. As a New Yorker, I was shocked. But it makes perfect sense at White Stallion. You're like family.
If you're looking for a welcoming place to vacation, where you'll have the time of your life, look no further. White Stallion is a winner!
Room Tip: Our deluxe room was very nice, but honestly, I wouldn't spend more for a fancy room. You won't be spending much time there.
04/10/11 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
5. Eva G.
I couldn't stop smiling; at the end of each ride, my face hurt. There is little that can make me feel freedom like loping on a good horse. Weightless and flying. Skiing does, except horseback riding adds the connection with another being: the horse who carries me, responding to my request to turn, pick up the pace, or back off the speed to match the horse in front of us. The sunshine washes the desert, illuminating the needles on the saguaro and dances with the shadows against the paddles of the prickly pear as we pass.
This trip was my daughter's idea. Each year, I take one of my two girls on a trip alone to build memories together, just the two of us. No competing sibling or agenda, just a mother-daughter trip, alone, to a destination chosen by the latter. My 13-year-old chose a dude ranch. We own horses which we keep at a stable just twenty minutes from our home, but her passion for all things equine and her knowledge that a dude ranch is also about much more than riding made it her first choice.
We'd stayed at White Stallion Ranch as a family when she was a baby. Although neither girl remembers the trip, her older sister fell in love with Russell True, the ranch owner, and would toddle to him in giggles every time she saw him. When she asked to go to a dude ranch this year, it seemed like the perfect fit.
Accommodations: And, it was. The room was nicely decorated and very comfortable. The good beds kept the sore muscles the trail from compounding into real aches and pains. I enjoyed the living room space and the great little patio in the shade of the trees outside our front door.
Meals: The atmosphere at meals brings people together, creating a place where guests meet and swap stories. Many of the people we met had stayed at the ranch before, some for many years. Not surprising, as it is an experience I think most anyone would want to repeat. We ate on the patio of the lodge, under the giant olive tree, but our favorite meal was the breakfast ride where we took to the trails early and ate pancakes and eggs in the shade of awnings built of saguaro ribs, under the backdrop of the Tucson Mountains.
For Kids: Soon after we arrived, my daughter met a handful of other young guests; people whose energy level matched their own. This allowed me to watch her over the top of my book from my shaded, poolside lounge chair while she laughed and swam. They shared each other's company not only in the pool, but feeding treats to the horses as well as the goats, donkeys, emu, and other animals in the petting zoo, and hanging out in the recreation center. As we shared stories at the end of the day, all of the other parents I talked with would sigh and tell me how much their children loved the freedom they can experience at a place like this. Few other vacation choices would provide it; they'd never let their children run off with other kids they just met at an amusement park or beach.
Activities: There are a lot of activities, other than horseback riding. Although I didn't use the spa myself, other guest told me the massages were fabulous. We watched the staff demonstrate rodeo events and other guest try their hand chasing calves, team penning. I sat in on a horsemanship talk, and learned a few new things. They offered nature hikes, creating art, and western dancing, although we did not participate in all of them.
Riding: The horseback riding was quite enjoyable. My horse was very responsive and willing, a good match for me. The wranglers were happy to change out my daughter's mount when she decided she wanted to try another horse. She likes to go fast, and loved that their solid-but-sandy trails offer some great terrain loping rides, as some dude ranches are limited by the steep mountains or rocky trails.
Staff: We ended up staying during a week when the ranch was full, yet the staff were all helpful and welcoming, nonetheless. I might have preferred to stay during a week when they had more leisure time and could stop to chat, but the service certainly did not suffer because of the large number of guests. We were consistently greeted with a smile, and every request was treated as important.
We had a wonderful stay at White Stallion Ranch, and certainly hope to join the ranks of the repeat guests. Even if we don't return any time soon, my daughter and I created an experience together that brings us closer together, one we will not ever forget.
13/05/12 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
6. Jennifer K.
I LOVE WHITE STALLION RANCH!
This a great dude ranch. A place where real riders can ride, and beginners can ride, too!
The trails are beautiful, the guides are great and experienced. They have horses for every level of rider, and tons of trail choices. You can go on a fast ride or a slow ride, all day ride, mountain ride, and team penning in the evening!
If you are looking for a vacation that's focus is on riding, this is the place. (and the food is great, too!!)
17/01/08 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
7. Phil D.
Came here on a B&B package to check the place for a future family gathering.
Our room was a deluxe double, very large, clean with a nice patio attached.
Breakfast is cooked to order, dinner has large portions and all was very good.
Great western surroundings and lots to do for horse riders and non-riders alike.
We came away totally impressed.
29/07/11 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
8. J M.
I want to tell you to stop reading reviews about this place, and just go book it!!!!!!
This was the most AMAZING experience, and ranks one of my favorite vacation spots ever. I read all the reviews and was excited and hopeful that I would have fun. They experience BLEW ME AWAY! The facilities, the horses, the staff, the wranglers, the trails, the food and the riding were more than I could have imagined.
Got home a week ago, and am already planning my next trip.
24/09/11 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
9. Jason H.
My twelve year old daughter and I had the Best Va-cay Ev-ar at White Stallion Ranch.
White Stallion Ranch has been owned and operated by the True family since the 1960's. This is a busy ranch with lots of fun activities.
One quickly gains an appreciation for how well this ranch is run. The owners are on-site every day making sure operations run smoothly. Staff members are everywhere and always friendly. The grounds are immaculate. The horses are well trained and the trails are safe to ride. Fast loping rides are just the right speed for the kiddos. Meals are exceptional with lots of choices. Expect heaping mounds of steaks, hamburgers, ribs, pork chops, chicken and sausages - all freshly grilled. My favorite was the bottomless cookie bowl.
Everything is kid friendly. The movie theatre is connected to the internet so kids can watch their favorite channels and movies. The recreation room has ping pong, shuffleboard, pool, cards and air hockey. There is also a playground, tennis court, and basketball court. Add in the petting zoo, heated pool, and hot tub room and you basically have kid heaven.
In addition, my twelve year old daughter learned how to line dance and make cowboy art. She also got to hold a python, tarantula and scorpion during 'zoo night'.
White Stallion Guest Ranch exceeded all of my expectations.
Thank you National Dude Ranch Association and White Stallion for being Awe-Some!
27/04/12 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
10. Barbara P.
Expected to ride, but did not expect the incredible family feel with both the staff and the other guests! I had the same horse all week and loved him! They matched my friends and I perfectly based on our description of our experience and the food was AWESOME!! Had entertainment every night...did I mention how we were family?!!! Will be back in a heartbeat. Oh and the price was super reasonable!
09/08/13 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
11. Suzanne C.
Awesome experience! Loved that it was inclusive, the horses, the staff. Will definitely be back.
24/01/14 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
12. Marie C.
We just returned from a 4 day stay. The food was great and the wranglers were awesome. We just booked a week for December 2015. Look no farther if you are looking for a nice get away. When in the area make sure to visit the Biosphere 2.
26/12/14 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
13. Celeste S.
I just returned from a four day stay at the White Stallion Ranch. Everything was perfect! Accommodations, Food, Entertainment and of course the Riding were superior. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel at home.
Came home feeling relaxed and happy.
16/11/14 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
14. Victoria P.
An amazing place! The owners, wranglers, & staff are awesome; kind, helpful & very informative! The grounds are beautiful and the casitas are quaint, nicely decorated and rustic (no phones or tvs). The food is good and the honor bar is a refreshing change of pace. There are several different rides a day and a lesson time and they try to keep you with the same horse every day. They have nightly entertainment, from line dance lessons to a bonfire with a cowboy singer, to a critter show. There is a nice smaller pool (seasonal), hot tub, game/tv room, petting farm, fitness/massage area and gift shop. While they do have free internet, it never worked in the guest rooms. I spent quite a bit of my down time walking the grounds and feeding the horses. It is a great place to stay and I would definitely come back. My only suggestion is that they offer s'more fixings for the bonfire!
09/11/14 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
15. Kaitlyn K.
My mom and I made a trip to White Stallion Ranch from Boston last Spring for 6 days, and what an amazing experience.
The rooms are beautiful and decorated nicely. I loved being able to have our own own little house to come back to at the end of a long, tiring and exciting day. The front porch is great to sit on and watch the sunrise or sunset. They have a rec room with games and a movie theater that is definitely under utilized. There is a small, but clean, gym facility and outdoor pool to soak your sore muscles in. The gift shop has many trinkets, horsey and non, that are great souvenirs to bring home.
The food is delicious, and served in a quaint dining room or beautiful porch! Lunch and Breakfast are buffet styles and dinner is more sit down. If you aren't a carnivore there is a more limited selection, since there is a lot of steak to be had on a working ranch.
All of the staff are wonderful and do spectacular at making you feel comfortable and at home. The Wranglers are knowledgeable and very fun. The horses are so well trained and those of all riding abilities can have a great time. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!
White Stallion Ranch is a great time for a couple/family/girls weekend retreat!
09/05/15 | Link
| Rating: 5.0