If you love to ride horses, why not ride where the cowpokes and miners rode during the early 1860s? The settlement of Wickenburg began with discovery of gold at the old Vulture Mine. Miners along with ranchers and farmers came in droves. The Yavapai Indians had occupied this area for centuries and resented the intruders. After many decades of deadly skirmishes, peace became reality.
Read more about the history of Wickenburg.
The aura of those days in the old west still exists. Original buildings still stand and are occupied by local businesses. This once obscure settlement, while still bearing historic nostalgia, is the epitome of cowboy culture and horseback riding hotspots in Arizona and the Country. So jump on that steed and take a ride into yesteryear.
There is an abundance of horseback riding choices and options in Wickenburg for all ages and skill levels. Take a one-hour ride from a local stable or full day day rides at one of many dude ranches. Ride the scenic trails. Take a guided trip into the back country. Along the river banks. Into the brilliant sunsets. And even a dinner ride next to a campfire with the savoring aroma of barbecue.
Rancho de los Caballeros Guest Ranch
© Rancho De Los Caballeros
This guest ranch resort features a string of 100 horses, each with a unique temperament and personality. Whether you're an old hand at horseback riding or a beginner, they give you the guidance you need with a calm and gentle equine companion to make your horseback riding an unforgettable vacation experience.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced rides are available, and with 20,000 acres of scenic Sonoran desert to explore, you're guaranteed a different trail ride every time. Horse rides begin at 10 am and 2:30 pm every day except afternoons on Sunday. If you are interested in learning about the desert, they offer a nature ride. Breakfast and lunch cookout rides are available during springtime.
Whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool city dweller or you've been on horseback your entire life, our experienced wranglers will make you feel in your element. They will partner you with just the right horse to make you feel at ease. Try your hand at team penning or take a more mellow ride on horseback amidst the desert's flora and fauna, in true Caballero fashion.
Rancho De Los Caballeros
1551 South Vulture Mine Road
Wickenburg, Arizona 85390
Cowboy Way Adventures
Cowboy Way Adventures isn't your usual outfit with tired horses that march in a line. All horses used are real working cow horses off the ranch, with a side job. Your wrangler is an experienced cowboy who will make your horseback ride an enjoyable adventure.
Cowboy Way features different riding trails depending on location, from sandy bottomed washes edged with rocky cliffs, to open desert with views that extend forever, and river crossings. It offers 1-hour rides to guided dinner horse rides and pack trips. Moonlight and sunset rides are a specialty.
Great care is taken in selecting the right horse for the rider's skill level. It accommodates children or guests who have never ridden a horse before to experienced riders looking for a fun, responsive horse. For beginning riders, they have scenic rides at a slow pace. The advanced rider can expect more challenging rides up and down hills an permitting galloping in sandy washes.
Cowboy Way Adventures
800 East Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, AZ 85358