Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, Arizona

Dan & Carrie Rynders (the owners & hosts): "With our great rates, wonderful family atmosphere, excellent weather & unbeatable horseback riding program, you will not find a better guest ranch for your next vacation"
The Ranch family is dedicated to providing you with the best guest ranch vacation you can find. The Rynders have worked hard to create a special, friendly atmosphere where you can get a glimpse into the old west while enjoying the beautiful Northwest Arizona desert and all the peace and quiet one could hope for. They invite you to stay with them and be part of their ranch family, even if it is only for a little while.

Stagecoach Trails is set in the valley of 3 mountain ranges - the Hualapai, Mohave, and Buck Mountains. To get to The Ranch you will exit I-40 and travel a well-maintained 11 mile dirt road that leads to The Ranch's secluded 200 acre site. The driveway will lead you to a beautiful, private setting with incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges and wide open spaces. The entire western boundary adjoins federal land which goes on for Tens of Thousands of miles. This gives you endless riding opportunities throughout the Arizona desert. No matter where you look, you will see beautiful mountains and desert vegetation, such as Joshua trees, ocatillo's, barrel cactus, and other cacti. Whether you are sitting by the pool, or relaxing in the courtyard with your new friends, a gorgeous view awaits your eyes. Take a look for yourself! Notice there is nothing else to be seen for miles except our ranch and beautiful scenery! NO Subdivisions, city skylines, or the noise and distractions that come with them.

ABOUT The Ranch

Stagecoach Trails is a guest ranch located in Northwest Arizona that opened in December of 2000. Your owners/hosts, Dan and Carrie Rynders, along with their entire family, invite you to try this unique guest ranch! They welcome all travelers to come and experience this dude ranch where the Old West blends with the new. The staff at Stagecoach Trails will do everything they can to make sure everyone who stays here has the most memorable western experience possible! Come see how the west is really fun!

Guest ranches, or dude ranches as they are more commonly known, have been around since the late 1800's. Guests want a glimpse into the past, and this is a wonderful way for them to do that. The overnight stay at the Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch includes all meals including delicious desserts (always home cooked), horseback riding and other ranch activities.

The horseback riding program varies from slow and scenic, to challenging mountain rides and advanced loping rides in sandy washes. There are also all-day and half day lunch rides (seasonal), dinner rides, night rides and specialty rides.

Cookouts are common (seasonal) and evening entertainment (including cowboy singers, campfires with storytelling, line dancing and games) will be provided on many nights. Often guests like to just sit, relax and gaze at the star studded skies or enjoy fireside conversations with all your new friends.

There is a swimming pool, hot-tub and a variety of game options such as ping pong, basketball, volleyball, air hockey, billiards and horseshoes.

The main focus is the horseback riding program as well as the peace and quiet of the beautiful desert and mountain scenery. To go along with the wonderful scenery that this location provides, it also has an almost ideal weather climate, not too hot and not too cold, for horseback riding and doing all of the other fun activities at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch.

Dude ranches in Arizona have been popular since their conception. Guests come from all over the world to experience a western vacation. People come to dude ranches because they are becoming increasingly aware of the loss of quality time with their families to relax and enjoy time together. They are also becoming more demanding of quality facilities where they can relax, forget about the hustle and bustle of the business world for awhile, be pampered and enjoy the great outdoors, either by horseback, on foot, mountain bike or by off-road go-karts. Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is the perfect place to do just that! They are offering an "old west experience" within a modern, yet intimate setting for a family vacation oriented facility. And remember, families, couples, singles and groups (corporate, family and friends) are always welcome!

Cowboy on horseback in Arizona are by no means a thing of the past. On the contrary, they are a glimpse into the past, but with all the modern amenities that we have become accustomed to. Vacationers are always looking for a unique travel experience and this ranch will be able to offer that.

In addition to offering a completely barrier-free vacation (see features for disabled), they offer many opportunities for our disabled and able-bodied guests other than riding. These include a day trip to the Grand Canyon, fishing on the Colorado River, golfing at nearby golf courses, visiting a local ghost town, seeing the famous London Bridge in Lake Havasu City or getting your kicks on Route 66!

You may also opt for the use of go-kart or mountain bike to ride on the dirt roads if you are a non - horseback riding guest. They have an arena so that they can offer supervised rides in an enclosed environment to their younger and more physically challenged guests who are unable to go out on the trails but still want the horseback riding experience.


Stagecoach Trails has a variety of activities besides horseback riding available throughout your stay. You can choose to be in all of them, some of them, or none of them at all! That is entirely up to you.

Many of their guests find that when they come to The Ranch their favorite activity when not horseback riding or eating our home-cooked meals, quickly becomes just good old relaxing whether it be by the swimming pool, in the lodge, guest room, or reading a book in the courtyard and enjoying the Arizona sunshine! (That is what vacation is for isn't it?)

For you more active folks you can also challenge guests, family members, or staff to a game of horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, billiards, ping-pong, air-hockey, line dancing, and board games. Another favorite activity while at The Ranch during the warmer months is swimming and relaxing at the wonderful pool and enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful mountain views.

Also remember that year-round the hot-tub is open all day and after dinner to ease some of those saddle-sores under the star filled night.

During the evenings, when they have enough guests at The Ranch, Bobby Jones, their cowboy singer will occasionally perform in the courtyard or inside the Frontier Lodge. He plays all of your old favorite country songs as well as some of his own. Start thinking of your favorite songs now because he does requests too!

Most cooler nights the owner Dan builds a fire in the courtyard to roast marshmallows, and to just relax and talk about the beautiful desert sky and the wonderful day you had horseback riding. You can sit around the fire and sing campfire songs or listen to one of the staff tell stories.

The Ranch staff and guests often plays a game of "Pictionary," or "Catch Phrase" in the Frontier Lodge for a guaranteed night of fun and laughs. You also have many fun nights filled with billiards and poker tournaments as well - all you have to do is ask!

Want to know more about horses & horsemanship? Our experienced wranglers can teach whoever is interested, the kids, or mom and dad, how to groom and saddle a horse or any other questions you might have - again all you have to do is ask.

Enjoy evening entertainment including campfires, cowboy singers, line dancing, game night or choose to relax on your own! Play horseshoes with friends or family, horseback riding is always #1, start up a game of volleyball, Watch the horses play in the pasture, play Billiards in the Frontier Lodge


The Ranch's horseback riding program is second to none because they always offer a gentle, slow walking ride or a exciting fast trotting/loping ride. You get to choose what type of ride you want to go on, not the other way around. Not only are the wranglers - Janet, Julie, Tony, Jeremy, Vicki, & Carrie friendly and personable, but the horses are as well! They have a corral full of horses, each with its own distinct personality so that they can match that perfect one to you based on your riding ability!

As soon as you leave the corral you will be see nothing but beautiful desert scenery surrounded by 3 mountain ranges - NO cities, subdivisions, or houses in sight. There are tens of thousands of acres of land (owned by B.L.M.) which are available for horseback riding which provides endless trails and riding opportunities.

Horseback rides are offered twice daily except for Sundays when the horses and the wranglers have the day off.

For the horseback riding guest, we offer a variety of different riding opportunities:

At Stagecoach Trails we offer a riding program that is tailored to each and every rider. First of all, we make sure you are matched up with the appropriate horse - we want you to be comfortable with your horse and your ability to control the type of horse you are going to be riding. Secondly, we want you to be able to go on the type of ride you like. If you would like to go on a shorter, slower walking ride, then you will, however if you would like to go on a more advanced trotting and loping ride, then of course you will be allowed to go on that ride as well. We always want you to be comfortable and happy with your horse, wrangler, and your trail rides. People come to Dude/Guest Ranches to horseback ride, relax, and have fun, and we hope you will be very satisfied when you leave our ranch.

The novice rider can enjoy a slow, scenic ride twice daily for approximately 1 - 1.5 hours each time.

The intermediate rider can enjoy both slow scenic rides, as well as a walk, trot, and loping rides.

The experienced rider has many options available to them. Along with the rides listed above, we also offer challenging mountain rides, fast paced loping rides through sandy washes and specialty rides where we will trailer the horses to a nearby location for longer rides (not available at all times especially during warmer months)

We also offer all-day and half-day rides to some riders. Your riding ability will determine if you can enjoy one of these longer rides. A bag lunch is provided for these rides. (not available at all times especially during warmer months)

Due to the heat of the Arizona desert between May - September, horseback rides will leave around 6 - 7 a.m. and 5 - 6 p.m. During the rest of the year the rides go out around 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. between meal times.

Please be advised that anyone under the age of 8 or over the weight of 240 lbs. is not allowed outside of the arena/ranch. However, we do offer a short, slow walking ride with side walkers around The Ranch or down the driveway and back. This gives the kids a wonderful riding experience outside of the smaller, restricted arena.

As you can see, we offer a riding program that anyone would be hard pressed to complain about!

All riders will be required to sign a release form waiver before participating in any activity at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch.

Mohave Building Mohave Guest Room Frontier Lodge


The Ranch consists of a main Frontier Lodge and Hualapai Dining Room / Kitchen with a beautiful courtyard separating the two buildings.

There are two separate guest buildings, housing 10 guest rooms total. There are also two "Family Homes" with two bedrooms, two baths, a living room, and a fireplace in each unit. These "Family Homes" can accommodate four to eight guests.

In addition, there is a general store, a tack room, stables and an arena area for the horses, a basketball hoop, pool table, horseshoe pit, swimming pool and hot tub.

The buildings are located so that they all have beautiful views of the Hualapai, Mohave and Buck Mountains where guests are able to enjoy spectacular sunsets nightly! The guestrooms face the beautiful Hualapai Mountains with the pool area nestled in between. The horse corral also has easy access from all of the buildings.

The workers live on site since The Ranchers feel their presence is essential to your wonderful vacation. Since they will treat you as family, we hope you will treat them the same. The owners, Dan and Carrie Rynders, also live at The Ranch since their presence is also very important to the success of your vacation.

All of The Ranch buildings have fun and unique names. The Mohave building is decorated in a Southwestern flare while the Rawhide building is all western decor.

The Frontier Lodge is the main focus of the dude ranch. With a western flare, this is where everyone gathers and are able to talk about their wonderful day, whether they went horseback riding, did some touring, sunbathed by the pool or just read a book in the courtyard. A huge fireplace is surrounded by comfortable couches and chairs for easy conversation and relaxing.

There is a pool table inside as well as a separate TV room, the only place in the entire ranch where you can see TV, in case you need to find out what has been happening in the world since you arrived at The Ranch or just pick out one of our classic western movies we have on hand.

A beautiful courtyard area, perfect for occasional outdoor dining and evening entertainment separates the Hualapai Dining Room with its southwest decor from the Lodge. This is where everyone eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner together, except on days when we cook outside on the grill! Each oversized guest room is equipped with a handicapped accessible bathroom. We are able to accommodate up to 40 guests, just small enough so everyone will become good friends throughout their stay!

The Ranch's motto is: "You'll come as guests, and leave feeling like family."


What is more enjoyable than 3 mouth-watering meals each day? Nothing! Even The Ranch's fantastic horseback riding program may not compare to their food!

The Ranch offers three delicious meals daily along with delectable desserts, wonderful homemade breads, cookies and snacks. In the main Lodge, they also offer popcorn nightly upon request. Other snacks and beverages are available to purchase in the lodge as well.

On Sunday mornings, a light buffet breakfast will be served to give your cook a much needed morning off and to enable The Ranch family and others who so wish to attend church.

Most meals are served buffet style01 with a couple of sit-down meals as well, and occasionally you will eat dinner outdoors under the stars, weather permitting since the desert can get cold at night in the winter.

They need to know well in advance if you have any special dietary requirements so they can plan accordingly. Please be sure to tell them about this when you make a reservation. They will be happy to serve you "special meals."


Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is located just off of Historical Route 66! This means there are several Route 66 attractions close to The Ranch such as Kingman, AZ (45 minutes), the famous ghost town of Oatman (1 hour), and Chloride (1 hour), along with the world famous Grand Canyon (3 hours)!

The Ranch is also very close to Las Vegas, NV (2 1/4 hours), Laughlin, NV (1 hour), Hoover Dam (1 1/4 hours), and beautiful Sedona, AZ (3 hours).

Another great attraction is Lake Havasu City located on the beautiful Colorado River just 55 minutes away. This is the home of the world famous London Bridge! It was shipped to Lake Havasu from London in 1963 and reconstructed brick by brick because yes, it really was falling down just as it says in the nursery rhyme, "London Bridge is falling down, falling down...."

There are two golf courses in Kingman and two golf courses in Lake Havasu, and two "high end" courses in Laughlin. All of the courses are within 45-75 minutes away from The Ranch. As you can see, Stagecoach Trails is centrally located with all kinds of extra things to do either before, during, or after your stay at The Ranch. There is also botanical garden and sustainable living resource center located about 20 minutes from The Ranch called Destination Forever Ranch.


Arriving by Air

The closest city to The Ranch with a major international airport is Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is located only 5 minutes from "The Strip" in Las Vegas and 2.5 hours from comfort and peacefulness of The Ranch. Phoenix also has a major international airport (PHX) and is 3.5 - 4 hours from The Ranch. The Ranch does provide transfers from Las Vegas upon request for a fee.

Their are some smaller airports that are within 1 hour of The Ranch. They are Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport (HII), Kingman Airport (IGM), & Laughlin/Bullhead Int'l Airport (IFP). All 3 offer limited flights everyday from either Phoenix or Las Vegas for around $60-$120 per person depending on season. The Ranch does provide transfers from these airports upon request for a fee.

Arriving by Car

Most of our guests fly into Las Vegas, rent a car, and then drive to The Ranch. The drive includes beautiful scenery along the way along with a trip over Hoover Dam, a view of Lake Mead, and the mountains that surround the area.

Arriving by Bus

Greyhound offers bus service to Kingman, AZ or Las Vegas, NV and transfers can be arranged from there for a fee.

Arriving by Train

Amtrak offers train service to Kingman, AZ and Las Vegas, NV and transfers can be arranged from there for a fee.

Amtrak trains stop twice daily in Kingman; one train is traveling west and one is traveling east. Both arrive between 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. (time is approximate). The trains stop only if there is someone to pick up or drop off. Passengers must be just across the street from the Historic Hotel Brunswick, 315 E Andy Devine Ave.


Here is what some of our past guests have said about Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch in The Ranch's guest book:

Vicky wrote on 4/16/04 - "We're leaving in 10 minutes but I REALLY don't want to go. If I have to , I want to take Navajo (horse) with me, as it is, I will just have to ride him when I come back for the 3rd time. I truly love this place, and if I could I would stay here forever. I loved the food, the rides, the wranglers, everything, and there are so many great people who I don't want to leave....."

Nicky wrote on 8/7/04 - "A fantastic experience, just what I needed to de-stress from work. A dream come true to visit a ranch. Thank you for your hospitality. I look forward to returning."

Tina and Jim Sindlinger - "Our stay at Stagecoach Trails was awesome... The Ranch was fantastic. The riding was excellent. They placed me with the perfect horse, Zorro, the food was excellent as well as the accommodations! We'reChance and Christine from Georgia staying at Stagecoach Trails Guest Dude Ranch in Arizona very happy we came and will definitely come back and tell my "New York Friends!"

Margaret and John wrote on 5/1/04 - "Thank you for a most wonderful holiday - Our best ever. Sad to be leaving but we hope we will be back soon."

Brad, Megan, and Ally Kopp wrote - "Kindness isn't a word, it is an action that your family has mastered beyond belief. And it is only one of the inspirational actions we've witnessed during our brief visit here."

Jessica wrote on 5/5/04 - "Thank you so much for the wonderful experience! I was kind of nervous to steer my horse alone, but it took care of itself for most of the way. I loved the goats! They are so friendly and say hi to Amigo (horse) for me!

Rick Donchak wrote - Joyce and I had a great time. Our memories of the beauty of your ranch as well as the hospitality of your family will last a lifetime. What made is especially memorable was giving me the opportunity to ride a horse for the 1st time in 50 years. I didn't think I could do it but you proved me wrong!"

Maureen Carney wrote - "The ride, the pool, the room, the meals, and especially the company was great! I'm sure I'll be back and will bring my family next time too."

Nicholas Albarracin (10 yrs old) wrote - " Thank you for letting me have the freedom to walk around and play with the animals. I felt like I was a special person. If felt so great to have friends on the first day I came here at Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch..."

Glenn Nelson (13 years old) wrote - "I was surprised about all the tears we all shed on the way home. You did a good job if you made me, a stubborn 13 year old, get teary eyed when we left..."

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