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.
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.
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.
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