Rancho de los Caballeros Wrangler Dallas and Corral foreman Willum Malernee lead a horseback riding vacation in Sonoran desert at Rocky Ridge Overlook.

Rancho de los Caballeros Wrangler Dallas and Corral Foreman Willum Malernee in the Sonoran desert at Rocky Ridge Overlook. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Family first at Ranch de los Caballeros

“I grew up coming here every Thanksgiving holiday,” says 49 year old Ande Torgerson McCally of Washington D. C. “My grandmother and grandfather came to Wickenburg in the 1940’s and built a house at Rancho de los Caballeros in 1972. Now we bring our kids here. They like playing cowboy,” laughs Torgerson McCally. Eleven year old daughter Georgia agreed. “Team penning is awesome,” smiles Georgia. “And making friends here!”

While I was traveling solo on this horseback riding holiday,  family was the re-occurring theme that I experienced during my three night stay at Rancho de los Caballeros.

Historic ranch resort

The all-inclusive historic ranch resort is family owned and opened October through May. I went horseback riding with two sisters who have been coming to the ranch for years. They like the quality of the horses, but keep coming back for the quality of the food. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is more formal, requiring men to wear jackets or western vests.

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Grab your girlfriends and plan a horseback riding vacation in Wickenburg, Arizona. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Giddy-Up Gals horseback riding vacation

For all you cowgirls who like to enjoy yourselves without the guys around, the Giddy-Up Gals package comes in two versions (depending on how confident you are in leaving your husband with the kids) – two or three nights of cowgirl fun for women only! 20,000 acres of Sonoran desert will rejuvenate your soul and re-connect you with your inner cowgirl. Bring a sister, girlfriend, daughter or mom, and enjoy a getaway package that gives you time to bond on horseback, by the campfire and at the Rancho de los Caballeros Spa.

I highly recommend a visit to the spa after a full day of horseback riding on your vacation. The Desert Oasis 60 minute massage, priced at $110, is custom tailored to your liking – from relaxing to deep muscle work. There is also a labyrinth walk behind the spa for quieting the mind.

Round up 12 girlfriends to enjoy:

  • Casita accommodations – check ranch for available dates
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, including a desert cookout under the stars
  • Horse/tack education, personalized riding instructions and unlimited scheduled trail rides
  • Free time for golf and ranch activities including a nature hike with resident Naturalist
  • An afternoon of team penning, just like the real cowgirls
  • Nightly entertainment

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Horseback riding vacation in the Sonoran desert with Naturalist Dick Fredrickson. Photo © Nancy D. Brown


Horseback riding vacation in Arizona’s Sonoran desert

Have you been on a horseback riding vacation in Wickenburg, Arizona? What are your favorite things to do in Wickenburg, Arizona?

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Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown and Gonzo

If You Go:
Rancho de los Caballeros (800) 684-5030

1551 South Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg, Arizona

Article written by, video and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip. Photo of Nancy D. Brown on horseback courtesy of Melanie Bess Hogan of Saddleback Photography. I was a guest of Rancho de los Caballeros.

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