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Saddle Up at MacDonald’s Ranch Family Stable & Western Adventure

Since the late 1950’s, MacDonald’s Ranch has been an operating horse and cattle ranch. The Richardson Family has been working the land and running one of Scottsdale’s oldest and most experienced horseback riding stables for decades, allowing the public to experience ranch life in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. With an excellent staff of real cowgirls and cowboys; beautiful, desert born and gently trained horses; and a sprawling ranch filled with old west style games and a menagerie of small animals to pet; MacDonald’s Ranch creates the perfect place to step back in time.

There are no set times for the horeseback rides and stagecoach rides that are readily available at MacDonald’s Ranch. It’s well worth the time though, to talk with one of their friendly ranching staff and plan your family’s trip to the ranch. Little ones who aren’t yet old (or brave) enough for a ride on one of their horses can enjoy a pony ride for FREE.

We all know there are few things in life that are still free, but this day of family fun certainly can be. (Please remember to tip your pony guide of course!) At MacDonald’s Ranch you will harken back to simpler times when family games, petting zoos and pony rides for young’uns were free of charge. The petting zoo has a wide variety of animals from chickens to miniature donkeys and ponies, to goats, sheep, peacocks and more!

The classic games can keep your crew occupied for hours with such pastimes as roping steer dummies, horshoes, and the endless tossing of rings and bean bags. Why not come lasso some down-home fun?

Keep in mind for your visit that you will want to call ahead to make sure the daily hours haven’t been changed due to weather conditions or private events. However, on a regular basis for the month of April, the ranch is open from 8am to sunset — with the last ride (pony or horse) leaving one hour prior to sunset, as long as you’ve made that reservation.

This would be an incredible place to host a special event or birthday party and throughout the year the ranch plans public events like cookouts and hayrides as well. With all of the activities and the ability to gather around the campfire for s’mores, MacDonald’s Ranch would be a unique and memorable choice for your next important gathering.

On your ride you can expect to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert from the safety of a trusty steed, under the guidance of an experienced wrangler. The trail riding style is nose-to-tail, taking into consideration each rider’s ability for the safest yet most exciting ride.

Looking for a slightly different mood? — Then you might want to check out the moonlit rides. On specific dates throughout the year when the moon is nearly full, you can take a moonlit ride through the glowing desert, hear the coyotes howl and see the brilliant star-filled sky overhead. Now that’s the cowboy life.

MacDonald’s Ranch
26540 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480.585.0239
macdonaldsranch.com

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