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Lowdown

  • Established

    1948
  • Owner

    Rusty Gant
  • Manager

    Rui Pereira
  • Tel

    800-684-5030
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $290 - $614
    Winter: $415 - $635
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Maximum Guests

    125
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude
  • Memberships

    Dude Ranchers' Association, Arizona Dude Ranch Association, Historic Hotels of America

Saddle up and make a perfect getaway to the warm heart of the Old Southwest! Rancho de los Caballeros isn't your average dude ranch: this is a historic ranch resort with the soul of a Bed & Breakfast.

The ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear - it's the kind of place where everyone knows your name and remembers your favorite horse. Don't be surprised if the friendly staff start to feel like family!

Come ride our rugged trails, tee off at one of Golf Digest's Top 100 US golf courses, or luxuriate in a spa treatment featuring local desert ingredients. Savor cookout feasts with old friends and old wines, or make new friends over fresh local fare in the nostalgic main lodge. Bring the kids and celebrate holiday traditions, such as Christmas boots by the fireplace and Easter egg hunts. Or make it a memorable couples' affair, with peaceful rides and moonlit nature walks. At Rancho de los Caballeros there's always something to do, including doing nothing – preferably by the pool.

Good time to go

Rancho de los Caballeros is a seasonal property, open annually mid-October to mid-May

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over

Younger guests are particularly welcome at Los Caballeros, with an entire children's program guests aged five to 12 years of age at no charge. The Caballeros Kid's Program has been around since 1947 and generations of families have enjoyed the program. It allows parents to have some adult time: golfing, riding or just relaxing, while the children enjoy activities geared specifically for their age group.

Ranch counselors meet the children at 8am for breakfast when, after a hearty meal, the group heads to the corral. Children eight years of age and over enjoy a daily trail ride, while younger guests aged seven and under enjoy a ring ride in the corral where basic horsemanship skills are covered. Then it's off to swimming, tennis clinics, hiking, scavenger hunts or crafts until it is time for lunch.

After lunch the children are returned to their families; 2pm - 6pm is family time at the ranch, where guests can enjoy a family horseback ride or jeep tour, trap and skeet shooting, or just a dip in the pool.

The counselors meet the kids again at 6pm for dinner, and evenings are filled with games, a marshmallow roast around the campfire - or maybe even line dancing! Meanwhile the adults can enjoy a relaxing dinner in the Dining Room.

The Caballeros Kids Program ends at 9pm each night, just in time to tuck everyone in bed for a good night of rest!

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 4.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Ranch Counselors. For those too young for the children's program, Rancho de los Caballeros will make every effort to help you secure a babysitter for your family - allowing your children can then join the program activities while still receiving the special attention they deserve.

Ranch History

Rancho de los Caballeros is a historic ranch resort and golf club situated on 20,000 acres of spectacular Sonoran desert. The Gant family first opened its ranch doors in 1948, and continues to honor the grand tradition of the Spanish caballeros – the ‘gentleman on horseback’ who explored and settled the Southwest. The ranch’s rich history has made it what it is today and, while it has evolved over the years, the charm and service remain the same.

The ranch offered guests luxury facilities from the start, the original construction’s 40 main guest rooms complemented by a swimming pool and a tennis court. In 1951 an airstrip was built to accommodate the private planes of early guests, and the ranch made headlines as the first in Arizona to implement under-floor radiant heating. More recently, in the fall of 2006, a full-service spa was added, sealing Rancho de los Caballeros as a luxury ranch vacation destination.

Rancho de los Caballeros became involved in cattle ranching in 1953 as a steer operation, later developing into a cow-calf operation with the purchase of 100 cattle from the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Although the ranch is no longer a working operation, cows still offer guests the chance to work on their cowboy skills with team penning activities in the arena.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (formal attire), bar & grille
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegetarians

Meals at the ranch are epicurean events not to be missed. All are included in the price of your stay, and our talented chef and culinary team work hard to provide three inspired feasts each day.

Breakfast is a full buffet featuring nearly everything under the morning sun. From homemade biscuits to made-to-order omelets, if you've craving it, our chef is likely serving it.

Lunch is another impressive buffet with a cuisine for every palette, with poolside dining available.

Linger with friends over an elegant dinner that recalls the sophisticated lifestyle of the original caballeros. The menu, which changes each night, includes a choice of four soups or salads, five delectable entrees and of course, dessert. An extensive wine list complements the ranch's exquisite menu.

Sample Menu

  • Appetizers

  • Sopa Azteca - Roasted red bell pepper and tortilla soup with smoked chicken, avocado crema & pico de gallo
  • Roasted Beet Salad - Shaved fennel, baby arugula, naval orange, green apple, queso cotija & charred citrus vinaigrette
  • Smoked Lamb Ribs - Griddled Guajillo chili glaze, cilantro chimichu rri & kohlrabi apple slaw
  • Entrées

  • Dry Aged Grilled Pork Porterhouse - Dry aged duroc pork porter house, Smashed sweet potato and kabocha squash, bacon roasted Brussel sprouts, cranberry & autumn fruit preserves (GF)
  • Pescado Veracruzana - Pan seared Mexican seabass, twice cooked fingerling potatoes , Sonoran puttanesca with roasted artichoke hearts, olive & sun dried tomato relish (GF)
  • Filet of Beef - Grilled Angus Filet served with Fried chile potato gratin, preserved lemon spinach, tobacco onions & house made steak sauce
  • Roasted Free Ranch Chicken Breast - Guajillo and tamarind glazed crispy skin chicken breast over Toasted farro risotto, acorn squash puree , black kale & carmelized autumn squash
  • Desserts

  • Crème Brulee - Vanilla crème brulee, with seasonal fruit and almond lorentine
  • Cajeta Sundae - Vanilla ice cream topped with cajeta sauce, served in a crunchy shell with pinon shortbread
  • Key Lime Mousse - Tart lime, graham cracker crust, toasted Meringue, raspberry cream sauce

Lowdown

  • Address

    1551 S. Vulture Mine Road
    Wickenburg
    Arizona
    85390
    USA
  • Remote Location

    No

Nearest Town - Wickenburg

Wickenburg has a population of 6500 (approx), and is situated 5 miles / 15 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Wickenburg include: museum.

For shopping Wickenburg offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Nearest Airports

Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix

Distance

65 miles / 1 hour 15 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Horizon, Alaska, United Express, Southwest, US Airways, American Airlines

Ranch shuttle

$150

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Families ride together
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    100

Our Riding

Hours in the saddle

Morning rides depart at 10am, with afternoon rides departing at 2:30pm. All-day rides are also available, as are lessons, cookout rides and nature rides.


Why our riding stands out

  • With more than 20,000 acres of rolling hillsides, wide-open spaces and flowering Sonoran Desert beauty, you can ride all week and never see the same trail twice
  • All levels of ability are welcome, from beginners to advanced, with each guest individually matched to one of the ranch's 100 horses
  • Exceptional riding for children, with the Cabelleros Kids Program - family rides are also offered

Sample Riding Itinerary

Rides depart the corrals daily at 10am and 2:30pm, except on Sunday afternoons.

Nature and cookout rides are regularly scheduled.

Children ride in the Caballeros Kids Program in the morning, and family rides are available in the afternoons.

Riding Lessons

Priced at $60 per lesson

Details

lessons come with package, lessons are additional

Arena Work

The ranch's team penning activities are mostly for adults, but if some of the kids aged ten upwards have been on loping rides, they're more than welcome to sign up. Teams are broken into groups of three or four guests, plus a cowboy. There are a dozen yearling steers in the arena - your job is to ride in, cut three out of the bunch and, with your teammates, herd them to the other end of the arena into a 12ft by 12ft pen. Your team cowboy will give you as much or as little help as you desire during this timed event!

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

penning

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $290 - $614
    Winter: $415 - $635
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Packages available

    3 night, 1 week

Rancho de los Caballeros can cater for up to 125 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Lodge | Full American Plan

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

$290 - $614

Minimum Stay

No minimum

Description

Room plus all meals, subject to availability

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning

Entertainment

tv, dvd, vhs, jetted tub in bath


Booking Policy

Children ages 4 and under stay free in room with an adult.

Extras

Tax

7.3% Tax and 15% (in lieu of tipping) are charged separately. No additional tipping is necessary or expected.

Lowdown

  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Business Services

    Conference center.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

tennis, Golf - 18 hole course, sporting clays, ATV Rentals - guided, bird watching

Water based Activities

outdoor pool

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 100 & over.

With 9,000 square feet of combined meeting space, adventurous team-building activities, and miles of surrounding solitude, Rancho de los Caballeros is an invigorating atmosphere of uncommon focus.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 100 & over.

For the ultimate in privacy and seclusion, book the entire ranch for your wedding celebration. Our staff and facilities will be at your disposal, and you and your family and friends can enjoy each other's company at an exclusive party they'll never forget.


Our comments

Highs

  • You can be assured of quality service – it's been owned by the same family since 1948
  • With approximately 100 solid horses in the corral and an experienced team of wranglers, they can offer rides for all skill levels and the opportunity to work with cattle through team penning. The staff make an effort to get to know each guest and remember his/her favorite horse
  • Covering 20,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert, this offers the best views of the desert, and a true escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life
  • You will enjoy award-winning golf, four tennis courts, a full-service spa and quality dining

Lows

  • You may wait a long time for meals, but the food is excellent
  • No cattle pasture gathers available, but there's plenty of opportunity to hone your cowboy skills with team penning in the arena

Visitor Reviews

Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

Loved it!

My daughter and I spent 3 nights here and we loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Our room was adorable and the views were stunning. The horses were fun, the spa treatments were wonderful, and the food was amazing. No complaints at all. The family friendly atmosphere was simply perfect!

5 stars

You can find more reviews for Rancho de los Caballeros on TripAdvisor