Ready for a vacation that is truly a vacation? Say goodbye to the stress of ordinary life and reconnect with nature and your family at White Stallion Ranch.
Bordered by Saguaro National Park and the Tucson Mountains, White Stallion Ranch is a guest ranch on 3,000 acres in northwest Tucson (near I-10 & Twin Peaks).
Family-owned with plenty of history and huge hospitality, this warm and welcoming ranch has received visitors from 53 countries and all 50 states.
Established in the 1900's, the ranch has changed ownership several times, but it now has the second longest continuous ownership of a guest ranch in Arizona. Allen & Cynthia True bought White Stallion in 1965 and the ranch is now operated by their sons - Michael and Russell - who live + work on the property with their families.
White Stallion Ranch is one of only two guest ranches in the Tucson area and it consistently receives five-star ratings on yelp, tripadvisor, and google. The beautiful property and amenities have earned the ranch a stellar reputation of being ranked the #1 hotel in Tucson on TripAdvisor for the past eight years and 65% of the guests return every year.
The ranch has 43 rooms and suites, each with its own private patio. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with strong Western theming - lanterns, wooden beams, and hand-crafted wooden furniture. There are a number of layouts to accommodate different family and group sizes. Some rooms offer fireplaces so be sure to inquire when you make your reservation if this amenity is important to you.
In-room amenities include:
Something you won't find in your room: a television. Escape from commercials, sitcoms, and the news!
One of the very best amenities at White Stallion Ranch is that all meals and snacks are included with your stay. No need to cook, research restaurants, grocery shop, or get in the car!
Breakfast is served at 7:30am every morning. A continental style buffet is always available (featuring cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, and pastries), but you can also order from an available menu, which includes favorites like buttermilk pancakes, french toast, eggs, bacon, and sausage.
A hearty buffet-style lunch is served at 12 or 12:30 and dinner is at 7:00pm. Menus are posted each morning and each meal offers a number of entrees and side dishes (plus dessert!).
The quality of the food is quite good and you won't get "tired" of the menu as it changes daily - Italian, Mexican, American comfort food, etc. One guest put it this way, "The facilities and food, simply put, were spectacular. Five-star resorts I've stayed at pale in comparison."
In between meals, you can swing by the Dining Room at your leisure to pick up whole fruit (apples oranges, and bananas) and, occasionally, pastries leftover from breakfast (muffins, cookies, breads, etc). Coffee, tea, water, and lemonade are also available in the Dining Room throughout the day at no extra charge.
Soda, wine, liquor, and beer are available in the bar area for an additional cost.
Unsurprisingly, the most popular activity at White Stallion Ranch is horseback riding. At the beginning of your stay, you are paired with a horse, which you become well-acquainted with by the end of your stay.
You'll have the opportunity to ride 2-4 times every day at a pace of your preference - slow flat, fast flat, slow mountain, fast mountain, 1/2 days rides, all days rides, etc.
Riders must be ages 5+ for slow rides and 8+ for fast rides. In order to go on a fast ride, interested riders must complete a short "test" in the arena to show that they can maintain control of the horse while cantering/loping.
One unique feature of White Stallion Ranch is that all of the 165+ horses are owned (rather than leased). In other words, the horses are not "on a circuit," but are loved and known by their owners year round.
In order to be the most comfortable on rides, we recommend that you wear jeans, sunglasses, sunscreen, and boots with a heel. A cowboy hat with stampede strings is also a good idea - or you can request a riding helmet at no additional charge. Bringing a water bottle with you is also a good idea.
There's always plenty to do at the ranch. One huge perk about a dude ranch vacation is that there truly is something for all ages.
The only activities that are NOT included with your stay are horseback riding lessons and spa services.
The game room (officially known as the RoundUp Recreation Center) includes a pool table, air hockey, shuffleboard, poker table, foosball, puzzles, an old-school television (with a VCR), and a small box of toddler-size LEGOs. Open 24 hours with air-conditioning and heating, the game room is a great place to kick back with kids in between rides.
The movie theater is adjacent to the game room and features "real" movie theater style seating and a large screen. Movies are not played on a schedule. You are welcome to pick a DVD from the ranch's collection...or bring your own!
Every night at 8:00pm, there's some kind of entertainment to help you wind down after a contented day of hiking, horseback riding, and swimming. Examples include - cowboy singers, nature programs with live animals (you may have a chance to hold a tarantula or snake!), line dancing, archaeology talks, and astronomy programs.
White Stallion Ranch is definitely a place for the whole family.
Traveling with a baby or toddler? You'll probably want to scope out the playground (it has a baby swing!), the petting zoo, and the grassy area near the pool. The Dining Room also has highchairs available upon request.
If you are hoping to meet other kids/families during your stay, book your vacation during spring break, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Kids are welcome at other parts of the year also, but it's more common to see couples and adult groups during the traditional school year.
White Stallion Ranch offers plentiful activities and all-inclusive meals so you won't need to leave the property at all. This is super convenient if you are flying in from outside of Tucson. No need to rent a car during your stay!
If you do have the urge to see the sights, consider the following options.
Leave your fancy gowns, starchy shirts, neckties, and stilettos at home. White Stallion Ranch is always casual. There is no need to dress-up for any of the meals or activities. Instead, pack: jeans, t-shirts, and flannel shirts.
As far as shoes go, we highly recommend that you wear boots since you'll be walking and riding in dusty, muddy, and mountainous conditions. Cowboy boots are ideal, but work boots will work just as well. Tennis shoes are great to have with you for use on hikes or at the fitness center, but boots will be your go-to shoes for most of your waking hours.
Here's a short packing list:
Weather-wise, your best bet would be to enjoy the heavenly winter and spring months – November through mid-April. That said, you can enjoy better rates in the warmer months.
Rates are per person, per day and range between $172-$396/night, depending on time of year and type of room. Kids under 5 always stay free.
Again, this rate includes all meals + snacks and almost all activities.
If you want to get the very best rate, book in the summer. A family of four can stay at White Stallion between June 1 & August 31 for $2,454 for 5 Nights or $3,436 for 7 Nights.
Absolutely! The White Stallion Ranch has event spaces and is a gorgeous spot for wedding photos. Please contact the ranch directly to inquire about pricing and packaging.
As a matter of fact, YES! Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, Robert Wagner, Donna Reed, James Arness, Glenn Close, George Clooney, Ronald Reagan, and Robert Young all have made films or stayed on the ranch. You never know who you might run into at White Stallion!