Ready for a family vacation that is truly a vacation?
Say goodbye to the stress of ordinary life and reconnect with nature + your family at the 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 Russel – 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 seven years and 65% of the guests return every year.
The ranch has 43 rooms and suites, each with its own private patio. They’re really more like mini casitas than standard hotel rooms. No elevators, staircases, or vaulted ceilings. Rooms are rugged, yet comfortable with strong Western theming – fine art, lanterns, wooden beams, and hand-crafted wooden furniture (much of it has been handmade on the property).
There are a number of room layouts to accommodate different family + group sizes. Some rooms offer private jacuzzis and fireplaces.
Something you won’t find in your room: a television. Escape from commercials, sitcoms, and the news!
If you are traveling with a large group or planning a family reunion, consider booking the Hacienda, a 4-bedroom, 3-bath house.
In-room amenities include:
- Spacious bathrooms + showers
- Mini Refrigerator
- Free WiFi
The most traditional 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. We stayed for three days and no two trails were the same!
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.
OTHER ON-SITE ACTIVITIES
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.
- Heated pool
- Indoor hot tub
- Lighted tennis court
- Lighted sports court (basketball, volleyball, badminton)
- Fitness center + sauna
- Spa services
- Game room
- Movie theater with 27 seats and 7′ x 3 ‘ screen
- Petting Zoo
- Gift Shop
- Guided hikes
- Shooting Range
- Rock Climbing
- Fat Tire E-bikes
- An Exhibition rodeo
- Hayrides, Lunch and Breakfast Cookouts
- Evening entertainment
As far as we could tell, the only activities that are NOT included with your stay are horseback riding lessons ($20 per lesson), rock climbing ($50/hour), and spa services. Other than that, you can enjoy the activities listed above at no additional cost.
GAME ROOM & MOVIE THEATER
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 and air-conditioned, the game room is a great spot to spend time 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. We visited with an 11-year-old, 8-year-old, 5-year-old, and 1-year-old…and there were activities for everyone!
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 hall 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, but it’s more common to see couples and adult groups during the traditional school year.
White Stallion Ranch offers plentiful activities + all-inclusive meals so you won’t need to leave the property at all. 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.
- Shop at Tucson Premium Outlets – an upscale outlet mall in Marana. 11 minutes away.
- Splash at the FREE farm-themed Marana Splash Pad at Heritage River Park. 18 minutes away.
- Take your kids to the Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival (October only) or Christmas on the Farm (December only). 20 minutes away.
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 stop in at the dining hall 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 hall throughout the day at no extra charge.
Soda, wine, and beer are available 24/7 in the bar area for an additional cost.
WHAT TO PACK + WEAR
The White Stallion Ranch is always casual. Leave your fancy gowns, starchy shirts, neckties, + stilettos at home. 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 + 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:
- cowboy boots (and boot socks!)
- flannel or button-up shirts
- swimsuit and sandals
- sweatshirt or light jacket (for the winter months)
- cowboy hat or other sun hat
- conditioner if you have thick or curly hair
- water bottles
RATES & DEALS
What is the best month/season to visit?
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.
How much does it cost?
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. Weekly rates are also available.
Let’s say you have a 4-person family (2 adults, 2 kids over the age of 5) and you want to book for an entire week. Your most affordable stay would probably be $5,264 in the summer or $7,812 in the winner. A 2-night stay in a Family Suite in the winter months would be approximately $1,852. 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 $1,542 for 3 Nights or $2,314 for 5 Nights.
Can I host an event or have my wedding at White Stallion Ranch?
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.
Have any celebrities stayed at White Stallion Ranch?
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!