Forget skiing and snowboarding in the winter. My vote is for a horseback riding vacation in Wickenburg, Arizona. We’d had snow on Mt. Diablo where I live in Northern California and that’s rare. Like the snow birds that flock to the desert every winter, I grabbed a riding partner for a girlfriend getaway weekend and headed to Arizona. For those looking for easy access to outstanding horseback riding, the Kay El Bar Guest Ranch is located and hour and 15 minutes from the Phoenix airport.
Wild West at its Best
“If you liked yesterday’s ride, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” laughed Dee the head wranger at the Kay El Bar Ranch. He turned his head away from us with a grin and settled into the saddle, the subtle que for Snickers, the lead horse, to motor into action.
A Whole Lot of Motion Going On
Have you ever been trail riding in the Sonoran desert on a Tennessee Walking Horse? It is a kick in the pants. Let’s just say there’s a whole lot of motion going on with those walkers. This was my first horseback riding vacation at a dude ranch and I’ll say it up front; I’m hooked. This weekend was some of the best horseback riding that I’ve experienced. The terrain was incredible with giant Saguaro cactus (pronounced sa war o) prickly pear, barrel and Jumping Cholla cactus.
The Kay El Bar Ranch can accommodate all types of riders and riding levels. We were fortunate to have a woman from England join us on some trail rides. If you are considering a solo horseback riding vacation, I’ll be addressing that topic in a future post.
My riding companion wanted to know if the ranch served alcohol. This is a valid question to ask after a hard day of riding alongside cowboys at the Kay El Bar Ranch. Yes, Trisha. The Kay El Bar does, indeed, have a liquor license. They also have a top notch chef in the kitchen. You will not be disappointed with the quality of the food on your horseback riding vacation at the ranch.
The Kay El Bar Ranch can be found on Twitter and you can become a fan on Facebook. The ranch is a member of the Dude Ranchers’ Assocation and the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to the Kay El Bar Ranch for hosting my visit.
Kay El Bar Guest Ranch (800) 684-7583 or (928) 684-7593
Wickenburg, Arizona 85358
Photos, YouTube video and article by Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip. I was a guest of Kay El Bar Ranch.