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After a recent visit to Arizona, riding holiday specialist, Ranch Rider has announced it will be adding the Rancho de la Osa to its collection.
Over the last two weeks, the tour operator’s team of Western riding experts including, Managing Director, Tony Daly, have been blogging their way across the Grand Canyon state, the Rancho de la Osa one of four ranches visited in Arizona. One of the most historic properties in the west, the colourful guest ranch combines Native American, Spanish and Mexican influences with ranching, political and Hollywood celebrity narratives. Its scenic trails have been frequented by US Presidents and legends like Pancho Villa; the Marshall Plan and Margaret Mitchell’s classic “Gone With the Wind” were both drafted on the property and even American icon, John Wayne, fell in love with its 590 acres - his favourite room still available to book.
Tony Daly, Managing Director of Ranch Rider comments, “We prefer to visit each individual property before adding a ranch to our collection. First hand knowledge really counts when it comes to making recommendations and booking the right dream riding holiday.”
“An upscale guest ranch, the Rancho de la Osa excels when it comes to outdoor activities: horseback rides across the unspoilt desert landscape, cattle drives along the Mexican border, fat tyre electric bike tours on the surrounding sandy tracks and guided hiking and climbing to 7,730 feet in the majestic Baboquivari Mountain range, just some of the many thrilling pursuits on offer to guests.”
Ranch Rider is including the ranch in its new Classic Arizona Adventure, the itinerary departing on 15 November. The riding holiday will feature stays at three of the ranches recently visited by the tour operator, including Tucson’s White Stallion Guest Ranch, the Tombstone Monument Ranch and Sasabe’s historic Rancho de la Osa. Nine nights from £1,979pp (two sharing) and £2,169pp (no single supplement) including activities, meals (except one), lodging, all transfers, tax and service charge. Excludes return flight from £879pp.
Book now and snap up a great deal at Arizona’s White Stallion Guest Ranch, Ranch Rider’s December offer saving you up £427pp! Test your mettle out on the trail with fast paced horseback adventures and challenging mountain rides across the saguaro filled desert landscape. The tour operator’s top tip: don’t miss out on a fun game of team penning. Seven nights from only £1,275pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, ranch activities (including riding), taxes, transfers and gratuities. Excludes return flight from 890pp. Offer valid on departures from 26 November through 16 December. Full ranch stay price £1,702pp.
Spectacular horseback adventures, desert nature walks, mountain biking and more are on offer at Arizona’s Tanque Verde Resort Ranch & Spa - the property still one of Ranch Rider’s favourite places to saddle up. Riding holidays here are also perfect for pint size, John Wayne’s and Calamity Jane’s - those aged six and above heading off on trail rides. The ranch's supervised children’s programme runs year round and is open to kids aged from four to 12 years. Seven nights from only £1,159pp (two sharing) and from £1,155pp (four to 17 years) including accommodation, meals, ranch activities (including riding), taxes, transfers and gratuities. Excludes return flight from £890pp and from £775pp (under 12 years) . Offer valid on departures from now through 31 October. Full ranch stay price £1,351pp (two sharing).
The tour operator ended their trip in the Western state of California. On their San Diego city break, they experienced the sand swept delights of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort Hotel located on Mission Boulevard. The hotel is only a 15 minute drive away from old historic downtown, where the trolley bus tour took the team to all the key sights, including the USS Midway Museum, Gas Lamp quarter (great for restaurants, cafes and bars), Horton Plaza, a shopping haven that doubles as an art gallery, and Coronado, its gentle surf and sparkling wide-sands consistently voted best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach.
Tony Daly, comments “We had three nights in San Diego and we saw a good amount of the old town, but we would suggest five nights to allow more time to enjoy the beaches and water activities on offer.”
“Also, if you are interested in spending your time relaxing on the sands, we would definitely recommend a stay on Mission Boulevard, however, if you want access to night life, shopping and the wide range of restaurants and bars we would suggest opting for downtown accommodation.”
The full ranch and city/beach based review and online image gallery of the Rancho de la Osa is available to view on the Ranch Rider website.
Ranch Rider (01509 618 811) ATOL PROTECTED No 4660 ABTA 96395/V9150.