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“Fun for the whole family”

Western Destinations Canyon Creek Ranch - Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Canyon Creek Ranch is nestled on 130 breathtaking acres in Cold Water Canyon, just twenty miles north of Phoenix in Black CanyonCity, Arizona. The ranch is surrounded by 71,000 acres of National Monument land, featuring rugged hills, fantastic volcanic formations, ancient Native American petroglyphs and the Agua Fria River. The ranch offers great views of the surrounding mountains and miles of natural Sonoran desert to explore and enjoy.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

We visited the 2nd week of April. The weather was perfect. The views were beautiful!
Rusty our wrangler was awesome. He was extremely knowable about the area, cactus, animals, snakes and the ghost town we stopped at. He was able to engage our entire family. The town is a must especially if you request Rusty. He taught me (mom) how to throw an ax and get it to stick. The pistol shooting and archery was so much fun. He gave both kids easy pointers and they were shooting like pros. He also taught us all how to lasso. The canteen was a nice break out of the sun for a cool drink and fun stories. At the end of our tour Rusty even gave my kids a personal memento that was his for them to remember the trip.

This is a great activity. The animals are well kept, people are friendly and the atmosphere is great. Want to make it even better. Ask for Rusty! We will when we return.

1  Thank Naomi M
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Our Wrangler , Rusty, was so nice and knowledgeable about the desert flora and fauna. He was very interesting and had a great sense of humor. He went above and beyond to make our experience fun. He tailored our ride to our interests. My daughter (age 12) and I,each rode very gentle horses(Hershey and Junior). We started out riding a trail through the desert and Rusty gave us interesting facts about plants and native Indians in the region. We then stopped in the replica of an old town. Which was actually pretty cool.We went to the Saloon, I had a glass of wine and my daughter had a soda. My daughter wanted to try tomahawk throwing and Rusty gave her a lesson. She had a lot of fun trying! Then we rode our horses back to the ranch. We had booked a 2 hour ride but 4 hours later we were on way home! Rusty never hurried us and let the day unfold at our leisure ...we didnt realize what time it was!
It was a great experience and highly recommended!

Thank smelltheroses2015
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

My son in law had never been on a horse, so when we visited him in Phoenix, we had to give it a try. The Marriott Canyon Villas recommended these guys and we're glad they did. We had a private tour for the four of us. AJ was our fantastic guide and the desert was in full bloom. After the hour of riding, we went to the saloon for complimentary drinks, tried hatchet tossing, archery, lassoing, and pistol shooting. We were with AJ for several hours and the prices were good.

Thank Danno1961
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

This place is awesome! You will not get your typical horseback ride adventure here. It is so much more than that. Everything is personalized to your group. Whether it is one person or two hundred. True Western Hospitality, great horses, amazing Wranglers and a real learning experience. You can even get lunch for your group there if you tell them ahead of time. Chuck Wagon style delicious food. You will absolutely love this place! It is great for all ages.

Thank Kerry R
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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

I surprised my boyfriend for his birthday and we both were very pleased with the outcome! You ride for a good hour on horses through a trail that’s quiet and beautiful scenery (up and down some hills) then you reach the cute cowboy town that’s a good replica of an 1800’s western town, no one else was there by our guide, Rich, and us two so it was cool to walk around and explore the town. There are little games you can try such as; tomahawk throwing, lassoing, pistol shooting, and archery. All were very fun. Then you relax in the air conditioned bar. Then ride about 20-30 Min back to the ranch to return the horses. Overall it was a wonderful experience, great horses, great people and a great time. Definitely would go again. Rich was super nice, fun, and knowledgeable. Thanks again Rich and gang!

1  Thank Dena S
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