Tombstone Monument Ranch is surrounded by miles of rugged, open country, with views of the Dragoon Mountains. This was Apache territory, in the heart of Cochise County, and it is rich in history.  The ranch is 3 miles from downtown Tombstone which was a prosperous mining town in the 1880’s, and had a reputation for deadly shoot-outs, vendettas and plenty of lawless characters.
The ranch was purpose built to look like the 1880’s Main Street with dirt roads and boardwalks with 18 spacious guest rooms individually decorated in turn-of-the-century style, so you can experience the Old West without losing any creature comforts. Guest rooms are designed to represent the storefronts of Tombstone town and all the rooms are in easy walking distance of the lodge, pool, hot tub, parking, and corral.
There are trails suitable for all riding levels from advanced to beginners with a wide variety of terrain, petroglyphs and historic sites to visit. There is a network of dry creek beds and trails to take you through the Ranch and beyond on unforgettable rides to landmark destinations and ghost towns whilst enjoying spectacular sunsets, panoramic views of the sun-drenched terrain and wide open country as far as the eye can see.

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The itinerary will be planned around your riding experience and any other activities planned. You can sign up to any ride appropriate to your riding experience.

The dramatic landscape surrounding the ranch was and in many ways still is the real wild west and the rides take you there. Ride by ancient Indian Petroglyphs, abandoned Railroad grades and trestles, forgotten mines and old prospector’s monuments.
The weekly riding program is varied and designed to fit all levels of riders. It consists of: Scenic walking rides, Fast Lope/Trot rides, Half Day Rides, All Day Rides, Beer and Cheetos Ride, Tequila Sunset Ride, Ride to Tombstone Town, Team Cattle Penning, Lessons (extra charge)

Please Note: The minimum age requirement for Slow Rides is 5 years old and 8 years old for fast rides and Team Penning.

Scenic Slow Rides:
Outlaw trail
Ride up Outlaw Road for a very scenic ride with a great view of Tombstone town, some up and down hill, easy trail.

Petroglyph
Scenic ride, in and out of washes, on the railroad trestle, up hills, in and around granite boulders with spectacular views. Ride to ancient Indian Petroglyphs and an old, abandoned railway trestle, and past the Schiefflein Monument.

Plateau
Scenic ride with a little higher altitude. See fabulous views of Huachuca Mountains, the Dragoon Mountains and the Whetstone Mountains.

Toughnut Trail
Ride in and out of narrow washes, with some added brushpopping.

Railway Creek
Ride on Schiefflein Monument Road (the old road that connected Tombstone to Fairbank), join up with the old abandoned railroad grade then drop into spectacular Walnut Gulch. The ride ends with a narrow wash back to the ranch.

Wash Board ride
Ride on Schiefflein Monument Road (the old road that connected Tombstone to Fairbank), in and out of narrow washes, and on the old, abandoned railroad grade down to Walnut Gulch.

Griffin Trail
Ride down outlaw road to a brush trail. See spectacular views of surrounding mountain ranges from a beautiful plateau (Dragoon Mountains, Whetstone Mountains).

Buckaroo Trail
Begin your ride on Outlaw Road, guide your horse in and out of narrow washes, touching on plateau with scenic vistas and rock formations.

Fast Rides (90min inc test):
The fast rides consist of walking, trotting and loping (canter) (the ranch does not offer gallop/run). Lopes can be anywhere from 100 yards to ½ a mile and everyone must pass a test before going on a fast ride.

Stagecoach
Start on monument rd, drop into Walnut gulch, ride to highway 80, back along a steep sided wash. In and out of some brush until you hit the railroad grade.

Railroad Creek
Ride past Schiefflein Monument up to the old abandoned railroad grade then drop into Walnut Gulch. Ride home up the surrounding washes.

Cave and Road
Start on Outlaw Rd, turn onto Gunfighter alley to the “dead end”and drop into cave creek, discover and old cave and mine shaft.

Cave and Cross country
Start on Outlaw Rd, turn onto Gunfighter Alley to the “dead end”, return home like the old cowboys – brush poppin’.

New
Outlaw Rd to Gunfighter Alley, in and out of washes loop.

Specialty Rides:
Tequila Sunset – 1hr
Slow ride to the back of Scheifflin monument to enjoy some wine and cheese surrounded by amazing views of the old abandoned railroad trestle, petroglyph rocks, and Dragoon mountains

Beer and Cheetos – 1hr
Slow ride to the back of Scheifflin monument with amazing views of the old railroad trestle, petroglyph rocks, and Dragoon mountains and cold beer and Doritos as your reward.

Tombstone Ride – 4 hours (ish) roundtrip plus a 45 min stop in town.
Ride to town like the gunslingers of the past. Through old ranches and down washes, step off your horse in an old bull riding arena and head to Allen street for a beer at Big Nose Kate’s or to witness a gunfight. Head back to the ranch down Schiefflein Monument Road and the old railroad grade.

1/2 Day Rides - 4 hours
Ride from the ranch to the Dome mountain, then take your horse on an adventure around the mountain to see amazing views of the Huachuca Mountains, spot prospectors monuments and abandoned mines. Experience a cowboy lunch out in cowboy country.
Full Day Rides - 7 hours
Ride from the Ranch to discover the ghost town of Fairbank. Situated next to the San Pedro River in the Riparian National Conservation Area, Fairbank was the closest rail stop to Tombstone and was settled in 1881.

The Full day ride takes you on a journey down Walnut Gulch into the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area and on to Fairbank. The way back leads you to ride along the old railroad grade that once connected Tombstone and Fairbank, at a slightly higher elevation you will be able to view the spectacular panoramic views of the mountains that surround Southeastern Arizona.

Ride Schedule:

Monday
Slow ride
Fast ride
Slow ride
Tuesday
Slow ride
½ day ride (experienced riders)
Fast ride
Slow ride / team penning
Wednesday
Slow ride
Fast ride
Sunset ride
Thursday
Slow ride
Fast ride
Tombstone ride (experienced riders)
Team Penning
Friday
Slow ride
2 hr ride
Fast ride
Team Penning / slow ride
 
Saturday
Slow ride
All day ride (experienced riders)
Fast ride
Slow ride
 
Sunday
Slow ride
Fast ride
Tombstone Ride
 

 

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Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The 21 horses at the ranch are mostly Quarter horse and Quarter horse cross as well as some Appaloosa, Pains and Clydesdale.  and are well trained excellent trail horses. There is a wide variety of rides to choose from - from slow and fast rides; trail rides and team penning.


The saddles and riding style are western and you will be given tips if you are not familiar with this riding style or have never ridden before. Lessons in the arena are available on request for an extra charge payable locally.


There is a range of hard hats available as well as a smaller selection of boots. A safety briefing is given at the start of your first ride and a mounting block is available.

Rider requirements

Riders of all levels are catered for, depending upon their ability.

The minimum age for Slow Rides is 5 years and 8 years for fast rides and Team Penning, otherwise there are no age limits and there are plenty of facilities available for children.

There is no weight limit for riding within reason. The horses are all cared for and saddled/unsaddled by the wranglers.

There are 18 Rooms all uniquely decorated in turn-of-the-century style. You might just wake up in the “Jail” or the “Post Office”… Experience the Old West without losing any of the comforts of today. Guest rooms are designed to represent the storefronts of Tombstone town of the 1800's. All rooms are in easy walking distance of the lodge, pool, hot tub, parking, and corral.



There are 4 room categories:

Standard

These rooms have views over Main Street. Each room has two queen size beds and a private bath. Plus bath amenities, satellite TV, ac/heat, coffee maker and free wifi.


Deluxe

These have views of the Dragoon Mountains and a private terrace overlooking the arena. Each room has its own unique old west décor with one king size or two queen size beds, private bathroom with amenities. Satellite TV, ac/heat, coffee maker, and free wifi.



Junior Suite

Complete with a queen bed and a separate room with a king bed, private bath plus amenities, Satellite TV in both rooms , ac/heat, coffee maker and free wifi.


Premium Suite

Designed with turn of the century décor the premium suites create the feel of stepping back in time without losing any of today’s luxury. Complete with a queen bed and separate bedroom with a king bed, private bath with tub/shower combo and bath amenities. The Premium suites also have a small kitchenette with fridge, coffee maker and sink, living space, satellite TVs in both rooms, ac/heat, and free wifi. The premium suites also have a private patio with a spectacular view of the Dragoon Mountain range where Chief Cochise of the Chiricahua Apaches had his stronghold.


Schieffelin’s Restaurant serves three delicious meals daily, all with a home-cooked, hearty western style. Selections are from favorite family recipes, based on what’s in season, to insure each meal is made with the freshest ingredients. Be sure to share any special dietary needs or restrictions you may have and they will be accommodated.  Instead of à la carte dining there is the Chef’s Choice each evening. Breakfast and lunch offer a variety of options to suit all tastes. The Special Chuck Wagon breakfast is likely be the best breakfast tasted by a campfire.


Check in is 2.00pm and check out is 11.00am

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Climate Summary

The Tucson area of Arizona has a dry desert climate with a wealth of cactus type vegetation. There are very few days with any rain, the climate is warm and sunny in the day time, cold at night in winter, hot in the summer with warm nights. Tombstone is usually about 5C cooler than Tucson as it lies at an altitude of 4,500ft while Tucson is at 2,200ft.

Climate Chart

Health (ride specific)

There are no specific health requirements, but do bring plenty of sun block!

Film and Camera Equipment

There is electricity on the ranch to recharge your equipment and film and batteries are widely available for purchase including a small selection at the gift shop on site.

Packing List

Ranch attire is completely casual, if you wish to dress up for evenings in Tombstone, Western wear is appropriate

Jeans – Pairs for riding and pairs for evening/daytime wear
Shorts/ Skirts – Casual – depending on time of year and weather conditions
T-shirts/Sleeveless tops/Comfortable shirts
Long sleeve shirts – we highly recommend riding in long sleeve shirts to block the sun
Outerwear – Jackets and layers are suggested
Walking/Hiking boots
Riding Boots – Not compulsory for riding, but boots with a low heel are the safest if you do not have riding boots
Chaps – Personal preference; not compulsory for riding
Sandals/Flip flops – For the pool/hot tub area
Bathing suit – For the pool / hot tub
Bike Shorts / Tights / Underclothing – To minimize possible chafing from riding
Hat / Stampede string
Sun Protection Items – Sunglasses, Lip balm, SPF 15 or higher Sunscreen, After-sun moisturizer
Gloves for riding
Camera
Plug in converter – If you are traveling from outside the USA

Check in is 2.00pm and check out is 11.00am

Programmes

This ride can be booked by the day and is open all year round, we recommend a minimum of 3 - 7 nights to see the area and enjoy the riding.

Departure Dates

Open all year round any day arrival, no minimum stay

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.

Please see single rates in "detailed prices"

No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1double pp229
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Single room per night255
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp249
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Premium Suite pp305
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite119
2017 May - September per nightper night1double pp165
2017 May - September per nightper night1Single room per night185
2017 May - September per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp185
2017 May - September per nightper night1Premium Suite pp245
2017 May - September per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite119
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1double pp195
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night215
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite215
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp275
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite119
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double pp229
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night255
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double - deluxe room pp249
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp305
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite149
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1double pp259
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Single room per night285
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp279
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Premium Suite pp339
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite135
2017 May - September per nightper night1double pp185
2017 May - September per nightper night1Single room per night205
2017 May - September per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp205
2017 May - September per nightper night1Premium Suite pp275
2017 May - September per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite135
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1double pp219
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night239
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite239
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp305
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite135
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double pp259
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night285
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double - deluxe room pp279
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp339
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite165
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1double pp299
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Single room per night329
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp319
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Premium Suite pp389
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite155
2017 May - September per nightper night1double pp209
2017 May - September per nightper night1Single room per night239
2017 May - September per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp235
2017 May - September per nightper night1Premium Suite pp315
2017 May - September per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite155
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1double pp249
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night275
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite275
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp355
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite155
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double pp299
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night329
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double - deluxe room pp319
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp389
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite189
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1double pp2,479
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Single room per night2,729
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp2,679
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Premium Suite pp3,259
2017 Feb - April per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite1,265
2017 May - September per nightper night1double pp1,745
2017 May - September per nightper night1Single room per night1,975
2017 May - September per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite pp1,959
2017 May - September per nightper night1Premium Suite pp2,629
2017 May - September per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite1,265
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1double pp2,085
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night2,299
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Deluxe room / Junior Suite2,275
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp2,935
2017 October - January 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite1,265
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double pp2,479
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Single room per night2,729
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1double - deluxe room pp2,679
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Premium Suite pp3,259
2017 Holiday Prices Nov 20-26/ Dec 21-2 Jan 2018 per nightper night1Supplement for 3rd/4th per person per suite1,579
Wildlife

There are 116 species of bird that thrive in the desert surroundings of the ranch. There are other various animals, flora and fauna, including many cacti!

Other Activities

Dragoon Mountain Tour:

The Dragoon mountains are where Apache Chief Cochise maintained one of his strongholds. It is said that the Apache’s disappeared into the granite mountains and not even the bravest soldier would follow them into the stronghold. Our tour will take you to council rock to walk where the Apache’s once walked and view the stronghold that was their home for many years. (Minimum 3 people)

Chiricahua National Monument Tour
One of the most spectacular places in Arizona, this area is thought to be formed because of a volcanic eruption some 27million years ago. Hot ash fell and covered the area, now after many years of erosion spectacular “Hoodoos” (column like formations) are left. The national monument also preserves the Faraway Ranch that was once owned by Swedish immigrants Neil and Emma Erickson. (Minimum 3 people)

San Pedro River Walk
Walking tour along the river in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Designated a Riparian area by Congress in 1988, the San Pedro area is home to 84 species of mammals, 14 species of fish, 41 species of amphibians and reptiles and 100 species of breeding birds. It is also a valuable home to 250 species of migrating and wintering birds as well as containing archaeological sites that show the remains of human habitat from 13,000 years ago. (Minimum 3 people)

Trip to the town of Bisbee
With its colorful history the historic copper mining town of Bisbee is fun and informative to visit. Founded in 1880 Bisbee is known as one of the richest mineral sites in the world. And by the early 1900s it was a very rich, cultural and sophisticated but still with elements of the old west (found down in brewery gulch). Nowadays Bisbee is full of fascinating shops and restaurants coupled with interesting historical tours. Minimum 3 people

Kartchner Caverns State Park
Kartchner Caverns is one of the most spectacular living caves in America. Discovered in 1974 it is home to many limestone and mineral formations. Kartchner Caverns became a state park in 1988 and their guided educational tours are not to be missed! (Minimum 3 people)

ATV Tour
Adrenaline fuelled and full of fun three hour guided tours on ATVs to explore the local wilderness. Minimum 3 people

Sonoita Wine Tasting
With one of the major vineyard areas being in the high desert in the nearby Sonoita/Elgin area. With the altitude ranging between 3800ft and 6000ft the Sonoita/ Elgin high desert area has warm days and cool nights perfect for the grape growing season. Arizona wines are growing in popularity and the Sonoita vineyards produce some of the best. (Minimum 3 people)

OK Corral Gunfight
Watch the re-enactment of the most famous gunfight in Tombstone. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Morgan and Virgil Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys on October 26 1881 in a brutal gun battle at the OK Corral. Minimum 3 people

Downtown Tombstone Historical Tour
Cowboys, Apaches, Prospectors, Miners and Red Light Ladies are only part of the colorful history of Tombstone AZ. It was one of the last boomtowns in the old west. The town was very prosperous 1877 to 1890 and was considered the largest productive silver district in Arizona. Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than seven years. Find out more on a guided historical tour through the town. Minimum 3 people

Other Country Information

The USA has 4 main times zones - Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST) and Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Vermont is on EST, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah are all on MST, California is on PST.

Weights and measures are imperial although weight is always expressed in pounds, not stone. The US gallon is 3.8 litres in contrast to an imperial gallon which is 4.2 litres.

Mobile telephone: In 2015 3G is widely available throughout the US in cities, towns, villages and along main highways with AT&T having the best overall coverage and T-mobile offering better speeds in cities. 4G is beginning to be available in cities. There are still a few rural areas which have no GSM reception but do have the older CDMA telephone networks. To be able to call from these areas we recommend buying a cheap Verizon phone from eg Walmart (from $13) and topping up with credit. Almost all hotels and airports offer free wifi connection.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Tucson, Arizona (TUS)
Transfer:
Not included and needs to be booked prior to arrival, payable on site.
Flight Guide:
London - Tucson return from £490-670. Please see "getting there" for flight information
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