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Day 4 White Stallion Dude Ranch With Kids

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Thank you to White Stallion Ranch for hosting our stay at your beautiful luxury family-friendly dude ranch in Tucson Arizona. All opinions and photographs of the property are ours.

arizona lizard

At White Stallion Ranch the meals are all set at a certain time each day so that you can plan ahead of time. Pete and the girls have been going on early morning rides and then we all have been meeting for breakfast right after. The walk over to where breakfast is served is maybe 2 minutes away on foot, maybe less… except for the day that I ran into this guy in the tree. We had a stare down for quite some time because I couldn’t get over how big he was, and the rainbow of colors he had all over his body. Even if you plan to do nothing here at the ranch, you will still stay busy just taking in nature!

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After breakfast, we did some swimming.  Pete and Ash did CrossFit at a local box, and Maddie, Em and I made our way to downtown Tucson for vegan donuts. I totally see the humor in half the family eating donuts while the other half does intense exercise. We are a funny bunch like that.

Back at the ranch, it was time for our 5 pm ride. Pete and Ash went on a fast ride and Em, and I took the slow ride. Kids have to be 8+ to go on fast rides, or we all would have been on that one. The evening rides are my absolute favorites, and this one took us on a different path in a completely different directions than the others we have gone on, so that was fun!


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afternoon ride

We had just a couple minutes before taking a hayride, so Emmy locked herself up to pass the time.

ranch fun

Each evening there are appetizers served with drinks and on some nights they offer them on a hay ride. 

This was so cool! I would do this every single night of my life if I could. It was that fun! The evening starts with a mule delivering “Monsoon Mules,” their own take on the popular Moscow Mule drink. There was also a boozy lemonade and lemonade with prickly pear for those that don’t drink alcohol. 

hay ride drinks

monsoon mule

prickly pear lemonade

After we all had our drinks, we found seats on the bushels of hay and we were off!

hay ride with food

The owners are a huge part of the ranch. It feels more like we are staying at their personal residence as guests than a hotel or resort. They are always checking in and making sure everything is perfect. They were the ones driving the hayride, and their own personal family recipes were used for the salsa and onion dip that we enjoyed during the ride. They make every single guest feel welcome.

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evening hayride white stallion ranch

Halfway through our ride as the chips and dips were passed around we passed by the mama and baby horse…



chips and dip

fun on the dude ranch

We also saw the free roaming cattle on the property on the ride…



Later that evening we enjoyed the entertainment. This night they brought on a local historian to share the history of the area and Arizona as a whole. It was fascinating, and we all took away so much more knowledge than we started with. 

Here is our day four video recap:

See our full White Stallion Dude Ranch adventure here.

When was the last time you rode a horse?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • Lemonade with prickly pears? That’s an interesting flavor I’ve never heard of before. It’s so great to try new things on vacation like that.

  • So much dude ranch fun. I think it’s nice that offer different speed rides, and those drinks look relish. It would be fun to take a hay ride while enjoying some tasty vittles.

  • So we’re 4 posts in now, and what I find most attractive about this place – other than location – is that you can get the full ranch experience during the day, but at night you don’t have to get the old fashioned cot experience. That’s important to me.

  • That sounds like quite an experience. I would love to go there someday!

  • IT sounds like you guys had a great time at the Dude Ranch. I’d like to try the Monsoon Mule, sounds like a great drink.

  • Were your legs sore from all of that awesome riding? I agree that a spiked lemonade and sunset hay ride would be a total dream.

  • It seems like a hay ride is a must while you visit the White Stallion Dude Ranch. What a fun way to explore the Arizona desert, and make family memories.

  • You are seriously making me want to live on this ranch. It sounds like the owners are passionate about what they are doing, making it an amazing experience for those visiting.

  • I would love to take my kiddo there! It looks like so much fun! We all love horseback riding in this family so this would be a great place to check out!

  • This looks like so much fun. I have never been on a horse, but I would love to ride one.

  • White Stallion Dude Ranch looks like so much fun. I absolutely love horses and riding off into the dessert would be something I would love to do (o’kay the kids, too!) 🙂 Glad you had a great time!

  • It sounds like you guys are having a lot of fun. I have never been to a ranch, but I think this would be so much fun. My girls would love it since they love riding horses. I haven’t rode a horse in years.

  • That looks like a great vaction destination. I’d love to break away from the east coast and experience a dude ranch.

  • What an awesome experience for the family! Your kids really loved it. I can tell by their smiles. Arizona is a wonderful place to visit for nature trips and for learning about history. I’ll have to remember to visit White Stallion Dude ranch if we get to travel to Arizona.

  • I have not been on a horse since i was a teenager. I should find a local place i can go for a ride. It looks like you are having a blast at the Dude ranch.

  • A Dude Ranch would be an amazing experience. I would love all the nature and animals.

  • Another day, another boatload (or in this case horse-load) of fun! Your kids look like they’re having a blast, what a great ranch.

  • I like how Emmy locked herself, she seems so happy. I want to see this ranch in person.

  • I like to hear updates from your trip to this ranch. Emma looks really happy in this trip!

  • I can never leave such a relaxing place! I love that you get to meet the other guests as well, what a fun social event for everyone! Looks like the kids had a fun time as well! It’s nice to see that they offer snacks and drinks for your to enjoy while you’re on the ride.

  • How fun! I loved the show Hey Dude when I was younger and always wanted to go to a dude ranch. I wish there was one near nj!

  • I would so love to go here. I’ve love horseriding for a long time, but because of back problems I can no longer ride. poop

  • Such a lovely day at the ranch. I like to take my son here, I will be waiting for the next update.

  • Sounds like a lot of fun! A great way to experience the country life! I would love to try that lemonade sometime, sounds yummy!

  • I would love to be able to take my family to a dude ranch like this! My kids would have a blast with all these activities, seems like so much to do there.

  • I think it is so cool that you are doing this as a fmaily. What great memories you are making. I seriously want to go to one of these with my own fmaily.

  • What a fun adventure to do with the kids! I would love to bring my family to White Stallion Ranch, I’m pretty sure my boys will have a blast! I’m loving all of your family adventures!

  • How fun! What lasting memories to make, that dinner looked good too and I bet that cool drink was much welcomed. Loved all the photos!

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