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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.

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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.


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