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Family Owned for Family Fun

by Angelique Platas

Aug 20, 2018

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Destinations / North America

It seems no wonder a family-owned and -operated resort would be safe bet as a top-tier family stay, but with the recent USA Today Readers’ Choice Award honoring the White Stallion Ranch, it’s official. The Tucson dude ranch was named one of the Top 10 America’s Best Family Resorts by readers based on the kids’ amenities and family programs.

Backing up the reader results, the ranch was nominated for the honor by a panel of experts including media, contributors, USA Today editors and 10Best.com editors.

The ranch has been in the family of True Ranch Hospitality’s co-owner Russell True for more than five decades.

The location of White Stallion Ranch lends well to all guests, including families, as it is just outside of Tucson, but next door to Saguaro National Park West. While active guests hit the trails horseback riding and hiking, leisure travelers enjoy the relaxing amenities of the resort. The variety of activities and top-notch service make this dude ranch accessible for a swath of interests and ages.

Step into a classic Western film with the family, riding through the resort’s surrounding unspoiled desert encased by rugged mountains and cactus. The ranch boasts both elegant accommodations and service with incredible views and rugged ranch activities. With just 43 rooms, the ranch also includes a homey, intimate feel away from large crowds and overtouristed resorts.

Dude Ranch near Saguarro National Park East in Tucson © Artboardman39 | Dreamstime.com

Guests enjoy nightly entertainment from country line dancing and live music to astronomy lessons, trick roping, whip cracking, cowboy singing, animal shows and history talks — just a short list for starters. Sit around the bonfire telling stories and mingling with fellow guests and families.

Check out the seasonal programs for kids and families, as well as full-fledged summer camps. Read more about family rates and group options. Feel safe with the kids riding smaller horses, expertly led and supervised, and enjoy free rein of the family game room. Check with the ranch resort concierge for a more personalized list of lessons and activities.

The working cattle ranch includes an outdoor pool for the water babies, a spa for relaxation, a tennis court and fitness center for active travelers and a beautiful restaurant, bar and lounge. Feel free to bring the little ones, literally, as kids under 5 stay free.

This isn’t the first honor for the White Stallion Ranch; the family-friendly dude ranch and resort also received accolades as a top 16 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S. by MSN Lifestyle in 2016; Official Best Dude Ranch in Arizona 2015–17; Best Historic Hotels of 2016 by CNN and Historic Hotels of America; 10 US Travel Destinations Going to be Huge in 2017 by InStyle Lifestyle; and mention in our own Tucson lineup of must-visit locales.


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