Millions of people worldwide enjoy horse racing, but very few of them actually have the speed, strength, and endurance required to win a race against a horse. Leave horseplay to the professionals with today's Groupon to Cocoraque Trail Rides, located at Cocoraque Ranch and Pavilion on Reservation Road. Choose from the following options:
- For $34, you get a two-hour trail ride for one (a $70 value).
- For $64, you get a two-hour trail ride for two (a $140 value).
- For $119, you get a two-hour trail ride for four (a $280 value).
Cocoraque Trail Rides breathes new life into the Old West with small-group trail rides that send buckaroos sauntering down the dirt roads of a historical 16,000-acre cattle ranch on the backs of trusty steeds. Guides lead their saddled charges to the farthest corners of the working ranch to check out the grazing cattle, watering holes, and stagecoach feeding troughs—many of which have changed little since the ranch’s homesteading in the 1890s. Groups are limited to no more than six riders and are free to ride outside of a traditional line, which allows for a more intimate exploration of the picturesque surroundings and a faster getaway at the first sign of approaching outlaws.
Cocoraque Trail Ranch & Pavillion
Amid cacti and brush, beneath milk-white clouds, Cocoraque Trail Ranch & Pavillion's sprawling desert scenery makes it impossible to discern whether it's 1890 or the twenty-first century—and it hardly matters. Wranglers and ranch hands still work as they did more than a century ago when Señor Benito Robles homesteaded the rustic ranch. Today, Tucson native and third-generation cattle rancher Jesus Arvizu is at the helm. Under his guidance, ranch hands rise before sun up to shoe and groom horses, mend fences, and film commercials for blue jeans.
Upon arrival to the 16,000-acre ranch, visitors step into the time of cowboys and cattle. A red-dobe ranch house built in the 1890s facilitates cookouts with a mesquite-fired grill and an adjacent picnic area. Aspirant riders can team up with seasoned wranglers and ranch hands to participate in genuine cattle drives, herding livestock in their signature "V" formation. For large-scale old-timey gatherings, the ranch's open-air pavilion accommodates weddings, birthdays, and parties with a saloon-style bar, a covered eating area, a dance floor, and a bonfire pit.