Two-Hour Horseback Trail Ride for One or Two at Macdonald Ranch (Up to 54% Off)

Desert View

91% of 2,882 customers

Give as a Gift
Over 1,000 bought
Limited quantity available

In a Nutshell

Riders of all experience levels set off over the Sonoran Desert, taking in views of wildlife, the McDowell Mountains, and saguaro cacti

The Fine Print

Expires 60 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required 48 hours in advance. Limited weekend availability. Must be 5 or older. 260 lb weight max. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

People should learn how to ride a horse now because there's no telling when the horses will eat all of our cars. Pick up a new skill before it's too late with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $35 for a two-hour horseback trail ride for one (up to a $70 value)
  • $64 for a two-hour horseback trail ride for two (up to a $140 value)

Guides help riders pick a horse suited to their experience level before setting out down trails with wide views of saguaros, desert wildlife, the McDowell Mountains, and Camelback Mountain. Beginners learn the basics of horsemanship before starting their journey. Intermediate and more experienced riders can make use of the wranglers’ knowledge to enhance their riding skills, learn about the Sonoran Desert, and explore the history of the west. One 5-year-old can join each group of seven and will get to ride on his or her own horse behind the tour guide.

MacDonald's Ranch

There's something timeless about MacDonald's Ranch. Maybe it's that visitors can take a guided horseback ride through the desert, pose for an old-time photo, or ride a stagecoach—which in certain cases, might be held up by actors dressed as outlaws. But whatever the reason guests dock their zeppelin at MacDonald's Ranch, the staff hopes to treat them to a fun ranch experience. They surround them with music, cowboy shows, and seasonal attractions such as the annual pumpkin festival.

MacDonald's Ranch covers 1,300 acres of the scenic Sonoran Desert. Whether on horseback, train, or a hayride, guests can explore the area and view its desert flora, hawks, petrified spurs, and coyotes.


The horses where beautiful, very clean and well behaved.

Cheryl G., Yelp, 4/16/12

The set up is very authentic ranch / cowboy, and the staff /guides very informative.

chelsi64, TripAdvisor, 8/17/12


91% of 2,882 customers

  • “Bring water, sunscreen, cash, and wear tennis shoes. :)”

  • “Awesome fun for kids”

  • “We had an Awesome time!!!! My 12 yr old thought he would be bored... then told me later how much fun he had. The wagon ride was our favorite. The cowboy was very...”

    “We had an Awesome time!!!! My 12 yr old thought he would be bored... then told me later how much fun he had. The wagon ride was our favorite. The cowboy was very accommodating and exceptionally friendly. My girls enjoyed riding the ponies and getting to pet all the animals in the petting zoo. We loved our day and will likely turn this place into an annual event for our family :)”

  1. A

    Desert View

    26540 N Scottsdale Rd.

    Scottsdale, Arizona 85255


    Get Directions

Gear and getaways for outdoor adventures, from hiking to ski vacations
Outdoor activities, from cycling to sailing
Many people described the Trail Ride as Great.
+ 80%
- 20%

+ 50%
- 50%

+ 47%
- 53%

+ 25%
- 75%

Many people described the Pumpkin as Great.
+ 56%
- 44%

Many people described the Plants as Local.
+ 50%
- 50%

Many people described the Tour as Amazing.
+ 75%
- 25%

+ 16%
- 84%

Many people described the Guide as Great.
+ 90%
- 10%

Many people described the Ride as Nice. Others thought:
+ 73%

  • Nice
  • Great
  • Beautiful
  • Enjoyable
  • Amazing
- 27%

  • Slow