My Petting Zoo LLC offers children and adults alike the chance to interact with a variety of gentle animals. Miniature goats, a mini horse, and a pony named Riley cavort among rabbits, chickens, ducks, and potbellied pigs. Customers are welcome to visit the animals at a farm, or request a mobile visit that brings the animals to parties, events, schools, or homes.
The drivers of?Lazy D Rockin' P Ranch Wagons & Teams invite guests to see Wickenburg the way its former residents did: from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. Their historic?tours reveal secrets of the town's past from a unique new perspective. While the horses amble down tree-lined streets,?guides point?out landmarks including the last residence of town-founder Henry Wickenburg and the famous Jail Tree, where prisoners were held until a sheriff could cart them off to a city with more walls.
MTM Ranch is located on the Willow Springs Preserve, a mountainous stretch of wilderness south of the Tonto National Forest. There are no streets to cross or cars to dodge here, which has helped ensure the abundance of coyote, javelina, and mule deer. Stationed at the center of the preserve, MTM Ranch’s herd of well-trained horses makes it easy for visitors to explore the region’s natural beauty.
Before embarking on trail rides, wranglers pair each rider with a horse that suits his or her age, size, and level of experience. Then, they train new riders with the skills and tools needed to control their horse as they hit the hills. In addition to their equestrian expertise, guides also bring a keen knowledge of the surrounding region. They’re happy to identify local flora and fauna for riders, and they'll answer any questions about horsemanship or the likelihood that one of the riders is actually a centaur.
Spur Cross Stables lives above an old 19th-century gold mine right on the edge of Tonto National Forest and its 3 million acres of rocky mesas, Saguaro cactus, and abundant desert wildlife. The stables' array of trail rides intertwine across some 30% of this vast landscape, leading up to seven riders at a time through Native American ruins, packs of coyotes, and vintage UFOs. Rides range from one hour to a full day, and match each city slicker up with one of the 50 gentle horses available for riding??many of which have been rescued from unhealthy situations. After the desert traipse is over, guides give each member of their group a carrot to feed their hoofed transport as a token of friendship and appreciation.