Much of Arizona remains unchanged from the days when cowboys and their dinosaur steeds ruled the desert plains. Millions of acres of lush trees still blanket the Coconino National Forest, growing up over mountains in defiance of the desert's red rocks. In Mayer, miles of horseback trails snake past rivers and rock outcroppings, passing by historic windmills and cattle ranches that still operate to this day.
The horseback guides at Pot A Gold Adventures call each of these majestic landscapes home. Each day, they lead groups from three different stables: Hitchin' Post Stables, Pot A Gold Stables, and Mountain Ranch Stables. From here, they depart on two-hour adventures through deserts and forests. On some of these trips, they might stop to build a fire and cook dinners of steak, potatoes, and beans.
Lemonade and iced tea replace cowboy food during the spring and summer. The wagons are drawn on rubber wheels to make the ride as smooth as possible so guests can enjoy the views as well as the horses, as they are nearly as beautiful as the surrounding landscape. Pot A Gold Adventures' trainers raise most of the purebred Quarter and Paint horses almost from birth.
Safety and education have been the pillars of Caswells Shooting Range since the business first opened in 1988. Its NRA-certified instructors teach courses in shooting pistols, rifles, and shotguns, as well as imbuing students with general self-defense skills. They specialize in training pupils of all experience levels and host Ladies Days every Tuesday and Friday, where women receive free lane and gun rentals.
The staff members at Xtreme R/C Toys take pride in their collection of remote-control helicopters, cars, and boats, creating and gathering only those that serve as accurate scale models of the real thing. In addition to tanks and catamarans that operate on multiple remote channels, they stock tools, batteries, chargers, and replacement parts such as helicopter blades.
Reservations/Appointments: Required, but open to public on first-come, first-served basis
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Watch safety video online and be sure to bring a valid picture ID.
Scottsdale Gun Club's gunsmiths know how to keep things safe and clean. They're experienced in working with all sorts of models?from handguns to class-3 firearms?and they clean, maintain, and repair customers' guns so they operate smoothly once out on the range. Certified firearms instructors ensure proper shooting during more than 20 classes, covering topics such as the use of pistols, shotguns, and carbines.
Whether it's how to handle a gun or store it safely, everything taught in one of RealWorld Firearms Training's classes is grounded in decades of experience. Founder Robert Martin has worked as a civilian and military law-enforcement officer, and he has trained with guns for more than 30 years. Likewise his fellow instructor, Andy Gates, spent six in years as a sergeant in the US Marine Corps. Both hold NRA instructor certifications, which come in handy during courses such as basic handgun training or tactical carbine classes.
Safety is at the center of every target at Joe Foss Public Shooting Range?under the umbrella of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department?whether during open shooting time or competitive matches. Range safety officers?who undergo continuous training?always monitor the activity. Additionally, every new visitor must go over the range's safety rules before participating.