The experienced horsewomen behind Way Out West Ranch host equine activities that range from riding lessons and trail rides to jumping and cattle work. The facility's location affords it easy access to miles of scenic desert trails, which groups can explore from a saddled vantage point. Riders steer well-trained and responsive horses, never having to worry that the steed will buck at the sight of a lizard or shirk its responsibilities to run off and build sand castles. Riders who'd like to brush up on their technique can also enlist the on-staff farm hands for instruction in the disciplines of Western, English, and Jumping.
Xtreme Fun Spot satisfies the need for speed. Cyclists zip around the BMX dirt track, getting air as they fly over bumps and counting pebbles as they lean into banked turns. Drivers put pedal to the metal on the go-kart track, while those who want to slow their roll a bit engage in friendly competition over a game of mini golf.
As the first event of the Rotax Max racing season, Gatorz Challenge of the Americas pits six groups of competitors—ranging from age 7 to 70—against each other in a furious gauntlet of go-kart races, with victors qualifying to compete in six subsequent races across the West Coast in an effort to join the hall of past champions. With one- or three-day spectator passes, racing enthusiasts can climb on the bleachers to witness Friday’s full day of practice races, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., eyeing competitors as they perfect their craft and surreptitiously install flux capacitors behind their seats.
With the Sonoran Desert as the backdrop, the guides at Spanish Trail Outfitters shepherd horseback riders through serpentine trails. Tours launch from two locations, the Westward Look Resort and the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Both Westward and Hacienda Del Sol afford breathtaking views of mountain peaks and other natural sights.
An authentic western guest ranch on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, located on 3,000 acres of pristine desert. Lodging, meals, horseback rding, heated pool and gift shop are just a few of the amenities. Restaurant is open to the public by reservation only.
At Skinny Fingers Gaming Center, the air is filled with the feverish tapping of buttons as customers test new games and compete on more than 30 PCs, Xbox 360s, Wiis, and PS3s. Gamers can purchase hourly or all-day passes as they pick out a title from a large list of games that include the team-based thrills of DOTA 2, the Sisyphean journey of Dark Souls, and the meditative silence and platforming of Gandhi's Karma Kastle. In addition to the friendly all ages atmosphere, the center features concessions to refuel hungry gamers and also hosts a calendar of events such as tournaments and ritualistic sacrifices of dusty board games.