Arizona Cowboy College

Tonto National Forest

52 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

Ranch seen on Cowboy U hosts scenic trail rides through national forest land and horsemanship camps for kids aged 5–16

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 20, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to availability. Kids 5-10 need to be accompanied by an adult for trail ride option. Camp option valid only for ages 5-16. Services must be used by the same person/people. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this Groupon.

Choose From Four Options

  • $32 for a 90-minute Western-style trail ride for one through a national forest (a $65 value)
  • $62 for a 90-minute trail ride for two (a $130 value)
  • $119 for a 90-minute trail ride for four (a $260 value)
  • $179 for a Lorill Summer Horse Camp for a child aged 5–16 (a $365 value). Through July 19, sessions run from 7 a.m. to noon every day except Wednesdays, which include a bunkhouse sleepover. Sessions end with a family barbecue and riding demonstration on Thursdays.

Arizona Cowboy College

Founded in 1989 by fourth-generation cowboy Lloyd Bridwell, Arizona Cowboy College abounds with all the atmosphere one would expect from a real Western ranch, with one very modern distinction: it was the setting for CMT's reality show Cowboy U. The program highlighted the often-rocky journey of city dwellers and a fame-hungry pony who came there to win attempting to adjust to life on the range, all led by senior instructor Rocco Wachman and his teaching staff.

After years of handling horses and new riders of all ages, Wachman and company were well-prepared to wrangle reality-show contestants, and once the cameras stopped rolling, they went right back to the tough but rewarding business of ranch-running. At Arizona Cowboy College, that includes private and group lessons as well as trail rides through picturesque natural forests, with programs aimed at nurturing ranch hands, serious riders, and more casual horse-lovers alike.

Customer Reviews

52 Ratings

The experience was wonderful--the kids loved it!
Fatima R. · September 14, 2016
Our daughter learned so much. She has gone for 3 years in a row and loves it! Highly recommend for any age kid who wants to be around horses.
Lisa S. · August 18, 2016
This day started pouring. I was terrified, as I have never been on a horse. Dennis was awesome, and he made me feel more confident. He had all these great stories about the area and the history of the place. He took us on the best trail and was very accommodating as he knew we had a flight to catch. I really enjoyed it and the ride was absolutely amazing. We are looking forward to coming back. What a great experience.
Samantha V. · August 17, 2016
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    Tonto National Forest

    30208 N 152nd St.

    Scottsdale, Arizona 85262

    480-471-3151

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