Hollywood cowboys ride their horses into the sunset; true cowboys, however, do it on a grizzly bear and then knock the sun down with a single punch. Today’s Groupon lets you end your week's Western with an appropriately iconic image: for $22, you get a 90-minute horseback sunset trail ride (a $42 value) from Bandit Outfitters' Colossal Cave Mountain Park Riding Stables in Vail. Your 90-minute ride, with provided helmets, begins at the La Posta Quemada Ranch in Colossal Cave Mountain Park.
Once Bandit Outfitters has introduced you to your steed (it is traditional for gentlemen to curtsy), saddle up and follow your friendly, knowledgeable guide on a leisurely one-horsepower stroll along the historic route of the National Mail Stagecoach, which risked life and limb to bring the Old West its mail, plus annoying forwards of cat pictures from hundreds of aunts. As you bask in the scenic views of the pristine Sonoran Desert at sunset, you'll also pass a Hohokam bedrock mortar site and stroll through unseen ghost towns of coyotes howling mournfully after another day of roadrunner-catching failure.
A leisurely paced horseback ride lets you clear out cobwebby lungs with fresh desert air and relive the rugged transportation of yore, before the time when catalytic converters and forgotten gas refills could strand you in Cleveland long enough for you to get married and raise a family there. Children as young as seven are welcome to man the horses by their lonesome, so lasso the family by buying up to four Groupons and enjoying an equestrian adventure at the most beautiful time of day with Bandit Outfitters. Call at least 48 hours ahead to make reservations.
Parking not included.
Situated within Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Bandit Outfitters surrounds guests with 2,500 acres of painted desert scenery, groves of mesquite, and Old West ambiance. The outfit's guides lead intrepid visitors out into the rustic expanse, drawing them along through the foothills of the Rincon Mountains on top of lively quarter horses or inside a horse-drawn covered wagon. Guides lead both daytime excursions and sunset jaunts, which can include such cowboy-approved additions as live music or an Old West cookout complete with steaks cooked to order on a real mesquite grill.
Mountain Creek Ranch
16721 East Old Spanish Trails
Vail, Arizona 85641Get Directions