Choose from Three Options
- $79 for a half-day cattle drive for one ($155 value)
- $155 for a half-day cattle drive for two ($310 value)
- $299 for a half-day cattle drive for four ($620 value)
Guests accompany ranch hands as they drive cattle over the 50,000 grazing acres around Pleasant Valley. The half day consists of all the normal duties pertaining to working cattle, including roundups, branding, and sorting, in addition to driving cattle between pastures and corrals. Riders will need to be to be comfortable on wooded and rocky terrains. Cattle drives take place from April through October. Each option also includes a 10% discount on a room at Cherry Creek Lodge.
Cherry Creek Lodge
Situated amid the ponderosa hills and Sonoran scrub valleys of Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge tucks visitors into upscale accommodations that mirror the rustic environment. Although richly appointed guestrooms and gourmet meals may entice some to remain indoors, the postcard-worthy surroundings pull most sojourners into Pleasant Valley, which plays host to hunts for the 11 different game species—including elk, quail, and mule deer—that populate the region, as well as activities such as sporting clays, cattle drives, and fishing Lake Sharon’s largemouth bass.
Although today's lodge inhabitants can be found regaling one another with fishing stories or roasting pinecones over the hearth, the Pleasant Valley scene wasn’t always so tranquil. In the late 1800s, the valley provided the setting for an infamous dispute between the Graham and Tewksbury families that became known as the Pleasant Valley War. The conflict garnered national media attention at the time and generated numerous unresolved theories concerning its causes.