Touring an idyllic outdoor expanse on horseback is a great way to commune with nature, just as touring the insides of a supercomputer on a segway is a great way to commune with everything else. Trot across picturesque pastorals with today’s Groupon to Cowboy Way Adventures. Children ages 12 and younger are regularly half-price with a paid adult ride (some conditions apply). June–October rides are held on various trails in Prescott, and November–May rides are generally held in Wickenburg; call ahead for times and exact locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $32, you get a two-hour guided horseback trail ride (a $65 value).
- For $42, you get a three-hour guided horseback trail ride (an $85 value).
Helmed by a venerable cowboy and former rodeo rider, Cowboy Way Adventures lopes novice and veteran trotters ages 5 and older through intimate guided rides, currently held beneath the clement pines and flora and fauna of Prescott. A multitude of diverse trails is available, including leisurely beginning paths and more challenging routes for practiced rein-masters. Cowboy Way Adventures pairs horses and saddle sitters based on riding prowess, compatibility, and shared wine preferences.
Depending on the trail, riders may stumble on any number of breathtaking vistas, commanding thumbs to stand at attention to seize snapshots in front of sandy-bottomed washes, stony crags occasionally festooned with nesting hawks, and open desert expanses swarming with saguaro cacti. Eternally furnished with cowboy boots, spurs, and hat, head-wrangler Charlie imparts amusing anecdotes about the area’s botanical hallmarks and his past spent roping broncos, tailing fugitive cows, and attempting to increase the efficiency of his equine army with GPS-equipped rollerblades.
More than just a placid ride-along, Cowboy Way strives to inject each tour with a soupçon of giddy-upped revelry, permitting experienced riders to channel their inner bronco buster and launch into a raucous trot or gallop across the path’s dusty hoof highways. Cowboy Way recommends that riders bring sunscreen and make sure their cameras have strap attachments.
Cowboy Way Adventures
Cowboy Way Adventures’ veteran wranglers traverse this vast landscape and know the wilds of Arizona almost as well as they know the muscular steeds they captain. To introduce others to the untamed beauty of the Arizona countryside, they match riders with compatible horses and lead guided trail rides.
After pairing each guest with a steed that moonlights as a cattle horse and occasional lounge singer, the wranglers take parties through the pine-filled Prescott mountains, trotting alongside rocky cliffs and through the Verde River. Riders in Wickenburg wander down Sonoran Desert trails, past saguaro cacti and sandy washes that lick the bases of soaring cliffs. Those in Sedona follow red-dirt cattle trails before circling back to the stables, guided by the windmill in the distance.
Wranglers ensure a comfortable yet exciting journey that allows beginners to saunter along and advanced equestrians to gallop up hills and naturally occurring escalators.
800 E Wickenburg Way
Wickenburg, Arizona 85390