Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a two-hour guided trail ride (a $65 value) from Cowboy Way Adventures in Wickenburg. From June through October, the rides will take place in the Prescott area; customers should call ahead for the exact location.
Nestled on a beautiful, secluded piece of desert land, Cowboy Way Adventures offers trail rides for fledgling horse-fanciers and veteran hoofers alike. Each two-hour trail ride is led by an experienced wrangler, featuring views of rocky cliffs, sandy washes, and expansive desert scenery speckled with saguaro cactuses and delinquent roadrunners. Once introduced to your equine companion, the guide will acquaint you with the basics of horsemanship before escorting you on your desert jaunt. Hit the ranch's dusty roads with a variety of trails catering to all experience levels—ranging from the beginner-friendly slow-paced ride to the more challenging high-speed, gang-chasing posse rides.
Cowboy Way Adventures provides aspiring cowpokes with an up-close look at the life of a cowboy. The ranch's head wrangler, Charlie, is a dedicated horseman fully equipped with exciting cow-chase stories, local wildlife knowledge, and the ability to light a match using only his face.
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 wander down Sonoran Desert trails, past saguaro cacti and sandy washes that lick the bases of soaring cliffs.
Wranglers ensure a comfortable yet exciting journey that allows beginners to saunter along and advanced equestrians to gallop up hills and naturally occurring escalators.