Horseback riding is a great way to see the countryside or to escape from your evil cousin’s palace. You’re a free prince or princess with this Groupon.
Choose from Six Options
- $59 for a one-hour ridge trail ride and Campfire Chili Lunch for one (a $100 value)
- $65 for a two-hour backcountry trail ride for one (a $114 value)
- $72 for a one-hour ridge trail ride and Ranch Rendezvous for one (a $120 value)
- $115 for a one-hour ridge trail ride and Campfire Chili Lunch for two (a $200 value)
- $129 for a two-hour backcountry trail ride for two (a $228 value)
- $140 for a one-hour ridge trail ride and Ranch Rendezvous for two (a $240 value)<p>
On the one-hour ridge trail ride, guides direct riders and their horses up a ridge with views of Red Rocks, the Mogollon Rim, and the Verde Valley. On the two-hour backcountry tour, riders skirt the ridge’s base before exploring remote corners of the ranch along a trail that leads to a red fall-rock canyon. Both tours follow loops and may be suitable for beginners, though the two-hour tour demands some additional skill in the saddle and twice as much small talk with the horse.<p> Following the one-hour tour, guests may opt for one of two cookouts, both of which begin with a draft-horse-drawn wagon ride to the outdoor Sedona Lookout. At the campfire lunch, which takes place October through March on Tuesdays and Thursdays, guests gather around a roaring fire to dine on chili, Western-style beans, dutch-oven cornbread, and s’mores. During the Ranch Rendezvous—which takes place year-round on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings—they listen to the twanging tunes of Rockabilly Hall of Fame–member Alvie Self while digging into 16-ounce locally sourced mesquite rib-eye steak, corn on the cob, grilled peppers, and fruit cobbler.
M Diamond Ranch
Riders who set out from M Diamond Ranch can thread the dusky red cliffs of a narrow canyon, trot across scrub-covered hills, or climb a ridge to gaze onto the sweeping panorama of the Verde Valley. These excursions are possible thanks to the 100-year-old ranch's uniquely qualified trail guides, the only ones in the area permitted to lead visitors through the scenic Red Rock District of Coconino National Forest. Each holds CPR and First Aid certifications, and can safely lead groups or private rides out on tours lasting up to three hours, either during the day or by moonlight. On each outing, they teach guests basic tenets of horsemanship, cowboy history, and cowboy culture, including the art of switching places with your horse to fool outlaws.
After trail rides, draft-horse-drawn wagons transport visitors to optional cowboy cookouts at an all-weather elevated site with panoramic views. Here, chefs serve traditional frontier fare such as 16-ounce rib-eye steaks, campfire chili, and dutch-oven cornbread, while visitors commune or listen to live country-western and rockabilly music. Though they entertain daily, the ranch's staffers also perform vital tasks behind the scenes; they conduct regular trail maintenance and put proceeds toward preservation—efforts that have earned them a Wildlife Habitat Stewardship Award.