What You'll Get
The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $38, you get a two-hour horseback trail ride (up to a $76.51 value including tax) from MacDonald's Ranch. Rides depart in the morning or evening every day except Monday, when the ranch is closed; call for specific times.
MacDonald's Ranch, a 1,300-acre working horse ranch lying in the serene Sonoran Desert, is home to a stable of sweet and friendly steeds. Upon your arrival, the ranch's insightful and intrepid horsemen meticulously match ready riders to hearty hoofers using an intricate algorithm involving riding experience, mood, and preference of English muffins or wheat toast. As one of the ranch's friendly wranglers leads the way, groups of up to seven horse handlers blaze a trail down dusty, underexplored paths deep into the tranquil Sonoran Desert, getting close enough to converse with coyotes or pet native cacti.
Riders should arrive for their outdoor adventure outfitted in jeans, closed-toe shoes or boots, and lots of removable layers to account for the desert's unpredictable weather and ever-fluctuating fashion trends. Each group of seven can include only one 5-year-old child, who rides behind the tour guide on his or her very own horse.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. May buy multiples. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required 48hr in advance. Must be 5 or older. 260lb weight max. Gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About MacDonald's Ranch
There's something timeless about MacDonald's Ranch. Maybe it's that visitors can take a guided horseback ride through the desert, pose for an old-time photo, or ride a stagecoach—which in certain cases, might be held up by actors dressed as outlaws. But whatever the reason guests dock their zeppelin at MacDonald's Ranch, the staff hopes to treat them to a fun ranch experience. They surround them with music, cowboy shows, and seasonal attractions such as the annual pumpkin festival.
MacDonald's Ranch covers 1,300 acres of the scenic Sonoran Desert. Whether on horseback, train, or a hayride, guests can explore the area and view its desert flora, hawks, petrified spurs, and coyotes.