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 to MacDonald’s Ranch in Scottsdale. Today’s Groupon is not valid May 19 and 20, 2012, and July 4, 2012, and MacDonald’s Ranch is closed on Mondays. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a two-hour horseback trail ride for one (up to a $70 value).
- For $64, you get a two-hour horseback trail ride for two (up to a $140 value).<p>
Trail rides can be shortened to one hour at the request of customers.
A stableful of friendly steeds amble through 1,300 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape at MacDonald’s Ranch. Upon arrival, the ranch’s insightful and intrepid horsemen meticulously match each rider to a horse 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 around seven horse handlers per guide blaze a trail down dusty, underexplored paths deep into the tranquil Sonoran Desert, getting close enough to converse with coyotes or pet native cacti.
Easy riding terrain makes the trip accessible to all levels of riders, and guides dispense useful tips on controlling equestrian companions. 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 can include only one 5-year-old child, who rides behind the tour guide on his or her own horse.
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.
26540 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255