Horses require human guidance to keep from brushing against barbed wire, eating poisonous rocks, and galloping triumphantly into the ocean. Take the reins with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $40 for a two-hour morning horseback ride for one (an $80 value)
- $79 for the above ride for two (a $160 value)
- $155 for the above ride for four (a $320 value)
After being matched with well-trained American quarter or paint horses, groups of no more than six riders embark on a two-hour guided tour across the Willow Springs Conservation Area. En route, trained guides may point out herds of Arizona mule deer, coyotes, and javelinas. Riders should plan to wear long pants and closed-toed, heeled shoes. Video cameras, backpacks, and purses are not allowed on the ride.
MTM Ranch is located on the Willow Springs Preserve, a mountainous stretch of wilderness south of the Tonto National Forest. There are no streets to cross or cars to dodge here, which has helped ensure the abundance of coyote, javelina, and mule deer. Stationed at the center of the preserve, MTM Ranch’s herd of well-trained horses makes it easy for visitors to explore the region’s natural beauty.
Before embarking on trail rides, wranglers pair each rider with a horse that suits his or her age, size, and level of experience. Then, they train new riders with the skills and tools needed to control their horse as they hit the hills. In addition to their equestrian expertise, guides also bring a keen knowledge of the surrounding region. They’re happy to identify local flora and fauna for riders, and they'll answer any questions about horsemanship or the likelihood that one of the riders is actually a centaur.