The first American horses were imported from Japan and renowned for their sleek design and economical ratio of 250 gallops-per-carrot. Mount a reliable modern pony with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 75-minute Sunset Ride on horseback through the Catalina Mountains from Spanish Trail Outfitters, located at Westward Look Resort (a $50 value). Children must be at least seven years old, and each passenger's weight cannot exceed 225 pounds.
Set in the Catalina Mountain foothills in the Sonoran Desert, the Sunset Ride offers a relaxed sightsee of Arizona's sun-kissed scenery and desert vegetation. After one of the friendly, knowledgeable wranglers outfits you with a trusty, English-speaking steed, your group will embark on a jaunt through the winding desert foothills, where you'll trot at a leisurely pace as the sun squeezes its final ray drops on the varied terrain. With a real, live guide's rugged yet calming timbre narrating each new spot, the landscape will reveal itself in informative shades of red, orange, and purple.
The reliable horses, experienced guides, and serene pace make the tour a fine first-time riding experience for budding cowpersons, and a great opportunity for more experienced equestrians to take another step toward becoming a centaur. Long pants to protect against wayward sand, close-toed shoes, a cap, and alms to the cactus king are recommended.
Three TripAdvisors give Spanish Trail Outfitters an average of four stars. The trail winds though Westward Look Resort, which grabs a four-star average from more than 230 TripAdvisors and an average of 8.4 points from more than 200 Priceline users.
- I was visiting with a conference and had a fantastic ride - the scenery is so different, the horses were great, as well as the guides. I've been on several trail rides in different areas of the country and this was the best. – Ryyder on Spanish Trail Outfitters, TripAdvisor
- Great fun! Staff are laid back and the horses were just right for first timers. [Our guide] did a super job leading us around the hills, across rushing creeks, up close and personal with the desert. A unique experience. – Paul_in_VA on Spanish Trail Outfitters, TripAdvisor
- The resort facilities and rooms are surrounded by beautiful landscaped grounds and cactus gardens that include a number of walking/nature trails. – gkuta on Westward Look Resort, TripAdvisor
Spanish Trail Outfitters
With the Sonoran Desert as the backdrop, the guides at Spanish Trail Outfitters shepherd horseback riders through serpentine trails. Tours launch from two locations, the Westward Look Resort and the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Both Westward and Hacienda Del Sol afford breathtaking views of mountain peaks and other natural sights.
245 E Ina Rd.
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