Explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert on horseback, just like the pioneers did, during your visit to Western Destinations. — Photo courtesy of Western Destinations
About 40 miles north of Phoenix, at the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains, is a place seemingly untouched by the hands of time. The place is Western Destinations at Canyon Creek Ranch, a Western-themed ranch and park where guests are invited to brave the rugged yet beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape just as the original cowboys did.
Canyon Creek Ranch is located on over 400,000 acres in the Agua Fria National Monument, offering guests unparalleled access to some of the most pristine and scenic desert in central Arizona. The ranch features authentic cowboy games and activities, private skeet shooting, horseback riding and beautiful facilities for hosting corporate events, leadership retreats or private parties.
Guests are invited to customize their own Western experience with a wide range of activities. Whether you would like to learn to shoot real shotguns in a safe and controlled environment, savor the smoky flavors of a rustic cowboy cook-out, stroll the streets of an old Western town, or simply spend an evening around the campfire while enjoying authentic cowboy entertainment, Western Destinations lets you choose and design your own Western adventure.
Ready to ride into the sunset? You’ll find some of the best horseback riding adventures at Western Destinations. All horses at Western Destinations go through hours of one-on-one professional training, making them suitable for young and inexperienced riders to even the most experienced horseman. There aren’t any kiddy rides on lesson horses here. In fact, Western Destinations prides itself on being the only professional horseback riding adventure destination in Arizona where every single ride is unique and exclusive. You’ll hit the trail with a dedicated wrangler guide who will help you explore acres of open desert.
The spirit of fun and games is contagious at Western Destinations, where guests are invited to experience the rush of competition with a wide range of activities. Try the Tomahawk Toss, where you get the chance to throw three real tomahawks at a wooden target. Not exciting enough? Try the Bow and Arrow Bonanza, where guests are invited to shoot authentic bow and arrows at a challenging target. Other cowboy activities include Cowboy Golf, Steer Roping, Horseshoe Pitching, Buckin’ Barrel, Corn Hole Bean Bag Toss, and you can even test your inner urban cowboy by riding the resident mechanical bull for your eight seconds of glory.
For a fun and authentic taste of the Old West, Western Destinations offers a great escape from city life in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.