Welcome to MacDonald's Ranch!
MacDonald's Ranch is the
premier horseback riding stable in the valley of the
sun. Located in the tranquil Sonoran Desert in north
MacDonald's Ranch offers
activities for individuals, small parties, large
conventions or corporate gatherings. Choose from Guided
Horseback rides, Hayrides & Cowboy Cookouts, and also
available are many varieties of Entertainment.
Our location is close to all
modern conveniences, minutes from most Valley resorts,
hotels, airports and easily accessible. We are open all
year long. Due to the seasonal weather please contact us
for hours of operation.
Come Pan for GOLD at the Mining Camp
Who comes out to MacDonald's Ranch?
Everybody! From a single
rider, small parties, medium sized parties, or large
groups we also have the facilities to accommodate
Parties up to 1,000 individuals. We enjoy having
Churches, Schools, Youth Groups, Corporate Events,
Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, also Adventure Groups,
Photographers, and "Wild West" seeking tourists. Our
professional staff will customize services and amenities
to fit most any situation.
New This Year, Souvenirs
at the Trading Post
History of MacDonald's Ranch
From the beginning of a horse
and cattle ranch in the late 1950’s, the Richardson
Family is still working the land. Initially the spread
consisted of 36,000 acres in the desert that is now North
Scottsdale. In the spring of 1970 on Easter Sunday Old Mac
Donald’s Farm opened to the public. The
Richardson Family realized a dream of an operation that allows
the public the hands on approach to the ranch experience. A
place where kids from the city could watch a cow being milked,
see live ranch animals and be in a natural surrounding as you
ride in the sonoran desert.
This became Mac Donald’s Ranch and is in operation
Years passed, the Valley grew and with
the exception of MacDonald’s Ranch’s 1300 acres, the land
surrounding became a few shopping centers and housing
development. In 1994 Old MacDonald’s Farm was updated to
MacDonald’s Ranch and our services changed to offer an
atmosphere where you can relax and take a step back in time to
an overview in ranch live. In our third decade of operation
MacDonald’s Ranch is one of Scottsdale’s oldest and experienced
horseback riding stables making it the premier Western adventure
in the Valley of the sun.