MacDonald's Ranch  ~  26540 N Scottsdale Rd  ~  Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343  ~  480.585.0239 Created by Frank Turben - Computer Help

Private Horseback Rides

Private HORSEBACK Ride 1-hour: $85 Adult  -  $80 Child  (ages 5 to 17) 1  hour: $100 Adult  -  $95 Child  (ages 5 to 17) 2-hour: $120 Adult  -  $110 Child  (ages 7 to 17) ▪ Required, minimum age for children varies by ride type & length. No exceptions. Weight limit of 260lbs. Above pricing excludes tax & gratuity.  Tax will be added at the time of the ride.
Due to our wrangler to guest ratio, we recommend booking private rides as far in advance as possible. Call today to book your reservation! Enjoy a wonderful ride on one of our trusty steeds! A private ride is ideal for guests with previous riding experience such as: past/present lessons, time training, if you have owned your own horse, etc. Spend your time maintaining or improving your riding skills, learning about the desert flora and wildlife, or just enjoy the beautiful Arizona view! Private rides are not merely for intermediate or experienced riders! Also available for: private - friend and family tours, or if you prefer not riding with a group. Rides with more than one participant will be modified to accommodate the lowest riding level in the group. Having more than one rider will limit the pace of the ride for all participants’ safety. All rides are guided with a wrangler and considered “nose to tail” riding due to our desert terrain. The landscape is relatively smooth with a few hills and wash areas; this gives experienced riders opportunities to ride at a faster pace, depending on their experience level. Please note: your wrangler will only let you ride based on what your abilities and previous experience allow - for your safety and the safety of your horse. Not all private rides will be a “fast” pace.
What should I wear, bring, and not bring with me?
Long pants such as jeans, closed toed shoes or boots, a “snug” fitting hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Why jeans do you ask, in ARIZONA? We recommend jeans because our desert is still in its natural state – complete with brush and cacti along the trails and, of course, that notorious Arizona sun. Jeans will protect your legs from the elements during the winter and summer months. Layering tops and shirts may help prepare for unpredictable warm or cold weather, which you can determine what to wear on the ride when you check-in. Expensive jewelry, big floppy hats, or valuable items that may easily get lost, are better left at home. A bottle of water for each rider. Please, NO ice or food on the ride! Each rider will have a holder on their saddle for a 20 – 24oz water bottle and a small camera or phone. NO Camelbaks or water pouches. During the warmer months, having an extra bottle of water before and after your tour is highly recommended! Eat a small snack or meal before your ride, especially if you are scheduled for the morning. Food will not be permitted on the ride, thank you for helping keep our desert clean. Please silence your phones for the best experience. Medical Emergency Items: inhalers, epi-pens, emergency medications, etc. Upon check-in, please notify the office or wrangler of any emergency medical supplies that must come on the ride so it may be packed appropriately! NO backpacks, purses, fanny packs, scarves, Camelbaks, large cameras, or camera cases on the ride. Nothing can be strapped to, or hang on/across your body for the tour. It is best to leave these items behind, at home or in your vehicle. We do have cabinets available at check-in for you to leave bags and belongings in until after your ride.
Ride Restrictions
Required, minimum riding age is 5 years old and older for the 1 or 1 ½ hour ride. Required, minimum riding age is 7 years old and older for the 2-hour ride. Weight limit of 260lbs. We do not allow pregnant women to ride for their safety and the safety of their child. If any participant has limitations, handicaps, or disabilities, and you are unsure if they can ride - please call and talk with the front office!
Equipment Provided
We provide quality western saddles and bridles, maintained frequently, and we use all leather equipment. We buy superior tack, to ensure that our customers and horses are comfortable on the trails. Helmets are, of course, provided free of charge and are highly recommend for ALL riders. Helmets are available in all sizes for all ages. All of our helmets are SEI Certified. A mounting block or “step” is provided to assist with getting on your horse.
MacDonald's Ranch  ~  26540 N Scottsdale Rd  ~  Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343  ~  480.585.0239 Created by Frank Turben - Computer Help

Private Horseback Rides

Private HORSEBACK Ride 1-hour: $85 Adult  -  $80 Child  (ages 5 to 17) 1  hour: $100 Adult  -  $95 Child  (ages 5 to 17) 2-hour: $120 Adult  -  $110 Child  (ages 7 to 17) ▪ Required, minimum age for children varies by ride type & length. No exceptions. Weight limit of 260lbs. Above pricing excludes tax & gratuity.  Tax will be added at the time of the ride.
Due to our wrangler to guest ratio, we recommend booking private rides as far in advance as possible. Call today to book your reservation! Enjoy a wonderful ride on one of our trusty steeds! A private ride is ideal for guests with previous riding experience such as: past/present lessons, time training, if you have owned your own horse, etc. Spend your time maintaining or improving your riding skills, learning about the desert flora and wildlife, or just enjoy the beautiful Arizona view! Private rides are not merely for intermediate or experienced riders! Also available for: private - friend and family tours, or if you prefer not riding with a group. Rides with more than one participant will be modified to accommodate the lowest riding level in the group. Having more than one rider will limit the pace of the ride for all participants’ safety. All rides are guided with a wrangler and considered “nose to tail” riding due to our desert terrain. The landscape is relatively smooth with a few hills and wash areas; this gives experienced riders opportunities to ride at a faster pace, depending on their experience level. Please note: your wrangler will only let you ride based on what your abilities and previous experience allow - for your safety and the safety of your horse. Not all private rides will be a “fast” pace.
What should I wear, bring, and not bring with me?
Long pants such as jeans, closed toed shoes or boots, a “snug” fitting hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Why jeans do you ask, in ARIZONA? We recommend jeans because our desert is still in its natural state – complete with brush and cacti along the trails and, of course, that notorious Arizona sun. Jeans will protect your legs from the elements during the winter and summer months. Layering tops and shirts may help prepare for unpredictable warm or cold weather, which you can determine what to wear on the ride when you check-in. Expensive jewelry, big floppy hats, or valuable items that may easily get lost, are better left at home. A bottle of water for each rider. Please, NO ice or food on the ride! Each rider will have a holder on their saddle for a 20 – 24oz water bottle and a small camera or phone. NO Camelbaks or water pouches. During the warmer months, having an extra bottle of water before and after your tour is highly recommended! Eat a small snack or meal before your ride, especially if you are scheduled for the morning. Food will not be permitted on the ride, thank you for helping keep our desert clean. Please silence your phones for the best experience. Medical Emergency Items: inhalers, epi-pens, emergency medications, etc. Upon check-in, please notify the office or wrangler of any emergency medical supplies that must come on the ride so it may be packed appropriately! NO backpacks, purses, fanny packs, scarves, Camelbaks, large cameras, or camera cases on the ride. Nothing can be strapped to, or hang on/across your body for the tour. It is best to leave these items behind, at home or in your vehicle. We do have cabinets available at check-in for you to leave bags and belongings in until after your ride.
Ride Restrictions
Required, minimum riding age is 5 years old and older for the 1 or 1 ½ hour ride. Required, minimum riding age is 7 years old and older for the 2-hour ride. Weight limit of 260lbs. We do not allow pregnant women to ride for their safety and the safety of their child. If any participant has limitations, handicaps, or disabilities, and you are unsure if they can ride - please call and talk with the front office!
Equipment Provided
We provide quality western saddles and bridles, maintained frequently, and we use all leather equipment. We buy superior tack, to ensure that our customers and horses are comfortable on the trails. Helmets are, of course, provided free of charge and are highly recommend for ALL riders. Helmets are available in all sizes for all ages. All of our helmets are SEI Certified.