Scenic mountain and desert landscape, as well as the ranch grounds, provide plenty of country for relaxed walks or vigorous hikes and other activities for those who chose not to ride. You can hike with the ranch’s hiking guide or on your own — the ranch crew are happy to provide trail finding tips.

The tennis court and fifty foot heated swimming pool supply fun and relaxation for kids of all ages, along with shuffleboard, ping pong and horseshoes. Bring your camera and binoculars — the wintering birds of southern Arizona are numerous and colorful. View are magnificent and spring flowers can be glorious. For the less energetic, there are always lazy hours in the sun, the pleasure of burying your nose in a good book and picnics on the desert where you can go by truck out to met the riders for lunch.

Horseback Riding
Hiking (guided or alone)
• Relaxed nature walks
Workshops & Events
• Swimming (heated 50’ pool)
• Tennis
• Basketball
• Shuffleboard
• Tether Ball
• Ping Pong
• Horseshoes
• Board games & puzzles
• Picnics
• Lots of books for quiet time
• Piano, guitar & ukulele
• Bird and nature watching
Local Sights



A well stocked lending library is one of Elkhorn’s great pleasures. You’ll find current fiction, classics and interesting books about the west — children’s picture books and novels too. Numerous copies of bird, plant and other field guides are available to borrow for the week. All cabins have good reading lights by chairs and beds.

The ranch store provides snacks and basics, field guides, stamps and postcards and gifts and gear — kids books, horsey socks, t-shirts, caps fleece vests, mugs and other surprises. Locally grown organic honey produced in the Altar Valley is available for sale too! Tubac is a fun day trip where you can park and walk to shop. Tucson has many options – let us know your interests and we’ll help you find your way.

Most people do not leave the ranch much during their Elkhorn visit. If you want to do a bit of local sight-seeing, Thursday is a good day as we don’t ride Thursday afternoon after January 1 or Sundays, the horses’ day off. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is by far the Miller family’s number 1 recommendation – it is beautiful, fun and highly educational for all ages. Feel free to talk about your interests with us, and we’ll help you navigate the choices around Tucson and the region. People often ask about Tombstone – it is a very long day trip, and we recommend doing it before or after your Elkhorn trip.

The nearest golf course is about one hour away on southwestern edge of Tucson, with a wide range of outstanding courses within the 1.5 hour driving range. Tom Miller is an avid golfer and is happy to provide advice. The kitchen is happy to pack a sack lunch.


Wow! We love Elkhorn. We come with three generations and all of us love it. The setting is spectacular, the people are so kind and down-to-earth and the food is stellar. It’s a comfortable, relaxed, easy place to be together for our family. Thank you for welcoming us!