Out of respect for our horses, we have a 250 pound weight limit on all riders. Children must be 6 or older to ride. Pregnant women are advised to consult with their physician about riding prior to your visit. Elkhorn Ranch discourages riding during late-term pregnancy and does not allow loping at any time during pregnancy. For your safety and comfort, Western style boots with a smooth sole, heel and no laces are required when riding. A brimmed hat with a safety string is recommended for sun and heat protection. Excessive sun exposure is a concern in the desert. Sunscreen, hats, lightweight long sleeves, and hydration are important. Think about hydration before your visit and during travel to the ranch. Boots and hats can be borrowed from the ranch lending closet. Long underwear, tights, or pantyhose and long socks are helpful in warding off saddle soreness. You are welcome to bring your own riding helmet. Elkhorn Ranch does not provide helmets, but encourages you to use one if it makes you feel better about safety. If you choose to use a helmet, purchase one from a knowledgeable dealer who works with you to assure proper sizing and helps you adjust it properly. Monitor use of the helmet to assure it has not been damaged in a fall. The disadvantage of helmets is that they provide very little sun protection. So if you choose to wear one, seek a model with ventilation and as much sun protection as possible. Your safety while riding is very important to us. Please help the Elkhorn Ranch guides keep you safe by reading the riding tips in your cabin notebook, ask questions as you go, and pay attention to your guide, your horse, and the people and situation around you.
Children are very welcome. Please note that we do not have a supervised children’s program nor babysitting services. Kids age six and older can ride with other kids or with their parents. We are pleased to help them learn to ride. Families are responsible for supervising their children at the swimming pool — Elkhorn Ranch does not provide a life guard at the pool. If you are bringing a child with you under age 18, for whom you are not the parent or guardian, you will need to bring a completed Participant Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement with you for that minor. Contact the office to get the agreement well ahead of time.
If you have particular dietary needs or requests for your cabin, we are pleased to accommodate you—please be in touch at least two weeks before your arrival so that we can shop and plan accordingly. With advance notice, we are happy to do cakes for birthdays or anniversaries! Please feel free to discuss any medical or other situations that might require special attention during your visit. Elkhorn has a long and successful history of helping people ride safely and happily well into their senior years and we work hard to accommodate other situations. We greatly appreciate your efforts to be up-front with us about your family member’s medical concerns or suite of abilities or disabilities — we in turn will be honest about what we feel we can do safely, particular with regard to riding. We have found that many guests with declining health enjoy many extra years at Elkhorn by traveling with a family member or companion.
An ideal arrival time falls between 4 – 5 pm and ideal departure time is 10 am at the latest. That said, Elkhorn is flexible, so let us know your travel itinerary and we’ll arrange accordingly. When you book a return flight, keep in mind that you’ll need to leave Elkhorn Ranch a minimum of 3 hours ahead of your Tucson departing flight and 5 hours ahead of your Phoenix flight.
Our weekly itinerary flows from most guests’ Sunday arrival to their Sunday departure. The schedule may change occasionally, especially during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. Meal times remain steady, with breakfast from 7:30 – 9 am, lunch at 12:30 pm, and supper at 6:30 pm (holiday feasts at 1 pm are a noteworthy exception). Morning rides depart at 9:30 am and afternoon rides depart at 2 pm.
Ranch guests and crew wear casual clothing. Jeans are recommended for riding. Elkhorn laundry service provides a one day turn around, every day except Sunday. Shopping is over an hour away in Tucson, but basic items are available at the ranch store — ie. toiletry items, snacks and the like. Beer, wine, soda pop and juices are sold at the ranch — we suggest purchasing liquor on your way out from Tucson.
You are welcome to ship parcels directly to the ranch. United Parcel Service (UPS) has the most reliable service, right to the ranch office. Elkhorn will return your parcels via UPS and bill you accordingly. Please do not ship parcels via the US Postal Service. You are also welcome to store a box or trunk at Elkhorn.
Wireless internet, a phone and computer are available in the ranch computer room.