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Thank you, thank you once again for a most wonderful week at Elkhorn. It is truly a magical place a place that I now call, home away from home. I love visiting the Ranch and to see the Miller family and crew. This week was no exception, in fact it just reconfirmed it all once again, why this is such a special place for both me and S. We met new like minded friends and revisited with old friends. The boys had such a great time.
I have recently returned from a three week vacation at Elkhorn Ranch. This is an equestrian’s dream experience. The ability to choose the type of ride, easy to loping, and the terrain of interest, desert or mountain, was honored each day in the company of expert wranglers. The horses are very well trained and provide sheer enjoyment for the rider. The delicious food was varied, plentiful, and prepped by an experienced chef. Traveling solo, I made so many new friends and look forward to returning for a repeat visit. I give Charley, Mary, and the entire Elkhorn Ranch staff 5 stars for my vacation!
For me, this recent visit was the very best of times, one of the most blessed times of my year. What is it about Elkhorn? Being with dear old friends, making new friends, relishing the warm sun on my back while riding trusty LeRoy over God’s country. All that, of course, but I believe even more it is rubbing elbows with that marvelous crew of yours … Thank you with all my heart. I would ride your brand forever.
Thank you so much for the deeply relaxing and truly rejuvenating days among you. The gentle presence of the horses, sublime beauty of the land and your excellent care of the horses, the land and us, your grateful guests, makes for a nourishing experience on multiple levels. I returned home renewed and eager to share the joys of my days at Elkhorn with friends and family.
Big love! Peri D, Santa Monica, California March 16, 2018
Louisa and I just returned from our annual week at the Elkhorn Ranch. The Elkhorn Ranch sits in the foothills of the Baboquivari Mountains, about 60 miles southwest of our home in Tucson. Run by Charley and Mary Miller, the ranch is delightful, offering great accommodations, delicious food, an incredibly beautiful setting, and an array of activities that include trail riding and hiking. We’ve been going there for more than 25 years …
The Elkhorn Ranch features a wide range of habitats that include desert, desert grasslands, riparian, and oak and pinyon pine forests. The habitat variation has to do with changes of elevation on ranch property and also with the flow of seasonal streams that run through the place.
Those habitats are home to a variety of wildlife. One of the charms of the place is that it attracts a huge array of songbirds. At times, the concentration of these birds in the vicinity of the ranch’s cabins and outbuildings is stunning. Among the birds that I saw were numerous Northern Cardinals. I also encountered large numbers of the Cardinal’s cousin, the Pyrrhuloxia.
– Steve K, Tucson, Arizona Note: Take a peek at Steve’s blog to keep the Sonoran desert on your mind year-round!
Many thanks for an absolutely magical week at the Elkhorn Ranch. Parker (Sr.) declared it, “By far the best family vacation of his life!” You have a very special place, and we will certainly be back! Great people, great conversations, great fun ~ great everything! Thanks for a really special time from every one of us.
We had such a wonderful tme at the ER+ this spring. Thanks for making it so special. You run a super impressive operation and all of the folks on your team were very professional and cheerful. Three cheers to the crew in the kitchen – great meals. We also enjoyed our picnic on the way home …
We couldn’t have had a happier time the week we spent with you at the Ranch. The care and thoughtfulness as to all our needs were so very much appreciated. No One wanted to leave. Thank you .. and your wonderful staff for making our 50th Wedding Anniversary with our family so very special.
– clear skies so blue a polarizer is unnecessary
– the chirps, warbles and calls of the birds
– the absence of traffic roar, sirens, and backing-up beeps
– the pockets of silence so intense one can hear the wind whistling through the feathers of birds flying overhead
– the subtle beauty of the desert
– the fiery orange of the ocotillo blooms against that blue sky
– the soft muzzles of the yearlings
– seeing a bobcat casually stroll away after it has decided you pose no threat
– the scarlet cardinals as they dip and flash across the landscape
– great food that someone else prepares – the friendly people – night skies blazing with stars – riding, riding, riding!
Thank you so much for everything! This has been such an amazing experience. All of the wildlife has been beautiful, everything is so much different, and greater than expected. I loved seeing all of the new birds, different kinds of plants and of course the may cacti, and all of the gorgeous horses are breathtaking. I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful times we have had here, all of the fun experiences we’ve had, and all of the lovely friends we have made. I hope more than anything that we can come back next year! Thanks again, Love,
Olivia & Alex G., February 2014
Presidents Day School Holiday Week kids
The ranch was the perfect place to be for Christmas – the perfect place to have a family reunion in celebration of Mom and Dad’s 60th! You are such wonderful hosts and made us all feel so welcome. Of course the Montana Elkhorn is like home to us, but although we hadn’t been to Elkhorn so