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I cannot say enough good things about how much I enjoyed the time there. It’s a magical place and you guys do an amazing job.

~ Lisa T, Albany, NY

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.

~Kerstin E, San Francisco, CA

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!

Debra Footman, Maine

Dear Charley and Mary,

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.

Love, George P, February 21, 2018

Dear Friends at Elkhorn Ranch,

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!

We had a fabulous week with you all.  I continue to say that I have never been any other place where I have felt so comfortable and so unobtrusively well cared for.  Planning to come back!

 – Henry H, Livingston, Montana

Dear Friends,  Thank you so much for the wonderful week I had at Elkhorn Ranch!  All of you have become people I look forward to seeing.  Blessings, and I hope to be back next year.

As ever, Joanne K, Colorado
February 2, 2016

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.

~ Sally and Parker Hansel, Thanksgiving, 2018

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 …

from Annie T., Austin, TX

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.

With love from,

Joanna G., Washington Depot, CT, April 6, 2015

What I miss about the Elkhorn Ranch …

– 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!

Heather D, April 2014

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

Thank you Mary thank you Charley
we’re welcomed in your home
for one or two weeks or more
we never more will roam

We feel like family
once we arrive
forget our cares
and feel so alive

Lovely casitas
we each are given
to call our home
what great livin…

The food is great
morning noon and night
there are no scales
that just seems right

It’s on to the barn
each morning we go
to saddle up and ride
with those in the know

Charley is a master
you get just the right horse
how does he know
he’s the master of course

Wranglers they’re called
handsome and charming
they smooth out the trails
so it’s not so alarming

You can ride on the desert
or high in the hills
you can choose just how
you’ll get your thrills

How about Tom
he maintains the casitas
everything’s great
even his margaritas

If you go in the office
you’ll find Diane
whatever you need
she’ll have it on hand

You might even see Anne
she’s sometimes there too
hard at work
with plenty to do

You cannot forget
the rest of the clan
all working hard
on MARY’s grand plan

Same time next year
if given the chance
we will  return home
to Elkhorn Ranch

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