Near by sites within an hour or so drive provide the chance to learn about southern Arizona’s natural and cultural history — the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and the old Spanish missions at San Xavier del Bac or Tumacacori. Tubac offers the opportunity to walk amidst lovely art galleries and a wide variety of gift shops, many with southwest flair. Kartchner Caverns State Park is very special place to visit — do call ahead for reservations. You can find many outstanding golf courses within a 1-2 hour drive from Elkhorn.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a Miller family favorite!

• Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Kitt Peak National Observatory
• Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
• Mission San Xavier del Bac
• Tumacacori
• Tubac
• Kartchner Caverns State Park
• Golf


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 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.

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.


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