Are you looking for a fun family activity? Then saddle up and head to MacDonald’s Ranch in north Scottsdale. MacDonald’s Farm first opened to the public in 1970 and is owned by the Richardson family. They wanted it to be “a place where kids from the city could watch a cow being milked, see live ranch animals and be in a natural surrounding as you ride in the Sonoran desert”. MacDonald’s Farm was updated in 1994 and became MacDonald’s Ranch. Originally occupying 36,000 acres, it now occupies only 1300 acres, due to the development of North Scottsdale.
The ranch offers:
- Guided Horseback Rides – Trail rides vary in cost depending on the amount of time you want to ride. They are as follows:
1 hour ride – $38/person plus tax
1 ½ hour ride – $55/person plus tax
2 hour ride – $68/person plus tax
- Riding Lessons – 1 hour rides for all skill levels as well as preschool lessons for kids 3 to 6 years. These lessons are 20 minutes long. 1 hour sessions are $68/person plus tax while 20 minute sessions are $30/child plus tax.
For more information on the other activities offered below visit the website.
- Stagecoach Rides
- Cowboy Cookouts
- Chuck Wagon Cookouts
For kids, they have a petting zoo as well as a summer camp. Rates for the camp are from 2009. Contact the ranch for current rates and programs for this summer.
MacDonald’s Ranch is located at 26540 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.macdonaldsranch.com/index.html
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