KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Here are our top prep tips for a memorable guest-ranch vacation in Tucson, Arizona. Choose your season. The best times to go are winter, spring, and late fall, when temperatures aren’t as hot. Season determines what you’ll pack and the rate you’ll pay. Do your homework. Study each ranch to decide which one best meets your needs. Find out what personal items are supplied in guest rooms. Ask about the liquor policy. If needed, ask whether the ranch accommodates special diets. Find out the weight limit for riding. Check the ranch’s website for suggestions and requirements. Pack for desert riding. Layer your riding apparel. In the desert, the mornings can be quite cool and the afternoons hot. Pack lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and sunscreen. Bring your own Western hat or well-ventilated, brimmed riding helmet. Riding boots without laces are best; smooth leather repels cholla cactus and desert debris. Add a sturdy water bottle to stay hydrated. Get ready to ride. If you haven’t ridden in some time or ride casually, get in some serious saddle time before you go so you’re ready for long rides and desert gallops. Pack long underwear to cut saddle chafing.