About the Ranch

The Ranch is a western wilderness facility located on a 33-acre site at the heart of Desert Mountain’s private trail system. It is part of a pristine, 3,000-acre property within Desert Mountain. This new western experience is a distinguishing feature at Desert Mountain that few private clubs can offer. Hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor experiences are among the most desired amenities among the club’s target demographic today.

Among the Amenities at the Ranch

• A kiva-style, open air gathering space with rustic seating for presentations, programs, musical performances and other activities

• Overnight luxury camping facility located at the south end of The Ranch featuring canvas tents with redwood floors, desk space, bath/shower with hot and cold running water, plush towels, soaps and lotions and full-size beds with mattresses. Chef-prepared meals are also offered. This opportunity is managed by H2R Expeditions, a local outfitter.

• A 12-stall stable in which to temporarily keep horses for reserved horseback outings or for overnight boarding (with an onsite wrangler to care for them) for early morning horseback excursions; and two corrals to turn out horses and for training new riders. These services are managed by Windwalker Expeditions of Cave Creek.

• The completed 15-mile, award-winning trails system consisting of: Sunset Summit, Brangus Way, China Wall, Hohokam Camp, Grapevine Wash, Tonto Ridge and Apache Skyline, each varying in degree of difficulty for a different experience on each. No reservations necessary.

• Ramada-style shade structure for small parties and picnic gatherings

• Founders wall honoring those who funded the trail system

• 50 permanent, lighted parking spaces

• Permanent air-conditioned restroom

• Automatic cold water dispenser for hikers and bikers

About the Kiva

The kiva at The Ranch was built as a remembrance of the ancient peoples of the region who lived here many years ago, and to provide a place for Desert Mountain residents to meet, hold events and just enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

A kiva is a ceremonial building used by ancient indigenous cultures in the American southwest for religious rituals and spiritual ceremonies, some associated with the kachina belief system. Kivas are still in use today by contemporary Puebloan people such as the Hopi in Arizona and the Zuni in New Mexico.

The kiva at The Ranch is available for:

• Plein-air painting to take advantage of the extraordinary light that has brought artists to the southwest for more than a century.

• Yoga classes in the fresh air and natural setting

• Guest speakers, lecturers and presentations

• Birthday parties, weddings, anniversary celebrations, family reunions and other intimate events

Please contact Catering Services at (480) 595-4146 to schedule an event.

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Luxury Camping

Roughing it like royalty. Another truly unique activity at The Ranch, luxury camping, also known as “glamping.” These luxurious canvas-covered tents have redwood floors, a wood floored front porch or landing; a desk area; a bath/shower with running water, plush towels, soaps and lotions; and full-size beds with comfortable mattresses and linens for members and their families and guests to call home after a day enjoying the Desert Mountain outback. Glampers also get to savor chef-prepared meals during this unique experience.

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Saddle Up!

The Ranch at Desert Mountain now offers members and guests scheduled horseback rides in the club’s private wilderness area without leaving the Desert Mountain gates. Rides are operated by Windwalker Expeditions of Cave Creek.

1-Hour Guided Rides

• 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday

• $85 per rider

• No more than 8 riders per time slot

• Rides may be booked on the same day, if space is available.

• Open to adults and children 7 years and up**

• Must arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ride

• Rides can be booked online through the Club Calendar by clicking on the desired date.

Private 2-Hour Guided Rides

• Available Monday-Thursday (Times are set after consultation with rider and guide)

• Rides available at: (select location option when completing online request form)

- The Ranch at Desert Mountain

- Camp Creek Canyon (off premise)* Located behind Outlaw on Camp Creek Road. Pick up is at the Fairway Office Parking Lot.

• No more than 6 riders per private ride

• Rides must be booked by noon of the previous day

• Open to adults and children 7 years and up**

• Must arrive 30 minutes prior to the ride

• Rides can be booked directly by calling Windwalker Expeditions at (480) 595-9928

2-Hour Ride

$175 each for 2 or more | $255 for an individual rider

Beginner Horsemanship Lessons

• 1 hour lesson covering the basics (1 person per lesson)

• Mondays and Thursdays only (times are set after consultation with rider and guide)

• $65 per hour

• Purchase a special 4-lesson package for $240

• Must be booked in advance by completing the online request form

• Open to adults and children 7 years and up**

• To schedule a private ride or to book a riding lesson, you may call Windwalker Expeditions at (480) 595-9928

For guided rides Friday-Sunday, simply click on the Club Calendar at the top of the page to book your ride. A waiver must be completed prior to each ride or lesson. You may also contact Member Services at (480) 488-1363 for assistance.

Private Trails System

The 15-mile Desert Mountain private trails system consists of seven trails each varying in degree of difficulty for a different experience on each. The system takes hikers and bikers to Continental Mountain’s eastern slope with Sonoran desert panoramas, through a colorful riparian basin and up to a scenic point with views extending all the way to Tucson’s Catalina Mountains. Hikers can also climb to a 4,100-foot elevation with awe-inspiring views of local landmarks. The trails system is the recipient of the American Trails Developer award for its incomparable design.

Helpful Hiking/Biking Hints

• Be Prepared! You are responsible for your own safety as well as that of everyone in your party. Remember to bring food, plenty of water, and clothing to prevent dehydration on the trail, and protection from the cold, heat or rain.

• Take your cell phone with you when hiking or biking in case of an emergency. Please note, however, that you may not receive a signal due to the mountainous terrain.

• In case of an emergency, call 911, then contact Desert Mountain Security at (480) 595-4338 and let them know where you are on the trail so you can be located. The address of the trail is 45000 N. Chiricahua Pass.

• The Desert Mountain Trails are generally rated as to degree of difficulty on this map. If you have asthma, diabetes, a heart condition, knee or back problems, or any other health or medical issue, limit both your exertion and your exposure to the heat. Stay within your training, physical limitations, and abilities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your physical limitations or abilities, please consult your physician prior to hiking/biking.

• Always hike or bike with a buddy.

• Let others know where you are going and when you expect to return.

• Pack it in, pack it out: put all litter in plastic bags and dispose of it in the garbage cans located at the trailhead.

• All pets must be leashed on the trails! This is for your pet’s safety, as well as for other hikers and bikers using the trail. Please keep your pet on a maximum six-foot leash to protect it, other visitors and wildlife.

• Remember to bring plastic bags with you to pick up your pet’s waste and pack it out to the waste disposal station located at the trailhead.

• Sometimes, being one with nature in Desert Mountain results in the occasional encounter with the wildlife that roam freely throughout The Ranch. If you come into contact with a bobcat, mountain lion, javelina or rattlesnake, do not approach it! Give it a wide berth and slowly back away to safety.

Camping

For overnight camping reservations, rates and more information, please visit the Desert Mountain member website under Lifestyle/The Ranch and Trails/Luxury Camping.

Booking will be done by H2R Expeditions LLC by completing the online request form. You will be notified within 24 hours of your request by Mike Hammer (480) 205-3179 or Ashley Hammer (480) 510-5365.

A minimum 48-hour advance request is preferred, however, if a request is made less than 48 hours prior, please call to check for availability.

For additional information on The Ranch, horseback riding, hiking and biking trails or to schedule an event or activity at the kiva or any of The Ranch facilities, please contact Member Services at (480) 488-1363.

The Ranch at Desert Mountain | 44155 N. Chiricahua Pass Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
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About the Ranch

The Ranch is a western wilderness facility located on a 33-acre site at the heart of Desert Mountain’s private trail system. It is part of a pristine, 3,000-acre property within Desert Mountain. This new western experience is a distinguishing feature at Desert Mountain that few private clubs can offer. Hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor experiences are among the most desired amenities among the club’s target demographic today.

Among the Amenities at the Ranch

• A kiva-style, open air gathering space with rustic seating for presentations, programs, musical performances and other activities

• Overnight luxury camping facility located at the south end of The Ranch featuring canvas tents with redwood floors, desk space, bath/shower with hot and cold running water, plush towels, soaps and lotions and full-size beds with mattresses. Chef-prepared meals are also offered. This opportunity is managed by H2R Expeditions, a local outfitter.

• A 12-stall stable in which to temporarily keep horses for reserved horseback outings or for overnight boarding (with an onsite wrangler to care for them) for early morning horseback excursions; and two corrals to turn out horses and for training new riders. These services are managed by Windwalker Expeditions of Cave Creek.

• The completed 15-mile, award-winning trails system consisting of: Sunset Summit, Brangus Way, China Wall, Hohokam Camp, Grapevine Wash, Tonto Ridge and Apache Skyline, each varying in degree of difficulty for a different experience on each. No reservations necessary.

• Ramada-style shade structure for small parties and picnic gatherings

• Founders wall honoring those who funded the trail system

• 50 permanent, lighted parking spaces

• Permanent air-conditioned restroom

• Automatic cold water dispenser for hikers and bikers

About the Kiva

The kiva at The Ranch was built as a remembrance of the ancient peoples of the region who lived here many years ago, and to provide a place for Desert Mountain residents to meet, hold events and just enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

A kiva is a ceremonial building used by ancient indigenous cultures in the American southwest for religious rituals and spiritual ceremonies, some associated with the kachina belief system. Kivas are still in use today by contemporary Puebloan people such as the Hopi in Arizona and the Zuni in New Mexico.

The kiva at The Ranch is available for:

• Plein-air painting to take advantage of the extraordinary light that has brought artists to the southwest for more than a century.

• Yoga classes in the fresh air and natural setting

• Guest speakers, lecturers and presentations

• Birthday parties, weddings, anniversary celebrations, family reunions and other intimate events

Please contact Catering Services at (480) 595-4146 to schedule an event.

  •    

Luxury Camping

Roughing it like royalty. Another truly unique activity at The Ranch, luxury camping, also known as “glamping.” These luxurious canvas-covered tents have redwood floors, a wood floored front porch or landing; a desk area; a bath/shower with running water, plush towels, soaps and lotions; and full-size beds with comfortable mattresses and linens for members and their families and guests to call home after a day enjoying the Desert Mountain outback. Glampers also get to savor chef-prepared meals during this unique experience.

  •    

Saddle Up!

The Ranch at Desert Mountain now offers members and guests scheduled horseback rides in the club’s private wilderness area without leaving the Desert Mountain gates. Rides are operated by Windwalker Expeditions of Cave Creek.

1-Hour Guided Rides

• 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday

• $85 per rider

• No more than 8 riders per time slot

• Rides may be booked on the same day, if space is available.

• Open to adults and children 7 years and up**

• Must arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ride

• Rides can be booked online through the Club Calendar by clicking on the desired date.

Private 2-Hour Guided Rides

• Available Monday-Thursday (Times are set after consultation with rider and guide)

• Rides available at: (select location option when completing online request form)

- The Ranch at Desert Mountain

- Camp Creek Canyon (off premise)* Located behind Outlaw on Camp Creek Road. Pick up is at the Fairway Office Parking Lot.

• No more than 6 riders per private ride

• Rides must be booked by noon of the previous day

• Open to adults and children 7 years and up**

• Must arrive 30 minutes prior to the ride

• Rides can be booked directly by calling Windwalker Expeditions at (480) 595-9928

2-Hour Ride

$175 each for 2 or more | $255 for an individual rider

Beginner Horsemanship Lessons

• 1 hour lesson covering the basics (1 person per lesson)

• Mondays and Thursdays only (times are set after consultation with rider and guide)

• $65 per hour

• Purchase a special 4-lesson package for $240

• Must be booked in advance by completing the online request form

• Open to adults and children 7 years and up**

• To schedule a private ride or to book a riding lesson, you may call Windwalker Expeditions at (480) 595-9928

For guided rides Friday-Sunday, simply click on the Club Calendar at the top of the page to book your ride. A waiver must be completed prior to each ride or lesson. You may also contact Member Services at (480) 488-1363 for assistance.

Private Trails System

The 15-mile Desert Mountain private trails system consists of seven trails each varying in degree of difficulty for a different experience on each. The system takes hikers and bikers to Continental Mountain’s eastern slope with Sonoran desert panoramas, through a colorful riparian basin and up to a scenic point with views extending all the way to Tucson’s Catalina Mountains. Hikers can also climb to a 4,100-foot elevation with awe-inspiring views of local landmarks. The trails system is the recipient of the American Trails Developer award for its incomparable design.

Helpful Hiking/Biking Hints

• Be Prepared! You are responsible for your own safety as well as that of everyone in your party. Remember to bring food, plenty of water, and clothing to prevent dehydration on the trail, and protection from the cold, heat or rain.

• Take your cell phone with you when hiking or biking in case of an emergency. Please note, however, that you may not receive a signal due to the mountainous terrain.

• In case of an emergency, call 911, then contact Desert Mountain Security at (480) 595-4338 and let them know where you are on the trail so you can be located. The address of the trail is 45000 N. Chiricahua Pass.

• The Desert Mountain Trails are generally rated as to degree of difficulty on this map. If you have asthma, diabetes, a heart condition, knee or back problems, or any other health or medical issue, limit both your exertion and your exposure to the heat. Stay within your training, physical limitations, and abilities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your physical limitations or abilities, please consult your physician prior to hiking/biking.

• Always hike or bike with a buddy.

• Let others know where you are going and when you expect to return.

• Pack it in, pack it out: put all litter in plastic bags and dispose of it in the garbage cans located at the trailhead.

• All pets must be leashed on the trails! This is for your pet’s safety, as well as for other hikers and bikers using the trail. Please keep your pet on a maximum six-foot leash to protect it, other visitors and wildlife.

• Remember to bring plastic bags with you to pick up your pet’s waste and pack it out to the waste disposal station located at the trailhead.

• Sometimes, being one with nature in Desert Mountain results in the occasional encounter with the wildlife that roam freely throughout The Ranch. If you come into contact with a bobcat, mountain lion, javelina or rattlesnake, do not approach it! Give it a wide berth and slowly back away to safety.

Camping

For overnight camping reservations, rates and more information, please visit the Desert Mountain member website under Lifestyle/The Ranch and Trails/Luxury Camping.

Booking will be done by H2R Expeditions LLC by completing the online request form. You will be notified within 24 hours of your request by Mike Hammer (480) 205-3179 or Ashley Hammer (480) 510-5365.

A minimum 48-hour advance request is preferred, however, if a request is made less than 48 hours prior, please call to check for availability.

For additional information on The Ranch, horseback riding, hiking and biking trails or to schedule an event or activity at the kiva or any of The Ranch facilities, please contact Member Services at (480) 488-1363.

The Ranch at Desert Mountain | 44155 N. Chiricahua Pass Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
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