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MacDonald's Ranch

26540 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (North Scottsdale)
480 585 0239
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Ranked #13 of 61 Activities in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ranchs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

08/29/2014 Just got back from my trip to the ranch and I would recommend this place to anyone looking to do something new or to get out of the house. The horses were very well trained and maintained and the staff was professional and fun. Our guide George really made our trail ride 100 times better really funny and great... More

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Catonsville, Maryland
16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

On July27, our family of 5 went on the sunset trail ride and it was one of the best experiences we have ever had! What a perfect way to begin our tour of the Southwest. Our first impression before the ride was how well the horses looked and how happy they seemed to be. Our guide, Paul, fitted us to... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If I could compare this horseback experience from the one we've had in Hawai'i (amidst the mountains and valleys overlooking the beautiful ocean), I would say MacDonald Ranch is far better. Difficult to say? Not really because it's true. And I thought Hawai'i was stiff competition. The landscape that you walk through, the beautiful changes in the scenery and floors... More

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Orange County California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We bought 2 hour rides on Groupon and off we went. The kids were first time riders at ages 8 and 10 and the staff really took good care with them and taught them all they needed to know and gave them perfectly behaved horses. The wrangler kept them up front and chatted with them all trip making it a... More

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I absolutely love this ranch. From beginning to the end....I loved it! I rode Oboe and that horse is a sweetie pie. He knew I was a little afraid and didn't buck or act up. They tend to their horses and train them very well. When I come back to visit Scottsdale, I will make sure I visit my horse.....(... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I booked MacDonald's Ranch several months out for our trip to Scottsdale. Kelcie was great to deal with and kept everything very simple. They accommodated us with 5 horses for us and the kids, our trailguide talked with the kids on the ride and taught them some new things, and then a Stagecoach was provided for my mom, dad and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The guides here are knowledgeable and keep the ride interesting for adults, yet fun and have a way of making each kid feel special. It is a beautiful way to take in the desert land scape for all different athletic abilities and ages. We have been here twice with out of town visitors and have always gotten really nice horses!... More

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Wahiawa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Bought a travelzoo voucher for my wife and I and decided to go while on Vacation. Jesse, our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the area, trees and wildlife. He gave us little-known facts about the Ranch as well. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride and would definitely do it again. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that we... More

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New Jersey
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I went on a two hour trail ride while on a family trip in Scottsdale. I would recommend going on a one hour trail ride instead. The scenery didn't change much, there were no elevations or descents, the horses walked pretty slow, there was no water crossing of any kind. I have been on a different trail ride in Scottsdale... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were so thrilled with the staff of MacDonald's Ranch, where we arranged a private trail ride for our daughter, age 7. It was the highlight of our vacation! Very well done, educational and informative, though I do worry that my daughter wants to be a trail guide now! And, the petting zoo and ranch were fun for my 4... More

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