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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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Northville, Michigan
1 review
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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22 attraction reviews
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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
24 helpful votes 24 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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Shelby Township, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

On our business/anniversary vacation we scheduled many activities. I wanted to go riding & was pleased to find this place. It was the ONLY place that would allow trotting & cantering (depending on experience level). Others do only trail rides on rocky terrain where you will only walk. Here we scheduled a private ride for 1 hour. Our guide was... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went on their sunset/moonrise Valentines ride and really enjoyed it! We arrived a little too early, but they were happy to show us around the petty zoo, and faux western city set up. (all free) The woman feeding the "zoo" animals was very friendly and told us about the animals (goats, sheep, donkeys, pigs...) individually. You could tell she... More

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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Over the years we have attended several of the annual cookouts at MacDonald's Ranch usually held in September or early October by the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association, ScenicDrive.org & sponsored by MacDonald’s Ranch in North Scottsdale. The Great Western Cookout Adventure is also a preservation event that benefits Scenic Drive and the Local Environment. THE Great Western Cookout Adventure is... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

went horseback riding for an hour ~~ I believe it was only $40 per person. Nice guide. animals were nice and very sightseeing. My guide was not only nice, but funny, helpful, calm, and full of awesome fun facts. You really feel like a friend, not just another customer, which really made a good impression on me. There's no way... More

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