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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 65 Activities in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ranchs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

George led us on a fun, relaxing ride. All the staff was welcoming and made us feel like they knew us. Definitely recommend if you're new to riding and are looking for a great introduction to riding!

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I can't praise the staff enough. The horses were well looked after and the staff were extremely helpful, particularly as I had never been on a horse in my life. We did a private ride as I was a first timer and did not want the pressure of being in a group. You need to do the ride either early... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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40 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lots of things to do for the kids. It's a little over-priced and not enough shade for the desert heat, but the kids loved it.

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Indiana
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16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My husband and I booked a one hour ride at MacDonald's Ranch. My husband rode a beautiful Belgian draft horse. We had a wonderful time, our guide was fun. He told corny jokes the whole time but he had us laughing. It was a small group so that was nice. The only suggestion I have is to provide a wee... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Had an awesome time at the ranch. Husband and I did a 2hour horse back riding with groupon. Everyone was super nice! Had a great time. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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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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