What a wonderful experience. We planned a trip from the Phoenix area to the Pot A Gold stables in Mayer, AZ. We left the Goodyear area (southwest of Phoenix) before 8AM and headed up I-17N. Stopped for a bite of breakfast and pulled into the stables at 9:45. Our ride was scheduled for 10, and Luke and Pam were there waiting for us. Call them what you will, hired hands, cowboys (cowgirl), or wranglers - this husband wife team sure knew their way around horses and the 15,000 acre ranch. When we first arrived I walked into the stables and met Luke. He had on his cowboy hat, long sleeve shirt and vest with chaps and a pistol on his hip. If you're a cowboy fan and love the old west - bingo. You just hit the jackpot. We were intoduced to our horses, Marshmallow and Friendly, received a briefing and mounted up. LONG PANTS & CLOSED TOED SHOES are a must. The trails looked easy - but I would not want to walk them. No problem for the horses, though. Luke was extrmely knowledgeable about the the habitat and history of the area. I beleive Pam knew the ranch as well, but Luke did most of the ride. The scenery was incredible. Just sitting on the horse and looking out at an endless view. Spectacular.
Go do this. Take your family, your friends or just your special one and enjoy an experience that you will talk about for a long, long time. And a special shout out to the owner, Jim. It's obvious in this family owned business, great service starts at the top.
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