Dude Ranches in Marana, AZ

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

Springtime in the desert
Springtime in the desert

Throughout the years, dude ranches have been an integral part of Arizona history. Silver Screen stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Paul Newman utilized these ranches as a tool to learn their parts. Not that it was all work. Even then, dude ranches were a great place to kick back and relax.’

While some of the original ranches remain, others have altered their services to keep up with the times.  For instance, the Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch first welcomed guests in 1940 and also served as a backdrop for the movies. Now it hosts weddings, corporate events, family reunions and other events throughout the year.

At the base of the Tucson Mountains with a view of Safford Peak, Mira Vista has been around since the 1930’s. Boasting Modern-Pueblo- influenced rustic architecture, it caters to the “clothing optional” crowd. Amenities include pool, exercise room, games room, pickle ball and a bar and dining room which may be used for special events. Condos are available for extra privacy in a desert setting.

If you want to hold an event at a working ranch, Cocoraque Ranch may be just what you’re looking for. Go on a trail ride, cattle drive or jeep tour. The dance area features a bar fashioned after a Dodge City saloon. Picnic tables and a dining pavilion plus stage offer a casual setting for all kinds of events. You can even bring in your own caterer. There are no overnight facilities, but for a day trip, this is a beautiful setting not to be missed.

Finally, for a classic dude ranch experience visit the White Stallion Ranch. Built in 1936, the building has been renovated, but still maintains the feel of an old West dude ranch. Antique stables greet you upon entering the property. The original dining lodge lets guests enjoy communal meals in a Western setting. Outdoor barbeques are featured as well. Amenities include a pool, tennis court, spa, fitness center and even a movie theater. It’s the perfect combination of authenticity and comfort.

Whatever dude ranch experience suits your fancy; Marana is the place to go!!


Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with Long Realty, a Berkshire-Hathaway Affiliate and Southern Arizona’s largest Brokerage. Since 2008, they have been ranked in the top 5% to 8% of all U.S. REALTORS®. Send Rob and Catherine an email for a fast response to your questions; for an even faster response, Call (520) 407-8667

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