Riders Have Fun Viewing the Tucson Mountains from the Western Side!

Left to right: Cindy Valancius, Debbie Trapp, Melissa Keiper, Anna Stephano, Leta Jacquet, Lynn Rabe, Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

A total of 14 riders enjoyed riding on the property of the White Stallion Dude Ranch with the Tucson Mountain Stable on Oct. 14. This ride winds through the desert and offers some nice views of the Tucson Mountains together with views of the Catalinas and Tortolitas in the distance. The Tucson Mountains, as seen from this ranch, were the subject of a painting by local Saddlebrooke Ranch artist Doug Miller called “Sombrero Hill.”

On Nov. 11, the group rode at Donnelly’s D-Spur stable in Gold Canyon, east of Apache Junction. There are nice views of the Superstition Mountains and Phoenix to the west. This location is a favorite with the group.

A December ride is planned for Saturday morning, Dec. 9, at Saguaro Stables. This 90-minute ride will be through the Saguaro East National Park. The group hopes to do a sunset ride in Saguaro East National Park in the spring.

If you would like to participate, you can go to the Saddlebrooke Ranch HOA website, click on “Things to do,” “Clubs,” “Horseback Riding,”  and then on the link you will see there. Details on rides will be posted there under “News.” To sign up, select “Contact Us” in the lower left and enter the information requested, including your preference of time. This will alert the secretary, who will then get in touch with you to finalize your reservation. Note that some time slots may have already been filled. Payment is made directly to the stable on the day of the ride. All trail rides are at a walk, just to enjoy the scenery.