How about treating yourself to the ultimate Grand Canyon experience this summer with an overnight cowboy camp-out in the hills surrounding this amazing American natural wonder.
The adventure is exclusively available at the Grand Canyon Ranch Resort, the only working guest ranch situated on the West Rim of the Canyon, located two hours’ drive from Las Vegas.
At the ranch you’ll live the life of a real cowboy or cowgirl. During your first day optional activities include a visit to the ranch’s growing wild bison herd – the 164 square-mile Grand Canyon Ranch is playing its own role in efforts to preserve this unique North American mammal – or try your hand shooting a Colt 45.
You’ll also enjoy a distinctly modern twist, flying below the rim of the Canyon in a Heli USA Airways luxury Agusta Westland helicopter with panoramic views of this iconic landmark. After an evening of western entertainment and traditional cowboy cuisine, you’ll retire to an authentic Western-style log cabin.
The following morning help saddle up your Western Quarter Horse as you prepare to head for the hills. The adventure begins with a ride through the Joshua Tree-lined Mormon Trail, to the Iron Basin known as the Music Mountains of Arizona. With spectacular panoramic views of Spirit Mountain, the vastness of the open range can really be appreciated from high in the saddle.
At sunset, you’ll reach Turner Camp and can relax around the campfire with a cold drink whilst a traditional camp dinner is rustled up by the camp hosts. With no light pollution, the Arizona stars can be seen at their absolute best. Spend an evening reliving the stories of the Wild West, enjoy cowboy poetry, music and making new friends, then fall asleep to the peace of the desert. In the morning you’ll head back to the ranch for a hearty breakfast.
This experience is suitable for riders of all levels and for children aged 9 years and over. Prices start from £485 and £325 per child. Locally-payable fees of US$15 per person apply.
For more information on the Grand Canyon Ranch Resort see http://www.grandcanyonranch.com.
UK tour operators selling the Grand Canyon Ranch Resort include: All Of America, Complete North America, Gold Medal, Jetset, Kuoni Travel, North America Travel Service, Premier Travel, STA Travel, Stella Travel Group, Thomas Cook, Hayes and Jarvis, Titan Travel, Infinity Holidays, Scenic Tours, Trailfinders, US Airtours and Virgin Holidays.