These are all activities designed to bring families together—no surprise, as the ranch itself has been family-owned and family-operated since its opening in 1948. In fact, a familial atmosphere permeates the entire Rancho de los Caballeros experience. “Although we offer many of the amenities a resort does, we tend to be more casual and focus a lot more on one-to-one service,” Pereira says. At this ranch, he emphasizes, “You will be treated like a member of the family.”
resort on the range Rancho de los Caballeros’ activities aim to give guests an authentic cowboy experience. Its accommodations, however, are a far cry from anything the original settlers of the Wild West had—and that’s a great thing for clients looking to relax in comfort and even luxury.
“Our ranch offers many of the same amenities found at a typical resort,” Pereira explains. “All of our rooms have cable TV, WiFi, coffee makers, iron and ironing board and more. Our standard rooms are a little over 300 sq. ft. and the Maricopa Suites are over 750 sq. ft.”
Within the ranch’s 79 casitas, clients will find amenities like full kitchenettes, fireplaces, private sun patios and jet tubs. The newly renovated Maricopa Suites, with a location central to the main lodge, offer king bedrooms, separate living areas with game tables and flat-screen TVs, and furnishings, including comfortable oversized leather sofas. No matter where clients stay, they’ll go to sleep at night in an atmosphere of traditional Americana, with decor consisting of historic handcrafted furnishings, fabrics and artifacts like hammered tin and ornately carved wood.
Dining at the resort also blends southwestern charm with upscale service. Breakfast features homemade biscuits; lunch buffets are available poolside; and everything is designed to provide the fuel for a long, fun and active day in the great outdoors. Dinner is a more elegant affair with a menu that changes daily—expect delicacies like quail breast alongside traditional Sonoran dishes straight from a chef native to the area.
Plus, Pereira says, a stay at Rancho de los Caballeros “…is very affordable for most families. The reason for this is because [we] offer a full American plan, which means that all meals are included in the package rate.” In addition, he continues, “We offer a Ranch Experience package that includes all meals and a choice of activity each day of the stay. This means that one day the guest could go horseback riding, and the next play golf, and the next day enjoy a spa treatment.” The 3-night Ranch Experience package starts at $1,572 dbl with a minimum 3-night stay.
for cowgirls, too That’s right—it’s not all about the kids at Rancho de los Caballeros. The Spa at Los Caballeros offers a full array of services designed to soothe away any aches and pains related to the day’s riding, hiking or golfing adventures. Many treatments take their inspiration from nature, even using ingredients grown right on the ranch. The Desert Ritual Body Exfoliation is based on nomadic tribes’ rituals of body cleansing and purification, while the Purification Ritual, the spa’s signature treatment combining a body mask and a wrap, was inspired by indigenous healing ceremonies.
Rancho de los Caballeros caters to cowgirls as well as cowboys with packages designed for women, including Giddy-Up Gals!, a girls’ getaway package including horseback riding lessons, unlimited trail rides, nature hikes and team penning; and Divot Divas Diversion designed for golfers, including unlimited golf, a 3-hour group lesson and the opportunity to play at least nine holes with the club’s golf pro. The 2-night Giddy-Up Gals! package starts at $1,200 dbl; Divot Divas Diversion starts at $1,196 dbl with a minimum 2-night stay.
Regular room rates at Rancho de los Caballeros start at $405
per room per night dbl, and children ages 4 and under stay free in a room with an adult. The ranch closes for the summer but will reopen Oct. 8.