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MacDonald's Ranch

#4 of 28 Sights & Landmarks in Scottsdale Features Animals
26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343
+1 480-585-0239
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The employees are very friendly, but the ride itself gets boring without much direction from the "tour guide"

We went on a 90 minute ride through the desert. The employees who signed us in were very friendly... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kara C
Sunset Horseback Ride

Spent some time in Phx visiting friends and decided to go riding. Original idea was to do it during... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
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Your trip to the Valley of the Sun will be a memory you will never forget! Leave the city behind and enjoy the peaceful, scenic Sonoran Desert on one of our many horses. We are proud of our gentle and friendly herd! Call today to check availability!
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  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“petting zoo” (28 reviews)
“pony rides” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-9343
North Scottsdale
+1 480-585-0239

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a 90 minute ride through the desert. The employees who signed us in were very friendly, as were the horses. However, our tour got boring very fast, as the tour guide didn't bother to talk to us much, unless one of our...More

1  Thank Kara C
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Spent some time in Phx visiting friends and decided to go riding. Original idea was to do it during the day but when I called, they offered the option to do a sunset, which I was not aware of. Great suggestion. My guide was was...More

1  Thank BmoreWilliam
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We went with a group of business people from a conference. There was horseback riding and a stage coach ride for those who didn't want to ride. Afterward we had a "cook out". The food was very good. Everyone enjoyed the ride as well. I...More

1  Thank travelcat012
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We had a group of about 20 of us...some took the stagecoach...I called them the city slickers...the rest of us rode horses...we were the cowboys and cowgirls. We went about 6:00 PM and it was pleasant. Did not see to much wildlife a few birds...More

Thank Kurt V
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Our international group of 46 college alumni had a truly memorable evening at MacDonald's Ranch; our balladeer unexpectedly fell ill and wasn't able to come but Bryan and Caleb were quickly "roped in" and taught several of us how to throw a lasso. For some,...More

Thank ArizonanKiwi
Reviewed 4 May 2017

On our last afternoon in Arizona, we went to MacDonald's Ranch for a horseback ride that the children were dying to take. The ranch recommended getting there a half an hour ing advance to get gear and sign waivers. Since we still had time to...More

Thank Elyse L
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Horseback riding in the desert seems like such a natural fit! The ranch has tons of horses and does pre-arranged guided rides. They also do free pony rides for the little kids - the pony is a full sized horse! We had to wait about...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This is a family owned and operated ranch. They have a petting zoo so get there a bit early to see the animals. We did the Sunset trail ride. There were about 12 guests, with a lead guide and another guide who moved throughout the...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a nice scenic 1.5 hour ride through the desert on beautiful horses. The ranchers match our large group with the perfect horse for each one of us!

Thank Courtney I
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A local told us about this place, she said you can get pony rides for free just tip the guide. The place was a little run down but very western feel for the kiddos. They had a blast riding the pony and the petting zoo...More

Thank Jerry M
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Are you guys open Fridays for horseback riding? if you are from what time to what time?
28 July 2016|
Response from 327smarsh1 | Reviewed this property |
According to MacDonald's website, they are open on Fridays, but are on summer hours. According to their website, They are open 6:30 - 10:00 am and 5:30 - 7:30pm. and closed on Mondays. It is best to call them for... More