SPRUCEDALE RANCH

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SPRUCEDALE RANCH

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GENERAL

A 6-day stay is customary to take advantage of all the activities during our peak summer season. However, if you can’t join us for a full week of fun during our peak summer season, we do offer a 3-day minimum stay, with NO overnight stays Saturday night to Sunday morning.
During our off-peak season, we do offer a 2-day minimum stay, and weekend stays.

Sprucedale Ranch has been family owned and operated since 1941. We encourage, and welcome, your family to come build memories with us!

Children are our future, but we understand that you may not always want to vacation with them. Please contact us and we can help figure out what dates might be best for you to visit us if you are looking for a “kid-free” week.

Yes, we need to have a completed and signed waiver for each person visiting or staying on the property – even if you do not ride our horses.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISKS, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY, AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

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There are significant elements of risk in any adventure, sport, or activity associated with saddle animals, including, but not limited to horses, mules, and burros (referred to herein as “Activity”), at,or in conjunction with, Sprucedale Guest Ranch (referred to herein as “Ranch”), located at 1228 Wiltbank Road, Alpine, Arizona 85920 (referred to herein as “Premises”), and use of the Premises, equipment, facilities, services, and/or horses and other equine of the Ranch.

Acknowledgment of Risks: I realize that there is an inherent danger in the use of any saddle animal and that travel with or upon a saddle animal may involve hazards including, but not limited to, uneven or unstable ground or road surfaces, trees, branches, rocks, stones, gravel, mud, water, and/or objects on the ground or roadway; that weather can create slippery conditions associated with fog drip, rain, sleet, ice and snow; that motor vehicles, other horses and riders, equipment failure, my ability to control or direct an animal, and the speed at which I proceed,can pose a dangerous risk to my safety; that movement, noise, and contact with objects may frighten or cause an animal to move unpredictably and with force; that I may suffer accidents or illnesses in remote places where there are no available medical facilities; and that no warranty of any kind, express or implied, is being made as to the habits, disposition, suitability, nature, or physical condition of any animal. I realize that personal property may be lost or damaged, that certain foreseeable and unforeseeable events can contribute to the unpredictability of the risks, dangers, and hazards of the activity; that wearing a helmet is a basic precaution; and that I should ask about other potential risks, dangers and hazards, and recommended precautions and procedures.I recognize that the risks of harm from using the Premises, equipment, facilities, services, horses and/or other equine of the Ranch, include, but are not limited to, being injured by a horse, whether riding or otherwise, being injured as a result of faulty gear, saddlery, tack or other equipment, being injured by animals, wildlife, reptiles or insects located on or around the Premises, being injured by any natural or unnatural, obvious or hidden, hazards located on or around the Premises, including, without limitation, cliffs, rocks, holes, fences, machinery, stumps, logs, ditches, debris, roads, washes, trails, rugged terrain, being injured by the forces of nature, and being injured by any negligent acts or omissions of any person, including any guest, invitee, volunteer, customer, owner, officer, agent or employee of the Ranch, whether or not in combination with any of the above enumerated risks. I also acknowledge that there may be other risks not known to me or that are not reasonably foreseeable at this time.

Express Assumption of Risk and Responsibility: In recognition of the inherent risks of the activity, which I, and any minor children for which I am responsible, will engage in, including use of the Premises, equipment, facilities, services, and/or approaching, handling, mounting, riding, and dismounting a saddle animal, I confirm that I am (we are) physically and mentally capable of participating in any activity and using any equipment, facilities, or services on or around the Premises. I/We participate willingly and voluntarily and I assume full responsibility for personal injury, accidents or illness, including death. I assume all responsibility for damage to or loss of personal property as the result of any accident that may occur.

I assume the risk(s) of personal injury, accidents, and/or illness, including, but not limited to, sprains, torn muscles and/or ligaments, fractured or broken bones; eye damage; cuts, wounds, scrapes, abrasions, and/or contusions; dehydration, oxygen shortage (anoxia), exposure and/or altitude sickness; head, neck, and/or spinal injuries; animal bite or attack, insect bite; allergic reaction, shock, paralysis, and/or death; and acknowledge that if, during the activity, I/We experience fatigue, chill, and/or dizziness, my/our reaction time may be diminished, and the risk of an accident increased.

Covenant of Good Faith: I recognize that you, as provider of goods and/or services, will operate under a covenant of good faith and fair dealing, but that you may find it necessary to terminate an activity due to forces of nature, medical necessities or other problems; and/or refuse or terminate, the participation of any person you judge to be incapable of meeting the rigors or requirements of participating in the activity. I accept your right to take such actions for the safety of myself and/or other participants.

Authorization: I hereby authorize any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any injury while participating in the activity. I either have appropriate insurance or, in its absence, agree to pay all costs of rescue and/or medical services as may be incurred on my/our behalf.

Releases: In consideration of services or property provided, I, for myself and any minor children for which I am parent, legal guardian, or otherwise responsible; any heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, do hereby release SPRUCEDALE GUEST RANCH;RUNNING W, LLC; WILTBANK RANCH, LLC; WILTBANK STABLES, LLC; WILTBANK INVESTMENTS, LLC; AND Y6 RANCH LLC,its principals, directors, officers, agents, employees, and volunteers, and each and every land owner, municipal and/or governmental agency upon whose property an activity is conducted,from all liability and waive any claim for damage arising from any cause whatsoever, (except that which is the result of gross negligence).See Arizona Revised Statutes Section 12-553I have read the foregoing acknowledgement of risk, assumption of risk and responsibility, and release of liability. I understand that by signing the document I may be waiving valuable legal rights.

We do not have Wi-Fi available for guests. However, some cell phone carriers may get enough service for you to receive some calls, texts and emails in a limited area of the main lodge.

There is no cell phone service available throughout the ranch. However, some cell phone carriers may get enough service for you to receive some calls, texts and emails in a limited area of the main lodge. The closest 4G service is 45 minutes from the ranch, in the town of Alpine.

Yes, we have an internet and cell phone, but occasionally experience intermittent service due to weather or other service conditions.

Our phone number is: 928-333-4984 (Typically phones may be answered during the hours of 7:00 AM- 2:00 PM and intermittently throughout the evening). Due to limited phone service sometime email us is better. Our email is: sprucedale@SprucedaleRanch.com If they are unable to reach the ranch, please have them call the Apache County Sheriff at 928-337-4321.

Please contact us prior to arrival to see if we can help you coordinate hiring an outside babysitter. Sprucedale Ranch does not provide childcare. Any expenses related to hiring an outside babysitter are the guest’s responsibility.

For the safety of your pet, our ranch animals, and other guests, we strongly encourage you to leave your pet at home. For service animals, please contact us prior to your arrival.

As our dad always said “only a new comer or a damn fool would predict the weather in Arizona.” We can’t guarantee the weather, but we can guarantee a variety of activities, rain or shine. During the summer months, our days are typically warm. According to the National Forest Service, our area has an average of 76 degrees in the summer months. Our evenings are cooler and may require a light jacket. Fall brings cooler weather, with the chance of an early morning freeze, or a surprise snow storm that will melt off by mid-day. It’s always a good idea to bring your rain gear, no matter what time of year you visit the ranch.

There is a good chance you may see elk, deer, antelope, or long horn sheep during your stay. Horses, cattle, and pigs may also be seen wandering about the beautiful pastures of Sprucedale Ranch.

Base stay rates include lodging, meals, and ranch activities. Horseback rides, extended horseback rides, lessons, and clinics are an extra charge. State and local taxes are also extra. Gratuities are not included in base stay rates.

Gratuities are not included in the base stay rates. A gratuity of 15-20% of your total bill is customary and appreciated. You are welcome to add gratuities for the ranch staff to your final bill. Tipping individuals is not necessary. If you have questions about gratuities, please ask us!

LODGING & FOOD

We may be able to cater to vegetarians, low carb, and gluten free for an additional fee. Please contact us at least one month prior to your arrival. Unfortunately, our cabins do not have kitchens or refrigerators, and our ranch refrigerators have limited space. Please plan accordingly by bringing an ice chest and ice for any food and beverages you bring with you.

All meals will be served at the main lodge where you can sit and eat together, family-style. Our food is made fresh from scratch and served hot! Meals are served with fresh salads, fresh fruits, homemade breads, and delicious desserts. For medical allergies, vegetarian, or gluten options, please contact us at least one month prior to your arrival.

No. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages. We encourage you to drink responsibly. Please plan accordingly by bringing an ice chest and ice for any food and beverages you bring with you.

No. Unfortunately, we do not sell ice, beverages, or snacks, and we do not have extra ice. You are welcome to bring additional food and beverages to enjoy. Please plan accordingly by bringing an ice chest and ice for any food and beverages you bring with you.

We have a generator that runs in the morning for a couple of hours and again in the evening, until lights out for the night. Please contact us at least one month prior to your arrival if you have a special request to support a medical device, like a CPAP.

We do have one handicap friendly cabin. Please contact us for more information or reservations for this cabin.

No. Each cabin is free standing with plenty of space between cabins.

No. Unfortunately, we do not have extra refrigerator space in our kitchen and we do not sell ice. Please plan accordingly by bringing an ice chest and ice for any food and beverages you bring with you.

Yes. Our water source is natural spring water that is tested for purity.

We encourage you to being bottled water if you would like to pack it on your ride.

Please contact us at least one month prior to your arrival. We have a small generator that can be placed by your cabin.

No. There are no laundry facilities or room service available at the ranch.

No. All of our cabins and buildings are smoke-free and vape-free.

You are welcome to check in AFTER 2:00pm on the day of your arrival. We typically serve dinner at 7:00pm and encourage you to arrive and get settled in before dinner. Check-out is 10:00am on the day of your departure. Please contact us prior to your arrival if you have any questions or special requests.

RANCH RIDING PROGRAM & ACTIVITIES

Yes. Each guest is carefully matched with a specific horse for the duration of their stay, based on their experience, height, weight, and riding ability.

No. Unfortunately, our insurance does not allow riding double.

Depending on what time of year your reservation is scheduled, you may come across cows on your ride that need to be moved. If you are interested in moving cows, please check out our Cattle Roundup.

We do offer advanced rides at a faster pace, where you may be able to lope or canter. Riders 13 years and older may qualify for our advanced rides. Our younger riders are encouraged to participate in our gymkhana rodeo practice. Advanced rides and gymkhana rodeo practice may be subject to change depending on availability or weather conditions.

We offer cow milking, colt leading, fishing, cornhole, basketball, volleyball, hayrides, western line dancing, bonfires, and a variety of indoor and outdoor games. Activities may be subject to change depending on availability or weather conditions.

PACKING

You should plan to bring jeans or long pants, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, outerwear, rain gear, shorts, swimsuit, and riding boots or closed toe shoes. Layers and sun protection are suggested. We encourage you to check the weather prior to your arrival and plan accordingly. Our gift shop has t-shirts, hoodies and hats available for purchase.

TRAVEL

Albuquerque is the closest, but Phoenix usually has more flights.

It is typically 5 hours driving time with no stops.

No. We do not have fuel available for purchase. We encourage you to fuel up in Show Low or Alpine.

No. We do not provide any type of transportation to the ranch.

FULL RANCH EXPERIENCE

A 6-day stay is customary to get the full Sprucedale Ranch experience, and take advantage of all the activities and fun offered during our peak summer season. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. All meals will be served at the main lodge where you can sit and eat together, family-style. Our food is made fresh from scratch and served hot! Meals are served with fresh salads, homemade breads, and delicious desserts. For medical allergies, vegetarian, or gluten options, please contact us at least one month prior to your arrival.

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Typically each day, we offer a morning horseback ride for all of our riders, an afternoon ride for our advanced riders, and afternoon gymkhana rodeo for younger riders, except on Thursday when we offer an “all-day” ride down to the Black River to enjoy a packed lunch and swimming, before we ride back. Our advanced rides may be at a faster pace, where you may be able to lope or canter. Riders 13 years and older may qualify for our advanced rides. Our younger riders are encouraged to participate in our afternoon gymkhana rodeo. All riders mush be at least 6 years old. Horseback rides, advanced rides, and gymkhana rodeo may be subject to change depending on availability or weather conditions. Horseback rides and advanced rides are an additional charge and not included in the base stay rate. There is no additional charge for gymkhana rodeo for our younger riders.

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We offer cow milking, colt leading, gymkhana rodeo, fishing, cornhole, basketball, volleyball, hayrides, western line dancing, bonfires, and a variety of indoor and outdoor games. Activities may be subject to change depending on availability or weather conditions.

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SPRING/FALL HORSE DRIVE

We may camp 1-2 nights during the spring horse drive. We do not camp on the fall horse drive. This may be subject to change depending on availability or weather conditions.

You need to be an intermediate rider that has ridden at least 40 hours and be physically fit and in good health.

Spring can get a little warm and Fall a little cold. There is a chance of rain or a random snowstorm. Layers, outerwear, and sun protection are suggested. We encourage you to check the weather prior to your arrival and plan accordingly. Our gift shop has t-shirts, hoodies and hats available for purchase.

No. You are welcome to ride all of the days or just a few. The Horse Drive rate includes all rides and there is no discount if you choose not to ride all of the days.

CATTLE ROUND UP

We do not camp on the cattle round up.

You need to be an intermediate rider that has ridden at least 40 hours and be physically fit and in good health.

Fall can be a little cold. There is a chance of rain and/or snow. Layers, outerwear, and sun protection are suggested. We encourage you to check the weather prior to your arrival and plan accordingly. Our gift shop has t-shirts, hoodies and hats available for purchase.

No. You are welcome to ride all of the days or just a few. The Cattle Round Up rate includes all rides and there is no discount if you choose not to ride all of the days.

Typically, we ride twice a day. The length of our rides can vary depending on where we go looking for cows.

We may walk, trot, lope or canter while looking for cows.

ADVENTURE WEEK

No. We do not camp on the adventure week. Accommodations will be our cabins at the ranch.

Each ride is 8-12 miles. We will depart for our rides in the morning, eat a packed lunch on the trail, and return to the ranch in afternoon.

We have a variety of beautiful destination rides and will either ride from the ranch or trailer to a location. This may be subject to change depending on availability or weather conditions.

You need to be an intermediate rider that has ridden at least 40 hours and be physically fit and in good health.

EPIC RIDE

We camp 6-8 times depending on weather or route we take.

Typically, there are hotel or Airbnb accommodations along the way that may have laundry facilities available for your use. You may want to plan accordingly by bringing quarters, and laundry detergent.

15 – 30 miles a day and we do not ride on Sundays.

This will be a once in a lifetime adventure; however, it needs to be stated that this will be an extended advanced ride that will require stamina, strength, and love for the trail. Casual riders need not to apply.

We can offer a 1-week option, please contact us for details and availability.

Breakfast and dinner will be hearty home cooked meals with a delicious dessert. A sack lunch, snacks, and water will be provided for the trail.

Transportation to your Phoenix area hotel or Sky Harbor airport will be provided.

Hotel, Airbnb, and camping accommodations during the Epic Ride are included and you may share a room or tent with other riders of the same sex.

FALL AT THE RANCH

No. Not all activities are available during the fall due to staffing and weather conditions. However, please ask if there is activity you would like to participate in, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Due to the limited activities, fall prices are discounted from our normal rate.

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Sandee S

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"How do you write a recommendation for a place that is too amazing for words?! Sprucedale is a hidden gem. First time I went was in 1994, as a 19 year old. Then again in 1995. Twenty-five years later, I was finally able to visit again but this time with my husband and 2 daughters. It was every bit as magical as I remembered. We are NOT horseback riders at all! The wranglers were all fantastic making sure we were paired up with horses that were the right temperament for us. None of us ever felt unsafe. Three meals a day that put my cooking to shame. And so much of it! And even during all of this COVID craziness, the kitchen staff was so on top of things; masks, gloves, guests keeping distance from the food line where we were served, hand sanitizer & hand washing stations. They were all very prepared. The cabins are rustic, but quite warm & cozy. Beds & bedding are great. The view outside our cabin across the meadow was majestic. Horses, cows, SO MANY hummingbirds (seriously, we had about 25 of them at 1 feeder hanging on our front porch!! ��)
You know it’s a great vacation when your whole family is already talking about “next time,” before you’ve even finished “this time!” Do yourself a favor... Just go!!"

Amy T

Google Review

"Sprucedale is Heaven on Earth! The staff takes such good care of their guests and treats them like family. Riders of all ability levels have an opportunity to learn and grow. This is a good, clean family vacation opportunity that all ages will LOVE! We can't wait to return next year."

Evan R.

TripAdvisor Review

"I used to visit Sprucedale yearly when I was a kid. I have been twice in the last three years, and it is even better now than I remember. This year I got several species of trout and saw a herd of over 100 elk just minutes from my cabin. So much to do and such incredible scenery to take in that you hardly notice the fact that you are unplugged from the rest of the world. The staff is so nice and helpful and the food gets better every year."

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Sandee S.

Facebook Review

"How do you write a recommendation for a place that is too amazing for words?! Sprucedale is a hidden gem. First time I went was in 1994, as a 19 year old. Then again in 1995. Twenty-five years later, I was finally able to visit again but this time with my husband and 2 daughters. It was every bit as magical as I remembered. We are NOT horseback riders at all! The wranglers were all fantastic making sure we were paired up with horses that were the right temperament for us. None of us ever felt unsafe. Three meals a day that put my cooking to shame. And so much of it! And even during all of this COVID craziness, the kitchen staff was so on top of things; masks, gloves, guests keeping distance from the food line where we were served, hand sanitizer & hand washing stations. They were all very prepared. The cabins are rustic, but quite warm & cozy. Beds & bedding are great. The view outside our cabin across the meadow was majestic. Horses, cows, SO MANY hummingbirds (seriously, we had about 25 of them at 1 feeder hanging on our front porch!! ��)
You know it’s a great vacation when your whole family is already talking about “next time,” before you’ve even finished “this time!” Do yourself a favor... Just go!!"

Amy T.

Google Review

"Sprucedale is Heaven on Earth! The staff takes such good care of their guests and treats them like family. Riders of all ability levels have an opportunity to learn and grow. This is a good, clean family vacation opportunity that all ages will LOVE! We can't wait to return next year."

Evan R.

TripAdvisor

“I used to visit Sprucedale yearly when I was a kid. I have been twice in the last three years, and it is even better now than I remember. This year I got several species of trout and saw a herd of over 100 elk just minutes from my cabin. So much to do and such incredible scenery to take in that you hardly notice the fact that you are unplugged from the rest of the world. The staff is so nice and helpful and the food gets better every year. If you are looking for a vacation for you and your kids, this is the place.”

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1228 Wiltbank Road
(Forest Service 565)
Alpine, AZ 85920
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Eagar, AZ 85925

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