SPRUCEDALE RANCH

Guest Horseback Riding Program

SPRUCEDALE
RANCH

Guest Horseback
Riding Program

Guest Horseback Riding Program

Our comprehensive riding program is designed for the experienced rider, the “first-time” rider, and all riders in between. Please let us know about your riding experience and ambitions so we can best accommodate you during your stay. Each guest is carefully matched with a specific horse for the duration of their stay, based on their experience, height, weight and riding experience.
Our horseback rides are guided by wranglers for the safety of our riders and horses. Typically, there are two rides a day—morning and afternoon (link to full ranch experience schedule). During our peak season, we offer morning Trail, Teen, and Adult rides. Children 6 and older may participate in trail rides. A leaded pony may be available for short rides around the corral for children under the age of 6.

Trail Rides Gallery<br><br>

Trail Morning (6+) ride: The trail ride is a great place for children ages 6 to 12, and inexperienced riders to become better acquainted with your horse and the trails. Trail riders will receive training and tips to improve their confidence and riding skills.

Mountain-Trail-RIde

Adults Morning (18+): Adult riders will receive training and tips on the first day to improve their confidence and riding skills. Experienced riders enjoy these rides and we pride ourselves on helping beginners gain the skills necessary to participate in exploring our trails with a bit more freedom.

Morning-Horseback-Rides-2

Advancing Ride (13+): Our Advancing Ride is the perfect opportunity for riders who want to improve. On this ride, you will work on improving your control and communication, loping skills, or how to overcome challenges you may be having. The Advancing Ride will quickly increase your confidence and improve your riding experience. Riders 13 and older may qualify to go on this ride.

Advanced-Ride-1

Afternoon Advanced Ride (13+): This ride is by invitation only. During the week the wranglers will monitor the riding ability of the guests and decide who they feel is ready for challenging trails and loping. Riders 13 and older may qualify to go on this ride.

Gamr-Ride-1

Game ride (13+): Participate in the equestrian game ride that starts with a horseback ride to an outdoor arena where trotting and cantering games such as Sharks &amp; Minnows and Capture the Flag will be played while on horseback. This is a fun way to test out those newly learned horsemanship skills.

Best<br><br>Horseback Rides<br><br>

Teen Morning ride (13+): This ride is focused on riding games and challenges to improve your control and communication with your horse. Experienced riders love these rides and we pride ourselves on helping beginners gain the skills necessary to participate in the fun and games as well. Teenagers may participate in Trail or the Teen ride.

Pony-Rides-2

Pony Rides (5 and under): A leaded pony may be available for short rides around the corral for children under the age of 6. (The pony rides are free!) Children 6 and older may participate in trail rides.

Advanced Ride Gallery<br><br>

Loping Ride (13+): For those who like a little excitement, our Loping Ride is a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. The Loping Ride provides riders the opportunity to use their newly learned skills to lope on a horse. Prior to participating in the loping ride, riders must have participated in the advanced or advancing ride. Riders 13 and older may qualify to go on this ride.

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Afternoon Gymkhana Rodeo Practice: This is a great opportunity for riders of all ages, especially those 12 and under, to receive one-on-one training in a controlled environment. Yes, even those under 6 may participate! One rider at a time will practice pole bending and keyhole events at a speed comfortable for their riding ability. Basic riding skills are put to the test and improved in a fun and safe environment. As the week progresses and riding skills continue to improve through the various riding activities offered, riders are preparing to participate in the Friday rodeo. The Friday rodeo is for all riders 12 and under, while older riders can participate in the game ride that afternoon.

Advanced-Ride-2

Join us for a scenic picnic ride as we traverse a picturesque trail down Black River to our very own mountain swimming hole. This beautiful spot in the canyon is ideal for eating a picnic lunch, swimming, fishing, or just relaxing.

The above-mentioned equestrian activities are part of the Sprucedale Horseback Riding Program and are offered exclusively to Sprucedale guests.

Riders coming for only a single trail ride and who are not registered guests, will have an enjoyable ride but do not receive any additional horsemanship training or riding skills.

*ALL RIDES, GAMES, OR RODEO PRACTICE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Weekly Experience As the week progresses and you continue to improve your skills through rides and rodeo practice, you're preparing for the crowning, Friday riding events: the Sprucedale Rodeo, and the Game Ride! First comes the rodeo where guests challenge one another in timed events. The winners to be announced and awarded later that evening at the Rodeo Party. After the rodeo and lunch, all those, 6 and up, who wish to participate in equestrian games ride together to an outdoor arena where they play trotting and cantering games such as Sharks and Minnows and Capture the Flag! This is a great way to have fun, and enjoy the new horsemanship skills you've learned.

 Check out our Guest Riding Program HERE.

The minimum age to rise is 6 years old.

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, 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.

We would love to have you visit soon!

Guest Horseback Riding Program

Our comprehensive riding program is designed for the experienced rider, the “first-time” rider, and all riders in between. Please let us know about your riding experience and ambitions so we can best accommodate you during your stay. Each guest is carefully matched with a specific horse for the duration of their stay, based on their experience, height, weight and riding experience.
Our horseback rides are guided by wranglers for the safety of our riders and horses. Typically, there are two rides a day—morning and afternoon (link to full ranch experience schedule). During our peak season, we offer morning Trail, Teen, and Adult rides. Children 6 and older may participate in trail rides. A leaded pony may be available for short rides around the corral for children under the age of 6.

Trail Rides Gallery<br><br>

Trail Morning (6+) ride: The trail ride is a great place for children ages 6 to 12, and inexperienced riders to become better acquainted with your horse and the trails. Trail riders will receive training and tips to improve their confidence and riding skills.

Best<br><br>Horseback Rides<br><br>

Teen Morning ride (13+): This ride is focused on riding games and challenges to improve your control and communication with your horse. Experienced riders love these rides and we pride ourselves on helping beginners gain the skills necessary to participate in the fun and games as well. Teenagers may participate in Trail or the Teen ride.

Mountain-Trail-RIde

Adults Morning (18+): Adult riders will receive training and tips on the first day to improve their confidence and riding skills. Experienced riders enjoy these rides and we pride ourselves on helping beginners gain the skills necessary to participate in exploring our trails with a bit more freedom.

Pony-Rides-2

Pony Rides (5 and under): A leaded pony may be available for short rides around the corral for children under the age of 6. (The pony rides are free!) Children 6 and older may participate in trail rides.

Morning-Horseback-Rides-2

Advancing Ride (13+): Our Advancing Ride is the perfect opportunity for riders who want to improve. On this ride, you will work on improving your control and communication, loping skills, or how to overcome challenges you may be having. The Advancing Ride will quickly increase your confidence and improve your riding experience. Riders 13 and older may qualify to go on this ride.

Advanced Ride Gallery<br><br>

Loping Ride (13+): For those who like a little excitement, our Loping Ride is a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. The Loping Ride provides riders the opportunity to use their newly learned skills to lope on a horse. Prior to participating in the loping ride, riders must have participated in the advanced or advancing ride. Riders 13 and older may qualify to go on this ride.

Advanced-Ride-1

Afternoon Advanced Ride (13+): This ride is by invitation only. During the week the wranglers will monitor the riding ability of the guests and decide who they feel is ready for challenging trails and loping. Riders 13 and older may qualify to go on this ride.

Rodeo-Practice-2

Afternoon Gymkhana Rodeo Practice: This is a great opportunity for riders of all ages, especially those 12 and under, to receive one-on-one training in a controlled environment. Yes, even those under 6 may participate! One rider at a time will practice pole bending and keyhole events at a speed comfortable for their riding ability. Basic riding skills are put to the test and improved in a fun and safe environment. As the week progresses and riding skills continue to improve through the various riding activities offered, riders are preparing to participate in the Friday rodeo. The Friday rodeo is for all riders 12 and under, while older riders can participate in the game ride that afternoon.

Gamr-Ride-1

Game ride (13+): Participate in the equestrian game ride that starts with a horseback ride to an outdoor arena where trotting and cantering games such as Sharks &amp; Minnows and Capture the Flag will be played while on horseback. This is a fun way to test out those newly learned horsemanship skills.

Advanced-Ride-2

Join us for a scenic picnic ride as we traverse a picturesque trail down Black River to our very own mountain swimming hole. This beautiful spot in the canyon is ideal for eating a picnic lunch, swimming, fishing, or just relaxing.

The above-mentioned equestrian activities are part of the Sprucedale Horseback Riding Program and are offered exclusively to Sprucedale guests.

Riders coming for only a single trail ride and who are not registered guests, will have an enjoyable ride but do not receive any additional horsemanship training or riding skills.

*ALL RIDES, GAMES, OR RODEO PRACTICE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Weekly Experience As the week progresses and you continue to improve your skills through rides and rodeo practice, you're preparing for the crowning, Friday riding events: the Sprucedale Rodeo, and the Game Ride! First comes the rodeo where guests challenge one another in timed events. The winners to be announced and awarded later that evening at the Rodeo Party. After the rodeo and lunch, all those, 6 and up, who wish to participate in equestrian games ride together to an outdoor arena where they play trotting and cantering games such as Sharks and Minnows and Capture the Flag! This is a great way to have fun, and enjoy the new horsemanship skills you've learned.

 Check out our Guest Riding Program HERE.

The minimum age to rise is 6 years old.

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, 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.

We would love to have you visit soon!

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Lindsay S

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"After spending a week at Sprucedale Guest Ranch, I don’t even know where to begin to describe the magic of this place. This is a family run and owned ranch where their passion for family, people, horses and nature are ever present. As we drive away, we are already counting the days to our next visit in 2021. I’ve visited a few different ranches, and none take the time to educate the riders to become capable at the walk, trot and lope. Thank you Whitney! While there is not a formal kids program, Stephanie assured us that our kids would learn better without us around, and each day the kids went on the child ride, and we went on the adult rides. By the end of the week, my 6 year old was steering like a champ and loping without fear. I am so grateful for the compassion and patience Stephanie had to help my daughter gain confidence not only with the horses but also herself! Thank you Stephanie. All the wranglers are amazing riders and do a great job teaching and helping along the rides. When we weren’t riding, we were porch sitting, visiting with new friends, and exploring nature. Our kids played hard from morning to night. We didn’t need half the games/toys we brought. They collected blue
beetles, built them homes, held and released hummingbirds and all played hard and well together. Tiffany and Bryan, thank you for all the fun and games all week long! You two are an amazing team, and we are so grateful for the kindness you showed our family all week! Our cabin was appropriately rustic and comfortable. The generator run times were never an issue. We loved lighting the fire in the wood burning stove to warm up and roast s’mores. All of our meals were delicious and tasty, from fajitas to spaghetti, and family grown burgers, we were happy and full each meal. The amazing kitchen staff will even cook up the crawfish and trout that you catch from the creek or nearby Black River. We saw Elk and Bighorn Sheep. We saw our daughter dance with a boy for the first time. We are going home with more memories than we ever could have hoped for. If you’re on the fence, don’t be, this place is simply heaven on earth. Thank you to everyone at Sprucedale Guest Ranch. You’re Arizona’s best kept secret. See you next year!-"

Jacque W

Google Review

"Accommodations were cozy and comfortable. The cabin we stayed in had two queens and a twin, a dining table, wood stove, and full bath. The food was fantastic and the Wiltbank family and staff were friendly and hospitable. This is a great place to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Absolutely gorgeous place to bring the family."

Harte

TripAdvisor Review

"Sprucedale is a family owned and operated guest ranch in/near Alpine, AZ (white mountains). It is an approximate 5 hour drive from PHX airport and 3 hours from Albuquerque. The ranch has historical guest cabins that range in size from 1/2 guests to family size. It is rustic, meals are served family style. Horse options are wide open dependent on experience. Billy, Bob, his family and the wranglers are wonderful and very welcoming to guests. We had such a great time last year, we went again this year. We are also planning on returning next August. Note - this is a very rustic ranch - virtually no cell phone service and no internet. You are a good 45 minutes from the nearest town. If you want to get away from it all, have a great family experience and a down to earth experience - this is the place. If ou've never been to this area of AZ, be aware that it is about 5-7K elevation, with tons of pine trees - cows, elk and other wildlife. It is not the desert you may think of when you think of AZ."

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Lindsay S.

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"After spending a week at Sprucedale Guest Ranch, I don’t even know where to begin to describe the magic of this place. This is a family run and owned ranch where their passion for family, people, horses and nature are ever present. As we drive away, we are already counting the days to our next visit in 2021. I’ve visited a few different ranches, and none take the time to educate the riders to become capable at the walk, trot and lope. Thank you Whitney! While there is not a formal kids program, Stephanie assured us that our kids would learn better without us around, and each day the kids went on the child ride, and we went on the adult rides. By the end of the week, my 6 year old was steering like a champ and loping without fear. I am so grateful for the compassion and patience Stephanie had to help my daughter gain confidence not only with the horses but also herself! Thank you Stephanie. All the wranglers are amazing riders and do a great job teaching and helping along the rides. When we weren’t riding, we were porch sitting, visiting with new friends, and exploring nature. Our kids played hard from morning to night. We didn’t need half the games/toys we brought. They collected blue
beetles, built them homes, held and released hummingbirds and all played hard and well together. Tiffany and Bryan, thank you for all the fun and games all week long! You two are an amazing team, and we are so grateful for the kindness you showed our family all week! Our cabin was appropriately rustic and comfortable. The generator run times were never an issue. We loved lighting the fire in the wood burning stove to warm up and roast s’mores. All of our meals were delicious and tasty, from fajitas to spaghetti, and family grown burgers, we were happy and full each meal. The amazing kitchen staff will even cook up the crawfish and trout that you catch from the creek or nearby Black River. We saw Elk and Bighorn Sheep. We saw our daughter dance with a boy for the first time. We are going home with more memories than we ever could have hoped for. If you’re on the fence, don’t be, this place is simply heaven on earth. Thank you to everyone at Sprucedale Guest Ranch. You’re Arizona’s best kept secret. See you next year!-"

Jaque W.

Google Review

"Accommodations were cozy and comfortable. The cabin we stayed in had two queens and a twin, a dining table, wood stove, and full bath. The food was fantastic and the Wiltbank family and staff were friendly and hospitable. This is a great place to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Absolutely gorgeous place to bring the family."

Harte

TripAdvisor Review

"Sprucedale is a family owned and operated guest ranch in/near Alpine, AZ (white mountains). It is an approximate 5 hour drive from PHX airport and 3 hours from Albuquerque. The ranch has historical guest cabins that range in size from 1/2 guests to family size. It is rustic, meals are served family style. Horse options are wide open dependent on experience. Billy, Bob, his family and the wranglers are wonderful and very welcoming to guests. We had such a great time last year, we went again this year. We are also planning on returning next August. Note - this is a very rustic ranch - virtually no cell phone service and no internet. You are a good 45 minutes from the nearest town. If you want to get away from it all, have a great family experience and a down to earth experience - this is the place. If ou've never been to this area of AZ, be aware that it is about 5-7K elevation, with tons of pine trees - cows, elk and other wildlife. It is not the desert you may think of when you think of AZ."

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(Forest Service 565)
Alpine, AZ 85920
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Eagar, AZ 85925

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