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A Dude Ranch Specializing in Authentic Western Hospitality

Our Arizona Guest Ranch History

Back in 1946, Lee Eyerly from Salem, Oregon purchased 3000 acres and established the original Flying E Ranch. Lee and his crew built the original lodge, eight guest ranch rooms, the picturesque “Oregon”-style barn, and a 3200-foot airstrip.
Mr. Eyerly fashioned the Flying E brand with its distinctive wings to reflect his surname and his love for flying. The certified brand is still owned and used by the ranch today.

Why Choose Us

If you and your loved ones enjoy the Great Sonoran Desert of Arizona you will absolutely be mesmerized by the Flying E Guest Ranch.
The Ranch is situated on 20,000 acres of pristine desert and is an actual working cattle ranch one hour from Sky Harbor Airport.
There is something for absolutely everyone to enjoy. If you have a love for the outdoors, this is your place.

We offer horseback riding, cattle drives, steak fry’s, arena work and almost everything else imaginable that is connected to the heritage of our great state.
We do however embrace the fact that many people do not enjoy the horse/human experience, therefore, we have created a series of world class 4x4 adventures that even allows our guests to drive and enjoy this experience for themselves.

We offer target shooting, skeet shooting, nature hikes, great biking trails as well as cook-outs under the stars in our Old West Town. In fact over the years our Team Building program and corporate events have been so well received that we’ve hosted well over half of the Fortune 500 companies. 

We are a family based operation that has been in business for over three decades and at the end of the day, we view people and their experience above all and anything else, because our moto has always been, without each other we are nothing.

Come see us, we won’t let you down!

Jim Brown


George and Vi Wellik first circled the ranch

in their private plane in April 1949. “Looks like a motel in the middle of the desert” was Vi’s remark.

Concluding their stay at the Camelback Inn in Phoenix, George and Vi flipped a coin to decide whether to go back and visit the Flying E or continue on to their original destination, the Flying W in Bandera, Texas. A flip of a coin completely changed the lives of the Bellflower, California residents. George and Vi landed their private plane at the E, thus beginning their ranch legacy.
While still occupying their residence in California and with George continuing to run his tire and land developing businesses, the Welliks became frequent visitors to the Flying E and by 1952 found themselves in full ownership of the Arizona guest ranch.

The Ranch Today

A few changes have occurred over the years. George donated land to the town, and Wellik Field, named in his memory, now serves as the municipal airport of Wickenburg. The original airstrip is now a beautiful grass horse pasture. Various land parcels were also donated by the Wellik family to Wickenburg for city parks, schools, and the development of residential and industrial parcels. The ranch still maintains 20,000 acres to ride and roam.

The guest ranch still proudly operates the cow/calf operation, raising a few of the offspring from the original Murray Grey cows that Vi started breeding on the ranch in the mid-1980s. They mix with our modern-day Angus, Hereford, and Barzona stock.

A rancher’s dream, a flip of a coin, and a “hotel in the desert,” all brought together what the Flying E Ranch still offers today: The way of the West for dudes and cowpokes alike to enjoy the serenity and tranquility of the peaceful ranch life.

Ready to visit? Check our room availability and plan your visit today!

Aviation played role in Flying E history


The Flying E Ranch came into being in 1946 when Lee Eyerly of Salem, Oregon, purchased a working ranch. Mr. Eyerly purchased the property for the sole purpose of having a place to retire in the winter, with no intention of building a guest ranch.

“Vic and Leta Kelly were working on our Oregon ranch,

and they persuaded me to establish a guest ranch, permitting them to operate it for me,” Mr. Eyerly explained.

“The fact that I had been in commercial aviation since 1920 may have had some influence toward the name,” says Mr. Eyerly. His interest in aviation began in 1903 when the Wright brothers made their first flight at Kitty Hawk.

This pursuit of aviation also resulted

in the construction of a landing strip at the Flying E Ranch, making it the first local ranch offering landing service to its flying guests. Today, this airport is open as a public accommodation to all who fly into Wickenburg.

Ranch Facts at a Glance

Here’s a quick look at all the important information about the Flying E Ranch. Be sure to click the links for more information.

Download a PDF of our ranch map to get the lay of the land.

Legendary ForFamilies, couples, singles, and reunions
Acres20,000 acres in high desert hills
Altitude2,400 feet on a scenic mesa
SeasonSeptember 15 to July 30. Summer rates available.
Capacity34 plus
Lodging23 rooms and 2 family houses. See our Room Details and Rates page for details, rates, and reservations
DressCasual and relaxed
FoodGreat home cooking served family-style. See our Dining page for details.
RidingTwice daily except Sunday. One ride on Sunday. See our Riding & Activities page for details. Day rides also available for non-guests.
PetsNo pets, please. We can refer you to kennels nearby.
RecreationHorseback riding, team penning, heated pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, tennis, basketball court, garden chess, checkers, game room, horseshoe pitch, hiking, and bird watching. See our Ranch Activities page for details.
AirportsPhoenix Sky Harbor and Wickenburg Airport Wellik Field. See our Getting to the Ranch page for details.

Getting to the Ranch

One of the best dude ranches in Arizona, the Flying E Ranch is located 5 miles west of downtown Wickenburg, Arizona, near the famous Vulture Peak rock formation and home of the historic Vulture Gold Mine.

You can fly into Phoenix, 60 miles from the Ranch, or Las Vegas, 231 miles. Private planes can also fly into Wickenburg Airport Wellik Field, which is only 10 minutes from the ranch. If you fly into Wickenburg, we’d be happy to pick you up. Just give us a call and let us know when to expect you.
Rental cars and private van and limo transportation are available at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

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