Participate in Horseback Riding and Other Ranch Activities

Ranch Activities

The Flying E is one of the best dude ranches for families, and there is no shortage of activities at the Flying E Ranch to keep guests of any age entertained for hours. One of our guests’ favorites is our large heated swimming pool, which is open all season. Take a swim, relax in the attached Jacuzzi, or just lounge and enjoy the sunshine and the quiet surroundings.

Here are some of the other activities and entertainments that keep our guests busy when they’re not riding horses:

  • Team Horse Penning
  • Corn Hole 
  • Tennis Court
  • Basketball Court
  • Coming Soon a New Shooting Range
  • Target Shooting
  • Skeet shooting
  • Horseshoe Pitch
  • Giant Chess
  • Giant Checkers
  • Game Room
  • Shuffleboard
  • Table Tennis
  • Foosball
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Saloon
  • Masseuse On-Call
  • Bird Watching
  • Guided Nature Hikes
  • Dark Sky Star Gazing
  • Native American Petroglyph Hike
  • Seasonal Cattle Drives
  • Jeep Tours
  • Mining Museum Tour
  • Road Trips
  • Side by Side Adventures

There’s so much for guests of any age to do at the Flying E Ranch, making us easily one of the West’s best dude ranches for families. Check our room availability and plan your visit today!


Day Rides

The Flying E Ranch offers day rides twice a day to the public from October 1 to April 30 with no overnight stay required. Starting May 1, we offer a morning ride only to beat the heat. Come and enjoy some of the best horseback riding in the area with our professional wranglers, who will guide you on one of the numerous trails winding through 20,000 acres of our historic, authentic cattle ranch.

The Sonoran Desert is unique, with more than 2000 plant species that not only survive but thrive in this environment. This desert is the only place in the world you will see the famous saguaro cactus.

In the photo, our wranglers show off our famous and rare crested saguaro. All of our expert and friendly wranglers are anxious to share their knowledge with you about the beautiful flora and wildlife that inhabit this breathtaking landscape.

Come ride with us! Book now for your Western adventure.


Prices are per person. Each ride is 2 hours.
One Ride – $75
Guests who exceed 250 pounds may have riding limitations.

Book Now At (928) 684-2690


We require horseback riders to wear long jeans/denim pants or riding pants (no shorts), high-top boots with a heel (we have cowboy boots in all sizes to lend at no charge), a hat with a rim and stampede strings (we also have hats with strings to lend at no charge). Baseball caps may be worn only if you have a string to attach the cap to the rider. Riding gloves are optional. If you prefer a helmet, you will need to bring your own. We do not supply riding helmets.

Pantyhose, tights, long johns, or bike shorts under your jeans will help prevent chafing while racking up those miles in the saddle, and long socks are best for your feet while wearing boots. Remember that we are in the Sun Belt, so bring sunscreen (don’t forget to do the top of your hands!), sunglasses, a scarf, or bandanna.

Road Trips

Even the best dude ranch vacations can be made better with a trip through the scenic Southwest. Most folks find they prefer being involved in the many activities here at the ranch, but you may also enjoy visiting other scenic and historic sites in the area. Here are some ideas for road trips, both short and long.


Our local town of Wickenburg, just 5 miles away, is full of fun and interesting things to see and do. Shop in many diverse stores or browse through our award-winning Western museum. Attend an evening show or concert at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about things to do in Wickenburg, check out the Chamber’s website for local events.


Wickenburg is home to three golf courses, Los Caballeros Golf Club, Wickenburg Country Club, and Wickenburg Ranch.


A scenic 2-hour drive north of the Flying E Ranch (120 miles). Legendary red rock formations overlook tranquil Oak Creek, with the monoliths and buttes forming a stunning contrast to the lush forest and creekside vegetation.


3.5 hours. A picturesque historic copper mining town turned arts center features shops, restaurants, and museums with mining, archeological, and historic displays.

Grand Canyon

3.5 hours (186 miles) from the Flying E Ranch. One of the 7 wonders of the world – a must-see in the Southwest!


1 hour from the Flying E Ranch. This once boisterous territorial capital today offers mountain beauty, distinctive dining, unique shops, and restored Victorian houses.

Las Vegas, NV

Consider an overnight trip to Las Vegas’ iconic casinos and shows. 4 hours’ drive from the ranch.


1.5 hours’ drive. Abundant options for shopping, golf, and dining.

Consider booking an extra day or two at the Flying E for one of these road trips, and make this one of your best dude ranch vacations ever. Check our room availability and plan your visit today!