The True Ranch Collection is a selection of historic dude ranches offering guests an authentic western experience. Our historic preservation company Ranch Preservation Holdings, LLC, is committed to maintaining the hospitality and heritage of the western dude ranches in the True Ranch Collection. We aim to preserve the historic tradition of dude ranching, from its celebration of western heritage to its history as an early destination vacation in the United States.
Our selection of True Guest Ranches currently includes three historic ranches in Southern Arizona and one in Montana.
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The Circle Bar Ranch is a historic guest ranch that dates back to the 1800s in central Montana. The 520-acre guest ranch sits at the base of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Guests can explore the mountains by horseback, and enjoy fishing, hiking, shooting, archery, and other activities while staying in historic accommodations.
Explore the surrounding area of the Judith River Headwaters and the Little Belt Mountains and ride where western artist Charlie Russell once rode. At 5000 feet in elevation, the Circle Bar enjoys the best of Montana’s weather with a host of activities to enjoy.
The Circle Bar Guest Ranch offers a wide range of activities from archery and shooting to swimming and spelunking. The ranch’s 520 acres and neighboring Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offer plenty of landscape to explore, whether hiking on foot or by horseback.
Horseback riding is what the ranch is known for: Lope across Montana pastures; ride sturdy horses up to the mountains, or stay in-ranch to learn how to sort cattle.
Lodging at the Circle Bar ranges from lodge rooms to free-standing historic log cabins, or the large, well-equipped Ranch House. The Lodge features cozy guest rooms, the dining and living room.
HORSEBACK RIDING | GUIDED UTV TOURS | FAT TIRE ELECTRIC BIKES | HIKING | SPORT SHOOTING & ARCHERY | FISHING | RELAXING
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kay El Bar Guest Ranch is an authentic, intimate western dude ranch just over an hour northwest of Phoenix in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Discover abandoned gold mines along the rocky mountain trails or ride through the sandy Hassayampa Riverbed. Create memories that will warm your soul and last a lifetime. Become a part of the Kay El Bar family.
Life at the Kay El Bar centers around our horses and riding program, which offers a well-trained string of horses for every experience level − beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Enjoy a hike through the nearby desert terrain where there is a variety of vegetation, including the incredible giant saguaro, prickly pear and barrel cactus. Or choose to take it easy by the pool, in the hot tub or in the hammocks under our majestic 100-year-old trees.
An authentic Western guest ranch with modern accommodations. Original adobe brick buildings and Spanish architecture are a picture postcard and offer inviting quarters for approximately 25 guests.
HORSEBACK RIDING | RELAXING | FAT TIRE ELECTRIC BIKES | HIKING | SPORT SHOOTING & ARCHERY
Rancho de la Osa is Arizona’s most historic ranch. Ride the trails frequented by U.S. Presidents, movie stars, and other dignitaries. Learn to sort cattle as ranchers have for generations. Explore Native American ruins, the U.S.-Mexico border, or the neighboring 120,000 acres of National Wildlife Refuge.
After a day spent adventuring, enjoy a cool drink in our Cantina, the oldest continually occupied building in the state of Arizona. Then retreat to the Hacienda or your historic guest room to relax in rich Southwestern color and culture.
Rancho de la Osa offers horseback riding for all skill levels through the ranch’s many sandy washes, over rocky terrain, past incredible rock formations, and through lush desert grasslands.
Explore the area during Guided Off-Road UTV or Fat Tire Electric Bike tours. Channel your inner wild west cowboy with our sport shooting program. And there’s plenty of space to relax with a cool drink in the Cantina or by the pool.
Stay in rooms once occupied by U.S. Presidents, Hollywood celebrities, famous authors, and other dignitaries. Each historical guest room is entirely unique in layout and design.
HORSEBACK RIDING | GUIDED UTV TOURS | RELAXING | FAT TIRE ELECTRIC BIKES | HIKING | SPORT SHOOTING & ARCHERY
Step back in time with a stay at Tombstone Monument Ranch — just 2.5 miles from the West’s most iconic town. Stay in the Jail, the Grand Hotel, the Post Office, or our other western town buildings. Explore the historic surrounding area by horseback and off-road UTV, and see historic mines, railroad trestles, and Native American Petroglyphs.
Then return to the ranch’s saloon and spend your evening like a true cowboy, playing Texas Hold’em to the sounds of live western music.
Horseback riding is available for all skill levels and includes scenic slow rides, fast rides, team penning, and specialty rides like Beer & Cheetos or the Ride to Tombstone.
Practice your cowboy and Old West skills with archery and shooting sports. Explore the historic surrounding Sonoran Desert on our off-road UTV Tours; then return to the ranch and enjoy our varied Evening Entertainment.
Experience the Old West without losing any modern comforts in our 18 uniquely themed rooms, designed to represent the storefronts and buildings of a western town.
HORSEBACK RIDING | GUIDED UTV TOURS | RELAXING | HIKING | SPORT SHOOTING & ARCHERY