AZ • Blue Sky Ranches

Step into the old wild west and experience it as it was meant to be experienced: by horseback. Ride the same trails as Geronimo, Cochise, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and Johnny Ringo. Whether at a ranch or a remote mountain lodge, Blue Sky Ranches will spoil you with first class accommodations and stories that last a lifetime. These are legendary destinations you won't want to miss.

Location

Blue Sky Ranches is located in Cochise County, Arizona. Here are a few highlights in the area:

Cottonwood Canyonride amongst the oak trees to a stunning view of the WPA dam or enjoy the scenery of the high desert. 

Cochise Stronghold: home to the famous Cochise and Apache people who spent generations living amongst the granite domes and sheer cliffs in the Dragoon Mountains. 

Council Rock, Tombstone, Arizona: ride in and around “The Town Too Tough Too Die." See Indian petroglyphs and Council Rock, where Cochise and his people lived and found refuge from the Calvary. 

Turkey Creek Fire Tower: travel high into the scenic Chiricahua Mountains and traverse through oak and pine forests to breathtaking vistas. 

Chiricahua National Monument: visit the spectacular “Sky Islands” and ride among the "wonderland of rocks" created by violent volcanic eruptions 27 million years ago.

Trail Rides

Blue Sky Ranches offers trail rides 7 days a week as well as Destination Vacations and pack trips throughout the west. 

Destination Vacations: come as a group or join a small group. Arizona vacations run from 2-7 days, and all others are typically 6 nights 5 days. Choose from destinations, such as:

Colorado Rocky Mountains: spend a week in a beautiful 1930’s log lodge and explore a new area of the Rocky Mountain National Park every day.   

Monument Valley: retrace the scenes from famous westerns, ride into caves, around monoliths, view petroglyphs, and learn about Navajo and Anasazi culture from Navajo guide Effie Yazzie. 

Southeast Utah: stay in a beautiful cabin and explore different National Parks in the Moab area as well as Manti LaSal National Forest. 

The Black Hills of South Dakota: relax in a cozy secluded home near Custer, South Dakota. Then head out on the trail to Custer State Park, The Mount Rushmore trail, and other breathtaking areas.  

Valley of the Gods in Utah: ride through the valleys that were once home to the ancient Anasazi people, the Navajo, and the backdrop to several westerns.   

Overnight Camping Trips: Join Blue Sky Ranches for an overnight pack trip and night of rustic camping. Begin your journey in Pearce at the trailhead near the Cochise Stronghold trailhead. Travel over the Dragoon mountains along the same trails as the Apache people to Council Rock on the western side of the mountains. 

Guides

Bucky and Andrea Buckley founded Blue Sky Ranches in 2002. Bucky is originally from Maine, and moved to Arizona in pursuit of his dream to “become a cowboy.” Andrea graduated with a degree in Biology and moved from her home state of Ohio to work with horses in Colorado. They ran a riding stable in Colorado for several years, and then moved to Arizona to start Blue Sky Ranches. They enjoy running a small operation because they can give guests personalized attention and spend quality time with all of their horses.

Horses

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Blue Sky Ranches has the perfect horse for you. The Ranch herd consists of both quarter horses and gaited Tennessee Walkers for the best possible trail rides

Additional Activities

Spend five days on an Historic Old West Vacation. Experience an authentic stagecoach ride, a reenactment at the OK corral, visit Fort Bowie, and ride along the same trails as Cochise and Geronimo.

Accommodations

Destination Vacations: includes lodging, horses, tack, guide, and transportation once at the location. You will be transported to different trailheads in the area. Once your ride is over, you'll travel back to the house for a home cooked dinner and relaxing evening. 

Overnight Camp trips: Find your campsite, enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire, and then sleep under the stars. Wake up the next morning with cowboy coffee and a hearty breakfast. Then head back across the mountain range. Guide, dinner, breakfast, and sack lunch the second day are provided. All horse and camping equipment will be trucked in to the campsite.

 


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