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Horseback Vacation - Get ready for some real cowboy fun

e are an authentic, historic dude ranch just outside the Old West town of Wickenburg, Arizona. We offer an affordable, all-inclusive horseback vacation experience, and the peaceful setting and friendly staff make it easy to become part of the Kay El Bar family. Many of our guests return every year to visit us and to wake up to the gorgeous desert sunrise, enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, and ride into the beautiful landscape on wrangler-led horseback vacation rides.

Kay el Bar is a winter ranch, open October 12, 2010 to May 1, 2011.

We are nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on the banks of the Hassaymapa River in the fabulous Sonoran Desert. The climate here includes bi-seasonal rainfall, making it one of the lushest deserts, with giant cacti, short trees and a great variety of shrubbery. There are thousands of acres of desert hills and canyons to explore on your horseback vacation.

The charming adobe ranch was built in the late 1800s, and, like all the early dude ranches, began as a working cattle outfit. The building's adobe walls built of sun-dried brick are 12 to 18 inches thick; each brick was made by hand by the Maricopa Indians who lived on the nearby reservation. In 1925 Kay El Bar was renovated, and the ranch began welcoming guests in 1926.

The horseback vacation ranch is completely up to date in its comforts, including a new pool, whirlpool spa and completely modernized bathrooms.

Kay El Bar is listed on the National and Arizona Registers of Historic Places. We're a member of the Arizona Dude Ranch Association and The Dude Ranchers' Association. Let us welcome you home for your next horseback vacation. You'll make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.