Ranch Facts

  • Describe Kay El Bar: Authentic, intimate, friendly − a genuine dude ranch experience
  • Ranch history: Kay El Bar has been a guest ranch since 1926 and is listed on the Arizona and National Historic Registers.
  • Ranch location: Kay El Bar is in the Sonoran Desert, in the shadow of the Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness. Nearby Hassayampa Hill offers desert vistas and unforgettable sunsets.
  • Ranch altitude: 2130’
  • Ranch Acres: 100 acres
  • Acres available for riding: More than 2,000 acres of state and federal land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Guest season: Kay El Bar is a winter ranch, open November to May.
  • Weather: Weather during the ranch season is ideal for riding, in the 60s and 70s during the day. See weather chart
  • Guest capacity: 28
  • Lodging: Each room has a western motif and modern private bathrooms. Eight rooms in the Lodge; one 3-room family house; one 4-person family casita; one 2-person casita. See Room Configurations chart
  • Meals: Home cooking served family style in our cozy dining room or cookout style by cowboy campfire; fresh-baked cookies available throughout the day.
  • All-inclusive price: American Plan −daily rate includes 3 meals, lodging, horseback riding, and use of ranch facilities. Reduced rates for children. See Rates
  • Deposit and Cancellation Policy: 50% deposit at time of reservation; partial refund based on time to arrival date. See Rates
  • Check-in and Check-out: Check-in at 2 p.m. or later; check-out by 10 a.m.; guests welcome to enjoy a morning ride and lunch after check out
  • Riding equipment: The ranch provides loaner helmets, hats, boots and gifted water bottles. See What to Bring
  • Dress: Casual, practical, with an emphasis on Western wear. Jeans and long sleeve shirts recommended for most activities. See What to Bring
  • Alcohol Policy: Due to state law, no outside alcohol is permitted on property.  The ranch offers a private licensed bar with an excellent selection of alcoholic beverages for purchase.
  • Laundry facilities: Available on the premises for guest use for a fee. Supplies provided.
  • WiFi: Free.
  • Ranch activities: Horseback riding; hiking; stargazing; bird watching; heated swimming pool & hot tub; evening campfires; games and puzzles available in the living room; team penning.
  • Riding: Twice daily except Sundays and holidays morning-only. Sunday has a long morning ride with cowboy cookout brunch. All-day rides provided upon request with sack lunch provided. See Riding page
  • Hiking: The ranch offers a scenic hiking trail with panoramic views.
  • Birding: Abundant bird species identified on the ranch by the Audubon Society.
  • Nearby activities: Golf and tennis are available a short drive from the ranch; the office can provide a list.
  • Historic Wickenburg: The nearby historic town of Wickenburg features the Desert Caballeros Museum, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, and a variety of quaint shops and galleries. See Wickenburg page
  • Pets: No pets allowed on the ranch. The office can provide a list of local kennels.
  • Smoking: Smoking is permitted on the patio and in outdoor areas. Please respect our no smoking policy in the guest rooms and inside all ranch buildings.
  • Nearest international airport: Phoenix (AZ) Sky Harbor International, 72 miles from the ranch.
  • Transportation from airport: Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the ranch. Wickenburg-based Airport Express shuttle info available. Call for details.