Authentic Arizona Dude 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 year-round ranch.
  • Weather: Check the weather online for Wickenburg AZ..
  • 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 when it is  morning-only. Sunday has a long morning ride. All-day rides provided upon request with sack lunch provided. Trail riding begins with children age 5 and older, based on conditions. 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.
  • Ranch Service Fee: Our rates are subject to a Ranch Service Fee, which allows us to do the following for our staff:  We do not pay tipped wages and instead pay above minimum wage. Many of our staff are provided room and board and all are provided meals while at the ranch. The Ranch Service Fee also contributes to an end of season bonus system. With all of this in mind, tipping is not expected, however it is appreciated if you feel you have received exceptional service during your stay. You are welcome to tip directly or notify the front desk at check out. 
  • Nearest international airport: Phoenix (AZ) Sky Harbor International, 72 miles from the ranch.
  • Transportation: Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from the ranch. Wickenburg-based Airport Express shuttle info available. Call for details. Advantage Car Rental in Phoenix offers Kay El Bar Ranch a 10% discount off the lowest rate. Contact us for details