authentic arizona guest ranches

Get ready for some real cowboy fun

We are an authentic, historic dude ranch just outside the Old West town of Wickenburg, Arizona. We offer an affordable, all-inclusive 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 rides.

Kay el Bar is a winter ranch. We are open November 11, 2018 until May 1 2019.

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 horseback.

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.

Kay El Bar has been a guest ranch since 1926 and is listed on the Arizona and National Historic Registers. Kay El Bar was converted to a private ranch in 2012 but has reopened in 2018 and is again a winter guest ranch.

The ranch is completely up to date in its comforts, including a pool, whirlpool spa and modern bathrooms.