3 riders on horseback on an equestrian vacation at the top of a ridge with a large cactus in the background


Kay El Bar offers an unforgettable experience for horse lovers. We are an authentic dude ranch, and our intimate size (maximum 28 guests) and friendly atmosphere provide a unique vacation for your horse-loving heart.

Our location makes for great riding every day. As a winter ranch the weather is terrific, and the spectacular scenery of the Sonoran desert and hills make Kay El Bar ideal for some of the finest horseback riding anywhere. Riding is done on endless trails through federal lands adjoining the ranch. Riders 8 years and older may canter or trot through the wash of the Hassaymapa River beneath sheer canyon walls, or climb rocky ridges for spectacular mountain views.

Life at the ranch centers around our horses and riding program. We have a well-trained string of horses for every experience level − beginner, intermediate and advanced. Our wranglers select a horse for each rider based on his or her experience, and before breakfast, riders can come down to the corral and groom their horse if they'd like. The wranglers are glad to help you plan the rides that suit your skill level and interests.

The morning ride departs at about 9 a.m., and the afternoon ride at about 2 p.m. All-day rides are available by request. Rides go out twice daily except Sunday and holidays, when the horses have the afternoon off.

On Sundays riders have a light breakfast before hitting the trail and enjoy a cowboy cookout style brunch in the desert before their return.

Guests who are checking out are welcome to join us for the morning ride and stay for lunch. Horseback riding begins the morning after check in.

There are a few restrictions for potential riders; trail riding starts with children 5 years and older, and riders must weigh less than 240 pounds.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the ranch office.