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Cowboys and Old West Style Fun...Grand Canyon Western Ranch


As you drive through the gate of the Grand Canyon Western Ranch you quickly discover that this is a rare gem of a getaway vacation spot for true rustic adventure seekers. The property is located just off of highway 93 in Meadview, Arizona. Step out of your car and you're greeted by one of the friendly smiling cowboys and believe it or not a couple of the coolest goats and a dog that you'd ever want to meet. This adorable oasis sits at the base of a towering picturesque peek that locals call 'Spirit Mountain.' The ranch is just one tank away from Los Angeles or Las Vegas.


The ranch's main house is a rather intriguing place to sit for a cold strong drink and a hearty meal presented in a family style atmosphere. The dinning hall is reminiscent of an old west saloon and chow house, right down to the rugged oak wood tables and sitting stools. While there Cowboy Casey L. Adams treats you to a rousing serenade. Casey is a legendary country/folk recording artist around these parts. Some of your meals are prepared to order by another gentleman cowboy - a chef who looks like he stepped out of the pages of Hollywood Central Casting. The Arizona desert and foothills are places of awesome beauty. Perhaps the best nature experience is enjoyed by hiking or on horseback with Cowboy Joe. By the way Joe sings too. When you reach the high country of the ranch trail you are treated to a glass of chilled champagne and an up close view of buffalo on the hill. There you will also learn about this majestic animal and the native people. During our recent visit we had opportunity to also explore the region by way of a helicopter tour. This aerial excursion is truly worth it. The ride takes you across and down into the western edge of the Grand Canyon – Wow a once in a lifetime spectacular view!


The Grand Canyon Western Ranch property was originally part of the Hua