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THE RANCH

Saddle up! Come enjoy a leisurely guided Western trail ride through scenic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Starting from the site of the historic Mountain Springs Hotel and Stage Station, you’ll leave behind the modern world as you lose yourself along the old National Mail Stagecoach Route. See spectacular and complex geological formations and a Hohokam bedrock mortar site as you ramble through unspoiled Sonoran desert.

Please call the stables at 520-647-3450 to reserve your ride and for more information.


Super-cute animals eagerly awaiting to see you!
Please contact the stables 520-647-3450 for a complete list of current petting zoo critters.

Are you a birdwatcher? The Park, because of its many microhabitats, offers great birding. Check out our list of birds that have been identified in the Park over the last 40-plus years. You can print it and bring it with you when you visit, and add your own sightings to our list!

An Analemmatic Sundial—like the one here in Colossal Cave Mountain Park—is not round like most sundials you may think of. Ours is horizontal! It consists of a central calendar grid and an ellipse showing the hours. The gnomon, a vertical rod or pin, is used to tell the time. Our sundial is large enough to use a person as the gnomon! Come be an interactive part of our Analemmatic Sundial located at La Posta Quemada Ranch.

For groups with advance notice our gemstone sluice at the Ranch is great fun for the kids (and adults, too). Recalling a Western tradition—panning for gold—our replica mining sluice gives you the opportunity to pan for gemstones and fossils! Take away your hoard in its own bag; with the gemstones and fossils, you will receive a descriptive card identifying your treasures.

The Ranch:
Getting Back To Basics.