Trailhead ranch

Guided desert horseback tours, CAVE CREEK, AZ

Welcome to the TRAILHEAD RANCH

The TRAILHEAD RANCH is located in the Desert Foothills of Cave Creek near Carefree, Arizona. We have access to hundreds of miles of trails in the high Sonoran Desert. You will encounter sights and sounds of the fragile desert environment, including striking views among towering saguaro forests, majestic hawks, coveys of arrogant Gambles quail, elusive mule deer, infamous jumping cholla, barrel cactus and many other desert flowers and animals.

Enjoy a special, exclusive riding tour into fascinating desert mountain wilderness led by professional, knowledgeable guides. Our well-trained horses include uniquely smooth Plantation Walkers, Quarter Horses and other fine breeds. Western, English, and Australian saddles are available.

We are happy to accommodate children of all ages with our most dependable horses when joining our personally-designed rides.

Advance reservations are required for all our rides.

Russ Carlson

35013 N. 49th Street

Cave Creek, AZ 85331



Phone: 480-488-2251


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We accept personal checks, MasterCard & Visa


*Full charge with less than a 24-hour cancellation notice