EMPIRITA RANCH RIDE
Sunday, November 10
Ride Time: 9:30                AM Rated: 2                Length: 2.5-3 hours

Join us for a weekend get-away to ride in beautiful Sonoita. We will lead the ride from campground off Forest Service Road #636. We will ride the scenic rolling hills of Sonoita. We will stop at the local windmill to water horses. Campgrounds have water for horses. We will eat lunch back at the trailers/campground. For over-nighters, we will have a potluck. Bring a dish to share. Maybe a little drinking might happen to keep us warm.

Please RSVP & questions to Becky 520-444-9111


Directions: From I-10, take the AZ-83/Sonoita Hwy exit to Sonoita. Go straight across intersection (south). In 1/4 mile the road turns 90 degrees to the left towards Parker Canyon Lake. DON'T TURN HERE. Keep going straight (south). This is Papago Springs Road. Go past Roland Lane. Once over the second cattle guard, look for Forest Service Road #636 on your right. You will see the campgrounds.                               


Leader: Bob "Pancho" Peterson                                                                            Drag: Becky Tucker-Hardy

GABE ZIMMERMAN LOOP RIDE & HOT DOG ROAST
Wednesday, November 13
Ride Time: 9:30 AM                Rated: 2+                Length: 2.5 hours

Come to the beautiful park in Queen Creek and then join us afterwards for lunch at the San Tan Flats Restaurant. The ride is slightly rocky with lots of ups and downs. We can vote on the route as I have been all over and can take us in a few different directions. Hopefully still spotting the crested saguaro. Scenery is great and the restaurant is western themed and fantastic. Worth the drive!


Please RSVP so we know to watch for you since it’s a long drive. You can text me or call.


Directions from West Tucson: San Tan Regional Park 6533 W Phillips Rd Queen Creek AZ. From I-10, turn right onto State Highway 87/AZ-87/AZ-84 toward Florence/Coolidge. Stay straight to go onto S State Route 87/AZ-87. Continue to follow AZ-87. Drive 18.5 miles. Turn right onto E Highway 287/AZ-287. Drive 3 miles.
Turn left onto N Attaway Rd. Drive 3 miles. Turn left onto W Hunt Hwy. Drive 13 miles. Turn left onto Mountain Vista Blvd. Drive 1.2 miles. Turn left onto N Thompson Rd. Drive 1 mile. Turn right onto W Phillips Rd. Drive 1 mile. Park is on the left.


Directions from East Tucson: Take N Oracle Rd/AZ-77. Turn left onto S Highway 79/AZ-79. Drive 44 miles. Turn left onto E Hunt Hwy. Drive 19.5 miles. Turn left onto N Thompson Rd. Drive 2 miles. Turn right onto W Phillips Rd. Drive 1 mile. Park is on the left.


Ride Leader: Amy Swanson 520-730-0620.                                                               Drag: Jennifer Brown

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Wendy and I are planning on riding from the Empirita Ranch on November 10. If you wish to join us, go to this website http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=30239 and select the Empirita tab to get your permit (two vehicles per permit, so buddy up). Apply for your permit at least two business days prior to your arrival date. If you can’t connect to the website, go to Pima County Government, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Area Access. We plan to bushwhack on the jeep trails, cow trails and in the washes, leaving about 9:30 am. If someone on the ride knows the area, we may go on those trails as an option. We may be out 2.5 to 3 hours and can eat lunch back at the trailers. We will be on Pima County and Arizona Trust Lands, so have your permits as required. If you need an Arizona State Trust Land permit, go to the Tucson Saddle Club website, forms tab to complete it. There is no fee for the Pima County permit and there is a fee for the Arizona Trust Land permit.


Directions:To get there, travel on I-10 to the Empirita Road exit and travel south, first on pavement and then dirt to the gate. The road is rough. You will have the gate code on your permit. Lock the gate behind you, sign the guest list in the white box, and travel west (about 1 mile) on the dirt road to the barns. There is a circle drive to park on. Keep all gates closed as it is a working ranch.


Please RSVP so I may advise you if my plans change. Questions, give me a call at 520-444-5348. Steve

Ride Leaders: Steve Pferdeort (520) 444-5348 and Wendy Erica Werden

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SAN TAN REGIONAL PARK RIDE
(Postponed - Day/Time TBA)
Ride Time: 10:30 AM                Rated: 3                Length: 3 hours

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SONOITA RIDE/CAMPOUT
Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
Ride Time: 10:00 AM                Rated: 3                Length: 3 hours

Ride through the beautiful Tortolita Preserve and view incredible Saguaros and other desert plants. This preserve is scheduled to be developed in the future so let’s ride it while we can. Rated 2+ due to few hills, possible cattle, bikers, hikers. This is a fairly easy ride with gentle elevation climbs.


Directions: From Oracle Rd, turn west on Tangerine to Dove Mountain, turn right. Turn left on Moore Rd and drive to the end which turns to dirt. Open and drive through the gate and close it behind you. Trailhead is on the right about 500 ft. From I-10, exit on Twin Peaks Rd, go east and then north, turn left on Moore Rd, which is north of Tangerine, drive to the end which turns to dirt. Open and drive through the gate and close it behind you. Trailhead is on the right about 500 ft. There is a turn around a short distance from the trailhead.


Leader: Linda Dahl 651-353-8188                                                                         Drag: Sandy Ballis 520-591-0088

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Coming Events

NEW YEAR’S RIDE AT TORTOLITA PRESERVE
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Ride Time: 10:00 AM                Rated: 2+                Length: 3 hours

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We will head north from the Zimmerman Trailhead. Some ups and downs, but mostly easy going on a part of the AZ Trail. There may be water to cross. We will do a loop and back to the parking lot. There is a large parking lot designated for horse trailers only. After the ride, I will break out the grill and do hotdogs. Looking for donations for sides, desserts, paper products, rolls and chips. Bring your own drinks.  Bring a chair.


Please RSVP so I can get enough hot dogs. Text or call 520-784-1478.


Directions: I-10 to exit 279 (Wentworth/Colossal Cave Rd). Turn on to frontage rd and head east approximately 5 miles. Look for sign at trailhead. Turn right in to parking lot. There is construction work on bridge at exit 281 Sonoita exit). That is why I am routing aroundit. Call with questions.


Ride Lead: Lynne Herman                                                                                                     Drag: TBD