Arrive in camp Thursday, February 27​ and set up camp. If people want to have a short ride we can do one in the afternoon.

Friday, February 28:  In the saddle and leaving at 10:00 AM.  Approximately 3.5 to 4 hour ride with lunch stop in the tall oaks of Slavin Gulch.  May have 1 or 2 small water crossings.  This ride will be rocky and climbing with views of the San Pedro Valley and surrounding mountain ranges.  

Saturday, February 29:  In the saddle 10:00 AM.  Ride to Council Rocks.  Approximately 4 hour ride with lunch stop at Council Rocks.  More rocks, climbing, and some brush and catclaw.

Sunday, March 1:  In the saddle at 10:00 AM for a short ride down the Magilla-Gorilla Trail.  This is a very picturesque ride through those funny rock formations and is only about 1.5 hours long.  Break camp and head home.

Saturday night will be a pot-luck dinner.  All other nights will be on your own but I will have a table set up for community dining if wanted.  Weather permitting, we will have a camp fire.  Be prepared for dry camping and come with horse water, feed, high-line, corrals, or electric fencing for your horses/mules.  There is cell service in camp. There is a Circle K in Tombstone that has groceries and fuel.


I will need an RSVP by February 23 ; either call or text Lil  at cell (520) 254-2830 or you use the house phone at (520) 642-3871. I will confirm your RSVP.  If any question people can call for clarifications, directions, etc. 


Directions: From Tucson , drive to Benson and take the 303 Exit  off I-10. Drive Hwy. 80 towards Tombstone.  As you pass the Border Patrol Checkpoint at the Hwy. 82 crossroad drive another 1 mile to Middlemarch Road. Make a left turn on Middlemarch Road and drive 10 miles towards the Dragoons on Middlemarch Rd.  Look for Forest Service Road 687, turn left through the narrow cattle guard and drive a half mile to the camp area.  This last half mile is rough, so take it slow.


Leader: Lil Leclerc                                                                                                      Drag: ​Joanne Triplett

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Because the Santa Cruz River is "NOT" safe to cross at this time, we are changing the ride to go "NORTH". There will be two easy water crossings. The ride will still start at the trailhead at the Mission in Tumacacori. We are going north past Tubac and coming back to the trailhead the same way. We still ride through the trees along the Santa Cruz River but will not cross it. A very beautiful ride. After the ride, plan on having lunch at the Longhorn Grill in Amado on W. Arivaca Rd. There is lots of parking. Please RSVP to be notified of any changes.

Directions: From Tucson, take I-19 south past Tubac to the Tumacacori exit #29.  Turn left, go under I-19 and turn left (north) on the frontage road.  The trailhead is on the right just past the Mission.


Lead: Carolle St. Jean (763) 221-6612                                                         Drag: Diane Fouts (520) 390-1670

WEST DRAGOONS CAMP AND RIDE​​

​(Changed from east Dragoons)
February 27-29 and March 1, 2020

SABINO CANYON RIDE 

(Change from Saturday, January 11 Mt. Baldy Ride)
Friday, January 10, 2020
Ride Time: 10:00 AM                Rated: 3.5               Length: 3 - 3.5 hours

SNP WEST RIDE ON A CHILI DAY
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Ride Time: 9:00AM                Rated: 2 .5               Length: 4 hours

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ANZA TRAIL "NORTH" RIDE

*(Change from South)
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Ride Time: 9:30 AM                Rated: 1                Length: 3 hours

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Enjoy this ride leaving from my place, China Cabinet Ranch in Picture Rocks.  We will ride in Panther Peak wash, then onto the Roadrunner, Picture Rocks Wash, and the Camboh Trails.  We will do some trotting on this ride.  We will see the beautiful petroglyphs near the retreat center -- a real treat if you've never seen them.  After the ride I will have chili and cornbread for everyone (BYOB) so please be sure to RSVP by January 24th so I can make enough.  Bring a chair!


Directions:  From I-10 in Tucson take Ina Road exit 248 west and stay on Ina for 3.5 miles until you see the siign for Saguaro National Park/ Picture Rocks Road. Turn left on Wade Road and go 5.2 miles through SNP until you see Van Ark Road. Turn right on Van Ark and take that to the stop sign.  Turn right on Ina (now dirt) and head east towards the mountains.  At the end of Ina (1/2 mile) you will t-bone by a big community mailbox where you have to turn right.  Then the first left has no sign, but turn there.  You will see my electric box immediately on the corner which says 7100 N. Desert View Drive. Do not use a GPS once you are in SNP as the streets are not correct and you will get lost.  Please pull all the way in the large driveway loop to fit all the trailers.


Leader: Laura Montenegro (520) 400-3877                                                                           Drag: ​Susan Skaggs

GREEN ROCK RIDE​

Saturday, February 22, 2020

​Ride Time: 10:00AM                Rated: 3 .5               Length: 3 hours

Rocky with some water crossings; but beautiful ride with lots of saguaros, trees still holding fall colors, and pretty views.


Directions: From Tanque Verde Rd go north on Bear Canyon to the end of the road. Plenty of parking in a dirt median. Please RSVP.

Leader: Patti Byron (RSVP 520-977-5110)                                                    Drag: ​Frank Santana

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Wendy Werden and Steve Pferdeort are planning on riding from the Empirita Ranch.​  We plan to bushwack on the jeep trails, cow trails, and washes. We can eat back at the trailers unless we get lost. We will be on Pima County and Arizona State Trust Lands so have your permits as required.  If you wish to go with us, go to this website's FORMS tab in the Nav bar at the top of each page and click on the green Application button on the Empirita Ranch Permit Request line to get your Pima County permit (two vehicles per permit, so buddy up). Apply for your permit at least two business days before your arrival date.   You can get your Arizona State Trust Land permit link on the same FORMS page.  There is no fee for the Pima County Empirita Ranch permit, and the Arizona State Trust Land permit has a reasonable fee and is good for a full year on all State Trust Land in the state.


Directions: Travel east on I-10 from Tucson to the Empirita Road exit and travel south, first on pavement and then dirt to the Empirita Ranch gate on the right.  The dirt road is rough.  You will have the gate lock combination on your permit.  Lock the gate behind you, sign the guest list in the white box, and travel west down the hill about 1 mile 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 our plans change. Questions, give me a call at 444-5348.  Steve Pferdeort.

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Coming Events

EMPIRITA RANCH RIDE

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Ride Time: 9:30 AM                Rated: 2+                Length: 2.5 - 3 hours

This is a ride through lovely Catalina State Park to Green Rock and the waterfall.  Depending on the water shed at the time of the ride there may be water in a wash or two that we will be crossing.  You must carry your state park pass with you.  One exception: if one person has their pass with them three other non-permitted riders are allowed with that rider, but it's best to have a pass with you.  Lunch on the trail; details to follow. 


Please contact Sally Janovec at (267) 242-5283 by the end of the day Thursday to confirm and let us know if you have a pass or need to be included on someone else's pass.  This is very important as we will arrange to have enough passes.


Directions: From Tucson go north on Oracle Road to Golder Ranch Drive in Catalina.  Go right on Golder Ranch Drive.  The pavement will end at the top of the hill, follow dirt road over the cattle guard and stay right.  You will go about a half mile and take the first right on Rollins Road.  Rollins is an unmarked road but it is the first dirt road on your right.  Follow Rollins to the top of the hill and go through the gray metal gate on the right just before the cattle guard; do not go over the cattle guard.  There is plenty room for easy parking and turn around.  


Leader: Sally Janovec at (267) 242-5283