SHORT RIDE TO RANCHO SANTA CRUZ
Friday, April 12
Ride Time: 10:00 AM           Rated: 2           Length: 2.5 hours

​DRAGOON MOUNTAIN CAMPOUT
April 5-7, 2019​

Sacaton Ranch is family-owned by the Bingham family. Ride the foothills of the Galiuro Mountains through the San Pedro River. See the beautiful Kielburg canyon. We will eat lunch after the ride. Bring a dish to share. You can camp overnight if you like.


Directions: Oracle Road to Hwy 77. Pass Oracle to south Veterans Memorial Blvd. Turn right to San Manuel. Pass San Manuel and stay on paved road to Y in road. Go right on Reddington Road. 33245 Reddington Rd. Look for Sacaton sign on right.


Leader: Susan Iosca 520-909-6481                                                              Drag: Becky Tucker 520-444-911

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UMPIRE RANCH POKER RIDE
Saturday, April 27
Ride Time: 10:00 am           Rated: 3           Length: 3.5 hours

We will be replaying one of the rides from the 2017 Tierra Bella ride. We will be riding in the Canelo Hills so there will be ups and downs and rocks and things. We'll be stopping periodically to hand out poker hands. Bring $5 per hand. We'll give you the details when you get here. It's a beautiful area in which to ride.


Directions: From I-10, take AZ-83 south, all the way to Canelo Pass Rd. where there is a slight right. In less than 1 mile, take a slight left onto Umpire Ranch Rd. Follow the signs. (Mapquest works really well for this. It takes close to 2 hrs from the east side north Houghton.) Please RSVP. We'll have a surprise for you at the end!


Leader: Jean Ebbert 520-405-0212                                                                 Drag: Rebecca Pferdeort 520-658-4802

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MINI AGUA CALIENTE TRAIL RIDE
(Re-scheduled date) Saturday, March 23
Ride Time: 10:00 AM                Rated: 5                Length: 3.5 hours

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Coming Events

BINGHAM/SACATON RANCH RIDE
Saturday, April 20
Ride Time: 10:00 am Rated: 3 Length: 3 hours

HAPPY CAMP-PICKET POST CAMPOUT

SUPERIOR
March 29-30, 2019

We have several members that can no longer ride for more then a couple of hours because of health issues but still want to be part of the riding group. This ride is for you and for those who want a easy and fun day! This is a moderate ride. We will start at the trailhead by the Tumacacori Mission National Park and will ride among the trees along the Santa Cruz River on the Anza Trail going south crossing the river six times with a couple of steep banks. Horses must be comfortable stepping off the banks into soft sand.We will ride for over 1 hour to the historic Rancho Santa Cruz B&B where we will be served a restful lunch with the sounds of running water by the pool. Owner Sue Berryman will gave us a tour and history of the ranch. After, we can browse though the art gallery with works by local artists. When we are ready and totally relaxed, we will then ride back to the Tumacacori trailhead. If anyone would like to tour the Mission while they are there, I will be happy to stay with your horses and rigs. You will need a National Park Pass for the mission. You MUST RSVP by April 8th. We need a head count for the lunch. Lunch is $12 to be paid to the ranch by each rider.


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 Rd. The trailhead is on the right just past the Mission.


Lead: Carolle StJean 763-221-6612                                                                      Drag: Diane Fouts 520-390-1670

Ride through the beautiful foothills of the Catalinas—this ride is one of my favorites. We will have beautiful views of the Tucson basin, wild flowers, and we will get to see my miniature grand canyon. If we are lucky, we will have water to cross at the bottom of the canyon. The trail is narrow in certain areas with steep drop offs and is difficult. Horses should be well shod and in good condition. We will have lunch on the trail at the bottom of the canyon. Due to rough terrain and and high foothills, the ride may be postponed due to the weather so please RSVP.


Directions: From Houghton Road, go east on Tanque Verde. Left (north) on Soldiers Trail, right on Roger Rd and left on Larkspur. Go over the hill and at the bottom the road turns into dirt. Park along the shoulder.


Lead: Georgia Keefer 520-749-4793                                                                                            Drag: Keith Brighton​

Arrive Friday afternoon and come home Sunday afternoon. You can camp with us or come up for the day. The rancher will let us camp by his arena. There are a few nice size corrals at the end of the arena we can use for horses. RSVP for corrals. Water will be available but you need to haul it from the faucet and will need your own water containers. The rancher has some friendly dogs that might visit. Friday night will be potluck. Saturday night may be a restaurant or another potluck. RSVP for the potluck. Donations will be taken for the rancher allowing us to camp and ride. 


Saturday Ride - Ride time: 10:00 am - Length: 3 hours - Rated: 2
Today's scenic ride will take us south under Hwy 60 through two tunnels. We will ride around Picket Post Mountain. There are canyon walls and a creek bed that will probably have water. The trail is a little rocky in places.


Sunday Ride - Ride time: 9:00 am - Length: 4-1/2 hours - Rated: 3
This segment of the Arizona Trail just west of Superior has a little of everything—rolling hills, climbs, views and a creek shaded by huge cottonwoods. There may be some water in the creek and a spring flower show if we're lucky. The trail is a little rocky in places. You and your horse will need to be fit to handle the length of this ride which is about 13 miles. Pack a lunch to eat at the midway point. 


Directions: From Tucson drive north on Oracle Rd to Oracle Junction. Go north on AZ-79 through Florence. Continue approximately 16 miles past the prison to Florence Junction. Turn right, east, on US-60 toward Superior. Go approximately 9.3 miles to the trailhead just after milepost 222. Turn left, north. You will see the gravel trailhead on the right but continue slowly up the hill. At 0.2 of a mile, don't miss a driveway on the left. Turn left. Follow it to the arena. From Ina & Oracle it took us 1 hour and 50 minutes to get there.


Leaders: Steve & Carolyn Pferdeort 520-444-5348 or 520-349-6478

​For those that want a longer camp ride they can come on April 4th (Thursday) and we can do a ride that day. Friday’s ride will be a short ride (1-2 hrs) riding out at 1:00-1:30 pm. This will be an easy ride.


Saturday’s ride will be about 11 miles long with a lunch stop. This ride is rocky with climbing and stepping up and down over rocks/washes so it is probably rated a 4.


Sunday’s ride will be about 8 miles long with some rocky areas but an easy ride rated a 3. There will be a potluck on Saturday night and hopefully we can have a campfire that night. I will prepare some kind of a meat dish or maybe two depending on the number of people. All other meals will be on your own. We will camp in the same place as last year but everyone will have to camp south of the windmill. We spoke with the rancher about camping by the windmill and he asked us not to camp there. There is a water trough close by and hopefully there is water in it for us. Be prepared and bring water for your horses and some kind of containment. There are not too many big trees south of the windmill for high-lining.


Directions: Take I-10 east from Tucson, exit 303 on to Highway 80. Drive Hwy 80 towards Tombstone. As you pass the Border Patrol Station on Hwy 80/82, it is a mile to the left turn on to Middlemarch Rd. Drive Middlemarch 10 miles to Forest Rd 687. Middlemarch is gravel for 9 miles so take it slow. I will try and put up a sign for the FSR 687 turn. Drive 1/3 of a mile on this road and then turn right towards the windmill. FSR 687 has two dips that are rocky. Just take it slow and you will get there. You should be able to see camp from Middlemarch road.
There are gas, diesel and other services at the Circle K in Tombstone if anyone wants. Circle K is at the top of the hill. There is gas at Ike’s around the corner from Circle K but they have no diesel. The turn into Circle K is awkward and the diesel pumps are very slow. Don’t worry about blocking traffic at Circle K. I do it all the time with the horse trailer. There is an Apache Market on the way out of town heading east on Hwy 80. They may get their fuel pumps going by April 2019 and they could have diesel. Access to their pumps is easier.


If people have any questions they may call me or text Lil Leclerc on cell at 520-254-2830 or call the house and talk with hubby Jim 520-642-3871. There is cell phone service at the campsite.​