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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

My list of places we stayed at on our way to and from Arizona

These are the places we stayed going down. The first night we stayed in a rest area but if we had know about the Hart Ranch in Yakima we would have stayed there but it was late wet and cold so we putted into a rest area before Ellensburg Washington. 

Day two

Eastern Slope Ranch  
42268 Rouen Road
Baker City, Oregon 97814
Phone: (541) 523-9155

Day 3 and 4 we stayed here

Equine Suites - in Vegas 
Equine Suites & Concierge
Charlene Hadwin
Painted Sunset Ranch
5375 W. Shelbourne Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89139      702-575-5719

From Vegas we headed to the Burro Creek BLM Campsite it is just past Wickiup 60 miles from Wickenburg AZ on Hwy 93.

We stayed a few days there then headed to Wickenburg AZ we stayed out on the BLM lands for a week up in behind the Rodeo Grounds on 
Constellation road. You can also camp right at the Rodeo Grounds in there campsite. The last 3 sites have double corrals for only $5 a night. Click here for MAP of the area

The second two weeks we moved to Sophie's Flat  were there is room for even he biggest rigs for dry camping. 
The riding is great here. Well marked trails in every direction. 

From Sophie's we moved to Cave Creek AZ and Spur Cross Ranch Park  it is day us only but we camped in the parking lot for 2 days. The Bronco Trail head can be used for over night camping 

After leaving Spur Cross Ranch we headed to Apache Junction and the "Lost Dutchman State Park"  were the riding is fabulous. You can not camp in the park with your horses but there are a few places right by there you can camp. We have stayed at "Kings Stables"  in the past but there prices have gone up and you can't take stallion's there so we dry camped at "GOLDFIELD MINING GHOST TOWN" . They have a dozen or more corrals and if you had to you could put up your hot wire fencing Mayor Bob is very accommodating. The cost this year was $15 for your rig and $7 per horse a day. 
We stayed here for over a month before heading back to Wickenburg AZ but this time we were going to camp at the BLM lands at "Vulture Peak"  here is a Map how to get there CLICK HERE FOR MAP
This was another great riding area with tons of trails all over. There is a ranch called

Rancho de los Caballeros they have may trails around the area. 

Here is the BLM camp site with Vulture peak in the background 
From here we headed home. The first day drive took us to Ely NV where we stayed at the

It was very cold in Ely NV you are at about 9000' 

The next day on our way home we manage to make it to Boise 
Under a beautiful full moon these are some of the pastures at 
8699 S. Gantz Ave (exit 46 from hwy 84) 
MAP to get there

It was a wonderful place to stay with electric hook up and big shelters and pens.

Our last night we made it to Yakima Washington  and stayed at the Hart Ranch Roger & Sue Hart · 151 Ray Symmonds Rd · Selah, WA 98901 (509) 452-3184   or   (509) 952-8792 (cell)

We made it home safe and sound to the rain and wind. 

Next year we will come home in July LOL

Drive home Day 3

 Our horses going for a good run at the ranch before traveling to Washington

Some of the young paint  stock that are for sale at Hidden Valley Paint Horse Ranch
Big fields at 

Great Tack shop Legacy Feed and Fuel

Into Oregon on day 3

Arrived in Yakima by 3:30 on day 3 at the Hart Ranch
Another great place to stay 
The Hart Ranch has a big indoor, round pen and outdoor ring
Sue and Roger Hart are the owner operators and are wonderful people
We let our horses out in the round pen for a good run before putting them in the big 12 x12 stalls
at the Hart Ranch

We drove back to the rain in Vancouver the next morning and our trip was now over. :(

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Second Day driving home- March 7th on our way to reality

We found a great place to stay with our horses over night the Hidden Valley Paint Horse Ranch

 The big field of colourful horses under the full moon

Our drive back to reality

Well we are back home in Langley BC and the weather isn't spring like yet. Our drive home from Arizona wasn't too bad. The day we left Wickenburg they were calling for high winds but temp in the 80. We got out early and headed towards Vegas. 
Driving past Kingsman

Just before the Hover Dam which is the last part of the Grand Canyon

New Bridges over the Hover Dam

looking below the bridge to the Lake Mead

By the time we got to Vegas the wind storm had hit. You can't tell from this picture but so much sand was blowing you could not see theVegas  stripe.

Just past Vegas Ron had to get on the roof of the trailer and tie down the awnings

Just past Alamo we climbed up into the mountains and hit a white out
White Pine County Fairgrounds- $10 a night per horse
Made it to Idaho the second day. The sun was shinning it was beautiful. Here is a picture of us crossing the Snake River

Monday, 5 March 2012

Last ride in Arizona

Don't let the clouds fool you it was hot this day. In the 80's 

Found a cool cave up in the hills 

If you have been following our blog you know by now Darrell is like a big kid.

Rancho de los Caballeros 

We rode around the golf course at

Rancho de los Caballeros 

Our friend Shawneen got to ride our wild stallion Hunter

More pictures of the Cave we rode by 

Of Course Darrell and Phoebe had to investigate 

Ron also went up to take some pictures

Ron took this picture of the rest of us waiting below with the horses

Sharon our friend from White Rock BC on her Palomino Toby, Phoebe from Powell River  by Sharon on her Canadian stallion Billy and Shawneen whom lives both in Wickenburg AZ and Princeton BC on her Canadian Gelding

Ron in red on his APHA Paint gelding Cimaron and Bad Bad Darrell Brown the badest man in the whole dam town.
With his coloured Walker mare Bailey 

Crazy Darrell

All above and below pictures were taken on a ride on the other side of Vulture Mine Road around the Twin Peaks trail

This picture doesn't really capture the view that we saw that day. It was incredible