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Rancho de la Osa

1 La Osa Ranch Rd, Sasabe, Arizona

Admin: Lil Leclerc

A Ride Back in Time at “Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch” With Lil Leclerc Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch is a unique step back in time, located on the US/Mexican border in the town of Sasabe, Arizona. Sasabe is approximately 44 miles south of Tucson, on State Route 286. Rancho de la Osa is also adjacent to Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge which is also open to horse back riding and camping as well as biking, hiking and wild life photography. The ranch is like taking a walk into a living museum that was started in 1720. The area and ranch is steeped with more history than anywhere else in Arizona. The ranch headquarters was originally a village for Papago Indians, and many Indian artifacts were found on the ranch and surrounding areas. The ranch has a guided ride that will take you to Indian ruins just a short distance from the headquarters. Ancient visitors to the ranch include Father Kino, who contributed greatly to Arizona history. Pancho Villa visited, and left some cannon balls embedded in the hacienda walls, as a token of his appreciation. The early Politicians were also interested in this ranch and staged many a Democratic party here with guests such as President Lyndon B Johnson and Lady Bird, vise-president Hubert Humphrey, Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas, Senator Adlai Stevenson and William Clayton. The ranch also had many Hollywood Celebrities visiting such as Tom Mix and of course John Wayne. Zane Gray was also listed as a guest. The ranch was turned into a guest ranch in 1927 and has named many of their rooms and suites after the visiting celebrities. For a full review of all the people visiting the ranch, history and services offered refer to their web site. http://ranchodelaosa.com Head wrangler for the ranch, Lynn Knox, invited the Tucson Saddle Club to ride Ranch de La Osa. On September 9th, 2017 twenty-seven riders had a typical Arizona Fall Ride. Temperatures were in the low 90s for the day and the 60’s during the night. Lynn took us on a ride over the rolling hills dotted with saguaro cactus, prickly pear, jumping cactus and vegetation such as cat claw, mesquite; and plenty of rocks and rocky outcroppings. The ride went down thorough sandy washes and up on high vistas to view the surrounding mountains. The highlight of the ride was to ride along the famous US/Mexican Border Wall, which suddenly ends in a hillside. We saw plenty of wildlife such as Coues deer, javelina, quail, and hawks. The ranch is a photographer and birders paradise, with many different species of hummingbirds, vermilion flycatchers, and killdeers. As the night approaches, you will get to see the night hawks and the bats putting on an aerobatic display while feeding. The ranch has its own graveyard nestled on a hillside just a short walk from the ranch. The graveyard hosts residents that lived on the ranch at one time and date back to 1948. Many graves are unmarked with just a wooden cross. Although this guest ranch caters to guests that wish to stay in their 19 luxurious adobe guest rooms, that are filled tastefully with Mexican antiques and vintage furniture, they will accommodate people who wish to stay in their self-contained living quarters, and ride their own horses. The ranch owners and staff are very accommodating, friendly and wanting to make the Ranch de la Osa experience a memorable one. The ranch has its own dining room and serves home cooked southwest style cuisine. Guests never go hungry as the meal portions served are for a working cowboy. The ranch will accommodate any number of visitors and you can reserve the John Wayne suite and bath, in John Wayne’s own personal tub. Other outdoor adventures are Guided Off-Road Tours, Guided Fat Tire Electric Bike Tours, Sport Shooting, Hiking, Bird Watching, Photography, and Swimming.

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Rancho De La Osa

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Layover - Private Location
Camping / Lodging with Facilities - Resort
Primitive Camping with no Facilities - Other
Effort level - Easy, Beginner|Other

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- Electric Hookups

-- Room for Large Living Quarters Trailers

-- Showers

-- Restrooms

-- Garbage Containment

-- Water / Drinkable

-- Water / Potable

-- Restaurants / Café Nearby

-- Restaurant / Café on Premises

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- Horse Stalls

-- Horse Corrals

-- Dogs Must be on a Leash

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

This is a private Guest Ranch and there are many trails that are available guided by Resort Wrangler.

TYPE OF LAND

- Private Land (Campground, Ranch, etc)

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

- Some road riding to Trails

WATER CROSSINGS

- Other

Type of Footing on the trails

- Sandy, Desert, Dry

- Dirt

- Gravel, Rock

- Shoes / Boots Suggested

Type of Terrain

- Some Road Riding to Trails

- Hills

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Deer, coues deer, javelina, many birds

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

This is high desert area, and best time to ride is fall, winter, and spring.

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