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Scottsdale


Arizona

The outdoors: Horseback riding

In Scottsdale, the rugged heritage that gives the West its distinctive character can still be experienced firsthand. Visitors ready to saddle up and learn what it takes to be a cowboy do not have to look any further than the Arizona Cowboy College, where the “three Rs” are roping, riding and roughing it. From one-day clinics to week-long courses where students ride with working cowboys, junior wranglers learn about cattle, horsemanship and on-the-range lessons on cutting, branding and driving cattle.

Of course, some prefer to see the West at a more leisurely pace. Visitors can ride off into the sunset or enjoy a sunrise horseback ride through storied areas like the McDowell Mountains with trusty outfits. This is the land of legendary figures such as Wyatt Earp, Kit Carson, Billy the Kid and Cochise, who once roamed the dry creek beds and rough landscapes renowned the world over as cowboy country. Today's trailblazers have the benefit of expert guides who can explain the unique Sonoran Desert habitat of palo verde and mesquite trees while passing through some of the Southwest's most spectacular scenery.

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The Arizona Cowboy College offers you a chance to become a real ranch-working cowboy at a working cattle ranch.
The Arizona Cowboy College offers you a chance to become a real ranch-working cowboy at a working cattle ranch.

With more than 330 days of sunshine a year, Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect playground to indulge in your favorite adventure - horseback riding being one of many adventures.
With more than 330 days of sunshine a year, Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect playground to indulge in your favorite adventure - horseback riding being one of many adventures.

   
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