Cowboy for a Day
Sandy Valley Ranch provides guests and adventure-seekers with the ultimate cowboy adventure. You’ll ride horses, herd cattle, take a surrey ride, learn to rope, and get the chance to play cowboy.
Your adventure begins with a scenic 45 minute drive from Las Vegas. The Mojave Desert welcomes you as you pass ancient yucca and Joshua trees. As you drive over the crest of the beautiful Columbia pass keep an eye out for mountain sheep. You will soon be 100 years from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and ready to enjoy a taste of life in the real Old West.
Upon your arrival at Sandy Valley Ranch you will be welcomed by your wrangler for the day. He will provide instruction, assistance, tall tales, cowboy jokes, and escort you safely through your adventure. After some basic riding and cattle herding instruction you’ll mount our well-trained horses and head out for a trail ride through the dry gulches and mesquites of our piece of the American West.
When you return to the Ranch you’ll learn how to move and sort cattle in our professional arenas and get some practice for the afternoon’s cattle drive when you’ll be pushing cows across the desert. A gourmet Cowboy Lunch in our cozy Ranch House Restaurant follows.
The afternoon begins with a cattle drive with our herd of ornery cows. Get your cameras ready. Pushing cows is the experience of a lifetime. Just don’t lose any of our valuable “beef on the hoof.”
You’ll be a might tired after all the activity, so now is the time to rest in the Ranch House or on our cowboy porch, or if you have the energy, play a few cowboy games or learn to rope with your wrangler. Or we can take y’all shootin’ with our authentic Wild West 45’s.
Sunset brings hors d’oeuvres and wine. Our desert sunsets are magnificent, so be sure you have your camera. Your Cowboy Gourmet Dinner* will be served by candlelight and includes your beverage of choice.
No cowboy’s day would be complete without a campfire. We’ll sit under the velvet sky watching as the flames leap into the air and listen to the soft sounds of horses feeding and bedding down. Singing and cowboy poetry are always possibilities.
Now it’s time to bid goodbye to the ranch and your new cowboy friends and return reluctantly to the 21st century.
Cowboy for a Day (1 Rider)
This package includes riding and cattle handling training, two trail rides, penning and sorting cattle, lunch, a cattle drive, hors d’oeuvres*, dinner*, cowboy games, and a cowboy western campfire.
Cowboy for a Day (2-5 Riders)
This package includes riding and cattle handling training, two trail rides, penning and sorting cattle, lunch, a cattle drive, hors d’oeuvres*, dinner*, cowboy games, and a cowboy western campfire for you and your friends. * All food and food service at SVR is provided by a licensed caterer.
What Our Customers Are Saying
Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!
We were seeking a non-traditional holiday this summer but most of my family wanted to go to Las Vegas but we compromised by a few days in Sin City and an evening trail ride at Sandy Valley Ranch. After two days of spending and losing money it wasn’t tough to get my group away from the slot machines and they welcomed the short ride through the desert on the way to the ranch. We’re from New York so it was awesome to see the Nevada desert up close. Our ride was fabulous and the wranglers treated us city slickers with respect and the ranch owner Marilyn (who is delightful!) even joined us on the ride. If you are looking for a different type of Vegas vacation then check out Sandy Valley Ranch.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of LV for a while head out to Sandy Valley Ranch for a day of horse riding and cattle steering , from our group it was the third time we have booked onto the trip due to the hospitality and friendliness shown from the full team that make this a very enjoyable time. After being picked up from our hotel the drive out was nice a peaceful taking in the sights and on arrival we where made very welcome. After a few pictures and instructions (no experience required) off we set with 4 chaperones ensuring the 6 of us got into no difficulty they where very attentive putting everyone at ease . On our return to the ranch it was time for some cattle steering into the pens then some lunch followed by a campfire fire and the biggest marshmallows I have ever seen.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's been at least 20 years since I've been on a horse and my friend has never ridden. Can we still participate in these activities?
Great question. 80% of our guests have never ridden before or haven’t ridden in 20 years (or so). Our horses are trained for riders just like you and your friend. But that doesn’t mean they are old and lazy. As you can see in the Meet Our Horses section, I’m mighty proud to say they are all fit and healthy. We will give you riding instructions before ride so you’ll know how to make them do what you want, whether it’s on the trail or chasin’ cattle around in the arenas.
What is the youngest age a child can be to ride your horses?
We ask that all guests be at least 11 years old. That’s because we really ride around here and you need to be big enough to have some “leg” on the horse.
What is the terrain like at Sandy Valley Ranch?
We are considered high desert, nestled in the Shadow of Clark Mountain. Our elevation is 2500 feet. With 197,000 acres the terrain can vary from nearby pine country at over 5000 feet to mystical sand dunes of a dry lake bed. Be sure and remember to ask Ted about the “Desert Gators”. Rumor has it they run wild in Sandy Valley.
What should I wear and what are the temperatures at the ranch?
It’s best to wear long pants and cowboy boots or smooth soled shoes with heels. Tennis shoes work, just don’t let the horse step on you. Hiking boots with lug soles don’t work well, your foot could get stuck in the stirrup.
Most of the year it’s sunny and warm, but our daytime temperatures can range from the extremes of 100 plus degrees in the summer to 40 degrees in the winter. We ride in all seasons, so dress accordingly.
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