Cowboy for a Day

The ultimate cowboy adventure. You’ll do everything a cowboy does…riding horses, rounding up and herding cattle, pushing cows in a cattle drive through the desert, learning to rope, shooting our authentic old-time forty-fives, and basically playing cowboy for real.

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.

One Rider – $1750

This package includes riding and cattle handling the training, two trail rides, penning and sorting cattle, lunch, a cattle drive, hors d’oeuvres*, dinner*, cowboy games, and a cowboy western campfire. 

Two to Five Riders – $1500 per person

This package includes riding and cattle handling the 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 foodservice at SVR is provided by a licensed caterer.