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.
Cowboy for a Day
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.
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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.