A new business at Dead Horse Ranch State Park is offering what may be one of the most enjoyable ways of seeing the park and portions of the Verde River. Trail Horse Adventures opened recently across Dead Horse Ranch Road from the lagoon, and offers three different ride packages.
The shortest ride is one hour and is offered every hour and a half beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Two-and-a-half-hour rides are offered starting at 8 a.m. with the last one at 3 p.m.
A three-hour lunch ride is offered at 11 a.m. That ride offers a selection of sub sandwiches, chips, apple and dessert. Water or soda also is provided.
The lunch ride is basically the two-and-a-half-hour ride with half an hour for lunch. "It's right on the Verde River," said manager G.W. Woolstenhulme. "They've got plenty of shade and nice scenery to look at."
Trail Horse Adventures was in Sedona for 12 years as Kachina Stables. Management is the same, and owners are Jess and Judy Dominguez and Jamie Perez and her husband Jesus Castillo. Wranglers are Joe Ludwig and Fred Cantrall.
Rides are kept small. "We only take out six at a time with each wrangler," G.W. said.
He said that keeps things simpler and allows the wrangler to take care of any problems on the trail.
Trail Horse Adventures is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The busiest days are Friday and Saturday. Walk-ins are welcome, but may have to wait for a time slot to open.
"I prefer reservations," G.W. said. But he said a day ahead is usually far enough in advance to hold preferred time slots.
Riders must be at least 7 years old.
"There are some height and weight restrictions," G.W. said.
Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Michelle A Archambault-Reese
I am looking for a Fred Cantrall from Arcadia High School. I came across this site while trying to search his name. If the Fred Cantrall is who I am looking for....I grew up with him in Arcadia and both of our dad's worked for Thoroughbred Raching.