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Historic Rancho de la Osa up for auction

At the end of April, it was announced the historic Rancho de la Osa in Sasabe, Ariz., is on the market for $1.9 million by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s. The 300-year-old ranch hosts one of the oldest buildings, a Spanish hacienda, in the U.S.

Past:
Home to the oldest building in Arizona, the Altar Valley was settled by Spanish Jesuits in the late seventeenth century in what was New Spain. The Altar Valley is now located south of Tucson, Ariz., and north of the border of Sonora, Mexico. Father Eusebio Francisco Kino and his followers built a mission outpost on Rancho de la Osa to be used as a trading post with local Native Americans and Mexicans._DSC3369

In 1812, Rancho de la Osa contributed to part of the three million acre land grant given by the King of Spain to the Ortiz brothers of Mexico. In 1854, the ranch became a part of the United States after the Gadsden Purchase, which settled border disputes between the U.S. and Mexico. Colonel William Sturgis began renovations on the main house of the ranch shortly after the Gadsden Purchase. This building became the center of his ranching empire.

During the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa fired upon the ranch and a Mexican cannonball was found in the stucco walls of the main house, which remains as a display for visitors today.
In 1924, the ranch was transformed into a guest ranch for tourists. Louisa Wade Wetherill, a Navajo historian, originally traveled south looking for a lost tribe of Navajos. Although she never found the tribe, she started the Hacienda de la Osa Guest Ranch that began a tradition of guest ranches in the Southwest.

Throughout its history, Rancho de la Osa has hosted numerous celebrities and VIPs including political figures such as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas, presidential candidates Hubert Humphrey and Adlai Stevenson and President Lyndon B. Johnson. It also has been visited by authors and celebrities such as author of Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell, cowboy stars Tom Mix and John Wayne, Cesar Romero and Joan Crawford. William B. Clayton even drafted the Marshall Plan in one of the casitas in 1948.

Present:
Rancho de la Osa is being used as a guest ranch. The ranch provides daytime activities such as horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, nature walks and bird watching. It hosts themed weekends with even more activities including cowboy cookouts, wine tastings, cooking lessons, cattle round ups and informal western dance instruction.

The property has an outdoor, heated swimming pool, hot tub, garden and massage service as well.
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A large part of the ranch experience is the food. Rancho de la Osa has two dining rooms and four salons. Occupied since the early 1700s, the cantina, known as the “Old Adobe,” is said to be the oldest building in Arizona.

The 21 rooms of the ranch are made from ancient clay and are very elegantly and simply decorated with Mexican antiques. Each room has a patio that allows guests to view the surrounding mountains.

The ranch is also used as a venue for family reunions, birthdays, seminars, retreats, business conferences and weddings.

Future:
Rancho de la Osa now is on the market for $1.9 million by Russ Lyon Sotheby’s. The ranch was put up for sale by the current owners who explained that they just woke up one day and realized that they wanted to travel and do other things, which were restricted by owning such a large property. They have final and complete authority over the sale and would love for the ranch to maintain a similar vision because of its immense history.

Gary Brasher from Russ Lyon Sotheby’s states that there has been a range of offers, from people wanting to keep the property as a ranch to people looking to make it a private residence. But until any sale is finalized, the ranch is still open and taking guests.

Brasher emphasizes the importance of the ranch. “My first impression of the place was that it was a great place to get away from it all. You can be completely surrounded by the mesquite trees and the quiet, and then walk into a room that is impeccable and has all of the conveniences of hot water, fireplaces, beds, and more,” states Brasher._DSC2919

He continues to explain the diversity of the ranch. It was originally a working cattle ranch and was a mainstay of ranching in the community. “It represents the diversity of interest. Anyone can be comfortable here from a cowboy to President Lyndon B. Johnson,” he exclaims.

Finally, he emphatically says, “To me, there are a handful of signature properties in Arizona and this is one of them.” He told the owners that he would be ecstatic to represent the ranch. As a fifth-generation Arizonan, he says it is a thrill because “it is just one of those properties.”

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Top 5 Accommodations: Guest Ranch Adventures (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations for Guest Ranch Adventures! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Guest Ranch Adventures

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures
23925 S. Bumble Bee Ranch Rd. Bumble Bee, AZ 86333

(623) 374-0002
Website
Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.

Lazy K Bar Ranch
8401 N. Scenic Dr. Tucson, AZ 85743

(520) 299-7433
Website
Originally a homestead for the Staggs Family in the 1920s, the Lazy K is now a dude ranch. Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.

Rancho de los Caballeros
1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ 85390

(800) 684-5030
Website
Rancho de los Caballeros is Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.

Rancho De La Osa
1 La Osa Ranch Rd. Sasabe, AZ 85633

(520) 823-4257
Website
This intimate 300-year-old property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.

Tanque Verde Ranch
14301 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85748

(800) 234-3833
Website
Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.

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Top 5: Guest Ranch Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Guest Ranch Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

23925 S. Bumble Bee Rd.,
Bumble Bee, AZ 86333
(623) 374-0002
bumblebeeranch.com
Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.


Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway,
Tucson, AZ 85748
(800) 234-3833
tanqueverderanch.com
Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.


Rancho de los Caballeros

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd.,
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-5484
ranchodeloscaballeros.com
Come experience Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.


Lazy K Bar Ranch

8401 N. Scenic Dr.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 299-RIDE (7433)
lazykbarranch.com
Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.


Rancho De La Osa

1 W. La Osa Ranch Rd.,
Sasabe, AZ 85633
(800) 872-6240
ranchodelaosa.com
This 300-year-old intimate property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Dude Ranch Adventures (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Dude Ranch Adventures (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Dude Ranch Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

34900 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy., Black Canyon City, AZ 86333
623-374-0002
bumblebeeranch.com
Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.


Lazy K Bar Ranch

8401 N. Scenic Dr., Tucson, AZ 85743
520-299-RIDE (7433)
lazykbarranch.com
Originally a homestead for the Staggs Family in the 1920s, the Lazy K is now a dude ranch. Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.


Rancho De La Osa

1 W. La Osa Ranch Rd., Sasabe, AZ 85633
800-872-6240
ranchodelaosa.com
This 300-year-old intimate property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.


Rancho de Los Caballeros

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390
928-684-5484
ranchodeloscaballeros.com
Come experience Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.


Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85748
800-234-3833
tanqueverderanch.com
Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012