As temperatures heat up in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the world-famous Cowboy College will be migrating to cooler temperatures in August for its first-ever “Cowboy College in the Pines” at Arizona’s premier luxury guest ranch.

The “College” will take place from August 18 – 22 at Hidden Meadow Ranch in the White Mountains near Greer, Arizona. Instruction will include such activities as rider and equine safety, grooming, roping, team penning, and much, much more.

“People from around the world learn about how to become our special brand of cowboy at our ranch in Scottsdale.  But with summer temperatures what they are in the desert, we wanted to create a new, unique opportunity at one of our state’s most beautiful guest ranches to celebrate the lesser-known Arizona high country,” said Cowboy College Owner Lori Bridwell.

Hidden Meadow Ranch, which has been awarded “Most Excellent Ranch” by Condé Nast Johansens Luxury Travel Guide multiple times, offers guests excellent instruction in horseback riding, fly fishing, archery, leatherworking, woodworking, canoeing, cowboy roping and much more.

“There is no better place to be during an Arizona summer than at 8500 feet up in the cool White Mountains, in Apache and Navajo country.  And there will be no better place to be in August than at Hidden Meadow Ranch to learn about cowboy life with Cowboy College,” said Hidden Meadow Ranch Owner Tim Bolinger.

This Cowboy College will be a bit more “spruced up” than the norm, according to Bridwell.  Instead of sleeping in the desert bunkhouse, students at Cowboy College in the Pines will be lodged in Hidden Meadow’s private log cabins.  Meals will be ordered off the amazing Ranch House menu, featuring such delicacies as elk tenderloin and venison.  A soak under the starlit mountain skies in the hot tub with warm towels provided will take the aches out after a long day in the saddle.

If Cowboy College students would like to come early, they can get expert instruction in fly-fishing as well, since Hidden Meadow Ranch is the region’s only Orvis-endorsed Fly-fishing Lodge.  They can then try their hands at the ultimate fly-fishing adventure by heading deep into the national forest to a small mountain stream in search of the native Apache Trout, which can only be found in the White Mountains.

To make reservations for “Cowboy College in the Pines” or to learn about other activities and events visit HMR online at or call (866) 333-4080 toll free or call 928.333.1000.

About Hidden Meadow Ranch
Providing first-rate accommodations and service is second nature at Hidden Meadow Ranch. The owners, Tim and Casey Bolinger of Greenbrier Southwest Corporation in Scottsdale, were integrally involved in the development of Kierland in northeast Phoenix and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain community near Tucson. Joining their resort and development expertise with their interests in horseback riding, snow skiing and fly fishing, the Bolingers and their team, led by General Manager Jane Lenci, have created a luxury lodging atmosphere at Hidden Meadow Ranch. The experience complements the naturally beautiful, secluded setting, while providing a range of recreational activities and high level of service and comfort in all four seasons.

About Cowboy College
Have you ever had a dream of being a cowboy riding on the range and working with cattle? Arizona Cowboy College is a family-owned and -operated business in Scottsdale AZ. The Bridwell family has been operating in Scottsdale since 1969. The first session of the “Cowboy College” was in 1989. The college is run by Lori Bridwell, wife of the late Lloyd Bridwell, one of the most respected “Working Ranch Cowboys” who died tragically in April 2000. The school’s senior instructor is Rocco Wachman, famous for his role in Country Music Television’s series Cowboy U. Lloyd and Rocco worked tirelessly on the curriculum and subject matter that makes the College not just another dude ride. It did not take long for the popularity of the school to take hold. The Arizona Cowboy College has been featured on NBC Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC Good Morning America, and they all agree that this is the only school of its kind in the world. Rocco and the college horses have a unique talent for teaching. We can take a person who has never touched a horse before and have them riding confidently in just a few days, or take a seasoned rider and teach them new techniques or give them a different way to look at old ones, maybe just get them out of the same old daily routine. Our course is designed to be a serious attempt at teaching you horsemanship skills and ranching techniques you will carry with you the rest of your life. Arizona Cowboy College is “Life Changing” and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.