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    02-25-2012, 11:24 PM
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stuff to do and places to go (and ride) in Arizona

I noticed alot of you guys are in Az. I have family and a vacation home there and was wondering what there was to do and some places to ride (just a casual trail ride as I'd probably be with family who don't ride) in the Gilbert area are? Also since everythings so much cheaper down there I'd love some tack shop reccomendations!
     
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    02-25-2012, 11:30 PM
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Depending on what you're looking for, and how brazen you want to get, you have options.
Take a ride up north to Prescott. Theres a handful of places to find neat stuff, especially secondhand stuff.
If you're brazen, you can go to Nogales or Algodones, and shop there. Only go in a group, and the bigger the better. The cartels generally leave Americans alone, but with the crap they have going on, and the sheer violence, you never know.

As for riding, it depends on the time of year.
We ride year round here, though it does get chilly from december till about now, and we have gotten snow as late as April. There's all sorts of neat places to explore, and things to see on day trips from Gilbert.
Or, do a camping trip up in the north country.
From Prescott, you can have any climate you like in about an hours drive. Snowy pines to scrub low desert, its all close by.
There are 4 wilderness areas within 30 miles of Prescott that can only be traversed on horseback or foot.
I hunt and trap in 3 of them, and know them pretty well.
When you figure out when you plan on being in AZ, shoot me a PM, and we can get you better detailed information.
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    02-25-2012, 11:41 PM
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^^ What he said.
     
    02-26-2012, 08:27 AM
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Weanling
It would also help tremedously if we knew a bit more about you, like where you'rre from, what your basic abilities are, whether you'll need horses or do you have your own, will you need a place to keep them if you have your own, what you'd like to see, and things like that.
From where I am at, it's possible to do an overnighter up to the Grand Canyon, or trailer up to Tusayan, and go into the park on horseback.
Sedona is also gorgeous, as is Mingus, and Granite Mtn, and many other locales.
Heck, I could take you scouting with me, you'd never be the wiser as to what I was doing, and you'd still have an amazing time!
And, on top of that, there are often rodeos in Prescott, about once a month starting in March.
PBR does lots of events, and theyre always fun to watch, easy on the wallet, and a great family time.
     
    02-26-2012, 11:31 PM
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Showing
^^ Again, what he said. Lol

Also, if you come to P-town (the local name for Prescott), I could show you around. I board at a stable that does dude string rides and I'm best friends with the new wrangler who leads trail rides.
     
    02-27-2012, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by azwantapaint    
It would also help tremedously if we knew a bit more about you, like where you'rre from, what your basic abilities are, whether you'll need horses or do you have your own, will you need a place to keep them if you have your own, what you'd like to see, and things like that.
From where I am at, it's possible to do an overnighter up to the Grand Canyon, or trailer up to Tusayan, and go into the park on horseback.
Sedona is also gorgeous, as is Mingus, and Granite Mtn, and many other locales.
Heck, I could take you scouting with me, you'd never be the wiser as to what I was doing, and you'd still have an amazing time!
And, on top of that, there are often rodeos in Prescott, about once a month starting in March.
PBR does lots of events, and theyre always fun to watch, easy on the wallet, and a great family time.
We'd need horses and I'm in BC . I myself love nature and such my sister not so much. Honestly though I think it'd be nice to do two trail rides one lazy with some trotting and possible cantering simple trails with my family and one
A bit more advanced (not incredibly though) just some more I treating trails and more trot/canter with a group I did a couple trail rides like that here and loved them...aside from the part where my horse decided ton ignore my halt and walked smack into another horse....didn't get kicked surprisingly just a look from the numbed into horse thatsp said "really?". Were doing this river thing I think it involves a big bubble or something round....
Never been scouting what exactly does that entail?
     
    02-27-2012, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by azwantapaint    
Depending on what you're looking for, and how brazen you want to get, you have options.
Take a ride up north to Prescott. Theres a handful of places to find neat stuff, especially secondhand stuff.
If you're brazen, you can go to Nogales or Algodones, and shop there. Only go in a group, and the bigger the better. The cartels generally leave Americans alone, but with the crap they have going on, and the sheer violence, you never know.

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Were small towners the less violence the better I'd probably have a panic attack....said the girl who went to Mexico on a mission trip in the middle of a drug war
     
    02-27-2012, 01:32 AM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
^^ Again, what he said. Lol

Also, if you come to P-town (the local name for Prescott), I could show you around. I board at a stable that does dude string rides and I'm best friends with the new wrangler who leads trail rides.
How far is that from Gilbert and what barn do you board at? (so 8 can do some research of my own)
     
    03-02-2012, 12:20 AM
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Showing
Prescott is about an hour and a half north of Gilbert. I board at Granite Mountain Stables. Granite Mountain Stables
     
    03-02-2012, 08:38 AM
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Weanling
We board privately through a close friend.
Scouting is what I do in preparation for my deer and elk hunting in the fall.
I look for the herds, find where they bed up, find the feeding areas, and the transition areas.
I also locate the water holes, from which I can usually backtrack and find the animals.
The Prescott area is very heavily into equine activities. Lots and lots of trails, plenty of open spaces for taking a ride, and a wide variety of scenery choices, from tall pines and cool draws, to open prairies, to scrub and rocky mountainside adventures.
The bubble thing sounds like tubing on the salt river. It's fun. More fun if you have a cooler that fits into an innertube and can do a good imitation of a buoy.
However, being a northern climate person, be SURE to have the sunblock readily available.
SPF 45 or higher. The desert is very unkind to pasty white exposed skin, and you WILL fry yourself quickly (an hour outside in direct sun)without it.
Drink LOTS of water. In summer, I consume 2-5 gallons a day when moderately to heavily active. Yes, it seems like a lot, and you don't realize how much you're perspiring as its very dry.
But, you'll get a headache and cramps fast if you're not drinking enough.
AZ is an awesome place. Its amazingly beautiful, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, great food, and wonderful people.
Oh, and before I forget- if you see someone with a gun on their hip, don't flip out. It's common here, and very much legal, as well as socially accepted.
We take a lot of pride in freedom, the Constitution, and taking care of our own.
So, come on over and play in OUR backyard!
Now that I got myself all sorts of excited, I think imagonnahafta go exploring this morning!
     

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