Spur Cross Stable is located on the site of an 1870's gold mine. The ranch gives visitors a chance to step away from the hectic hustle of the city and enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert on our trusty horses, guided by our very informative, professional wranglers. We offer scenic trails, exceptional service, and reasonable rates.
The ranch is located four miles north of the town of Cave Creek, on the edge of the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area. Our rides take us into the scenic Sonoran Desert, and the foothills of the Tonto National Forest, where riders experience a virtually undisturbed wilderness environment.
View from one of our trails, with Elephant Mountain in the background.
Seasonal changes bring variation to the landscape, from beautiful spring wildflowers, flowering cactus in May and running creeks during the winter season. You'll be sure to enjoy the scenic beauty along the trail.
Take a moment to enjoy our front porch, a fixture of the western ranch, where you can relax and reflect on the beauty of the area...
Jake, Roscoe and Lookout the donkeys and Gilbert and Norman our potbelly pigs are waiting to meet you!!!
One of our favorite horses named "Heart" - Do you see the heart on his forehead?
Spur Cross is home to over 30 horses, which came to us from a variety of circumstances. Many of the horses are rescued from owners unable to care for them, or those which may have been mistreated. They each are given a new home and the best treatment an animal deserves.
Other animals living at the ranch include Gilbert our pot belly pig, Sally the miniature African cow, Smokey and Primo our miniature horses, Chili, our friendly donkey who will greet you with a loud bray, not to say hi but to hope you have a carrot for him..
Yellowsnake (James) belongs to the Comanche tribe, he has an expansive knowledge of desert plants, animals and lore, as well as a fascinating life story, which he will be happy to share with his riders. Yellowsnake is an expert tracker and leads many of our half day and overnight rides.
Diane wrangles on Mondays and Thursdays, and also works as a hair stylist. She is very knowledgable and will be able to answer almost any question thrown her way about the desert or the history surrounding it. She rides Ranger, a little Indian horse.
Kaitlyn is our office girl, who also tags along on some of our larger rides, and occasionally leads a few of the rides. You will often see her riding Zorro, our new spirited horse, or Savannah, our arabian mare.
Sandy works here at the ranch taking care of our critters both large and small. Her favorites are the mini horses, Jack our goat and Baron our retired race horse.
Ian was born and raised on a 180 acre farm in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. There his family grew alfalfa and raised Morgan Horses. His horse's name is lady; a draft quarter horse mix. Ian has been a wrangler for 11 years.
Boot comes from a farm in Nebraska. He has been a wrangler for 15 years and also goes water rafting and ATVing in his spare time. His horse is a Quarter/Arab named Trooper.
Mike, Debbi, and Penny back from a stay up north for the summer.
And of course Lee and Rhonda are always on hand to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable riding experience while at Spur Cross Stable.
Directions: If you are using a GPS to locate us please note that we are out in the country and the GPS systems will often drop you a mile short. The pavement will end so continue to drive 1 mile on dirt road. The road will automatically go through a big wooden arch labled "SCS", and right as you drive through that we will be immediately on your right hand side.
Permitted with the:
Tonto National Forest-State of Az Trust Lands
Spur Cross Conservation / Maricopa County Parks
Town of Cave Creek
Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve
Lee and Rhonda Anderson, owners of Spur Cross Stable.
Humans and horses have always been close companions, and although riding horses is one of the most exciting hobbies one can pick up, there is something even more profound that we gain from the experience. Last month, we talked about the therapeutic benefits horses provide for children. However, horses have some lessons that we can […]
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