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Desert trail ride at Circle Z Ranch
Cowgirl riding in a field at Circle Z Ranch
Family reunion ride at Circle Z Ranch
Fall trail ride at Circle Z Ranch
Trail ride at Circle Z Ranch

Circle Z Ranch

Patagonia, Arizona

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Nearest Regional Airport

Tucson International Airport, 60 miles

Nearest International Airport

Tucson International Airport, 60 miles


4000 Feet


October - May

Guest Capacity


Scenic Horseback Riding

Located on thousands of acres of the most scenic horseback riding in Southern Arizona. The Circle Z Ranch offers all-inclusive ranch vacations; 3 delicious meals/day, horseback riding, tennis, game room, outdoor pool, hiking, bird watching, campfires, cookouts, nature walks and guided stargazing.

Adobe Cottages

Relax in one of our seven adobe cottages, meticulously detailed for your stay. There are accommodations for singles, couples, and families, and our cottages are furnished in colorful southwestern decor. You will find all the comforts of home with new mattresses, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and private entrances.

Diverse Trails and Excellent Horses

Our horseback riding program is well known for the diversity of trails and excellent horses. Many of our horses are bred and trained right here on the ranch, and our expert wranglers will guide you along hundreds of miles of horseback riding trails. You will explore lush riparian areas, beautiful canyons, high mountain tops and high grass valleys. The Sky Islands of Southern Arizona are among the most diverse in the world, supporting hundreds of species of birds, animals, and plant life.

Down to Earth

Owned by the Nash family since 1976, our down to earth style is reflected in the preservation of our property and traditions. We have hosted families for reunions and anniversaries, couples seeking a new adventure, and singles who like to explore the beauty of the desert. The social fabric of our ranch runs deep, as we have entertained generations of guests from around the world. You will be welcomed by a friendly and eager staff, and will quickly become a part of the Circle Z family. Come and join us for an old-time, but not old fashioned, dude ranch vacation.

Aside from our diverse horseback riding adventures in a variety of terrains, there are many fun activities at the Circle Z. We offer a weekly nature program and astronomy night, plus our property is a world-renowned birding site. Every evening we have a social hour in our Cantina, with live entertainment on Saturday. There are campfire nights with s’mores and twice-weekly cook-out rides. Our new Game Room has billiards, foosball, ping pong, basketball, and board games. Our tennis court is newly resurfaced, and our outdoor pool is always open. Not to mention the nearby towns that offer shopping, wine tastings, cavern exploring, and historic tours. There is always something to do at Circle Z, no matter your interests!

Teen guest sitting on a rock at the end of a hike at Circle Z Ranch


  • Cattle Work
  • Hiking
  • Team Penning
  • Tennis Courts
  • Winter Riding
  • Yoga


  • Beginner Rides
  • Horsemanship Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Trail Riding Ages 6+

Special Events

  • Adults Only Weeks
  • Family Reunions
  • Horse Clinics

We take the ranch dining experience to a new level at the Circle Z Ranch with our commitment to the highest standards for the food we serve our guests. Using only the freshest of ingredients, all of our mouthwatering buffets are created in our kitchens from scratch. In our gardens, we grow many of the vegetables served at mealtime, and our honey bees are always busy making the sweetest honey for our use. We select the finest cuts of meats and freshest fillets of fish we can find. Fresh baked breads, mouth-watering pastries, and a variety of cookies, all made from scratch, will greet you each day of your stay. Creative alternatives are available for those guests on strict gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free, or vegan diets. We kindly ask you to disclose any dietary needs when making your reservation so we can have the finest ingredients available for your stay.

Plate of food and a margarita at Circle Z Ranch

Food Options

  • Ranch/Western

The ranch’s maximum occupancy of 30 guests, and 45 guests on holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, is sure to make for a warm, friendly, and intimate stay. Seven historic Spanish-style adobe guest cottages dot the plateau on which the Circle Z lies. Accommodations vary from individual rooms to suites with living rooms or entirely private cottages, each reflecting Southwestern decor. All have individually controlled heat and outside entrances onto a porch. Our cottages have all the amenities: refrigerators, irons, hair dryers, and new mattresses.

Casa Rosa lodge at Circle Z Ranch

  • Lodge Rooms
  • Game Room
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Swimming Pool



Check-in: 4:00 pm

Check-out: 9:00 am

Length of Stay:

4 nights (October - May)

Cancellation Policy

25 % down on new reservations, 90 day cancellation notice for full refund, full payment 1 week in advance. We do recommend buying travel insurance through Travel Guard for your trip.


Circle Z Ranch

Patagonia, Arizona

Nearest Regional Airport

Tucson International Airport, 60 miles