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riders on a trail ride in the desert at Kay El Bar Guest Ranch
Exterior of a building at Kay El Bar Guest Ranch
Rider in a pen with a bull
riders in the desert at Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

Wickenburg, Arizona

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Nearest Regional Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor, 70 miles

Nearest International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor, 70 miles


2057 Feet


January-May, October-December

Guest Capacity


Intimate, Historic Ranch
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kay El Bar is an authentic, intimate western dude ranch just over an hour northwest of Phoenix in Wickenburg, Arizona. Discover abandoned gold mines along the rocky mountain trails or ride through the sandy Hassayampa Riverbed. Create memories that will warm your soul and last a lifetime. Become a part of the Kay El Bar family.

Hills and Canyons to Explore
The ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on the banks of the Hassayampa River in the spectacular Sonoran Desert. The climate here includes bi-seasonal rainfall, making it one of the lushest deserts, with giant cacti, short trees and a great variety of shrubbery and animal life. There are thousands of acres of desert hills and canyons to explore on horseback.

Life at the Kay El Bar centers around our horses and riding program, which offers a well-trained string of horses for every experience level. Try your hand at sport shooting and archery, or explore the desert via off-road UTV. Enjoy a hike through the nearby desert terrain where there is a variety of vegetation, including the incredible giant saguaro, prickly pear and barrel cactus. Or choose to take it easy by the pool, in the hot tub or in the hammocks under our majestic 100-year-old trees.

guest at the firing range at Kay El Bar Guest Ranch


  • Archery/Shooting Sports
  • Cattle Work
  • Hiking
  • Team Penning


  • Beginner Rides
  • Horsemanship Lessons
  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Trail Riding Ages 5+

Special Events

  • Horse Clinics

Delicious home-cooked meals await at the Kay El Bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner include plenty of choices and are served plated, buffet or family-style in the dining room, on the patio, or on the trail. Three meals daily tempt every cowpoke’s appetite, and we never skip dessert. Fresh-baked cookies are available all day.


Food Options

  • Ranch/Western

An authentic Western guest ranch with modern accommodations for a limited number of guests. Established in 1926, the Kay El Bar’s original large adobe brick buildings and Spanish architecture are a picture postcard and offer inviting quarters for approximately 25 guests. Comfortable and charming, each guest room has a private modern bath, hand-painted Monterey furniture, and a collection of western artwork and décor. Larger family quarters are also available.


  • Lodge Rooms
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Hot tub
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Swimming Pool



Check-in: 2:00 pm

Check-out: 10:00 am

Length of Stay:

3 nights (January - December)

Cancellation Policy

Deposit, less a 10% cancellation fee, will be refunded if the reservation is cancelled at least 90 days before arrival date. If cancelled within 90 days of arrival, the full deposit will be retained if we cannot fill your reservation. We do recommend buying travel insurance through Travel Guard for your trip.


Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

Wickenburg, Arizona

Nearest Regional Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor, 70 miles