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Trail ride at Kay El Bar
group of riders with cowboy hats lined up
Ranch view at Kay El Bar
Trail ride on a ridge at Kay El Bar

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


Year Round

Guest Capacity


Intimate, Historic Ranch

Welcome, Pardner to Kay El Bar, an intimate, historic guest ranch in the heart of the Wild West on the outskirts of Wickenburg, Arizona.

All-Inclusive Vacation Experience

Kay El Bar Guest Ranch offers an all-inclusive vacation experience to individuals or families — meals, lodging and riding in one great price — and the best horseback riding anywhere. Family-owned and with a maximum capacity of 28 guests, we offer a friendly, intimate environment for an unforgettable vacation.

Hills and Canyons to Explore

The ranch is nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on the banks of the Hassaymapa River in the fabulous 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.

Charming Adobe Ranch

The charming adobe ranch was built in the late 1800s, and, like all the early dude ranches, began as a working cattle outfit. The building’s adobe walls are built of sun-dried brick 12 to 18 inches thick; each brick was made by hand by the Maricopa Indians who lived on the nearby reservation. Kay El Bar was converted to a private ranch in 2012 but has reopened in 2018 and is again a winter guest ranch. The ranch is completely up to date in its comforts, including modern bathrooms, a pool, and a whirlpool spa.

Riding Program

Activities at the ranch center around the riding program, with rides twice a day except for Sunday when we have one long morning ride and a trail-side cookout. Our wranglers love introducing children (minimum age 7) and adult first-time riders to the pleasures of riding the trail on a trusty mount. Experienced riders find many delights in riding the Arizona hills.

Other Activities

Non-riders and younger children can enjoy the ranch pool, spa, evening group activities, hiking, and exploring the western town of Wickenburg. Local golf courses welcome visitors.

Life at the Kay El Bar centers around our horses and riding program. Trail riding starts with children 5 years or older and offers a well-trained string of horses for every experience level − beginner, intermediate and advanced. 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.

Girl on a horse in a creek at Kay El Bar


  • Bird Watching
  • Golf on Premises or Nearby
  • Hiking
  • Team Penning


  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Private Lessons
  • Trail Riding Ages 5+

Special Events

  • Family Reunions
  • Girlfriend Getaways
  • Horse Clinics
  • Weddings

Delicious home-made food prepared by experienced cooks on the premises. Our guests rave about the food, which always includes plenty of choices and is served plated, buffet or family-style in the dining room, on the patio, or on the trail. Sunday riders enjoy a trail-side brunch. Three meals daily tempt every cowpoke’s appetite, and we never skip dessert. Fresh-baked cookies available all day.


Dining room at Kay El Bar

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 up to 28 guests. Comfortable and charming, each guest room has a private modern bath, hand-painted Monterey furniture, and a collection of western artwork and decor. Family quarters are also available.

Lodge bedroom at Kay El Bar


  • Cabins
  • 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