What you'll do
Guests and I will be horseback riding the mountains while supervising different aspects of cattle management - cattle health, fences, water lines, and predators. Pick up is at 9am and horseback riding starts at 9:30am. We start the day off by meeting the cowboys and the horses. I teach or remind the guest how to put the saddle on the horse. Sometimes we will go back to basics to be ready when horseback riding on steep slopes. Once equipment and supplies are ready, the guest and I will drive the horse to the pasture we need to supervise that day. On horseback, we go out to inspect cattle and revise fences and water lines. We go through several hills and it is always exciting - and a challenge sometimes - to go uphill, downhill, and through steep slopes and canyons on horseback. It is common to see whitetail deers, javalina herds, hawks, and sometimes even mountain lions. We will also glass mountains looking for cattle and for wildlife. We eat lunch under an oak and we go back to the headquarters after a 3-hour ride. Back in the headquarters, we can go back to basics and go over questions about horseback riding on hills and more practice and advise
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
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- Diverse animals
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My name is German Robles. I was born and raised in the Sonoran Desert. My family owns a piece of land in the Sky Island region and we do cattle ranching and ecotourism. El Aribabi Conservation Ranch is part of a natural corridor of migration. Biodiversity in the area is amazing and El Aribabi is home to 25+ threatened or endangered species. As a Range Scientist I am in charge of cattle management at our mountain grasslands. We take care of more than 600 head of cattle grazing out in our hills. It is always a pleasure to ride the Sky Islands mountains on horseback as a cowboy.
Lunch-to-go. Burritos or tortas will be available for lunch. We will do our best to accomodate for diet restrictions.
Water will be provided for the horseback ride and for lunch.
Saddle for the horse, chaps for protection and gloves.
Where you'll be
The Sky Island region is very important because many important species inhabit the area. Here, many characteristics of different ecosystems collide and give rise to a great biodiversity. There are species such as the Jaguar, Ocelot, Golden Eagle, Black Bear and many others El Aribabi Conservation ranch is a private ranch and thanks to the help of many researchers and organizations, it has become a center of wildlife and plant studies.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Guests need to know the basics about horseriding and be able to withstand a 2-3 hour horseback ride in the sun or outdoors. Horseback riding is not a sport but it is a physically challenging activity.
Place is remote and it is located around 30 minutes from Imuris Sonora. It is located 1 hour away from the Nogales AZ border. Services are limited because it is a ranch and we are out in the wild.
Sky Islands on Horseback @ El Aribabi