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About Rancho de los Caballeros

About Rancho de los Caballeros

Founded in 1948, Wickenburg’s Rancho de los Caballeros was a family-owned-and-operated ranch resort spanning 20,000 acres across the High Sonoran Desert. Famous for our Southwest hospitality and respect for the natural world, we endeavor to follow the true spirit of the Spanish caballeros, the “gentlemen on horseback." Every season, we welcome new guests and many returning ones—indeed, 75% of our families are returnees—who are drawn to our traditional living and neighborly attitude.

Family Tradition of Hospitality

Our venerable story dates back to 1948, when Dallas Gant, Sr., along with C.L. Maguire and Belford Howard, and their wives, joined forces to lovingly build a dude ranch that could stand the test of time. Their dream was finally realized when Rancho de los Caballeros opened its doors to guests. Operated for more than seventy years by the Gant family, in 2021 the ranch transferred ownership from Dallas' son, “Rusty,” to another trio of families who have been multigenerational guests of the ranch for decades. These three families and a new management team, complete with a three-year plan to upgrade facilities, will continue to deliver exceptional levels of service, while honoring the unique southwestern traditions for which the ranch has become famous. In this way, the treasured history of Rancho de los Caballeros will be preserved for generations to come. 

Family Tradition of Hospitality

Our venerable story dates back to 1948, when Dallas Gant, Sr., along with C.L. Maguire and Belford Howard, and their wives, joined forces to lovingly build a dude ranch that could stand the test of time. Their dream was finally realized when Rancho de los Caballeros opened its doors to guests. Operated for more than seventy years by the Gant family, in 2021 the ranch transferred ownership from Dallas' son, “Rusty,” to another trio of families who have been multigenerational guests of the ranch for decades. These three families and a new management team, complete with a three-year plan to upgrade facilities, will continue to deliver exceptional levels of service, while honoring the unique southwestern traditions for which the ranch has become famous. In this way, the treasured history of Rancho de los Caballeros will be preserved for generations to come. 

The "Sun C" Brand

In the days when Rancho de los Caballeros ran cattle, our cattle brand was the "Sun C", which looks like a "C" with three rays of sunshine to represent The Ranch's three founding families. Today, the brand lives-on as a symbol of how family is at the heart of what we do, and it's reflected in the way we treat our guests like one of our own, whether in greeting you with a handshake and a smile, or making sure you have everything you need for the perfect stay. 

The "Sun C" Brand

In the days when Rancho de los Caballeros ran cattle, our cattle brand was the "Sun C", which looks like a "C" with three rays of sunshine to represent The Ranch's three founding families. Today, the brand lives-on as a symbol of how family is at the heart of what we do, and it's reflected in the way we treat our guests like one of our own, whether in greeting you with a handshake and a smile, or making sure you have everything you need for the perfect stay. 

Fun Facts Over the Years

  • 1947:  Our pearl-shaped swimming pool was dug by hand, and it was the first non-rectangular pool in Arizona. Our Ranch was also the first in Arizona to use under-floor radiant heating. 
  • 1948:  Kids' Club program started with the inception of the ranch. 
  • 1951:  Airstrip was added for guests to arrive in private planes. Today, private planes land at nearby Wickenburg Airport, but you can still see part of our former runway between the 17th and 18th fairways.
  • 1979:  Los Caballeros Golf Club was built.
  • 2006:  The Spa at Los Caballeros opened.

Fun Facts Over the Years

  • 1947:  Our pearl-shaped swimming pool was dug by hand, and it was the first non-rectangular pool in Arizona. Our Ranch was also the first in Arizona to use under-floor radiant heating. 
  • 1948:  Kids' Club program started with the inception of the ranch. 
  • 1951:  Airstrip was added for guests to arrive in private planes. Today, private planes land at nearby Wickenburg Airport, but you can still see part of our former runway between the 17th and 18th fairways.
  • 1979:  Los Caballeros Golf Club was built.
  • 2006:  The Spa at Los Caballeros opened.

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