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Apache Springs Ranch


The Apache Springs Ranch, nestled at the foot of the Santa Rita Mountains, is about 45 minutes from Tucson and just five miles north of Sonoita. The ranch was named after the historic Apache Spring, which is located on the ranch, and provides irrigation and livestock water to the fenced pastures.

This magnificent ranch is equipped to host virtually any kind of equestrian pursuit; and it is zoned for guest ranch use. It was most recently used as an equestrian related therapy center, and enjoyed a world wide clientele. The appointments are truly world class, both for guests and horses. It is surrounded by National Forest, which helps create a totally private and naturally serene experience. It would be an ideal setting for a treatment center or a corporate retreat. A dude ranch with an emphasis on a wide range of equestrian pursuits would also be an excellent fit, because in addition to a covered arena, a roping arena, and carefully thought out equine care and training facilities, there are literally hundreds of miles of magnificent riding trails that are directly connected to the ranch.

Modern lodging for more than a dozen guests, staff housing, a charming 4,329 sq. ft. adobe main house, a guest cottage and the original Tom Gardner house comprise the various residential possibilities at the ranch. The Tom Gardner house is an historic building made of adobe, and it has walls that are over two feet thick, though it includes all of the modern amenities. The canyon in which the ranch is located was named after Mr. Gardner, who originally homesteaded the ranch. He led a very colorful life as evidenced by
the historical anecdotes that survive. Gardner Canyon runs through the ranch and leads deep into the wilderness where wild game abounds. It has springs dotted along its shady, meandering length where nesting Golden Eagles, Whitetail Deer, and ancient Indian artifacts are often seen.

An intimate convention center is equipped with a commercial kitchen, a large meeting room, and a beer and wine license. Three offices, a gift shop, and a dining room complete the convention complex, which is situated in what once was one of the two large barn structures on the ranch. It has a peaceful modern sensibility, and was completed in 2006 with the cooperation of the Santa Cruz County zoning, building and health officials. There is no limit to the events that could be hosted in this warm and welcoming facility.
A potentially assumable note and some owner financing may be available to qualified purchasers. Come see it for yourself. With its lush Cottonwood trees, native grass, the live spring, and total privacy, there is nothing even remotely like it in Southern Arizona.

By appointment only.

Apache Springs Ranch Equine Accommodations

  • 80’ x 150’ Covered Arena, with deep, high quality footing, dust misting system, lighting, and stock watering spigots. Attached to it is a 24’x150 covered blacktop breeze way which connects the arena to the barns.

  • A 60’ total isolation round pen for training without distractions which has lighting, making it very useful for training young horses through the warmer months.

  • Two double horse stanchions for horse washing, grooming and shoeing. Each has water and electricity and both are shaded.

  • Pipe fenced paddocks adjacent to the barn with stock water plumbed to each.

  • Two hot walker stations with electricity.

  • Numerous fenced pastures, enough to handle several discrete groups of horses.

  • Approximately 25 acres of irrigated pastures, (five separate pastures), with water lines for water cannons piped to each.

  • The Apache (artesian) Spring feeds a pond, which is the reservoir for the irrigation system, and the spring runs year around.

  • The irrigation pump has a capacity of 125 gallons per minute of water delivery.

  • A separate steel pipe roping arena with stock water and electricity.

  • All pastures and paddocks have shade structures and stock water piped to each.

  • An 18 stall barn, with two large veterinary stanchions, a veterinary office with a refrigerator, an additional barn manager’s office, and a lavatory.

  • The horse barn has first class wood and steel stall doors and welded feeders, ventilation windows, a pest misting system, and room to store equipment.

  • All stalls are metal lined and have rubber footing; two are extra large for mares and foals.

  • A tack room with enough built in steel saddle racks for a multitude of saddles.

  • Over one hundred metal pipe fence panels are included with the ranch, allowing for tremendous flexibility in accommodating various equine needs.

  • There is a hay barn that is designed to receive four or more full loads (block units) of hay. (No need for stacking bales!) A separate laundry bldg. is nearby.

  • Two ranch equipment barns and a large workshop with feed & grain storage.

  • Housing for several staff members and the barn manager with full amenities, all of which is independent of the owner’s and guest’s residential accommodations.

  • Hundreds of miles of riding trails that lead from the ranch directly into some of the most pristine and secluded mountain and canyon country in Arizona.

  • The ranch is surrounded by the Coronado National Forest, which gives it a back yard consisting of several million acres of majestic riding possibilities.