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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.