LAS VEGAS -- Sandy Valley Ranch is described as being "45 minutes
and 100 years from Las Vegas."
And groups are finding it an attractive side trip when
vacationing on the Strip.
"We tell people this is a chance to combine the neon lights of
Vegas with an adventure of how the Old West was a century ago,"
said a Sandy Valley Ranch spokeswoman.
The 300-square-mile ranch, with prime sage and mesquite land to
explore, has primarily targeted groups, particularly those in the
nearby Las Vegas area, since it opened last July.
"We're running about 90% groups," the spokeswoman said, adding
that the sprawling ranch has handled parties of up to 2,500.
The ranch offers customized programs for groups depending on
requests for a rougher or milder schedule, the spokeswoman
More active events include rounding up and branding cattle.
Milder events such as chuck wagon dinners with a campfire
sing-along are available.
One three-day adventure featuring riding and saddling lessons,
horseshoe pitching, hiking, hayrides, roping and working cattle and
chuck wagon breakfasts is $1,100 per person.
A la carte adventures include overnight trail rides with camp
outs in the resort's camp tepees, dinner and lunch trail rides,
horse shows and rodeo events.
Ranch visitors who don't wish to ride horseback can mosey around
the ranch on a traditional wagon pulled by a team of Belgian draft
Ranch guests need to bring sleeping bags and overnight bags.
Cowboy gear is supplied.
Groups also can arrange to hire bartenders or book line-dancing
lessons. Group discounts of up to 20% are available.
Bus transportation from Las Vegas and other areas can be
arranged, and there's a 3,200-foot airstrip near the ranch.
The ranch was developed by Marilyn Gubler, who bought the
property two years ago.
Sandy Valley Ranch
Phone: (702) 461-5075