Sandy Valley is pitched as a side trip

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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.

Horseback riding at the Sandy Valley Ranch is a popular activity for groups looking for an alternative to the neon lights of Las Vegas. 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 said.

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 horses.

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

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