The Hualapai Ranch is where the old fashioned fun times can be found at Grand Canyon West! The Hualapai Ranch is located near the welcome center and airport, so this destination is accessible by both private passenger car and the shuttle bus system. There is plenty of room for tour buses and recreational vehicles to park and maneuver around as well. The Hualapai Ranch is an entertaining wild west ghost town replica that is complete with an old fashioned main street that features a trading post, dance hall, livery and stables. There is even an old west style jail house with an undertaker located right next door.
All sorts of western style entertaining activities take place in the ranch that will please audiences of all ages. The staged outlaw gunfighters and quickdraw specialists that haunt the streets are fascinating to watch. Visitors are encouraged to take part in the good guy vs bad guy reenactment events. Playing “Cowboys and Indians” is the name of the game at the Hualapai Ranch and since this is the home of the Hualapai Nation, the Native Americans always win! What this means is if you do not side with the natives, then be prepared to lose the battle with the renegades and end up being carted to jail. Having a home field advantage sure does have its benefits in these parts!
There are plenty more activities at the ranch that appeal to both children and adults. Tomahawk throwing and roping demonstrations are exciting to see. There are horseback trail rides and pony rides are available for the kids. There are also old west style sunset wagon rides to the canyon rim, which definitely are worth the ride! The Hualapai Ranch Trading Post offers plenty of memorabilia, tribal artwork, western clothes, cowboy hats, moccasins and unique Southwestern food items. The authentic hand crafted Native American silver and turquoise jewelry can be found nowhere else but this region, so finding a one of a kind item to bring home is easy to do.
In this old west ghost town there is a big old fashioned Dance Hall where the ranch cooks serve up some good old western style vittles. The price of admission to the entire Grand Canyon West complex does include a choice of a meal at any of the dining destinations and the Dance Hall definitely is the most popular pick. The Dance Hall kitchen serves big hearty portions of traditional ranch food, so be sure to work up a big appetite before stepping through the swinging doors! The seating capacity at the Dance Hall can handle large groups and the entertainment is free. There was also a ranch hand strumming guitar and singing traditional cowboy songs.
The Hualapai Ranch has plenty of cabin lodges that can be booked for overnight stays. Booking a cabin in advance is the way to go, because this lodge can fill up quick if a few tour buses arrive. The old west style cabins are within walking distance of the Grand Canyon, so they are a good place to bed down for the night.
There is plenty more to do at he the Hualapai Ranch during daylight hours and many activities require folks to rise and shine close to dawn. Grand Canyon horseback trail rides and whitewater rafting trips are some of the adventurous activities that are offered at this place. For those who are into a world of thrills, whitewater rafting on the mighty Colorado River is as exciting as it gets! Visiting the Hualapai Ranch in Grand Canyon West will certainly provide good memories that last a lifetime!
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