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Western Casita on 62 Acres in Heart of Sonoran Desert, 20 Minutes to Scottsdale

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Studio
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

62 Acre Ranch/Exclusive Eco Equine Boarding Facility on Tonto National Forest

Rio Rancho Verde offers an amazingly unique Arizona experience. This exclusive horse ranch/boarding facility is nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, only 20 - 25 minutes from Scottsdale. Our property sits on the border of the Tonto National Forest, and is the perfect authentic Western adventure. Enjoy an upscale ranch experience and discover the inner operations of an exclusive horse boarding facility, just a short distance from Scottsdale. We offer several different boarding packages and programs, starting with a basic stall rental for your horse, to our "hands on" barn experience to the most popular option, which also includes a stay at our beautiful Western casita. You can experience the" behind the scenes" day to day operations of ranch management and barn maintenance, help us feed the horses carrots from the garden, take a roping lesson from our on-site expert (no cows involved!), sign up for manure management or rent a trusty steed at the stables down the road. We also offer a practice course, with obstacles, for both horses and riders to hone their skills on the trails. We're the perfect destination for hiking, biking and exploring right out of our back gate - or just relax and refresh while enjoying a glass of wine as you watch the spectacular sunsets on the ridge overlooking the mountain peaks and desert vistas. We're secluded and surrounded by the most amazing mountain views, saguaro cactus and Sonoran Desert scenery and offer a relaxing alternative to the fast pace of city life. The premier package includes horse boarding, and a stay in a tastefully decorated chic Western Casita/Bunkhouse. The designer décor offers a combination of upscale Southwestern and Western furnishings and accessories with all the amenities. Over 800 square feet of open floor plan, complete with fireplace, full kitchen and bathroom, washer/dryer, big screen TV, AC and heat, dining area (seats 6) and a private courtyard that faces the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve. Enjoy cocktails as you watch the sun set and turn the skies crimson, take your morning coffee down to the barn and help us grain the horses or enjoy the sky full of stars over dinner on your own private patio. Walk out the back gate to miles and miles of trails, we're a short ride/hike to the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve to the west and directly on the Tonto National Forest to the east. The night skies are filled with stars and you're sure to hear a coyote or two howling in the distance. Take a side trip to the Verde River (9 miles) and keep an eye out for the wild horses that call this area home. There's a stable down the road where you can rent horses, and we have bikes you can borrow. We're committed to an Eco-Ranch lifestyle and are committed to sustainability, being mindful of the ecology in which we live and embracing the environment that surrounds us. We have an organic garden on site and you're welcome to help yourselves to the vegetables we grow. Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose! It's an amazing beautiful site, far enough out that you'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere but only 25 minutes from Scottsdale and fine dining, galleries, shops and nightlife. Come join us at Rio Rancho Verde! If the bunkhouse is not available please see our other listings at VRBO 766813 or VRBO 763667.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, un poquito espanol
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

Property Type

  • Studio
  • On floor 1
  • 950 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    18 and over please...moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Please ask ahead of time, infants are fine (you'll need to bring a crib), and dependent upon age and number, we can accommodate. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Your pets are welcome if they play nicely with others:). There is a dog deposit that is refundable if there's no damage. Leashes aren't required, however, if you have little dogs, we do have coyotes.........moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Not in the bunkhouse please....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community:

    We have quite a few winter visitors who are in their 60's to 70's (but act like they're 30!), ...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    The bunkhouse is wheelchair accessible as is the shower, but there's limited concrete which may be restrictive. Just ask and we'll try to accommodate....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • This is a casita/bunkhouse/studio that has a king size bed (all one very large room) with a kitchen, fireplace, washer/dryer, big screen TV, kitchen and private bathroom with shower. We can add an additional 2 portable beds if needed for a nominal cost....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Beautifully decorated bathroom with tile shower.

Other Amenities

  • We have something for everyone! Just let us know what you need and we'll take care of it. We can furnish the bunkhouse with groceries, birthday cakes, special anniversary gifts, amenities that are above and beyond, etc. We also have a masseuse and facial person within 3 miles of the house that our guests love to visit! We're always available for questions and feedback to help make your stay more enjoyable!...moreless


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    We're perched on the edge of the Tonto National Forest, so our views of the 4 Peaks Mountains and Granite Mountain are spectacular!...moreless

  • Rural:

    We're on a dirt road that's well maintained with very few neighbors, except an occasional coyote or javelina! Uber does not service our ranch, so you'll need a car....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Most guests enjoy eating outside under the covered patio, but the bunkhouse has an antique dining room table that seats 4 - 6...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Wood burning fireplace, we'll supply the wood....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Internet is free, however, if you're doing business, streaming video, etc., we'll need to upgrade the service. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The bunkhouse is all one big room...moreless

  • Parking:

    plenty of parking!...moreless

  • Telephone:

    We have a Voip phone available at the house for emergencies, but you'll need to have your own cell phone. Verizon works best....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    see fireplace...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Of course!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    we should have everything you need, if we don't, just ask....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher - that would be you:)...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    full kitchen with stove top (no oven), toaster oven, microwave, fireplace, frig, freezer, fully furnished with just about everything you'll need. If we don't have it, we'll try and get it for you....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    no oven, but you can use the BBQ outside...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt and pepper, coffee, olive oil, sugar, creamer, some spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    cooktop, with outside BBQ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    you can borrow ours...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    there's several courses within 10 miles of the ranch...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    rentals are available near the river...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    help yourself to the organic veggies!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    There is a pool at the house, however, it's private and not available for your use (without prior permission from the homeowner)...moreless

Building Type

  • Building


Write a review 5
from 4 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$930 $4,185
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Tax Rate 7.27%


There will be a $100 dog deposit that is fully refundable if there are no damages. There is a $75 cleaning fee for any stays over 6 nights.

Internet upgrade:

Fee is $10 per stay (not per night)

Payment is due upon acceptance of reservation

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/29/2017
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14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Rare Earth Wine Bar
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Tonto Verde
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Pinnacle Grill

Car: Necessary

You can rent a bike, horse, ATV or just hike right off or down the road from our property. We're near the resort communities of Carefree and Cavecreek, which offer a Western atmosphere complete with a bar that hosts bull riding! There's an incredible variety of festivals, rodeos, museums, shopping and dining all nearby. Plenty of golf courses, hiking trails and restaurants. You can also raft the nearby Verde River, or rent paddleboards for a day at one of the many lakes near the ranch.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: My husband and I love living in the desert and enjoy sharing this incredible space with our guests. We've made some amazing friends who return year after year and who love to ride their horses with us to discover new trails and places. We're both avid horseback riders, Joe's a roper, and we also like mountain biking and hiking on the trails outside our gates. We have an organic garden on site, we compost and are big on reduce, reuse, recycle and re-purpose! We like being sustainable, we're on a well so we're always mindful of water consumption, and the veggies in our garden could feed an army! We enjoy meeting new people and thrive on the incredible feedback that we get from our guests!

Why the Owner Chose Rio Verde Foothills, Scottsdale, AZ, USA:
We wanted to live as far out in the desert as we possibly could, but still have the conveniences of town. We specifically looked in the Rio Verde Foothills area because we wanted to live on the national forest and have neighbors who were close enough to become friends with but far enough away to give us our space. (we have awesome neighbors!!). When you see how beautiful our land is you'll know immediately that it's a very special place. We're incredibly blessed and grateful to call this home.

The Unique Benefits at this Studio:
It's serene and peaceful, the views are incredible, we get visited by the local wildlife, the scenery is spectacular - it's amazing! My daughter, when she comes to visit, says: "this is what quiet sounds like", and it's so true.

Contact us

Speaks: english, un poquito espanol
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/29/2017

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  • our backyard!

    our backyard!

  • Welcome to Rio Rancho Verde!

    Welcome to Rio Rancho Verde!

  • the barn

    the barn

  • casita in bloom - your own private courtyard

    casita in bloom - your own private courtyard

  • the barn at Rio Rancho Verde, 4 Peaks mountain range in the distance

    the barn at Rio Rancho Verde, 4 Peaks mountain range in the distance

  • double crested Saguaro cactus!

    double crested Saguaro cactus!

  • Hay!  Where's my breakfast!

    Hay! Where's my breakfast!

  • Boulder bike man!  Ride out our gate to the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve

    Boulder bike man! Ride out our gate to the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve

  • Night blooming cactus  outside your door

    Night blooming cactus outside your door

  • casita with barn in the background

    casita with barn in the background

  • blood moon over 4 Peaks

    blood moon over 4 Peaks

  • 10 of 62 acres, house on top, casita across from house, then barns and turnout

    10 of 62 acres, house on top, casita across from house, then barns and turnout

  • view out the back gate

    view out the back gate

  • sun setting over the ranch

    sun setting over the ranch

  • Goin' home!

    Goin' home!

  • entry onto the property

    entry onto the property

  • spectacular sunrise!

    spectacular sunrise!

  • wild horses down at the river, 7 miles away

    wild horses down at the river, 7 miles away

  • dining room in casita

    dining room in casita

  • friendly guests enjoying a cup of coffee in the courtyard

    friendly guests enjoying a cup of coffee in the courtyard

  • incredible sunrise from the front courtyard

    incredible sunrise from the front courtyard

VRBO #762576

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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