Rancho De La Osa
The Most Historic Place in Arizona!
February 28th-March 1st, 2020 Friday-Sunday
$877 Per Person (Single Room Occupancy, Queen Bed)
$647 Per Person (Double Room Occupancy, King Bed)
$572 Per Person (Triple Room Occupancy, Single Beds)
Just over an hour south of Tucson, high in the Sonoran Desert, Rancho De La Osa is situated on 590 acres, surrounded by 120,000 acres of Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge. Rancho De La Osa is historically rich, boasting a ranch headquarters that was originally a village for Tohono O’Odham Indians, possibly dating all the way back to the Hohokams. The ranch is home to the oldest continually used building in Arizona, built by Jesuit missionaries in 1720, to be used as a place of worship, a trading post and an inn for travelers. In 1916 Pancho Villa attempted to take the ranch, leaving a cannonball lodged in an adobe wall. Following the Gadsden Purchase of 1853, the ranch became part of the United States and was purchased in the late 1800’s by cattle baron Colonel William Sturgis, who built the great hacienda. In 1925 Louisa Wetherill, a noted archaeologist purchased the ranch and opened it to guests the following year. By the 1930’s Rancho De La Osa became a political hotbed, hosting President Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Senator Adlai Stevenson and many others. William Clayton famously wrote the Marshall Plan in what is now known as the Clayton House. Hollywood celebrities who visited the ranch included, Joan Crawford, Tom Mix and John Wayne, just to name a few. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, spent time at the ranch and Zane Gray regularly wrote there. Today Rancho De La Osa offers a remarkable guest ranch experience, with fabulous food, much of it locally sourced, and a great wine list. The staff offers unmatched hospitality and there are endless activities to keep you busy from sunup to sundown, although many guests are drawn to the ranch for its tranquility and remarkable scenery.
Day One: We’ll leave the Valley with a stop for coffee & goodies, on our way to enjoy lunch on self in Tucson, at El Charro, the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. El Charro’s lunch menu offers traditional Mexican dishes at a great price, along with fantastic burgers and salads. After lunch we’ll head for Sasabe, Arizona and Rancho De La Osa, where the adventure begins! We’ll check into our rooms and take some time for a refresh, before we gather for our own Happy Hour and later head into the dining room for a wonderful dinner, and it’s all included.
Day Two: A delicious breakfast will be served buffet style, included, in the dining room. After breakfast the day is yours to enjoy as you like, and there is much to see and do here. Rancho De La Osa is a wildlife photographer’s dream, and you’ll want to discover every corner of this fascinating property. Take an easy hike to Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge or hop on the bus to explore this region with your tour guide. Several ala carte activities are available at an additional price, including horseback riding and electric fat tour bikes. Early afternoon we’ll gather for a fantastic lunch, included, at the ranch. After a day filed with adventure, we’ll head back to the ranch to enjoy our own Happy Hour, and later an exceptional dining experience, and it’s all included.
Day Three: We’ll enjoy a leisurely buffet style breakfast, included. After breakfast it’s back on the bus headed for home with lots of great sightseeing and a stop for lunch on self along the way. This is going to be a remarkable tour, and we hope you’ll join us!
Ala Carte Activities are per person, and subject to tax
- Guided Fat Tire Bike Tour—$40
- Guided Off-Road Tour to the Border or Buenos Aires—$30
- Guided Off-Road Tour to the Ruins—$75
- Guided 3D Archery—$35
- Guided Sport Shooting—$35 Extra Bullets—$10
- Horseback Ride (1 hr.)—$40
- Horseback Ride (2-3 hrs.)—$80