Property at a Glance: Grand Canyon Western Ranch
Ranches dot the Southwest, but how many of them were once owned by a member of Butch and Sundance’s Hole in the Wall Gang? That’s the claim that Grand Canyon Western Ranch can make thanks to original owner and gunfighter Tap Duncan. Today, the ranch is an ideal escape just two hours southeast of Las Vegas. Genuine pinewood cabins feature Southwestern decor, antique cowboy tubs, and fireplaces or heaters for cool desert nights.
- Rustle up some grub at the Historic Ranch House, which specializes in Western homestyle cooking.
- Gather around the nightly campfire to swap stories or just enjoy live performances by cowboy musicians.
- Cowboy adventures: one hour wagon and horseback rides take guests on buffalo safaris along the historic Mormon Trail.
- Escape daily distractions: There’s no internet or TVs on the property, and cell service is limited.
Meadview, Arizona: Desert Landscape Surrounded by Red Rock Canyons
Grand Canyon West, a tourist destination owned by the Hualapai Nation, is just 15 miles northeast of Grand Canyon Western Ranch. Although the area is not a part of Grand Canyon National Park, it showcases similarly breathtaking views of striated red rock canyons and the Colorado River. Some of the best views are visible from the Skywalk, a U-shaped glass bridge suspended 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. While here, hike to scenic vistas or take a walking tour of authentic Native American dwellings, where you’ll see live performances.
Drive about 90 minutes east to get to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Largemouth and striped bass and bluegill crowd the lake’s waters, making it an ideal spot for canoeing, picnicking, and fishing.