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“Highlight of our trip!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of M Diamond Ranch

M Diamond Ranch
Ranked #2 of 94 Tours in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Horse back trailrides and Dinner Cookouts. Guest House. Wagon rides pulled by draft horses. Small groups and personal attention. Special western events for larger groups. The real deal...Not a stage show or wannabe cowboy actors. Learn authentic western history and heritage on a 100 year old working cattle ranch. Enjoy scenic trails, dark starry skies endless views in a peaceful rural environment with abundant wildlife.
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New Jersey
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“Highlight of our trip!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

The M Diamond Ranch was recommended by a family member who insisted we go. We were picked up at our hotel by the van driver (thank goodness because it would have been difficult to find it). My husband and I (and our two kids, age 9 and 11) were not experienced riders but the horses were well mannered and gentle. We rode for about one hour through some incredibly scenic trails at dusk and it was just magnificent! We stayed for the Cowboy dinner and loved the experience. Alvie Self was gracious and welcoming and sang beautifully. The staff made us a delicious steak dinner as we watched the sun set over Sedona. We learned how to rope and played horseshoes and had an incredible evening! I would do it over in a second and would recommend it highly to anyone and everyone!!! Thank you M Diamond Ranch for a wonderful experience...from Bruce our interesting and knowledgable van driver, to Bil who entertained us on our ride to the wonderful staff that made dinner and desert.... A Big Thank You!!!!

Visited April 2012
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localArizona, Owner at M Diamond Ranch, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
So glad you enjoyed our "Ranch Rendezvous" and thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
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“Ultimate Family Experience!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

Following our daughter's passing last April, we planned a family trip to Arizona partly as a distraction and also to make some lasting family memories. Our first stop was the M Diamond Ranch, where we booked the "Ranch Adventure Day" for 9 am on April 7th. Gene promptly picked us up in a van at our hotel and recounted the history of the ranch and surrounding area on our 15 minute drive to the ranch. We were warmly greeted upon our arrival and introduced to our horses. They took great care in selecting horses and fitting our 6 and 9 year old children with helmets.

The hour-long trail ride took us up a mountain from which the view was amazing. The horses were well trained to follow each other, so that even beginners like us had no problem on the trail, only needing to pull the horses up if they stopped to graze. The Cowboys again took extra care to make sure everything went smoothly, even stopping at one point to tighten my husband's saddle which was slightly loose. They also talked to us about the history of the area and the ranch. They took exceptional care to ensure that our ride was pleasant and memorable for five of us.

After the trail ride, we all climbed aboard the wagon for the ride up to the cookout area. Alvie is an exceptional cook and wonderful with children. He showed us all how the food was prepared and I even tried to exchange some recipe ideas with him. After breakfast, the children were able to play horseshoes and ride the cart pulled by the minature horse and the Cowboys taught them how to lasso. The three hours seemed to fly by and we did not want to leave. We wish we had the time to attend the evening cookout. Remarkable Arizona hospitality!

Visited April 2012
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localArizona, Owner at M Diamond Ranch, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
Thank you for your review. I truly hope we were able to provide a wonderful memory for your family.
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“Enjoyable Ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to the M Diamond Ranch. The ride out from Sedona was a treat, and we stopped along the way for a picnic. We received a warm welcome at the ranch, and all details of getting us "up" and going on our horses were handled professionally. We shared our ride with a nice family from Wisconsin, and our wrangler did a fine job of making everyone feel secure. He worked hard to get everyone's picture, too. The horses were easily managed, and obviously well cared for. While suitable for all levels of experience, they were not "plodders" who seemed to be struggling. Sometimes trail ride horses seem so tired that you feel guilty for taking them out, but that was not the case here. The landscape was beautiful, and it's true--you can't see it like you can see it from horseback. The only problem was the hour ended too soon! Wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you M Diamond staff!

Visited April 2012
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localArizona, Owner at M Diamond Ranch, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
So glad you enjoyed the ranch and the drive here. There is some information about our area in the 'Ranches and Ruins" section of the Packages page on our web site. Thanks for your eview!
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“A great family outing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

Loved our evening with the people at the M Diamond. People were great, food was very good, horse ride was a bit tame but it was nice to be out in the dessert.
We were picked up at our hotel in Sedona and driven to and from the ranch -our driver Jim was terrific - like a guided tour of the area, talked about everything from vortexes to round-a-bouts and Javelina to local restaurants.
The ride guide was terrific - very attentive, made sure all riders were engaged and happy to take everyone's picture.
Food was plentiful and very good - a wonderful setting for the evening meal.
Alfie Self provided the entertainment - wow! Alfie is a professional country and western singer/guitar player - loved his music - Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Horton, Meryl Haggard etc. - happy to play all requests.
A terrific evening in Sedona.

Visited March 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Very nice people running this ranch - great experience, would recommend to anyone looking to ride horses in the Sedona area.

Visited April 2012
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localArizona, Owner at M Diamond Ranch, responded to this review, 14 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we hope you had a great time and learned some about the ranch while you were here.
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