Time is running out. There are two shopping days left before the merry guy in the red suit makes his way down your chimney. If you need a last minute idea for a unique Christmas gift, read on.
All year long Pantano Stables offers guided horseback rides but during the holiday season you can go on a horse-drawn wagon ride and get your picture taken with Santa Claus.
Today and tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can take a 25 minute wagon ride through the desert wonderland of Tucson for a mere $5. Kids under 1 year old can ride for free. If you want a photo taken with Santa that will cost and additional $5.
Sure, this is a last minute idea and you may not be able to fit it into your schedule before the reindeer whisk Santa away for his yearly trip around the world, but you can still give the gift of a horseback ride as a stocking stuffer.
Besides this special Christmas in the Desert theme, assorted rides and lessons are available at the eastside stables. Visitors to the stables can take advantage of the many offerings such as: wagon hay-rides, dinner rides (an hour on horseback then a meal of steak, cowboy beans, baked potato, salad and desert), sunset rides, trail rides, National park rides and photography and artist rides.
Custom tours can be arranged for groups and experienced rider packages are available upon riding stable approval. Located at 4450 S. Houghton Road, Pantano Stables accepts reservations by phone, (520) 298-1983.
The 36 acre park includes a small boarding facility with 24 stalls and tack rooms. With accomodations for over 200 horses and a place for RV, trailer and boat storage, the stables can be a home away from home.
The park also provides a desert setting featuring flowers, gazebos, fountains, two large ramadas, a bridge and facilities for music and dancing. Popular as a wedding venue, the park has an open air chapel and a full kitchen, cantina and BBQ grill.
Not a bad idea for a Christmas gift, while others are shoveling snow, Tucsonans can take a horseback ride and enjoy the balmy weather offered this yuletide season.
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