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Price Canyon Ranch guest Becky Valentine helps gather the herd on branding day. Price Canyon attracts guests from across the United States and abroad, and gives them the chance to experience cowboy life in the remote ranchlands of Southeast Arizona.
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At 5,400 feet above sea level, Price Canyon stays about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Tucson and, in the winter months, can experience the occasional snowstorm. Surrounded by the Coronado National Forest, the ranch offers riding opportunities on forested trails, and in a network of picturesque canyons.
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Price Canyon Ranch guest Dan Valentine takes his turn branding a calf during the ranch’s annual gather. Ranch guests routinely pitch in with work, including checking fences, moving cattle and, during roundup time, branding.
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Price Canyon Ranch foreman Colter Moore and co-owner Alicia Kemmerly saddle up in front of the ranch’s horse barn. The ranch was the setting for a Survivor-like Italian reality show in 2006. For a time, cast members took up residence in the tack room.
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Cowboy poet and musician Ken Moore often helps out with ranch work at Price Canyon. His son, Colter, is the ranch’s foreman.
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For Price Canyon cowboys and guests alike, the lodge’s pool table offers a good excuse for an afternoon break, or some friendly post-dinner competition.
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The porch of the Price Canyon Ranch lodge is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening sunset, or a post-ride cocktail with fellow guests.
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Price Canyon’s 10 guest rooms, while en suite, have no phones or televisions, making for quiet, relaxing evenings. Alicia Kemmerly, who co-owns the ranch with her husband, Chris, decorated the rooms, giving each its own Western-inspired look. Hardwood floors, cowhide rugs and Western art and photography give the rooms an Old West feel.
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Price Canyon Ranch chef Fred Tullis prepares lunch for the ranch staff and guests. An East Coast native, Fred describes himself as a “former painter turned cook.” During his days as a working artist, Fred lived in Montana, where he began cooking part-time for a hunting camp.
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Price Canyon’s foreman and head wrangler, Colter Moore, offers some riding instruction to ranch guest Dan Valentine. The ranch caters to riders of all skill levels; beginning riders, or riders who want to brush up on their skills, can take lessons in the ranch’s arena before hitting the trails.
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Chris Kemmerly surveys the opening to Apache Cave, one of the most popular sights on Price Canyon Ranch. Nestled in Southeast Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, Price Canyon is rich in American Indian history. Fierce battles between the U.S. Cavalry and the Apache tribe took place on what is now ranch pastureland. A PBS historical documentary on Apache life was filmed on the ranch in 2006.