About our horseback tours
For over 26 years, MTM Ranch in Cave Creek as well as Christopher Creek/ Payson has been one of the most tenored Horse Providers. We specialize in nothing but horseback rides. For our trail rides we keep an outstanding, young herd of American Quarter and Paint horses. You and your family from 8 years and up will be mounted on the most appropriate horse for your age, size and experience to best enjoy a trail ride.
*Our minimum height requirement is 48" inches.
Your horseback riding vacation in the Cave Creek / Scottsdale area will be greatly enhanced by the magnificent scenery both here on our 860 acre ranch and the beautiful Tonto National Forest. MTM Ranch Headquarters is located on Historic Spur Cross Road in Cave Creek. We are just 20 minutes North of the 101 Freeway. We provide horses all over our Private 860 acre Ranch, the Tonto Forest and the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preseve. We provide perfect picture taking opportunities around every corner. There will be no streets to cross, no cars, no one else but the horses beneath you, the sky above you and the incredible views beyond you.
Botanists will find quite a variety of Fauna and other Flora as well as a thoroughly educated guide to inform and entertain. We study all forest life and love to share. Just ask any question and we will be glad to answer.
Patricia Motley has been the owner and ramrod of MTM Ranch for over 27 years. She is one of the most tenured guides in Arizona today, with one of the most diverse backgrounds. Born on a horse ranch in the mid west, Patty grew up with a pony in her play pen and has been riding ever since. She is a former World Champion mounted shooter, a former combined driving trainer and competitor, and has trained and raised thousands of horses over the course of her career. With this wide breadth of experience, she and her wranglers are amply qualified to give you the ride of your lifetime.
Paul is a bonafide Montana Cowboy working on many Horse, Cattle and Dude Operations in his illustrious life. A mountain of a man, he has even managed an exotic wild game ranch in Texas. Bareback Bronc rider, Roper and Horse Trainer born in Red Lodge Montana. His Summer employment in at the family owned Heart Six Ranch in Wilsal Montana.
Katie is a our Cowgirl, Champion Roper. Growing up in a horse family it has been her way of life since childhood. When not riding with us or roping Katie is studying for her Teaching Degree. She is a wonderful young lady.
Carl has been riding with the MTM since 2003. He knows every rock, cactus, and hill here at the MTM ranch, and has a never-ending supply of stories gathered from his near decade of riding with us. He's just not tired enough to retire.
A few rules for riding ...
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO A CLIENT OR SHORTEN ANY RIDE WHEN WE BELIEVE ANY RIDER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PHYSICALLY HANDLE THE RIGORS OF OUR MOUNTAINOUS TRAILS AS THEY ARE VERY REMOTE.
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We offer horseback rides near Scottsdale in the town of Cave Creek / Carefree. Follow Cave Creek Road north from Phoenix, past Carefree Highway almost two miles and just as the road begins to head East, Spur Cross Road will be on your left; take it North four miles through all the curves and dips. The pavement ends right at the driveway to the ranch.