About Us

About our horseback tours

For over 26 years, MTM Ranch in Cave Creek in the winter as well as Christopher Creek/ Payson in the summer has been one of the most tenured 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 12 years and up will be mounted on the most appropriate horse for your age, size, and experience to best enjoy a trail ride.

Your horseback riding vacation in Christoper Creek just east of the Payson area, during the summer, will be greatly enhanced by the magnificent scenery on the Highline Trail in the beautiful Historic Tonto National Forest. In the the summer MTM Ranch Headquarters are located In Christopher Creek. We are just 90 minutes North of Shea Blvd and Highway 89. 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.

Patty
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 playpen 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
Paul is a bona fide 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 is at the family owned Heart Six Ranch in Wilsal, Montana.

Sam
Samantha is a our Cowgirl, Champion Western Pleasure rider. Growing up in a horse family, Sam raised and showed Champion Paint Horses. She is a wonderful young lady.

Cristy
Cristy has been riding with MTM since 2014. She knows every rock, Oak and Juniper tree here on the MTM Ranch North Trails, and has a never-ending supply of stories gathered from her vast background in education and riding with us. We like to put our school teachers to work on their summer vacation.

A few rules for riding ...

  • 12 year minimum riding age
  • All mobile phones must be on airplane mode. No phone calls or texting on rides. (Small one handed cameras welcome)
  • No riders over 240lbs
  • No backpacks or purses allowed
  • Closed toed and heeled shoes
  • Long Pants
  • 2 + Water, if desired
  • Small Camera, if desired
  • Hats with hat strings and sunscreen are strongly suggested
  • No video cameras
  • Those going on our tours are encouraged to wear a light cotton long sleeved shirt
  • Asthma medication to those who require it
  • Bee sting medication to those who require it (though we try to avoid those stingers!)
  • We are no longer allowed to take any person on the medication "Coumadin or Warfarin" or any other blood thinners on our rides as it is impossible to do quick rescue attempts in the event of a rescue situation.
  • 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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    (480) 488-4538

    Getting Here
    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.