Scottsdale ranch offers full experience

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tucked away in Northern Scottsdale, MacDonald's Ranch offers visitors the full ranch experience from pony rides to petting zoos and even the opportunity to pan for gold.

"The kids can go pan for gold. It's a wonderful, wonderful attraction for the youngsters. They love it," Owner Robby Richardson said.

From now until the end of October, the ranch will also have their annual pumpkin patch.

Admission is $15 per person on the weekends and $10 per person from Monday to Friday. Children under 12 months old are free.

Activities included in admission are: train rides, hayrides, the hay maze, panning for gold, the petting zoo, and games like a cow milking contest, duck races, sack races, and more.

Pony rides, pumpkins, food vendors, and food for the petting zoo animals are an additional charge. Pony rides are $3 for one ride or $5 for two.

You can also donate a can of food or non-perishable item to receive $1 off your admission. All donations go to Desert Mission Food Bank.

The ranch is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays.

MacDonald's Ranch was a horse and cattle ranch in the late 1950's. Now the ranch is one of Scottsdale's oldest horseback riding stables.

For more information, visit www.macdonaldsranch.com.