Wild Horse Pass, Arizona

Our recent weekend away took us to Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ. My husband volunteered at a youth golf tournament, and with the beautiful photos online beckoning me, I offered to join him if we could stay at the resort next door. The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass did not disappoint. Their walking path, nature hike, views and pool were the getaway I longed for.

But I know you are wondering… are there wild horses at Wild Horse Pass? Yes! In fact, I’m told there are as many as 1500 wild horses roaming free across the lands of the Gila River Indian Community. There is an Equestrian Center at Wild Horse Pass and they bring horses over to the resort for people to interact with. When talking with the handler (and his horse, Big Jake), he said he could almost guarantee we’d see wild horses when out on a horseback riding adventure. This is something I may have taken advantage of if the heat had not been so intense.

There is a small river that runs through the resort and out along the golf course. There is also a beautiful 2.5 mile (round trip) walking interpretive trail that takes you along the little river. There are signs with information about the plants in the area as well as information about the Gila River community and some cultural information on the Pima and Maricopa Tribes.

I enjoyed the morning walks, photo opportunities, and even some wildlife sightings! The first night we were there, we were out on a short walk and saw what appeared to be bobcat siblings! Sadly, I wasn’t able to capture a photo, but I did run into some excitement on my second morning walk. ๐Ÿ˜

Below are several photos of the area. Just looking at them brings back peace and calm to my heart!

Below is what I saw off to my left as I headed out around the back of the hotel to the hiking path:

Looking back at the parking area:

Back along the water:

Along the hiking path:

Back at the resort, the glass that opens up the views from the lobby area:

Big Jake!

The beautiful pool with the golf course view!

Dragonflies were all over the place along the water:

Below is the friend I met along the path! One of the photos below shows his bulging tummy. I believe he was resting after enjoying breakfast. He was very calm and relaxed. He also blended in well with the brush along the path.

Flowers along the water in the afternoon sun:

I was obsessed with the water lilies, they were beautiful!

20 Comments Add yours

  1. VJ says:

    Incredible photography!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, VJ!

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  2. Alice says:

    Wow, Lisa, so beautiful and peaceful!

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    1. It was! …but it was quite hot! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงก


  3. Beautiful photos!!

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  4. Jeff Flesch says:

    Amazing photo spread! Iโ€™ve been to Wild Horse Pass, yet itโ€™s been a long time ago now. Lovely to see this tonight!

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    1. That’s awesome, Jeff! Thank you! It’s always fun when either someone’s been to the place I’ve posted about, and when I’ve been to a place someone else posted about!! …sometimes is does feel like a small world ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŽ

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        It does feel like a small world sometime. Itโ€™s so much fun! Have an awesome week, Lisa!

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your photos. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. You are welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed them! ๐Ÿ˜Š


  6. Nancy says:

    Fabulous! You captured our beloved Arizona so beautifully. The peacefulness came through your photos. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Awww, thanks Nancy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Toonsarah says:

    What a lovely place to stay – the beautiful walk, the inviting pool! And I loved seeing the snake – great photos of him!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It was so beautiful! And the snake was a fun surprise! …and a reminder to watch my step!

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  8. Naomi says:

    It’s pretty nice up there. I enjoyed the variety of your wonderful photos. I especially liked the trees in front of the parking area, and the one of BIg Jake!

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    1. Awwww, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š


  9. Wind Kisses says:

    A desert oasis. You do our desert proud. Looks like a nice getaway.

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    1. Thank you, Donna! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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