A couple years ago, when we were doing wedding photography, we scouted a location with the Bride called “The Apache Spirit Ranch”, a Guest Ranch and event venue just 3 miles outside of the famous City of Tombstone, AZ. Since then, a little over a year ago, the property has changed hands and has now been rebranded to the “Tombstone Monument Ranch” but still holds the unique style of stepping back to the time of the cowboy and gunfighters of the Old West yet holds all the modern day amenities that we have today. The Guest Ranch has 18 turn of the century style rooms, each with a special Western theme decorated in turn-of-the-century style with 4 room categories: Standard, Deluxe, Junior Suite and Premium Suite. It is Tombstones only Guest Ranch and on it’s property is the monument of Ed Schieffelin, the founder of Tombstone. Whether you are an experienced rider or novice you can enjoy guided horseback rides with a variety of educational and adventure trips. The dining experience is unique to the Old West when you dine at the Schieffelin’s Restaurant where you enjoy the Chef’s selection of traditional Western cuisine for that particular evening instead of the à la carte style of dining. Afterwords, you can belly up to the bar in the Old Trappmann’s Saloon for a few adult beverages and play a game of pool or simply enjoy the atmosphere of the style and design of the Old West.
While on location and the Bride was discussing their wedding needs and plans with property management, I ventured off and took some shots of this amazing property and posted them on Facebook for folks to see. A week or so later, we were contracted by the property owners and management to come back and shoot images of their rooms and specific points of interest of the ranch, you can view them on their web site.
Here are a few images that I took that day on the ranch and the wedding we shot several weeks later.
After spending a few hours at the Tombstone Monument Ranch, we packed up our gear and headed into the City of Tombstone to get out of the heat for a bit and grab a bite to eat at “Big Nose Kate’s Saloon”. Big Nose Kate was the companion to the famous gunslinger Doc Holiday, who is my personal favorite Old West icon. Before leaving town and head back to Sierra Vista, I wanted to stop at the local graveyard, this is not to be confused with the iconic graveyard known as Boot Hill but the cities graveyard as they have some really cool, almost gothic, turn of the century headstones.
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