Arizona - Great Ranches of the West

W Dart Ranch – AZ. Great Ranches of the West

“The ranch holdings that the Grosetas have acquired over the years are beautiful, with miles of the Verde River and meandering streams, rocky foothills, and elevations up to 6,000 feet. And yet the W Dart is just an hour-and-a-half drive from Phoenix. This proximity to the burgeoning population of northern Arizona has brought unsettling problems […]

ZZ Ranch – AZ. Great Ranches of the West

“One morning Dan’s father, George, decided to go out and check the pumps at the various ranch wells. He parked his pick up at the first pump. Suddenly a helicopter zoomed over the surrounding boulders. Presuming it was Border Patrol, Dan’s father waved, checked the pump and then drove up a small canyon to check […]

W Dart Ranch – AZ. Great Ranches of the West

“Just after the turn of the century, Peter found work in the copper mines of Jerome. The mine belched continuous black smoke back in those early days, a toxin that slowly poisoned the air, not to mention the surrounding population. When a group of farmers won a lawsuit due to crop damage caused by the […]

ZZ Ranch – AZ. Great Ranches of the West

“When the Bells originally bought this ranch, their first foreman, Val Cason, had worked for the notorious Mexican bandito Pancho Villa. As I settle into the ranch house in this southeastern corner of Arizona, I have a few fleeting thoughts about the old Wild West movies I saw as a boy: the shootouts, galloping posses […]