A number of interactive adventures were added around the grounds of the Blazin’ M Ranch during the renovation in 2010. Each activity is a new adventure designed to take you back to a simpler time, in the days of the old west when a man’s biggest worry was where to hitch his horse at the end of the day. All activities except the Shooting Gallery and Photo-Op Shop are free with admission.
Vintage Tractor Pull
A 1940’s John Deere tractor powers the wagon ride for a spin around the ranch, including a spooky tour of the haunted forest that the Ghost Rider called home. Enjoy the signature sound of the tractor as it pulls you around the ranch and through history, past century-old, sunbaked, rusted farm equipment, reminders of an era when the horsepower of a farmer’s equipment was measured by the number of horses pulling it across the ground.
We have real live cowboys ready to hoist you onto a full-sized stationery horse to try your hand at steer roping. But before you settle onto a saddle, they’ll teach you how to rope the dummy and hone your skill as a real wrangler. You’d think the nonsnortin’ steer would make the challenge a lot easier…but you’d be wrong.
Sociable goats, geese, donkeys, turkeys, miniature horses and peacocks come to the fence to say hello along Critter Walk. Penelope, our pot-bellied pig, is eager to have you rub her fuzzy head, and a visit to meet Al Pacacino or his best friend Bert, our resident dwarf steer, is sure to put a smile on your face!
Become an Outlaw
Throw yourself into jail and view the outside world from behind bars. See what it was like to be an outlaw in the Old West. We can close the door if you dare.
Try your hand at becoming the frontier town’s best sharpshooter; compete with your friends and family or look to best your own personal record to win the Blazin’ M Ranch Sharpshooter award! The targets may be paper but the gun is real: an authentic Colt .45 six-shooter full of (wax) bullets.
Pistols & Petticoats
Pistols & Petticoats Old-Time Portrait Parlor offers a wide selection of period costumes, accessories and props for a classic shoot captured in nostalgic sepia tones by some of the best camera wranglers in the West! Here you can immortalize your visit to the Ranch and take a step back in time with a beautiful vintage photo of you and your party. Take your experience home in a custom mat of your choosing, along with a CD of your favorite shots for your personal use. (Pricing is based on party size, click here to see.)
Wood ‘n’ West
These delightful handcarved characters come to life with the drop of a coin. The music starts and the antics begin as these movable miniatures re-enact a slice of history with Old West charm. Their detail and scale is beyond belief. For more info, check out our museum page!
The story of Chuck Mabery, the patriarch of the Mabery clan, and the Ranch’s beginning is showcased in the Mabery Museum. Other family members who have contributed to the success of the Blazin’ M Ranch are highlighted, including Grandma Lou whose pie making has become legendary. For more info, check out our museum page!