Louise Speaks: Blazin’ M Ranch is less than 1 mile from the campground. It was suggested we do this as one of our outings, so we picked our farewell dinner to visit the ranch. 16 of the group attended so it really was a great time.
The Mayberry family has owned the ranch for about 50 years but the Chuckwagon Dinner Show has only been around for about 20 years. In 1994, before the dinner ranch opened, there was a fire at the ranch, and that’s how they got the name Blazin’ M Ranch.
Once you arrive at the ranch, there is plenty to do before dinner. We were greeted by a wagon train being pulled by a tractor. You get on board and they take you on a tour of the ranch. Once you get back they drop you off in front of the Copper Spur Saloon. The saloon, offers a variety of drinks where they all have “specialty names”. They do offer a description and a comparison of the drinks, such as a Sassy Pink Lady is the same as a Strawberry Daiquiri. It was fun just reading the names, and the drinks were pretty good. With drink in hand you are able to enjoy the Western town featuring a museum, Old-Tyme photo studio, shooting gallery, ropin’ lessons, tractor pull, and many Western shops that line the boardwalk. There are plenty of tables and chairs outside so you are comfortable while waiting for the dinner bell.
At 6:30 p.m. the chow bell rings and you are invited to sit inside the climate-controlled barn for a western-style chuckwagon dinner. The tables are in long rows and you are escorted by table numbers. For as many people as there were, the lines moved very quickly. We were able to have free beverages of coffee, tea, water, or lemonade while waiting. As you get to the front of the line you grab a tin plate and head through the chuckwagon where we were served tender BBQ chicken and pork ribs, baked potato, cowboy beans, biscuits and the best prickly pear cole slaw I had ever tasted. What was most unusual about the dinner was that the servers were constantly walking around the barn serving out seconds. I mean seconds of everything including the best ribs I had ever tasted. If you want more of anything, you just raise your hand and they bring it right to you. A person cannot leave here hungry. After dinner, they was even dessert. Apple Carmel Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream. And for only $35.00, the meal was divine, and we haven’t even seen the entertainment yet.
Everything moved so quickly that you didn’t realize they were clearing the tables to get ready for the entertainment. After dinner there is a musical show featuring The Blazin M Cowboys. For one hour these talented musicians share their musical skills mixed with cowboy poetry and a dash of humor. It was really quite entertaining. It seems like everyone had a part, and some changed outfits and were different characters. They end the show with singing the song, Riders on the Storm, and there is a real horse and cowboy that flash by the glass windows with lighting to make it appear likes it’s a ghost with lightning. At first we thought it was all done with lighting, but it was a real horse and cowboy riding by. A great way to end the show.
After the show, the shops remain open so you can go back and do last minute shopping or just wonder as the crowd thins out. There were actually 4 bus loads of people attending from Phoenix, and the parking lot was full. To think they do this every night, shows why everything ran so smoothly.
The entertainment does change so you can always go back. This is definitely not a one time only visit. It is also a great place to bring Arizona tourist. I can hardly wait to have company from another state to bring them here for dinner and a show. The Blazin’ M Ranch gets an A rating. I had a great time and would do it again.