The 1930’s El Rancho Robles Dude Ranch in Oracle, Arizona. It is no longer a dude ranch, though some rooms are rented as apartments today. It is approx 4500 feet above sea level. There are lots of birds and wildlife. Trees shade the property, and a stream runs through it. Click here (PDF) to see an old brochure from the University of Arizona Library (PDF format) on the El Rancho Robles dude ranch.
Pinal Pioneer Parkway is a 42-mile, two-lane highway that crosses a broad, almost untouched section of Sonoran Desert between Oracle Junction (just north of Tucson and west of Oracle) and Florence. Along the road you can stop at the Tom Mix Memorial, and picnic areas.
It is a very scenic drive and currently has beautiful wildflowers that line the roadside.
We recently drove out to Oracle, Arizona (North of Tucson) and visited this old 1930’s Dude Ranch – “El Rancho Robles”.
While the great room does not have the baskets and rugs that you see in this old photograph, it still has the wonderful big fireplace.
We had the privilege of sitting in the “great room” of this historic old ranch and were granted permission to walk the grounds. Some rooms are rented as apartments and some as guest casitas.
The architecture is interesting and it’s shady grounds with running stream brings in an abundance of birds.
It may one day be on the Historic Register. Looking through the old pamplet (pdf), it looked like a place that offered great vacation experiences.
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This is more than just a cool artist’s gallery. It is almost like a little tiny town. Drive in there if you are in Oracle, AZ.
The Jerra Parra Art Gallery and Ranch Store Center in Oracle, Arizona is a must visit. It is uplifting.
“Jerry Parra is an accomplished sculptor of unique and unusual metal artwork. He puts his imagination to use by creating “larger than life” sculpture and garden art. His pieces are made from recycled metal, car and motorcycle parts. Jerry is also keeping the mining culture alive in the Oracle area by using in his artwork old scrap metal and tools purchased from the now-closed local copper mine.”
Parra is not just a Sculptor/Artist, but “Sue and Jerry” Parra are also Historians, Curators, Antique Dealers, Jewelry Designers, and Architects. And, much more I am sure.
Their amazing place kind of reminds me of an Oracle’s Ted Degrazia’s Gallery in the Sun in that their living and working space becomes a work of art in itself. The whole “property” or “”gallery” is art. Degrazia’s Gallery and Parra’s Gallery both inspire.