Member Spotlight: Blazin' M Ranch
This is a northern Arizona member spotlight for Blazin' M Ranch in Cottonwood
Blazin’ M Ranch is nearing its 20-year anniversary of entertaining visitors from around the world in the heart of the Verde Valley. Replicating an old western frontier town, Blazin’ M features a variety of activities and events for visitors to enjoy, including an Old-Tyme photo studio, shooting gallery, roping lessons, tractor pull, saloon, Western shops and of course, the renowned western-style chuckwagon dinner. By providing visitors with an old west experience and unforgettable memories, Blazin’ M Ranch has gained Verde Valley recognition on the map worldwide as a tourist destination in Arizona.
The property which is today known as Blazin’ M Ranch was first used to raise cattle and grow organic vegetables. Family patriarch and community icon, Chuck Mabery, took on the new venture of opening a family business following the impaired irrigation system caused by the 100-year flood in 1993. The support of the community quickly followed, as did the progression of what Blazin’ M had to offer to its guests. These days, visitors can experience old-western traditions such as dancing lessons at Boots ‘n’ Boogie and Western stage productions.
The outstanding support of the local community has allowed Blazin’ M to offer the Wild West adventure that visitors have been able to experience for the past 20 years. As a way to express their appreciation for the continuous support, Blazin’ M will be hosting their first ever Old West Fest to celebrate their 20-year anniversary and the community that has supported their development over the years. The fest will become a part of Blazin’ M tradition and be held annually.
Scheduled for October 18th between 11am and 2pm, the Old West Fest will be free and open to the public. This family-friendly event will feature a variety of Blazin’ M style traditions and activities, including cowboy music, roping lessons, tractor pull, carnival games and much more. Buena Vista Children’s Services volunteers will assist Blazin’ M staff to ensure a cheery and memorable experience for all visitors. Lunch will also be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to Buena Vista Children’s Services. Blazin’ M invites all to be a part of this celebration.
Located at 1875 Mabery Ranch Road, The Blazin’ M is only open 150 days per year on average, yet has welcomed nearly one million visitors since opening its doors. Blazin’ M invites you to join them for a Wild West adventure! A calendar showing hours of operation and scheduled shows and events can be found here. Visitors can also visit ww.blazinm.com for more information.