Visitors are welcome at Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary between the hours of 7:30am and 11am by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance, and we have many options for tours based uniquely on your preference! Please call us at 480-469-9166 to make your appointment today so we can make your visit something to remember.  
 
Please be advised that all visitors who are under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian fill out a waiver on their behalf. No one but a minor’s legal parent or guardian may fill out a waiver on their behalf. All visitors under the age of 18 whose parents or legal guardians have not filled out a waiver on their behalf will be asked to leave regardless of the other family members or friends who are accompanying them.
 
DIRECTIONS
 
Plugging our address into GPS will sometimes take you on a wild goose chase! Follow these directions instead:
 
Once you are on Tatum Boulevard, turn west onto Pinnacle Vista. (Turn right if you are driving south on Tatum, left if you are driving north.)
 
Once you are on Pinnacle Vista, take your very first left onto 47th street. This turn comes up after about 50 feet.
 
Stay on 47th street. It will curve to the right and turn into Bajada. Stay on the road until you go over two speed bumps and the road turns to dirt. We are the very first thing on the righthand side.
 
NOTE: Our gate will be closed when you pull up! This is to prevent any potential runaways. Please open the gate, pull in, then shut the gate behind you. You’ll see available parking straight ahead, next to the old pickup truck with a garden in the truckbed. Park and walk on down to the barn/breezeway where we will be there to welcome you to the ranch!
 
VISITING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 
1. Please do not approach any of the horses until you have a) spoken to a ranch manager and b) signed a waiver. As our horses range in temperament, this is purely for your safety.
 
2. The horses may not be hand fed by visitors. This is to discourage nippiness and general ornery behavior. (We only like a little bit of crazy.) All apples, carrots, and treats (immensely appreciated!) can be given to them by placing the food in their bins. Because some of the horses are on special diets, we ask that you please do not feed them any hay you might find on the ground or around the hay shed.
 
3. We LOVE kids to come out to meet our horses! We do ask that all our young cowboys and cowgirls under the age of 12 be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
 
4. Dogs on leashes are welcome to accompany you to the ranch! (Our ranch dog, Lee, is very friendly.)
 
5. We recommend you bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes for your visit. You’ll be walking through dirt and mud, so wear clothes you don’t mind get a bit dirty!
 
TOUR OPTIONS
 
GROUP TOUR (1 hour)  
$25 donation per adult, kids 12 and under are free.  
Join a professional Tierra Madre tour guide on an hour-long experience you’ll never forget! Learn of the founding and early history of Tierra Madre and our journey to incorporating ‘& Human’ into our name. Best of all, you and your family or friends will also learn the stories of every horse on the ranch. You’ll have the chance get up close and personal with each member of the herd and see their distinct personalities. Morning tours will also get the opportunity to see some of the horses in action in our arena.  
Along the way you’ll learn about some common health issues with equines as well as some of the challenges horse rescues and sanctuaries often face. You’ll pick up horse facts and learn the biggest difference between humans and horses and how this difference comes into play when we interact with them. You’ll end your tour by offering some of the horses some treats or carrots, thus securing your place at our ranch as the horses’ favorite person!  
 
GROUP TOUR (1.5 hours)  
$30 donation per adult, kids 12 and under are $5 each  
Join a professional Tierra Madre tour guide on an hour-long experience you’ll never forget! Learn of the founding and early history of Tierra Madre and our journey to incorporating ‘& Human’ into our name. Best of all, you and your family or friends will also learn the stories of every horse on the ranch. You’ll have the chance get up close and personal with each member of the herd and see their distinct personalities. Morning tours will also get the opportunity to see some of the horses in action in our arena!  
Along the way you’ll learn about some common health issues with equines as well as some of the challenges horse rescues and sanctuaries often face. You’ll pick up horse facts and learn the biggest difference between humans and horses and how this difference comes into play when we interact with them. After the hour-long tour, the tour guide will then take you on a journey through some of the basics of our horses’ care by showing you a few of common equine medicines and supplements. You’ll then learn about the different types of food available to horses and have an opportunity to make a mash (a combination of bran, grain, and sweet feed) and give it to the horse(s) of your choice. You’ll wrap up your 1.5 hour experience with the chance to get hands-on inside the stalls with some of our gentlest herd members! Then, you’ll officially end your time with us by offering some of the horses some treats or carrots, thus securing your place at our ranch as the horses’ favorite person!  
 
THE KID EXPERIENCE (1 hour)  
$20 per child, adults free  
This tour is geared toward kids aged 10 and under. On a 20-minute tour of the ranch, your young cowboys and cowgirls will meet all the horses at Tierra Madre, experience their different personalities, and learn about the many different breeds and colors that exist. Then, the kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with one or two of the horses that will be brought out of their stalls and held by an experienced volunteer. All the pictures, pats, hugs, and kisses are encouraged as your child gets comfortable with being so close to such a large animal! Your child and his or her group will then get to feed carrots and treats to a select number of horses. Finally, your child and his/her friends will have the chance to groom a horse! They’ll take home a Tierra Madre souvenir and wonderful memories.  
 
HORSEMANSHIP 101 (1 hour)  
$25 per person  
This one hour experience will give you the most basic overview about domesticated horses and how to not only safely interact with them, but understand them. Specifically, you’ll learn about the Tierra Madre way of interacting with horses based on how they see the world. During this class, you will learn about herd mentality, the differences between prey animals and predators, and where humans fit into a horse’s world. Also emphasized in this class is the importance of safety. You will learn how to safely interact with horses in a way that will keep everyone safe as well as the basics of approaching, haltering, and leading. You’ll finish up your hour by practicing walking, turning, stopping, and backing up a horse on a lead rope in our spacious arena.  
We can’t wait to see you and introduce you to our horses. And once you step foot onto our property, remember – you are FAMILY!