Step back in time and into the Old West at Bison Ranch, a recreated town from the 1800s and popular vacation destination in colorful central Arizona. Located in Overgaard, Bison Ranch is a fun place to discover interesting shops, enjoy fine dining and see real live bison. Nearby this unique family destination are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, fishing, boating and horseback riding. Explore scenic canyons, rugged desert landscape, lushly forested mountains, ancient rock art and picturesque lakes in this beautiful region of Arizona.
Around the Mogollan Rim, elevations rise up to 7,900 feet, offering spectacular hiking for all levels of expertise. Start with the Rim Lake Vista Trail and upgrade to Horton Springs Trail known for its deep drops and fantastic views. Pine Meadows Country Club features nine holes of golf while Overgaard has quaint shopping and dining.
The Sitgreaves National Forest is one of the top hunting grounds for elk in the nation, and is also home to deer, turkey and mountain lion, among other species. Anglers will enjoy fishing at the Black Canyon Lake stocked with rainbow trout, as well as in half a dozen local lakes.
Bison Ranch Travel Tips
Packing tip - Sturdy shoes are a must-have for all of your outdoor activities.
Best attraction - Walk in the footsteps of pioneers as you hike Drew Canyon Trail steeping in ponderosa pines and offering dramatic views of the Mogollon Rim.
Best time to visit - Hiking and riding spectacular all summer, but the town also has a fun Oktoberfest celebration and a Winterfest.
Al and Diane's Red Onion Lounge Known for steaks, burgers and the Friday night all-you-can-eat beer battered cod special, this cozy lounge also features a weekend salad bar and Saturday night prime rib. Eat lunch or dinner at this local restaurant and relax in a casual environment.
Casa Ramos Enjoy traditional Mexican food at this family restaurant chain, a casual place for lunch and dinner located in Heber. Savor authentic Mexican cuisine including sizzling beef and chicken fajitas, house-made salsa, dark moles, queso fundido, pollo a la crema, rice, beans and much more.
June's Diner Arrive early to get a table at June's Diner, a local favorite that gets packed nearly every day of the week. Located in Heber, this diner serves breakfast and lunch, with menu options including burgers, sandwiches, fried fish, specialty omelets and egg dishes of every variety.
Wild Women Saloon and Grill From chicken wings with the works and barbecue ribs to tasty sliders and prime rib specials, this restaurant features a lively bar area that gets packed on the weekends and an outdoor patio for dining as well. Open for lunch and dinner, this casual grill also serves up a friendly, small town atmosphere.
Woodshed Café Best for breakfast (which is served until closing time in the early afternoon), this Western-themed restaurant in Overgaard is a small local diner with large portions and accommodating staff. Enjoy hot skillet breakfasts, a variety of egg dishes, fresh coffee and more.
Lone Eagle Outdoors Outdoor adventurers and sports enthusiasts will find everything they need at this local outfitter located on Highway 260. Buy equipment for archery, hunting, fishing, camping and hunting, along with area maps and helpful service by expert locals.