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Blazin' M Ranch, Cottonwood, Arizona

Blazin' M Ranch

A Scrumptious Chuckwagon Dinner and Cowboy Music Show

after a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad.

February 9, 2011

By Carl Morrison,

After a delightful afternoon riding the Verde Canyon Railroad tourist train, I had made arrangements to also visit the Blazin' M Ranch in the evening for their Chuckwagon Dinner and Stage Show.  When the train ride ends it is conveniently timed so that the nearby Ranch opens for the evening's festivities. 



SHOW: 7:30 PM

EXIT: 8:30 PM

Adult Tickets $34.95

Senior Tickets (+65) $32.95

Children (12 and under) $24.95

Click Here for a Map to the Ranch.

When you make a reservation at the Blazin' M Ranch, your tickets will be ready at the ticket office and it says:

Wild West Adventure   Your ticket includes entrance to:  Dinner and Stage Show, Mabery Legacy Museum, Tractor-Powered Wagon Ride, Yavapai-Apache Indian Camp, Petroglyph Park, Western Town, and Critter Walk.

They have recently remodeled the Ranch and their website mentions the changes:

Come experience our new Wild West adventure with the same Old West character.

Our brand new menu features flame-broiled chicken and baby back ribs with oven-roasted potatoes, cowboy beans, southwest salad, flying biscuits and apple cobbler with ice cream. The new revue showcases the musical talents of the Blazin’ M Cowboys coupled with cowboy poetry and flavored with a dash of humor.

    * Bring a piece of the Blazin’ M home. There are plenty of new shop items with an unexpected link to the past.
    * History comes alive at our Yavapai-Apache Indian Camp, Petroglyph Mini-Park and new museum showcasing the Wood ‘n’ West miniatures.
    * Pan for gold and trinkets at our historic Mining Camp.
    * Take a ride on the vintage tractor-pulled wagon and visit the haunt where the Ghost Rider resides.
    * Meet our Cowboys on horseback as you begin your Wild West adventure.
    * Shop at Bootleggers and take home a taste of the Verde Valley.
    * Belly up at the Copper Spur Saloon featuring cowboy cocktails, local brews and area wines.

…and there’s still our vintage photo shop, mechanical roping horse, critter walk and shooting gallery to spice up your afternoon before the dinner bell rings.

(Throughout this report: 

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The Theatre dominates the Ranch's Western Set.

Bootlegger's Spirits and Provisions had Arizona wine for sale.  In the Theatre's Bar it is available also.

The Shootin' Gallery was very popular.

John Deere will take you on a tour of the Ranch.

Western Street of shops.

Inside are, "Mechanical Marvels" and "Cowboy Carvings in Motion."

I especially liked the barberchair still life on the front porch (right) and the barber's name!

Being a photographer, I was curious about this shop, so I entered and found a photo studio.

Katie and Dixie dressed me up for a 'Gunslinger' photo.  The photo, including a CD with color and sepia images of me, was only $20.

Considering what they had to work with, I think they made an amazing photo!

Interesting bar stools in another shop.

I had attended the Blazin' M Ranch a few years ago and my only criticism at that time was the quality of the music, compared to other Churchwagon Dinner Shows I've attended across the West.  However, I was pleasantly surprised that this is no longer an issue.  The following Press Release explains it all:


2010 Western Music Association Winners Jim and Jeanne Martin Join the Blazin’ M Cowboys

Cottonwood, AZ    The Blazin’ M Ranch is pleased to announce the addition of Jim and Jeanne Martin to the Blazin’ M Cowboys. The Martins will take the stage as part of the standard dinner show on January 8th, 2011.  Jim and Jeanne have performed together for audiences throughout the US for over 20 years, allowing them to share their love of the history and music
of the American West.

"We are excited about our new relationship with the Blazin’ M.  We love the area and can't say enough good things about Dan and Lori and the rest of the crew at the Blazin’ M for the warm welcome we have received,” commented the Martins. “We are looking forward to working with Bill and Jim on the show and hope that it will be the best ever, and that we can call the Verde Valley home for a long time to come." 

The Martins have been honored to work with several well known Western stars such as Michael Martin Murphey, Riders in the Sky, Rex Allen Jr., Johnny Western, and Patsy Montana. They have been featured performers at the National Festival of the West in Scottsdale, AZ for the past 20 years and will be performing there again in March of this year as well.

Throughout the years Jim and Jeanne have been recognized for their range of musical talents with a variety of awards. In addition, the Martins have been honored six times as the Western Music Association Harmony Yodeling Champions.
2010 Western Music Association  Best Harmony Duo
2006 National Traditional Country Music Association Rising Legend Award
2005 Southwest Pickers Association Best Duo and Best Vocalist (Jeanne)

The Blazin’ M Ranch is located at 1875 Mabery Ranch Road, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, adjacent to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Hours of operation vary depending on the season; please visit our website at for the most current information.

I caught the Martins in a photo before the show.

A Video of the Martins before their move to the Blazin' M Ranch in 2011:

It was almost time for the show to begin, so I made it to my assigned seat and found the bar for a glass of Arizona wine.  Just as I was being served, Lori Mayberry, owner of the Ranch, stepped up and introduced herself.  She said she had heard I was there (from the ticket office when I picked up my ticket).  We chatted about the renovations they had recently done to the Ranch and then it was time for dinner.

Tracey had also been on the Verde Canyon Railroad train as a car attendant.

Tracey and (Right) Lori Mayberry, owner of the Ranch.

The Theatre has a large seating capacity and all guests can see and hear the raised stage show very well.

You carry your tin plate through the line, an efficient way to feed hundreds of people quickly.

Their Website says:  Our new menu features flame-broiled chicken and baby back ribs with cowboy beans, southwest salad, flying biscuits and apple cobbler with ice cream.

Show Time!

L. to R. Jim and Jeanne Martin, Bill Bassett, farthest is Jimmy DuFresne

Jim and Jeanne Martin

Jimmy DuFresne



The Chuckwagon Crew.

Watch out for the Ghost Rider!

Wow, what a day it was, including a great train ride through beautiful Arizona Highways-type Verde Canyon, followed by a Wild West Adventure with live, award-winning Cowboy food and music.

How long has it been since you had a chance to play with Trains and play Cowboys in the same day?!  Sure brings back great childhood memories to this old Flatlander from Southern Indiana who only dreamed about what the Great American West was like.  I'm still playing the CD of Cowboy Music I bought after the show.

Call 800-937-8643 now and have yourself a great day in Arizona acting like a kid again!

If you have not read my Verde Canyon Railroad report from the same day, Click Here.  (


Blazin' M Ranch:

To have an excellent Travel Agent make all the arrangements for you, including a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad,  and hotel arrangements,  Call: 

Carole Walker,  Bella Vista Travel.  562-594-6771.

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