RANCH GATES OPEN: 5:00 PM
(Courtyard / Shops / Activities / Attractions / Saloon)
Recommended Check-in: 5:00-5:30PM
*Holiday Show Schedule: Nov. 28th through Dec. 27th, 2014
Check in at the ticket booth upon arrival to pick-up dinner tickets and receive table assignments.
Before dining, guests are encouraged
to meander through an Old West courtyard laden with events that also
entertained early settlers. Visitors may indulge themselves in a lively
game of horseshoes, try their skill in the shootin' gallery with a real
Colt .45 with wax bullets ($4 for 6 shots or 18 shots for $10) and
compete for the coveted Sharp-Shooter prize awarded each evening, learn
to rope with a mechanical horse and steer with one of our resident
wranglers, or grin at family or friends from behind the bars of the
local jail house.
Belly up to the bar in the Copper Spur
Saloon and quench your thirst as cowboys once did after their long ride
on Arizona's dusty trails. A clatter of footsteps can be heard on the
wooden boardwalk that connects our four rustic Western shops that line
the courtyard. Suited in a fancy saloon ensemble, dead eye gunslinger
garb or lacy Victorian regalia, one may immortalize his or her frontier
experience at the Red Garter Olde Tyme photo studio.
Your ticket includes free admission
into the only-one-of-its-kind-in-the-world "Wood-n-West" Gallery and is
a must-see during the Blazin' M Ranch visit. The miniature, movable Old
West scenes, created by a master woodcarver, are sure to add another
smile. Hop aboard our vintage Tractor Pull to view the charmin'
farm critters and learn a bit about the ranch history along the way.
VITTLES SERVED: 6:30PM
When the dinner bell rings, guests
enter the climate-controlled dinner barn and will feast in rustic
splendor. Dinner is served on a tin plate and cup; our cowpokes will
fill your plates with the best chicken and ribs in Arizona and all the
fixin's (beware of flying biscuits).
COWBOY SHOW: 7:30PM
After dinner, sit back, relax
and enjoy the smooth harmonies and rip-roarin' comedy of the Blazin' M
Cowboys. Authentic, award-winning cowboy music, tall tales, tomfoolery
and other side-splitting surprises will keep you wanting more!
EXIT STAGE LEFT: 8:45PM
The Western Courtyard re-opens
for photo opportunities, shopping and creating one last memory of your
visit to the Blazin' M Ranch.
ADULTS $35.95 +tax
SENIORS (65+) $32.95 +tax
CHILDREN (3-12) $19.95 +tax
CHILDREN 2 & under-Free
- From: http://blazinm.com/reserve/
Red Garter Old Time Photos by Brooke Akridge and Kayla Walker
Their press release: A
classic John Deere tractor pulls riders in wagons around the Ranch,
past vintage farm equipment, farm critters and far into the depths of
the Old West where graves are shallow and tales are tall. Everyone has
fun trying their hand at roping, pitching horseshoes and target
shooting with a real Colt .45 six-shooter.
- See more at: http://blazinm.com/#sthash.1vt5vRYm.dpuf
Jim Martin gives a humorous narration on the John Deere tour. Later he sings at the dinner show.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary De Lepp of San
Jose, California were at our table and shared information about the
Sumpter Valley Railroad near Baker City, Oregon where they had recently
Basset Originally from Seattle, WA, Bill is the show’s emcee and he has
been performing throughout the West since 1971, and his talent even led
him to Nashville where he played back-up for many of country music’s
greatest artists. In 1999 Bill was inducted into the Swing Hall of Fame.
- See more at: http://blazinm.com/blazin-m-cowboys/#sthash.8U2qYbbl.dpuf
It looked like a full house this evening with at least three tour bus groups in attendance.
Perfect inside barn-type accommodations for the dinner and show regardless of the weather.
Capacity is 280 friendly folks.
Jim "Too Tall" Martin
and Jeanne Martin started out early in their Career as a Duo in 1991
performing in LOS ANGELES CA. at the GENE AUTRY WESTERN HERITAGE
MUSEUM, & SILVER DOLLAR CITY in Branson MO and have performed
together for audiences all around the US for the past 24 years.
Their music has allowed them to perform with such well known Great
Western Artists as Riders in the Sky, Rex Allen Jr. & Sr., Michael
Martin Murphey, Johnny Western, and Patsy Montana to name a few.
In Feb. 09 Jim and Jeanne
Martin along with Rollie Stevens were featured performers at The Moab
Music Festival and special Tribute to Marty Robbins concert with
Don Edwards and were the opening act for the great Suzy Bogguss.
Their love for the history
and music of the American West has led them on many exciting
adventures. Because of this, they have had the opportunity to
meet many of the childhood heroes they grew up watching on television.
“While growing up as kids, we watched our heroes on TV - like
Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, but never dreamed that we would some day
actually get to meet them. Over the past 20 years our love for
the history and music of the American West has grown, and has led us on
many exciting adventures that have given us the opportunity to meet
many of our childhood heroes. We didn’t realize until after we
met and got to talking that we both were listening to Sons of the
Pioneers music as kids. Our parents played their music
often. I would have to say that the Sons of the Pioneers have
been the greatest influence for our harmony and yodeling that we do
It was an honor for them to
be part of the 60th Anniversary Concert of the Sons of the Pioneers in
Tucson, AZ. where they were featured performers, and got to meet “The
King of the Cowboys”, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans, the Queen of the
West, and all of the Sons of the Pioneers that were still living at the
As featured performers for
the past 21 years at the National Festival of the West at “Rawhide” and
"WestWorld" in Scottsdale, AZ they have had the honor of meeting such
great western film stars such as Gene Autry, Ben Johnson, Richard
Farnsworth, Harry Carey Jr. Buck Taylor, Robert Fuller, Dale Robertson,
Will Hutchins, Patsy Montana, Johnny Western, Michael Martin Murphey,
and the list goes on.
In December of 2007 they made
a trip to Washington, DC where they were featured on a new XM radio
broadcast titled “Tales from the Trail”. It is hosted by well known
western recording artist and song writer Royal Wade Kimes. The
Martins met Kimes at an event for the Western Music Assoc. in Tuscon AZ
a few years ago, and they have been friends ever since. The show
features performances and interviews, of some of the best western music
performers and song writers in the business today. The Martins
encourage any and all that have access to tune in to XM radio Channel
10 America and support this effort to keep the music of the American
The Martins are looking
forward to many continued happy trails as they share their musical
talents with audiences at the Blazin' M Ranch.
Jim and Jeanne Martin are six-time Harmony Yodeling Champions - Western
Music Association, Best Harmony Duo Award - 2010 - Western Music
Association. They perform Western Music, Gospel Music, and
Comedy. Now based in Cottonwood, AZ
For a video of the Martins before they joined the Blazin' M Ranch, click: http://youtu.be/VV74b9C6CaA
We were assigned "Front and Center" table B1, a great vantage point for photos.
(Canon EOS REBEL T3i, f/8 @ 18 mm, 1/25, ISO 3200, No Flash,)
At the end of the show they bring the whole crew out from the kitchen so the audience can thank them.
While on the Verde Canyon Railroad
Excursion, a passenger asked what was my favorite Tourist Train.
My response was, "For scenery during the
ride, I like the Verde Canyon Railroad because it has interesting
scenery from start to finish. The Grand Canyon Railway, of
course, has the Grand Canyon at the end of
the excursion, but the ride itself is not as interesting,
geographically and photographically as the Verde Canyon Railroad.
And, the Verde Canyon Railroad has the Blazin' M Ranch dinner and show
for evening entertainment which is better than after any other tourist
train I have been on."
For an excellent two days of entertainment, I recommend following
the same itinerary that I followed for this Verde Canyon Railroad,
Blazin' M Ranch, and Jerome, Arizona vacation: Two nights at the
Jerome Grand Hotel, Verde Canyon Railroad excursion one afternoon,
Blazin' M Ranch one evening, and a half day at the Gold King Mine if
you like rusty trucks and cars.
On this same trip, I took Amtrak from Fullerton, California to
Flagstaff, Arizona and visited the Grand Canyon and photographed the
Grand Canyon Railway train at the Grand Canyon and in Williams.
That report is at: http://trainweb.org/carl/Flagstaff2014
Comments about this report or the venues which I visited are welcomed at: Carl@TrainWeb.com