SFGN's Gay Camping 2019: Copper Cactus Ranch

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(Mirror) Bobby Cook and his partner Rich Homan have created a safe men only retreat for the small Arizona gay community to frolic and be themselves.

Their forty acre Copper Cactus Ranch is located one hour east of Phoenix, Arizona.

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It's hidden in the Superstition Mountains foothills near Tonto National Forest, Gold Canyon and the famous Elephant Butte north of Queen Valley off of Highway 60. There you'll be greeted by the very welcoming hosts along with the other guests. The guys have done a great deal of work improving the property.

The underlying focus of this retreat is more than simply gay camping, it is creating camaraderie among gay men. Its much more than a campground it’s a men’s sanctuary. It is a place to experience comfort and acceptance on a secluded forty acres. This ranch is a retreat into nature for those who want to share in the company of other gay men, to be able to sit and talk with like minded souls and share experiences of being gay and being men. Copper Cactus Ranch is perfect for making new friends and bonding with like minded guys.

The retreat is a nineteenth century pioneer ranch populated with saguaro cacti. The native desert is all around and is a great place to experience the beauty of the desert while primitive camping in a rustic and rugged environment. Copper Cactus Ranch Men’s Retreat is a clothing optional place to relax with a host of beautiful spots for hiking in mountains, washes and canyon areas.  

Amenities include the swimming pool and a large comfortable hot tub spa with seating for many. There's a television room for movies and an indoor bring your own bottle saloon with a lounge including live music or Karaoke. Outdoor showers have gorgeous views of the mountains and Elephant Butte. Trails and a group campfire round out the list.

Copper Canyon Ranch Chuckwagon serves breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Food is excellent and cooked to order, with superb service. Sit back and enjoy a delicious home made meal. A gift shop offers handmade glass art gifts made at and by the men of the Ranch, logo items, calendars of the local men and other art items.

Accommodations include seven rooms with queen size beds in the private ranch house with shared bathrooms and private shower. Queen size beds are also available in the ranch house bunk room. Tent camping and several RV sites including electricity and water connections are also available.

Themes and events fill days and nights. Outdoor activities include after dark pool parties, soaker wars, pool games and barbecues. There's also weekly karaoke, a monthly drum circle and strip poker. Regular themes include bear, cowboy and leather events. In addition, more serious activities include  discussion groups about men's health, surviving abuse and using PrEP.

Though rural, Copper Cactus Ranch is located just ten minutes from a golf course, a liquor and convenience store and is only thirty minutes from the Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum, the Renaissance Fairgrounds, and the Country Thunder Music Festival grounds.

Annual calendar year twenty-five dollarmembership is required. Day passes are available for access to the property and all amenities from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Copper Cactus Ranch Men’s Retreat is a truly unique gay campground that delivers a traditional camping experience wrapped in celebrating being a gay man. 

Copper Cactus Ranch

9117, 4516 North Elephant Butte Road

Queen Valley AZ 85118



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