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Cactus blossoms, whitetails and a mule named Red.

Featured Guide: Dennis Jacob - DC Outfitters

As the fire crackled, we heard stories of trophy elk, sneaky whitetail, and the city of Klondyke’s colorful history….

While most of you were probably frantically trying to get your taxes done for Uncle Sam, Heidi and I had the good fortune to be guests of Dennis Jacobs and his lovely wife Anne at the Flying Diamond Ranch just outside of Safford, AZ.

At the Klondyke Road exit, after a 2 ˝ hour drive East from Phoenix, we left our cell phone signals and headed into the Aravaipa wilderness area toward the historical town of Klondyke which is famous for the Power family shootout at dawn.

While I'm no historian I did learn a little bit about the Power family. Check out this site I found telling all about the town and some details about "The shooutout at Dawn." We visited the Klondyke graveyard and by reading the headstones you can tell that this family had quite a bit of misfourtune.

Martha Jane Power
Killed by run away horse and buggy accident
O.M. Power
Poisoned by unknown person
T.J. Power Jr.
Poisoned in LA, Calif. Died at Sunset, AZ
T.J. Power Sr.
Shot down with his hands up in his own door

Our city slicker norm faded into the Old West as we turned off the primitive road into the The Flying Diamond Ranch. Dennis introduced us to our transportation for the weekend, which consisted of 3 sure-footed mules named Banjo, Red and Annie- not to be confused with Dennis’ wife (you are on your own to find out the “naming of the mule” story from Dennis). But, remember what happens in Klondyke stays in Klondyke.

After settling into the Ranch House, we saddled up the mules and took off into the foothills. As a novice on horseback, Heidi was a little nervous at first, but Red’s kind eyes, gentle nature, and Dennis’ assuring words put her at ease right away. Dennis led us on a 5-hour trail ride through finger canyons and high atop ridges covered in beautiful spring cactus blossoms.

Whitetail bounced out of cover all around us. With the wind in our faces and hawks soaring above our heads, a herd of 20 javelina scampered across the ridge right next to us. Normally, this private rocky desert terrain would be used by DC Outfitters to guide hunters for Mule and Coues deer in the fall.

D.C. Outfitters offer various hunting packages for antelope, coues whitetail, mule deer, elk, javelina, quail and sheep. Seasonal cattle drives and trail rides are also available into Southeastern Arizona's wild and rugged San Francisco River area and the Aravaipa Klondyke area which is where we got our tour into.

Upon returning to camp, getting the mules unsaddled and fed, we relaxed under a shady cottonwood tree sipping the cool breeze and sharing stories of our adventures and mishaps.

With appetites ravenous, dinner was served up from the fragrant coals of a Mesquite campfire. Thick rib eye steaks, homemade dinner rolls, coal fired baked potatoes, and a crisp salad filled our bellies. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, we finished the meal with a slice of angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries and cream.

As the sun trailed off over the rolling foothills and the cool desert night crept up on us, we threw a few more logs on the fire. Dennis kept our attention with the latest Cowboy lure and tales of magnificent elk.

After a full nights rest, a hearty breakfast, and one last pat of Red’s nose, we said our goodbyes and reluctantly headed back on the road back to Phoenix.

Thank you Dennis & Anne(wife) and also Red, Banjo & Annie(mule) for a lovely weekend we won’t soon forget.

For more information regarding guided hunts and trail rides with DC Outfitters, please check out their premium listing on this site.

DC Outfitters Info:

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Dennis Jacob 928-428-7979

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Brad Jannenga
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