The ZZ Cattle Corporation is a fourth-generation, family owned ranch which stretches from the border northward to Peña Blanca Lake. 

The Santa Cruz County Cowbelles Ranch Tour 2020 will be held Saturday, March 28 at the ZZ Cattle Corporation, located northwest of Nogales. 

The daylong event begins at the ranch headquarters at 9 a.m. and features a guided tour of the historic house led by a family member, as well as a pack mule demonstration by Shane Lyman, U.S. Forest Service. Mike and Beth Hughes will interact with guests on a calf roping dummy and Pat Fischer will explain the art of reading brands. 

Shuttle bus transportation will be provided to the corral area for working ranch horse/cattle demonstrations and horseshoeing along with Michaela and Andrew McGibbon showing the latest innovations in handling cattle. 

Live music and cowboy poetry by Eldon Housley will entertain during the luncheon, which features Rex Dalton’s authentic chuckwagon bbq steaks with all the trimmings and Dutch oven fruit cobbler. Campfire coffee and wine will also be served. 

County 4-H and FFA students will help direct parking and have some of their exhibits and produce available for purchase. 

A brief discussion of how ranchers, farmers, and various agencies cooperate with each other to facilitate working along the border will be emceed by Dean Fish of the Santa Fe Ranch. The panel includes representatives of Arizona State Game and Fish and U.S. Border Patrol, ZZ Cattle Corporation rancher Dan Bell, John Fleischer of JM Cattle Corporation and Chris Ciruli of the Produce Distributors Industry. 

The purpose of the tour is to fund the Santa Cruz County Cowbelles’ scholarship program for graduating high school seniors and to aid in the organization’s beef and agricultural promotional efforts. Registration is $85 per person and includes all the above plus complimentary gift bags for each guest. 

To request a registration form or for additional information, please contact