Welcome to Q Ranch
The "Q" is a private ranch nestled in a Ponderosa pine and oak-dotted valley surrounded by the Tonto National Forest. It is located in Gila County, below the Mogollon Rim at an elevation of 5500-6200 feet.
From 900 to 1400 AD, the area was the site of a thriving Native American Western Pueblo culture. This civilization built what is now known as the Q Ranch Pueblo, a 220-room, apartment-like dwelling of fine sandstone masonry — the third largest of its kind. In 1894, Col. Jesse Ellison started a cattle ranch on the site and his wife’s brand, the letter Q, gave the ranch its name. Hand-cut log buildings from that period still exist. This area is also known for the infamous Pleasant Valley War, the longest and bloodiest range war in U.S. history.
Access only via unpaved roads has left a rich habitat with abundant wildlife, pristine vegetation and dark night skies that afford naked-eye viewing of the Milky Way and a host of celestial orbs. The elevation guarantees balmy days and cool nights throughout most of the summer. We hope to see you here.