Every aspect of the ranch is geared to building young man of integrity. Men that are emotionally whole and morally complete. Like a giant jig saw puzzle, each activity from ranch work to recreational play is structured to help the young man uncover his potential, understand the consequences his choices (past and future), and discover his desire to become, and give him the tools to achieve the man of integrity.





38000 S Arivaca Ranch Rd, Arivaca, Arizona 85601


P.O. Box 547, Arivaca, AZ, 85601



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Ron has worked with young men for nearly 40 years. He spent many years as a high school instructor, administrator, and later 10 years at Arizona State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Family Financial Counseling and an MBA from ASU with an emphasis in Training and Development.

Mr Searle has been a certified Arbinger Instructor for many years. Years ago he discovered a connection between the relationship principles of Arbinger and his love of Natural Horsemanship. It is a powerful combination that helps facilitate true heart change in a person.

After years of working with struggling young men from his home, Mr Searle founded Arivaca Boys Ranch. Since then, hundreds of families have discovered the power of natural horsemanship, ranch living, Arbinger, together with tradition therapy as an experiential combination that creates powerful lasting change in struggling individuals.

Founder & Manager

Ron Searle


Debra hails from back East and is grateful to have called Tucson Home for the past 28 years . She completed her Graduate Work at ASU and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona, a Certified Supervisor and a Registered Nurse.Debra continues to believe in the mission of Arivaca Ranch to heal our boys and provide a transformative experience.

Clinical Director

Debra Milner, RN, LCSW


Candace is a proud alumnus of the University of Denver, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and Master of Social Work. She is certified in Animal Assisted Therapies and has strong experience in implementing therapeutic curriculum with young adults experiencing a range of mental health challenges including trauma-based dysregulation, relational dysfunction, and maladaptive behaviours. Candace is an active member of the national equine therapy community and regularly attends the Natural Lifemanship Intensive Training Conferences, which teaches Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Equine Therapist

Candace Couper, LMSW