Van Dickson Ranch

Post Office Box 314 13125 Van Dickson Road, Skull Valley, AZ 86338 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Van Dickson Ranch

Stately oak and walnut trees, a natural arch formed by 100-year-old cottonwoods, and a lush carpet of grass situated above Skull Valley Creek set the scene for your wedding at the Van Dickson Ranch. This is a historic venue located in Skull Valley, a marvelous place for spring, summer, and fall nuptials. (Barn & Farm Weddings Skull Valley)

After the ceremony, guests will adjourn to the spacious, covered pavilion for the reception to include dinners of Texas tri-tip smoked right here on the ranch with six delicious side dishes. Descriptions of the food range from amazing to fantastic, and many guests have returned to the venue for their own weddings because of the food and majesty of the Van Dickson Ranch, located near Prescott.

James Van Dickson homesteaded this ranch in 1906. Van, as he was known, was a world-class rodeo champion who raised polo ponies at the ranch and leased them to Will Rogers. When C. Paul and Carolyn Harris bought the ranch in 1999, Paul, a polo player, knew he could make a polo field there. Little did he know that it had been a polo field 100 years ago. Coincidence or fate? Thus they named it Van Dickson Ranch. This beautiful area is known as Skull Valley because of the skulls found there in the late 1800s which are believed to be from ancient battles between the Yavapai and Apache people.

Facilities and Capacity

Music may play until 11 p.m., and the entire venue is available to the wedding party all day from 9 a.m. The bride will have a large dressing suite and the groomsmen will have their own private cabin for preparations. Included are dinners, lighting, dance floor, tables, chairs, and benches, thus couples will have everything they need for their special day. The ranch can host up to 500 wedding guests.

Services Offered

At the Van Dickson Ranch, couples will be able to enjoy their ceremony with peace of mind because the venue will provide you with security on your wedding day. Couples will also receive lighting, dance floor, tables, chairs, and benches so that they will have everything they need to host their wedding. In addition couples will receive the following services:

  • All inclusive packages
  • Covered Pavilion for reception
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Liability insurance
  • Event planning
  • Event rentals
  • Dressing suite for bride and bridesmaids
  • Preparation cabin for groomsmen
  • In-house catering of smoked tri-tip dinners
  • Use of property from 9 a.m. until midnight
  • Bridal party may supply soft and alcoholic drinks
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51 Reviews for Van Dickson Ranch

Recommended by 98% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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  • Melanie

    Melanie · Married on 10/19/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great venue ran by great people!

    We couldn’t have asked for a better place to be married. Van Dickson Ranch was everything we wanted and more. The owner, Carolyn Harris, went over and beyond expectations for us before the wedding and the day of the wedding. She made us feel comfortable and at peace with everything about our wedding. She responded in a timely manner to every panicked message I would send about little details regarding our wedding. Living two hours away from the venue made something’s difficult to plan but Carolyn was always there when you needed something. The food her husband smokes and cooks the day of was delicious! All their staff from the cowboys to the food servers were friendly and pleasant people. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking to get married outside on a beautiful property. We love Van Dickson Ranch!

    Sent on 11/03/2019
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    Jay · Married on 06/01/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
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    Amazing and gorgeous

    When I began looking around for wedding venues it was a little overwhelming, especially once you begin to look at the pricing of venues. I explored my options down in the valley as well as the outskirts and found Van Dickson Ranch, and I am so grateful I did! This venue really stood out to me because of its natural beauty alone, as well as how private it is being on a 600 acre ranch. This venue is absolutely beautiful! The price and package that they offer was also another one of my favorite things. This venue is the most decently priced venue option and they include DELICIOUS food in their package that is a great variety and option for everyone, even gluten free besides the rolls and so delicious! Throughout the year I had to plan my wedding Carolyn was very communicative and responsive during my planning whenever I had any questions or anything she was there with a quick response and an answer to my questions. When my big day arrived it was absolutely perfect. We had the whole day to set up all of our decorations and to get ready at the venue. Carolyn has a beautiful casita for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in, and a little house for the groom and groomsmen. The day went so smoothly and Carolyn was very helpful throughout the day. Once the ceremony began the cowboys had everything set up and ready to go perfectly. Carolyn is great at capturing meaningful behind the scenes photos of my father and I before walking down the aisle. The whole ceremony, reception, and wedding went beautifully and perfect. The cowboys are so responsive, helpful, and such pleasant good men. They help set everything up and ensure all guests are where they need to be and happy. I am so grateful and happy that I chose to have my special day here and would not have it any other way. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS VENUE! Especially if you want a natural and private, open wedding. I was able to keep my decor simple with just lace, burlap, and wood decor made by my husband and it was PERFECT and with all of the natural outside beauty here you do not need a lot of decorations because it is just beautiful itself! Thank you so so much Van Dickson Ranch team! :)

    Sent on 06/17/2019

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Van Dickson Ranch FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 7480.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Lighting/Sound
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    300
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    100
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    4
  • Describe your venue:
    Farm/Ranch
    Garden
    Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
  • What event services do you offer?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Server(s)
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Shuttle
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Tony the Entertainer, LLC Wedding DJs

    I have worked with the folks at Van Dickson Ranch a handful of times and I have to say it is one of my favorite venues! From the location to the friendly staff, everything about this place is perfect!

  • Lieb Photographic LLC Wedding Photographers

    Oh my goodness! What a seriously stunning place for a wedding! Van Dickson has the most gorgeous setting and it is THE desert oasis you may just be looking for! I can't get over the stunning views and the incredible options for your ceremony and reception. Visit Van Dickson Ranch and you will fall in love!

  • My Wedding Flowers Wedding Florists

    A beautiful location for your outdoor wedding. This venue is a joy to work with.

Map

  • Post Office Box 314 13125 Van Dickson Road, 13125 Van Dickson Road Skull Valley, Arizona, 86338 See on map
    928-377-1932 (Phone number)
    Location of (Van Dickson Ranch)

Van Dickson Ranch frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Van Dickson Ranch?

Van Dickson Ranch includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Van Dickson Ranch, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Van Dickson Ranch includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Van Dickson Ranch in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Van Dickson Ranch for wedding events is known for:

  • Farm/Ranch
  • Garden
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Van Dickson Ranch for wedding events?

Van Dickson Ranch offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Van Dickson Ranch offer?

Van Dickson Ranch offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception

What services does Van Dickson Ranch offer for wedding events?

Van Dickson Ranch offers the following services for wedding events:

  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Van Dickson Ranch have available for wedding events?

Van Dickson Ranch offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Van Dickson Ranch and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Van Dickson Ranch is recommended by 90% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5.0 in value, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.8 in flexibility.