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.
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:
51 Reviews for Van Dickson Ranch
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Bradley Rach · Getting married on 02/10/2021
Couldn't have asked for anything more!
The venue was great. The ambiance was perfect for our wedding in late October. The food got multiple compliments, even weeks later. Would definitely recommend.Sent on 11/13/2019
The staff was super helpful and looked great. The owners are super responsive and helpful in their recommendations.
Melanie · Married on 10/19/2019
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
Jay · Married on 06/01/2019
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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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!
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!
A beautiful location for your outdoor wedding. This venue is a joy to work with.