Van Dickson Ranch is a historic venue located in Skull Valley, Arizona. It is a marvelous place for spring, summer, and fall nuptials with its wondrous oak and walnut trees. A natural arch formed by 100-year-old cottonwoods and a lush carpet of grass situated above Skull Valley Creek will set the scene for any wedding. This beautiful area is known as Skull Valley because of the skulls found there in the late 1800s. They are believed to be from ancient battles between the Yavapai and Apache people. 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.
Facilities and Capacity
The ranch can host up to 500 wedding guests. Guests can adjourn to the covered pavilion for the reception to enjoy dinners of Texas tri-tip smoked on the ranch with six side dishes available. 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. Ease-of-access is a priority for the Van Dickson Ranch, with ample parking and shuttle services available in addition to full wheelchair accessibility.
The event planning team will go the extra mile for each soon-to-be-wed, gaining an understanding of their dream vision for their nuptials. They will provide set-up and clean-up services, allowing you to focus on spending time with your 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, a dance floor, tables, chairs, and benches so that they will have everything they need to host their wedding. Delicious catering options can be availed of by couples with a selection of passed hors d’ oeuvres and buffet-style meals on offer.
53 Reviews for Van Dickson Ranch
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Carissa · Married on 05/01/2021
We could not have picked a more perfect venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. Carolyn was fabulous and attentive from start to finish. Her staff is amazing. The food was fantastic, the scenery impeccable, you will not regret having your special day here! The grooms suite and bridal suite are perfect. The pavilion was gorgeous. We just LOVED this whole special day!Sent on 05/17/2021
Kaitlin V. · Married on 04/30/2021
Absolutely amazing venue
Oh my goodness. I cannot even put into words how much I LOVED the Van Dickson Ranch. We got married here April 30th, 2021. The whole day was so much more perfect than I could ever imagine. The bridal suite and grooms suite was so nice to have to get ready in. Carolyn herself is such a sweetheart and is there throughout the whole day to help make sure everything goes perfectly. I live in another city so Carolyn was wonderful with communication and making sure everything was set and ready to go for the day. The staff was so wonderful and directing guests, helping me and my husband, and helping set up. The venue is absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. Every guest I had could not stop talking about how gorgeous it was. I didn’t even add decorations to my ceremony because the landscape itself is breathtaking. The reception was wonderfully lit and comfortable. The food was AMAZING. If you are looking at getting married in Arizona, I highly recommend this venue 100%. This was the first venue my husband and I toured and we cancelled all other tours and booked the Van Dickson on the spot because we fell in love with the scenery and the owners.Sent on 05/01/2021
Bradley R. · 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.
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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.