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Van Dickson Ranch

Skull Valley, AZ View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.9 out of 5
63 reviews
$8k - $11k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$8k - $11k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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.

Services Offered

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$7,480

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

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

63 Reviews

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Rated
4.9
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Recommended by 98% of couples
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  • Allie
    Allie W. Married on 05/21/2022
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    Smoothest wedding day

    We cannot say enough good things about the ranch, the amazing help, and all Carolyn did to make sure the day went smooth. From the start of first contacting Carolyn she responded promptly and gave us dates to come visit with all of the information we could possibly need. Carolyn provided us with so many options for the ranch where we didn’t have to look elsewhere for venue decorations, possible resources, and other accommodations for our day. With all of the help she provided us in the beginning, there was definitely no need to have a wedding planner with how much work she has put into her business. When it came closer to the wedding, she was checking with us to make sure if there was anything else we needed before our day, what else we needed to follow up on with her, and how the day would go. On the day of the wedding, Carolyn understood things were busy and everything was happening all over, but kept such a calm demeanor throughout it all and was such a major help if things did come up. The day went so smoothly and I cannot say thank you enough to Carolyn as she made sure and helped so much beforehand to be able to make the day as magnificent and easy as she possibly could.
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    Patricia Married on 10/30/2021
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    Most magical enchanting wedding venue you will ever experience!

    If you are looking for the very perfect wedding venue look no further! We had our wedding at Van Dickson Ranch and it was the most stunning, magical, and enchanting day of our entire life’s! The owner Carolyn is the kindest lady you ever meet. She was there for all of our needs, professional, detailed, all questions answered in a timely manner, caring, kind, passionate, and she went above and about beyond for us. Carolyn we are so thankful for everything and grateful that we have made a forever friend! The Cowboys were so great, so helpful, so professional, directed guests where they needed to be, helped carry my dress, drove us around, drove the guests to the ceremony area, and helped our disabled family members who needed help getting places with the upmost kindness. During our reception time, the Tableware, and wine glasses were beautiful. We had ice cold water at all times for our guests. Our food was so delicious, we were so blown away how good the food was, and all of our guest were just raving about how tasty it was. Our pictures were so picturesque with the best of natures background. Our reception area was absolutely enchanting, with the most perfect ambience of lighting, and a spacious dance floor to dance on. The ceremony was absolutely stunning and perfect in every way. Did I say stunning, it was magical, beautiful, green with the most beautiful trees, Beautiful landscape, just absolutely gorgeous. Our bridal suite and groom suite was clean, comfortable, spacious and had everything for all of our needs. We have plenty a room for parking for all of our guests. Carolyn was absolutely wonderful, she checked on us, always made sure we were OK, let us know when it was time, or our next steps to be prepared for, she was absolutely great with our children and our family. I literally can’t say enough good things about Carolyn she has the most amazing spirit of a woman. We got to meet her husband and he was so very nice to us. If me and my husband had to refer anyone to have their wedding somewhere, we would Recommend Van Dickson ranch over and over again. We are so happy and grateful to experience our wedding at Van Dickson ranch, and making a forever friend with Carolyn. Carolyn We are so grateful That you helped us make our dreams come true and for everything else, we absolutely adore you! God bless you! Patricia and Trapper

    Van Dickson Ranch's reply:

    Even after two postponements due to Covid-19 and another surprise, your wedding turned out ideal. We had perfect weather (as usual here) and attending were the nicest and most interesting people one could find anywhere. Yes, you had a marvelous day, but the staff and Paul and I enjoyed it as well. Thank you for making the Van Dickson Ranch your wedding choice, and we wish you the very best of luck in the future. Sincerely, Carolyn
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    Ashley Married on 10/15/2021
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    The most beautiful venue for a wedding!

    This hidden gem was the highlight of our wedding day. It took touring venues for a few hours to realize this was “the one”. From the moment we stepped onto the ceremony grass and met Carolyn we knew this is where we wanted to get married. The scenery at Van Dickson ranch is absolutely beautiful.

    Carolyn was friendly and accommodating to our questions and needs. Getting ahold of her, while planning our wedding, was simple and she was always quick to reply.

    On our wedding day, Carolyn popped her head into the brides casita from time to time to make sure I, as the bride, knew who had arrived and what was going on while my bridesmaids and I were getting ready. She kept me in the loop throughout the entire day. She even snapped a few quick (and beautiful) “sneak peak” photos of our day which she quickly emailed to me after our wedding day.

    The food was absolutely incredible. It’s been 2 weeks and our guests still rave about how amazing it was. The reception area is beautiful and creates the perfect ambience for fun and romanticism.

    Thank you, Carolyn and Paul, for opening your beautiful property up and allowing brides and grooms to have the most magical wedding experiences.

    Van Dickson Ranch's reply:

    Dear Ashley: What a wonderful description of your day and the Van Dickson Ranch. Ten years ago we began having weddings when a friend asked if their daughter could get married here. We did it mainly because Paul loves to serve his slow-smoked tri tip barbecue. It began as a hobby, and we continue to do it because we love the joy and happiness we see at the weddings. I am so happy I was able to be there when you needed information and assistance and that your day went so well. Sincerely, Carolyn

Awards

  • 63
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Tony the Entertainer, LLC 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 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 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, AZ, 86338
9284423658
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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 92% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in value, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in professionalism.

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