Picacho, Arizona: Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich RanchJust the thought of an ostrich ranch is funny, but Rooster has made the real thing funnier. Be ready to feed goats, deer and other animals. Monster Truck Tour available on Sa-Su.
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If you're looking for something a little outlandish on the stretch of highway north of Tucson, this is it. The Goat Penthouse is just about the best thing ever. When we asked why there were sky goats, we were told that the goats love being up high, and they race to be the first in line to get cranked up on the platform. You can feed them treats via conveyor belt.
And, of course, there's a Wall of Goats, because -- why not? The ostriches are fascinating (but watch your fingers if you hand-feed them), and the lorikeets will climb all over you for your tiny cup of nectar.
The small shop at the entrance offers a variety of ostrich-themed items, including eggs, feathers, and eggshell jewelry.[Jeanie, 08/01/2014]
This is a must-stop if you have kids, or if you're a big kid yourself. Our favorite part was feeding the nectar to the Lorikeets -- they are not shy at all and sit on your arms while munching. Really fun![Chandra, 07/13/2014]
At Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch, the Wall of Goats is by far the best! Also, the ducks were way cool.[Joe M, 04/10/2012]
A few acres of land, half way between Phoenix and Tucson, but fun still for a quick stop. Five dollars gets you a cup of food to feed deer, ostriches, small mules thru a fence, and admission to a walk-in cage full of Australian birds called "lorikeets;" think parakeets with technicolor plumage. You can walk into their enclosure, about 20 feet by 50 feet. I just sat down on the ground and opened a little tub of nectar fluid, and in a minute I had ten of these guys sitting on my lap, my shoulder, all looking for a snack. Lots of fun feeding these little guys.
One must also respect the ostriches, which stand over six feet and 300 lbs, and are said to deliver a powerful kick. Empty eggs for sale the size of softballs. A fun quick stop.[Tim Martin, 05/24/2009]
This place is a hoot! The monster truck ride is not to be missed. My Mom and I took the kids and we were all falling off our seats laughing and having a ball. Hard to describe -- a combination of ranch tour, desert tour, monster truck course and...fishing? Yes, fishing for ostriches! Just trust me...
We went on a whim and it ended up being the kids highlight of this year's Arizona trip. We'll be back![Sara Neal, 01/24/2008]