by Rebecca Eicher, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
If you’ve ever driven Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, you’ve surely noticed the large white building and herd of ostrich in the shadow of Picacho Peak State Park. This world famous attraction started out with a few giant birds and a dream in the mind of creator DC “Rooster” Cogburn.
In their native Oklahoma, the Cogburns quickly realized they needed to find a more natural climate for their feathered friends. This led them to purchase the current property in Picacho, Arizona in 1987. The dry, desert air was just what the African species needed to thrive. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch officially opened to the public in 1999 with just the ostrich to feed.
Much has changed in 20 years at the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Now in its third generation, visitors are still warmly welcomed by the Cogburn family including family matriarch, Lucille — one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet.
Nowadays, there are lots of critters to interact with. Joining the ostrich are miniature Sicilian donkeys, Nigerian dwarf goats, Fallow deer, Peking ducks, and “The Goat Penthouse” and the “Hole in the Wall Gang” featuring Boer goats. The all-time favorite Rainbow Lorikeets love being fed a cup of nectar while sitting on your arm. And where else can interact with stingrays? Yes, you read that right, there are cownose stingrays right here in the desert. Plus more to see and do.
There is truly something for everyone at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch and more fun than you can imagine. Take a tour around the world, all in one place.
You might have seen Rooster Cogburn featured on any number of TV shows such as “Larry the Cable Guy — Only in America,” “Extreme Roadside Attractions,” “Chef vs City,” “Amazing Animals,” “Arizona Highways,” and most recently, “Ozzie & Jack’s World Tour” and AMC’s “Ride with Norman Reedus,” but there is no substitute for experiencing it up close and personal.
Visitors of all ages can get hands on, up close and interact with all the critters. Plus those guests who are younger than 6 or older than 106 receive free admission with a paid adult.
Find up-to-date information on our website www.roostercogburn.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for exciting announcements.