About Us

After opening in 1975, The Horsemen Lodge quickly became a popular hangout for Babbitt cowboys working on the CO Bar ranch. The restaurant—named “Horsemen” in the effort to pay homage to the ranching lifestyle—is decorated with authentic cowboy attire, memorabilia, and artwork. This way, The Horsemen Lodge doesn’t just offer a hearty, cowboy-inspired menu, but it also offers an overall Southwestern experience.

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Our Beef

The Horsemen Lodge’s premium USDA certified, all natural Black Angus beef is hand-selected by Creekstone Farms to guarantee top quality. We’re proud to offer beef with a 100% vegetarian diet, and an antibiotic and hormone free upbringing. The Creekstone Farms facility is constructed according to Dr. Mary Temple Grandin’s groundbreaking slaughterhouse design, which promotes a more humane upbringing and stress-reducing environment. Dr. Grandin has a PhD in Animal Science and is a leading consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, advocating the implementation of humane livestock-handling methods which produce a higher quality product. The Horsemen Lodge is proud to go the extra mile in offering high quality, humanely handled beef.

Meet & Greet

The Horsemen Lodge is offering a Meet & Greet every Friday and Saturday during dinner hours! From the moment you drive in, you’ll have two cowgirls on horseback greeting you: The first will guide you to the right spot to park in, and the other will be available for pictures. Although we’d love to have our cowgirls available for the Meet & Greet every weekend, we’ll be honest and say this is a based-on-availability offer. Due to weather and other circumstances, we can’t guarantee they will be available every night on every weekend- but feel free to call us and we’ll fill you in on their schedule!

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Our History

The Horsemen Lodge is based on the outskirts of a city it’s very proud of. Rooted in the thrilling vocations that the Southwest is famous for (such as farming, ranching, and lumber), Flagstaff’s history is worthy of being shared. We have dedicated this page to doing just that.

Flagstaff’s name is derived from a celebration of our country’s centennial. On July 4, 1876 a group of campers at the base of the San Francisco Peaks stripped a pine tree and used it to raise an American flag. This tree inspired the name “Flagstaff.”

It wasn’t until a railroad was laid directly through the heart of Flagstaff, that the city truly thrived. The Atlantic and Pacific Railroads included Flagstaff in its network of railroads in 1880. When Santa Fe Railroads purchased it in 1885, Flagstaff was officially connected to St. Louis and the Pacific ocean. Once connected, tourism quickly became a primary contributor to Flagstaff’s economy. The city’s close proximity to the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Walnut Canyon, and the San Francisco Peaks made it a popular destination. Additionally, the city’s wealth in lumber encouraged trade, all made possible by the railroads.

The Babbitt Sons

The Babbitt sons came to town in 1881 with $17,000 to spend, looking for prime ranching territory. They eventually settled in Flagstaff, creating the famous CO Bar ranch, which was passed down to subsequent generations and still exists today. The Horsemen Lodge is proud to have hosted famous CO Bar ranch workers after its opening in 1975, including Bill Howell, father to Vick and Harvey, who worked roping cattle for years.

Additionally, a local artist internationally credited for capturing the CO Bar ranching lifestyle, Bill Owens, has dined many times at The Horsemen Lodge. To this day, our restaurant has his artwork on display along with cattle brands, aged six-shooters and spurs, authentic cowboy chaps and hats, and as rumor has it, the very wagon wheels brought over by the Babbitt family, themselves!

Cattle Rustling

As the city blossomed, so did its activity. Flagstaff’s saloons filled with locals near and far. As the Southwestern cowboy culture flared to life, so did the infamous shoot-outs, which was a popular recourse particularly for the crime of “cattle rustling,” or stealing of cattle.

“Cattle rustling was rampant and only conquered by stringing the culprits to a limb of a tree and riddling the bodies with bullets. Many were the shootings in the town. . . . They write about Tombstone and other early settlements, but Flagstaff was as bad as any of them” (pg. 37. Stemmer, Charles C. A Brand From the Burning. 1959).