I stayed with Jerry at the ranch and had an absolute blast for the duration of the stay (pretty much an entire summer)! I made so many memories there that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life.
The first thing you notice about the ranch in Ike's Canyon is it's beauty and the second is how quiet the area is--great for sleeping and relaxing. You're in the middle of a valley with hardly any neighbors, except for antelope, wild horses and burros, elk, mule deer, coyotes, and a myriad of bird species (so for you desert birders, this would be great). Ike's canyon was easily accessible by truck or horse (and I wish I had taken my bike with me).
Getting up into the mountains and back down into the valley is pretty much a dream, especially for those interested in scenic vistas and/or wildlife. At night the stars are endless, especially from the natural hot springs hot tub, and fire flies (yes, seriously, fire flies) dot the landscape.
On the ranch you can hang with the animals--several horses, Penny and Pixie the donkeys, Bonnet the friendliest dog in the world, and if he's still kickin', Lance the goat. Also at the ranch you can take advantage of the pond on a hot day and slide right into it, or even just paddle around it for a bit. Plus, at night you might even find yourself in the saloon and if you're lucky enough you'll have the company of some of the "locals." They're some of the nicest folks anywhere.
The accommodations in the home are cozy and quiet. The kitchen and dining room provide a great place to share a meal or play cards, but the veranda and the back patio are really great places to make memories and enjoy the beauty of the national forest that abuts the property.
As soon as I can, I'm heading back there. It's definitely a place I want to share with my friends and family and you will too... so what are you waiting for?!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide a family-friendly destination vacation, or an unforgettable 'stop-over' in the heart of Cowboy Country. Immerse yourself in a pristine, natural setting. History, wild horses, gold mines, ghost towns, 12,000' peaks, alpine meadows, swimming, porch setting, star gazing, elk, hiking, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, antelope, hot springs, fossils, gems and lots of clean, pure fresh mountain air. Meals prepared to your preferences. No lines, no strangers; just authentic friendly hospitality. ... more less