We made our first trip to Mormon Lake Lodge on Mother’s Day weekend, and it is easily everyone’s new “favorite” family vacation spot in AZ.
Location: The grounds are beautiful, clean, and spacious. And we loved the old Western charm and décor. As for the “lake,” there was no water. But Lake Mary is right down the street if it is water you seek.
Kids: This lodge is designed for families, and easily receives an “A” rating from our crazy crew. The girls went fishing for the first time, and they each caught a trout at the children’s pond. Our little one is still talking about it. She literally has a perma-grin. They also spent a lot of time at the playground, and everyone enjoyed viewing the buffalo up close at the habitat. They are a must-see.
Cabin: Unlike other reviews I have read, our cabin was quite clean. Our cabin was toasty warm, had scalding hot water, and a beautiful front porch. This is not a resort, so plan accordingly because the kitchenette is, well, a kitchenette! It is small, but does the job sufficiently for a hearty egg, bacon, and toast breakfast. I would, however, recommend bringing paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper cups (why waste your time washing dishes when there are so many other things to do). I would also suggest bringing a sponge, spatula, and measuring cups. It was one-step above rustic, and we LOVED it!
Store: The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful at the country store. They assisted us with a fishing license, and even suggested an alternate route back to the Valley since we have a Jeep. It was really fun driving on the dirt road! Also, when you arrive at the lodge, visit the store so you can pick up your eggs, margarine, milk, bacon, and bread. They have a great selection of grocery items there.
Staff: The staff was incredible. We received 5-star treatment from the cowboys at the stables, the clerks at the country store, the servers at the restaurant, and the staff at the pizzeria.
Horseback Riding: I have been riding for many years, and I can honestly say this was the most beautiful experience I have ever had on horseback. The landscape was amazing and our guides were first-class. A+!
Trails: AWESOME! The Jeep is covered in dirt. Need I say more?
Restaurant: The restaurant, ah, yeah, how do I say this? We were not impressed. The Rib Eye steaks were thin, and one of them was overcooked. Our server was VERY sweet and immediately had the cook fire up another one. I have read reviews about the service being slow, and they are right. Both times we were at the restaurant, it was very slow, but we did not mind at all. It was leisurely, cozy, and provided us with an opportunity to chat. What is the rush? You are supposed to relax on vacation. Our issue was with the quality of the food, not the service we received.
In summary: We LOVED it and cannot wait to go back! It is a GREAT location for a family-friendly vacation. The End.
- Also Known As:
- Mormon Lake Hotel Mormon Lake
- Mormon Lake Resort