Last week we spent two days at the Cherry Creek Lodge and were thoroughly pleased with the experience. Located on a working ranch, it was a mix of a bed-and-breakfast and a dude ranch. That meant the cattle, horses, dogs, chicken, turkeys they raised, as well as the wildlife living in the surrounding area.
The two-hour All Terrain Vehicle tour was outstanding. Rick is knowledgeable, pleasant, and very skilled in getting the ATV through river beds, hills, and rocky trails. HIs knowledge about the history of the area, the details of running a working ranch that was off the grid, and the animal life was very outstanding. I was impressed with the solar panels that provided most of the power for the ranch. Though it was a rustic setting, they offered wi-fi and satellite TV, in case you were bored. But boredom was not a problem. The weather was fantastic and we enjoyed hiking around the beautiful countryside.
Our room was well-decorated, clean, and very comfortable. The main lodge area was warm and inviting, as were the staff, Holly and Rick. Everyone was very friendly, genuine, and eager to please. Holly was unfailingly upbeat and helpful.
Meals were served family-style, with guests and staff together, which led to a better appreciation of ranch life. This is not a 3 star Michelin restaurant. If you want that, go to a Michelin rated restaurant. But it is wholesome, family style food on a working ranch. And when I got the bill for the meals, I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable it was.
We were at the Lodge when the folks that wrote the SbySW negative review were there. All I can say is that we cannot share their evaluation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cherry Creek Lodge (Arizona Guest Ranch)/dude ranch) is part of the Tilting H Ranch -- a working 40,000 acre cattle ranch, set in the heart of the Tonto National Forest along the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. Featured on Arizona Highways TV and on the cover of Arizona Highways Magazine, and listed as the #1 romantic getaway in Sonoran Living. A study in rustic elegance, providing all the modern comforts, while staying true to its working cattle ranch history. Enjoy the accommodations at the lodge - the spacious great hall with its fireplace and leather couches, the supremely comfortable bedrooms, the deck overlooking the lake and the patio with its fire pit. The lodge is the perfect place for a corporate retreat, or a small wedding. Of course, it is also the perfect place to just relax when not out on a cattle drive or on the trail on our well-trained, responsive horses, or taking advantage of the many activities around the ranch, including the roping arena, rifle range, 3-D archery course, sporting clay course, four-wheeling, fishing, hiking and more. It is also rich in old west history and culture - the site of one of the gunfights of the infamous "Pleasant Valley War". (A reenactment of the gunfight was aired on Arizona Highways TV). The war is one the most famous of the range wars in the American West, the subject of a number of nonfiction books, as well as the source of a number novels (including one by Zane Grey) and movie plots. ... more less