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Reviewed 20 April 2010

We spent only two nights at the STGR. Prior to our visit I contacted them to see if there was an ordained minister who could help my wife and I renew our vows. Carrie Rynders responded that Craig, the Head Wrangler, was ordained. Tony, the Chef, is also an excellent photographer and could shoot our special moment if we wished also.

Well, I couldn't have been happier, we had an amazing experience with our 7&8 year old daughters at hand.

Craig and Tony took great care of us, as did the entire staff during our stay.

The rest of the ranch is as reviewed by others, don't worry, the place is beautiful and the location is stunning, it is definitely worth the trip!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

My husband and I decided to escape the madness of Las Vegas and venture out to Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch for a 3 night stay towards the end of March.
Our first encounter with STGR was with Jodi (the owner Carrie's daughter-in-law) who took my call, answered my many e-mails and made me feel like I'd made the right choice in booking a stay at their Ranch.
The ranch is 11 miles down a dirt road but the directions provided were excellent. We loved how remote the ranch was - we arrived to a haven of peace and quiet.
Tony (Carrie's son-in-law) met us and showed us around and got us settled in.
The rooms are rustic (don't expect a 5 star hotel experience) but they were clean and I loved the western decor. Our bed wasn't all that comfortable but that didn't detract from our stay at all. We would definitely visit again.
It took some getting used to having nothing to do but we just loved the peace and quiet.
That afternoon we met some other arriving families. We had the pleasure of meeting some great people (including oxybill and her family!).
We also met Carrie who had driven to Las Vegas to collect some guests.
The food was superb (wanted to take Tony home with me so I can eat that well every day!).
The horse riding was great for us as we're not at all experienced riders. However, I did feel that we weren't given sufficient instruction but we seemed to pick it up pretty quickly.
I had the pleasure of riding 3 different horses but my husband had the same horse for every ride.
Dwayne was our favourite wrangler and I was fortunate enough to go on my last ride out with him. Loved how he stopped en-route and told us stories. He also came and chatted to us before dinner one night. What a great guy!
Our stay was way too short and we were very sad to leave. Next time we will stay for longer. It was definitely a visit to remember and I would highly recommend this ranch to everyone looking for a peaceful, relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

What can I say, this was the best holiday myself and my husband have ever had which makes my feel even gultier about the late review!

We spent a week at STGR last September having spent 2 days at Lake Las Vegas to chill out and get over the jet lag. We were prepared for the fact that the ranch was in the middle of nowhere and up an 11 mile dirt track as the information we received from Carrie when we booked included this and was very useful.

I was a bit aprehensive about what to expect from the ranch before we arrived as neither myself or my husband had ridden before (with the exception of 1 lesson about a week before we went), but we both loved the idea of being in "the wild west", the peace and quiet and seeing some amazing scenery. We have visited many places in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and California over the years and loved the area.

I was also unsure about how we would get on with the rest of the guests as we don't normally socialise that much when we go on holiday, preferring to enjoy each others company as we don't get to do that much at home.

We arrived too late in the afternoon on the Tuesday to make the evening ride but many of the other guests were out on the horses. We were met by Carrie and Tux (the dog) when we arrived and Carrie showed us around the ranch and to our room. Carrie was really friendly and made us feel so welcome.

Our room was great - 1 of a series of single story rooms connected in a row like small bungalows. The room was a good size with large comfy bed, a/c, plenty of hanging and drawer space, well equipped bathroom and sofa bed. My favourite bit was the horseshoe hooks on the wall which were perfect for hanging your hat on after a long ride! The hat hooks summed up the theme of the roome perfectly - quirky, rustic and just what you would think of for a ranch. There are no locks on the doors but this really is no problem - it is the safest place I have ever been. If you are really worried then you could lock stuff in your car I suppose but this really isn't necessary.

The covered patio outside had rocking chairs and benches and there are more chairs and picnic tables scattered around the site, perfect to sit and read or just study the scenery.

After unpacking we took the opportunity to have a drink and smoke outside on a picnic table when we saw the first load of guests arriving back from their ride. Kim, Michael, Phil and Val (who turned out to be in the neighbouring rooms) came straight over to introduce themselves and sat and had a chat, telling us all about it as they had arrived on the Sunday. This summed up how friendly everyone was and any remaining doubts we had completely disappeared. Sat outside in the beautiful warmth of the desert, looking at amazing scenery with no other building, car or person in sight was truly amazing.

Nights were my favourite part - dinner was always fabulous (as were all the meals!), the stars were beautiful and the peace and quiet, other than the occassional sound of the cayotes was mesmerising. Sat in the courtyard sharing a drink and swapping stories with other guests was great. We were all in bed by 10.30 as we had to get up at 6 for the morning rides so if you are into night life this is definately not the place for you!

The morning rides were early as September is stil very hot but it is worth getting up early to see the beautiful sunrises. I must have 100 pictures of the sun rise and set as it was so spectacular.

The horses are great and the wranglers are so passionate about the horses and look after them really well. We had Chuck, Jesse and Craig there when we were there and they are all great.

As for the rides themselves, your 1st ride is a walk only so that the wranglers can assess how competent and confident you are. After that you will be assigned into groups with similar competency levels. Carrie will let you know at lunch time what time your afternoon ride is and who you are going out with and the same at dinner time for the following morning. The rides lasted about 60-90 minutes at that time of year due to the heat. There are loads of different trails to go on so no 2 rides you take will be the same.

My husband took to the riding great but unfortunately I fell on my 3rd ride whilst loping. I won't lie - it hurt! As an amusing irony the horse was called Pride - as one of my riding mates on that ride (thanks Katrina! ) said just before I fell.... "Pride comes before a fall!" Boy was she right!

It did knock my confidence and although I did get straight back on and tried to go out on the next ride, as soon as I tried to lope again I just froze and had to stop, returning to walking the horse for the remainder of the ride. Carrie was adamant that I was not going to leave the ranch frightened of horses and that she would get me riding again properly before I left - she took the time out to take me out herself on a number of occassions, rather than with one of the wranglers. Knowing how busy she was this was really over and above and very much appreciated.

Even though after the fall I did not do 2 rides a day, I was never bored on the ranch. It seems really strange when you try to describe this to someone as you can't think what it was that you did. Usually had a nap after breakfast then a couple of hours round the pool before lunch, more time in the pool in the afternoon before time for the afternoon rides.

There were others on the ranch who did not ride every day, one played golf every day in Lake Havasu City (45 min away). There is no pressure to ride and there is no pressure to ride at a pace that doesn't suit you. The family and the wranglers just seem to want everyone to do whatever makes them happy.

As others have said, make sure you stock up on everything you need before you get there as the nearest stores are either Kingman or Lake Havasu, both 45 minutes away. We went down to Yucca thinking there would be a local convenience store there but no joy. No alcohol is sold on site so you need to stock up on the way. There is a large fridge in the lodge where everyone stocks their booze. The lodge also has soft drinks and snacks on sale - honour bar system where you just make a note on a pad of what you have taken. The same system is used in the gift shop which stocks a range of souvenirs as well as some essentials such as sunglasses for when you lose yours whilst loping.

There are a few things to do round about if you fancy a change (no riding on Sunday's). Kingman is o.k to have a look round but nothing special. Oatman is a good day out in a kitsch sort of way although 60-90 minutes there is more than enough (the cowboy shoot out in the middle of the street is a bit dire).

Overall, the title of this review says it all. At the end of our week we went on to Vegas for 5 days which we had been to before on a number of occassions and loved. This time, we wished we were still on the ranch. For us that is the best compliment I can give.

We will definately be back to visit soon, (I just can't guarantee I will be doing any riding!)

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2009

This was our 14th visit to the ranch and it was the best ever! Five all day lunch rides with Boss Rangler Craig and even a day trip trailering the horses up to the mountains to ride with Carrie and all the ranch wranglers!

We always schedule our trips to the ranch for our wedding anniversary. This year was our 40th and will always be super special.

The brocedure says it all. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful weather, clean comfortable rooms, great meals, honest & reliable trail horses and of course, super duper family staff.

Lots of things to do for everyone. The wranglers take special pride in fitting your riding ability to the right horse for you. They have scheduled rides for all levels and everyone comes back smiling and relaxed.

The meals are varied and something for everyone and you will never, never leave a meal hungry. Might want to schedule a nice walk around the desert afterwards to try and work some of the food and especially the dessert off!

Can't wait to schedule our next trip. Join us, you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

We would like to thank the Rynder family and the staff for a most excellent Thanksgiving week. The ranch is very comfortable to settle into quickly. Our ranch cabin was very nice - modern construction with comfortable beds.

The best thing (next to the food which was really good) however is the horses. The wranglers are not uptight about the horses and we could therefore able to take some awesome rides, including loping up some dry river beds. It was like the old west probably was, thundering hooves, dust clouds, horses breathing heavily...... Really quite a life experience. We had a very nice Thanksgiving day (no relatives, no cooking, no cleaning) where we got to go for a long morning ride, have a horseshoe tournament and a fabulous Thanksgiving feast. The kids particularly liked the lodge with its pool table and old time games. Even though there is a video room there the kids opted for old time fun like card playing and billiards. Its nice to get their faces out of the video games and re-connect every so often.

When we go back - and we will - we will go for some longer rides which were really a blast.

In summary, we really liked the laid back nature of the Rynder family and staff, it was a great vacation especially if you have kids.

Congratulations guys for achieving the dream.

See you soon.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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