What a dilemma….do I tell you all how wonderful this place is and risk it becoming so popular that we cannot get reservations, or do I cause an injustice by saying nothing…………Easy - this place deserves the highest praise so I guess I will just have to book well in advance!
We have just returned from a trip to the Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch which was unintentionally extended by 10 days due to the Icelandic Volcano ash cloud. It was the best holiday we have ever had!
The wranglers were all fantastic and got my whole family loping after just 4 days. Prior to this trip my husband had been on a horse once and hated it! My 10-yr old son had never ridden and my 7-yr old daughter had had max 10 lessons in the UK. A big thank you to both Natasha and Dwayne for achieving this amazing feat and for taking us on some memorable rides! And to Craig for taking us on a fantastic fast lope on our last afternoon – what fun to lope and yeehah together as a family.
Carrie was so accommodating and we all went on rides that suited our ability - this meant that we rode with many other people, which was great fun as there was plenty of time to chat and find out more about each other.
I have ridden all my life and was given the opportunity to go on a couple of 4 hour lunch rides which were amazing - the scenery was spectacular and the horses were great (Whiskey was my favourite..).
When the volcano issue hit and our flight was cancelled we initially panicked...we then considered what our options were and it was an easy decision to stay on at the ranch rather than return to Vegas and wait with hundreds of other people for a flight which could take more than a week to materialise. Carrie and Dan were a fantastic support to us and we ended staying another 10 days until we finally got a flight home.
This was the best decision we have ever made! We spent even more time in the saddle and met even more amazing people from the UK, USA and Germany. We also had the pleasure of witnessing Tony and Joanne renewing their marriage vows in a horseback ceremony at sunset led by Craig, the head wrangler and attended by all the guests.
Everyone was so welcoming and introduced themselves on first sight (not something we often experience)…and we soon found ourselves offering the same enthusiastic welcome to all the guests who arrived after us.
The kids loved the freedom they had on the ranch - no locks on the doors meant they could come and go as they pleased. They loved playing with the dogs (Tux, Phoenix, Gus and Opey) and the other kids. After the first day the Nintendo DS's gathered dust in the room as they chose to play table tennis, pool, horseshoes and other more traditional games - the wranglers even taught them how to place Dice.
The food was amazing - especially the steaks – and there was always fresh fruit, vegetables and salad, a welcome change from the previous week of fast food in Vegas. And I mustn't forget the delicious homemade desserts which added a couple of inches to my waistline....A huge thank you to Tony the chef for feeding us so well to and also to Vicki, (his wife and Carrie's daughter) for letting me cuddle their beautiful 2 month old daughter, Raygen, when she was busy running backwards and forwards from the kitchen to the dining room (which was often!).
The evening entertainment was really fun and we especially liked playing Catchphrase. However the highlight was hearing Craig and Carrie sing with the band that we were fortunate enough to see on 2 occasions. I will admit that I shed a few tears during Craig’s rendition of “Home on the Range” the night before we finally left...
So many people said they wished they could stay longer and many were returning guests (some on 10+ visits!)….we booked up for next year (spring break) before we left and we are now counting the days (338) until we can return to our little piece of paradise.
I could write many more pages about this wonderful place but I will sum it all up by saying that the Ranch’s motto “You’ll arrive as guests, and leave feeling like family” is absolutely true. When we finally left we got so many hugs from all of the family that I was all choked up and couldn’t speak for a while. I am even welling up as I write this!
A special thank you to Dan, Carrie, Tony, Vicki, Raygen, Amy, Peggy, Carolyn, Mary, Scott, Natasha, Dwayne and Craig for making our stay so special. You are all awesome!
And a big “Howdy” to the amazing people we met during our stay – Pete, Sue & Ethan; Jeff, Julie & Nicole; Yvonne, Mark, Juliette & Adam; Tony, Joanne, Henry, Gloria, Heather & cutie Evan; David, Amy, Sarah, Elaine & Abby the guidedog; Linda, Bill, Ali, Natalie & Jack; Lee, Lisa, Emma & Aaron; Scott, Sarah & Callum; Patrick, Heike & Jacob. Please keep in touch!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stagecoach Trails is centrally located in NW Arizona just 2 hours south of Las Vegas and 3 hours west of The Grand Canyon south rim. We offer overnight packages that include room, home-cooked meals, daily horseback riding, and the use of all the ranches amenities. We have a heated swimming pool and hot-tub, western lodge with billiards table and fireplace, horseshoe pits, wagon rides, ping-pong, campfires, archery, fat tire mountain bikes, petting zoo and more. Come see the Wild West the way it was, the way it is now. Located in the middle of the Mohave Desert at the foot of 3 mountain ranges, Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is a wilderness paradise. One of the few places on earth were you can see the Milky Way at night. See ya at the ranch! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch Hotel Yucca
- Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch Arizona/Yucca