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“It is a fun-filled outdoor destination ranch you will never forget”

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Marble Mountain Ranch - Family Guest Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego
2 reviews
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“It is a fun-filled outdoor destination ranch you will never forget”
Reviewed 13 October 2009

Doug and Heidi Cole provide a special warmth and friendly atmosphere to this family oriented guest ranch. Every activity is well planned and professionally supervised. Heidi is an outstanding cook and we were well fed three times a day. Peter, their son, is an excellent river rafting guide with so much knowledge of the river that you never feel it is too challenging or unsafe. We would definitely recommend this as a outdoor/adventure destination.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Atascadero, CA
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

We have stayed at a dude ranch once before and really enjoyed it, but this was something different and better. This is a guest ranch with loads more to do than just ride horses, making it an ideal family vacation with family members with different interests. Even better than a vacation, this was like visiting our favorite relatives who lived in the country. It was a long drive to get there, but worth every mile! There was riding, rafting, inflatable kayaking, fishing, hiking, swimming, and target and skeet shooting(complete with safety lessons). Safety was a high priority during all activities. Children were encouraged to participate in any activity they showed sufficient maturity and ability to safely do. My kids were age 8 and 12 and I believe this was their favorite vacation; they did absolutely everything. Doug and Heidi were wonderful hosts and treat each guest like family or close friends.

The other unexpected highlight of the trip was the food. Most guest/dude ranches serve "western food". The food at Marble Mountain is a big cut above, more like a cross between restaurant fare and excellent home cooking; there were tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. The ultimate compliment to the food, is that my son, who only likes "plain food," was happily eating veggies and food with "sauces" by the end of the week.

Cabins are basic but very clean and comfortable. Although they have kitchens, you will never use them. Also, when they state that the price is "all inclusive," they mean it. It covered EVERY activity, drinks like lemonade, bottled water, and soda, as well as beer and table wine at dinner. If you need "really fancy wine," you can bring your own. The only thing not included was a gratuity, which we gave with true gratitude at the end of our stay.

Any active family or couple would love this vacation. Active, athletic kids and adults of all ages will have a blast. Don't go on this vacation if you need a 5 star hotel, room service, a spa, chocolates on your pillow, or if you don't enjoy lots of activity and getting a bit dirty and wet. Also families with children younger than 6 or 7, may find that they cannot fully participate in activities, and you may wish to wait till your kids are a bit older.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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3 Thank greekeyrunner
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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2009

Wonderful, cozy cabins for a family vacation at a family run dude ranch in the beautiful Marble Mountains of Northern California to get away from all the hustle and bustle of a busy life. No TV or cell phone coverage which we enjoyed. Primary activities include horseback riding on the mountain trails or fly fishing (drift boat) and white water rafting in the Klamath River. My wife and I enjoyed the fly fishing experience. Our guide was the ranch owner, . He was outstanding in his knowledge of the river and a skillfull oarsman that put us on the fish. We enjoyed wonderful home-cooked meals prepared daily by the family and served to their guests in a lodge type setting. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure for the family with those type of activities, I highly reccommend the Marble Mountain Ranch. We had a memorable time.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Jstans26
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Santa Barbara, California
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2009

This family-run guest ranch in the Klamath National Forest features horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, skeet and target shooting, fly fishing, and unbelievably delicious meals in a five-day all-inclusive package. Activities for children, teens and adults. For down time there are games and videos and cider making plus more. Ours was a family gathering for a birthday celebration; the youngest was 2 and the oldest was 91. The Cole family was attentive to the little kids as well as the adults and instructed about riding, shooting and rafting safety. In three days of rafting, we saw three different segments of the river. Beautiful trail rides. Housekeeping cabins are rustic but comfortable; they are not serviced daily but plenty of towels are provided and laundry facility is available. Everything is included (even wine and beer for adults and soft drinks and juice for the kids); there were no extras. It was a great experience that far exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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6 Thank SeamomInSB
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Lafayette, CA
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2009

For someone who works hard and long hours, and likes an active lifestyle, this is a perfect getaway. Leave that cell phone at home (it won't work anyway) and find a better life in an environment that is pristine and beautiful, with people who know the meaning of hospitality. The week exceeded my expectations, and it was the only time when I wasn't waiting for the vacation to end... but looking for a way to keep this spot on my travel route. It doesn't get any better. While rustic, my cabin was perfectly cleaned and maintained and appeared to have been recently upgraded.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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3 Thank conline
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Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2009

We recently spent an adventure filled week at the Marble Mountain Ranch. We all had such a great time there that we are already planning that we have to get our family back there. It is a magical piece of heaven on earth that is great for any family vacation for children of all ages. Doug & Heidi and their crew are the warmest, most fun hosts you could ask for! They treat you like family! The food was exquisite! The kids loved it as well as my husband and I. We all had a blast doing all of the activities. From horseback riding to the shooting range to rafting on the river...there was never a dull moment unless I just felt like relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun and clean mountain air. This is a great place to go on a family vacation and go back time and time again!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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3 Thank sjensenclan
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long beach
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2009

We stayed at this family ranch with our two boys, 11 and 7. By the end of the 5th day, they were already pleading with us to come back. The Cole family, who run and operate the ranch, work hard to provide a non-stop set of activities, including horse-back riding, rafting, shooting, fishing and kayaking. We had very little experience with all of the activities and they provided training, equipment and terrific guidance. The kitchen is run by the daughter and daughter-in-law of the ranch. Amazing. The accommodations are basic and some of the cabins need work, but given that it is a working ranch, we didn't expect high-end rooms. Everything was clean and functional, so it is not really a downside, just not an added bonus of the stay.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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3 Thank 41571
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Property: Marble Mountain Ranch - Family Guest Ranch
Address: 92520 State Highway 96, Somes Bar, CA 95568-9713
Region: United States > California > Somes Bar
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Somes Bar
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
California family dude ranch / guest ranch - the Western riding holiday with a signature raft & ride family vacation. California's best family quest ranch mixes daily horse riding, rafting, shooting sports and fly fishing. All inclusive packages cover lodging, meals, taxes, riding, rafting, fishing, sporting clays and more. Join us for California's only saddle/paddle family vacation. ... more   less 
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