Wow I don't normally post to tripadvisor but after seeing the review "pass on this one" I couldn't disagree more. My family had a vacation we will never forget, we can't stop looking at our photos and talking about the trip-- 6 weeks later. Just last week, i asked the kids where they would rather return, Disney World or Three Bars. They didn't even have to think about it-- how many trips do you know that kids prefer over Disney? We've been to other dude ranches but this is one that stands out. The Beckley's are very friendly, I think they tread the line perfectly between giving guests breathing room to be by themselves on vacation and being available to answer questions, have conversations, etc.
The scenery is beautiful and highly diverse-- from mountain and valley views, to river walks, to forest so dense it feels like rain forest, to cool meadows recovering from forest fire. They do a great job pairing you with riders of similar ability, or keeping you with your family if that's what you prefer and the rides are the right length-- the wranglers were very flexible in breaking according to the wishes of the riders. They take the kids on special rides with break activities designed just for kids. The horses are spectacular and very well cared for. The wranglers are talented and interesting folks to spend time with. The cabins are very private and very clean-- I have a family of 4 and we had a separate room and bathroom for the kids, which was just perfect. I could go on and on but you get the idea.
OK, the food is very good, it's more than acceptable, but it's not gourmet. But if food is the centerpiece of your vacation needs, you probably shouldn't consider a ranch vacation. They're cooking for 30 people, not hundreds, so they won't offer the variety of a full service restaurant or a cruise ship.
By the way I googled a lot of ranches before I selected this particular one for my vacation, and I found three bars to be exceptional value compared to most others.
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