I am a veteran of the Crown King Chili Cook-Off, having gone there for 10 years running. I stayed at the Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch for 7 of those years so I feel qualified to give an educated, long term opinion about my experience.
The cabins and suites are clean, fairly well kept and cool in a 1950’s/60’s kitschy sort of way. The Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch specializes in quiet and quiet is what you get. The price for that quiet, however, is the feeling of being survielled. And make no mistake you are being watched. Ownership seems to have a strange idea of the customer/innkeeper relationship. During and after check in, even after several years as a regular customer, I was bombarded with reminders from watching water use (the one time I stayed in a suite she actually knew how many times I had flushed the toilet, running water has been an issue) to reminding me where the rules were posted “just in case I wanted to review them”. I was interrogated/accused on several occasions regarding things I hadn’t done (unauthorized fires and guests are a couple notable instances). If you have an issue or question it makes sense to just ask but that’s not the way it works there. I would describe the demeanor displayed by ownership toward the customer as very aggressive. Itsrox’s observations regarding the attitude of the staff are dead on the money in my experience.
Further taking away from the experience is the ever present view of construction equipment, materials and refuse. Nothing adds to the experience of getting away like the close-up view of a backhoe and piles of junk. You would think it would make sense to put this stuff out of guest view but apparently not.
The Guest Ranch is not a bad place overall, the deciding factor being the cruddy attitude of ownership toward the guests, the bread and butter of any hospitality business. For those hell-bent to come to Crown King there are several good options to renting at the Bradshaw Mountain Guest Ranch: Cedar Roost and Bear Creek Cabins; Hazlett Hollow and Turnkey Gulch campgrounds come to mind as well. Additionally, there are people more than willing to rent their private cabins for as long as you would want them. With these options why suffer rudeness or hostility?
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