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“Wonderful family getaway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Historic C.O.D. Ranch

Historic C.O.D. Ranch
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Historic C.O.D. Ranch
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P.O. Box 241, Oracle, AZ 85623   |  
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“Wonderful family getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2007

Our family of 5 spent a week there around New Year's. The ranch manager was incredibly kind, taking special requests for breakfast (he's a fantastic cook), setting up the (remodeled!) barn for us to celebrate New Year's Eve in, and generally doing everything he could to make our stay comfortable. The owner came by a few times, suggested a video we might like to watch, and even picked it up himself.

This is not a full-service dude ranch. It's a FORMER working ranch. There is no horseback riding on site, but they'll gladly make arrangements with the stable 5 minutes up the road.

If you're looking for an all-inclusive ranch adventure, with activities scheduled 24/7, this isn't the place for you. But if you want a family getaway on a beautiful site with wonderful people, where you can let the kids run free, where you can sit around the fire or bank the flames and watch the stars, and where there are plenty of things to do within a modest drive, then you'd be hard pressed to do better.

  • Liked — Helpfulness of the staff, mountain location
  • Disliked — Distance from some of our planned activities
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2004

We had 37 people for a week in August celebrating a family reunion. The entire staff did everything they could to make our stay comfortable, especially Steve, who purchased a bunch more AC units to keep us all cool. The chef prepared two excellent dinners, and we did the rest of our own cooking. We found plenty to entertain everyone (who ranged in age from 8 mos. to 82 years). Thanks to the generous and hospitable attitude of everyone on the ranch, we had an awesome reunion.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2004

My experience with the COD ranch and staff is that I was treated terribly with rudeness and downright snobbiness.
Further they failed to provide us with the arranged activities. We were supposed to receive horse training and roping training and they failed to show up for this activity and further did not respond to our telephone calls and completely ignored and just blew us off.
This was done by the Main Hostess there former Miss Arizona and her Husband.
What a gigantic waiste of time for me and my daughter.
The entire experience was a terrible hurtful and depressing thing.

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codsteve, owner at Historic C.O.D. Ranch, responded to this review, March 4, 2008

The preceding is a review left by a Tripadvisor member following a one night stay at the COD Ranch and Retreat Center. For the record the primary focus of the ranch is group retreats, either corporate, spiritual or family. On the rare occasions when the ranch is not occupied by these activities we do open our doors to B&B guests so that they may enjoy the peace and solitude. We normally have a two night minimum for these types of bookings, which we waived for the guest in question.

The COD Ranch is no longer a working cattle ranch and as such horses and livestock are not boarded at the ranch. Our manager at the time of this stay was associated with several local wranglers and would on occasion, at a groups request and with proper notice, arrange for limited riding and roping activities.

In her eagerness to please this guest, she committed to services that could not be arranged on such short notice. As the guest was staying only the one night, she had departed the ranch before I arrived to discuss other riding options in the area.

It is unfortunate that she chose to spend such a limited time at the COD Ranch, as thousands of guests over eleven years have consistently found the staff to be more than caring.

I write to you because I take great responsibility for treating our guests with caring and goodness. I invite you to visit us and experience our hospitality.

Stephen Malkin, Owner
COD Ranch and Retreat Center
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Additional Information about Historic C.O.D. Ranch

Address: P.O. Box 241, Oracle, AZ 85623
Location: United States > Arizona > Oracle
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Oracle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come enjoy the rustic elegance at the Historic COD Ranch! Plan your retreat, business meeting, wedding, family reunion, or just get together with a group of friends at the beautiful COD Ranch, located within driving distance of Tucson, Phoenix, and Scottsdale, Arizona. ... more   less 

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