When looking for horseback riding any where close to Sedona, I saw the same old, same old advertised, then I ran across Canyon Creek Ranch associated with Western Destinations. Reviews looked good so I made the inquiry for our 2 friends and us.
The lady handling reservations was so helpful, we were going at a very hot weather time, she suggested a 5 p.m. ride (because if it is too hot the horses don't go out before 5),Thank you for caring about the animals too! So a 5 p.m. ride it was. We arranged a meeting spot off the exit and followed our escorts back to the ranch.
We met Kevin who was awesome. He matched our horses to us for our various experience, we talked about the different horses while we were getting saddled up. By the way each trail ride is a private trail ride with your guide - not 50 horses all in a row. The horses seemed well cared for and they have over a 100 at this ranch. Along the trail ride we talked about flora & fauna as well as what it's like to be a modern day cowboy, the work involved, the hours, the care and in the case of a riding ranch working with the public. Kevin was very personable.
After the ride, we went to the town on the ranch where we were able to sit at the bar and order beer, wine or soda, included in the cost. We had decided to also make reservations for the dinner, which in my opinion matched or beat every dinner we had at restaurants for our 2 week vacation. The steak was cooked just right by the owner herself, with the serving help of her adorable grand daughter. The servings were more than filling.
Then the rest of our adventure began...first was the shooting of the pistols, For myself this was fun, because I had grown up in a family that shot guns and owned horses. For my friends it was as much fun to watch them as one of them had never touched a gun or a pistol and all the way from Sedona kept saying "We aren't really going to shoot guns are we"? "I am, you don't have to." Kevin was so patient, she had a fantastic time, and wanted to shoot more. From shooting we moved onto tomahawk throwing. Now this was new & fun for me - had no idea how heavy the tomahawks actually were. Kevin once again was patient, showing us techniques. We were never rushed to move on to the next portion. We then went to lasso throwing. I really didn't do well in this area no matter how hard the guys tried to help me.
Finally around 9:30 p.m. we decided we needed to get going, rather than rushing us off, it was "are you sure you you don't want to do anything again."
The evening was just fun, we had a great time and I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to enjoy their selves and have a good time. When you take the cost by the amount of time that was spent and the memories that were made, the memories were many and the cost was minor, plus we had a great dinner.
Thanks Canyon Creek Ranch - I'd recommend you anytime.
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