Well, to be honest, we are not horse back riding people. We'd rather the horses be left to graze and live in peace. That said the people in charge at Rancho seem to take pride in the animals and for that we are gratefu.
The staff was friendly. Not Matt Dillion friendly but pretty darn nice. The dining room was good, but we opted to head into town for a few meals and the front desk was more than happy to provide us with suggestions.
We stumbled across a "dive" Mexican place called Anitas that was surprisingly good. Looks were deceiving. The El Rancho was good as well.
The Pony Espresso is fantastic for baked goods and your caffeine fix, we've stopped there when driving thru. But unfortunately they were closed when we stayed.
We had a suite, which was nice. It had a "funky" wet bar set up. Mind you, this isnt a Ritz or 5 star hotel. Its supposed to have a ranch type feel to it…It's historic….so if you are looking for a resort feel, maybe you should opt for Scottsdale.
They offer jeep tours, shooting, and hot air ballooning for a fee, and of course Horse back riding. If you want to travel a little ways out of town there is a lake pretty near by. Sedona and about 90 min away and you can take a day trip to the Grand Canyon.
Glad we tried it.