My mom suggested I write a review so being that its Sunday night and I'm very bored, I figured why not. My whole family recently spent the week at the Rocking Horse Ranch and had a pleasant time. The service and the food were great and all the staff members were extremely friendly. The entertainment was fun to watch, but the only thing I didn't like and the reason I gave this resort 3 stars was that there wasn't much to do. Now hear me out, you all have probably checked the website and seen a ton of activities listed to enjoy throughout the day but most of them would only be suitable for children. They claim to have an "indoor waterpark" but all it really is is a small area for kids to play along with a few slides. On the lower level they have a pool with a big part of it set aside for these floating platforms to walk from one end to the other. I'm sure the little kids probably loved it but as a 15 year old, it wasn't that enjoyable. The only thing that I liked about this "indoor water park" was the giant water slide that never seemed to have a line of more than 3 people. Moving on to the Fun Barn. This seems like it was designed for days when there is bad weather to give the kids something to do indoors. It has a small playpen with a bouncy house and some ping-pong tables set up. This wasn't for me and something I spent very little time doing. Now moving on to the good things about the ranch. The banana boats were fun and something I looked forward to enjoying everyday, as well as water skiing which was another one of my favorites. The outdoor pool was also good but a bit small for me. It only went down to 4 feet which is not very deep compared to an average pool size which goes down to about 5 feet. Moving on to horseback riding, this was an activity that I enjoyed to do every morning. I would always ride along the intermediate trail and have a good time. The wranglers were very trained and fun to be with. The daily activities they had throughout the day kept me occupied when there was nothing to do. One thing I was really upset with was that the game show activities were gone! They used to have activities like Minute-to-Win-It and Lets Make A Deal which were soo much fun, and it was a big mistake not having any this year. That was something my whole family loved to watch and a real disappointment that they no longer had it. They should also try bringing back some fun activities like water ballon tosses or paddleboat races. And lastly my favorite activity of all was a nightly event they held almost everyday called "Teen Scene." All we really did here was play dodgeball but it was really fun. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it wasn't every night. Get rid of the dance party and just have teen scene every night! So that basically sums up everything and my biggest suggestion to this resort would be to create more activities that teens can enjoy. Water skiing, one of the best activities, is fun but you can only do it every other day and it only lasts like 5 minutes so thats the only bummer. Horseback riding, and banana boating are great but there needs to be more. I would suggest having teen only activities throughout the day and to make sure the person running it is someone cool like Mike, not Molly and Squirrel. I mean those guys are awesome but they're meant to be around kids, not teens. Also they really NEEED a bigger pool like I said earlier, cause the ones you have now aren't deep enough. Also I would suggest making it indoors cause I would imagine that the one you have now gets very packed in the wintertime. And if you want to advertise Big Splash as an indoor waterpark, you should think of installing some waterpark rides. Oh and lastly, one more suggestion I have is too try and have pool parties at night. This could be done like once or twice a week where the outdoor pool is open with food and entertainment (just a thought). Overall, this place is good for small family vacations and just a nice way to getaway.
- Also Known As:
- Rocking Horse Ranch Hotel Highland
- Rocking Horse Hotel
- Rocking Horse Resort