Just finished our stay at Flying L Guest Ranch. It was a great family getaway that my 4 and 8 years loved.
Check in and Activity Sign Up: Very easy and fast check in. However, the person working the desk was completely clueless when I asked specific questions regarding our suite. She had never seen one and could offer no help. Activity sign up is next to check in. Upon our arrival at 4 pm, the next days horseback activity was filled. The 9:30 time slot is IMPOSSIBLE to get unless you camp there and wait for the sheet to be put out. Why is this time slot so important? Well, children's activities are from 9-12. This would allow my husband and I time to enjoy some horseback riding. However, upon check in the 9:30 time slot was booked for a PRIVATE PARTY! This was very frustrating because when I made the reservation this was a HUGE selling point for me and it was NEVER explained that it was first come, first serve. The party was small and the ranch could have accommodated additional but again this was for a PRIVATE PARTY. If I would have known, I would have contacted the ranch sooner. And, when we were available to sign up for the Sunday 9:30 time slot, it again was completely booked. Again, this was the reason why we booked at the Flying L. When I made the reservation no one ever mentioned it was first come, first serve or times could be taken for private parties. When I addressed my concerns with the person at the front desk, she was clueless and couldn't offer any solution or help. I was highly disappointed but this setback didn't ruin the rest of the weekend.
Accommodations: We stayed in the suites next to the water park. Surprisingly, it was spacious, comfortable and had nice furnishings. The kids loved the bunk beds. Our suite overlooked the water park. It was quiet and easy walking distance to any where on the resort.
Food: You won't go hungry. It's not 5star but it is a decent meal. Comparable to hotel food or cafeteria food. The bread pudding on Friday was great and I could homemade. The Saturday Chuck Wagon dinner was pretty good as well. S'mores were great by the campfire. The restaurant didn't offer any sodas but there was plenty of juices, coffee and tea at each meal. There is a bar with food next to the water park.
Activities: The kids enjoyed the children's activities. The activities planned are simple and not fancy but enjoyable. They got to have their faces painted, craft and if young enough ride a pony. The cow bus takes the kids to the ghost town for archery. According to my kids, the cow bus moo's something that my 8 year old didn't like but the 4 year old loved. The water park is great and wasn't crowded. There is a giant slide, some kids slides, a spray area, wave pool and lazy river. Putt putt is available during the day and offers some fun. However, if you want night time putt putt, please make your reservation well in advance. When we tried, we were told that was for groups and private parties. However, if you tell them you are a private party I'm sure they'll accommodate. The Saturday Chuck Wagon Dinner took place at the ghost town is corny fun. Don't expect a spectacular show, but Buck is great, the band was good and the kids loved archery, face painting and playing in the teepee. There is also horseshoe demonstration. There was a jail that we locked our kids in....The bbq was pretty good and I'm picky. The sauce a little spicy but good. Every evening they offer Smores at the fire pit. It overlooks the playground and the porch has rockers. We had a relaxing time watching the kids eat and play until bed time. Kevin Fitzpatrick is a champion trick roper and he performed on Friday night. He was great and he kept adults and children engaged and entertained. There is a golf course and you can hit a bucket of golf balls or play a round at a reasonable price. The large bucket is $12. My husband brought his clubs.
Price: Be prepared for sticker shock if you are staying on the premise. However, the Flying L offers day passes for the pool and meals can be purchased a la carte. So, if you are wanting to participate in the Chuck Wagon Dinner, it's only $25 per person for 2 hours. That isn't too bad considering the amount of fun the kids had. This place is EXPENSIVE. With a spring special, it ran a little over $800.........Take that into consideration if you are on a budget. You can definitely stay in town and purchase some of the events to save money but still get the experience. At this price, there should have been more options and time slots for horseback riding.... Or, at least, a little compensation. Just sayin..... It's a 5star, Ritz price tag.
Staff: Buck was so nice and friendly. He has a vested interest in this place and he takes pride in it. Linda in the restaurant was always there if you needed something. Kenneth was always happy to make special orders for my husband at breakfast.
Return visit: My kids are already talking about our return. However, at the hefty price, I have to strongly think about it. If in the area, I would recommend the Chuck Wagon Dinner and water park. However, for the $800 for a weekend, I might consider something else. I can get a week in a vacation rental in Destin, Florida for that amount. This was a great family place and can be very enjoyable for anyone who appreciates laid back vacations. This is a place for families. I'd shy away if this was for a romantic wedding or honeymoon.
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