We spent 5 days with Jerry at the Brass Ring Ranch over the July 4th week. Jerry was a warm and welcoming host who was so incredibly knowledgeable about the area, its history, and whatever other random questions we threw at him. He left the schedule completely up to us, so we were able to do as little or as much as we wanted.
Accommodations: Reading about how remote the ranch was, and that it was completely off the grid, we weren't quite sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to find an absolutely lovely log cabin with all the modern comforts of home. Our room was beautifully decorated with a comfortable king size bed and a private bathroom right across the hall.
Animals: We are animal lovers, so the highlight of the trip was being able to spend time with the menagerie of 4-legged creatures who share the ranch with Jerry. Every one of them is friendly, with their own unique personalities. From Bonnet the dog who greeted us every morning with a tongue-bath and enthusiastic tail wagging show, to Mei the cat who thought she was a dog and would lie in the middle of the hallway hoping for a belly rub, to the 5 horses and 2 donkeys who eagerly gathered for apple treats whenever we went to the corral.
Activities: We got the opportunity to spend an entire morning on a horseback riding trip up into the canyon. The horses hadn't been ridden in a while, so were a bit "barn sour" at first, but once we got out of view of the ranch they perked right up and we had a great ride. Jake was so sweet and patient despite my being pretty much a beginner rider, and Captain was so spirited and well-matched for my New Yorker husband. The views on the ride were like none we've ever seen before, with the terrain changing at every turn.
Jerry also took us out hiking. We got to see his abandoned silver mine, petroglyphs, amazing views, and magical forest clearings. And every night we ended with a trip down to the hot mineral water springs for a soak under the stars, serenaded by cows.
We also spent a day in Belmont, the ghost town 40 miles away, participating in the July 4th festivities. There was a cute parade, a fun auction, and lots of activity at the 2 bars in town. The locals were so incredibly warm and friendly. And be sure to visit the two shops in town - Sticks & Stones, and Susie's Attic - for a unique souvenir of the trip.
It was a truly wonderful experience, and we would love to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We provide a family-friendly destination vacation, or an unforgettable 'stop-over' in the heart of Cowboy Country. Immerse yourself in a pristine, natural setting. History, wild horses, gold mines, ghost towns, 12,000' peaks, alpine meadows, swimming, porch setting, star gazing, elk, hiking, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, antelope, hot springs, fossils, gems and lots of clean, pure fresh mountain air. Meals prepared to your preferences. No lines, no strangers; just authentic friendly hospitality. ... more less