We are just back from a 17 day tour of Utah, Arizona and Nevada, and have seen some amazing sights, not least Monument Valley which, I think, is unlike any other place in the world. However, we managed to leave the best place to stay until last. After a long, but suprisingly easy drive from Bryce Canyon over to Tonopah, we met Jerry at Belmont ghost town and he lead us up the 40 odd miles of gravel road to his home, the Horse and Fly ranch. We were given a great welcome by everyone from Jerry and Rebecca, to Bon and Chase the dogs as well as the goats and horses.
We didn't have much time to breathe on the first night, having a delicious dinner, then heading straight out for a moonlit balloon flight (apparently we are some of the few in the world to experience this treat) and then over to the potts ranch hot tub to toast our first balloon flight. The remaining two days on the ranch continued to live up to this standard and we enjoyed endless hospitality, good conversation, great horseriding and met some of the neighbours (if you can call them that, given that there are only a few homesteads in a 30 mile radius!)
I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed our time here, but the best epithet would probably be to say that by the time we left, we didn't feel as if we had stayed with hosts, but with friends. We'll be back one day I'm sure.
- 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