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“We were searching for the past and found it”
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Flying E Ranch
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Wickenburg
San Francisco, California
1 review
“We were searching for the past and found it”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

I can't say enough good things about this ranch. My sister and I wanted to reconnect and had been to two dude ranches as children. We searched for a small family-run ranch and we found exactly what we wanted to inspire memories of the past.

The Flying E Ranch feels exactly like the ranches from the 1960's (except for the hot tub and the ranch store). The place is charmingly decorated and there are many antiques and special touches such as photo albums featuring every guest.

Most guests that we met had been there for multiple visits so that is a good recommendation in itself.

The staff was charming and service was great. Everyone we met there was nice. There was a happy hour for adults every night which was fun. We are on a vegan diet right now and they accommodated us with perfect entrees at every meal.

The desert is beautiful, good bird-watching, hiking, you can see the stars!, the horses were well-behaved, the wranglers took safety very seriously, even the elderly could ride there, you don't have to ride. There are rides twice a day, we did once a day. There are museums, mine tours, lots of day trips, and golf courses in the area. There were other activities such as square dancing!! which I couldn't believe we did but it was a blast. Team penning, lunch rides, etc.

I think this is an excellent place for a reunion of family and friends. You can see your loved ones interacting with other people as everyone eats together. There is plenty for kids to do. I played ping pong with some kids. I would also perfectly fine going here by myself as there are so many people to talk to. We also had a private kitchen with a fridge (shared with another room). I agree with all the other excellent reviews here.

They fill up well in advance so make your plans early.

Really.

Room Tip: We were near the office so there were people walking by occasionally but we were so tired it didn...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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flyingeranch, General Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
It was a joy to see two sisters from different sides of the United States reunite at the Flying E. So glad you enjoyed your visit and were able to return to a Dude Ranch. It certainly is a vacation like no other. I hope you can come back soon. Thank you for your review and for expressing that we are proud to hold on to our past ranch heritage while providing a new type of vacation experience.
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Canton, Ohio
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

Have just returned from yet another wonderful trip to "The Ranch" as we call it. It was all we had hoped for and more. I think it was my 15th time there and my wife's 8th. The rooms as usual were spotless and the food was better than ever and that's hard to beat. Andrea and Steve have done a wonderful job carrying on the traditions set by Vi, the original owner who passed away in 2004. Vi had always set the bar quite high and it's nice to see that it was like "going home" on our past visit. We had a great time on New Years Eve at the annual costume/casino night. A lot of work went into the evening and all of the staff worked hard to make sure the guests had a wonderful time. The horses and rides were excellent but only because the wranglers (Aaron and Norm in particular) were the absolute best. They were informative and a real joy to be with. Rides can be tailored to your ability..anywhere from novice to expert. The lunch cookout is a lot of work for the staff but they all do an exceptional job of making sure that the cookout is perfectly done. I'm surprised there are not more reviews of "The Ranch", but note that all of them are 5 star. That says a lot about this wonderful slice of heaven.

Room Tip: All rooms are spotless...great view from many. We stayed in Bar 0 this time and loved it.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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flyingeranch, General Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
"Carrying on the Traditions". Thank you for this comment and your review. It has been my desired to keep the ranch the way Vi would have wanted it. I really appreciate that you felt like your trip to the ranch was like "going home". It is what makes us one big ranch family. We look forward to your next visit.
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This was our second visit to the Flying E and once again we had a truly fabulous time. I have just reread my first review and could repeat it word for word here. The food was wonderfully executed and abundant with cookies to die for. Ande and all the team made us so welcome. As we were there for Christmas we weren't quite sure what to expect but with a morning ride followed by breakfast in the desert and a visit from Santa the night before we were not disappointed. The ranch was full this time which made for some great conversations and card games and some bonding amongst the kids, not to mention a barn dance and team penning. All in all an awesome week and we can't wait to go back. If you ever find yourself out Wickenburg way you have to stay here.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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flyingeranch, Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
What a fun Christmas holiday with your family! Games, Christmas cookies, smiles, laugher and lots of riding. Even Santa enjoyed his time at the ranch visiting with the guests. I know it was a long journey for you and we are pleased that you could come back to the Flying E ranch for your stateside vacation. Wishing all good things and hope you can return one day soon.
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have been to Wickenburg several times on business but this was our first stay at Flying E. The rooms are immaculate, the food excellent home cooking, and the staff and managers, Steve and Andrea, wonderfully relational and welcoming. We rode every day with a group of wranglers whom we respected for their skill and charm. I could not imagine a better locale for a Western vacation if that's what you are seeking.

  • Stayed November 2013
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flyingeranch, General Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Thank you for writing your review. You became part of our Flying E family the first day of your visit. Your sincere appreciation for what we do and your wonderful conversation with fellow guests and staff made the week go by too quickly. We have already processed your next reservation and look forward to seeing you "back at the ranch" later this season.
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Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and had the most amazing time. We had 2 horses scooter and uno both were fabulous and the wranglers johnny and ben were fantastic. Andi and Steve were the perfect hosts. The weather was great for riding or relaxing by the pool. It has a real family feel and is so welcoming. Happy hour is a lot of fun and gets you introduced to the other guests. I absolutely loved this place and will most definitely be coming back again! I would recommend anyone to stay here to get a real ranch experience. Thank you flying e ranch.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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flyingeranch, General Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for writing your wonderful review about the Flying E Ranch. We are happy you had time to fit our place into your travel schedule. Looking forward to seeing back on our trials one day soon.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

In April 2013 we had a three day family reunion and birthday party. There were 10 adults and 7 children (ages 10-15). We all had a great time with horse rides, the pool, a very competitive table tennis tournament, an entertainer, and a hike. The children still talk about it. The western food was good and we brought our own alcohol. The staff were very helpful. A birthday dinner under the stars was very memorable.
One suggestion: as the rides are two hours long why not provide a break to walk around and straighten the legs with a stirrup cup! We would recommend to anyone contemplating a similar event. Alan Cope.

Room Tip: The room by the pool is excellent.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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flyingeranch, General Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
What a great celebration we had with your family. Fun and laughter all the way around. So happy you chose the Flying E for your birthday celebration. We love our shirts! Many happy returns.
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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fantastic horse rides with top class entertainment. Well furnished rustic rooms with friendly staff to boot. When we arrived we were greeted by helpful friendly staff who gave us a great tour of the property. Another group of people were holding a margarita party which we were instantly invited to and had a blast. The horse rides were fun.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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flyingeranch, General Manager at Flying E Ranch, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for writing your review about the ranch. We are pleased to know you enjoyed your visit and hope to have you return to the ranch soon.
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Property: Flying E Ranch
Address: 2801 W Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, AZ 85390-1087
Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Wickenburg
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Wickenburg
Hotel Class:3 star — Flying E Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Informal Guest Ranch offers modern amenities in a warm atmosphere; set on a 20,000 acre desert cattle range at 2,500 ft elevation. ... more   less 
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