Right up front, you should know that we are locals. However, we are in no way affiliated with the Cherry Creek Lodge and I can promise you an unbiased review. The Cherry Creek Lodge lies about 9 miles to our south in a very remote and secluded part of Arizona. The reviewers who warn you about washboard roads aren't kidding, and 4-wheel drive is recommended, if not required, as Cherry Creek is known to flood at times due to snow melt and monsoon activity, and you cross the creekbed several times on FSR 54A. During dry weather, regular vehicles can get you there just fine (I've driven it in my Mini Cooper several times), and the spectacular scenery along the way makes up for the slow, bumpy drive.
We have been to Cherry Creek Lodge for horseback riding, and book family and friends there when our home is full of visitors and we run out of bedrooms. We have also stayed there overnight, and it is a wonderful experience. Holly & Rick are warm, friendly and accomodating hosts who make you feel right at home. The food is delicious, and Holly makes an apple dumpling that is to die for! The Lodge itself is clean, cozy and high class. You might think you took a wrong turn and ended up in Aspen when you walk through the door and see the inside of the Lodge! Some rooms have their own baths, and some share a bath, but all are worth a stay.
Activiities abound for both kids and adults. Horseback riding, fishing, paddle boats, feeding the goats and the chickens, reading, visiting, hiking, photography . . the list goes on. They boast an archery & target range, but we have used neither. Also, be sure to check their website as they have Special Events such as wine pairings, Scoot & Shoot, music festivals, etc, from time to time.
Gotta say, Cherry Creek Lodge is a rare find, and we feel VERY blessed to have it so nearby!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cherry Creek Lodge (Arizona Guest Ranch)/dude ranch) is part of the Tilting H Ranch -- a working 40,000 acre cattle ranch, set in the heart of the Tonto National Forest along the Mogollon Rim in Arizona. Featured on Arizona Highways TV and on the cover of Arizona Highways Magazine, and listed as the #1 romantic getaway in Sonoran Living. A study in rustic elegance, providing all the modern comforts, while staying true to its working cattle ranch history. Enjoy the accommodations at the lodge - the spacious great hall with its fireplace and leather couches, the supremely comfortable bedrooms, the deck overlooking the lake and the patio with its fire pit. The lodge is the perfect place for a corporate retreat, or a small wedding. Of course, it is also the perfect place to just relax when not out on a cattle drive or on the trail on our well-trained, responsive horses, or taking advantage of the many activities around the ranch, including the roping arena, rifle range, 3-D archery course, sporting clay course, four-wheeling, fishing, hiking and more. It is also rich in old west history and culture - the site of one of the gunfights of the infamous "Pleasant Valley War". (A reenactment of the gunfight was aired on Arizona Highways TV). The war is one the most famous of the range wars in the American West, the subject of a number of nonfiction books, as well as the source of a number novels (including one by Zane Grey) and movie plots. ... more less