Our stay was most enjoyable. We came on one of the few weekends that it rained however that did not dampen their willingness to accommodate our desires, such as riding and shooting in the rain. Safety first is their motto. But the staff was quick to size us up and get us out on some good horses. Barrel racing and pole bending helps sharpen the skills. We even enjoyed the rain, watching the creeks rise, and the scent of wet horses. We will never complain about rain in Arizona, or let it stop doing what needs to be done. We had a blast on the shotgun and pistol range.
All of the staff at Cheery Creek were most pleasant and willing to share their opinions and experiences with us.
Did I fail to mention the food? Another success for Cheery Creek! From spaghetti to Elk, sandwiches to chips, we found all of the food to be delicious and served in a friendly family/ranch atmosphere. A great place to catch up with our friends.
- 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