We chose this ranch based off the reviews on this page -- and I am so very glad that we did. Our time at HCR has been deemed by our family as the "Best Vacation Ever!" I don't even know where to begin -- everything was terrific, from the staff to the activities, to the location to the food -- everything exceeded our expectations and when it was time for us to leave we were so sad! Let me start by saying that if you have the opportunity to stay the entire week, do it -- we only stayed for a half-week and we were really regretting it the day we left. There was so much left that we wanted to do, things we wanted to do again, and we are already planning our next trip for the spring and we are staying the full week. The cabins were cozy, clean, and simple and had everything we needed - though we were barely there because we were so busy!
The best thing about this ranch is that it is SO MUCH MORE than a horse ranch! We were constantly moving, doing so many fun activities, it was amazing. From trail rides to rock climbing, archery, shooting, the awesome canoe trip with Jason and Bryan down the Buffalo River, the Via Ferrata (a family favorite), zip line, the fun activities in the barn, the list goes on. You will not be bored here, I promise you that! Everything is organized well, and the schedule allows you to do whatever you like -- the days are full and fun -- by the time our heads hit the pillow at night we were out, but we were up and raring to go in the mornings.
The food -- wonderful -- the kitchen staff is really great -- they are friendly and they are talented. Homemade chicken strips were phenomenal, burgers were fantastic, and the dinners were great -- especially the pork loin. The meals are well put together with lots of choices and I loved the salad bar. Desserts were great and the cookies, oh my - they are available all day in the lodge, along with snacks and iced tea and lemonade.
The staff -- I can't say enough about the people here. Everyone was friendly and warm, everyone was knowledgeable in their area, and everyone went above and beyond for the guests. Top-notch folks who really take care of you and treat you like friends. Special thanks to the owner, Barry, who also went above and beyond for us (along with Jason, Cody, Morgan and Bryan), making sure that ours and another family had a chance to do an activity we didn't want to miss because we were leaving mid week. They went out of their way to put together an additional outing and when that ran late, Barry made sure the kitchen was aware that we would all be late for dinner (including him and the staff that worked extra to be with us!) We were blown away by the care and effort they took to make sure we had a great experience and we thank them all for making our trip that much better. This group has teamwork down to a tee -- and it is immensely obvious that they love what they do!
If you go, and you must if you have the opportunity, be sure to take the canoe trip down the Buffalo River - it is breathtaking scenery and a really fun day. We also loved the trail ride to a breakfast cookout and Goat Cave. Our favorite activity by far was the Via Ferrata (rock climbing).
I could go on forever -- but I'll end it by saying JUST GO -- you will not regret it! Our family cannot wait to return in 2014 :)
- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Hotel Jasper