We spent last week at the ranch and had a terrific time. Watching our son try so many new activities was really rewarding, especially when that success was worked towards and wasn't always instant for him. The staff really took a caring, calm approach to teach him. They had a confident control that allowed them to modify things, silence well-meaning extra coaches, and help him focus on their instructions. Since they work with a mixed group of abilities and ages, I was really impressed by the way the staff brilliantly adapted to the variety of situations. When you read so many positive reviews praising the staff here, they are truly spot on! The owners were gone the week we were there, but the staff didn't seem to miss a beat.
Our cabin was one of the duplex types near the lodge, and the queen and twin beds were side by side. There was ample space, but from other posted pictures, I had envisioned a little more privacy for the parent's room. The housekeeping service provided clean towels only, so I wished I had some Clorox wipes for touch ups in the bathroom and kitchenette sink.
The food was delicious and I appreciated not having to think/plan/cook/prepare meals at all during the week. The HCR website mentions that dinners are served at the table, but all of ours were buffet style except one. Our son only sat with us the first day at mealtime--most of the kids sat together and seemed to really like that arrangement.
The canoe trip on the Buffalo river was awesome, as was the swim trip there on Saturday afternoon. We participated in an activity (rock climbing, repelling, zip lines, horseback riding, shooting, Via Ferrata, etc) at every session and I thought their pacing was perfect...busy, but not rushed. The two cook-out meals after a horseback ride to the location were great too! The Screamer was out-of-order while we were there.
Don't hesitate to book the whole week here! You won't want to miss of their offerings by only staying 3 days in the summer.
- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Hotel Jasper