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Reviewed August 20, 2017

This was a terrific family vacation in a gorgeous setting in the Arkansas Ozarks. We arrived on Sunday night, as the ranch encourages so that you are there for the beginning of the week on the ranch. We were warmly welcomed. By far, the least delicious meal we had was on Sunday night--pizzas made (thrown into the oven) by the wranglers (presumably "pre-fab," as it were) and other non kitchen staff (the chef and staff get Sunday off). The texture was disappointing and the pizza was luke warm. After that, it was all uphill food-wise. Some of the meals were more memorable and delicious than others, but all were quite good. House made desserts based on recipes from the owner's family were a special treat, especially the cookies with toffee (and I'm not sure what else).

The wranglers and rock climbing staff were excellent, very patient with beginners. The day out floating on the Buffalo River was a special treat. We did the Via Ferrata (adventure course) and felt a real sense of accomplishment. The super long (and very safe/secure) zip line finale was worth the effort and wait. The horse-back ride to goat cave was also a fantastic experience. I encourage the guides to learn more about the history of the Osage Indians to put what visitors can see there in historic and cultural context.

Cabins were spacious and comfortable--including the twin beds, which had reasonably firm mattresses (a good thing!). It's fun to wake up to the horses and goats right outside the window/off the front porch. One family had repeated visits from bats into their cabin. The owners should take this issue seriously. We would have slept with our windows open every night if all had been covered with screens--but they were no.

Views into the valley, all across the ranch are unparalleled and will make your visit to this part of Arkansas oh so memorable.

I was surprised that the cleaners do only two things each day: empty the trash and offer fresh towels. Good to be clear about this when advertising the cabins.

We were very grateful for the opportunity to do laundry at no cost--a terrific and appropriate amenity for a facility that is oriented to outdoor activities and remote from other such services. The game room is a big draw for kids, as is the basketball court an indoor climbing wall in the top floor of the barn.

We look forward to visiting again as soon as our 2017 memories wear thin....

Room tip: Ask for a cabin closer to the lodge IF you don't like going up and down steps
Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank Sprout15
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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

We travelled here last week with my in laws and husbands extended family. This was their 1st time but my fourth. This was one of the best vacations I've ever had. You can do as much or as little of the activities as you'd like. I have a toddler so I chose to do either a morning or afternoon activity and spend the rest of the day playing on the ranch with my son.

The ranch has an entire herd of goats that have free reign over the property. There are also 56 horses that get to graze the property every evening.

Food:
AWESOME. Chef Hill killed it every night. The food was so so so so good and filling after a day of activity. There were at least two choices every night and if you had special dietary needs they could likely accommodate them. 3 meals a day provided with snacks and beverage available throughout the day.

Activities:
There truly is something for everyone. Every days itinerary was well thought out and offered different options throughout the day to appeal to all. The main attractions included rock climbing (no experience necessary as a guide is present), horse back riding/trail rides, zip line, adventure course, canoe trip, hiking. All of the staff members were awesome and accommodating regardless of your skill levels.

Pool:
Killer pool and hot tub. Nice relaxing area that overlooks the canyon.

Kids program:
Kim was awesome with my son! She took them to do cool things like fish, climb boulders, hike, swim, and pet animals. This was crucial to have so parents could enjoy rock climbing or zip lining. I never once worried when my son was with Kim and the other kids. He had such a good time and made memories with his cousins. Kim was available all day from 830-530.

Cabins:
Extremely clean and comfortable. Towels provided. Ours had queen bed and a twin bed, couch, table and chairs, microwave, mini fridge. For our family of 3 this was more than enough for us. There is a communal washer and dryer if you need to do laundry during the week. We stopped on the way and got snacks to have in addition to what's provided. No tv in the cabin. It was actually nice to not have it because it forced me outside when I'd otherwise want to chill and veg.

Some things I'll bring next time that I didn't this time:
Hiking boots (although my tennis shoes worked fine)
More long pants
Water bottle
Wouldn't bring beach towels,
More grungy clothes that I wouldn't care to get dirty and less "cute" clothes

You will need sunscreen, bug spray. Bring copious quantities.

I hope everyone that reads this will consider going. It was such a great trip and I look forward to going back. Everyone from ages 2-74 had such an amazing time.

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
3  Thank lauraevans2005
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

I took my grandkids in August of 2017: 15, 13 and 9 years old. The nine year old mostly wanted to do horseback riding and the wranglers were amazing! The head wrangler obviously spent a lot of time with her, because she knew the names of all of the horses. The older boys liked the target shooting, archery and 3D archery course, going to the caves, and rock climbing. We did get the 9 yo on the rocks one day, and the climbing crew certainly goes over and above for their guests. We all did the zip line and it was totally awesome! Safety is at the forefront of all the staff's minds. They practice and the preach it. Loved the staff. The food was phenomenal and we were never hungry! The cabins are one bed downstairs (in the duplexes) and three singles upstairs. There is a couch and a small table, a kitchenette, with no stove, but a microwave. The bathroom included a tub/shower combo with plenty of hot water. I did notice the ceiling fans needed cleaning and there was dust under the beds (looking for items as we left). Otherwise, I would give this place 5 stars. All in all, it was one of the best vacations I've ever taken the kids on, and it will be a memory for years to come! We didn't spend much time at the cabin. We Did interact with the staff a lot, and the kids loved the barn loft. Fabulous staff, well run, fun and busy all week. If you like adventure, you will love this place.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Susan H
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Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is a great experience. Rock climbing, horseback riding, canoe trip and zip lines. Good food. Clean cabins. Extra friendly staff. Family of 13 for a week of fun. Lots of food and variety. Staff took time to explain all activities. Plenty of trails to walk and ride on horses. Good down time for the pool.

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank spring201706
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

I (46yo man) went with my 70yo mother and my 8yo daughter in July 2017 and we did the full package (food, cabin, activities). We had a GREAT time! We stayed for a full week and were busy everyday. The ranch has core year-round staff and also additional "summer" staff and all are great--very friendly, talkative, and energetic. They sit with you at meals and socialize nicely. The twice daily horse rides vary in difficulty and length so my mom could do the easier trails and my daughter and I could do the more exciting rides. We were surprised at how much rock climbing is available--certainly plenty to give you a break from horseback riding. The wranglers teach everything you need to know about horseback riding and the rock climbing instructors do the same for rock climbing. They also have very fun/big/fast zip lines. They also have a large barn full of indoor rock climbing, basketball, and other activities. The food is awesome too. There is a fair amount of walking (down to the barn, up to cabins, up to the rock climbing) so be prepared. Coffee is provided but BYOB. Cabins are spare but comfortable, as you would expect at a ranch (and include shower/bathtub and plenty of hot water).

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank Brian G
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