Our Granddaughter got married at the ranch this past weekend. All the cabins were filled with family members of the bride & groom. The Ranch was perfect! The staff acted more like family members than staff. They all deserve 10 stars at least.
A small group of us went on a 30 minute trail ride. The stables aren't part of the ranch but are right there and an easy walk - plus they give ranch guests a discount. The horses are well cared for! And are excellent trail horses. Shelby was our guide and she was very good. One grandson-in-law had never ridden before and he had no problems at all - looked like he had been riding all his life. They also have 10 minute pony rides for the little one.
Salt River was low so no tubing, etc. Saguaro Lake marina only minutes away and we had a perfect rehearsal dinner on the Desert Belle (the groom's family invited not only bridal party but all out of town guests (a full boat). Weather was perfect and food was delish!
Loved my cabin - bed was great. It was number 7, adjoining the lodge. The cabins have porches and the family made good use of them for hanging out together. Pool was very nice. There was a yard swing, several outside games, a pool table. We had a few young children with the group and they loved it. The lounge area had a TV but I'm not sure anyone looked at it. Rooms do not have TVs or phones - and you will never miss them.
The groom's 90+ grandmother was there and had no problems being wheeled around and seemed to really enjoy herself - also she had a special dance with her grandson - to the song he would sing to her as a little boy, "You Are My Sunshine" - not a dry eye at the wedding.
Breakfast was great. Of course with being all family we made a lot of racket with everyone talking to everyone. On the day of the wedding they also had a deli lunch set up. Because we had to be at the stables when it started and were going to miss it the staff made sure we got in just before noon and pilled up our plates and ate while walking over to the stables - which was really super nice of them. As I said, something your Mom would insist on - "You have to have a good lunch!" - Fit right in with the family.
If you want a place where you can relax, enjoy being together and talking; where you can look at the most beautiful scenery & spot critters (like the Bald Eagle); where the shoppers in the family can find unique items in their gift shop; where you can stop and smell the cacti in bloom - then the ranch will fill your soul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Tonto National Forest along the banks of the Salt River, this historic guest ranch boasts rustic 26 cabins. An outdoor pool offers views of the Goldfield Mountain Range.Featuring traditional Western décor, each cabin comes with a private bathroom. With no TVs or phones, all cottages offer a place to kick back and relax.Guests are welcomed in the main lodge complete with a stone fireplace and wagon wheel lights. Breakfast is served in the dining room featuring a real Saguaro skeleton.Guided horseback riding is available from mid-October to early May. Kayaking and river tubing are available from May to October. Hiking and bird watching are available year round.Saguaro Lake Ranch is located 15 miles from Mesa in the Tonto National Forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saguaro Lake Ranch Hotel Mesa
- Saguaro Lake Hotel