All 20 members of the O'Leary/Breuil Family Reunion, ages 7 to 86, found plenty of reasons to be happy at Goosewing Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming. We were looking for a relaxed place where everything was taken care of: no shopping, cooking, cleaning or group planning; someplace that would please all ages; something for everybody and not necessarily all together all the time. Goosewing Ranch fit the bill perfectly.
They enjoyed the lovely setting, the enthusiastic and friendly staff, the tractable horses, the comfortable cabins. The scenic and sometimes wild rides on All Terrain Vehicles, made available to each cabin, were a hit with the teenagers and useful for the elderly. Goosewing is small enough not to be a large "machine" and they are very good at personalized attention, without much pressure to do a lot (one signs up for as much riding as one wants, deciding on a daily basis).
In planning for the reunion, the family did lots of research (ranches, ships, barges, castles) and Goosewing was an excellent choice. The manager helped with the logistics of getting everyone out to the ranch and made sure they were set up excellently once they got there.
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch The Gross Family Reunion at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch.
The Gross Family Reunion of 13 guests really stands out. A friend of theirs who visits often referred them to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Based on the friend's reviews, they spent a week with their family, from age 7 to the late 60s. One family even flew in from the UK! Sylvan Dale is in Loveland, Colorado, a prime reunion spot because of its location and its atmosphere. Parents don't have to worry about their children's whereabouts when they're at morning kids' programs where they're being watched by counselors. There are activities to fit all ages! Sylvan Dale's motto is "lots to do, no pressure to do it." They have a wonderful herd of well trained, ranch-raised quarter horses to suit all riding abilities. And if you don't care to ride, they offer plenty of non-riding activities, hiking trails, fishing, and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Visit www.sylvandale.com.
C Lazy U Ranch Ragland grandparents and parents enjoy some private adult time while the kids are with their children's program counselors.
The C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado, has been fortunate enough to host the very large Ragland Family Reunion from Cincinnati, Ohio, for the past two years. In fact, they've promised to make 2015 their third year at the ranch in one of its best seasons: the month of July. The 26 Ragland family members all live in the same town where they run their well-known family-operated international glue company. Despite living within minutes of one another, and spending each day working at their company together, they still choose to gather for some well-earned family time at the C Lazy U Ranch. We are proud to call the Ragland family a part of our C Lazy U family, and look forward to their return in 2015!
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch The Peterka Family hiked from Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch to to stone shelters built about 100 years ago by Basque sheepherders. They also visited other favorite places, including the spectacular Taylor Creek Canyon and an area called the "Dwelling Canyon" that ranges to 1,000 years ago! You can see pictographs (paintings on rock walls), ruins of cliff dwellings and even find pottery shards the Mimbres people left behind in 750-1150 AD!
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch in Winston, New Mexico, recently hosted two family reunions that were among the most fun and memorable weeks of our entire season! Each reunion had the entire ranch to themselves with undivided attention from the staff. Geronimo Trail is a small ranch with four cabins and a maximum capacity of 16. The families rode horses on beautiful trails, hiked to historic and scenic places, had campfires with s'mores, played indoor and outdoor games and enjoyed a couple picnic days with lunch on the trail, swimming in the creek and more exploring!
The Soll Family Reunion wrote this on tripadviser.com:
We Love Geronimo Trails! This is a wonderful place for a fun family get-away smack dab in the middle of 3.3 million acres of the Gila National Forest. Geronimo Trails is surrounded by gorgeous wilderness with winding canyons, trickling rivers, and plenty of wildlife.
Cabins are comfortable and clean – cool on warm days and featuring fireplaces for cold evenings. Cabins are right next to the horses you can hear falling asleep at night. Two of the four cabins have porch swings that make for a nice gathering place. The ranch is eco-friendly and creates its own solar power.
The horses are beautiful, healthy, well trained and a pleasure to ride. There are also darling miniature horses and donkeys who love attention.
The amazing comfort food has a gourmet twist, served after a hearty ring of the triangle and a "come and get it!"
The ranch owners are fun to get to know and are knowledgeable about the animals and rich area history and landmarks. They are always concerned with safety. They're very involved in your experience at the ranch, joining in on campfire sing-alongs and playing games after dinner. And they seem concerned with making sure you have a fully entertaining experience while you're at the ranch. We love Geronimo Trails and hope to return again soon!