Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch
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This refuge was out of the way a bit but the reviews said it was good so we decided to go have a look. Right on the Mexican border so border protection was everywhere, we even saw them capture a few illegals on the side of the road. Beautiful rugged wilderness, we saw a few new birds around the visitor centre and our first Bobcat and Pronghorn ...
We set out on Thursday for Tubac Golf Resort after a bike ride and arrived about three hours later. After settling in we were hosted by the Delaney/Hecox duo in their new home. Our accommodations are lovely and the resort is a charming destination. I broke 90 for the first time of the season, so am smiling! ...
... it out. Yes, I threw it out.
And you can probably guess by now that that was the exact hose I now needed to solve my problem. I bet Ferg is appreciating this blog by now.
So, sitting in the dark, in the middle of the Arizona desert, hoping to enter Mexico the next morning, I realized that plans would probably have to change. What were the chances I could find my much needed gas hose somewhere in Mexico?
We made it! Yes a day early but thanks to Gina's skills we even got into the resort a day early on President's Day weekend.
After a chilly night we left Lordsburg in 27 degrees and were very soon in Arizona.It is so much more picturesque here than New Mexico. The latter is so flat and brown whereas there are beautiful mountain ranges (along with scorpions and snakes) and green vegetation here. One of the greatest treats was actually ...
... feeders. We got on that we will hang on the window of Shorty. It's a very unique design and quite clever. I gassed-up Sooby at Safeway. With the discount, it was $3.71. Seems to keep going up, but that's for another blog. Life is good here with clear, blue skies and temperatures in the mid-eighties. I must say that I love Arizona in the winter and spring.
This afternoon we sought and found a cache near the Santa Cruz river. Then ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch Sasabe
This was a strange place. My wife and I were greeted by the owner / husband. He proceeded to give us a tour and tell us how he wished he were somewhere else because this was his wife's dream, not his. This was not a warm welcome. The management team did not rise above this level for the duration of our stay.
I would agree most with the reviewer from Evanston, IL. I think some of the other reviewers came with expectations of something else and that may be why they were disappointed. I won't repeat everything the previous reviewer said, as it was all said quite eloquently.
Was at the Ranch Labor Day and am returning again in November. It's a beautiful ranch with a very accommodating and friendly staff. The daily rides were individually arranged and the food was wonderful. There are great areas to visit not too far from the Ranch, too. Can't wait to return in a few weeks.
I had an absolutely wonderful time at Rancho de la Osa. It was a great chance to get away from the daily grind. My days out there followed this general schedule:
"They know not of what they speak!" Those other reviews are from the lunatic fringe. I just returned from a one week vacation to the Ranch with my family. The food was sumptuous...just as featured in Bon Appetit. Real southwestern gourmet. The horseback riding was challenging at all levels of ability through beautiful country. The rooms were lovely and tastefully decorated just like I saw in Architectural Digest. The staff and owners treated us like royality. I can't wait to return.
I don't know what these other people are talking about. I went to the ranch in December 2003 and had a great time. The food was good, the riding was not challenging but scenic (we never loped), and the other people were nice and fun. The rooms were comfortable and pretty cute. I had a great time. I definately recommend it!
Good reading retreat.
I found the staff quite friendly and helpful, but, they need to be more attentive to guest comforts. The room was cold when we arrived, and took several hours to warm up. The jacuzzi's temp was turned down at night, so it took hours for it to heat up for a morning plunge. We did not ride, but the other riding guests seemed to enjoy the trailrides and Sunday morning guest rodeo. This is not a place to expect to do more than lightly trot, which is why we didn't ride. We enjoyed the food (the duck was fabulous!) and potent drinks at the cantina.
Overall, some more attention to detail would greatly decrease the temperature irritation factors.
Stay Away From This Place
A huge disappointment. Don't believe their website. The food was bad, they say they cater to what you want - they don't. They don't check your riding ability - just put you on a horse and ride for the lowest ability. Really a poorly run operation. In adition, it is right next to the Mexican border and there is are a lot of illegal immigrants who cross the border here. There is also drug-smuggling and "bandito" activity preying on the immigrant traffic. In the daytime, you see the trash in the desert from all this activity. Don't pick this place!!!!!
This "Dude Ranch" charged us $512.35 for a one night stay. The room was unventilated, no windows in the bedroom area, the sitting room was so musty smelling it was unuseable. One very sleepless night on an uncomfortable small bed.The "gourmet" food looked and tasted very similiar to Costco type box store food. A chicken cutlet for dinner and a breakfast crepe which was tough and not edible.The wine we purchased from them was grossly overpriced and to add insult to injury--they also charged a serving fee.Rancho de la Osa is historical, as in museum of the past but restored to qualify as $500.00 per night lodging----absolutely not.If you are looking for an adventure - as in experiencing what Father Junipero Serra or Bishop Lamy experienced sleeping in the small windowless rooms on a hard bed - this is for you.We were extremely disappointed and truly felt the place did not live up to any of the glossy brochure pictures or the descriptions you will find on their website. I would absolutely not recommend this place.
Stay away from this place
Yikes! This place was completely lacking in hospitality. The owners were rude and unfriendly, and the riding program was far below par, with shabby tack and worn-out horses. The rooms were comfortable, but that was about the only positive. Dude ranches are supposed to be fun places to go play cowboy--this wasn't. I've stayed at other ranches, both more rustic and more resort like, but I've never met hosts as awful as these people were.