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We used the resort as a home base as we hit the area hiking trails, but we also took advantage of the horseback riding. The trail rides were somewhat limited, but the wranglers were great.
I took advantage of the resort’s library (in a loft above the lobby) and enjoyed tickling the ivory on the grand piano.
Though we cooked most meals in our units, we took advantage of the barbeque grills one night, when they had a campfire and music, and it was a nice, relaxing evening. They had karaoke each night in the bar, which we attended one night (live music was advertised for that evening, but it never materialized). Since the bar primarily caters to guests, it was a fun, friendly atmosphere.
The Jacuzzi in the evenings (when the temperatures dropped) was a great place to meet other guests and trade advice on places to see and things to do in the area.
We stayed in a Canyon Creek unit, which looked a bit like a trailer from the outside, but once inside it was quite nice. We had a two-bedroom. The unit has a nice-sized living room/dining room. The kitchen was spacious and well stocked for cooking.
The bedrooms were also spacious and each had their own separate bathrooms. The bathrooms were stocked with Sedona Spa shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and lotions.
The Lodge staff stopped by daily to provide fresh towels and any other supplies needed. They were always friendly and helpful.
Tonto Creek runs past the unit, and there is a fitness trail along it. We walked along the creek and found some nice secluded spots to enjoy a book and the sound of the running water.
The resort also has a day spa and fitness center, but I did not use these facilities.
From journal Zane Grey Country - Payson, AZ
August 21, 2004
Kohl's Ranch offers a heated pool, riding stables, volleyball courts, a playground, exercise facilities and (my favorite) a great big hammock by the creek. The main drawback is the restaurant. The food is average and overpriced, probably because there is no competition for almost 20 miles. However, rooms come equipped with a fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, dishes and silverware, and dishwashing materials. I'd advise guests to bring their own foods for whatever meals they don't want to buy in town.
From journal Arizona's Rim Country
January 3, 2004
From journal The Mogollon Rim
April 30, 2002
From journal Arizona Mountain Country
September 17, 2001
This place was a good value for its location. Literally a 60sec walk to the Duomo. 5min walk to the train station. Room was clean and spacious but simple, very warm in August (5th floor), but they have fans which help. The owners are New Zealanders and very nice. The other staff also spoke english. I would consider staying here again for the location. Backpacker type feel. Breakfast was included (yummy yogurt, oj, granola, cornflakes, yucky rolls, and tea, coffee). They have internet access but the computer is sometimes slow.
From journal Italian Honeymoon