Rodeo, New Mexico
November 9, 2004
We were in the mood for a hot tub, but Friday evening found all three of the Hart spas loaded, two with adults, and the one that allows kids too. So we bided our time in the Olympic-sized pool and quickly filled the empty spaces when two people got out of a spa.
Hart Ranch Resort’s private bathrooms will be what I dream of while sponge-bathing for weeks on end, boon-docking in the desert. Ah, such bathrooms… Behind the unassuming little toilet stall-type door is your very own bathroom suite; all it lacks is a sunken tub. You have a roomy shower with good, strong spray and rack for soaps, gels, shampoos, etc. There are also hooks inside and outside the shower, plus a little bench just the right height to dry your feet on. Beyond that, you have your very own sink with soap dispenser and plenty of counterspace, a three-pronged electric outlet, bright lighting above it, your own toilet, and a waste basket. Everything is spotless and in plentiful supply. Better yet, these shower suites are scattered throughout the resort, and I never had to wait to use one. Later in our Midwest travels, I found more shower "suites", but none of the subsequent private bathrooms came close to the quality of Hart’s.
But enough about bathrooms. Chuckwagon Restaurant and Snack Shop by the pool serves reasonably priced meals and fast food. There is even a maintenance shop on the ranch that can change oil or repair tires. Cable Channel 23 lists the many daily and weekly activities going on at Hart Ranch. We were particularly impressed with the way this resort is run, with clearly spelled-out and handed-out rules and regulations, an enforced 10mph speed limit, many activities, including crafts, water aerobics, and potlucks, whistle-blowing lifeguards at the busy pool and spa area, and the friendly and welcoming attitude of staff, volunteers, and members.
We paid $8 per night at this RPI-Preferred resort with our Coast to Coast membership. The resort isn’t open to non-members, but if you’re willing to take a 90-minute tour, you can stay three nights for $39.95. Of course, they’ll try to sell you a membership, which at this particular resort might be very enticing.
From journal Eating, Sleeping, Thinking -- Black Hills