Rocking Horse Ranch Review

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600 Rte 44-55, Highland NY 12528
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Editor’s Review of Rocking Horse Ranch

Rocking Horse Ranch is a little slice of the West, right on the East Coast -- just a 90-minute drive from New York City. But this all-inclusive resort isn't your typical ranch resort. While this family-friendly destination centers on horses and horseback riding, there's such a wide range of activities available (and nearly all included in the price) that even the most jaded city slicker can have a blast here.

With only 113 guestrooms, Rocking Horse keeps their guest count low. Pair that with the massive slate of activities available and you'll find that even during the peak seasons of summer and winter, you won't have to wait in long lines.

The resort is a
... more family owned and run business, which has been managed by the Turk family since it was founded in 1958. Toolie and Gloria Turk bought an abandoned 19th century hotel, Friedman's Shady Lawn Rest Hotel (a prominent gang hangout during Prohibition), and built the old hotel into a family-friendly resort and ranch, slowly adding new amenities over time including indoor and outdoor pools, snow skiing and water skiing. less
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  • All-Inclusive rates including
  • A massive slate of activities sure to keep everyone busy
  • Supervised children's programs for newborns to 12 year olds
Family Interests
  • All Inclusive
  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 1157 Reviews
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Ron Bertram
Exceeded Expectations !!
Reviewed on 03/03/2016
RHR was recomended by a friend at work.. Checked out the website and booked our trip. My 2 yr old had the time of her life, our late Feb trip was packed full of activities. We will be back, next time in the summer so she can ...
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BPingree
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Reviewed on 10/27/2015
My 8 year old son and I met up with an adoptive family group and had an incredibly wonderful time. The food was abundant and very good, the staff is excellent, the activities were plentiful and we enjoyed a wonderful trail ride. ...
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The Rocking Horse Ranch's rooms all have a rustic vibe to suit the surroundings, with faux log furniture and horse-adorned bedding. Lodging is either in the Main Lodge, or directly adjacent in the Oklahoma Building. The rooms can accommodate anywhere from two to six persons comfortably -- and some rooms in the Main Lodge allow for adjacent rooms to accommodate even larger parties. All rooms have electric coolers, flat-screen TVs with cable, free Wi-Fi and daily maid service. The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the resort is about to undergo renovations to revamp the bathrooms, giving them a more modern, upscale look.

The rooms in the Main Lodge are a bit larger than in the adjacent Oklahoma Building. The A Lodge rooms feature a pair of queen-sized beds, while AA Lodge rooms have a pair of queens and a set of bunk beds, sleeping up to six, as well as a second sink and vanity outside the bathroom, making your morning a little easier if you have a crowd. Lodge rooms are the best location for easy access to the restaurant, indoor pool, spa and game room -- particularly in the winter months, when an outdoor walk back to the room from the pool is an unwelcome proposition. The first-floor hallways are well-trafficked, so consider asking for a room on the second floor, especially if your kiddos need an afternoon siesta.

Oklahoma houses a wider range of room types, from small rooms with a queen sized bed, to rooms equipped with two queens and bunk beds. All Oklahoma rooms exit onto the exterior of the building, but since no other amenities are in the building, it's a slightly quieter experience.

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