On a business trip, my husband and I with our 20 year old daughter went to many tourist attractions, and high priced restaurants. A Cowboy Town was where we had our best time. We knew we were very close to the city and yet we felt so much back in the time of the old west. The charm starts with the town- complete with a Bank, Jail, Livery Stable, Rattlesnake Saloon, Butterbean Stageline, Telegraph Office, Baldy's Barber Shop, and the Howling Coyote Amphitheater. The whole staff is warm and welcoming. We got there in the morning in time for a canoe ride in Kick a Poo Lake. Lake just big enough to enjoy a quiet moment with nature. Beautiful sky, stillness, and the birds singing. Next it was time for the horses! I was most impressed that the welfare of the horses was just as important to the staff as the welfare of the guests. This is not a place where the horses are overworked for the bottomline. Horses are matched with the guests according to ability, experience and the rider's weight. If a guest says he is experienced, he is given the chance to show that before the ride begins. Guests are given the simple instructions of how to turn, stop and go. Beginners are welcome. The horses know the path cold so there is no chance of getting lost. There is a wrangler in front, behind, and in the middle of the line to aid anyone. The ride is a full hour of fun. I was impressed that the wranglers were ""on duty"" during the ride. The safety of the guests was paramount. \r
Later, the town came alive as the staff performed a western about the free range cattlemen vs. town folk ranchers. The story is easy to follow with lines and actions from movies that will delight adults as well as children. The gunfight is surprisingly loud and action filled. Then, a catered dinner- high quality food and plenty! We sang with the 3pc. Bluegrass Band into the night as even a storm outside did not stop the hospitality. Don't miss the Saturday Show! Family friendly! Just Go!!
Pros: Family friendly, light hearted, safe adventure, fun, and great food!