Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Ranch, and how long does it take to get there?
- What else is there to see or do around Antimony?
- How long should I plan to stay at the Ranch?
- What are the rooms like?
- What if we come in a family group? Can we get rooms together?
- If I decide not to participate in any of the planned activities, what is there to do?
- What kind of food do you get at the Ranch?
- The activities you provide sound so fun, but I’ve never done anything like them before. How can I be sure I’ll be able to do them?
- My business group wants something really different this year for a retreat. What do you have to offer us?
- Is there cell phone service and internet access at the Ranch?
- Are gratuities for employees required at the Ranch?
1. Where is the Ranch, and how long does it take to get there?
Rockin’ R Ranch is located in Antimony, Utah, about 3½ to 4 hours by car from Salt Lake City—and half an hour longer than that from Las Vegas. While it doesn’t take a whole day (or longer!) to get here, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world.
2. What else is there to see or do around Antimony?
Antimony is located within what’s called the Grand Circle. Within an hour or so travel time by car in just about any direction, you can reach the breathtaking scenic wonders of Bryce Canyon, Zions Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Monument Valley, Canyonlands, and Lake Powell. We’d suggest that you plan a few extra days if at all possible so you can enjoy one or more of these incredible experiences before or after you visit the ranch.
3. How long should I plan to stay at the Ranch?
There’s no perfect answer to that question—our family has been here for more than 130 years, and we don’t plan to leave any time soon! We work our best to accommodate stays of anything from one night to a week or more. Our activities are extremely varied. You can spend your time with us riding a horse, tubing down the river, hiking, going on a hay ride through town, swimming, or a myriad of other activities. You may even want to plan extra time to fish or explore some of the nearby scenic National Parks and other attractions, using the Ranch as your home base. The longer you stay, the more trail rides and other activities you be able to participate in. You may also want to sign up for one of our four- or five-night Cattle Drives or Exotic Mountain Trail Rides we offer. We’ve had many people come just for one night for a great western-style dinner and retreat into a great book in a comfy chair. However, we do suggest that you stay at least three nights with us to be able to participate in more activities and get the feel of the Ranch.
4. What are the rooms like?
In the lodge we have 37 rooms and another 4 rooms in a nearby building. All rooms have a private bathroom. Most of our rooms have two queen- or double-size beds. Some of our rooms have just one bed; and some sleep up to seven people. We can help you choose the room that is best for you. The rooms are decorated in Old West style, consistent with the atmosphere of the ranch, and are a little rustic, but very comfortable. You won’t find telephones or televisions in our guest rooms. You’ll really enjoy the peacefulness. However, there are phones and a television in the lodge for your use.
5. What if we come in a family group? Can we get rooms together?
Absolutely! With enough advance notice, we can book all of your rooms in the same hallway or wing of the lodge so that your group is all together.
6. If I decide not to participate in any of the planned activities, what is there to do?
Many guests enjoy time off on their own! Cozy groups of tables and chairs are located throughout the lodge, where you can gather up a few friends for board games or puzzles. There are also lots of comfy chairs tucked into little alcoves, under windows, or in quiet walkways; you can curl up and read a good book or jot down some thoughts you want to save. There are TV’s in the game room and the conference room, and we provide a selection of Western movies. You and a friend can always shoot a game of pool, or you can unwind by soaking in the hot tub.
Outside, lots of people like to stroll by themselves around the ranch property, lost in their thoughts and dreams—or just unwinding. Or drop by the stables, and one of our cowboys will be happy to let you help brush and feed the horses.
And don’t forget the ultimate luxury: a long, peaceful nap in the privacy of your own room!
7. What kind of food do you get at the Ranch?
Our food is good, down-to-earth, savory home cooking. We provide three meals a day with your stay. You might get roast beef, potatoes and all the trimmings . . . or meatloaf . . . or barbecue chicken. The menu varies each day. Some meals are served buffet-style. You grab your own plate, fill it up with the things you want, and settle at a table you choose. For other meals, you’ll sit at your chosen table first and one of our kitchen hands will bring you a plate piled high with a hearty helping of some of the best home-style cooking around. We also include a salad bar. And our cooks always plan for a yummy dessert—anything ranging from moist chocolate cake or brownies to delicious blueberry cobbler.
We also have an ice cream parlor in the lodge gift store. Stop by the old-fashioned counter, where you can peer at all the flavors through the frosty glass and choose your favorite! You’ll also find a variety of snacks for those “in-between meals” cravings at our gift store.
8. The activities you provide sound so fun, but I’ve never done anything like them before. How can I be sure I’ll be able to do them?
The cowboys on our staff make every effort to give patient instruction to those who haven’t previously ridden horses, roped, done barrel racing, brushed horses, or saddled up. We even offer clinics that will help you with specific skills. In the lodge, you’ll find informal, impromptu instruction on Western line dancing to prepare you for the evening entertainment. Don’t worry about inexperience: we’ve got people who are eager to help you make the most of your stay with us!
9. My business group wants something really different this year for a retreat. What do you have to offer us?
First, we provide a spectacular setting unrivaled anywhere else in the state. Our conference room provides views your team will never forget. We can even take your group up to a cow camp, where you’ll get your business information around a campfire and in the midst of scenery that’s usually only enjoyed by coyotes, deer, and eagles. We love to host business groups, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have the amenities you need. Oh, and one more thing: we’re a very family-friendly place. If you want to bring them with you, we’ll make sure they have lots of fun things to do while you’re attending to business.
10. Is there cell phone service and internet access at the Ranch?
Part of the charm of the Rockin’ R Ranch is it’s rural feel, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Because of our remote location, nestled in a scenic valley, we’re also away from most cell phone towers. Therefore, you’ll find that most cell phone service is unavailable. You may find areas of the Ranch where your cell phone may work sometimes (Verizon and AT&T seem to be the best). But it’s best not to rely on using your cell phone while at the Ranch. We do have a phone for guest use in the lodge. You’ll need a phone card for long-distance calls, which you may bring with you or purchase at the Ranch. Wireless internet is available in the gathering and sitting areas on the first floor of the lodge. (You’ll need to bring your own laptop computer, ipad, or other device.) Embrace the peace and quiet the Ranch has to offer and “unplug” from the tech world. You’ll be surprised by how relaxed and liberated you will feel.
11. Are gratuities for employees required at the Ranch?
We pride ourselves in having a wonderful staff that will help you have a great time while you are with us at the Rockin’ R Ranch. Gratuities are not included in our prices, and we don’t have a set rate for you to pay. Although gratuities are not required, if you feel our staff has served you well, we hope you will consider rewarding them with a gratuity to thank them for their service. You may pay individual employees directly; or, if you prefer, you may pay one lump sum to our manager, and he’ll make sure it gets divided between our employees who helped you.