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American Safari Ranch, Fairplay

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  • Very professional and courteous. Our guide RYAN!! Was awesome! Very knowledgeable of the area, the horses and their behavior to look for, and was very respectful when it came to correcting us on how w...  more »
  • I’m a combination of a summer and a city type. That means I prefer a comfortable hotel on the beach when I’m seeking the perfect place for holidays. When I was going to the American Safari Ranch I had...  more »
  • My family and I were visiting Colorado for the first time . We have horses and thought it would be amazing to see this beautiful place on horseback. We made reservations for 3 people and they got our ...  more »
  • The young man who is the son of the owner was rude and aggressive. I told him he was being rude and he started yelling don't tell me how to run my business... I told him again how rude he was being that it was not OK... and he got even worse, must be because I'm a woman and speaking for what is right is all I could think. We went there to rent a room because we were told it was still open via the phone but when we got there we were told the rooms are winterized "Pretty much too bad too sad attitude; tough luck!". The whole experience was very upsetting, ruined our mood so we headed home. Never Never again will American Safari Ranch get business from us or anyone we know; there was nothing American about this place.
  • I have never in my life been treated so poorly by management (Stan). I had called the morning of our reservation to see if we could come later since I had a sick child and we were trying to figure out how to take our other kids and leave our sick one behind. When I nicely inquired about coming later, only then was I informed of having to arrive 20 minutes early and was then told by Stan that he is from Eastern Europe and has respect for reservations and that I did not and that I was ignorant and a liar. I was in tears after being on the phone with him. My family was so excited for this excursion and the kids were heartbroken to not be able to go. Do NOT give this place your business. There is another place very similar down the street, Platte River Ranch and they are kind, accommodating, understanding and sensitive. They even said we could bring our sick kiddo to let horses if we thought it would help him. That is how AMERICANS run a business.
  • Visiting ASR was the perfect addition to our vacation! The service was genuine ranch style as in friendly but, without the over done buttering up. Our ranch hand paired us with the appropriate horse for our level of riding. They have a strict no nose to tail policy! Meaning you actually get to ride your horse! We made it in time for Colorado's first snow! The view was gorgeous, I have never ridden while it was snowing, such a wonderful experience. After our 2 mile ride, we were welcomed back to the cabin with hot apple cider! This was a worthwhile experience that I definitely recommend and will be back for!!
  • I've never written a review before, on any place- but I felt compelled to let other people know about this ranch so they don't go wasting their time like my friend and I did. This place should be shut down. If you plan on working there for room and board, you're better off sleeping under a tree eating bark. We were fed at lunch time, only when they allowed. The owner, Stan, was inconsiderate and cared about nothing but himself. His wife Jay was initially very sweet, but shortly after meeting her began barking her orders. They don't know how to properly communicate with people and their overall image and business suffers because of it. After working and living there for 4 days we were [ironically] told we were no longer needed for a ridiculous reason and handed skimpy little checks after having to ask for our final pay 3 times. "I hope you learned your lesson" we were told as we walked off the premises. While we worked there a really nice guest proclaimed "I don't understand how you could work for that man" referring to Stan, after hearing him interact and speak for just 10 minutes. You can be the most experienced wrangler cowboy in all of the west, but it still wont be good enough by their standards. Do yourself a favor and completely avoid this place. It's a waste.
  • -- Don't say no say hell no!! My mom & I planned to spend the nite and go atv-ing the next day. Because it was after Labor Day we were told the kitchen was closed and would need to go to Fairplay to eat dinner & breakfast, we were cool with this. Our atv adventure was scheduled for 10 am when we returned at 9:00 to prepare for the ride we were informed that we were late and the guide was leaving without us because they had moved the time up to 9:00. Jay the "owner" was very unsympathetic and cited my bad knee as too great a liability. If this was the case why didn't she say so at 4 pm the afternoon before when we checked in? DO NOT waste your time or money as these people truly do not know what hospitality is. Additionally they don't know how to listen to the paying customer's needs but twist the facts to suit their own needs. Run away very quickly!!! Sept 13, 2015