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Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
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Food   |   Location   |  
Activities   |   Housing

Food

Toggles display of answer on click. What kind of food do you serve?

The menus are western style.  You can find a Sample Menu on this website under Accommodations.

Toggles display of answer on click. Can the Ranch help me with my dietary needs?

The ranch can help with some basic dietary needs.  Vegetarian, diabetic, gluten free, for example.  If you need to know specific ingredients in the food such as with Celiac Disease, then we suggest you bring your own to help supplement your needs.  Our chef can put your food in the kitchen refrigerator and will prepare your food at meal time.

On this website under the Online Forms heading is a link to our “Dietary Form.”  Have the host of your group fill it out.  This needs to be filled out two weeks prior to your stay.  Our chef will be notified and will be prepared for your dietary needs.

Toggles display of answer on click. How are the meals served?

The meals are served buffet style but it is not an all you can eat.  We want all guests to go through the line once and after everyone has eaten then you may go back for seconds if there is food left out.  After eating, please dispose of your plates, cups, and utensils, in other words please bus your own table.

Toggles display of answer on click. Is there a dress code for the cafeteria?

Tri-county Health Department states you must wear shoes, pants, and a shirt.  No swimming suits may be worn in the cafeteria while eating.

Toggles display of answer on click. What are the meal times?

The meal times are all the same for all the guests and they cannot be changed.

Breakfast – 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch – 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Toggles display of answer on click. Can we get a sack lunch if needed?

Yes, if you are traveling off the Ranch during your stay and coming back later.

Toggles display of answer on click. May we buy ice?

Only if the kitchen has ice left over.  Most of the time we recommend you bring your own ice with you.


Location

Toggles display of answer on click. How far from Salt Lake City is the Ranch?

From the mouth of Parley’s Canyon it is 96.8 miles.

Toggles display of answer on click. How do I find the Ranch?

On this website under Downloads you will find the “Large Area Map” which gives directions from Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah to Fruitland, Utah.  There is also a “Small Area Map” which gives directions from Fruitland, Utah to the Ranch.

Toggles display of answer on click. Are there any landmarks to look for to get to the Ranch?

Look for the “Big G Café” in Fruitland, Utah and mile marker 62 on Highway 40.  When you find those two right across the street is the road to the Ranch with a Reid Ranch sign on that corner.

Toggles display of answer on click. If I get lost who do I call?

You can call the Ranch at 1-435-848-5776 or our office in Salt Lake 1-800-468-3274.

Toggles display of answer on click. What is the dirt road like?  Do I need a 4-wheel drive vehicle?

The drive from Fruitland to the Ranch is 13 miles.  The first two miles are oil paved and the last 11 miles are dirt roads maintained by the county.  It is helpful to have a high clearance vehicle because the dirt road is a county road and can become slippery when it rains.  Mountain showers come quickly so it’s best to be prepared.

Toggles display of answer on click. What is meant by a high clearance vehicle?

We suggest a mini-van or higher in case you have never driven on a dirt road.  Some people drive over rocks that might have rolled down hill sides instead of driving around them.  Watch out for rocks and pot holes.  Thus it’s helpful to have a high clearance vehicle.

Toggles display of answer on click. What time should we arrive at the Ranch?

All groups should arrive no later than 11:30 a.m.  If you are camping you should arrive by 11:00 a.m. to start setting up your camp.

Toggles display of answer on click. Do you have drinking water at the Ranch?

Yes we do.  Our culinary water comes from our well.  The water does have a slight taste of iron to it.  Some people like it and some don’t.  You may purchase bottled water at the Trading Post or bring your own.

Toggles display of answer on click. Will a cellphone work at the Ranch?

Most don’t.  We recommend every guest purchase a calling card if they need to contact anyone during their stay.  The Trading Post or Souvenir Shop have some available to purchase.

Toggles display of answer on click. If my cell phone doesn’t work while I am at the Ranch, how can my family get in touch with me?

They may call 1-435-848-5776, tell the employee–who answers the phone–the person you’d like to talk to and what group they are with.  We will either go get the person or take a message to them.  This is where a calling card is needed.

Toggles display of answer on click. I’d like to tour the Ranch.  How should I arrange for that?

Call our Salt Lake office at 801-486-5083 or 1-800-468-3274 and let them know you are interested in a tour.  They will alert the Ranch managers when you would like to come.  The best time is after 2:00 p.m. as the managers want to have ample time to assist you and in the morning they are busy preparing for new guests.

Toggles display of answer on click. Do you have Wi-Fi?

Yes.  Each lodge has Wi-Fi for groups that need to e-mail or receive e-mail.  No viewing nor uploading of pictures or videos.


Activities

Toggles display of answer on click. How do I know when our group is scheduled to use the amenities at the Ranch?

Thirty days prior to any group coming to the Ranch, final payment for each group is due.  When we receive your final payment, a rotation schedule is sent to each group.  The horseback riding, lake front activities, soccer field, sand volleyball court, sports court and fire pit assignments are scheduled ahead of time.

Toggles display of answer on click. With so many groups at the Ranch will I be able to do all of the activities?

Yes, your group has its own rotation schedule.  No other group will be with you during your scheduled time.

Toggles display of answer on click. What about archery, Frisbee golf, mini-golf, batting cage, swimming pools, etc.?  Are they assigned?

These are free-time areas.  You can go to these activities anytime during the day.  Your swimming pool area will either be on your rotation schedule or the staff will tell you which pool is yours when you arrive.  Please, do not pool hop.

Toggles display of answer on click. Will we be sharing a pool?

Sometimes, you will be assigned to a pool with other groups staying in the same facility.  The staff will assign a pool to you when you arrive.  In some cases pools will be scheduled so as to keep youth conferences and young women’s camps separate.  In these cases review your rotation schedule.  If your group is not listed on the rotation schedule for a specific pool that means you may use the pool assigned to you anytime during the day.

Toggles display of answer on click. How do we reserve the conference center?

The conference center is reserved on a first come first serve basis when you arrive.  There are two 2-hour time slots each evening.

It holds 300 people and has a sound system, projector on the ceiling and a screen.

Toggles display of answer on click. Is there a way to hook up a computer system to the projector in the conference room?

We have the VGA/SVGA cable from the projector that is used to connect most laptops to external viewing devices such as our projector.  Please review the specifications on your laptop to be sure it has a VGA (15-pin) output.

Toggles display of answer on click. Do I need to bring any sports equipment?

All the sports equipment is provided at the Trading Post.  Basketballs, softballs, volleyballs, horseshoes, badminton, T-ball, archery, Frisbee-golf, etc.  You may check the sports equipment out at the Trading Post.

Toggles display of answer on click. Are there any hikes at the Ranch

Yes, there are several beautiful hikes:  a 1 mile round trip and a 2 mile round trip.  If you are interested in longer hikes the staff can help you.

Toggles display of answer on click. I’ve heard there is a “sunrise hike to thinking rocks.”  Tell me about it.

The sunrise hike is a half mile Southwest of the barn/corral area.  The staff can direct you or you may follow the posted signs.  In the summer the sunrise is early.  The thinking rocks sit up on the side of a mountain and they are higher than the rim of the mountain just east of them.  So groups can see the sunrise for about 100 miles.  It is beautiful.

Toggles display of answer on click. How many fire pits do you have?

The ranch has five fire pits.  Four of them seat up to 60 people.  One at the stage area seats 300 people.

Toggles display of answer on click. Can we cook anything in the fire pits during our time?

Groups may bring their own Smores items.  We ask you to clean up the sticks or hangers you use.  You can buy Smores kits from the Souvenir Shop if you didn’t bring any.  Also, girls’ camps can work with the staff to cook items in Dutch ovens or in #10 cans for their certification.  Girls’ camps can help out in laying the wood for a fire if they contact a staff employee.

Toggles display of answer on click. How late may we be out doing activities?

In consideration of others 11:00 p.m. is quiet time.

Toggles display of answer on click. If I have guests coming up for the last evening, may they have dinner?

Yes, dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the cost is $14.00.  They may arrive by 5:00 p.m. and depart by 10:00 p.m.

Toggles display of answer on click. What is a day pass?

A guest may purchase a day pass for $49.95 plus tax which includes lunch and dinner and all the activities.  They need to depart by 10:00 p.m.

Toggles display of answer on click. How many people can I send to boats, horseback riding, and mountain biking?

You can send 18 people to horseback riding, 40 people to boats, and 16 for mountain biking.  Horseback riding and boating time slots are each 40-45 minutes.  Mountain biking time slots are 55 minutes.  Many people would like longer horse rides but our goal is to allow every guest who wishes to have the opportunity to ride a horse.  We also offer Evening Horseback Excursions for a fee.

Toggles display of answer on click. Is there an age limit to ride a horse?

A child has to be ten years or older to go on the trail rides.  If a child is between ages 3 and 9 the Ranch has a pony the child can ride in our corral area.

Toggles display of answer on click. Can we ride together or double on one horse?

No, you can not ride double on any of the horses or the pony.

Toggles display of answer on click. Is there horseback riding if it rains?

No, the trails are too slippery.  Also, the wranglers will call the groups back to the corral if they hear thunder.

Toggles display of answer on click. Can I fish in the Ranch’s lake?

Yes, it is a catch and release.  You do need to have a current fishing license.  Fishing licenses and equipment can also be purchased at our Trading Post.

Toggles display of answer on click. What type of fish have been found in the Ranch’s lake?

Cutthroat, all natural.


Housing

Toggles display of answer on click. When I make a reservation may I choose where I’d like to stay?

Yes, provided it is available.  See our Accommodations page for all options.

Toggles display of answer on click. May I reserve the whole lodge?

Yes, if your number warrants it.  You need to have 25-36 people to reserve all of the Red Creek Lodge.  You need 80-114 people to reserve all of the Tabby Mountain Lodge.  You need 28 people or more to reserve both sides of the Bunkhouse (Dorms).

If you have less then these numbers you will share the lodges with another group.

Toggles display of answer on click. Do you provide bedding/towels?

Yes, if you are staying in our lodges all the bedding is provided.  In the Guest Ranch Vacation Guide found on this website under Downloads it has a list of suggested items you might want to bring.

Toggles display of answer on click. If I am camping what do I need to bring?

When staying in the Camping area you need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, pillow and towel.  When staying in Tent City, you still need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel.  Please see the Reid Ranch Vacation Guide under Downloads.

Toggles display of answer on click. When can I check into the rooms?

If you are staying in the lodges check-in time is 1:30 p.m.  All groups check out of their rooms at 11:00 a.m. and the rooms are then cleaned.  However, please be sure to arrive for orientation at 11:30 a.m.

Toggles display of answer on click. What time can I get into the camping area?

The earliest is 11:00 a.m.

Toggles display of answer on click. May I hang signs in the lodges?

Yes, please use painters blue tape to mount your signs, not masking tape.

Toggles display of answer on click. May I do crafts inside?

Depends on the craft.  If the crafts involve painting, glue guns or irons “NO.”  The staff can help direct you to a table outside or can set some up for you.

Toggles display of answer on click. Can we cook in the lodges?

No.  There is no cooking in the lodges because of fire codes.

Toggles display of answer on click. Is there a refrigerator or microwave available?

Yes, in the both Red Creek and Tabby Mountain lodges.

Toggles display of answer on click. What time is check-out?

At 11:00 a.m.

Toggles display of answer on click. Do we get lunch when we check-out?

Only family reunions get lunch on the last day of their stay.

Toggles display of answer on click. Why are we only at the Ranch for two 24-hour periods for a 2½ day stay?

The half day is your travel time to and from the Ranch.

Toggles display of answer on click. We have a girls camp coming.  Where will our priesthood leaders stay?

We have a two room Guesthouse that sleeps four in each room.  They may stay there or they are welcome to bring a tent and camp in our camping area.

Toggles display of answer on click. Why is there sometimes a sulfur smell when taking a shower?

Anytime an electric water heater is used and there are minerals present, a sulfur smell will occur while heating the water.  To allow the smell to dissipate you may run the water at a lukewarm temperature.  This smell will be in any lodge that uses electric water heaters.