Smedley Family (Ellen & Thayne)
Dear Reid Ranch staff and personnel (all of you!):
We finally have unpacked and got back into our routines (lots of us reporting we’re tired and have sore muscles!) after our very busy and fun three days at Reid Ranch for our family reunion, or as we call it the TESFR—the Thanye and Ellen Smedley Family Reunion! About half our family couldn’t come, but everyone there enjoyed themselves and were kept busy together—even us old folks (age 85) managed to get through the miniature golf!
We loved the scenery, the food, the pleasant and available helpers, and family doing thigns together!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
West Jordan Utah Stake
Thank you so very much for providing a wonderful experience to the youth and leaders in our Stake. The process from enrollment through departure was great! Your staff was patient and professional, even when a mistake that I made caused a logistical problem on the very first day. Throughout our Youth Conference our questions and challenges were handled promptly and with cheerful faces. The food preparation team was equally helpful and cheerful. It was so nice to stay in lodges with gathering spaces that we could enjoy between activities and during evening hours. Thanks for all you did to make our Youth Conference an experience that will be remembered by all!
We held our family reunion at the Ranch last month. What a wonderful time we had! It was the first time we had been able to get everyone together, given the pandemic. We’re so grateful for Reid Ranch and the great experience we had.
- The Reid’s were marvelous to work with. We had originally planned to go in 2020, but COVID interrupted that. Ruth, Gardner, and others in the office made it easy to postpone our visit a year. No hassles whatsoever.
- We scheduled the Red Creek Lodge and it was the best! Having all 29 of us under one roof really helped our family bond and share lasting memories. The lodge is big enough with lots of bedrooms and beds to accommodate everyone, and yet cozy enough to plays games, have singalongs, and tell scary stories in the main family area.
- Not having to cook was a HUGE plus! The meals at the Dining Hall were satisfying and offered great variety. So easy to walk there three times a day and go to the front of the line. (I guess that was a perk as the only family reunion that week.) The kitchen staff was very friendly and accommodating. We especially enjoyed the surprise fried Oreos that Ninoska prepared for us!
- Another highlight was the amount of activities available to suit all tastes. We loved the way the Ranch scheduled these, so that we had our own reserved time. We made good use of the pools, boating, horseback riding, archery and ropes course, mountain biking, and even miniature golf. The event staff was always friendly and positive, which is not easy to do when there are over 400 guests at one time.
- Haley took great care of us and hats off to her for keeping all the things working together. There are a lot of moving parts in running that operation, and she handles it with class and professionalism.
The Newman’s are sold and plan to come back again in the near future. Thank you so much to one and all at Reid Ranch!!
The Provo Utah Stake
“We wanted to thank you for the marvelous time we had at your facility last week. Wow! Our expectations were met and exceeded. Not only do you have a beautiful place with so many activities available, but your staff was truly amazing and bent over backwards to accommodate and help us. We felt very well taken care of. I know I don’t remember everyone’s names but a special shout out to Michael, Kyle, Hannah, Carter, Ty, Thomas, and Haley.
“Our youth and leaders loved our Stake Youth Conference—and not all of them were expecting to. But you made converts of them all. Thank you for being so helpful and friendly to work with from the very beginning of the process to the very end. Whenever we had a question or a need in our planning process you always responded in a friendly and accommodating manner. And we had the same experience once we got there. Thank you for providing such a great venue and for sharing the Reid family legacy with us!”
Highland 29th Ward YW
“Our ward had a great time last week at your ranch! The staff was fantastic and was so patient with all our requests! Thank you for all of your help! I really can’t say enough about how great our experience was. I’m sure some of the staff are family members and you should be proud!”
South Mountain 2nd Ward
“The atmosphere and beauty at Reid Ranch is wonderful. Haley was especially kind and wanting to make sure we had a great experience. Thank you for providing a great place for our Youth Conference.”
“From the moment we arrived to the time we left, the Reid Ranch staff made everyone in our family feel like V.I.P.’s! This experience was and is the absolute most incredible and memorable and meaningful vacation ever!”
Silver Mesa Ward
“It was wonderful having all our meals prepared by staff. We had so much more time together because of that, and the food tasted great! The sunrise hike was easy but so worth it! Gave us a chance for a special talk at the top.”
Brigham City 13th Ward
“Our stay here was truly amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a friendlier, or more accommodating staff. The facility and environment was beautiful.”
“I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Reid Ranch. Most of the family members are still talking about how much fun they had. We hold our reunion every two years and are seriously thinking about holding the next reunion at Reid Ranch again.”
“Your facility is amazing and your staff is even better. Our group had a great time, thank you. If I may, please let me share with you about your staff. We first met Kyle at the gate and he continued to serve us throughout our stay. He is so friendly and personable, a great asset to the Ranch. We also interacted with Spencer and his wife (sorry her name slips me right now). They helped our group at the lake and what an incredible couple, they truly made our visit over the top. The food service gentlemen we extremely friendly and kind, it was joy to come to meals and see their happy faces and be greeted warmly. Lastly, please let me recognize the wranglers at the horse barn. All 4 do a fantastic job but Mike is a stand out. Our group went on a few horse back rides except we had one young lady who is a bit autistic that was a little scared. Mike stayed behind and helped her get on the horse and then took the next 20 minutes leading her around the saddle paddock and talking to her so she felt comfortable. I stood there and watched in amazement at the talent Mike has with kids and the service he offered this young lady in our group. This will be a memory that she will never forget along with many others from our group. Hats off to your staff, a tremendous group of people!!!!”
Maeser Stake YW Camp
“Staff at Reid Ranch – Please share with your staff, cooks, wranglers, office personnel, etc. our sincere ‘Thank Yous’ for making our 2018 stake girls camp a success!! We all loved it – girls and leaders alike! You Rock!!”
“I just wanted to Thank you and your staff for the awesome experience we had at your ranch! It was beautiful and so much fun for our young women and leaders. You really know how to help youth group have a successful camp.
“Thanks for taking such good care of our priesthood brethren as well. Their accommodations were just right and they had a wonderful experience as well.
“I will absolutely recommend your ranch to others look for an outstanding place to have a camp or reunion.”
“We (my girls) LOVED the staff at horseback riding. Michael, Jared, Braydon, and John all were fantastic. The girls LOVED their time up there. Haley and Bryce were amazing to work with. I can’t say enough things about how good it was.”
“We brought our family up to Reid Ranch June 8-10 and stayed at Red Creek Lodge. We were so impressed with every aspect — with the staff, the cooks, the wranglers. Every single thing exceeded our expectations.
“The staff, from Haley down, was so friendly and eager to help. Every single meal was delicious. Our compliments to the chef. He even made special pancakes for our kids one morning. The wranglers were great with our family. Michael took the little ones on the pony and made it so fun for them.
“The whole family, from the youngest to the oldest, had a great time with many expressing it was the best vacation ever.
“We will be spreading the word about what a great place it is to have a family vacation.”
“I wanted to say thanks for our amazing experience at the ranch this past weekend. It was so much fun and a great atmosphere to be in for our youth. All the staff there were very on top of things and very friendly. We loved interacting with them throughout our experience. It was a stress free youth conference and we appreciate the opportunity to be there.”
“The facilities are great, but the staff is amazing! Each one was courteous, friendly, and anxious to help. I was very impressed! We had a large family reunion to celebrate my dad’s 90th birthday. The staff was very solicitous of him – very willing to drive him in a cart to take the horses so he could enjoy the grandchildren on the horses and ponies and then returned promptly at the appointed time to drive him back to the lodge. We did not expect such personal service.”