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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Arena Ride

2015 was an exciting year for Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.  We have had a marriage, travel, an engagement, a new Hoover baby and even a successful back surgery.  Not to mention, the joy of seeing returned guests and getting to know the new ones. It’s always bittersweet at the end of the season watching staff go and taking the horses out to winter pasture but we love to see our employees have success in their endeavors and look forward to seeing the ones that return for another year in the spring.

Adventure guide Morgan & Wrangler Tember got engaged.

Adventure guide Morgan & Wrangler Tember got engaged.

Wrangler Scott and Jennifer welcomed Boone Howard Hoover to their crew.

Wrangler Scott and Jennifer welcomed Boone Howard Hoover to their crew.

Wrangler Emmi Lou got married.

Wrangler Emmi Lou got married.

Adventure guide Tucker got his back fixed.

Adventure guide Tucker got his back fixed.

Wrangler Cameron returned from his two year LDS mission in France. So with the family complete the entire Johnson Crew went to Thailand on vacation.

Wrangler Cameron returned from his two year LDS mission in France, so with the family complete the entire Johnson Crew went to Thailand on vacation.

2016 brings a new chef, Levi Hill. He is a super guy and an amazing talent in the kitchen.  He is very enthusiastic about sharing his wonderful dishes with you.

Levi and his lovely family.

Levi and his lovely family.

The Lodge is undergoing a pretty extensive remodel, a new kitchen, new roof and all the logs replaced.  It’s a lot of work, but it will be beautiful and we can’t wait to for you all to see it when it is finished. It will now match our remodeled pool area we did last May.

HCR lodge getting a face lift.

HCR lodge getting a face lift.

The process of purchasing some new trail horses is an annual event during January and February. We have been fortunate to come across some pretty neat new prospects. Hopefully they will all work out and be added to our trail string sometime this year. At the end of last season we retired good old Buster, who was 28 years old and gave him to a very happy 5 year old cowboy. We will miss the old man, he leaves a big saddle to be filled.

Good ol Buster.

Good ol Buster.

Horses enjoying some r & r on winter pasture.

Horses enjoying some R & R on winter pasture.

We are truly blessed to do what we do and we are grateful for the people we work with and come in contact with. We are appreciative of you and your families that make our jobs so rewarding.  We are continuing to learn and grow in the wonderful world of family outdoor recreation and we hope you join us for what is going to be an awesome 2016!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015


The fall foliage is on it’s way and the Ozark region is one of the best places to take in the magnificent color.  With the cooler temps and changing leaves autumn can be one of the best times to experience Horseshoe Canyon.  Horseback riding, cook-outs, riding the zip-line and rock climbing are an example of what you can do doing your stay.  Give Jaime a call and make your reservation. 1-800-480-9635

Peek color happens near the end of Oct - the 1st part of Nov.

Peek color happens near the end of Oct – the 1st part of Nov.







Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

One of our highlights of the year is when the LA Center for the Blind come to horseback ride & rock climb in the fall. Thanks Morgan for putting together this video of their experience.

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Getting ready.

When we started out in the dude ranch business we were very traditional in our activities. We had horseback riding, cookouts, hikes, fishing, tomahawk throwing and canoeing. As the years have gone by nontraditional dude ranch activities have made their way to our schedule, rappelling, rock climbing and the via feratta. This year is no exception. We now have a new feature that most of you would know as “the screamer”. Quite a few amusement parks have them, ours may not be as high but it is just as much fun and quite unique as it is built from bluff walls and a tree. Name ideas have been suggested on what we should call ours, Cody Johnson said we should call it “The Pants Polluter”. Whatever we call it, it’s a lot of fun and you should come and try it.

Here is a video of our kids trying it out in the beginning. Quite a few modifications have happened since.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


The start of the season the grass starts to green but the blossoms and leaves have not started yet.

Spring Season + Spring Break = KIDS!

...and their parents. 🙂

Waiting for the "riders" to arrive at the cookout site.

Hints of greener days and leaves starting to show on this hat and jacket day.

Spring at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch brings baby goats - lots of baby goats.

Like last year we had a litter of Anatolian puppies born April 6 - there are 10.

The blossoms come out and the grass starts to grow - Dogwood tree

Barry Johnson coming back from the wrangle.

Great day for fishing.

Danny wanted a photo with his fish but the fish was a little too much to stand close to.

Jason (climbing guide) - wet ropes = heavy.

At the first rain drop, Danny and I packed up our fishing gear and made it back nice and dry.

Rain or shine there are always barn activities.

Oops - Jason slipped on the rope lowering Angie down.

Sloan could go no higher, the ceiling was in the way.

Sherman Mountain Boys

Spring is one of our favorite times on the ranch (next to fall). It is ever changing and most of all full of great families – new and old.  There is plenty of time to come and enjoy this wonderful and interesting time of the year with us.  It’s not over yet.

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Mother nature has brought us some “real” winter weather this season at the ranch.

The first storm was supposed to be the “big one” but we seemed to dodge the bullet.

1st came the freezing ranch. It turned to sleet. We were relieved when it turned to snow.

Barry & Marlin heading down to get the tractor to roll out some hay for the livestock.

Goats and horses waiting for the hay to come.

One of the petting zoo goats.

Marlin thinks he needs to go everywhere I go.

The kids (4 legged) seem to be handling the snow and cold okay.

This guy found a nice warm spot.

Storm #2

More snow than storm #1

Blue sky!

I see a goat dog - hello Mischief

Storm #3 was the biggest.  We received 18″ to 20″.

Driving down the ranch road.


Snow monster!

The weather man has said that our weather is going to only get warmer from here on out.  Fifty degrees by Sat and in the sixties next week.  It is hard to believe as we sit looking out the window at all of that beautiful snow.

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

2010 was a great year here at Horseshoe Canyon Guest ranch.  Here is a little recap on what went on with our family in the year 2010…


Creed is in love with Dodge Vipers.  One of his requests on his Christmas list was a Doge Viper tire.  Maybe he realizes getting the entire car is not going to happen, so asking for parts of the car is better.  Creed loves being outside and dirt/mud.  School can be a trial at times because you are required to sit still and concentrate on things that don’t interest you. J  We asked him what sport he wanted to do when he reached Jr. High and he said NASCAR.  Creed keeps us laughing.


Sierra is now in the 4th grade and reminds us a lot of Cameron when it comes to school work and sports – competitive.  She has found a love for basketball, which makes her Grandpa Johnson excited and hopeful for another basketball player in the family.  She also loves her horses and rides whenever there is a spare.  She also loves her dog Marlin, you will find him on her bed almost every night snuggled up next to her. I think the feeling is mutual.

CODY (13)

Over the summer Cody discovered a love for rock climbing. I think he eats, dreams and thinks about rock climbing more than anything else.  He was a big help this summer working along side of Jason in guiding guests.  He is a great host.  He has competed in a couple of bouldering competitions as well.  Cody hopes to participate in more of those as time goes on. Cody loves the outdoors.  If we would let him he would live on the ranch in his hammock.   He also runs x-country (a bit forced) and plays basketball (forced as well at first), he has been a great team member even though neither sport were his idea.  He entered the world of Jr. High this year and I think he likes it.


This year Cameron turned 16, what? I don’t’ see how this is possible and plan on investigating the situation because Barry and I are not old enough to have a 16 year old right?  Cameron has been running like crazy.  He attended the BYU x-country camp again for the 4th year in a row. Cameron did very well in both the state track meet (5th in the mile) and the state x-country meet (7th).    He also enjoys his academics and is awaiting his score from his first go at the ACT. Cameron, like Cody, was a big help around the ranch this year. He helped in the horse department taking out trail rides.  Occasionally you will also find him running the gift shop.


2010 – what did I do in 2010?  It flew by so fast, I do know that.  I headed out to Utah and ran the Wasatch Back of the Ragnar series, we were team Huffin & Puffin.  That was an interesting race – 12 runners, 188 miles and 24hrs +. Will I do it again?  Not so sure.  Barry gave me a new bow for my birthday, which I love and hate all at the same time (when the arrows don’t go where I tell them).  I was able to get a doe with it in October.  I am still serving in the Primary at church with some wonderful people.  The children are great and remind me of where I should be going in my life.


Barry stays busy managing and running the ranch.  It is not an unusual sight to see him guiding a trail ride one day and fixing a water heater the next.  I get tired watching him keep up with everything he does.  He is still serving as the Young Men’s President at church.  Barry and his father headed out to Dubious, WY this year and went bow hunting for elk.  They camped, hiked, hiked some more, camped and hiked and hiked.  Barry was able to harvest a young bull. They loved it so much they hope to make it back next year.


We had another good season at the ranch with a few changes here and there. One of the biggest changes is that Martha and Jerry, Barry’s parents, retired from the Ranch office and handling the reservations and we now have Jaime Chalmers doing that.  Jaime lives right up the road and she used to wrangle for us way back when.

So that was our 2010 in a nutshell.  We are looking forward to 2011 and what it might bring!

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Before Scott and Jennifer Hoover (wranglers) returned  to Utah, Scott needed to design something for his internship.  He thought for awhile and came up with the idea of designing another   Via feratta the build on the ranch.  This new via feratta is quite different from our first.  It is quite challenging and we think you are really going to love it when you try it out.

Scott and Jason getting right to work.

Building it was just as much as an adventure as doing the course.

Some of the photos you will need to click on to see exactly what you are looking at.

The Cable Bridge

Even the Johnson kids got in on some of the work.

There are a lot of eliminates on this course that are not shown.

The view from the Via Feratta

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

We have many projects we do during our down time from the guest ranch season.  Barry  decided it was time for a pavilion.

Concrete done and onto the support beams.

We are happy that Scott & Jennifer have stayed to help us through the fall.

Aaron, you can't be tired. We just started.

Seeing some progress...

Hmm. Scott? So he went on a "girls trip" with his wife (Jennifer), mother in-law and grandmother in-law and this is how he came back.

Strong woman.

Almost done!