5 Things to do in Heber Overgaard
Arizona - June 7, 2019

 

girl riding a horse smilingThank you to Bison Ranch for our complimentary stay.  All opinions are my own.

I grew up in Arizona but had never heard of Heber Overgaard.  Now that I have moved back, there is so much I want to explore.  I’ve been back to Sedona and checked out some local places.  I get up to Prescott often which has an elevation of 5367 feet, but  Heber Overgaard has an elevation of 6,627 feet, that means 40 degrees in May! There is so much to do in Heber Overgaard and you don’t have to go far. From fishing to horseback riding and dining.  It’s an awesome place to visit.  Here’s 5 reasons why:

two boys outside an old fashioned 1800's wagon

Worldmark Bison Ranch Resort

We stayed at Worldmark Bison Ranch in Heber-Overgaard. It’s a cute recreated Old West town from the 1800s, located 56 miles north east of Payson, and 35 miles west of Show Low in northern Arizona.

The unit we stayed in was located on the second floor. It was a spacious two-bedroom resort suite with two balconies and a large living area.

We enjoyed the privacy of two bedrooms, each with its own TV, and the convenience of a pullout bed in the split living room. The sleeping area of the living room even has a dresser for more storage. Our master bedroom had its own bathroom with a king size bed, and two twin beds in the second bedroom. It sounds like a lot going on, but it was very spacious and even with 6 people, everyone had enough room.

The kitchen is fully equipped and has everything you need: plates and cutlery, toaster and blender, and there is even a BBQ on the balcony! The washer/dryer is another great convenience. We even had a gas fireplace which you can set on a timer. That was really cool!

boy fishing at the lake at Bison RanchFishing

The boys enjoyed fishing in the catch-and-release fishing pond. The resort offers fishing poles for rent, so you don’t have to bring your own. There are two ponds. The kids fished in the small one, which yielded a surprisingly large catfish and several smaller fish.

The boys were overjoyed when they caught a huge catfish. It was the highlight of their trip.  We quickly threw our friend back in the pond.

Pro tip: the catfish in the small pond seem to like sausage patties.

There were so many activities for the kids to enjoy both indoors and outdoors, such as play at the kids play area with hopscotch, places to explore, and games inside the main building. But there are also some cute shops for us moms to visit to buy trinkets and souvenirs.

Next to the play area is a gated seasonal outdoor pool and children’s pool, outdoor play area and relaxing hot tub.

This is the game room with a fire pit to get cozy.

The kids loved the giant Connect Four, Ping Pong Table, and Pool Table. There is also a volleyball court and horseshoe pit, along with a shared computer with Internet service.  There’s a gym to work out in, a library to get books and check out movies. and a freezer full of ice cream next to the front desk.  I definitely didn’t miss that when I walked up to the front desk.

They also have a schedule of Weekly Activities like movie night at 7pm (you can bring your own popcorn – there’s some in the room to make or buy it there for $1. There’s game day, coloring contests, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, meet and greet bonfire where you can rent roasting sticks for marshmallows.  There are so many activities for the family, it’s hard to choose which ones to get to!

Horseback Riding

I haven’t gone horseback riding since I was around eight years-old when I was living in Seattle.  I used to horseback ride when I was growing up in England. I’ve been waiting to do it again for years.

Ramey Ranch Horseback Riding was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me.  It’s so convenient to stay somewhere where you can go fishing and ride horses without leaving the resort.  The kids loved feeding them too up close and personal.

I went on a half hour ride which cost $30 but you can ride for an hour for $40.  They also have $100 lunch ride available and overnight trips which include meals, tents and sleeping bags.  I prefer my suite at Bison Ranch.  Maybe one day with the kids……

If you are in Herber Overgaard, you must go horseback riding.  It’s beautiful!

  • Phone number (928) 242-5062

Antiquing

I love the art of discovery. There is so much history too when going antiquing.  I love looking for interesting finds, whether it’s an old rotary telephone or something that was created and looked vintage or interesting.

The Antler Attic in Lakeside, which is about an hour of scenic driving away from Bison Ranch, has Custom Deer and Elk Antler lamps, chandeliers, floor lamps, benches, chairs, coat racks, candle holders, business card holders, drawer pulls, buttons, and much much more. There are also rustic log mantles and furnishings. Horseshoe art and household items. The carved bears outside are what drew us in.

  • 1672 W White Mountain Blvd
    Lakeside, AZ 85929
  • Phone number (928) 368-4460

 

We also came across this cute antique shop called The Little Log Cabin also in Lakeside/Pintetop.

The Little Log Cabin has anything from signs to planters, tea cup sets, vintage furniture and so many nick knacks! Definitely worth going out of your way to take a peek.

  • Hwy 260
    Lakeside, AZ 85929
  • Phone number (928) 242-4141

Dining

You don’t have to leave Bison Ranch if you’re hungry.  You can just walk over to Wild Women Saloon and Grill. We ate there the first night we were there and they had some killer fish and chips! It’s a really cute Saloon too where you can just sit at the bar and hang out.

The kids loved their tenders too. My husband had a Moscow Mule. We finished our meal off with a pazookie. And that is where I officially went off my keto diet.

If you want to venture out we found a place called Pinetop Brewing Company and and it was also very good. The service was great and the food was worth the drive!

  • 159 W White Mountain Blvd

Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85929

There’s nothing like escaping the city and being in a town where the population is less than 3,000 people. It’s just nature and you. Getting the family out of the chaos and appreciating the beauty of the forests and wildlife is important us.  It slows us down.

Worldmark Bison Ranch Resort was such a great place for a family getaway in Arizona.  You can book through Wyndham Extra Holidays where you can get condo vacations at hotel prices.

 

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