5 Things to do in Heber Overgaard
Arizona - January 7, 2021

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 are the best things to do in Heber Overgaard:

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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25 Comments

    1. Well hello Ron Tenny you suck because we all know you have lived in heber for a long ass time so thank you for nothing and btw you are a terrible school board member 😒…. @Momjunky thank you for that wonderful intake on the town and places i can visit 😊✌️

      1. Although this review does its best to make a boring place sound fun and exciting, it cannot hide the fact that it is. This town is only worth visiting if you have a friend or family that lives out here with a nice place to stay and some ATVs. I would never visit this location hoping to find a good time at this “resort” it is miserable.

        1. I’m sad you feel this way. I suppose at lot of people find the place that they live boring because they live there. However, to fresh eyes, it is not boring. Whether or not a place is exciting is also their perception too. I thoroughly enjoyed visited and would come back in a heartbeat! Thank you for reading and your comment.

        2. On top of it. This idiot includes places not even in heber overgaard. It literally says show low.

    2. Apparently your mom never taught you that “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at?all”. My mom did and my husband and I are going this weekend and I can’t wait!

  1. How did you snag a free stay? I visit a friend in Heber yearly, ate once at the saloon, but never knew they had so many amenities. Great review!

  2. Thanks for the tips! The horseback ride was lots of fun. They had a horse to fit each of the family members all the way down to our 5 year old! Also You can check out the rock house museum. You do need an appointment.

  3. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this article. It seems that in summary of the five things to do, I can 1) stay at the Bison Ranch and participate in it’s dining and amenities and 2) go antiquing.

  4. Thanks momjunky for taking the time to write your review. In my long life have learned that boring people are easily bored, as evidenced by a few of the above comments.
    I love visiting Bison Ranch for its peace and quiet, and don’t feel the need to be constantly entertained.
    You are obviously an outstanding Mother, well done!

      1. My name is Miss Kelly I’m moving to Overgard AZ. I’m so excited to be a part of this community . I Can’t wait to meet the people and see what this small town has to offer . thanks miss Kelly

  5. This may be a boring place for some…for my family we love going to Bison Ranch for down time. We go to get out of the heat, to play games, to go swimming, to go fishing in the pond, to bbq, and to hang out with our family. Some times it is good to relax in a hotel and get away from home. This place is that for us.

  6. I stayed at Wyndham bison ranch. I wish I had read the resort review on the front end of my stay. I think the resort could have promoted what the area has to offer better. I drove through many of the nearby towns to see the lay of the land. Be careful when a map says “scenic route” as they can be dusty, rough, bumpy dirt roads. The main highways:. 260E, Payson 87 provide the best landscapes. I thought the on site Wild Women eatery was over priced for the offered portion. There is a walking, bike paved path from the resort to Overgaard but no where to rent bikes; what a waste. I made a trip to Tonto Natural Bridge State park but didn’t get in because they closed at 4pm.

    1. We love Heber/Overgard. We live in the valley and try to come up several times a year. We sure camp or stay at Worldmark Bison Ranch. How horrible that that locals don’t know how great this place is…feel sad for them. We’ve even brought our girlscout troop for a weekend retreat, because of so many things to do in the area, all within 15-20 minutes from Bison Ranch. Horseback riding, kayaking, hiking. Cute shops to walk around and visit, antique shops or if by chance you get bored…how about trying to make the world a better place like out Girl Scouts did and walk along one of the local lakes and clean up! What a bunch of negative people, Shane on you!

      1. You are right about the Girl Scouts – we just camped with the Boy Scouts and I completely forgot what a great place it would be for them! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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