Arizona’s Gateway to the Old West

The Western lifestyle has always held an allure for both Americans and international travelers who seek the simple joys of a prairie sky painted sienna by the setting sun and the dusty saloons that have come to symbolize the heartland. Diamond Resorts reviews highlight two Arizona resorts, each positioned among breathtaking scenery that embodies the national spirit.

In the laid-back mountain town of Payson, the Kohl’s Ranch Lodge sits in the shade of the largest Ponderosa forest in the world. A perfect place to relax after a long day on the trail, each room at the resort features amenities that will let you unwind in comfort. Take a trip to the nearby Tonto National Forest, which is the fifth largest National Forest in the United States and features six natural reservoirs. Diamond Resorts reviews suggest staying in town for a day and strolling along the historic main street that transports visitors to foregone eras.

The Rancho Mañana Resort is an ideal destination for hikers, and adventure-seekers who can spend their time exploring the many nearby trails or venturing into the high desert of Arizona. The secluded retreat offers a fully stocked kitchen, a whirlpool tub and a private pool where lodgers can take in the scenery in luxury. The local restaurants are internationally famous and offer the most authentic Western cuisine.

Diamond Resorts reviews highlight the museums near each resort, the Rim Country Museum in Peyson features a hunting cabin that dates back to the early 1900s and the Cave Creek Museum proudly displays the tools of daily life used by the early westerners. In Peyson, the Down the Street Art Gallery hosts the work of both local and national artists who have fallen in love with the rancher lifestyle. In Cave Creek, world-renown artist Sergio Ladron de Guevara keeps a gallery that exhibits his artwork from around the globe. Guests of all ages will find something enjoyable in the heartland and are sure to experience a trip they will cherish for years.