This was our fifth time at the ranch, and our best visit to date. Head wrangler Victoria made good matches with the horses, and the trails were in good shape. In addition to the riding, we loved just hanging out with the horses in the fields - and having friendly horses pop by our cabin looking for treats. The accommodations are rustic, the atmosphere is casual. Bring bug spray.
The only place I've ever come across where you can go out on your own on unguided trail rides once you've had your check out ride(s). Good horses, fun trails, a once in a lifetime experience. Staff is all friendly and helpful, food is good, desserts are spectacular. Setting is beautiful, with meadows to lope through, pretty forests, pretty lake. Set up like an old Western town. All the retired horses roam freely around the premises, adding to it's appeal.
Just fell in love with this place. Stayed for a few nights. Loved the ranch atmosphere. Loved the people and staff. Loved the food. Loved the horses. Very well run. Will be back again. A true taste of the BC cariboo.
The Flying U is not for everyone. It is not swank, it is not slick, and it is not scheduled down to the minute. What it is - it's like travelling back in time. It's like having your own horse. It's like having a family farm that you go to every summer for your whole life. It's rustic, real and heaps of fun.
My 29 year old daughter & I spent 2 nights and have already booked for a week (possibly 2) next year. This is destined to become a tradition with my daughter & I! Great staff, great horses and fantastic food!
I cannot say enough great things about this resort and its AMAZING staff! We stayed for 4 nights and met so many awesome people. The Horses are so well trained that my 7 year old rode for hours like a pro. The theater is adorable and the saloon has draft beer! My other child is rather fussy with food and the kitchen prepared him his own meals. We were able to go tubing every day, The kids learned archery, we fed pigs! No shortage of fun and opportunities at this AMAZING resort!
My 21 year old daughter and I just returned from a wonderful 5 day trip to the Flying U. What an amazing time we had. We felt like family by the time we left and we’re so sad to go. Everyone there made our time so perfect. Charlie and Angela, the wranglers were so helpful with what trails to ride and their care for the horses was so obvious. Charlie took my daughter out to fix fences and allowed her to help wrangle the horses into the corrals our last morning. The kitchen staff were always smiling and the food was just amazing every meal. It is served family style, and every evening the new guests introduce themselves, so that there is a real feeling of community from the start. Debbie in the office, with her big smile, was warm and welcoming and John, the owner, made us feel like part of the Flying U family. We rode most days, although it was very hot, and cooled off at the lake every afternoon. There are over 60,000 acres to ride on, all beautiful vistas. You can choose to ride in the morning, come back for lunch, then go back out in the afternoon, or you can go the whole day and the kitchen will pack you a lunch. John took us out tubing and for boat rides, and the water was the perfect temperature to cool off. There are also canoes and kayaks to use or, if you have a boating license, you can rent a little motor boat. At night the saloon is open for drinks for the over 19 crowd, as well as movies in the theatre for kids, and a fire pit for s’mores. We loved it so much we know we’ll be back next year!!…
I booked a weekend trip at the Flying U for my mom and I as a Mother's day gift and it was the most fun I've had in a long time. The hospitality at the "U" is fabulous, everyone is warm, welcoming and very laid back. The rules are minimal so you can relax and have a great time. The unguided horseback riding was the highlight for us; the scenery is breathtaking! Riding through aspen groves, open fields, pine forests, around all the many lakes; the trails are endless and it was exhilarating getting lost in the wilderness for hours with only the horses knowing the way home (and they are always happy to lead you back there). Lots of wildlife viewing, especially birds; we saw baby geese, hawks, ducks, pheasants, and lots of deer. We even saw some big "cat" or "bear" prints in the mud! If you're not a rider or too sore for a day, there's still plenty to do. They have a mini theatre on site playing nightly movies like Spider Man 3 for the kids, a games room with pool and a great sitting room in the main lodge for curling up by the fire or listening to the band at night. They have free canoes available across the street on Green Lake for your enjoyment. There's even early morning yoga, archery and you can book a massage. They allow well behaved dogs (mine couldn't come lol) but it was fun having all the guests dogs running around the grounds playing together. We had a great time getting to know all the guests, even making some new friends. The cabins are rustic but so cozy and adorable. Electricity and a wood burning stove but very limited access to Wifi (we needed to sit outside on the porch to get it to work) if you bring your computer (but I would recommend ignoring it if you can!). The natural wonderland of the Flying U is really special; wild flowers everywhere, green grass, just beautiful. If you don't like to get dirty or dusty, this may not be the place for you but I loved it so much I'm going back every year!…
Spent a special week at the ranch with my 12 y/o daughter. Staff were very welcoming and helpful. Everyone was happy to see us and made us feel at home. Loved everything about the ranch. Horseback riding in beautiful country, lake swimming and tubing, enjoying all the other animals, activities and lots of delicious food! Made great connections with other guests and learned so much about equine riding and care. The only negative were the mosquitoes - it’s the Cariboo, come prepared!
I have been visiting the Flying U since 1981 - makes me feel a little old. It have the distinction for me and my family to having created the most magical and cherished memories in out lives. You step back in time to a place where life was simpler, healthy. Riding single track through the bright yellow trembling aspen with the only noise the rustling of the leaves is stunning. As the Flying U 1930's poster says "My Troubles are Over I am Home". In our fast paced chaotic world the Flying U is an oasis of rejuvenation putting life into perspective. Thank-you - Amazing - Stunning - Magical.