Lazy River Ranch is so lazy - it doesn't move
Posted Aug 30, 2016
Wanted a quick getaway from Seattle with the kids, thought the water park would be a hit. But any kids who have been to a water park built in the last ten years will be severely disappointed. The park is smaller than it appears in the photos, and there does not appear to be any jets moving the water. They have to dredge themselves along at great effort. Oh, and the long walk through the parking lot to get there? Painful in the 100 degree heat radiating from the shade-free concrete.
The water slide lacks volume so they get stuck, which is also the word to describe your dining options - you are stuck with basically one restaurant, Ricos. It's not very good but really the only sit-down option on the resort. Ricos also provides the in-room dining option. Unfortunately, there do not appear to be any close options outside of the resort either - you're stuck with subpar food and $90/night bills for a family of four not including drinks.
Last bit - the desert has lots of bugs, you can expect little ones in your room. We experienced the same problem in Hilton's Hawaiian properties, but hey, it's Hawaii and the views compensate for it. But in North Central Phoenix? Not so much.
Pay extra for a more upgrade resort and you won't regret it.