A group of boys from Diamond Ranch Academy’s Lava Falls, Sage Canyon, and Stone Ridge groups had the unique opportunity this last week to spend the day at a beautiful cabin owned by Kelby Iverson, our Physical Facilities Director at DRA.
The ranch run by the Iverson family whose cattle is on this approximately 2000-acre ranch. The Diamond Ranch boys journeyed to Kolob Mountain near Zion National Park. It was about an hour and a half drive to the cabin from Diamond Ranch Academy.
The cabin’s location in the mountains of beautiful southern Utah makes it is a peaceful and relaxing retreat. The balcony overlooks breathtaking meadows, a quiet serene pond, and offers majestic views of Zion National Park.
Once the boys arrived, they were able to walk around the property. All of the boys stopped by the horses and had a chance to pet them. After exploring the property Kelby told the students a little bit about the history of the property, and the current cattle operations done there. We all enjoyed lunch on the balcony. Several of the Diamond Ranch Academy boys were pleasantly surprised to see wild turkeys roaming in the pastures, horses and wild deer grazing in a near by field, fish in the pond and other beautiful wildlife all around.
The boys relaxed and watched a movie after lunch in the movie room at the cabin. Afterward, they headed outdoors to help cut firewood to bring back to campus for the new fire pit at DRA. Only the staff handled the cutting of the wood, the boys loaded the fire wood onto the truck.
On the way back, the group stopped at McDonald’s for some ice cream sundaes. This outing was a unique and fun adventure that was enjoyed by all.