What you'll do
Donny and Chocolate Bear are our resident burros (southwestern donkeys). They live with us at Burro Flats High Desert Lodge, in their enclosed field behind our home. Visitors will arrive, park for free on the premises, and be welcomed by one or both of us outside. First, we will present a brief, verbal orientation on burro behavior, so that you will be set up for success and will recognize how burros say hello (Hint: It's not always with their voice!). You will be given the tools and information for a successful and safe Burro Encounter. We will also share with you how NOT to act (for example, they don't usually respond well to being waved at), and explain why. Then we will enter the boys' field with you, where they will have a chance to approach you, greet you, and spend time with you. Both of the boys are accustomed to being photographed, even with flash photography. We can even usually borrow your camera or phone for a minute, to take a pic of you with Donny and/or Chocolate Bear! Donny likes hugs and C.B. likes ear rubs! They might also show off and play in front of you once they're introduced. And you can hand feed them some of their special food, which we will provide.
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Nicholas & Celeste
In 2013, we welcomed burros (southwestern donkeys) Chocolate Bear and Donny into our lives. They live on-site here at Burro Flats High Desert Lodge and enjoy daily interaction with us and visitors. We (Nicholas and Celeste) have become experts in burro behavior and body language. Celeste's proficient in T-Touch and natural horsemanship technique. We regularly guide our guests during Burro Encounters in how to physically interact and communicate with these fascinating, fun-loving, 500 pound beings! We empower visitors to form safe and positive relationships thru proper breathing and movement
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Where you'll be
The Burro Encounters take place on our property, which is in a rural (country) natural setting about 5-7 minutes drive from the center of Kanab. We also host overnight guests in our home, whom you might see. The boys enjoy meeting groups of humans; this might be a shared experience with others besides the guide(s). Each visitor will have plenty of opportunity for photos and interaction. Their field is outside in the high desert elements.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. You will be standing up for the duration of the Burro Encounter. You will be outside with no protection from our sometimes harsh elements (sun, wind, heat or cold). Other Airbnb visitors may be present in a…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
The burros are individuals with unique personalities and feelings; much like you or I. If, due to inclement weather or any other unlikely reason, they decline to interact, you will be refunded in full
Burro Encounter: Meet and Photograph