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RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Red Horse Mountain Ranch

6/8/2015 2:16:02 PM

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is located on 300,000 acres in Harrison, Idaho and is the ideal retreat for those looking for relaxation, adventure, and a little western hospitality. Here you will find just the right blend of outdoor adventure and rustic luxury on your all-inclusive guest ranch vacation. All Inclusive family dude ranch vacations are available from June through August and couples dude ranch vacations are available in September and October. Special ranch weeks include Wine Tasting and Girl’s Getaway weeks. There is also a Kid’s Program for ages 3 and up. There are a wide range of activities to choose from at the ranch. You can take in the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains from atop a horse or go on a self-guided hike or guided hike to explore the many trails around the ranch. There is also 3D archery, fishing, geo-caching, kayaking, mountain biking, sporting clays, and white-water rafting to fill your days. At Red Horse Mountain there are packages to suit everyone in your group.

Idaho Guest Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

When the sun goes down you can socialize with fellow guests during cocktail hour and after a dinner join in on the evening activities or simply sit in one of the hot-tubs and marvel at Montana’s star filled sky. Once you are ready to turn in for the night there are private guest cabins or lodge suits to choose from. Private cabins feature 1-2 bedrooms, multiple baths, sitting rooms, microwaves, refrigerators, private decks, and semi-private hot tubs. Lodge suites feature luxurious queen bedrooms, sitting areas, private baths, microwaves, refrigerators, and beautiful views of the surrounding valley. With all inclusive packages, a wide range of outdoor activities, great food, and fantastic amenities, Red Horse Mountain Ranch truly has something for everyone. Start your family tradition this season at Red Horse Mountain Ranch.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker's Photo of the Week: Southern Cross Guest Ranch

6/3/2015 6:52:23 AM

Considered “One of America’s Best Dude Ranches" by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Southern Cross Guest Ranch, is a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise. It is conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and is within an hour’s drive from Atlanta. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting and is also home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. There are various activities to choose from while staying at Southern Cross Guest Ranch but horseback riding is the featured activity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider they have the horse for you. Lessons are available for those that need them and each rider is assigned their own horse for the duration of their stay based on their skill level. For a true hands-on and bonding experience you are encouraged to groom and help tack your horse. Rides consist of small groups of three to seven people and will take you across beautiful open pastures and lush wooded trails and the climate in Georgia is ideal for horseback riding all year round.

Georgia Guest Ranch
Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Other activities at the ranch include swimming in the pool, soaking in the hot tub, relaxing with a good book, playing pool, darts or foosball in the game room, riding mountain bikes, throwing horseshoes, shooting basketball or simply taking a nap after a delicious home-cooked meal. You can also use the ranch's convenient location to visit many of Georgia's local attractions like golf courses, shopping, fishing, skeet shooting, museums, and more. It’s your vacation and you can choose to be as active or restful as you want to be while staying at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. The ranch prides itself in providing good old southern hospitality, delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine and a guest ranch experience for its guests year round. So for your next vacation why not consider Southern Cross Guest Ranch? Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Vista Verde Ranch

5/28/2015 7:38:13 AM

Nestled in the Elk River Valley is Vista Verde, a luxury dude ranch just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Come enjoy the splendour of the Rocky Mountains with your family, friends, in a group, alone or on a romantic getaway with that special someone. Dude ranch season runs from June through late-October and it operates as a winter ranch from mid-December to early-March. During the spring and the fall the ranch closes down for “mud season” as Colorado locals fondly like to call it. Accommodations at Vista Verde are first class! Quiet, peaceful and luxurious cabins are available with one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. Cabins feature living rooms, wood stoves and private hot tubs on the deck. The spacious, deluxe rooms are conveniently located in the lodge and have sitting areas, balconies and spectacular mountain views. Amenities include a swimming pool, classy Indoor Riding Arena, Kids cabin and a fitness center.

Colorado Luxury Ranch Resort
Vista Verde Ranch

The first part of the summer is set-up for family vacations, and September and October is for adults only. While Vista Verde pride themselves in providing an in-depth horsemanship experience they also offer a wide array of fun activities to choose from. Try your hand at fly-fishing in clear mountain lakes or rushing streams or hop on a mountain bike and choose from three different two wheeled adventures. There’s also hiking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, rafting and kayaking. When you feel like slowing down there are photography lessons, yoga, spa treatments and weekly cooking lessons and wine tastings. Wintertime Colorado becomes a Winter Wonderland. Take a sleigh-ride or strap on some skis and try a variety of styles of Nordic skiing from classic to skate to back country. There’s also snow-shoeing, “fat” biking (bikes with wide tires that allow you to bike across snowy terrain) and snow tubing. The ranch also offers their riding program during the winter months as well as photography lessons, yoga, spa treatments and weekly cooking lessons and wine tastings. The Vista Verde Ranch family will treat you and your travelling companions to personalized service and true Western hospitality. Their friendly, experienced staff is waiting to help you have an unforgettable Colorado dude ranch vacation. The ease of planning an all-inclusive vacation with so much to choose from will have you coming back year after year.

Happy Trails!

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

5/26/2015 12:59:33 PM

Where Every Day is Better than the Last

Formerly the Wood V-X Cattle Ranch, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is one of Idaho’s renowned ranches. Winner of the Gene Kilgore 2015 World’s Best Ranches Award and recognized as one of Equitrekking Top 20 Ranches, the ranch offers a variety of cabin rental and packages for all seasons. Whether you’re heading to Sandpoint, Idaho alone, with friends or with your family, this is the place to be. The following lines will explain why.

Western Pleasures Ranch

The History of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

The ranch was founded by Riley Wood in 1942 as a cattle ranch. He formerly lived and farmed in Colorado before discovering an ad for the land in Northern Idaho. After traveling with his wife Gladys there, they fell in love with the area and moved to Gold Creek with the rest of their family. By 1957, his son Jim purchased the 960 acres and started expanding the ranch, establishing the ranch as it is today. Currently, the ranch is run by Jim’s daughter Janice and her husband Roley. Janice had grown up on the ranch long before it became the Western Pleasure dude ranch. After marrying her high school sweetheart, they moved away to pursue Roley’s career. However, they returned six years after he earned a degree in business administration. Now, their children, Danielle and Isaac are continuing the legacy and settling their own families at the ranch.

What to Expect During Your Visit

If you decide to head to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, trust that every day will be special. There is just so much to see and do there that you won’t be bored despite the lack of technology. A Variety of Horses Raised on the Ranch – You get to enjoy riding horses that were born on the ranch. In fact, the Ranch Matriarch Katie has given birth to ten of the best horses on the ranch and has some of her grandchildren helping out. Whether you’re riding on their backs or being pulled by them in sleighs, rest assured that you will be in safe hooves.

Ranch Horses

Exciting Trail Rides – The ranch offers two-hour guided trail rides for people who haven’t chosen its inclusive package or those not staying at the ranch. During one of these, you can enjoy wonderful views of natural beauties such as the Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains.

Trail Riding

Variety of Summer Packages – You can determine how to celebrate your summer through the ranch’s special summer packages. In addition to the Lake to Lodge Kayak Adventure on Lake Pend Oreille, you can opt for the seven-night Ranch, Raft and Rest package, Mountain to Lake Spa package, or the Kootenai River Fishing package. These packages start from $925 plus Idaho Lodging and Sales Tax, making them quite affordable.

River Rapids

Equally Exhilarating Winter Packages – To enjoy winter to the fullest, you can choose the Log Cabin Getaway Schweitzer Ski package, Lodge Room Getaway Schweitzer Ski package, Snowmobile package, Spa package, and Cross-Country Ski package. Other winter activities you’ll love are sleigh rides and Nordic trails.

Winter Guest Ranch

Fun Children’s Packages – Children will love the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s Children’s Program. Designed for children aged 8 and 18, the program offers them hands-on experiences with horses and their care. Children will also receive trophies and ribbons which they can show off back home. On the other hand, you have the Youth Horsemanship Program for children between 10-16 years, whose parents aren’t on the ranch. All you need for these programs is the right apparel, cowboy boots, a riding helmet, and a sleeping bag.

Kids Ranch Activities

Adrenaline Pumping Adult Retreats – Tap into your inner cowgirl or cowboy during a five night getaway. Scheduled between September 6th and 11th, 2015, the Adult Horsemanship session will offer you the opportunity of cozying up in the lodge’s rooms while enjoying wholesome ranch cooking, horseback riding lessons and trail riding. Wide Range of Amenities at the Lodge – While staying at the ranch, you can avail a number of amenities including the Greet Room for dining, the upstairs Loft, the Recreation room, outdoor hot tub, and playground among others.

Hot Tub

The Bottom Line

With bed and breakfast stay during summer starting from $145, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to book your next holiday at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. You can save further by opting for one of the available packages, but make sure to book early to get a spot at this wonderful Idaho dude ranch.

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Colorado Trails Ranch

5/21/2015 8:42:17 AM

Fun, adventure and breathtaking scenery await guests at Colorado Trails Ranch located in the San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado. For over 53 years the ranch has been offering an authentic dude ranch experience to its visitors. Guest ranch stays are all-inclusive and provide the opportunity to re-connect with family members, create new friends, memories and perhaps learn a new skill. The best way to experience the beauty of the San Juan Mountains is from atop a horse. There are vast mountain ranges, creeks and meadows to explore. It doesn’t matter whether you are a 1st time rider, advanced or fall somewhere in between there are riding options for people off all ages and skill levels. You can choose from morning rides or afternoon rides or both. The more adventurous rider can also take part in team penning and steer soccer, for a small additional charge.

Colorado guest ranch
Colorado Trails Ranch

Colorado Trails Ranch offer a vast array of activities to do aside from horseback riding. You will be in trout heaven if you love to fish. If you are new to the sport you can learn the basics of fly-fishing and for the more accomplished fisherman there is the opportunity to try out some more challenging spots where you can test your skills out. Other fun activities to try are white-water rafting, trap shooting, and archery, guided nature hikes in the forests and mountains, volleyball, swimming in the heated pool and power tubing for the kids at the nearby Vallecito Lake. After a fun-filled day it’s time for the nighttime activities to begin. Many of the evening’s events are suitable for both kids and adults to enjoy together. There is Western dancing in the Opera House where you and your family will learn the footwork for square and line dancing. And everyone enjoys ice- cream social night, going on hayrides and cowboy campfire sing-a-longs. One night is always reserved for wood-fired cookout serving up beef tenderloin, chicken breast and all the fixings to be enjoyed under a magnificent Colorado sky. A guest ranch vacation at Colorado Trails Ranch can be as active as you want but it can also be just as relaxing too. You can kick-off your boots and enjoy some quiet time in your comfortable, and beautifully decorated cabin or take a relaxing soak in the ranch’s hot tub under a Colorado starry sky. There truly is something for everyone while visiting Colorado Trails Ranch.

Happy Trails!

Burnt Well Guest Ranch

5/19/2015 2:14:03 PM

A Dude Ranch in Alien-Friendly Roswell

Though Roswell, New Mexico has made a name for itself through the UFO crash in 1947, it’s also home to the Burnt Well Guest Ranch. This is one of the best places to reconnect with yourself, nature and your family. The New Mexico ranch has been around for three generations since 1950 but became a guest ranch in 2003. If you’re looking for a place where you can unwind yet still enjoy an adventure, read on to find out why Burnt Well may be what you seek.

Burnt Well Ranch

The History of Burnt Well Guest Ranch

In the early 1900s, the land on which Burnt Well was established was a popular grazing area where cowboys brought their cattle. However, when the Homestead Act was enacted, settlers moved in. According to the act, if they could live off the land for a year, they could earn a section of it easily. To rattle settlers on this land, cowboys from Bloom Cattle Co. burned the wooden windmill tower the former put up and threw its posts down a well on the property. This is why the area became known as Burnt Well camp. By 1950, Ivan Chesser purchased the land and raised his family. His son Kim, who was born and raised on the ranch, decided to carry on his father’s legacy. Kim loved the ranch way of life, but loved interacting with people more. After marrying Patricia, a native of New Mexico, he turned his home into a guest ranch whereby they could both treat visitors to long horseback rides, ole country food, and fiddle music at night around an evening campfire.

What to Expect During Your Visit

Kim and Patricia Chesser’s hospitality is unparalleled, but that’s only one of the reasons why Cowboys and Indians Magazine ranked Burnt Well Ranch as one of the Top 11 Working Ranches Worth Waking Up Early For. The following are some of the perks you’ll enjoy at Burnt Well Guest Ranch. Outstanding Riding Experience The dude ranch has 15-20 horses of a variety of breeds such as quarterhorses and geldings. You can ride on one of these across the ranch’s 15,000 acres and 10 miles of water pipeline any time of the day. There isn’t a riding schedule you should stick to. However, you’re welcome to guided rides accompanied by Kim, Patricia, their son Tye or anyone else. Or another staff member.


Specialty Weeks Burnt Well offers a number of activities which you can enjoy for a whole week. For instance, you can go on a cattle drive, which is paced according to guests’ wishes. The ranch’s cattle drives flaunts an Old West style, allowing you to experience hot breakfasts, suppers and nightly campfires while out on the trail. You can also go on a Cowboy Camp or a Cattle Working Cowboy Camp, both of which start at $1,915 plus tax. The Art of Marriage One of the special weeks at the ranch, it’s  are held once in December, January, February, June, July and August. Kim and Patricia will strengthen your marriage during a week of fun activities. However, be ready to spend a considerable chunk of your time during the most unpleasant half of the day (coldest or hottest time) watching a series of videos from Family Life’s The Art of Marriage. Comfortable Accommodation at the Casita If you don’t want to spend a lot of time roughing it up on the plains, consider booking the 600 square foot Casita. Built for those who seek peace, it is far from traffic, cell phone service and the town itself. However, you can bring your own music and videos as there’s a VCR and DVD player there. Moreover, you can cook your food in the fully equipped kitchen or BBQ grill. Perfect for couples, singles or family retreats, this is a good option for those who don’t want a full service dude ranch stay but would like the other perks on this list. On the other hand, you can move into the lodge and enjoy the hospitality that has put Burnt Well Guest Ranch on the map.


Child Friendly Activities Children at the ranch will learn how to ride safely using a halter and lead rope. They can also enjoy the arts and crafts collected in the guest house’s toy box as well as play board games. For older children, you can opt for animal and horse care activities as well as trail riding.

Other Non-Traditional Activities You can enjoy bird watching or a dunk in the hot tub at the ranch. However, there are off-site activities you can go for too, such as trips to Historic Lincoln, the Roswell International UFO Museum and 1947 UFO crash site, or Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Also in season is ranch rodeo, in which Kim has participated four times and qualified for World Champion. To find out more about the ranch’s availability or current rates, don’t hesitate to contact it right away. So give Burnt Well Guest Ranch a visit if you seek a relaxing yet exciting holiday in New Mexico. Rest assured that you won’t experience a single dull day since  from the time you step arrive at  this working ranch.

Upcoming Family Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

5/14/2015 8:52:41 AM

Summertime is fast approaching and that means it’s time to start planning a family vacation that ideally everyone will enjoy. Perhaps in the past that has always meant a beach destination or some sort of RV or camp-site . But there are many more fun and adventurous options to choose from. A dude ranch vacation offers something different from the usual family vacation fare. Many dude ranches provide the opportunity for families to spend time together in the outdoors and to get back to the basics. Imagine visiting a place where iPads, cell phones and laptops are left in the room in favour of learning how to ride or bond with farm animals or simply re-connect with family members over a board game at night or a sing-a-long at a camp-fire  while making s’mores.

The summer is an ideal time to visit a dude ranch with your family since many guest ranches offer child orientated programs with activities specifically tailored for your children. This means that Mom and Dad can also enjoy the various activities that are available while their kids are being entertained by responsible care-givers. It’s a win-win situation for all! Are you ready to learn more about a family orientated dude ranch vacation? These guest ranches excel at providing you and your family with the ideal summer vacation and they promise to create long-lasting memories while offering something new and different from the norm.

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, Rifle, Colorado   

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch is an ideal vacation spot for a family vacation. It is a place where you can leave the responsibilities and stresses of everyday life behind and experience the greatness of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The ranch is situated directly on the shores of a pristine mountain lake surrounded by beautiful aspens. Guests enjoy fantastic trail rides, swimming in the lake, boating, white water rafting, and much more while vacationing here.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

Pay half price for each youth package when accompanied by at least one full fare adult!  Kids between 4 and 14 receive a 50% discount on their all-inclusive packages.  Minimum 3 night stays.  E-mail us at info@coulterlake.com  Offer available from June 1st to August 15th and is based on availability. Please mention RanchSeeker when making a reservation!

"Guest ranches offer great family vacations.  There is nothing like spending quality time with your family watching everyone enjoy being outdoors and together.  There is something special about riding horses through the aspen, swimming in the lake, catching a trout, or relaxing on the deck watching the kids play.  You are truly creating memories that will last a lifetime!"—Jack Allard, owner/operator


Come bond with your family at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California   

If it’s a guest ranch vacation that you are wanting to experience this summer, then the staff at Coffee Creek Ranch will make sure your stay is one that you will truly enjoy and remember. From their International children’s counselors, “perky” wait staff to their Western wranglers you and your family will be well taken care of while on vacation.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

For the weeks of June 13th, July 11th, August 15th and 28th the cost for kids is 50% off. There is also a 4 night $1175 per person package from July 1-5th.

Supervised summer youth programs are specially designed by age groups:

  •  Bronc Busters for 13-17 years old
  • Junior Wranglers for ages 6 to 12
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls for ages 3 to 5

Kids enjoy a fun-filled schedule of pony rides, nature walks, crafts, panning for gold and much, much more!


Kids love making new friends at Coffee Creek Guest Ranch!

Marble Mountain Ranch, Somes Bar, California       

Dude ranch vacations at Marble Mountain Ranch have an American cowboy's trail riding theme. We Horseback trail riding vacations are combined with thrilling guest ranch activities such as white-water rafting, kayaking, sporting clays, fly fishing, jet boat adventures on the Lower Klamath and traditional American ranch events.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

“Youth under the age of 14 and "buckaroos" ages 3 & 4 enjoy a discounted fare at Marble Mountain Ranch.  While adult fares for an all-inclusive 5 night package are $1700, youth are discounted to $1560 and buckaroos to $1200 for our 5 night / 6 day program.  Youth are fully engaged in the adult programs with their parents, to enable whole family bonding through shared activities.  The younger buckaroos will join in feeding our small animals, swimming, nature walks, ranch arts and crafts and more. Hands-on involvement in child oriented ranch activities like picking garden strawberries, harvesting a warm chicken egg, or hand feeding a bunny will create memories never to be forgotten. Most of our visiting buckaroos have never experienced the joy of transplanting a berry from vine to mouth without first opening a plastic container! Other activities include picnics & campfire sing-a longs, treasure hunts and orienteering, ranch crafts such as weaving lavender wands, collecting blackberries and fruits and authentic pioneer games.  As much as possible, we try to keep the family unit together during our full spectrum of activities.”- Doug Cole, owner/operator


It's fun to spend time with the horses at Marble Mountain Guest Ranch

Laramie River Ranch, Glendevey, Colorado  

Laramie River Dude Ranch offers genuine western hospitality for you and your family. The timeless beauty of the valley and the majestic Rockies provide a beautiful backdrop for your family guest ranch vacation.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

There are 2 programs featured for kids one for those below the age of 6 and one for those above the age of 6. There are lots of fun options to choose from as well as plenty of time to spend time together as a family.

“Laramie River Ranch is a vacation for the whole family.  Kids over the age of six can participate in all our activities with their family members or with kids that they meet on the ranch.  Children under six are entertained with outdoor focused activities with animals in our petting zoo and adventures with their counselors.”—Bill Burleigh, owner/operator


Come learn how to ride a horse this summer at Laramie River Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake, British Columbia    

Free Rein Guest Ranch is a small family ranch business that offers an intimate and hands on experience with the horses and the great outdoors. It’s your ideal home away from home for those seeking a Canadian adventure in Super Natural British Columbia.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

“We are one of the few ranches that offers the opportunity of experiencing our equine programme even as young as 5 years old. We don’t want the little ones to miss out in any way and so we aim to educate and empower our younger visitors to become great horsemen and women at an early age. From age 5 upwards we involve the children in all aspects of our daily life, they learn to approach, handle, groom, feed, saddle and indeed ride their own horses during their time with us. We believe that great horse people begin their journey early and we hope instil great instinct and common sense in our younger guests to keep them safe around horses. They certainly don’t miss out on the action here at Free Rein and we will always be right there to hold their hand, teach them, lead them and support them while they learn the ropes of basic horse handling, safety techniques and riding skills. “ –Debbie Atha, owner/operator


Kids have so much fun learning to ride at Free Rein Guest Ranch!

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, British Columbia  

At Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, summers are for quality family time. Their beautiful valley provides the perfect backdrop for you to play together, go on adventures, and reconnect as a family.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

During your stay you will be part of the extended Echo Valley Family and enjoy all amenities that are offered, including farm fresh gourmet meals (healthy and delicious - the kids will love it!), fly fishing in their stocked pond, exploring the nature trails around the ranch with their Border Collies, arts, crafts and indoor games, their wonderful pool and exciting scavenger hunts. Of course no family vacation is complete without sharing stories by a campfire and roasting s'mores, so they make sure that you spend some evenings around the campfire, after a delicious BBQ!


A fun activity at the ranch is learning how to fly-fish for trout in our ponds!

“The whole family will find it easy to quit looking down, at their devices - and start looking up to enjoy every moment together. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a truly magical place - and the transition from digital to real has never been easier”—Kerstin Auer/head of marketing  

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado      

Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, Vista Verde is a truly unique ranch experience for all seasons but summertime is an especially fun time of year to visit with your family.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

Visit Vista Verde Ranch during the week of May 31-June 7 to kick off their summer season with some fun events. It’s spring time, and that means branding season.  Jump in on the excitement of a traditional branding, and get your hands dirty while you help out.  This is your chance to channel your inner cowboy and cowgirl to be a part of a long standing tradition in the ranching world.  Kids will have a blast learning how to vaccinate, trying their hand at branding, and learning about how things are done on a working ranch.  The first two weeks of the season are discounted off their regular summer rates, so enjoy a savings of up to $600/person to come early in the summer.


Come channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at Vista Verde Ranch!

“Opening week is one of my favourite weeks of the summer.  The staff have been waiting to have guests here for weeks, and we have inundated them with information, practice, and more practice.  They just want to start doing it, and that enthusiasm is so contagious!  The horses are freshly tuned up and ready to hit the trail.  The whole valley is brilliant green, the rivers rushing, and the wild-flowers popping out all over the place.  It really is a magical time here at Vista Verde.”-Stephanie Wilson,manager

Red Reflet, Ten Sleep, Wyoming  

Red Reflet ranch offers a unique Wyoming Ranch Experience. Set in a beautiful natural setting with outstanding facilities superb food, and experienced staff. Your western experience will far exceed expectations for you and everyone in your family.


Kids and adults love to drive our ATVs at Red Reflet Ranch!

Summer Family Vacation Special:

“The Red Reflet Ranch believes strongly in the family vacation.  We offer a variety of special pricing for families with children: reduced rates for children ages 3 to 17, and there is no charge for children under age 3.  The last week of June, July & August is our Family Week Special which offers 20% off children’s rates with a 6 night minimum stay.  We are a great destination for family reunions and guests may rent the entire ranch, call for special pricing.  Our activities are developed so that the entire family can participate together.”-Laurence Kaplan,owner

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on your guest ranch vacation this summer at one of these ranches that go out of their way to make summer vacations fun and exciting for the whole family!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

5/11/2015 8:22:48 AM

Nestled in a peaceful valley along the banks of the Colorado River you will find the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch. Opened in 1912 it is considered the oldest continuously operating guest ranch in the state. Though the original log lodge and cabins have been modernized the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch has tried to retain the look and atmosphere of the “old west” so that you will feel like you are stepping back in time. A vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch means all your meals and many of the activities like horseback riding, "Gold Medal" fly-fishing/fishing, kid’s program, hayrides, camp-fires, mountain biking, evening entertainment are included in one weekly rate per person.  The ranch also has lots of great amenities like a hot tub, swimming pool, petting corral, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and most importantly a bottomless cookie jar.

Colorado Guest Ranch
Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

The Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch is proud to maintain their own herd of over 100 horses. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to horseback riding or a very experienced rider or fall somewhere in between the ranch has the ideal horse waiting just for you! Their experienced wranglers will pair you with a horse suited to your level of riding that you get to ride all week. You will also will receive personalized riding instruction and helpful tips throughout the week to help you become a better rider. For those seeking a real thrill the Bar Lazy J Ranch now offers a zip line that is one of Colorado's longest and fastest zip lines and is the only one that crosses the Colorado River. You will be zipping along at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour that drop 82 feet in elevation and cross 1500 feet.  Now doesn’t that sound exciting? A dude ranch vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch truly has something for everyone in your group from fun outdoor activities during the day to cozy camp-fires at night this Colorado guest ranch promises a true “Western Experience”. Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Marble Mountain Ranch

5/5/2015 6:46:25 AM

In Northern California you will find Marble Mountain Ranch, a guest ranch, which offers American ranch holidays centred on a Western Trail Riding theme. Come join the adventure! Here, your horseback trail riding vacation is combined with exciting guest ranch activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, sporting clays, fly fishing, jet boat adventures on the Lower Klamath and traditional American ranch events. Foodies love Marble Mountain Ranch for its fine cuisine. Executive chef and ranch owner Heidi Cole creates healthy, hearty, wholesome, meals using only the freshest ingredients using produce from the ranch’s very own gardens and orchards. After spending your days outdoors in the crisp mountain air taking part in the various activities provided by the ranch you will find that you will enjoy mealtimes even more than usual.

California Guest Ranch
Marble Mountain Ranch

Marble Mountain Ranch is a great place to bring your kids. With lots of fun, educational and exciting activities to choose from you will never hear “Mom, Dad, I am so bored.” From riding games, Western shooting sports in the morning to kayaking and fishing in the afternoon and camp-fires in the evenings your kids will be entertained from sun up to sun down. Even your little ones have a special program designed just for them like enjoying nature walks, arts and crafts, feeding small animals, harvesting chicken eggs that are still warm, and more. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin, or a deluxe furnished home, one thing for certain is that the lodging at Marble Mountain is designed to provide each guest with comfort, quiet and surrounding beauty. Perfect for individuals, couples, families or larger groups, Marble Mountain Ranch will always accommodate the needs and special requests of their guests to the best of their ability. So for your next vacation consider a stay at Marble Mountain Ranch….a great choice for adventurers, foodies and families! Happy Trails!

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

4/28/2015 4:59:05 PM

Colorado’s Rustic Retreat All Year Round

Hidden in a wild valley on a pristine mountain like, western Colorado’s gem Coulter Lake Guest Ranch promises a unique experience all year round. The small ranch near the Rocky Mountains is part of the White River National Forest, which is world-renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Complementing Mother Nature’s gifts are the facilities and hospitality which you’ll enjoy to the fullest, whether you’re alone, with your family, or simply with your special someone.


Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

The Who and What of Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

Over seven decades old, Coulter Lake has been welcoming visitors to the Rocky Mountains, creating memories to for those dropping by to enjoy their vacations, family reunions, weddings and getaways. Since 2008, Tim and Sue Weller have been managing the activities at the lake and welcoming guests to their new home for the next few days. Tim is an expert wrangler, which is why he leads the pack and oversees the hunting program. Meanwhile, Sue manages the kitchen, the cabins and activities on the ranch. Together with the rest of the staff, the Wellers offer a unique experience to all vacationers, especially those seeking quality family time, trail rides, a broad range of summer and winter activities, and outdoor wedding locations.  Coulter Lake Guest Ranch provides comfortable accommodations for those who just want to relax during their visit and enjoy western gourmet meals served family-style.

Coulter Lake

Why Your Next Vacation Should Be at Coulter Lake

The dude ranch has a range of tempting offerings that you can definitely enjoy on your upcoming vacation, including the following:

Green Vacation

 If you’re conscious about the ecosystem, you should definitely consider Coulter Lake. The ranch relies on solar panels and hydropower to generate most of its electricity, but it uses propane generators to back its system. Moreover, with no cell phone service, e-mail or TV, you will get a break from technology to focus on the important aspects of your life.

Six Cabins with a View

Coulter Lake has six cabins, two overlooking the lake and four spread across the ranch’s aspen trees. Brookview, Woodland, Hilltop, Aspen, Lakeside, and Forest Haven have been built between 1934 and 1950, offering visitors a rustic place to sleep. However, there aren’t any air conditioning units or mini fridges as the cabins are at 8,100 ft. and the running stream helps in keeping beverages cold.


Great Food

The home-cooked meals are one of the reasons vacationers head to the dude ranch every year. Served at the lodge or outdoor locations, the food is prepared in a traditional Dutch oven. You can have your fill of French toast, eggs, blueberry pancakes, BBQ ribs, and even steaks. If you have a sweet tooth, rest assured that you’ll be treated to something new every evening.

Wide Range of Activities for Both Summer and Winter

The summer season, May through August, is considered one of the best times to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, swimming, boating, golf and wildlife observation. The ranch is close to great attractions such as the Frying Pan River, the Riparian Zone trail, and Rifle Creek Golf Course. As for winter, you can take part in activities such as sledding, ice skating, x-country skiing, and snowmobile tours.


Big Game Packages

If you’re a hunting enthusiast, there are different game packages which you can take part in. Coulter Lake can customize hunting packages for elk and mule deer from $1,800 per person sans guide. On the other hand, spring turkey hunts start from $600 per person for three-day hunts

Different Programs for Different People

The dude ranch is famous for its Wilderness Adventure Programs, which can be four weeks long to ensure that you learn important skills such as wilderness horsemanship, fishing, outdoor cooking, and survival. You can also take part in Cowboy Camp, which can be a weekend-long or full week with your family. Another option is the Guide and Packer Program, which is a four-week program that teaching you how to set up and manage your own hunting camp or help one out.

Discounts and Special Prices

To help you save while vacationing, Coulter Lake offers a range of seasonal discounts. For instance, for summer, you can get 15% off by booking between May 23rd and June 6th, or knock 10% off a holiday for a group of five or more.

The Bottom Line

Coulter Lake Dude Ranch is definitely one of the prominent vacation spots for those heading to Colorado. While it may be too rustic for those dependent on technology, it’s ideal for people who want to connect with their loved ones and the nature surrounding them.

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