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Plan Your Stay at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

3/22/2013 11:19:07 AM

From June through October, Red Horse Mountain Ranch has designed special weeks for families, couples and singles, and groups. During June, July, and August school is out Red Horse Mountain Ranch welcomes families from around the world for a grand dude ranch vacation week.

Usually,  families book for an entire week, arriving on Sunday and departing on Saturday. A full week allows the kids and adults to get a chance to participate in all that the ranch offers. Your beautifully crafted all-inclusive ranch vacation includes meals, evening entertainment, guided adventures, accommodations, and all the other amenities Red Horse Mountain Ranch has to offer! This time of year usually fills rather quick so you’ll want to start your planning early. Late August through the beginning of October is reserved for adults only.

With wonderful evening entertainment programs, wine tastings, good conversations, cozy accommodations, and fabulous dinners, whether you’re looking for a romantic vacation or a chance to meet new friends, fall is a time when couples and singles have a chance to relax and enjoy all that Idaho has to offer. Whether its riding horseback to breathtaking vistas, conquering the climbing wall, practicing your aim at the shooting range, or simply relaxing in the tranquility of a Rocky Mountain dude ranch, you decide how to spend your week at Red Horse Mountain Ranch. Activities include 3D archery, fishing, hiking, kayaking tours, mountain biking, white water rafting and of course horseback riding. Start finding your perfect dude ranch vacation package at Red Horse Mountain Ranch!

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Climbing Wall
Climbing Wall

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Idaho Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Montana Master Grillers Event at The Resort at Paws Up

3/13/2013 11:25:01 AM

Are you a foodie and love horseback riding? How about booking this Memorial Day long weekend away at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana for their Montana Master Grillers Event from May 24th-27th? Once you’ve experienced Montana, you’ll understand why they call it “Big Sky Country.” The majestic beauty of the state is apparent wherever you go—just as apparent as that big Montana sky!    

The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Paws Up

At the Montana Master Grillers event you can expect to find fine wines, spirits, beers and mouth-watering grilled cuisine while dining outside in a stunning wilderness setting. This will truly be an unforgettable wilderness adventure! Imagine one-on-one interaction with some of the finest chefs, smokologists, winemakers, brewers and distillers in America. At The Resort at Paws Up event you will enjoy lunches and dinners prepared by world class chefs who specialize in grilling and BBQ cooking. Meals will be paired with the finest wine, whisky, bourbon and specialty beers so make sure you come ready to have your taste buds spoiled.

Montana Master Grillers Event
Montana Master Grillers Event

Schedule of Events: Friday

Arrivals Welcome Reception Dinner: “Meat-n-Greet” the three Master Grillers as they compete to build the ultimate burger Wines: Pepper Bridge/Amavi

Saturday

Breakfast Wilderness Activity BBQ Boot Camp Lunch: Chef Ostini Wilderness Activity Bourbon and Country Ham Seminar Dinner: Chef Sappington Wines: Parducci Wine Cellars

Sunday

Breakfast Wilderness Activity Cooking Demo Lunch: Chuck Wagon Wilderness Activity Pickling Demonstration Country Fair BBQ Dinner: All Chefs and Beverage Partners

Monday

Breakfast Departures

All-inclusive rates start at $5,555 per couple (Four days/three nights - based on two adults)  

Horseback riding at The Resort at Paws Up
Horseback riding at The Resort at Paws Up

So if you are looking for something fun to do on the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and you love the outdoors and you enjoy great food accompanied by fine wine and other spirits then the Montana Master Grillers Event at The Resort at Paws Up, Montana’s premier 37,000 ace luxury ranch, is the ideal guest ranch getaway for you.

Shangrila Guest Ranch

3/6/2013 8:02:58 AM

RanchSeeker would like to welcome a new Virginia Guest ranch to our website. Guest ranches in Virginia attract visitors with its rich history (it's the birthplace of eight US presidents), and the fact that the state has five distinct geographical and geological regions. Shangrila Guest Ranch, located in South Boston Virginia, is known for its true southern hospitality.

Catering to couples, families and groups the Shangrila Guest Ranch has one goal in mind: to accommodate each individual on a personal level while ensuring a pleasant, memorable vacation experience. Shangrila Guest Ranch is one of Virginia’s year-round guest ranches. Accommodations at Shangrila Guest Ranch are varied and offer rustic charm with the addition of modern conveniences. All lodgings have a view of horse pastures and provide an ideal haven for visitors to relax. With activities all year long no matter what your favourite season is there is always something fun for singles, couples and families to do. Children love the guest ranch whether they are collecting eggs from the chickens; feeding the ducks and other farm animals the farm experience provides an excellent opportunity for quality time together.

Shangrila Guest Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch

Horseback riding is the featured activity at Shangrila Guest Ranch offering a variety of riding opportunities, however, the majority of guests start with little to no riding experience. All rides are guided and accompanied by experienced trail guides. You choose the kind of outing that best fits your schedule - anywhere from a one to two-hour ride, or an all-day ride with lunch on the trail. This is determined by your group and what you are comfortable with.

Shangrila Guest Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch

Shangrila Guest Ranch provides a family oriented atmosphere in a country setting. Take the time to slow down and enjoy life..... and take the memories with you of a lifetime!

Happy Trails!! 

Shangrila Guest Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch

Wyoming Bound!!!! Yes, The Sugar & Spice Ranch is heading to Wyoming, again!!!

2/25/2013 8:28:23 AM

Leigh E. McCourt owner of The Sugar & Spice Ranch has some exciting news to share on RanchSeeker's  following blog: We’re inviting everyone to experience our awesome location up in Wyoming…abutting Medicine Bow National Forest in August 2013.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch will be offering week long vacation packages to the general public in Wyoming.  As always, we will be offering mother and daughter packages at our Texas location.  But in Wyoming, our vacation packages are available to families and individuals, as well.  That’s right, dads, sons, grand moms, grand dads…Aunt Nancy…everyone is welcome!!!!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

You will spend your days riding through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges in the high country and places so remote you are bound to see plenty of wild life.  Don’t forget your cameras.  You’ll end each day with a hearty meal and gather around the campfire to enjoy tales of yesteryear with some very interesting characters!!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

You’ll bunk each night in cabins that will be reminiscent of days gone by, Lit by lanterns and in the quiet of the night you’ll hear the bugling of the powerful bull elk off in the distance.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

You have the choice everyday of trail riding, fishing in many ponds and creeks where you’ll find Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, or hiking and nature walks.  Swimming is also available in some beautiful fresh water ponds.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

These are all-inclusive packages and we can’t wait to share them with you all. Be the first and lucky few to experience what happens when TEXAS & WYOMING Come together!!!

The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming
The Sugar & Spice Ranch Wyoming

Contact us now for more information and to plan your vacation of a lifetime!!  Don’t wait to make your dreams come true….make them happen!!!

Dates: August 3rd thru 9th 2013 August 10th thru 16th 2013 August 17th thru 23rd 2013

Pricing:  $2595.00 per person (All-inclusive) special discounts for groups and early registration

Payment plans available:  $500 deposit and monthly automatic payments available All credit cards accepted as well as checks.

Happy Trails!!!

The Hideout Guest Ranch

2/17/2013 1:27:24 PM

The Hideout Guest Ranch is an upscale guest ranch, located in the little hamlet of Shell, Wyoming (population 50), at the entrance of the majestic Shell Canyon and Big Horn National Forest in North-Central Wyoming. Wyoming’s nickname is the “Cowboy State,” and it’s no wonder. This beautiful region is filled with wilderness areas and a true Old West feel.

Wyoming dude ranches live up to the Cowboy State name in every way imaginable. Accommodations and the level of service at The Hideout Guest Ranch make this guest ranch more like a boutique than your typical ranch. With two culinary schooled chefs the food is Western gourmet style and always something to remember. Most of The Hideout's riding and activities staff is year-around, which makes them very personable and experienced with the area. Experienced and non-experienced riders will feel at home here there are miles and miles of trails to ride on private, National Forest and BLM land in a variety of scenery.

When it comes to riding this is not a nose to tail ranch. Guests have the opportunity to participate in an authentic working cattle and cowboy experience with cattle drives round-ups, and branding.

Accomodations at The Hideout Guest Ranch
Accomodations at The Hideout Guest Ranch

Other activities include trapshooting, natural horsemanship and stockmanship clinics, massage, hot tub, fishing, hiking, canoeing, equine massage initiation, culinary classes, art events, photography clinics, guided visits to Yellowstone National Park, Cody, The Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody Nite Rodeo and much more!!  Are you interested in paleontology, archeology or geology? If so, you can participate in a walking, guided tour of the nearby Red Gulch Dinosaur Track site with a local expert. During the summer months, it is not unusual to meet with international scientists exploring and working on the many geological sites for which Wyoming is world renowned.

Horseback riding at The Hideout Guest Ranch
Horseback riding at The Hideout Guest Ranch

The Hideout Guest Ranch is the ideal vacation for family and friends alike though during the months of September and May it is mostly adult orientated. Wonderful food, fine horses, great adventures, and genuine western hospitality all await you at The Hideout. For your next guest ranch vacation consider The Hideout Guest Ranch!

Never Get Bored At Colorado Trails Guest Ranch

2/10/2013 5:01:41 PM

Colorado Trails Activities


When you think of a dude ranch, does your mind immediately conjure a picture of someone on a horse? Do you think of Billy Crystal’s old movie, City Slickers, and assume you’ll be roping cattle and birthing calves?

At Colorado Trails Dude Ranch, we do have horseback riding, but there’s also so much more you can do at our dude ranch and around the area besides riding horses and fly fishing. Here’s a peek at four other activities at or near our guest ranch that you and your family are sure to enjoy.

1. For the History Buff: Mesa Verde National Park Colorado Trails Ranch offers a day trip to Mesa Verde National Park for a small additional charge guided by Jeanne, the ranch manager. Jeanne has been guiding the Mesa Verde trip for more than 20 years and loves to share her knowledge. The park includes some of the most well-known and best-preserved Puebloan ruins in the nation. Not only are the Mesa Verde ruins a national treasure, they’re also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The more than 600 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde were inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloan people, an ancient Native American tribe. Tourists visit the site each year to explore the cliff dwellings for themselves.

2. For the Train Buff: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Ride The narrow gauge train in Durango has been in continuous operation for 130 years. Originally constructed to haul gold and silver ore, it wasn’t long before people started flocking to the train line just for the view itself.

Old-fashioned steam engines continue to grace this authentic 19th century train line. The Durango & Silverton train ride trip is not included within the program at Colorado Trails Ranch. What many of our guests do, however, is to arrive a day early or stay a day late to explore this nearby attraction.

3. For Everyone Who Loves to Dance: Night at the Opera House One of the most enjoyable evenings at Colorado Trails for both kids and adults is the night at the Opera House when our professional caller and skilled staff teach everyone about square dancing and other types of Western dancing. With lots of laughter as guests work to learn the square dance steps, the night of dancing at the Colorado Trails Opera House is one of the best-loved evenings of any Colorado Trails week.

4. Wet ‘n Wild: Power Tubing and Whitewater Rafting Colorado Trails provides towels and transportation for those who want to go on a whitewater rafting trip down the Animas River with professional guides. Power tubing on Vallecito Lake is another water sport that the teens especially enjoy. These four activities are just a sample of what Colorado Trails and Southwestern Colorado has to offer. Other activities besides our horseback riding and fly fishing include active, outdoor adventures such as hiking, horseshoes, archery, trap shooting, swimming, volleyball and far more.

At Colorado Trails, we make it our mission to ensure that no visitor to our guest ranch is ever bored. We think you’ll agree that even if you came back to Colorado Trails with your family year after year, you’d never run out of things to do. From the Colorado Trails Digest

Drowsy Water Ranch

2/4/2013 8:09:24 AM

Drowsy Water Ranch through their various awards on Trip Advisor has developed a reputation for quality guest ranch vacations. Situated in Granby, Colorado, otherwise known as the “Centennial State” because of its entrance into the Union in 1876, has a rich ranching history. For over 70 years this 700 acre ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has provided guests from around the world with authentic western guest ranch vacations. Under the same ownership since 1977, the Fosha's Drowsy Water Ranch is the ideal vacation spot for parents, grandparents and children alike with many programs for children from infants to teenagers. There are also plenty of activities for adults. Singles and couples are always welcome too! Guest ranch activities at the Drowsy Water Ranch include a complete program of horseback riding, rafting trips, swimming, horseshoes, trout fishing, western dancing, guided hikes, mountain biking, zip line course, song fests, campfires, hayrides, carnival, evening entertainment, gymkhana rodeos, children's programs, nearby golf, hunting and much more!   

Zip line Course Drowsy Water Ranch
Zip line Course Drowsy Water Ranch

Accommodations at Drowsy Water Ranch include one, two, three, and four bedroom furnished cabins, some of which are ideal for larger families and groups. Cabins and Lodge guest rooms have all been remodelled and refurbished. Special note: Guest accommodations do not have televisions or phones. Most meals at Drowsy Water Ranch are served family style in the dining room, but the outdoor meals will be the highlights of your stay. Imagine breakfast on a mountain top, open hearth barbecue, chuck wagon lunches, and much more. Everything at the dude ranch is made from scratch, even the bread and pastries—mmmmm! Be sure to let your hosts know in advance about any special dietary requirements and they will try their best to accommodate your needs.   

Drowsy Water Ranch
Drowsy Water Ranch

 The Fosha’s and their staff invite you come and experience a western guest ranch vacation of a lifetime Come explore the wilderness, ride horses, and getaway at this outdoor retreat.

Happy Trails!, RanchSeeker

Circle K Guest Ranch & Outfitters

1/25/2013 8:37:08 AM

RanchSeeker would like to welcome a  new guest ranch to our website: Circle K Ranch, a Colorado Guest & Dude Ranch and licensed Outfitter is located in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, between Dolores and Telluride. An ideal vacation for families looking for a fun western dude ranch vacation!

Family fun at Circle K Ranch
Family fun at Circle K Ranch

High country horseback riding, guided fly fishing trips, hiking, barbecues, a mountain cable slide swing, horse pack trips and southwest Colorado elk and mule deer hunting are just some of the activities that you can expect to find at Circle K Guest Ranch. This is a non-structured guest ranch where YOU plan your own individual, family and group activities.

Horseback riding at Circle K Ranch
Horseback riding at Circle K Ranch

Meals consist of hearty, home-style cooking. Good food and plenty of it!! All meals are served buffet style. Be sure to let your hosts know in advance about any special dietary requirements and they will  accommodate your needs as long as plenty of notice is given(2 weeks is best).

Circle K Ranch offer a variety of accommodation options like , cabins, motel rooms, lodge rooms, bunkhouses/Dorms (for youth groups), and RV and tent Sites. All of their facilities are smoke free and are certain to help you relax and unwind with plenty of fresh air and southwest Colorado sunshine.

Circle K Ranch
Circle K Ranch

Come on by, kick your boots off, and enjoy a stay at Circle K Guest Ranch!!

Bed and Breakfast at Meadowlake Ranch

1/20/2013 11:26:56 AM

Meadowlake Ranch Sunrise
Meadowlake Ranch Sunrise

Enjoy the lakeside log cabins at Meadowlake Ranch in Oklahoma and also enjoy this sunrise. This Oklahoma guest ranch is a full service B&B, Dude Ranch, Wedding & Corporate Event Center and Hunt & Fish Club and is located conveniently 15 minutes from Tulsa. Meadowlake Ranch's Lakeside Log Cabins feature a full kitchen, king sized bed, queen sized futon (or sleeper sofa) cozy living room, fireplace and patio with a lakeside view.

Meadow Lake Ranch Log Cabins
Meadow Lake Ranch Log Cabins

You can also stay in authentic Indian tipis. Each tipi features a Chiminea and up to six fold-out sleeping cots.  They are located near a waterfall in a wooded area. Perfect for reunions, youth groups and birthday parties. The private bathroom nearby includes a hot shower, toilet and sink. (sleeps up to 6)

Indian Tipi
Meadowlake Ranch Indian Tipis

Bed and Breakfast stays include a FREE Hot Country Breakfast every morning and every stay includes the 3-H’s… Hiking, Horseshoes & Hammocks.

Book online and save 10%. Use coupon code “DISCOUNT” to save another 10%

RanchSeeker’s Horseback Riding Photo of the Month

1/4/2013 11:28:53 AM

RanchSeeker represents many great dude ranches on our website. A dude ranch vacation is a lot of fun and a great vacation alternative that can be shared with friends or family. 

RanchSeeker features dude ranches in the US, Canada, Ecuador and Argentina! This month our Horseback Riding photo of the month goes to Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, B.C., Canada. This particular photo was taken during the recent holiday season at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. Several feet of snow, a clear blue sky, majestic snow-capped mountains and of course two beautiful horses and their wrangler make this photo a beautiful example of horseback riding in the winter.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Ranches in British Columbia take advantage of the “beautiful BC” landscape and the rich local Native history to attract visitors. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, located in the Cariboo Region, is part of one of the most scenic areas of B.C. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, guests spend their days horseback riding, hiking, gold panning and fly fishing, or visiting the ‘East meets West spa’ for traditional Thai as well as western therapies.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has more than 30 horses; many are Tennessee Walkers, which are famous for their smooth gait and gentle nature. They are excellent horses for riders of all ages and of all ability levels, especially novices who want to experience the thrill of a Canadian horseback riding vacation.

For your next vacation consider Echo Valley Ranch & Spa Happy Trails!!

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