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Romantic Getaways at a Guest Ranch

10/13/2015 10:42:21 AM

Looking to spend some romantic, quality time with your partner or perhaps get married or even elope then look no further. Guest ranches can be the ideal place for romantic getaways with that special someone or to celebrate a special event.

Red Horse Mountain, Harrison, Idaho

Book a private suite with your partner and leave your worries (and kids ;) ) at home on your romantic getaway. During the fall months Red Horse Mountain Ranch is for adults only and it is the perfect time to get away from it all and to reconnect with your loved one. As the leaves on the trees start to change from green to beautiful shades of vibrant red and yellow you can just feel romance in the air. Guests will find adventure, gourmet meals, decadent desserts, hot tubs and a staff waiting to help make your stay a perfect one. At night you’ll make new friends in the main lodge and enjoy evening concerts and cowboy poets as well as spectacular views and a star- studded sky. For couples, the ranch has private suites. You’ll have the entire lodge to relax in during the evenings with hot tubs, wrap around deck, and a full service bar available.  Nestled on 300,000 acres of the Idaho’s Rocky Mountains this vacation spot was made for relaxation and quiet time as well as lots of fun activities during the day like horseback riding and outdoor guided adventures. If you enjoy wine tasting as well make sure you check out the ranch’s Wine Tasting Event available during this season.

Idaho Guest Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Guest Ranch

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana 

Book a three-night stay starting from now through to November 24, 2015 and receive up to $500 in additional value. Escape to The Ranch to rouse your hearts and minds with curated couple’s adventures. Enjoy outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, horseback riding and hiking, as well as spectacular panoramic views from private mountain summits. Your exceptional farm-to-table culinary experiences and rustic, yet elegant accommodations will be complemented by the serenity of the Granite Spa and a glass of champagne with the murmur of the creek outside your door.

What’s Included:

  • A welcome bottle of champagne in accommodation upon arrival
  • A half-day, private guided fly fishing or horseback ride adventure with a gourmet picnic
  •  Two (2) complimentary 60-minute restorative massages in the Granite

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, British Columbia 

Are you looking for that perfect destination to say "I do"? Have you always dreamed about a guest ranch wedding surrounded by horses and a beautiful wilderness backdrop? Or perhaps you would simply like to celebrate that special day with just your partner before later celebrating with friends and family. If so, then Echo Valley Ranch and Spa offers 2 packages that will suit your needs for either your dream ranch wedding or elopement. The Ranch Wedding Package Includes: • Flower bouquet in room • Wedding ceremony in the Baan Thai wedding pavillion • Wedding commissioner & fees • Wedding bouquet & boutonniere • Reception table with floral centerpiece • Reception for bride, groom and guests • Traditional Thai Massage for two • Bridal hair styling & Bridal makeup • Manicure and pedicure for bride, groom • Breakfast-in-bed on morning of your choice • A wedding keepsake from your friends at Echo Valley Ranch The Ranch Wedding Package is designed for the happy couple and up to 8 guests. For larger groups, their Book the Ranch option is the best choice!

The Echo Valley Elopement includes:

  • Private wedding ceremony in the Baan Thai wedding pavilion
  • Special candlelit four course wedding dinner with champagne
  • Echo Valley Baan Thai couples massage for two in Baan Thai Spa (90 minutes)
  • BC Certified Marriage Commissionaire and fees, plus two witnesses to the marriage ceremony
  • Personalized bridal bouquet & groom's boutonnière
  • Pre wedding hair styling and make up for the bride
  • Photos of the wedding ceremony*
  • Personalized wedding cake prepared by the Chef *
  • A wedding gift keepsake from your friends at Echo Valley

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Always included during your stay at Echo Valley: 
  • Welcome glass of champagne
  • All meals prepared by our executive chef including a glass of wine or beer with your dinner, soft beverages at any time
  • Deluxe lodging in one of Lodge and Premium Rooms, Unique Cabins or the sumptuous Royal Suite
  • Daily guided Thai yoga (Ruesri dat ton) stretching classes
  • Weekly evening entertainment program including camp fires, barbeque dinners, authentic Thai banquet and traditional Thai dancing*
  • Weekly cooking demonstrations with nutrition tips from our chef as well as tips on Thai cooking*
  • Use of all ranch facilities, including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, walking/hiking trails and large games room featuring pool table, shuffle board, darts, card table and more
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi  

So, if you are in need of some quality, romantic time with your loved one or if you have decided to tie-the-knot then why not consider one of these guest ranches for your next romantic getaway. Happy Trails!

Winter the Coolest Time to Visit Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

10/7/2015 11:17:04 AM

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch is located in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region and during the warmer months they specialize in horseback riding, ranching and fishing holidays as well as many other activities. When winter hits the region in late November the ranch is covered by a snowy blanket and it becomes a playground for winter enthusiasts. Locals love this time of year as white powder envelops the vast forests and covers the mountain peaks, rolling hills and alpine meadows. Backcountry travel becomes easier as the waterways and varied types of terrain freeze and are covered by a uniform carpet of snow.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Waters Lake Guest Ranch

Guests who stay at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch during this time can choose from a list of fun outdoor activities or they can simply curl up with a good book in their private log cabin that resides on the shores of Crystal Lake. For those seeking to enjoy the outdoors there are snowshoes available which provides a wonderful opportunity to follow the tracks of the region’s bountiful wildlife. Fishermen will love the peace and quiet found sitting by a hole in the ice with their fishing pole and horse lovers will be thrilled riding through snow-powdered plains. Then, after a fun-filled day of exploring join other guests by a roaring fire and share the day’s experiences while sipping on a hot drink or perhaps take in a sauna. If you feel the need for speed you can bring your own snowmobile or let the ranch help you organize a rental to use during your stay. There are lots of exciting places to explore. Plus during the winter Crystal Lake provides a great surface for ice-skating or playing ice hockey. If you are looking for a more peaceful activity cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are an excellent way to explore this Winter Wonderland. Downhill ski enthusiasts and snow-boarders will love the close proximity of the ranch to Sun Peaks Mountain known throughout the world for its light, dry, “Champagne Powder.” Here you can also find Heli Skiing/Snow-boarding at its best! Plan on getting up early to make a day of it so that you can be back in the evening to enjoy sitting by the fire.

Skiing at Sun Peaks Mountain
Skiing at Sun Peaks Mountain

As you can see Crystal Waters Guest Ranch offers lots of fun outdoor activities for those looking to play in the snow.

Happy Trails!

Flying E Ranch’s Fall/Winter Specials

10/1/2015 5:30:57 AM

Make the Sonoran Desert Your Next Travel Destination

Surrounded by the Bradshaw and Weaver Mountains and topped by the bluest of blue skies, Arizona’s Flying E Ranch offers an authentic dude ranch experience - from the clean air to the wonderful scenery and all the way to the cowboys and horses that welcome you. Since it opened its doors in 1946, it has welcomed thousands of visitors to its beautiful lodge which features eight guest ranch rooms, and an Oregon style barn. Also withstanding time is the 3,200 ft. airstrip, which is what gave the guest ranch its name.

Flying E Ranch

If you’re planning a vacation during fall or winter, consider booking a spot at the Sonoran desert’s Flying E Ranch once the season begins on November 1st.  The following fall/winter specials for 2015 will make your visit more worthwhile.

Bluegrass Weekend Special Date: November 13-15

If you’re a jazz fan, you shouldn’t miss attending the 36th Annual Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg. Sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, it’s one of the oldest festivals in the Southwest. In addition to three nationally known brands, the festival consists of 13 different competitions for prize money, food and drink concessions, arts and crafts and retail vendors, and a designated Kids Zone. Instead of roughing it up in an RV, enjoy the Western hospitality the Flying E has become famous for and spend your nights at the ranch. With its strategic (and close) location to the festival’s venue, this is one of the best options for you. Bluegrass Festival

Thanksgiving at the Ranch  Date: November 26-30

Thanksgiving is one of the best times to visit the Flying E, especially as the desert’s weather takes a favorable turn to allow guests to ride, relax, and enjoy a range of festive activities the ranch has arranged. In addition to the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast, you can take part in the Breakfast Ride, Cow Patty Toss, and Team Penning. And that’s not all. There are many activities you can enjoy solo, with your loved ones, or others spending Thanksgiving at the Ranch.

December 20/20 Special  Date: December 1-19

Ever wondered how the Arizonian desert prepares for the holiday season? This is your chance to find out, and that too with 20% off on all lodging during the first 20 days of December. You can also relax at the Flying E, be it by riding the ranch’s trails during day or stargazing under the crystal clear skies at night. On the other hand, you can take part in prepping the ranch for Christmas or even stay there with the following special.

Ranch Christmas Date: December 24-25

Celebrate Christmas in a unique way this year.The Flying E Ranch offers a cowboy holiday where you’ll get to step back to a time when cowboys ruled the old west. You’ll also get the chance to make ornaments to decorate the tree, enjoy Christmas cookies and hot cocoa by the fire, and sing Christmas carols with others until Santa finally reaches the Flying E. On Christmas day, gear up for a breakfast ride to Yucca Flats and a hearty western breakfast including hotcakes, Dutch oven biscuits, sausage, and cowboy potatoes. Finally, settle down with your family and other guests for a traditional sit down dinner at the ranch, followed by group games.

New Year’s Eve Date: December 31

Welcome the New Year old country style. The Ranch will be hosting a Costume Casino Night where one-eyed jacks (and ranchers) get pretty wild. In addition to a wide range of games and prizes, the ranch will conduct a wide range of activities starting from 10pm East Coast time to allow guests enough sleep before the sun comes up and they hit the trail for the first time in 2016.

If you want to avail any of these specials, make sure to book in advance or else risk losing your spot. To make a reservation, click here. You can also contact the Flying E Ranch by phone at (928) 684-2690 or via its Contact Us form. If you’re a little late, don’t worry. There are more specials coming up in 2016 and you’re always welcome to book a room for as low as $205.

Best luck and giddy up!

Happy Trails!

Wine Tasting at a Guest Ranch

9/29/2015 11:54:25 AM

Are you a wine aficionado or someone who would like to learn more about wine or do you simply enjoy drinking wine? If any of those apply to you then the following two guest ranches should be on your list of upcoming vacation ideas.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch, Harrison, Idaho

Due to the popularity of this event among returning guests Wine Tasting Week is now part of the all-inclusive ranch experience available during the fall season. It is the ideal week for singles, couples and friends who love the outdoors, great food and of course wine. At Red Horse Mountain you will find adventure and relaxation and during your week’s stay you will have the opportunity to explore over 30 regional wines. After a fun-filled day enjoying a wide range of guided adventures like horseback riding, sporting clays, kayaking, boat tours and more guests gather in the lodge for the evening. Foodies will be delighted with chef prepared meals and enjoy wines from the Pacific Northwest chosen by the ranch’s resident chefs. This is always a convivial time at the ranch as the lodge is filled with conversation and a festive atmosphere. As the night progresses you can either enjoy the evening entertainment programs or simply just sit back and relax or even better soak in a hot tub under the stars. As the night winds down guests turn in to bed in their private suites that evoke rustic comfort and feature European bedding and down comforters The months of September and October are a beautiful time to be at the ranch as the leaves on the trees start to turn vibrant shades of red and yellow. Quite a spectacular sight indeed! Guests who choose to partake in the Wine Tasting Week can also take part in the full schedule of ranch activities available. Whether you decide to fill your days taking part in energetic activities or getting a massage from the ranch’s licensed massage therapist you’ll be hard pressed to find another place with so much to offer at such an amazing rate.

Idaho Guest Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Ranch, Colorado

While staying at Vista Verde Ranch, whether it is during the winter or summer season, Chef Cholly, hosts a wine tasting class for novices and wine connoisseurs alike. You will learn techniques that will help you better evaluate wine which also includes developing a more extensive wine vocabulary so that you can put your sensory impressions into words. The wines tasted are an eclectic variety, from the basic, to the adventurous. If you also happen to be a foodie then you can choose to take a tour of the ranch’s kitchen to see where all the “magic” happens or take a cooking class which is offered each week throughout the season. Size for these classes is limited since as we all know there can only be so many cooks in the kitchen. Regardless of whether you choose to learn about wine or food mealtimes at the ranch are always a special occasion. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the day’s events with others and to make new friends. Aside from delicious food and amazing wine Vista Verde Ranch has a diverse offering of activities to partake in while enjoying the outdoors. During the summer and autumn months guests can go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing fly fishing as well as many other fun activities to choose from. When the snow falls guests can go skiing, horseback riding in the snow, take a sleigh ride, go snow tubing as well as other optional activities that are offered during the winter and spring season. However you choose to spend your time at Vista Verde Ranch, you are sure to create a lifetime worth of memories.

Vista Verde Ranch

 Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker's Photo of the Week: Laramie River Dude Ranch

9/24/2015 7:44:20 AM

Located in Glendevey, Colorado, this historic guest ranch which also operates as a working ranch, dates back to the 1890’s when it was first operated as the UT Bar Dude Ranch for over forty years. Today, you will still find some of the original structures from that time period. Guests at this dude ranch will experience genuine western hospitality on behalf of the Burleigh family and their staff as well as spectacular vistas of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Horseback riding is the ranch’s specialty so if you love to ride then this is the ideal vacation choice for you. Experienced wranglers accompany each small group of riders across tens of thousands of acres of shaded groves of Aspen and wildflower dotted hillsides all of which include the opportunity to see abundant wildlife. While atop your horse you might just see antelopes, elks, eagles, coyotes or a moose or two so be sure to bring your camera along. In addition to horseback riding you can also choose from a range of activities suitable for families, couples and single travelers. Your vacation can be as active as you want it to be or you can simply relax in the ranch’s hot tub or curl up in a comfortable chair and read a good book. Laramie River Dude Ranch offers exceptional opportunities for fly-fishing, naturalist led hikes, wildlife adventures as well as a full children’s program.

Colorado Guest Ranch
Laramie River Dude Ranch

For those guests who would like to experience the life of a true western cowboy if only for a short while there are lots of opportunities to work cattle while staying at the ranch. Laramie River Dude Ranch has a small herd of cattle which requires team penning twice a week. They also have scheduled and unscheduled opportunities to help neighbors work their much larger herds. Be sure to book in advance if you are interested in their spring and fall cattle drives since space is limited. At the end of each day a comfortable room in the main lodge or a cozy cabin awaits you. Meals are served family-style and after a full day spent outdoors in the fresh mountain air you are sure to have a healthy appetite! Whether you are dining out on the trail or at the ranch meals are always an event at Laramie River. It is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. Guests from all across the country and around the world continue to discover the timeless beauty of this Colorado guest ranch. For your next vacation why not consider Laramie River Dude Ranch?

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Red Reflet Ranch

9/15/2015 10:44:46 AM

Next time that you are looking for a working ranch which is also a luxurious resort why not consider Red Reflet Ranch located in Ten Sleep, Wyoming? Situated on 27,000 acres in the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains you will find landscapes that vary from red rim rock to rolling foot hills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows. The ranch features outstanding facilities, superb food and an experienced staff all in a beautiful natural setting. Your vacation at Red Reflet is all-inclusive and offers you unlimited activities. You can do as much as you want or simply choose to relax it’s up to you.  When cattle operations allow guests are invited to try their hand at being a “cowboy” by riding with the wranglers to look over the herd and to move them as needed. Other experiences include cattle drives to branding and gathering. Horseback riding is always a favourite activity at the ranch as well. All riding levels can be accommodated and an experienced wrangler will match you to the perfect horse for your riding ability. Enjoy the many trails on the ranch and explore the breathtaking scenery and natural wonders. You can also take lessons for roping, barrel racing or get some tips on how to improve your riding skills.

Wyoming Guest Ranch
Red Reflet Ranch

Other fun activities include taking an ATV out for a spin in a guided or unguided tour on one of the many trails available at the ranch.  Or how about fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and rifle and skeet shooting to fill your days? And for the more adventurous there is rock climbing and zip lining on the ranch’s private 4 course fast Zip Line. When you feel like doing something less active you are welcome to help the resident chef prepare the meals and learn new techniques while doing it or spend the afternoon cooling off in the outdoor pool which has a spectacular view of the Canyon and Red Cliffs. These are just a few of the activities available so be sure to check everything out before going so you can start planning your days. Guests at the ranch enjoy 5 star luxury while staying in one of the chalets. The various expansive and well equipped chalets sleep from 4-20 people depending on your vacation needs and are built like a home featuring incredible views and luxurious living spaces. The wraparound terraces are ideal for stargazing at night and if you use the ranch’s Meade telescope you can even see the Milky Way and various galaxies! Mealtimes at the Red Reflet Ranch are always memorable occasions too since almost everything on the table has been grown or raised on the Ranch and then prepared by their resident executive Chef. So next time you are considering a vacation with your spouse, family or friends consider The Red Reflet Ranch where your western experience will far exceed expectations for you and everyone in your group.

Happy Trails!

Let Animals Heal You Inside Out during Your Next Dude Ranch Visit

9/11/2015 12:14:32 PM

You’ve probably heard about pet therapy from different news channels or sites. Basically, the term covers a form of therapy where animals help individuals recover from health problems starting from heart disease to depression. It also entails activities where animals are used to provide comfort and entertainment to individuals such as nursing home residents. However, what you probably didn’t know is that YOU TOO need a little pet therapy from time to time. And the best place to get this is at a dude ranch, especially since this alternative approach goes well with ecotherapy (i.e. natural healing).

pet therapy

How Animals Can Improve Your Health

You already have a good idea of how consuming grass-fed cattle can be good for your health. However, interacting with animals aside from your own pets offer many physical and psychological advantages, including:

Improved Mood – Be it the antics of a litter of puppies or bleating lambs, watching these cute critters is bound to chase your stress away and reduce your anxiety. In fact, your body goes through a series of changes that affect your mood. For instance, your cortisol (stress hormone) levels decrease while the production of serotonin (well-being hormone) increases.

Increased Physical Activity – Whether you’re riding a horse, herding cattle or just taking a dog on a walk, you’re getting a good dose of exercise. Even if you’re just cleaning the horses’ stalls, grooming them or feeding them, these chores will burn your calories and strengthen your muscles.

Building Confidence – Knowing that you can control a 1,000 pound horse or a much heftier herd of cows will help you feel accomplished. If the animal doesn’t comply, you’ll feel empowered disciplining it and making sure that it follows your orders.

Connecting with Nature – Animals love the outdoors, so you’re bound to step outside more times than you think possible. The outdoors, in turn, will improve both your physique and psyche. Besides, you’ll get a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun, giving your body a fighting chance against diseases such as obesity and cancer.

Improved Digestion – One of the least known advantages of riding horses is improved digestion. Even riding one at a walking pace will stimulate your internal organs, especially your liver. This explains why ranchers have a hearty appetite.

Decreased Isolation – Tending to ranch animals will give you a chance to talk with others who may be experiencing this for the first time like you or veterans who have been coming there for years. As you strike up a conversation, you’re bound to find people who share other interests and make friends. Also, many ranches have family style dining where guests come dine together at a set mealtime. Therefore, you’ll become more sociable and capable of preventing mental health disorders such as depression.


Fewer Allergies – Exposing younger children to animals is bound to make them less likely to develop allergies. In fact, children who live on farms are more immune to allergies and a variety of microbes. As a result, they grow into healthy adults and experience fewer health issues.

Why Dude Ranches of All Places?

You can always head to the nearest petting zoo, but it won’t provide you with the same benefits as dude ranches. You see, you don’t only get to stroke the animals there, you get to interact with them on a different level since you can be in charge of a herd and/or your own horse. Besides, you get to play, exercise or meet up with more animals at once, doubling their benefits every time. Aside from the animals, dude ranches offer you a wide range of benefits that make visiting them worthwhile. For instance, you get to bond with your family members, be it through an activity such as fishing or around the dinner table. There are also many activities that you can enjoy solo, starting from horse riding to enjoying a spa treatment. However, what you get to experience at the dude ranch depends completely on where you plan your vacation. Therefore, make the right choice for you and your family and giddy up to where all the good animals are. Ranchseeker can help you find the right ranch for your family. Use our free dude ranch search tool.

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Chilcotin Holidays

9/9/2015 10:05:54 AM

Chilcton Holidays is all about nature and authentic wilderness adventures. They feature over 100 wilderness-related programs and guest experiences under the following categories: ranch holidays, hiking, Grizzly viewing, fishing, guide training, native tours, mountain biking, ESL, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, horse pack trips, and guest ranch and wilderness jobs. I’m sure that you will agree that Chilcotin Holidays guest ranch is undoubtedly the most committed and comprehensive wilderness outfitter in North America. Located in Gold Bridge, British Columbia, this 4 season guest ranch will custom design your wilderness experiences enabling you to connect with nature in a meaningful and life changing way. With over 5,000 sq-km to explore with licensed guides and Cayuse horses at the South Chilcotin Mountain Park you are sure to enjoy each and every day of your wilderness vacation. Whether you stay just for a few days or a week you will discover that it isn’t so much about the quantity of time spent in nature but more so about the quality of your time spent outdoors. Chilcotin Holidays is the ideal choice for those looking to try new things and discover more about themselves and their surroundings.

British Columbia Wilderness Vacation
Chilcotin Holidays

You can choose from half day, full day and full length adventures. Should you choose to go horseback riding be sure to bring your camera!  You will be exploring hidden pathways, pristine mountain trails and riding past emerald lakes, snow- capped mountains, wide open valleys, and abundant wildlife. For those who love to hike there are endless mountain trails and picturesque look-out points to discover all within a matter of hours and for the more avid hiker be sure to ask about their “Mountain Hiking Adventures” and “Ranch-based Hiking Adventures.”  The fisherman in your group will love the mountain-fed lakes and rivers that provide an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends or spend some quiet time alone while trying to hook “the big one”. Ask the staff about “Mountain Fishing Getaways” and “Ranch-based Fishing Adventures” to see which fishing trip best suits you. These are just a few of the fun outdoor activities that you can choose from while on your wilderness vacation. If you’re ready for a genuine wilderness experience, your adventure begins here at Chilcotin Holidays.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Gros Ventre River Ranch

9/2/2015 12:37:24 PM

Gros Ventre River Ranch in Moose, Wyoming, is considered a premier Jackson Hole dude ranch that offers all-inclusive vacation stays. Nestled on the banks of the Gros Ventre River this ranch boasts spectacular views of the Teton Range. With 30 to 40 guests per week you will be treated like family. If you love to horseback ride then this is the guest ranch for you. The morning after you arrive wranglers will assign you a horse for the week that best matches your experience level and riding style. There are several rides to choose from like scenic walking rides or more challenging rides that take you into the surrounding hills near the ranch. With two rides a day available and also an all-day picnic ride the amount of time you spend in the saddle is up to you.

Wyoming guest ranch
Gros Ventre River Ranch

Other fun activities to choose from are fly-fishing and hiking or if you are in the need of a jolt of adrenaline then try your hand at white-water rafting or a tandem parachute jump off of the 10,450 foot summit of Rendezvous Mountain. Looking to slow down? There are several golf courses in the area too. Or simply kick back in one of the hammocks found hanging between the trees throughout the front yard or curl up in one of the soft chairs by the fireplace in the main lodge. Kids love to hang out in their own rec room which comes complete with foosball, ping pong, puzzles, games, movies and more. Accommodations include either cabins, log lodges or the homestead house. All options can be rented in whole or in part depending on your group’s needs and size. Meals at Gros Ventre River Ranch are served family-style and are chef-prepared. Adults can enjoy cocktails in the lounge and soak up the beautiful Wyoming sunsets while relaxing on the porch. After dinner the whole family can get together for a game of pool or play some table games while in the main lodge. So next time that you are considering a vacation why not choose Gros Ventre River Ranch where you will find western luxury for your inner cowboy.

Happy Trails!

Get a Dose of Nature Therapy at a Dude Ranch

8/24/2015 5:09:29 PM

Every day, you wake up to face a never-ending whirlwind of bills, drama, family feuds, nagging, traffic jam, messes, to-do lists, phone calls, emails, social media alerts, money problems. If you didn’t get a headache just reading all this, kudos on being quite resilient. But let’s be serious, life can be quite tough and almost overwhelming. This is why you can’t wait to hit the gym, indulge at the spa or simply share a meal with friends from time to time. However, there’s an even better therapy for your daily woes, one that you probably never heard of before: Ecotherapy.


Also known as green therapy or natural therapy, ecotherapy allows you to go back to Mother Nature and absorb her healing power. Be it through a walk in the open range or a canoe trip on a river, you’ll get the following five advantages of this alternative form of healing.

#1) Withdrawal from Every Day Stress Triggers

Everything around you is a stress trigger, starting from your personal life to your career. However, leaving everything behind and stepping into nature will help you clear your mind. In fact, a 2010 Japanese study revealed that elements of the environment such as the smell of wood or the sound of a running stream can relax and de-stress individuals. The latter was proven by lower levels of cortisol, a lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure.

#2) Better Chances against Disease 

There are many reasons why doctors have started prescribing a dose of nature. While there isn’t any concrete research proving the effects of nature on a particular condition, there are many studies that paint a hopeful picture of the efficiency of ecotherapy. For starters, Kathy Helzlsouer, MD, director of the Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore recommends that breast cancer survivors step outdoors more. That way, they can counter the persistent fatigue that follows their treatment and ultimately improve their diet and exercise habits. If you have kids, you need to take them outdoors to strengthen their immune system. Researchers have also uncovered a link between obesity or type II diabetes and the amount of time children spend outside. Families that spend more time in front of TV or computer screens have benefited from increased physical activity outdoors, gaining a chance to fight these dreadful diseases.

#3) Extra Dose of Vitamin D

If you’re the type who tends to hiss at the few rays peeking through your blinds, chances are that you haven’t been getting any vitamin D. This pre-hormone is very important for your body as it controls many functions in your body and ensures its overall health. What further makes soaking up some sun vital is vitamin D’s ability to fight cancer, obesity, mental disorders and numerous health problems. While researchers are still trying to prove the vitamin’s capabilities, you really can’t go wrong by stepping out and getting this vital nutrient from the best source out there – The Sun.

#4) Breathing the Freshest Air

If you thought that you enjoyed fresh air in the city, prepare to redefine what the word ‘fresh’ means by stepping into all-natural surroundings. Not only do you get to break away from the 6,000 airborne chemicals indoors, but you also get to inhale negative ions. In case this is the first time you’ve heard about them, negative ions are nature’s antidepressants as they can relax and heal. This further explains Mother Nature’s ability to counter stress, increase your energy levels, and relieve muscle tension and insomnia.

#5) Stronger Eyes and Improved Vision

This may come as a surprise, but surrounding yourself with nature can be good for eyes, especially those of children. Children who spend hours looking at computers or TV screens daily tend to develop nearsightedness since man is genetically predisposed to look a different colors and various levels of brightness and depths. Besides, they can develop eye fatigue and ultimately suffer from headaches growing up. So give your kids’ eyes and yours a break by heading to where Mother Nature shines brightest – away from the city. Aside from these health benefits, reconnecting with nature via ecotherapy is good for your soul. It can help you stay grounded and balanced. It’ll also bring a smile to your face as everything surrounding you will be quite beautiful. You’ll finally feel awake and alive. And you might even learn something new about yourself if you decide to enjoy some different activities such as horseback riding, skiing or fishing. However, if you really want to enjoy all these advantages, you need to go to where nature is at its purest. Dude ranches are nestled in the middle of mountain ranges or deserts, ensuring their distance from pollution, toxins and stress triggers that bring you down. They’re also the perfect place to enjoy a range of adventurous activities that will make your adrenaline levels go high. Therefore, don’t miss the chance to heal by Mother Nature and get some ecotherapy at a dude ranch soon. Find the perfect dude ranch using Ranchseeker's free dude ranch tool.  

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