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Scribble a Cattle Drive on Your Bucket List Now!

8/7/2015 11:10:43 AM

Cattle drives were an important economic activity in the American West two centuries ago. Historians believed 20 million cattle were herded from Texas to Kansas before they were shipped to stockyards in Chicago and other cities in the east. While there are many cattle drives taking part in the west, this part of cowboy culture is vividly alive at some of the best dude ranches in North America. If you haven’t experienced the joy and thrill of a cattle drive, here are five reasons that’ll drive you (pardon the pun!) to locate a dude ranch hosting this activity.

#1) Stepping into Cowboys’ Boots

Cowboys earned their name by herding and tending to cattle on the ranches of North America. Their distinctive gear, which comprises of high-crowned cowboy hats, high-heeled boots, leather chaps, spurs, and a rifle/pistol, has always fascinated people, especially on movie screens. With President Theodore Roosevelt further popularizing the American cowboy image through his writings, it’s no wonder that you’d want to be a cowboy yourself. However, just stepping into cowboy gear won’t be enough for those who truly want to immerse themselves into this world. You need to get your hands dirty to appreciate their heritage; and what better way to do so than participating in a cattle drives? In addition to learning how to handle a large herd, you’ll enjoy the same feelings, smells and sounds which thousands of cowboys experienced before you.

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Cattle Drive at Laramie River Ranch

 #2) Discovering the Best Scenery Nature Offers

Most dude ranches are located near spring and summer pastures that allow you to appreciate the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. Cattle rides allow you to enjoy the wildest and most beautiful country. While riding, you’re bound to be mesmerized by the scenery surrounding you and even experienced wildlife up close and personal. Just think – the same scenes before you have attracted hundreds of city slickers in the past, driving them to set make their home there before opening it up to you and other guests.


Cattle Drive at The Hideout Ranch

#3) Stimulating Your Sense of Adventure

Nothing can make your heart pump loudly as chasing a cow that decided to go its own way. If you master dude ranch skills such as calf roping, you’re bound to be itching to flex your new learned expertise and show that errant cow who’s boss. And, you’ll get to work up a hearty appetite for the delicious, home-cooked meals waiting for you at the lodge. Rest assured that your adventures will be so memorable that you’ll bore everyone around you with cattle drive stories.

#4) Learning the True Meaning of Teamwork

Cattle drives are a major challenge for cowboys, which is why they’re used to handling this delicate process in pairs or in groups. By taking part in this adventure, you’ll become an active part of a team that abides by the orders of the trail boss. As you know that working together will get this job done successfully, you’ll start working with others and hone your teamwork skills. Your boss will love the dude ranch for the better, more cooperative employee returning from their holidays.


Winter Cattle Drive at Red Reflet Ranch

#5) Flaunting and Learning Horse Riding Skills 

If anything, cattle drives are bound to help you flaunt your riding skills. After all, you need to be an experienced rider before signing up for this activity. However, there are some dude ranches that are willing to teach you how to ride a horse like a pro in a short time. Therefore, you’ll learn how to ride and practice in the open range. YOU can’t teach people how to ride like a pro in a short time perhaps change that sentence


Cattle Drive at Burnt Well Ranch

So make sure to head to a dude ranch before its upcoming cattle drive. Search our extensive list of ranches by defining the ‘cattle drive’ criteria and book your spot before someone else nabs it.

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

8/5/2015 9:04:04 AM

Are you ready for the horseback riding vacation of a lifetime? The Tod Mountain Guest Ranch promises to deliver that and more. Located a short distance north of Kamloops, an easy 4 hours’ drive from Vancouver, Tod Mountain Guest Ranch is the perfect mid-way stop on your Western Canada road trip between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper. This BC guest ranch, which is tucked away in the Louis Creek Valley and surrounded by majestic mountains, offers stunning views, great food and an exceptional experience with horses. It is the ideal vacation spot to find adventure as well as a peaceful, calm environment to relax and unwind. Tod Mountain Guest Ranch focuses on horseback riding and because they are a small, intimate guest ranch they can provide complete flexibility when it comes to their riding program. Rides will be geared towards your interest level as well as your riding ability. So whether you are an advanced rider or saddling-up for the first time experienced wranglers will match you with the perfect horse for the duration of your stay.

BC Guest Ranch
Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

Aside from riding you can also enjoy hiking and biking trails, horseshoe pitch, indoor games or movies and of course just kicking your boots off to relax and unwind. Nearby there are endless activities to try out like fishing, golfing, kayaking and canoeing. For those who are seeking even more adventure there is Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Heffley Lake or Zip Lining across Chase Canyon. Guests stay in spacious cabins that are a real blend of the modern and traditional.  Each cabin is luxuriously equipped to ensure your comfort during your stay. Imagine waking up with the sun and sitting on your covered porch with a hot cup of steaming coffee while soaking up the beautiful views and sounds of nature! There are several different configurations of cabins to suit your needs and all of them have a private bathroom with a bath tub and shower. This luxuriously rustic guest ranch combines wholesome home cooked meals, delightful accommodations and a unique hands-on horseback riding experience to provide you with a memorable dude ranch experience.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: The Three Bars Guest Ranch

7/30/2015 9:16:00 AM

For your next vacation why not consider visiting “Super Natural” British Columbia? There you will find the Three Bars Guest Ranch considered THE adventure guest ranch of the Canadian Rockies. Located just south of Banff, in Cranbrook, Three Bars specializes in 3 – 6 night all- inclusive riding and non- riding packages. The guest ranch, which is owned by the Beckley family, invite you to join them for the experience of a lifetime. Here you will find an abundance of nature, clean, rushing water, green fields, and breathtaking mountain views. Three Bars offers one of the most complete adventure vacation packages available. There is a wide range of activities to choose from like horseback riding, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, and tennis. Every day is a new adventure for you and your loved ones to experience!

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Three Bars Guest Ranch

If you are a true city slicker and have never been on or near a horse don’t worry. Three Bars ranch offers horseback riding lessons for all of their guests and can accommodate all levels of experience. With over 110 head of horses their horse-to-guest ratio is over 2-to-1, which allows them to suit horses to each rider's individual ability and experience level. While riding you will have the opportunity to roam over 75,000 acres. At the end of the day a spacious log cabin awaits you where you can kick-back and relax on your porch while enjoying all the western charm that your cabin affords you. There are cabins suited for couples and families alike.  Aside from all of the modern amenities that are included there is also an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and Jacuzzi ideal for soothing sore muscles after a long ride. When you choose to vacation at Three Bars Ranch you are choosing to experience something more than just your regular vacation!

Happy Trails!

The Ranch at Rock Creek’s Autumn Special

7/17/2015 6:51:08 AM

Autumn is just around the corner and you won’t want to miss out on The Ranch at Rock Creek’s “Autumn Harvest Special” Located in Montana, a popular guest ranch destination, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal dude ranch vacation choice for those looking for a western adventure situated in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys. From October 15th-18th you will be treated to a weekend of Western entertainment and limitless outdoor recreational activities like wagon rides, geocaching, a pumpkin scavenger hunt, rodeo games, as well as the Little Grizzlies Kids Club with babysitting available. Reconnect with nature and be inspired by breathtaking views from atop a horse at Top of The World or from the first cast on the banks of Rock Creek. Families, couples and solo travelers will find daily adventures for all ages and skill levels to fill their days.

Montana Guest Ranch
Autumn Special

Autumn Harvest Weekend Package Includes: Friends of The Ranch

  • Previous guests who stay during Autumn Harvest Weekend receive $250 Granite Spa Credit
All-Inclusive
  • Luxury accommodations
  • All gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer & spirits (excluding reserve wines & liquor)
  • On-ranch activities
  • Daily children’s activities
  • Guides & gear
Special Departure Gift
  • Take a piece of The Ranch home with your special parting gift
Round-Trip Aiport Transportation
  • A private ranch vehicle will provide complimentary airport ground transportation from Missoula, Helena, Butte & Bozeman
Rates start at $1,700 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy. Minimum three-night stay required, based on availability   Book your autumn vacation now and enjoy mountain luxury, western adventure, seasonal colours and local cuisine.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Spotted Horse Ranch

7/15/2015 7:03:52 AM

Make Spotted Horse Ranch, located near Jackson Hole, top on your list for your next dude ranch vacation. You will find life laid-back at this Wyoming ranch where you will feel as if you have returned to a simpler time similar to the old west. The pace is different here- leisurely, comfortable and relaxing-but never boring! Choose from fly-fishing, hunting, and a scenic float trip on the Snake River or white water rafting for the more adventurous traveler. For those guests who want to get a taste of the wilderness that surrounds the ranch there are overnight pack trips available. And of course, there are daily trail rides to choose from. Come experience thousands of acres of scenic forest lands. Don’t forget your camera as you will be treated to majestic mountain vistas and valleys of wildflowers all from atop one of Spotted Horse Ranch’s Appaloosa horses.

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Spotted Horse Ranch

Two nights a week during the summer months the ranch hosts evening cookouts. Live entertainment provided by local talent and the smell of steaks grilling over an open-fire will take you back to a time gone-by. There is also volleyball, ping-pong, square dancing and horseshoes to try your hand at while taking a break from the more energetic activities. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, guests are taken to the local hot springs for a dip in the natural “hot tub.” There are even great hikes close by, so you can warm up a bit before, well, warming up! Guests stay in comfortable individual cabins made of log featuring modern conveniences from home have spacious rooms with private baths and all embody the true spirit of the West. In the main lodge you’ll find the dining room that overlooks the Hoback River as well as a living-room with a beautiful rock fireplace and lounge. Other main features include a sauna, whirlpool, video library, and laundry facility. Spotted Horse Ranch truly has something for everyone so make your next summer vacation a dude ranch vacation!

Happy Trails!

A Solo Traveller's Guide to Dude Ranch Vacations

7/10/2015 1:37:18 PM

While the idea of traveling on your own may seem like a scary proposition, it’s actually one of the most thrilling experiences you’ll ever try. For starters, you get to spend more on yourself because you’re traveling on your own. You’ll also gain a powerful understanding of your own self now that you have time to be alone. If you’re sold to the idea of traveling alone, here’s a destination suggestion: dude ranches.

Single Dude Ranch Vacation

Why It’s Time to Saddle Up to a Dude Ranch

Unlike other vacation options out there, dude ranches provide single travellers with a lot of opportunities and benefits, including:

Become a Cowboy/Cowgirl Away from Judgmental Eyes – If you’ve been hesitating to live your childhood dream of becoming a cowboy or cowgirl, you don’t have to anymore. Dude ranches are the perfect place to giddy-up and be whoever you want to be without worrying about what others think. In fact, you get to interact with others who share the same dream, which is another perk of vacationing at a dude ranch.

Befriend Others who Share Your Passion – OnAt the ranch, you’re bound to come across individuals who love the Western culture, horse riding, and the beauty of nature just like you. Rest assured that you’ll be able to make friends for life there. You may even meet The One and return to the ranch for a romantic getaway later on.

Enjoy a Friendly, Family-Like Environment – Most dude ranches are run by their owners and their family members, which is why these facilities flaunt a friendly and intimate environment. In addition to offering group activities, you get to share your meals with others on at the ranch.

Connect with Yourself in Ample Privacy - If you need some ‘me’ time to revive your mind, body and spirit, this is the right place for you. Surrounded by Mother Nature’s masterpieces, these facilities offer you a spectacular view of the mountains, valleys or even the desert. You can head out there for some alone time or simply curl in your room or porch with a book.

Have Fun During Adult-Only Weeks – Many ranches host their own adult-only weeks, especially during the  Fall. During these special dates, you can enjoy a range of activities such as wine tastings, country dance classes, themed receptions and cookouts.

Where to Head During the 2015-2016 Season

If you’re planning on traveling alone during ranch season 2015-2016, consider the following options, especially since they don’t charge single supplements. Crystals Waters Guest RanchNestled in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, this guest ranch on Crystal Lake is surrounded by scenic lakes, meadows and forests. Famed for its horseback riding and fly-fishing, the ranch invites you to enjoy its facilities for $199 with horseback riding or $145 without.

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch – Another British Columbia ranch, Tod Mountain ranch is best known for its private cabin accommodation, home cooked meals, and hands-on horseback riding experience. To become part of the fun, opt for the Wrangler Experience Package (starting from $345 in summer and $325 in fall), Ranch Adventure Package (from $527 in summer and $455 in fall), or the 24-Hours Taster Package ($345 in July and August or $325 all other dates).

Tod Mountain Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch – In the heart of British Columbia’s wilderness, the 285 acre Free Rein Guest ranch is perfect for those who seek a Canadian adventure. Winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the ranch can accommodate 12 guests. Book your own stay starting from $825 for three nights in May and October or $975 between June and September.

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Idaho’s Western Pleasure Ranch promises a rustic vacation that is both comfortable and entertaining. For singles, the ranch offers an Adult Horsemanship Week. The five-night program, which is scheduled between September 6 -11, 2015, includes lodging, meals and activities including horseback riding and trail riding. Book your own slot for $1,250 plus tax right away.

Western Pleasures Ranch

Laramie River RanchThe century-old ranch at Glendevey, Colorado is renowned for its western hospitality as well as range of specialties including fly fishing and wildlife adventures. However, adults only are welcome between August 30 and September 13, 2015 for a minimum of $956 for three nights.

Laramie river ranch

Chilcotin Holidays Guest RanchSince the 1980s, this British Columbia based ranch has offered its visitors an all-natural experience. For solo travelers, Chilcotin Holidays offers its 10 Day Horse Assisted Hiking Trip on August 11-20 and the 7 Day Pack Trip on September 6-12, 2015. Women interested in enjoying a break are also welcome to the Autumn Cowgirl Getaway planned in October.

Chilcotin Holidays

So don’t worry about traveling on your own and get set to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

7 Activities You Can Enjoy at Dude Ranches (Which Don’t Entail Horses!)

6/12/2015 3:15:28 PM

While many dude ranches tend to emphasize on their horseback riding packages, they do offer more amenities and activities to please all their guests. If you haven’t booked a dude ranch holiday yet simply because you don’t want to go horseback riding, here are seven activities that you can enjoy sans horses.

#1) Fishing

Fishing at dude ranches is special because you get to indulge in your favorite hobby in a wide, open space or near the mountains. You also get to experience the thrill of watching fish rise to your offering through the clean, clear waters of nearby springs or ponds. If you’re a fishing enthusiast and want to fish this holiday, the following dude ranches are great.

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – An upscale working cattle in Shell, WY, The Hideout boasts 10 miles of creeks, casting ponds and challenging streams of the Cody and Yellowstone Park. If you’re in the mood for brook trout, brown, Yellowstone Cutthroat and rainbow, this is where you should be.

Fishing at The Hideout Lodge

Vista Verde Guest Ranch – If you’re planning on visiting the Rocky Mountains, head to Vista Verde and get the chance to be engulfed in serenity while fishing for rainbows, mountain whitefish and grayling. The ranch also offers high quality gear, including Sage rods and Simms boots, but you’re welcome to purchase equipment from the Fly Hut.

Spotted Horse Ranch – Located in Jackson Hole, WY, the Spotted Horse is perfect for fly fishing as it has access to some of the best streams and rivers for trout. You can also choose to go on a guided fishing trip or attend a casting lesson on Monday afternoons.

Bar Lazy J – Nestled on ¾ mile of the Colorado River, Bar Lazy J provides its guests with a memorable fly fishing experience. You can also cast your lure in the stocked trout pond, go on a fly fishing guided tour, or attend the Fishing Clinic lessons to improve your technique.

The Bar W Guest Ranch – This dude ranch offers ranch fishing at the Spencer Lake during summer, allowing you to catch small bass fish and even pikes. As one of Montana’s finest, The Bar W also provides access to the best fly fishing facilities and can hook you up with lake fishing within Flathead Valley.

Colorado Trails Ranch – A self-proclaimed Trout Haven, Colorado Trails has over two miles of private water on the Florida River, offering its guests excellent fishing spots on cold mountain streams. You can opt for a half-day fishing trip or a full-day one.

Crystal Waters – If you want to fish year-round in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, Crystal Waters Ranch is perfect. You can fish at Crystal Lake between May and mid –July and again from September to late October. Once the lake freezes over, you can go on an ice fishing trip and catch rainbows as well as other local fish.

#2) Wall Climbing and Obstacle Courses

If you have adventure flowing through your veins but don’t want to ride horses any time soon, you can get thrills and chills while climbing walls or challenging yourself at a dude ranch’s obstacle course. Some of the ranches which offer this facility are:

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Idaho’s prominent dude ranch offers a challenge course and climbing wall which will keep your mind and body fit. While challenging, the 63 ft. climbing wall, 30 ft. platform, and 300 ft. zip line are checked and maintained regularly for your safety.

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Climbing wall at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Reflet Ranch – In addition to guiding you to explore several climbing sites, you can flex your shooting skills at the rifle range or go skeet shooting.

Vista Verde – Offering a twice weekly trip to climbing areas in the National Forest, the ranch will take you on a short hike up the climbing rock, where you can even learn climbing and rappelling.

White Stallion Ranch – If this is your first time climbing, White Stallion’s certified instructors will help you against the boulders located at the eastern end of the ranch. The ranch offers eight 25' to 35' climbs, but will expand to 125’ – 150’ climbs in the future.

#3) Archery

Archery is one of the popular non-riding activities at dude ranches, especially on days when you want to be outdoors but not out on the range. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or DC’s The Arrow, you can perfect your archery skills at the following ranches.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch – This dude ranch provides an archery course where you get to build or improve your shooting abilities at 12 shooting stations. Perfect for both families and group events, this activity will ensure that you feel adventurous.

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – The Hideout invites you to its newest archery range, which feature professional archery mats instead of bales of hay and straw. The wranglers promise to “help you and set you up for a great Robin Hood time.

Bar W Ranch – Offered during summer, the archery program at Bar W focuses on teaching using recurve and compound style bows. Rest assured that you’ll hit a bulls eye every time in the future.

#4) ATV Rides

If you’d rather ride an ATV, many dude ranches will deliver. In fact, this experience will stand out since you’ll be riding through scenic trails surrounding the ranch. Here are some places where you can rent ATVs on the side.

Crystal Waters Ranch – The ranch offers to book you a tour with the nearby Cariboo ATV Tours. While on their tour, you’ll discover the natural beauty of British Columbia and explore remote lakes during your breaks.

Red Reflet Ranch – Red Reflet has 20 ATVs, four of which are for children. After instructing you on how to use the vehicle safely, you can explore the nearby trails via tours or groups.

Bar 10 Ranch – Bar 10 offers the most exciting ATV adventure, allowing you to ride through the Grand Canyon’s 217-mile-long, 6250-foot-deep gorge. You can pick between 90 minute tours to full day ones to truly explore the place.

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ATV Rides at Bar 10 Ranch

#5) Bird Watching

Most dude ranches are far away from civilization. As a result, you get to explore different flora and fauna than you do in the city. Even if you don’t want to leave the ranch, you can see different species as they hop on nearby branches and chirp their hearts out. And this is what Howard Creek Ranch has to offer. The ranch has a list of local species sorted out by the months you can watch them in. For instance, of you want to catch a glimpse of robins or scrub jays, visit the ranch in June.

#6) Cooking Classes

If you want to make your vacation a special one, learn a new skill such as cooking. Dude ranches are known for creating delicious dishes with special flavors you can’t copy without chef’s recipes. At Vista Verde Ranch, you can enroll in the ranch’s weekly cooking class to learn the secrets of bread baking, formal dinner recipes and much more. By the time you go home, you’ll know much more than microwaving meals. You can also join wine tasting classes to learn about wines and develop your knowledge on the topic.

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Culinary adventures at Vista Verde Ranch

#7) Spa

Though you may want to rough it up during your vacation, you can’t expect to transform from a city slicker overnight. This is where a spa treatment will be valuable. Not only do spas offer the perfect balance to ranch life, but they also give you a chance to enjoy indoors while others are out on the trails. One of the relaxing ranch spas in British Columbia is Echo Valley Ranch, which specializes in Thai skin care, massages, and scalp and hair therapies. The authentic Baan Thai spa also offers western style treatments which you can try during your stay.

Spa services
Spa Services at Echo Valley Ranch

To enjoy these activities, book your next vacation at any of the suggested dude ranches or search through our database for facilities which offer them.

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!

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!

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