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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.

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.

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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.

Ranch Spotlight-Laramie River Ranch

4/3/2015 11:18:28 AM

The Newest Old Ranch in Colorado

For those who have dreamt of becoming real cowboys or those who simply desire the rustic western lifestyle, Laramie River Ranch is ideal. Nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains, the ranch flaunts scenic surroundings with views of wildlife such as antelope, elk and moose. It also boasts a wide range of activities and even a kids’ program, earning it a spot on the 100 Best All-Inclusive Resorts of the World and Jim Balzotti's Best Guest Ranches and Horseback Riding Vacations.

Laramie River Ranch

Laramie River Ranch – Yesterday and Today

According to many of the ranch’s structures, Laramie River Ranch dates all the way back to the 1880s. At the time, Glendevey, Colorado was home to numerous ranches due to its beautiful surroundings and proximity to the city (just 45 minutes). Since then, the ranch changed hands until it was sold to Bill and Krista Burleigh. In addition to changing the ranch’s name from UT Bar Dude Ranch, the couple and their children have worked to make this rustic 1,360-acre ranch an attraction for modern travelers. The historic lodge built in the 1880s features a stone fireplace, a large living room and a dining room that offers a view of the Rawah peaks. Complementing these are climate controls, electronics and modern amenities you may need during your stay. There are also five historic log cabins which were constructed from the local forest’s lumber by hand. In addition to offering similar amenities to those in the lodge, you get a personal cookie jar that is refilled daily whenever the room is cleaned.

Laramie River Ranch

What to Expect While Visiting Laramie River Ranch

The cozy accommodation options with modern facilities are just one of the things which make this dude ranch worth visiting. If you’re in Colorado between June 7 and September 13, 2015, here are some reasons to consider residing at Laramie River Ranch. Rustic, 100% Original Western Menu If there’s one thing which this dude ranch knows for sure, it’s that guests tend to develop healthy appetites. To ensure that you enjoy every aspect, the dude ranch offers informal, western meals served family style. Starting from ranch baked breads to authentic cowboy desserts, your palate will enjoy every morsel entering your mouth. Complementing the food is beautiful views of the nearby Rawah Peaks and Laramie River. Fun Activities for Families, Couples and Singles There’s no end to the fun and excitement offered at the ranch. In addition to horseback riding and hiking, you can take part in many guided activities such as wild flower walks, bird watching, stargazing, and casting animal tracks. You can also pick up a few ranch-related tricks such as grooming and saddling your horse or roping. If you’re the kind of person who goes with the flow, do so literally at the Laramie River. You can float down the river via innertube before reaching the lodge. However, if you’d rather stay wet and indoors, you’re welcome to take a dip in the hot tub.

Laramie River Ranch

Special Program for Children

Laramie River Ranch offers three programs for children: Toddlers and Infants, Kids Under Six, and Kids Six and Over. Through the first program, babysitters will take care of your toddlers while creating programs around your schedule. For those under six, counselors will arrange for children to take part in adventures such as pony rides, swimming in a great hole, and hay rides. Finally, kids over six can participate in the riding program to explore the valley’s ecosystem. They’re also welcome to guided rides, tubing, fishing, and bonfires among age-appropriate activities

Entertainment Options Indoors

To make evenings fun at the ranch, live musical entertainment is offered. From cowboy poetry to fiddle players and all the way to cowboys with guitars, rest assured that no minute is boring. You can even join other guests and the crew while square dancing, regardless of having two left feet.

Exciting Rodeo Show

By staying at this dude ranch, you can easily take part in the area’s popular rodeo show. Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (July 17-26, 2015) is the daddy of all rodeos, dating all the way to 1872. The event includes numerous shows such as steer wrestling, bareback bronc and team roping. The rodeo also features historical attractions like the Indian Village and the Old West Museum.

Laramie River Ranch

Action-Packed Cattle Drives

What’s a cowboy without cattle? Laramie River Ranch offers you the chance to be part of its bi-weekly cattle gathering and “team pen” activities. You can even participate in moving the cows and calves of neighboring ranches during spring or fall, but you should call ahead for dates.

Laramie River Ranch

The Bottom Line

Promising visitors the real deal, Laramie River Ranch promises to make your visit to Colorado a memorable one. For a minimum of $956 for three nights (Sun-Wed), you can enjoy all the ranch’s offerings and even tag your family along for a fun-filled holiday. To learn more about the ranch, direct your URL to http://www.lrranch.com/.

Now Is The Time To Visit a BC Ranch

3/24/2015 1:53:12 PM

British Columbia Ranch Vacations

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves fun-filled adventures that will provide you and your loved ones with everlasting memories then you should consider visiting some of the most captivating British Columbia Ranches which promise a vacation of a lifetime. British Columbia boasts beautiful flora and fauna with majestic mountain ranges in a pristine and invigorating setting perfectly suited for rustic and luxurious dude ranch vacations. Not only will you savour every moment of the time that you spend at a BC ranch, but you will want to return again.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Wide open spaces at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Right Now There is No Better Time for US Travellers to Book a Ranch Vacation

A ranch vacation is something that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With the Canadian dollar worth approximately 20% less than the US dollar there is no time like the present to book or pre-book a ranch vacation at a British Columbia ranch. Think of it as a 20% discount and act now before exchange rates change. Start planning your future memories now!!

Pick a Ranch, any Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays

Experience nature like never before at this 4-season wilderness guest ranch. Chilcotin Holidays designs custom wilderness experiences that allow you to connect with nature in a meaningful, life changing way. Explore over 5,000 sq-km of the pristine South Chilcotin Mountain Park with their licensed guides and sure-foot Cayuse Horses (suitable for novice to advanced riders). They provide guest ranch stays, wilderness guide training, wildlife viewing, and pack-horse, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and alpine hiking trips.    

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Chilcotin Holidays pack Trip

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

At Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, which is located in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin region, you will find horseback riding, hiking, biking, ranching and fishing holidays as well as many other activities. Boasting pristine lakes, rolling meadows, wetlands and deep forests you are sure to enjoy your time at this guest ranch. Experience a real working ranch experience that features Ranch style meals, log cabins and the finest horseback riding and fishing in North America.

Crystal Waters Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch is a luxury ranch that is unique in two different ways. Firstly, it’s one of the few ranches which also has two world class spas on site with each offering treatments from different areas of the globe. Secondly, it has a Thai inspired element including buildings designed by a famous Thai architect. It’s the only guest ranch of its kind. If you are seeking a different type of spectacular western adventure, a superb sanctuary of first class accommodations, healthy gourmet food and world class spa treatments then Echo Valley Ranch is for you. “Echo Valley Ranch is a delightful contradiction. It’s unnaturally natural, yet quietly luxurious.”

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch offers an intimate family feel, truly providing a home away from home during your Canadian adventure in Super Natural British Columbia. This guest ranch vacation offers a hands on ranch experience and gets you involved in daily ranch life. So if you're looking for some serious saddle time and love being off the grid with horses then this is the guest ranch experience for you. With home cooked food and lakeside log cabin or guest lodge accommodation you are sure to feel at home. Enjoy swimming in a lake, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, overnight camping and guided hikes.

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Just a 4-hour drive away from Vancouver, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ultimate place for all different types of vacations. Whether you're looking for a horseback riding holiday, a family vacation where even the kids will have fun, or someplace new to really get away from it all, you've found it. The packages at Sundance Guest Ranch are designed to be all inclusive. Each package covers food and accommodation along with all the varied activities offered by the ranch. You can enjoy up to 5 hours of riding every day during your stay at the Sundance Guest Ranch. With a panoramic scenic view, the Sundance Guest Ranch is the sunniest and the warmest place in Canada.

Sundance Guest Ranch

Three Bars Ranch

Three Bars Ranch has been voted as the number 1 Canadian ranch and for good reason. This guest ranch is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the breathtaking, scenic view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Located just south of Banff, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Three Bars specializes in 3 – 6 night all inclusive riding and non- riding packages. Packages including upscale log cabin accommodations, all meals, unlimited horseback riding, rafting, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, 4x4 UTV tours, archery, skeet shooting cook-outs, a full evening program and all ranch activities and amenities. It’s time to find the cowboy in you, make your next vacation a ranch vacation.

Three Bars Ranch

Tod Mountain Ranch

Hidden in the Louis Creek Valley, surrounded by mountains, Tod Mountain Ranch is small and exclusive which provides a relaxing, tranquil environment to enjoy a unique, all inclusive horseback riding vacation. A short drive from Kamloops and an easy 4 hours’ drive from Vancouver, this is the perfect mid-way stop on your Western Canada road trip between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper. Whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner or a group of friends, Tod Mountain Ranch offers an exceptional experience with horses, complemented with stunning views, great food, like-minded company and a peaceful, calm environment to relax and unwind.

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

So saddle up cowboys and cowgirls for your next big adventure as a guest at one of these super, natural, British Columbian guest ranches and take advantage of the current 20% drop in the Canadian dollar against the US.  By booking now you can lock-in a fantastic guest ranch experience at an accessible price to suit every budget.

Valentine's Day Specials

2/10/2015 1:52:00 PM

A long held tradition, Valentine’s Day really needs no special introduction. The day has become annual holiday of sorts, making chocolates, the color red and roses, among the most common things one expects on this day. Hailing from the 18th Century, this special occasion has become one of the most celebrated days. Every year, millions of loving couples get together to express their love for each other in romantic ways.

Valentine's Day

The holiday has become so widespread that many businesses have started marketing special Valentine’s Day offerings which help make this day an extra bit special for all the couples out there. If you are wondering where to take your special someone, then the following Valentine’s Day Specials are definitely for you:

A Valentine’s Day Getaway

Valentine’s Day is all about grand gestures and getting away from the ordinary routine of your life. A lot of the time, busy couples in love are just looking to recapture the magic and idealistic aura of their romance. If you and your partner are facing the same dilemma, then plan a special Valentine’s weekend getaway. Spend some time with your lover in a romantic getaway with the help of a Valentine’s Day special offer through Chilcotin Holidays. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, couples can book a log cabin which not only embodies a special rustic aura but also gives you everything else you could need to make your day extraordinary. The Valentine’s package offers:

  • A 3-day stay in a Honeymoon Cabin
  • A complimentary fruit and wine basket
  • Wilderness trails for hiking and a tour guide
  • Horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing
All these services and more will definitely give you the perfect weekend getaway for this Valentine’s Day. So, don’t be boring and express your love by pulling out all the stops.

If horse riding and trekking is not your cup of tea, then how about heading to The Ranch at Rock Creek. This lovely, picturesque ranch offers couples special Valentine’s treats. Their package offers:

  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sleigh rides
  • Ice skating and more fun activites.

A Valentine’s Day Dinner

A Valentine’s Day dinner is a traditional part of any Valentine’s Day celebration and it’s important to put a little extra flair into it. However, how about skipping on making a home-cooked meal and going out to a special Valentine’s Day dinner? With so many Valentine’s Day Specials, you might be tempted to look around but why not try the annual Aphrodisiac wine-pairing dinner at the Red Reflet Guest Ranch this time around? The menu is comprised of 5 heavenly courses, featuring hors d’eouvres, beginnings, Intermezzo, Entrée and a dessert. Every dish in the menu is made from ingredients which are considered aphrodisiacs and each course is paired with a wine which highlights all the flavor profiles and the wonderful ingredients. You also have the freedom to choose from a pre-set menu so surprise your special someone with this wonderful Valentine’s Day Special.

A Valentine Adventure

Not every Valentine’s Day has to be about the usual lovey dovey stuff. The best part about Valentine’s Day is getting to spend the day with your special someone but you can also make sure you spend a memorable day together. After all, life is all about making enjoyable memories together. For adventurous couples who are always looking to try new things, this Valentine’s Day special can be just the thing. The Vista Verde Ranch offers trekking, horse riding, snow trekking and other outdoor activities in picturesque surroundings. Moreover, the ranch has a luxurious chateau located in the middle of the wilderness with quality wining and dining options available. Whether you want to trek around, have a custom adventure or just want to enjoy the woods, you can easily do so with the help of the Vista Verde Ranch package. Moreover, the best part about the ranch is that you really get to enjoy all-inclusive services which offer great value. It is Valentine’s Day paradise on a budget!

With the help of the Valentine’s Day specials mentioned above, you can easily make your Valentine’s Day special when you are going out with your special someone.

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

1/28/2015 12:00:25 PM

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch – A Centuries Old Refuge for Today’s Man New Mexico was home to the famous Apache warrior Geronimo and the base of his operations during the 1800s. Outlaws like Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy have equally added to the Black Range Mountains’ heritage, attracting people who later decide to stay after falling in love with the gentle terrain, open meadows, and groups of pines, cedars and junipers. Flaunting both the area’s history and beauty, Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch promises its guests a unique cowboy experience with a hint of Native American culture.

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

Exploring Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch Nestled beneath the Ponderosa pines at the top of the Black Range Mountains in New Mexico, this dude ranch offers to cut you off from the hustle and bustle of city life. The nearest stoplight is 85 miles away while phone coverage is 70 miles away. The ranch is also cut off the power grid, generating its electricity through solar arrays and standby generators. However, you won’t miss your busy life while at the ranch. In addition to a wide array of activities, you can enjoy the beauty and history of the area through cliff dwellings and rock wall writings. You’ll also love our stream fed wells, which allow you to experience a unique taste that is bound to bring you back every year. If you seek adventure and excitement at Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch, rest assured that you will get what you want. However, the guest ranch also offers you the chance to unwind at the nearby Riverbend Hot Springs. Located in the Historic Bath House District on the banks of the Rio Grande, the resort provides access to an underground volcanic lake that combines both healing minerals and salts. And in case you’re wondering, you won’t spend too much since the dude ranch will secure you a 10% discount at the resort.

Riverbend Hot Springs

Why Book Your Next Holiday at the Ranch  If you’ve been a fan of cowboys and Indians, you can explore the histories of both through Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch. In addition to getting the chance to hike through beautiful historic trails where the Apache warrior fought for his land, you can enjoy the following features which make the ranch worth visiting.

Flexibility of Deciding Your Schedule – There isn’t a one-plan-fits-all scheme at this dude ranch; simply tell the staff how you intend to spend your day. You can help the crew feed and care for the horses, improve your roping skills, or simply kick back and enjoy the serenity surrounding you.

Riding and Hiking Famous Trails – You can take one of the ranch’s trained horses or wear your hiking boots to explore the unspoiled trails of the area. Follow the trails famous outlaws once sought refuge in and get ready to admire miles of pine forests, deep canyons and lush meadows.

Well-Trained, Trustworthy Horses - Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch has gentle horses which adults and children alike can ride on to enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. If you want, you can also watch the crew play rodeo games and learn how to twirl around a lariat rope.

Nearby Native Ruins – One of the attractions of the area is the Native ruins dating all the way to 750AD. These untouched historical monuments have been known to amaze visitors, at times even more than the canyons in which Geronimo sought shelter during his campaigns in the 1800s.

Comfortable Accommodation – From March 8th to November 15th, you can be the ranch’s guest for as low as $284 per night for double occupancy (5-7 night stay). The cabins are cozy thanks to fireplaces, queen-sized beds, bunk beds, and all the electronics you’ll need during your stay. However, what makes the cabins stand out is their Native American style or Cowboy motif. These will immerse you further in the area’s culture and bring out the cowboy within you.

Delicious Meals for Hearty Appetites – Whether you choose to enjoy your meals in the dining room or the ranch’s picnic tables, rest assured that you’re bound to surprise your palate with a range of flavors. From rib eye steaks to pork tenderloin and all the way to New Mexican scrambled eggs; you’ll discover firsthand why the ranch has been praised for its fine dining experience.

Fun for Wilderness Lovers – If you’re a fan of butterflies, birds, unique fish and proud wildlife, you’ll get to see all of these while staying at the ranch. You can introduce your little ones to different animals and birds they’d never see roam around freely in the city.

Nearby Attractions – Old Town, Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, the International Balloon Fiesta, Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House, and the Catwalk are some of the numerous attractions you can visit while staying at the ranch. These may connect you with civilization for a few hours until you return to the peace and quiet you initially sought at the ranch.

The Bottom Line Promising natural beauty, historic significance and the peace and quiet you seek during a vacation, Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch is one of the top dude ranches to book in New Mexico. So don’t wait long before booking your own cabin.

Montana Pintler Punch

1/4/2015 9:49:04 PM
This summer beverage is the perfect balance between salty and sweet, bubbly and still. It's a favorite at The Ranch at Rock Creek where the Montana summers get quite dry and hot. On the ranch, guests often head to the Great Room around 6 o'clock to relax after a fun day of horseback riding, hiking or archery. The Ranch at Rock Creek is an all-inclusive luxury ranch resort offering a slice of raw western adventure paired with unprecedented comfort and amenities.  Try this at home when you feel a bit adventurous Ingredients: 1 orange slice 4 basil leaves 1 ½ oz. peach-infused bourbon Juice from half a lemon 2 oz. iced tea ¼ oz. agave nectar Instructions:
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Muddle the orange slice and three basil leaves in your cocktail shaker.
  3. Add peach-infused bourbon, lemon juice and iced tea.
  4. Measure ¼ oz. agave nectar, or 1 ½ tsp.
  5. Cover the shaker and give it a really good shake. Strain over ice and garnish with a basil leaf.
* To serve straight up, add ice to the glass and shaker. Toss the ice from the glass before you strain the cocktail.

Pintler Punch

Flying E Ranch

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A Specialist in Authentic Western Hospitality Since 1946

Awarded the title of Best of the West 2011 for Working Dude Ranches by Cowboys & Indians magazine, Flying E Ranch offers a relaxed setting where you and your family can truly unwind. Four miles west of Wickenburg, the ranch overlooks the Vulture Peak formation, which is famous for this historic Vulture Gold Mine nestled in it. It’s also a few hours from the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Las Vegas, ensuring something for everyone.

Flying E Ranch

The History of Flying E Ranch

The original Flying E Ranch was established in 1946 when Lee Everly purchased 3,000 acres and built a lodge with eight guest rooms, a barn inspired by Oregon, and a 3,200 ft. airstrip. I 1952, the ranch ended up in the hands of George and Vi Wellik after they spotted the ranch from their private plane in 1949. However, despite dedicating ample time to the ranch, he stayed in Bellflower, California for his tire and land developing businesses. Ranch managers handled everything until 1960 when he, his wife and two children took full control of the ranch.

Flying E Ranch History

 George and Vi expanded the ranch by purchasing additional land and leases bringing its area up to 21,000 acres. However, George donated land to the town, prompting it to name its Municipal Airport of Wickenburg as Wellik Field in his memory. Many changes have taken place since then; the airstrip was transformed into a grass horse pasture while the ranch carried out cow/calf operations, gaining fame for its Angus and Barzona stock.

Why You’ll Fall in Love with Flying E Ranch Like George and Vi

If you enjoy spending your vacations at dude ranches, Flying E Ranch should be one of your options. Here are some reasons why:  Classy Accommodation with a Hint of the West – The 2013 winner of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence offers comfortable rooms that feature a western décor as well as numerous amenities such as wet bars, private baths, and electric heating and air conditioning. You can take your pick from any of the 15 rooms offered, each of which comes with a view of the lodge or heated pool. However, if you’re traveling with your family, you can opt for either the Wigwam Family House or Southwest Family House. Western Style, Hearty Meals – Western food lovers and fans of the traditional dude ranch dining style will enjoy their meals at the ranch. While breakfast is made to order, you can sink your teeth into a delicious buffet lunch on the patio. You’ll know when lunch is served when you hear the chow bell ringing. Meanwhile, dinner is served family style in Flying E’s comfy dining room. If you do get hungry in between, you can indulge in fresh fruit, cookies, candy, lemonade, and ice tea from the pantry.

Happy Hour at the Saloon – Flying E Ranch enjoys connecting guests and encouraging them to mingle in its authentic saloon. Between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, you can indulge in a variety of hors d’oeuvres and mixers to complement the beer you bring along. If you haven’t brought any beer on your trip, you can purchase a six pack from Safeway and Bashas stores in Wickenburg.

Wide Range of Fun Activities – There’s never a boring minute at the ranch. When you’re not enjoying Flying E’s traditional western cuisine or interacting with other guests, you can try any of the activities offered. For example, you can join the two-hour horseback rides offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. You can also go hiking or bird watching up Vulture Peak with the help of our professionals or simply soak your stress away at our heated pool or Jacuzzi.

Variety of Ranch Events – The dude ranch is constantly bustling with one event or the other. For the 204-2015 season, you can be part of the Ranch Christmas, cowboy and casino-themed New Year’s Eve, and Annual I Wanna Be a Cowgirl Weekend among other events. You can check the calendar at http://www.flyingeranch.com/events.

The Bottom Line

Flying E Ranch surely has something for everyone. So don’t just read about what you can do there; book your stay at the ranch to truly enjoy the life, comfort and hospitality the west is most famous for.

Frosted Chocolate Chip Bars

12/2/2014 12:16:50 PM
Christmas cookie making is here again. Add these delectable frosted cookie bars for your cookie repertoire and you won't be disappointed. A buttery flaky crust with gooey chocolate chip flecked filling topped with creamy frosting. Can we say heavenly!! We must thank the folks over at Red Horse Mountain Ranch for the recipe. Crust Flour 1 cup Sugar ¼ cup Butter ½ cup
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl cut butter into flour and sugar until crumbly.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a parchment paper-lined 9”x13” pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
Filling Graham cracker crumbs 1 cup Baking powder 1 tsp Salt ¼ tsp Chocolate chips ¾ cup Sweetened condensed milk 14 oz can
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Spread over baked crust and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely.
Icing Butter ½ cup Powdered sugar 1 ½ cups Vanilla 1 tsp
  1. Blend all ingredients until creamy.
  2. Spread over cooled bars.
Cut into 36 bars and enjoy
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