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Dude Ranch Vacations, Why Not?

4/10/2013 11:12:32 AM

It is already April, and before you know it, spring will come bringing about sunshine and blossoms. Then, you know what comes next – summer, which everyone definitely looks out for. That said, you might already be planning your summer vacation. Why not go off the beaten path this year and head out to dude ranches. Many dude ranches are having summer specials such as:

Elk Mountain Ranch in Colorado  has a special rate offer for June 2nd and June 16th. Save $200 off the adult rate and $100 off the children's rate for the weeks of June 2nd and 16th. This offer is valid from February 27, 2013 through May 31, 2013

Elk Mountain Ranch

Planning a girls trip?

Many might go to the beach or to a city, but this year, you might want to try something else. A quick weekend away at on a dude ranch might just be a perfect thing for you to try. 

White Stallion Ranch is offering the Ultimate Wild West Cactus Cowgirls package which includes the following for the all inclusive price for a single is $1,475 and per person in a double, $1,375:

White Stallion Ranch
White Stallion Ranch

  • Lots of riding with a daily lesson
  • Margarita welcome party
  • Country, Western dance lessons
  • Team penning
  • Tequila tasting
  • Target shooting with a gun safety class.

The all inclusive price for a single is $1,475 and per person in a double, $1,375.

This offer is valid from April 17, 2013 through April 21, 2013 Dude ranches are perfect vacation destinations for the whole year round, but it is worth visiting during the spring and summer months, when you can fully enjoy the outdoor activities. If riding is not your thing, you can go swimming, walking or hiking while taking in the fresh and clean air.  If you choose to bring the kids, many dude ranches have kids programs to keep them busy.  This allows you to enjoy yourself while they are having fun, too!  

Plan Your Stay at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

3/22/2013 11:19:07 AM

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

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

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

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Climbing Wall
Climbing Wall

Red Horse Mountain Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Idaho Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Never Get Bored At Colorado Trails Guest Ranch

2/10/2013 5:01:41 PM

Colorado Trails Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle K Guest Ranch & Outfitters

1/25/2013 8:37:08 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle K Ranch
Circle K Ranch

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

RanchSeeker’s Horseback Riding Photo of the Month

1/4/2013 11:28:53 AM

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

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

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

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

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

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

RanchSeeker’s Working Ranch Vacation of the Month-Burnt Well Guest Ranch

11/26/2012 8:40:29 AM

RanchSeeker represents many great working guest ranches on our website. A working ranch is a ranch that has its own cattle operation with the herd managed by cowboys.

Most working ranches do not cater to guests, though some do offer guests the opportunity to see what a real working ranch is like and partake in horseback rides, cattle drives and other working ranch related activities. Other features offered by guest ranches could also be available. A working ranch vacation is a great way to live the life of a real cowboy if only for a week.

Cattle Drives at Burnt Well Guest Ranch
Cattle Drives at Burnt Well Guest Ranch

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is located in Rosewell, New Mexico and is primarily a working cattle and sheep ranch that takes in a few guests on the side as a supplement to their ranching income. A working ranch vacation with them means you can be as involved with the day to day ranch operations as you want or just work on your horseback riding skills….you decide!

Guest Hacienda at Burnt Well Guest Ranch
Guest Hacienda at Burnt Well Guest Ranch

With no set schedules flexibility is the key word for a working ranch vacation at Burnt Well Guest Ranch. Get dirty, have some fun, then kick off your boots and relax a spell. They will fill your tummy with good, home-cooked country-style food and feed your soul with a sense of adventure, accomplishment, laughter and everlasting memories.

At Burnt Well Guest Ranch they are committed to the quality of your stay and not the quantity of people they can run through their place!! So for your next vacation consider a working ranch vacation!

Burnt Well-Working Guest Ranch Vacation
Burnt Well-Working Guest Ranch Vacation

New Look Dining Room at White Stallion Ranch

11/13/2012 2:01:00 PM

White Stallion Ranch, October 2012 What we now know as White Stallion Ranch began its life in 1900 as a cattle ranch. Today's main dining room and kitchen were once the main/ only ranch house. In 1940 when the Zimmerman's first turned the ranch into a Guest Ranch the main building became a dining room and kitchen plus one guest room.

The rooms that we now call the Sunrise and Sunset dining rooms were where Max and his wife lived. Then they later became guest rooms and in the past 15 years they have changed functions from being a gift shop, business office, and now dining rooms.

White Stallion Ranch

In 1965 the Trues bought the ranch and took out the first guest room to make more dining space.

White Stallion Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

The main dining room was the first major renovation the Trues ever did and the space has been virtually untouched since.

White Stallion Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

Oddly enough the dining room has been given an older look. The walls are darker, the ceiling is now Saguaro Ribs each one individually put up, brickwork has been removed in favour of an archway that is more consistent of the building's structure. The window in the west side of the building is gone and been replaced by a niche with a bronze.

And the smaller archway to the buffethas gone to make room for another table. The Sunset and Sunrise rooms have also been given a makeover. We love the new look and hope you will come and enjoy it with us!

RanchSeeker's Dude Ranch Photo of the Month!

11/1/2012 8:27:36 AM

RanchSeeker represents many great dude ranches on our website. A dude ranch vacation is a lot of fun and a great vacation alternative that can be shared with friends or family.  RanchSeeker features dude ranches in the US, Canada, Ecuador and Argentina! This month our Dude Ranch Photo of the Month goes to Lazy L & B Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming!

Wyoming’s nickname is the “Cowboy State,” and it’s no wonder. This beautiful region is filled with wilderness areas and a true Old West feel. Wyoming dude ranches live up to the Cowboy State name in every way imaginable. Lazy L & B Ranch is known for extensive riding through an unusual variety of terrain. You will enjoy quality time with family and friends while appreciating the simple life- style, spectacular country, great food and memories of a life time.

Lazy L & B Ranch
Lazy L & B Ranch

Lazy L&B Ranch is situated at 7200 feet in the Wind River's ‘East Fork Valley’ where you can explore some of the most diverse terrain imaginable. Guests enjoy   superb riding conditions, fishing, hiking, riflery and swimming in the river or their heated pool.  Younger kids love the tree house, the kid’s size log cabin and petting zoo.

At the Lazy L & B Ranch there is truly something for everyone to do! For your next vacation consider Lazy L & B Ranch!

RanchSeeker’s Ranches’ Photo Corner

7/18/2012 10:13:45 AM

RanchSeeker represents many guest ranches and working ranches found in the USA, Canada, and South America. In our upcoming blogs we will be posting some photos that our guest ranches and working ranches picked out to share with you. We asked them to choose one of their favourite photos and tell us why they like it so much and what it represents to them:

Our first guest ranch, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, in Sandpoint Idaho sent us the following photo and description:

  “It is a favorite, because it shows one of my favorite activities at the ranch.  There is nothing like a good old fashioned bon fire with the guests and staff gathered around enjoying the fresh air and the new friendships that have been made over their visit to the ranch.   It doesn’t matter if you are just a child, a Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa, everyone goes away with fond memories of their evenings warming by the fire, enjoying the stars, and listening to some good campfire music.---Janice”

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is a fourth generation family owned and operated ranch, located on 1100 acres, where you will discover true western hospitality while surrounded by the scenic beauty of North Idaho. At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, you will find their accommodations very comfortable, their hearty ranch style food fresh and satisfying, and their many activities entertaining and fun.  

The Hills Health & Guest Ranch in 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia had this to say about their photo:

“We have a guest that spoils our horses. They feed her peppermints. Now every time the horse sees the guest coming she greets her with a big smile.-Len” 

 The Hills Health & Guest Ranch offers guests a refuge of renewal and rejuvenation while being surrounded by peaceful countryside reflecting the true Canadian west. From Horseback riding to great wilderness hiking, you can enjoy it all!  

Our next photo was sent in by Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat, Colorado.

“A guest took this amazing photo a couple weeks ago during our 4th of July stampede.  I just love the photo.  It was edited with a really neat look, captures to action and power of what we call the “star spangled stampede” and I can’t stop looking at it! –Stephanie”

Vista Verde Ranch, nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, is a truly unique ranch experience for all seasons. You’ll enjoy the comforts of their luxurious cabins and spacious lodge rooms. Their Culinary Institute trained chefs will wow you with gourmet meals. And they’ll keep you as busy as you’d like to be with a wide variety of outdoor adventures, summer and winter.  

Marble Mountain Ranch in Somes Bar, California sent us a collage for their entry:

"The collage is a favorite picture of mine because of its an over-view of nature.  We have some difficulty projecting the variety of Western activities available at Marble Mountain Ranch, which distinguishes us from typical dude ranches.  This image does a fair job of showing who we are.  It shows our signature vacation, which blends horses, rafting, fishing, shooting, and a family orientation.-Doug" 

Marble Mountain Ranch offers all inclusive ranch holidays centered on a Western Trail Riding theme. We combine our equestrian program with thrilling guest ranch activities such as rafting, fly fishing, sporting clays, and traditional ranch events.   Our last photo for this series comes from Estancia Ranquilco, in El Huecu, Argentina.

 “The mate' is a very intrinsic part of the Argentine Gaucho culture  and it represents their way of life. It is a culture that values some of the things that we may have lost sight of in the modern world; community, open space, clean air and water, and giving time to sit together and share stories and thoughts. Their way of life is inseparable from horses--in fact for most of them horses are their only means of transportation. Their culture is very much the heart of Ranquilco, and visitors get a chance to step into a different time when horses and the people that ride them have created a deep tie between humans, horses and the landscape.-T.A.”

Estancia Ranquilco is a remote family-owned 100,000 acre horse and cattle ranch nestled in the foothills of the Andes. It is a vast expanse of land in Patagonia, stretching across leagues of high steppes, river valleys, grazing meadows, and jagged cliffs, into the very heart of the Argentine cordillera.

Summer Guest Ranch Specials on RanchSeeker!

5/15/2012 8:23:02 AM

Summer is almost upon us and time to book a fun-filled family or friend’s getaway vacation. Why not consider booking a guest ranch vacation this year? Guest ranch vacations are an ideal way to digitally disconnect and reconnect with friends and family. There are always lots of activities to choose from like horseback riding, archery, swimming, hiking, photography, and campfire sing-alongs. Some guest ranches even offer spa services to help you unwind on your guest ranch vacation. There is no better time to book a guest ranch vacation than now as many of RanchSeeker’s guest ranches are offering Summer Specials:

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, British Columbia:

Special Offer: Family Ranch Vacation Family guest ranch vacations at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa are for families seeking an original Canadian ranch experience - equal parts wilderness adventure destination and world-class spa retreat. The Family Ranch Vacation package provides something for everyone, while encouraging quality family time. Kids and teens can experience fun and stimulating learning activities, from catching trout to roasting s'mores around a fire.

Offer valid: July 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012

Special Offer: Girls Getaway Calling all 'wannabe' cowgirls! If you've ever wanted to ride the range and throw a lasso, yet still like a little luxury at the end of the day, then the Echo Valley Ranch Girls Getaway will get your spurs jingling and your spirits soaring. Round up a gang of girlfriends, or rope your sister or mom and head up to Echo Valley where you'll leave behind your city blues and discover the magic of ranch life.

Offer valid: May 14th, 2012 through October 31, 2012

 Sundance Guest Ranch, Ashcroft, British Columbia:

Special Offer: Kids Summer Special

During the month of July, all Children and Youth rates are 20% off!

Offer valid: July 1st through July 31, 2012

Special Offer: Back to School Special

One last chance to get in your summer holidays - stay with us August 26-31 and receive 50% off Children and Youth rates.

Offer valid: August 26-31st   

 Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California:

Special Offer: Memorial Day Weekend

All Veterans honored at half-mast and 50% off the rates.

Offer valid: May 25, 2012 through May 28, 2012

Special Offer: Cowboy & Cowgirl up Singles Week

Cowgirl up week…June 2nd …for $995.00 we will teach you to rope, take care of your horse, make cowboy coffee, barrel race and more! The cowboys get to come too as it is a singles week! If not enough adults book, everyone is welcome.

Offer valid: June 2, 2012 through June 8, 2012

Special Offer: Cowboy & Cowgirl-UP Adults Only Week

$995 for the week If not enough interest week will be open to everyone

Offer valid: August 19, 2012 through August 25, 2012

Special Offer: "Red Hot" Special

$995 for any age for the week. This offer cannot be combined with other special offers.

Offer valid: June 30, 2012 through July 6, 2012

Special Offer: Special Kids' Weeks all Summer!

We lower all our children rates for the summer so everyone can get back in the saddle again! This offer cannot be combined with other special offers.

Offer valid: June 9, 2012 through August 25, 2012

Special Offer: Armed Forces Any Week!

ALL Active Military personnel and their immediate family receive 50% off our regular pricing!! It's our way of saying THANK YOU! This offer cannot be combined with other special offers.

Offer valid: May 1, 2012 through November 25, 2012    

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake, British Columbia:

Special Offer: Stay 7 Pay 6

Stay a whole week and pay only 6 days (restrictions apply)

Offer valid: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012

Special Offer: Camp'n'Ranch

You are travelling through B.C. with an RV or a camper? You don't want an all-inclusive deal but you'd love to stay at the ranch and occasionally hit the trails? Then book a camp spot and join us just for the trail rides! Camp spots are $30 per night/up to 4 people; this includes the use of the washhouse, power and firewood. Trail rides are $55 per person for a 2hour ride. All prices plus taxes.

Offer valid: January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012    

There are so many great guest ranch vacation specials available right now on RanchSeeker that we had to divide this blog post into two parts. Check back next week for more guest ranch specials.

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