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Tierra Chamahua Eco Adventures

3/31/2016 2:10:54 PM

The following article appeared in  Ranch & Reserve Magazine's 4th edition.

When people think of going on a dude ranch vacation, the USA and Canada, are the destinations that first come to mind with locations such as Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Texas, Alberta and British Columbia to name but a few. However, another great option is Mexico which is home to some outstanding guest ranches like Tierra Chamahua Eco Adventures, known also as Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch, situated in northeast Sonora. This is an excellent choice for those wanting a fantastic ranch experience in a warm and friendly ambiance with a distinct Mexican flavour! Close to southeast Arizona and with offices based in Tucson, shuttle services will safely escort you to the ranch and back enabling you to relax and enjoy the scenery while en route to your Mexican home for the next week.

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Fact from Fiction: Security in Mexico

Owing to a biased and often incorrect coverage by the international press, Mexico has been characterized as having travel concerns for foreigners. This is simply not the case.  Past guests of Tierra Chamahua from the US (45%), Canada (25%), Europe (20%), Australia and New Zealand (10%) have all experienced guest ranch vacations packed with adventure, exceptional service and hospitality in a secure environment ensuring a safe and truly memorable vacation.

Not Your Typical Guest Ranch

With over 30,000 acres this privately owned guest and cattle ranch boasts vistas like you have never seen before. Spectacular otherworldly desert and pristine wilderness landscapes await the adventurous traveler. This scenic, unique adventure travel destination is ideal for guests who love nature, the great outdoors, ranch life and an active vacation. Guests will also appreciate the utter peacefulness and tranquility for those times when one simply wishes to relax after an exhilarating day out on the range.

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World-Class Riding Trails

A vacation at Tierra Chamahua will provide you with your very own personal playground for backcountry horseback riding excursions. Horse-lovers will be thrilled by challenging, awe-inspiring, excitement-filled rides through virtually secluded sierras, mountains, hills, mesas, rock cliffs, ravines, canyons and some of the most unspoiled wilderness to be found on a ranch vacation.Horseback riding at this guest ranch offers some of the best outdoor riding trails in the world and once in a lifetime photo ops!

Unlimited Adventures

Countless experiences await at Tierra Chamahua:

Wildlife Spotting: Encounters with wildlife in their natural habitat is always a thrill and at Tierra Chamahua there is the ever-present possibility of running into various different types of animals as well as different species of birds. Around the ranch there are five types of felines that habitat the area: mountain lions, bobcats, ocelots, ring-tail cats and the occasional, migrating jaguar. The opportunity to see many other different animals all in their natural setting will make you feel like you are on your very own desert safari.

El Cajon Canyon: Hikers will love exploring the natural beauty of this particular canyon which is truly one of Nature’s works of art. Three to four hundred foot walls on both sides as well as awe-inspiring scenery will captivate nature-lovers. There are boundless opportunities overall for hikers.

Lake Angostura: This isolated, unspoiled and pristine lake, located a stone’s throw away from the ranch’s border, boasts breathtaking scenery coupled with a remarkable history. Be sure to ask your guide all about it!

Jeep Tours: With 120 kilometers of dirt roads at your disposition the rocky, wild and rugged landscapes are sure to please even the hardiest thrill-seeker in your group.

Mountain Biking: Experienced bikers and newbies to the sport will appreciate the ruggedness as well as the unspoiled beauty that the surrounding terrain provide.

Stargazing: Without the interference of city lights the ranch is the perfect venue from which to gaze upon a heavenly star-studded night sky.. Binoculars and telescopes enable amateur astronomers the opportunity to admire the beauty of the universe as never before.

Fishing: Test your fishing skills at the lake or in the river and you might just snag a large-mouth bass, sunfish, catfish or trout. In any event the surrounding majestic scenery will ensure that the fishermen in your group will have something to write home about.

Pictographs: History buffs will be particularly interested in the dozens of pictographs found throughout the canyon where ancient pre-Columbian dwellings, caches, ceremonial centers, hunting lodges, ovens and sculpted deities are to be found, each offering a diversity of cultural, religious and behavioral history.

Porching: Last but not least this activity simply requires “kicking back” in order to practice the art of relaxation. It is the perfect moment for guests to share their day’s adventures with each other while watching the sun slowly dip below the horizon.

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Ranch Accommodations

At the end of a fun-filled day spent enjoying the great outdoors guests ease into comfortable beds in either one of the rooms located in the Cumaral Lodge or in one of the spacious cabañas. The rooms, which are more like suites, feature window views that are simply breathtaking. The lodge also features a shared living-room and kitchen with a wrap-around, roofed porch that afford stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The Cabaña de los Vaqueros and the Sunrise Cabaña are ideal for those looking for a more private and intimate hideaway. Guests staying in the cabañas also have access to the wrap-around porch, living area and kitchen in the Cumaral Lodge. All accommodation options run on solar-power.

Culinary Delights

Mealtimes at Tierra Chamahua are very special. The all-inclusive rates include three gourmet, home-cooked meals a day. International as well as northern and southern Mexican dishes will please even the most discerning palate. Tasty snacks, pastries, and non-alcoholic beverages are also included.  Meals are served family-style either in the dining room or at the outdoor table on the balcony. Packed lunches are provided for guests on hiking adventures to be enjoyed in the canyons while surrounded by a beautiful natural setting.  Because the ranch’s location is rather remote, guests are encouraged to bring along their own alcohol as well as any favourite food items or snacks. A scheduled stop at a grocery store en route from Tucson will give you time to pick up these items.

An Adventure of a Lifetime

Tierra Chamahua is different than your typical dude ranch as it offers unique and exciting vacations for those looking to go off-grid and disconnect from the wired world. It is a place where your body, spirit and mind will feel truly connected to nature as you immerse yourself in the pristine, secluded wilderness that surrounds you. The sheer variety of activities that are at guest’s disposal are guaranteed to fill your days leaving your nights free to admire a starry sky with new found friends. Making lasting memories at this extraordinary guest ranch is easy.

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Happy Trails!

Dude Ranches are a Hot Travel Trend for 2016

3/5/2016 11:43:00 PM

This year’s hot travel trend is actually not even new. The dude ranch vacation dates back to the late 1880s when the spirit of the Wild West was firmly entrenched in the American and European psyche. Wealthy foreigners and Eastern industrialists, including Theodore Roosevelt, came to the West – and its dude ranches, for the abundant wildlife and magnificent unspoiled scenery. During the 20s and 30s, dude ranch owners discovered that opening up their ranches to guests was a good way to increase their income. This has continued to the present day.

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So why have dude ranches’ popularity exploded these days? When it comes to vacation planning, many people nowadays want to go somewhere unique where they can create memories and bond with their families. “More people are visiting dude ranches to do something out of the ordinary” says Colleen Hodson from the Dude Rancher’s Association. “Dude ranches are the original Western adventure vacation.” Deep down the core principles of dude ranching remain the same: horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart but dude ranches have evolved immensely from what they originally were and now offer a plethora of experiences. Perhaps the popularity is due to fact that there really is something for everyone. You can go to a dude ranch numerous times and have a different experience each time depending on the type of ranch, time of year and who is accompanying you.

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Some dude ranches feature special ranch getaways for cowgirls or adults only, while others are a virtual “Disney World” for kids of all ages. Some ranches focus on the culinary experience serving the finest wine and food pairings along with cooking instructions supplied by noted chefs.  Other dude ranches attract fitness buffs by offering yoga, meatless menus and spa treatments.  Still more are known for birding, astronomy, photography classes, painting workshops and special eco-tours.

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You also won’t feel as connected on other types of holidays where you are just one tourist among thousands. High end ranches across the USA average 45 guests at a time and your days and meals are often shared with other guests. By the end of your stay, you’ll know everyone and might even have forged some new friendships.  The remote, peaceful setting lends itself to easy camaraderie, so it’s not uncommon for lifetime friendships to develop during a dude ranch vacation

 

Once you have been to a dude ranch, you will probably want to go back. Dude ranch owners report that more than a third of all reservations each season are made by repeat visitors. Colleen Hodson reports a similar yet different pattern among the daily inquiries at the Dude Rancher’s Association. She is finding that a group lovingly nicked named as “ranch junkies”, who are travelers who visit dude ranches frequently but prefer to explore a different DRA ranch each trip are inquiring often about dude ranches

Whether it’s the unique experience, the diverse activities, the welcoming atmosphere or the human connection the old is new again. Put a dude ranch vacation on your to do list to see what everyone else is loving.

Happy Trails!

Тhе Physical аnd Меntаl Веnеfіts оf Таkіng Vасаtіоns

2/25/2016 12:16:35 AM

Close your eyes for just a minute and imagine a soft breeze caressing your cheeks as you hear the relaxing sound of the ocean’s waves crashing upon a sandy shore while vacationing at a beach destination. Or how about waking up in a comfortable hotel suite in an exciting city and ordering room service for breakfast while still wearing your hotel-provided slippers and bathrobe?

beach vacation

Maybe simply staying at home during your time off and finally having the time to read that book that you have always meant to or spend time on a hobby that you enjoy is all that you need to relax. Or perhaps the soft whinnying of horses out in a field while surrounded by mountains and a lush forest at a guest ranch is more your speed?

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These diverse vacation options are not only wonderful ways to relax and explore new venues and activities but also promote good health.

Taking regular vacations, aside from being pleasurable, can also aid in a healthier and longer life. Too often these days many families believe that there just isn’t enough time to take a break away from their busy schedules and for some families they feel that it is simply financially impossible; however, traditions, like vacations, are important to the health and well-being of the family unit. Taking time out from the daily demands of juggling work and home responsibilities is vital to your family’s health. Planning a vacation promotes togetherness as you fine tune the details of your upcoming time together and creates excitement which in turn has a positive psychological effect for all involved.

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Vacations Can Reduce Some Health Risks

Taking regular vасаtіоns, in some cases, has been known to rеduсе thе сhаnсеs оf hеаrt dіsеаsе аnd саn hеlр bоth mеn аnd wоmеn lіvе lоngеr, happier аnd hеаlthіеr lіvеs. Іn а studу соnduсtеd bу rеsеаrсhеrs frоm thе Ѕtаtе Unіvеrsіtу оf Νеw Yоrk, іn Оswеgо, оn 12,338 mіddlе-аgеd mеn, whо wеrе аt rіsk оf hеаrt dіsеаsе, іt wаs fоund out thаt thоsе whо dіd nоt tаkе rеgulаr vасаtіоns wеrе mоrе lіkеlу tо dіе оvеr а 9 уеаr реrіоd thаn thоsе whо dіd take a vacation. Ассоrdіng tо rеsеаrсhеr Еlаіnе Еаkеr, mіddlе-аgеd wоmеn whо dо nоt tаkе vасаtіоns hаvе еіght tіmеs thе rіsk оf еіthеr hаvіng а hеаrt аttасk оr dуіng оf hеаrt dіsеаsе.

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Ѕtrеss threatens your overall health and аffесts your body’s іmmunе and саrdіоvаsсulаr systems, as well as your еmоtіоnаl wеll-bеіng аnd general quаlіtу оf lіfе. Ѕtudіеs hаvе shоwn that vасаtіоns are a beneficial way tо rеduсе thе рrеssurеs оf еvеrуdау lіfе аnd alleviate built up strеss.

Boost Creativity and Productivity

Taking time to “play” has powerful benefits for both children and adults. Playtime has been said to be the single most significant factor in determining our success and happiness. In fact, playtime is just as important as getting enough sleep! Adults who play enjoy freedom from time constraints, rules and responsibilities, bringing balance to their busy and often overly structured lives. People in creative fields especially need to recharge their brain cells in order to continue to innovate and create. Taking a break can lead to increased productivity and also offer fresh new perspectives and ideas.

Strengthen Family Bonds

Spending time together enriches relationships between couples and strengthens family ties.Through traditions such as vacations, any relationship can benefit. Making memories with our loved ones is the glue that binds us all. Taking time out from the day to day grind provides opportunities to connect on a deeper level as well as discover new skills and interests with family members.

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Rediscover Yourself

Vасаtіоns can аlsо provide the ideal opportunity fоr sеlf-dіsсоvеrу. After an extended period in the work force and at times a sense of relentless pressure to conform and produce, it can be easy to lose oneself and forget about what matters most. Taking a much-needed time-out саn hеlр уоu rediscover yourself and perhaps remind you of the things that you, and only you, like to do. By reconnecting with yourself you may discover what motivates, inspires and captures your interest by trying new activities and taking time for self-reflection.

As you can see there are many advantages of taking a vacation. When it’s time to take that much needed break why not consider a dude ranch vacation? You will find plenty of moments to relax as well as the opportunity to try new activities, make everlasting memories and also add physical and mental benefits to the list. Use Ranchseeker’s free dude ranch search tool to find your perfect vacation.

Happy Trails!

Spring Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

2/18/2016 12:25:51 AM
Spring Break is just around the corner so the question on every parent’s mind is “what am I going to do with the kids?” With the weather getting warmer spending time outdoors is a great option and one offered on dude ranch vacations. Plus dude ranches often provide many different activities to keep your kiddos engaged so you can kick off your boots for R & R. There are also many activities to do with your kids for some precious bonding time.

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Alternatively, perhaps you would like to get away for a few days without the kids to destress or reconnect with your partner. Even a few days away unplugged from your daily routine in nature’s beauty can fully recharge your battery. Here are some Spring specials from our dude ranches because why not save a bit too!  Discounted Rate at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch The Hideout Lodge in Wyoming is happy to offer a special discounted rate of $2,545.00 for guests who book a six night stay, starting on any day of the week during the early Spring season from March 26-April 2 up to and including the week of April 24-30, 2016. This special vacation rate includes tax, service charges and a round-trip transfer from Cody/Yellowstone Regional Airport. For a more intimate experience, we limit our guests to approximately 12 riders per week during the Spring season. The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch in Shell, WY [caption id="attachment_3160" align="aligncenter" width="450"]The Hideout Lodge Dining Dining at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch[/caption] Spring Offer From Coulter Lake Guest Ranch  You won’t want to miss Coulter Lake Guest Ranch’s special Spring offer. When you buy 1 Adult vacation package you get 1 child's vacation package free! Simply book 3 nights or longer for an adult package for June 1st through June 30th and get 1 free youth package! This offer has no limits so this is a great way to bring the family and save! Vacation packages include all your lodging, meals, horseback riding, and other on-ranch activities! Save up to a value of $1,350 for a 6 night package. Children between 6 & 14 are eligible for the free package. Coulter Lake is located in Colorado three miles into the White River National Forest which is home to incredible natural beauty and abundant wildlife. [caption id="attachment_4223" align="aligncenter" width="442"]Coulter Lake Guest Ranch Riding at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch[/caption] Save 12% Early Season Discount at Gros Ventre River Ranch Until mid-June each year, Gros Ventre River Ranch offers discounted pricing and daily rates. The early season is a beautiful time to visit the ranch, as their pastures are lush and green, wildflowers are abundant and the ranch isn’t as busy.  During this time, the Jackson Hole ranch offers beginner, intermediate and advanced horseback rides twice a day. Their fly fishing guide also offers group clinics and private lessons on their stocked fishing ponds. Explore the surrounding area on guided hikes and discover wildflower filled meadows, ranch lookouts and more! [caption id="attachment_4224" align="aligncenter" width="450"]GROS VENTRE RIVER RANCH Riding through the wildflowers at Gros Ventre River Ranch[/caption] Save 15% at Spotted Horse Ranch Another Jackson Hole Ranch offering discounts is Spotted Horse Ranch. Book for a stay between May 19 -June 12 and October 1-15 and receive 15% off your total.  Indoors or out, the Spotted Horse is an idyllic island of peace and quiet in a busy world. The pace is leisurely, with hearty home-cooked meals waiting for you in the lodge dining room while you explore the wilderness surrounding the ranch through a float trip, horseback ride, overnight trip or a hike [caption id="attachment_4226" align="aligncenter" width="450"]spotted horse ranch Enjoying the view at Spotted Horse Ranch[/caption] Take advantage of these specials while you can and have a great Spring Break! Happy Trails!

Adorable Mini Horses. Cuteness Overload

1/11/2016 5:39:37 PM

Miniature horses do exist! While miniature horses are usually the size of a very small pony but many retain horse characteristics and are considered "horses" by their respective registries. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people and are often kept as pets. They are also trained as service animals to assist people with disabilities similar to guide dogs. They are generally quite hardy, often living longer on average than  full-sized horses with the average life span of miniature horses ranging from 25 to 35 years. Makes you want to get one of your own doesn't it? Now get ready for some cuteness overload!

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A girls best friend

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Racing with the mini horse 

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Teeny tiny mini horse

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Size means nothing to this mini horse 


Cat & mini horse
Best friends

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Easily fits into the front seat!     

Some Amazing Horse Facts

12/8/2015 4:49:33 PM

Horses have played an important role in human history. They are magnificent creatures that have served dutifully alongside humans in times of war, farming and hunting as well. In addition, people have always relied on equines for transportation during ancient times. Horses were the first “engines” and were originally used to pull chariots and wagons until the invention of the automobile.

Horse Facts

Horses have been admired through the ages for their beauty, speed and strength. They also have many other characteristics and abilities that may not be as well- known but are still fascinating. There are plenty of horse facts and horse trivia to learn. Horses are a fun and clever animal. Here are some horse facts and trivia for you to enjoy. Amazing horse facts and horse Trivia:

  • Horses cannot vomit
  • Horses can sleep standing up or lying down
  • Horses are herbivores
  • Horses are able to run shortly after being born
  • In 2003, Italy, the horse was first cloned, which is Halflinger Mare
  • Horses like sweet flavors and usually reject anything bitter or sour
  • The teeth of the horse will never stop growing.
  • In 680 B.C, Chariot racing was the 1st Olympic sport.
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other land mammal
  • The word chivalry comes from the French word for horse
  • Horses will poop 14 times per day
  • The weight of the average horse is about half of a ton and its brain is the size of a potato
  • The hoof of the horse is analogous to a human fingernail and the horses will stand on the middle fingers.
  • Horses have more memory power than elephants
  • No gall bladders for horses
  • Horses distinguish tones instead of specific words.
  • Horses see a different image in each eye, so horses can see 2 different images or pictures at the same time. They have binocular vision.
  • Horses are found in the cave paintings which date to about 15000 B.C
  • Freshly mowed grass cuttings may cause colic in horses
  • Horses will drink up to 25 gallons of water per day.
  • Horses can see better than a human at night but it takes the horse eyes longer to adjust from the dark to light and light to dark than humans.
  • Horses can see almost 360 degrees at any given time with the exception of blind spots directly in front or behind them
  • Horses have better senses of smell and hearing than humans
  • Horses cannot breathe through their mouths
  • Horses will produce approximately ten gallons of saliva per day.
  • The heart of the horse weighs about 10 or 9 pounds.
  • There are about 300 horse breeds and ponies available worldwide.
  • The teeth of the horse occupy more space in the head than it’s brain.
  • Generally, adult female horses have 36 teeth and males 40 teeth.

Should I Book a Guest Ranch Vacation?

11/4/2015 9:49:24 AM

Heck ya you should book a guest ranch vacation for your next holiday! Guest ranches are a great choice for families, couples and solo travelers alike. With so many different destinations to choose from in the United States, Canada and Mexico how could you possibly go wrong? Here are just a few reasons why you should forgo the typical beach vacation in favour of a fun, western themed getaway.   HORSEBACK RIDING This is probably the #1 reason to go to a guest ranch. Who doesn’t love the idea of saddling-up and exploring scenic vistas from atop a horse? It doesn’t matter whether you are a first time rider because qualified wranglers will teach you the basics so that you feel comfortable out on the trails. If you are an advanced rider many guest ranches will tailor exciting rides to match your experience level. Some guest ranches even offer overnight pack trips.

Horseback riding
Horseback riding

Multiple Activities to Choose From

Aside from horseback riding the majority of guest ranches offer a plethora of activities to choose from. You can hike or mountain bike on scenic trails, kayak or canoe on beautiful lakes, rent an ATV, try your hand at fly-fishing, learn a new skill like archery or rifle shooting, or zoom along a zip-line or participate in a cattle drive. These are just a few of the exciting activities that guest ranches offer. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to ask each guest ranch what activities they include.

Hiking
Hiking

The All-Inclusive Package

The majority of guest ranches utilize the “all-inclusive” vacation concept. This means that you pay upfront for your accommodations, meals and in many cases most of your activities are included too. There may be some additional costs but in general your vacation can be budgeted for in advance. You can also customize your vacation to suit your specific needs. Another added benefit is if you are a solo traveler many guest ranches don’t add an extra premium for single vacationers.

Spa-aaah Time

Just because you are staying at a guest ranch it doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in some quality me-time as well. Many guest ranches are considered spa destinations as well with qualified spa technicians available to cater to your every wish. After a day of riding there is nothing better than a relaxing massage to soothe sore muscles.  When booking your guest ranch vacation be sure to ask whether they offer spa services if that is on your vacation wish-list.

Spa Time
Spa Time

The Dining Experience

Meals can break or make a vacation! Guest ranches take pride in the food that they serve their guests. This can mean gourmet meals prepared by a culinary chef or simple hearty home-cooked meals that rely on old family favourite recipes. Whichever the case may be you will be treated to satisfying meals that will leave you asking for seconds. If you have special dietary concerns be sure to let your guest ranch know in advance so that they can accommodate your needs.

Hospitality at its Finest

A guest ranch isn’t part of a hotel chain. More often than not the guest ranch that you choose for your next vacation has a long, interesting, family history. You will be welcomed into their home as a guest but once you leave you will feel like family. Guest ranches are famous for their down home hospitality and in many cases they boast a high rate of returning guests.

Disconnect and Re-connect

A vacation at a guest ranch gives you the opportunity to disconnect from the digital world since many guest ranches are off the beaten path cell service isn’t always readily available; although, you can usually find somewhere on-site to access WiFi if need be. Disconnecting from the digital world allows you and your loved ones to re-connect with each other and your surroundings and isn’t that what a vacation should be all about?

Re-connect with nature
Re-connect with nature

Kid-friendly Programs

Many guest ranches have special programs tailored specifically for your kids. Aside from being fun they are often educational as well. This gives parents a chance to participate in more adult orientated activities or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment or simple enjoy some time together as a couple. Parents can feel comfortable knowing that their children are being taken care of by responsible staff members and most importantly that their little-ones or not so little-ones are meeting new friends and having a blast.

Specialty Weeks

Throughout the year guest ranches usually offer specialty weeks. Depending on the ranch this could include girls’ only weeks, cattle drives, horsemanship clinics, artistic events, culinary events, adults’ only weeks and of course special holiday celebration weeks. Be sure to ask what events and specials are offered during the year at the guest ranch that you are interested in for your next vacation.   These are just a few of the reasons that when you next decide to pack your bags you should consider choosing a guest ranch as your vacation destination.

RanchSeeker can help you find the perfect guest ranch for you! Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

10/28/2015 9:41:34 AM

Do you like adventure, scenic landscapes and pristine wilderness? If so, then Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch is the ideal vacation destination for you. Located at the foot of the Sierra Madre (the Mexican Rockies) in northeast Sonora, Mexico, which is just 55miles south of the southeast Arizona town of Douglas you will find this privately owned 30,000 acre guest ranch and cattle ranch. Rancho Los Baños, or Ranch of the Springs in English, is in a safe and secure area centered at the crossroads of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.

Enveloped by some of the most unique, inspiring and diverse desert landscapes this protected wilderness preserve is remote, serene and promises otherworldly landscapes to its visitors. Here you will enjoy world-class backcountry horseback riding that will take you through several different habitats that encompass lake, river, mountain, high desert, box canyon and riparian ecosystems. Besides the many scenic nature trails, you can also ride to numerous historical attractions like a 17th century abandoned Jesuit gold mine or visit the remains of a 19th century bandit hiding camp where both American and Mexican outlaws went to lay low. You can also ride to 2,000 year old pre-Colombian dwellings full of pictographs, deep inside El Cajon Canyon, or visit a 20 mile long lake, and its dam, built during the Great Depression by the architects and engineers that also built Hoover Dam (the dam is a smaller replica of Hoover). This is just a small sampling of what you will see and learn about while staying at the ranch. From atop your horse you will be breathing and living the history of days gone by while taking in spectacular scenery.

Aside from horseback riding there is canyon hiking, jeep eco-tours, river and lake kayaking, fishing, wildlife spotting and birding. Nighttime at Rancho Los Baños you will experience star-gazing at its finest! You will be awed by the tens of thousands of stars visible to the naked eye since there isn’t any interference of unnatural light. Avid nature lovers and thrill seekers will revel in all that there is to see and do at this guest ranch.

Adventure Guest Ranch
Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

Modern, homey, B&B-style ranch lodge and cabins featuring all the creature comforts of home provide comfortable and relaxing accommodations white staying at your home-away-from-home. Gourmet, International and Mexican home-cooked cuisine is served family-style in either the dining room or outside on the balcony overlooking breathtaking scenery. Meal times are a wonderful opportunity to swap stories about your day with other guests and to make new friends.

Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch caters to a new generation of adventure travellers who are seeking a thrilling, challenging, educational, fun-filled vacation in a unique setting.

Happy Trails!

*Shuttle service is provided from Tucson to the ranch and back*

Thanksgiving 2015 Dude Ranch Specials

10/25/2015 3:00:53 PM

Thanksgiving is one of the traditions that bring families together around a festive table filled with delicious edibles that everyone loves. But why stick to your dinner table when you can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal within the mountains, surrounded by the beautiful scenery you should be thankful for? And why curl in front of the TV later when you can go on a horseback ride, hike through beautiful valleys, or lounge with others in a lodge to exchange stories? If this sounds tempting, then it’s high time that you head on to a dude ranch Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving

To help you get the best of the season without stretching your budget, take a look at the following three Thanksgiving 2015 vacation specials available.

Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

A 30,000 acre adventure guest ranch, Rancho Los Baños is an authentic cattle ranch at the foothills of the Sierra Madres in Sonora, Mexico. What makes it special is its original, exotic flavor which you won’t find in nearby ranches. As an adventure guest ranch, you can also expect thrilling, challenging, educational, and, of course, fun-filled activities that would keep you and your loved ones coming back for more. The dude ranch is also enshrouded by wilderness, adding to its seclusion and separating it from the hubbub of Douglas, Arizona almost 55 miles away.

Rancho Los Banos

For Thanksgiving 2015, Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch is offering a six night, seven day package that starts from Sunday November 22 through Saturday November 28. The package costs $1,200 per guest per stay (single occupancy is $1,320 per stay), but children aged 10 and under are welcome to stay there for free. In addition to a round-trip shuttle, this deal includes a Latin American Wine Tasting session that stretches all week long. Get ready to tantalize your palate with complimentary wines from Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru and other great wineries in the region. And to top it all, you’ll enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey dinner served in a unique, cultural setting.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Known for being Northern California’s Finest Guest Ranch, Coffee Creek Ranch is also one of the oldest ranches in the area. Surrounded by the National Forest and the Trinity Alps, the 367-acre ranch offers vacationers the chance to reconnect with nature and experience firsthand the world-famous southern hospitality. Families are most welcome at the ranch, a fact proven by its range of Ranch Youth Activities which offer age-appropriate activities to children aged 3-17, such as horse/pony rides, crafts, and roping lessons. Adults, on the other hand, can pick from horseback riding activities, pack trips, fishing trips, or hunting sessions.

Coffee Creek Ranch

For Thanksgiving 2015 on November 29, Coffee Creek Ranch invites you to unwind, unplug and relax at the ranch. The Thanksgiving package includes all meals, lodging, horseback riding, and all the ranch’s activities. However, if you live within 150 miles of the ranch you can stay there for $150 per night per person to have the best time of your life. Better yet, if your family consists of four members, you can save and enjoy Thanksgiving at the ranch for $400 a night. Children under three years can stay for free. So, book quickly to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner by the ranch’s pool this year

White Stallion Ranch

A member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame after winning the #1 Property in Tucson for five years in a row, White Stallion Ranch has been welcoming visitors for over seven decades. It’s  well maintained facilities and wonderful scenery contributed to making it one of the top settings for many Hollywood movies over the years. In addition to comfortable, luxurious rooms, the ranch amenities flaunts sports courts, a fitness center, a bar, a recreation room, a movie theater, and a petting zoo which your kids will love. You can also take part in a range of activities such as riding, rodeo, and hiking. Even if you’re not the adventurous type, your stay will be fun thanks to the ranch’s evening entertainment which includes moonlight bonfires, an astronomy show, line dancing lessons, whip cracking lessons and lastly gun spinning lessons.


If White Stallion Ranch is your destination this Thanksgiving 2015, you can ride your heart out or relax by the pool while a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is being cooked outside. However, you’ll need to book your spot quickly since Thanksgiving Week is very popular and space is limited. Make sure to inquire at  520-297-0252 or email at info@whitestallion.com. These are just some of the Thanksgiving 2015 vacation specials our dude ranches have available this year. Make sure to book the package you like the most right away or else you and your family won’t be able to experience a Western Thanksgiving before next year.

Bar 10 Ranch's Unbelievable Grand Canyon Packages

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The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and probably the easiest Wonder to visit if you’re located in North America. It’s also a great place to revel in the American lifestyle as it’s considered home to the oldest national park in the country and over 4,800 archeological sites. On the other hand, it gives nature lovers a lot of memories they can immortalize on film. However, you can double your fun by staying at the Bar 10 Ranch.

Grand Canyon

Located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, the Bar 10 Ranch is a dude ranch that offers true Western hospitality and never-ending adventure. But that’s not even all you can expect at Bar 10 Ranch; the following are the main activities and tour packages you can enjoy at the dude ranch.

Grand Canyon Colorado River Rafting Trips


Three and Four Day Trips– Starting from $1,262 per person
Six and Seven Day Trips – Starting from $850 per person

This Activity is Only Available from May through September.  

Bar 10 Ranch is known for being the best place to start and end river rafting trips. You can be part of this experience by booking a Grand Canyon Colorado River Rafting Trip. Become one with the river as you steer your raft and observe the natural wonders surrounding you. The ranch will provide the equipment you need to ensure your safety and entertainment as you make your way away from cars, long lines and the hubbub of people.

Three-Day Outdoor Odyssey


Three Day Outdoor Odyssey – Starting from $615 per person
Four Day Outdoor Odyssey – Starting from $850 per person
Air Fare (Las Vegas – Bar 10 – Las Vegas) – Starting from $290 per person

Get ready to explore the Grand Canyon, immersing yourself in its grandeur and history while traveling between towering vistas and majestic canyons. History buffs are also in for a treat as they’ll get to learn everything about the colorful history of Indians, ranchers, homesteaders and outlaws who once roamed (or hid) in this marvel. On the other hand, nature and art lovers will love the array of colors reflected around them as the sun moves during the day. As part of the Outdoor Odyssey, you’ll receive delicious meals, comfortable lodging, and cowboy guided activities like ATV tours, hiking, ranch demonstrations, and extended horseback rides. You get to decide, however, whether you want to enjoy these activities for three or four days any time year round.

Bar 10 Grand Canyon Air and Ground Tour


Bar 10 Grand Canyon Air and Ground Tour – Starting from $286 per person
Bar 10 Grand Canyon Air and Ground Tour  with ATV Upgrade – Starting from $351 per person

This Activity is Only Available from April through Mid-November.  

Explore the Grand Canyon in more than one unique way: via Bar 10 Ranch’s Dornier Twin-Engine Plane, your own ATV, or as a passenger in a stretch ranger. The ranch’s plane offers you the chance to enjoy a scenic flight at least 2,000 feet over the Grand Canyon. On the other hand, ATVs and the stretch ranger allow you to explore the inner gorge by delving 3,000 feet beneath the sheer cliffs. Rest assured that you’ll go home with a wonderful memory and lots of pictures of breathtaking views. By booking the Bar 10 Grand Canyon Air and Ground Tour, you’re entitled to the following four: Round-trip flights over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon ATV or ranger tour with your personal cowboy guide Dutch oven BBQ lunch comprising of BBQ beef sandwich, potatoes, vegetables and dessert Free shuttle transfers to and from certain hotels Aside from these, you can contact the Bar 10 Ranch to create custom or group tours. You can add horseback riders, river rafting, helicopter tours, wagon trek, rock climbing, line dancing instruction, and much more. However, you’ll need to contact the dude ranch with your requirements first to get a quote. So get in touch with Bar 10 Ranch’s friendly reservation staff at 1-800-582-4139.

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