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Introducing Your Kids to Fishing: The Perfect Guest Ranch Vacation Activity

3/22/2018 9:58:31 AM

The following blog has been provided by  guest contributor Jon Sutton to share his knowledge about fishing with RanchSeeker's readers. 

Guest ranch vacations are rarely boring affairs. Throughout your stay, you’ll be immersed in the dude ranch lifestyle. You’ll ride horses, learn rope skills, get a taste of ranch culture and enjoy wonderful cuisine. But most of the best guest ranches also give you the chance to do other things too.

For example, many guest ranches border rivers or lakes and provide great opportunities for fishing. And because most guest ranch vacations are family affairs that include the kids, they provide the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the sport.

It’s really a no-lose proposition: Even if the fishing trip doesn’t go well, you’ll get the chance to spend a couple of hours bonding with your children and sharing the great outdoors with them. But if you plan the trip well, you’ll likely have a fantastic time, catch plenty of fish and take home photos of your kids showing off their catch.

Just try to embrace the tips below to ensure that your kids enjoy the best possible fishing experience. If things go well, you may spark a lifelong love of the sport, and help them develop an appreciation of the natural world.

1. Outfit your kids with age- and size-appropriate equipment.

Too often, kids are forced to fish with a parent’s hand-me-down rod, which is essentially guaranteed to be too large and complicated for them. Instead, you’ll want to outfit them with something befitting their size and skill level. A 5- to 6-foot-long spinning or spincasting combo is the ideal rod and reel for most kids who are learning to fish.

2. Pick a good location to fish with your kids.

You have to put your bait where the fish are if you expect to catch any, so don’t just go down to the lake and started casting about randomly. Instead, look for places near vegetation or man-made structures like docks, or where the depth changes abruptly. These are the types of locations in which fish often congregate. 

3. Get started early or wait until later in the day.

Fish often exhibit daily activity cycles; they’ll become active and feed during some times and rest during others. In the spring, summer and early fall, these active periods are often most pronounced near dawn and dusk, when the sun is low in the sky. Additionally, these times often offer the most comfortable fishing conditions for you and the kids.

4. Target the species your kids will have the best chance of catching.

Don’t set your kids up for disappointment by trying to catch largemouth bass, walleye or pike. Instead, try to increase your children’s chances of catching fish by targeting abundant, easy-to-catch species. This typically means targeting catfish and bluegill (as well as their relatives), but perch and rainbow trout can also be easy to catch in small ponds that are stocked with them.

5. Use real or live baits, rather than artificial lures.

Fancy artificial lures may be productive and fun to use for experienced anglers, but fishing novices will generally struggle to use them and end up snagging them on the bottom. Instead, use natural or live baits when teaching your kids to fish. For example, small worms, crickets and small dough balls are very effective for catching bluegill, while hot dog slices, grapes and shrimp are excellent catfish baits.

6. Keep things light, positive and fun.

Chances are, it may take a little while for your kids to get their first nibbles. This can lead to frustration, which can cause them to lose interest in fishing altogether. Accordingly, you’ll need to maintain a positive attitude and ensure that they’re still entertained and happy while learning to be patient. So, make sure to learn plenty of kid-friendly jokes and allow them frequent breaks to explore the shoreline or chase frogs, if necessary. They’ll usually regain their interest in a few minutes and do so with renewed determination.


If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll set yourself up for a great day on the water and help your kids form memories that’ll last a lifetime. So be sure to give fishing a try on your next guest ranch vacation – you’ll be glad you did.

Just be sure that you familiarize yourself with the fishing rules and regulations of the state you’re visiting and that you obtain all necessary licenses before doing so. You don’t want to taint your child’s first fishing trip with an unpleasant encounter with law enforcement.

In the meantime, cruise on over to Outdoor Empire and check out their comprehensive article about taking your kids on their first fishing trip. There, you’ll learn more tips and tricks to make your kids first trip a great one.

Happy Trails!

Family Fun at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

1/10/2018 9:12:00 AM

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, just 16 miles east of Sandpoint, Id.  Spanning over 75 years and four generations, riding and herding cattle across the spectacular 2,000 acre ranch property has been their passion and pride for this dedicated working ranch family.  Since 1991, when Western Pleasures first opened its doors to guests, the ranch family and staff has also provided an unforgettable riding experience to its guests, whether newbies or oldtimers, from daily trail rides to helping herd cattle from one pasture to another and a thrilling night ride under starry skies complete with a campfire cookout to get a real taste of cowboy life.

All-inclusive summer packages offer twice-daily trail riding sessions on specially trained ranch bred horses. Guests are carefully matched with their mounts to ensure maximum riding enjoyment throughout their stay, Personalized programs are also available for guests who usually arrive from Sunday to Saturday to take full advantage of the many exciting on and off-ranch adventures. In addition to couples, groups and singles, families are especially welcomed during the summer months when kids' riding programs and activities are in full swing, so parents get to enjoy some downtime with lots of family fun. Along with its excellent riding programs, which include lessons/riding in the indoor arena on rainy days, Western Pleasures has a varied array of non-riding outdoor activities to please every family member, be it skeet shooting, archery, fat tire biking, hiking, children's playground, recreational room games and TV westerns, wagon rides around the property or a soothing soak in the hot tub after an exhilarating day spent outside. Off-ranch activities available include swimming, boat rides or kayaking expeditions on a nearby lake.

Accommodation choices are cosy lodge rooms or spacious, comfortable fully-equipped cabins dotted around the ranch, suitable for families and groups. Included in the packages are three gourmet meals daily in the large lodge dining room or guests can opt to access the lodge restaurant or self-cater in the cabins.

Ranch amenities also consist of a library for some quiet reading pleasure, access to Wi-Fi, an outdoor seating area and a large old-fashioned veranda to sit back on and appreciate the majestic mountain vistas or watch the wranglers bringing up the horses. Just a few of the many thoughtful touches designed to please and expand the western guest ranch experience. What summer vacation could possibly be more unique, happy and healthy for a family than an active, outdoor, fun-filled guest ranch riding staycation with the friendly folk at Western Pleasures Guest Ranch, where you arrive as guests and depart as family....yahoo!

Ranchseeker is just a click away from helping you find this and many other fine ranch properties for that perfect summer vacation for you, family and friends!

Happy Trails!

Why Latigo Guest Ranch?

12/6/2017 6:28:00 AM

Trying to decide which guest ranch to choose for your next vacation can often feel like a daunting task especially since there are so many fantastic guest ranches located in the USA, Canada, Mexico and other countries.  But while you are searching for that “perfect destination” you should definitely consider putting Latigo Ranch  on your short list. Located in picturesque Colorado, situated on a mountainside, the ranch boasts outstanding scenic views that reach all the way to the Continental  Divide a mere 75 miles away.  Latigo Ranch offers its guests a true western experience as outlined below.

All-Inclusive Rates 

What could be better than paying upfront for your vacation and not having to worry about any additional fees, taxes or gratuities at the end of your stay? This eliminates all the financial stress and worrying away since what you see is what you get- no extra fees!

Plus this family owned and operated Ranch offers a “satisfaction guaranteed” policy which means if you are not satisfied you will pay nothing beyond your initial 25% deposit. How’s that for removing any possible anxieties you might have about whether you are receiving a great bang for your buck? 

Endless Activities


During the summer season Latigo Ranch offers a plethora of fun activities to choose from that will suit everyone’s needs in your group. Some people choose the ranch for their array of outdoor experiences available and others are simply looking for a relaxing getaway or a combination of both options. You can choose to fill your days with horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, shooting, rafting, and more. Or just kick back and disconnect from the digital world while you soak up the spectacular views, relax by the pool or catch up on some much needed beauty sleep in a tranquil setting.


Latigo Ranch is a veritable winter wonderland during the colder months of the year. Ski aficionados can either visit just for the day or choose to stay for the week in order to take full advantage of the ranch’s world-class trails. With an average of over 200 inches of snow a year and 50 kms of trails it is truly a skier’s paradise. There are also plenty of other winter activities to keep guests entertained like soaking in the hot tub as well as several indoor games in the main lodge like ping pong, foosball, pianos, board games and more.

Specialty Weeks

During the year the ranch offers 3 unique weeks:

Adult’s Only Week  : (September 10th - September 16th) Savour the quiet….those under 18 years of age need not apply. This week is for adults looking for a vacation in peace and tranquility without younger family members be it theirs or others!

Women’s Week Stay: (1st week of June) Call your BFFs, sisters, mother or any other special women in your life and sign up for a memorable week away bonding with them.

Cattle Round Up :  ( 3rd week in September):  You will locate, gather and move hundreds of cattle from the high mountain summer pastures and spend long but rewarding days in the saddle. This week is for experienced riders only and there is a limited capacity so be sure to book this experience well in advance. 

The Cuisine

Foodies will be delighted with the gourmet, contemporary cuisine served at the ranch which is not only good for you but also consists of hearty fine dining meals. With advance notice the ranch can accommodate almost any dietary restriction. Only the finest ingredients, sustainably sourced (whenever possible) are used in creating memorable dining experiences throughout your stay. This is one time you shouldn’t say “no” to the dessert course.

Your Home Away From Home

During your stay at the ranch choose between a single bedroom suite which is ideal for couples or families of 3 or a larger suite that can accommodate up to 6 people. At the end of the day relax in your modern log cabin which features a sitting room and fireplace or wood burning stove perfect for those cooler evenings throughout the year. Take in the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains from your very own porch during the day or admire a star-studded sky at night.  Each unit comes with a refrigerator so that you can bring all of your favourite snacks with you plus it’s also stocked with complimentary soft drinks. Since you are on vacation, a daily maid service is also part of your all-inclusive rate. 

To sum up the question….it shouldn’t be why you should choose Colorado’s Latigo Ranch for your next guest ranch vacation but rather why on earth not? 

*Please be sure to mention that you heard about Latigo Ranch here first on RanchSeeker’s blog.*

Happy Trails!

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Grandparent Travel at Marble Mountain Ranch

11/6/2017 12:00:00 AM

In Northern California you will find Marble Mountain Guest Ranch, a dude ranch that combines their exceptional equestrian program with thrilling ranch activities such as white-water rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, sporting clays, jet boat adventures on the Lower Klamath and traditional American ranch events. Guest ranch accommodations and lodging include fully furnished deluxe homes and housekeeping cottages (or cabins).

What truly makes Marble Mountain Ranch one of the best locations in all of North America to vacation, is the wide variety of unparalleled adventures possible at their ranch. Keeping families together and engaged in activities suitable for beginners to experts is what this ranch is all about. For many guests, it is the horseback trail riding that is the highlight of their stay. However, the ‘summit to sea’ option ,which includes incredible trail riding opportunities featuring breathtaking mountain views combined with rafting, fly fishing and shooting are also not to be missed!


Marble Mountain Ranch also caters to a very special vacation niche: Grandparent Travel where multi-generations come together while enjoying shared adventures. Creating memories and time well-spent together helps bridge the generation gap between loved ones. The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a special one indeed and a shared vacation allows the younger generation the opportunity to better connect with their family roots. It can also enable parents some often much needed time for themselves should they choose to opt out of this particular adventure. Grandparent Travel need not only apply to the biological grandparent. Aunts, uncles, and godparents can also benefit from inter-generational travel experiences as well with their younger family members.


By choosing Marble Mountain Ranch grandparents can feel confident that their young charges are in a safe environment. The remote and secure setting of a wilderness ranch eliminates the worry of little ones wandering off and getting lost in a huge resort-like complex. Ranch wranglers, guides, counselors, and owners are on-hand to staff all of the activities offered at the ranch and group safety is paramount.

A guest ranch destination also makes it easier for the urban raised grandchild to “unplug” from the digital world and be more present in the moment. With so many exciting activities to choose from in an outdoor wilderness setting your grandchild will prefer real world experiences over virtual ones. By disconnecting from their digital devices grandparents won’t have to compete for their grandchild’s attention providing the opportunity to truly connect with one another on a meaningful level.

A Grandparent Travel vacation at Marble Mountain Ranch combines a shared passion for adventure that spans generations while providing multiple benefits and memories that will last a lifetime.

 Happy Trails!

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Sundance Trail Guest Ranch A 4 Season Ranch

1/19/2017 12:55:27 PM

Located in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado you will find Sundance Trail Guest Ranch a family owned and operated ranch 100 miles NW of Denver. Open all year round this ranch is ideal for your next family vacation and offers dude ranching at its best.

Fall, winter and spring are Bed & Breakfast Mountain Lodge seasons at the ranch where you will find lodging, meals and morning horseback rides. These times of year are a bit quieter than the more activity packed summer months.

Guests are welcome to come for one or two nights, or for a week and during these months the ranch is also pet friendly. Be sure to ask for the ranch’s list of “common-sense rules” and “Special Notes” regarding your four-legged family members.

During this time period guests enjoy a quiet retreat away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. Some couples find this to be the perfect romantic guest ranch get-away for elopement weddings and the ideal destination for a honeymoon. Fill your days horseback riding the trails of the Roosevelt National Forest, indulging in an array of spa treatments, stargazing from the Jacuzzi, swapping stories in front of a Colorado Mountain Lodge fireplace or simply enjoying a great book on a sunny porch. If you ae traveling as a group of between 8-12 people the ranch can arrange Country Inn Murder Mystery Weekends. What fun!

Summer months at Sundance Trail provide a ranch vacation lifestyle that can be compared to summer camp. Remember how much fun summer camp used to be? You will find a plethora of activities and outdoor adventures to choose from that can be enjoyed by the whole family on your 7 day/6 night or 4 day/3 night vacation. With structured activities and unstructured time to explore or relax you can be as busy as you want or simply enjoy doing nothing for a couple of hours. With a “Colorado Horseback Riding” theme guests can ride every day if they want to or choose from lots of other fun activities as well like:

  • hiking
  • white water rafting
  • professional rock climbing lessons
  • fun family fishing in nearby lakes (cutthroat trout)
  • serious fly fishing on the nearby “Wild and Scenic” Cache La Poudre River (rainbow & brown trout)
  • horse shoes
  • target and trap shooting (with instruction and careful supervision!)
  • evening campfires (s’mores!)
  • cowboy singing and poetry
  • professional massage and Jacuzzi
  • and for little ones children’s programs.

Accommodations include cozy mountain lodge and cabin suites for up to seven families or twenty-four guests. Mealtimes at the ranch are always special whether it’s cookouts, steak barbecues, lunch on the trail or picnicking under the pines. The ranch serves up excellent fare. Meals are Colorado hearty western, served family style, with home- made breads and desserts… always delicious. If you have any dietary restrictions the ranch kitchen is always very flexible and happy to accommodate with advance notice.

So as you can see no matter what time of year you choose to getaway Sundance Trail Guest Ranch can meet your vacation needs.

Happy Trails!

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Spring Summer Bonanza Rates 2017 at White Stallion Ranch

12/14/2016 11:28:29 AM

It’s never too early to plan your spring vacation! White Stallion Ranch’s 2017 Spring Vacation package offers their best rates in near perfect weather.

Sun, May 14th, 2017 – Sun, June 11th 2017

This special is as golden as the desert in bloom. Bask in the warm early summer sun and enjoy the multitude of desert blossoms on the Palo Verde trees, ironwood trees, saguaro, and cholla cacti. It’s a Kodak moment everywhere you turn. You will find yourself delighted with the frolics of their new-born Longhorn calves. This time of year is also fantastic riding weather!

The packages include lodging, all meals, horseback riding (except Sundays), cookouts, airport transfers from the Tucson International Airport, and daily ranch activities.

Double: $735.00/person* ($183.75/extra nights)
Single: $800.00/person* ($200.00/extra nights)
Deluxe Single: $1075.00*  ($268.75/extra nights)
Third person: $438.00*  ($109.50/extra nights)

White Stallion Ranch

Double: $1,220.00/person* ($174.29/extra nights)
Single: $1,332.00/person* ($190.29/extra nights)
Deluxe Single: $1,790.00* ($255.72/extra nights)
Third person: $731.00* ($104.43/extra nights)

*rates are subject to 8.1% tax and 15% service charge

White Stallion Ranch (/Search/DetailView?id=303 ) is a traditional dude ranch located in Tucson, Arizona that has been in the True family for almost fifty years. Nestled at the base of the beautiful Tucson Mountains on 3,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert you will be surrounded by rugged mountains, cactus and unspoiled desert. With several different rides to choose from first-time trailblazers to life-long riders will have ample time to enjoy the beauty of the desert from atop a horse. The True family has one of the largest privately owned herds in Arizona which means they have the right horse for every guest.

White Stallion Ranch

The White Stallion ranch is an authentic western guest ranch that has been carefully blended with the service and quality of a fine resort. The True family and their staff look forward to having you and your loved ones visit them on your next vacation.

Happy Trails!

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Running Reins Ranch THE Place to Be This Summer

7/6/2016 3:05:50 PM

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Running Reins Ranch, located in Red Deer County, Alberta is the ideal choice for a vacation. Just 90 minutes northeast of Calgary this Canadian guest ranch is the perfect place for horse-minded people to kick back and relax after a fun day spent enjoying one of the many activities available for guests. The ranch sits on 160 acres on the banks of the Red Deer River and is surrounded by hundreds of acres of crown land. There are countless beautiful trails to explore around the property down to the shore of the River.

Since the ranch is only open throughout the warmer months (May-September) guests find the climate during the day perfect for riding, fishing, hiking and swimming. Warm evenings lend themselves to roasting marshmallows around a flickering campfire or stargazing into a night sky devoid of any unnatural light. Don’t forget to bring an inner tube or a floating raft with you so that you can cruise down the river on the four hour float trip that can be arranged with the ranch’s staff!

Bring your own horse or ride one of Running Rein Ranch’s horses. Be sure to contact the ranch in advance to check availability and ride times.  For those who bring their own horses there are kilometers and kilometers of riding trails to explore. Many of the trails lead to the river where you can try your hand at fishing or cool off in the river while taking in the beautiful scenery around you. Camp with your horses! Each site has stalls for your horses, enough room to park several vehicles, your living quarters’ horse trailer or plain horse trailer and each site has at least one two- person Teepee for your enjoyment. If you require a larger Teepee check ask about the larger Teepee sites.

In addition to the regular Teepees there are romantic honeymoon Teepees as well as cozy cabins. If you have never stayed in a Teepee you are in for a huge treat! With over 50 equestrian campsites that in most cases are 100’ by 100’ and all of them include a corral, picnic table and fire pit you and your horses are sure to feel right at home!

Cozy Teepee accommodations

Stay for a few days or longer regardless of how long you can get away for you and your family or friends are bound to have a great time!

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Happy Trails!

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

5/30/2016 2:17:26 PM

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is one of Idaho’s best kept secrets .Located on 300,000 scenic acres, the ranch is a 1.5 hour drive from the Spokane International Airport, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Red Horse Mountain Ranch is somewhere you can go no matter who you are vacationing with. They surely are the ranch for everyone. They offer all-inclusive week long ranch vacations from June through October, family all-inclusive ranch vacations from June through August and couples dude ranch vacations in September and October. They have glorious reviews so you can be assured that this ranch creates top quality vacations and memories.

Family Time & Kids Program

Family dude ranch vacations at Red Horse Mountain Ranch provide plenty of opportunities for family time, delicious healthy food, and lots of healthy outdoor adventure. The all- inclusive package includes 5 full days of guided actives, meals & drinks, accommodations, evening entertainment, and other ranch amenities. Kids will be entertained by the many activities available as well as the Kids Program (ages 3-11) while Mom and Dad can have a bit of time to themselves. With the Kids’ Program, parents can choose to sign up for the adult adventures during their week and know their children will be well cared for and have their own adventures at a child’s pace. But, if it’s family time you are searching for, most activities can be done with your children at their pace with your guides and wranglers. Playing safe is their mission.Don’t be surprised when your kids don’t want to leave!

Adult Weeks

If you would like some adult time, head to Red Horse Mountain Ranch during their adult weeks. Have at your disposal all of their outdoor activities-horseback riding, challenge course, zip lines, mountain biking, bike tours on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene, 3D Archery, Sporting Clays, Horseback lessons, hiking, kayaking tours, guided lake fishing, & other self- guided activities. Alternatively, you can just sit back and relax. At Red Horse Mountain Ranch you can do as little or as much as you like and then end each day at the lodge with some festive conversation in the evening.

Special Weeks

Wine Tasting Weeks are part of the all- inclusive ranch vacations for couples during the fall season. Explore over 30 regional wines paired with chef prepared meals. Also enjoy their wide range of guided adventures and even have your own horse and saddle for the week. Another popular week is Girls Getaway Week. Whether you have a mother-daughter vacation, high school reunion, sisters vacation or a stagette everyone will enjoy themselves at Red Horse Mountain Ranch.

Rustic & Elegant Accommodations

Variety is what Red Horse Mountain Ranch is about. Just as they have a large variety of activities, they also have a large variety of lodging to choose from with each being very comfortable and elegant. Choose from several lodging options ranging from one-bedroom suites to four-bedroom log cabins. Each accommodations offer families private bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and private decks with gorgeous views of the ranch.

So if you are looking for a destination where you and your vacation companions will have a fun and memorable time, look no further than Red Horse Mountain Ranch.

Happy Trails

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