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Cowboy French Toast Recipe

4/3/2016 12:16:51 AM

Everyone loves French Toast. It’s soft, sticky and sweet with a bit of crunch. It’s simple to make and only takes minutes to prepare. Plus, the ingredients are simple and most kitchens have them on hand. Perhaps these are reasons why it’s a favorite among cowboys who start their day early and need a quick yet hearty breakfast. This French toast recipe uses thick cut bread. You can use Challah bread for a bit of sweetness or a regular loaf (white or whole wheat) and cut your own thick slices. This gives the French toast more structure and makes it less probable to get soggy. The cowboys like it this way!

Cowboy Friend Toast

Ingredients:
6-8 slices sandwich bread
2 eggs
3/4 cup of milk (homo or 2%)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
butter for cooking
confectioners sugar for dusting (optional)

Directions:

Whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow dish until blended.

Heat a large frying pan or skillet  and melt bit of butter. Coat a slice of bread on each side and place into pan. Cook until golden on both sides (about 2-3 min on each side). Remove and repeat with the rest of the bread. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve warm with maple syrup.

Happy Trails!

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.

Adventure Guest Ranch

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.

Adventure Guest Ranch

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.

Adventure Guest Ranch

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.

Adventure Guest Ranch

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Happy Trails!

White Stallion Ranch

3/27/2016 4:06:10 PM

At White Stallion Ranch, the personal touch and hospitality of a traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and amenities of a fine resort. Reconnect with nature, family, friends and serenity while riding through the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and cactus that have brought Hollywood film-makers to the ranch for over 70 years. White Stallion Ranch has been featured in 27 Hollywood films dating back to 1939.

Arizona Guest Ranch

White Stallion Ranch is a proud member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame as the #1 property in Tucson for 5 consecutive years. White Stallion Ranch is situated between Phoenix and Tucson, making it easy accessible from Arizona’s two major airports.

The Place for Family Fun

White Stallion Ranch is a wonderful place to bring your family. They welcome children and have many family fun activities such as rock climbing, basketball, hiking, tennis, volleyball, swimming, hayrides  and even have a petting zoo. After the family has fun playing outdoors, they can relax after dinner in the fun recreation room. There are many games to choose from which includes a foosball table, a pool table,  shuffleboard, air hockey and board games. There won’t be a moment where your family isn’t occupied and having a wonderful time.

Family vacation

White Stallion Ranch also has a special Cactus Kids Summer rate .This ranch is one of the few places left in the world where your children are safe to go about their day without you.  After introductions have been made, you’ll find them off with  their new friends for various activities.  Do you have little toddlers? Well if they are under 5, they stay for free.

The Ranch for Horseback Riding Enthusiasts

If you are hoping to get a lot of time in the saddle, then White Stallion Ranch is the perfect destination for you. With one of the largest privately owned herds in Arizona, they have a horse for every experience level from first-time trailblazers to life-long riders. In addition, guests are carefully matched with their horse for the duration of their stay, based on riding experience, height, weight and riding ambitions.

Horseback riding

White Stallion Ranch offers a wide variety of horseback riding excursions. If you are a beginner, go on one of their Slow Rides. This is the best way to see the desert flora and fauna and experience the ecosystem of the Sonoran desert. You’ll ride all week and never use the same trail twice on their walking rides. If you are a more experienced rider and want more of an adrenaline rush try one of their fast rides. Intermittent walking and trotting allows you to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery. If you want to learn or improve your riding skills, White Stallion Ranch also offers lessons with their patient and knowledgeable wranglers. You have the choice of group or private lessons. Also, try their Wine & Cheese or Beer and Cheetos rides where you ride into a secluded spot with your group and enjoy your chosen beverage and snacks.

What is more Western than an old fashioned hayride.? Every Wednesday, climb aboard their hay wagon, decked out with hay bales for seats and powered by a magnificent team of draft horses and head towards your special lunch spot. There you will enjoy “All American” hamburgers and hotdogs cooked over a fragrant Mesquite fire with all the trimmings

Hayride

For all the female horseback riding enthusiasts out there, White Stallion Ranch offers their popular Cactus Cowgirls events for women five times a year. You’ll have your very own horse that you can groom, bathe, learn to saddle and ride. There will be plenty of riding and lessons so it’s a perfect time to improve your saddle skills.

 Accommodations

The ranch has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. The accommodations are beautiful western-themed casitas with views of mountains, gardens and, of course, the horses. White Stallion Ranch as 41 guest rooms and also The Hacienda, a lovely and private four-bedroom, three-bathroom home perfect for larger families or small groups.

White Stallion Ranch

All your meals and snacks are included in the nightly rate. Fresh, quality ingredients go into the meal options at White Stallion Ranch. Their homestyle meals are sure to please many palates and they can accommodate special diets with advance notice. Coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot and cold teas and lemonade are available all day.

White Stallion’s all- inclusive vacations offer great value for all the activities they offer your entire family. Be sure to book early as their special packages and holidays fill up quickly.

Happy Trails!

Coffee Creek Ranch

3/20/2016 4:02:25 PM

There are many new modern ranches but if you are seeking an authentic dude ranch experience, look no further than Coffee Creek Ranch. This ranch was founded in 1900 and lies across 367 acres in Northern California. It’s surrounded by the National Forest and Trinity Alps and is adjacent to Coffee Creek of course.

Coffee Creek Ranch

A Fun Vacation For the Entire Family

If you are looking for somewhere to bring the entire family, Coffee Creek Ranch offers all inclusive vacations that are family, kid and even pet friendly. They are open from Easter through Thanksgiving and offer many youth programs.  With the kids occupied in youth programs, you are free to have some of your own time. As well, there are many opportunities to have fun and bond as a family. It’s a win-win situation for everyone! During Spring and Fall there are adult only and singles weeks.

kids vacation

Kids will love all the activities at Coffee Creek Ranch and there are plenty to choose from for kids aged 3 to 17. The wee ones can enjoy free pony rides, arts and crafts, gold panning, fishing, square dancing, story time, scavenger hunts and more. Kids 6-12 can participate in  horsemanship instruction, swimming, fishing and more. Teenagers 13-17 can enjoy roping lessons, hiking, pool tournaments, trap shooting and more. There isn’t a shortage of activities to keep kids of all ages busy at Coffee Creek Ranch.

Coffee Creek Ranch offers a variety of horseback riding activities from the twice a day 2 hour ride to  Wilderness Pack Trips in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. There are overnight camping trips and day trips available. Pack trips can also be combined with some hunting with the appropriate permits

Fishing is abundant in the waters around Coffee Creek Ranch. They offer  stream, pond, lake and wilderness fishing. They can also arrange for a fishing guide or fly fishing lessons if requested in advance. Some of the fish available to catch are rainbow trout, brook trout, catfish, bass and  king salmon

Rustic Secluded Cabins

Accommodations at Coffee Creek Ranch are in private, secluded themed cabins. The interiors have rustic wood paneling with charming country details. The cozy interiors are themed according to it’s brand. Circle B cabin, for example, is decorated with bears, Bigfoot, and butterflies! All fifteen cabins have tall pines and ceiling fans to help keep them cool in the summer. They also have one ranch house room and one cabin equipped for the handicapped. Most family cabins have wood-burning stoves where a view of the fire sets the mood for those “romantic weekend getaways” for couples.

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Dining at Coffee Creek Ranch

At Coffee Creek Ranch you will enjoy the freshest garden to table cuisine prepared by professional chefs. Traditional family recipes are prepared with the freshest vegetables, herbs, fruits and Angus beef. The menu is planned and prepared keeping in mind both children’s tastes and the hearty appetites of the adults in the family. Some culinary features include hearty “cowboy” breakfasts with fluffy pancakes, their weekly Steak Fry and Sunday Thanksgiving dinner by the pool. They can also accommodate special diets from gluten-free to vegan with advance notice.

No Idle Time at Coffee Creek Ranch

With the abundance of activities all included in the all inclusive rate there won't be a shortage of things to do. The Coffee Creek Ranch Western Vacation

Includes:

  •  Daily Horseback Riding
  • Your private secluded cabin in the woods
  • Daily maid service
  • Three meals daily – all you can eat
  • Heated swimming pool (20 x 40)
  • Over sized outdoor Jacuzzi Spa (seats 14)
  •  Steak-fry’s & Barbeques
  • Badminton, Ping Pong & Volleyball
  • Rifle Range & Trap shoot with use of guns
  • Fly-fishing & Gold panning in Coffee Creek
  • Exercise Room
  • Tennis (nearby)
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hiking – 550 miles of Wilderness trails
  • Horse drawn Hay Rides & Bonfires
  • Horseshoes & Basketball
  • Fishing, Pedal Boating in the stocked trout pond
  • Archery Range with use of bows & arrows
  •  Satellite TV in main lodge only
  • Bingo, Talent Show, Karaoke & more!

Summer Season Only:

  • Live Country, Western, Rock ‘n Roll Music
  • Square & Line Dancing Lessons
  • Supervised Youth Activities

Coffee Creek Ranch offers daily and weekly rates and also offer many specials throughout the year for holidays and special events. With so many incentives, no wonder they have been around for over a hundred years. Plan your visit to Coffee Creek Ranch today!

Happy Trails

Cowboy Texas Hash Recipe

3/14/2016 2:41:29 PM

Bring a part of the dude ranch experience back home with you. Being a cowboy is hard work and hard work requires good wholesome food. Texas Hash is a popular and hearty way for cowboys to start their day with enough protein and nutrients to provide energy for the day ahead. You may not be wrangling cattle during your day but everyone works hard and could benefit from a good start to the day. This  delicious Texas hash recipe comes together quickly for those busy mornings and could even be made ahead and heated in the morning. The cast iron skillet will ensure your meal cooks evenly throughout, and (if seasoned properly) will give it amazing flavor. Even better is that it cooks up in one skillet so you have fewer dishes to wash afterwards! This Texas hash recipe is also great for dinner too!

Skillet Texas Hash

Ingredients

3 1/2cups OBrien Style frozen hash brown cubes (see note) 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 strips of bacon, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup prepared salsa
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
sour cream and sprigs of fresh cilantro to garnish

Instructions

1.Preheat broiler.

2.Place potatoes into a microwaveable bowl with the water, cover tightly and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Drain well.

3.Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place bacon and oil into the skillet and cook until bacon is crisp, 4- 5 minutes.

4.Add garlic and cumin and stir until fragrant. Add the potatoes and salt and cayenne pepper and continue to cook and stir over high heat until potatoes are beginning to crisp.

5.Stir in the salsa, then sprinkle cheese on top and broil 3 4 minutes until bubbly. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro before serving.

*If you have cubed frozen potatoes without the O’Brien seasoning (onions, red and green pepper), you may want to add some of those things along with the garlic, stirring until slightly cooked. Adapted from this recipe

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

2/23/2016 7:15:45 AM

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The following modified article appears in Ranch & Reserve's March issue:

When people think of guest ranches, horseback riding is the main activity that first comes to mind and although this remains the primary focus of numerous ranches, there are guest ranches that also offer a wide array of exciting and adrenalin-inducing options for the more adventure-seeking traveler. Have you ever dreamed about white-water rafting down a fast flowing river or zip lining high above the treetops? Or how about learning new skills like archery, skeet and long distance shooting?  And for those up to the challenge, rock climbing will not only test fitness levels, but will boost your feeling of confidence and dare-do spirit. The following ranches, aside from offering exceptional equestrian programs, provide these activities and more for anyone looking to try something new or wanting to add to their horseback riding vacation.

Red Reflet Ranch

Located in beautiful Ten Sleep, Wyoming, this guest ranch strives to provide its guests with a remarkable and unique vacation experience.  Both a working ranch and luxury guest ranch resort, it offers all-inclusive stays with unlimited activities. Sign up for intense, high-energy fun or choose a more relaxed way to pass your time… the choice is yours!  With over 27,000 acres, guests are encouraged to experience the spectacular surrounding landscape as much as possible on horseback, in addition to the more adrenalin-rush options available.

Soar through the air like a bird while strapped into a harness on the ranch’s private 4 course zip line. Get ready for a fast, exciting ride over the ponds of Red Reflet.  Do it as many times as you want since unlike most zip line courses, there is no limit to your fun. Once you have decided to plant your feet firmly on the ground for a while, learn a new skill like rifle range or skeet shooting. Qualified instructors will show you the proper handling and usage of their guns and rifles. For younger participants this is the ideal opportunity to teach them about gun safety and lots of people enjoy this aspect of Western life. If you feel like testing your fitness level or are in need of a good workout then there are several climbing sites from moderately difficult to challenging where you will be treated to unrivaled views of the Ten Sleep Canyon. Red Reflet Ranch also has its own man-made rock wall where you can hone your skills before attempting a ‘real’ climb on a natural rock surface.

Open year-round this Wyoming guest ranch has different attractions available during the four seasons. Customize your dream adventure based on what you would like to experience. Being a working ranch as well means that the highest level of ranch activity takes place during the Spring and Fall. Accommodations include various sized chalets and one Ranch House that sleeps up to 14 that is perfect for large families or groups. Some of the additional activities include: fishing, ATVs, mountain biking, cattle drives, hiking, skeet & rifle shooting.

Wyoming Guest Ranch
Red Reflet Ranch

Gros Ventre River Ranch 

An ideal vacation choice for adventure buffs, the Gros Ventre River Ranch is located in a beautiful natural setting in Moose, Wyoming, just 18 miles from the visitor’s entrance of Grand Teton National Park, and 60 miles from the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  Aside from a first-rate riding program  which includes scenic trails or the more challenging rides in the surrounding hills, Gros Ventre River Ranch has something for everyone and offers some fun heart-stopping options* for the thrill seekers in your group.

If you have ever wanted to try white-water rafting, the Snake River Canyon is the place, as it features Class III and Class IV rapids. Take the plunge down this aptly-named river with experienced guides and enjoy spectacular scenery while maneuvering through rushing water and canyon bends. Getting wet isn’t for everybody, so perhaps running off a mountain is more your speed.  At Rendezvous Mountain you and an experienced pilot strapped to your back will take off  from the 10, 450 foot summit and smoothly paraglide down to the ground while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Teton and Snake River Range with incredible vistas only possible from your privileged vantage point. Finally, for those not content to simply admire the majestic Tetons from their deck, rock climbing is available too. The opportunities for adventure at Gros Ventre River Ranch are endless*Please note that these activities can be arranged through the ranch, but are provided off-site by local companies with no affiliation to the ranch.

Open June through September Gros River Ranch is a premier Jackson Hole dude ranch that can accommodate up to 30-40 guests per week. With four log cabins, five log lodges, and one Homestead House you are sure to find the ideal option for your vacation needs. Some of the on-site activities include: horseback riding; fly- fishing in the stocked ponds; hiking, canoeing, team penning & sorting; mountain biking and roping instruction.

Wyoming Guest Ranch
Gros Ventre River Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch 

Nestled in the Elk River Valley just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado you’ll find Vista Verde Ranch. Deep in the Rocky Mountains this luxury dude ranch boasts exceptional views and offers a wide array of activities throughout the different seasons. Create a lifetime of memories white staying at this AAA Four Diamond, 500 acre property that features personalized service and true Western hospitality. Horseback riding is a must whether you visit during the summer or winter months and for those who love playing in the snow the ranch has lots of fun activities to choose from like skiing, snow-shoeing and snow tubing to name but a few.

For the more adventurous guest, Vista Verde Ranch provides 2 rock climbing trips per week. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to the sport either, since you’ll first spend a few hours learning the basics of rock climbing and rappelling. This activity is suitable for families with children but will also challenge vacationers looking for added excitement. The views of the National Forest are well worth the short hike up the rock. During the summer months cool off on a daylong river-rafting trip. At the beginning of the season, experienced guides will lead you down the snow-fed rapids for a true white-water adventure on the Eagle River. As the summer wears on and the snow melts away your trip will be calmer in nature but just as much fun.

The Dude Ranch season runs from June through late October and Vista Verde operates as a winter ranch from mid- December to early March. It is closed during the spring and fall for “mud season”. Accommodations include a spacious private log cabin or deluxe lodge room. Additional summer activities include: fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, yoga, photography and culinary adventures.

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Vista Verde Ranch

Whether you decide to stay at Red Reflet Ranch, Gros Ventre River Ranch or Vista Verde Ranch you are guaranteed to find comfortable accommodations, top-notch riding programs, true Western hospitality and an abundance of diverse activities for even the most adventurous traveler in your group. Dude ranch vacations nowadays truly deliver the ‘stuff’ that memories are made from.  RanchSeeker can help you find the ideal guest ranch vacation today! www.ranchseeker.com

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!

Inspiring Horse Quotes

2/10/2016 11:42:59 PM
Ranchseeker has accumulated quite a collection of horse quotes and horse inspiration over the years so I thought I would share them with the world. Horses are among some of the most beautiful creatures on our planet. A horse is a combination of beauty and power and the connection they have with us is so powerful and real. Horses are among the most photographed creatures and I don’t blame photographers because the camera does love them. I hope you find the quotes uplifting and insightful. Horses are really a gift from above.

Ride more, worry less

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Embrace the Moment

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Horses Lend Us The Wings We Lack

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A Horse is Poetry in Motion

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Best Friends Come in All Sizes

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I Live in a House But My Home Is In The Stable

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Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open

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