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Escape to a Winter Guest Ranch Destination

10/21/2015 11:07:00 AM

The winter season will soon be upon us and probably faster than many of us would like, I am sure, but just because the temperature drops it doesn’t mean that fun times are over. In fact, wintertime means that there are lots of new adventures to be experienced and enjoyed with friends and loved ones. Guest ranches are an excellent option to consider when booking your winter wonderland escape. Though several guest ranches do close down during this period there are many that stay open all year round and thy offer a diverse range of activities to choose from. Here are a few of the guest ranches that offer winter vacation packages:

The Laughing Water Guest Ranch, Fortine, Montana:

Nestled against the foot hills of the Whitefish Divide and just a short drive from Glacier National Park, The Laughing Water Guest Ranch is a true Montana, Rocky Mountain trail riding ranch. During the winter months the Laughing Water Guest Ranch has lots to offer its guests. With over 220 acres of gentle rolling timber and pasture land you will find that your days can be as busy as you like or as relaxed as you like. Your stay is custom fitted for you. Choose from activities like horseback riding in the snow, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing and one day spent dog sledding. For an additional charge guests can go down-hill skiing at Whitefish Mountain as well as back country powder skiing and snowmobiling.

Montana Guest Ranch
The Laughing Water Ranch

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana:

Located in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. Here Western adventure is balanced with lavish all-inclusive amenities. This season make the most out of winter and book the 2016 Winter Ski & Spa Special. Within less than a mile of your accommodations, you will find a skating pond, sledding hills, cross country skiing trails, sleigh rides and a relaxing spa. Book a six-day stay and you’ll receive $700 in additional value, including complimentary spa treatments and downhill skiing at Discovery Ski Area–a Montana alpine ski hill with 67 runs and short lift lines. Offer Details: Rates start at $1,600 per accommodation, per night based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee. Offer valid on new reservations only for travel between January 3 and March 31, 2016. Offer is not combinable with other promotions and cannot be redeemed for cash or credit. A four (4) night minimum stay is required. Complimentary amenities depend on length of stay. All guests are strongly encouraged to plan their itineraries related to their complimentary amenities prior to their arrival to secure preferred timing. Standard RC Inclusions: luxury accommodations; all gourmet meals; premium wine, beer, spirits and other beverages; a selection of gear and guided on-ranch activities

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado:

Situated in the Elk River Valley this Colorado guest ranch features luxurious cabins and spacious lodge rooms. During the winter months Vista Verde Ranch becomes a veritable winter wonderland. Come hideout in a cozy log cabin with a private hot tub and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared meals in between adventures out in the snow. Christmas and New Year’s weeks are perfect for families looking for a special way to celebrate the holidays.  Then, from early January until mid-February the ranch becomes available to adults only until President’s Day weekend rolls around and the kid’s program kicks back into gear. While staying at Vista Verde Tanch during the winter you can take a sleigh-ride or strap on some skis and try a variety of styles of Nordic skiing from classic to skate to back country. There’s also snow-shoeing, “fat” biking (bikes with wide tires that allow you to bike across snowy terrain) and snow tubing. The ranch also offers their riding program during the winter months as well as photography lessons, yoga, spa treatments and weekly cooking lessons and wine tastings.

Vista Verde Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sandpoint, Idaho:

Located on 1100 acres, you will be treated to true western hospitality while surrounded by the scenic beauty of North Idaho while staying at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. During the winter months you can choose from 5 different packages as the guest ranch is transformed by a blanket of white snow. Log Cabin or Lodge Room Getaway Schweitzer Ski Packages: This all-inclusive ski package includes two nights lodging for two in one of their cozy, log cabins or lodge rooms, one day of skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride for two, and a hearty ranch breakfast served in the main lodge for two mornings. Snowmobile Package: If you are looking for adventure then this package is for you! Come enjoy the grandeur of the back country wilderness by snowmobile. You will experience two evenings of comfort in either a cozy lodge room or one of our private log cabins. Your stay at Western Pleasure will also include a hearty ranch breakfast. Spa Package: For those of you who are looking for a relaxing winter get-a-way, try this spa package. Your stay will begin with a sleigh ride and accommodations that include two nights in a modern rustic log cabin or choose one of their spacious guest rooms. Both mornings include a hearty ranch breakfast. Indulge yourself in a day of absolute pampering while you enjoy the services and beautiful facility at the Spa at Seasons in Sandpoint. Your “Time Together” package will include (2) 50-Minute Massages and (2) Spa Pedicures. Cross-Country Ski Package: If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, but are looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the ski mountain this is the package for you. Two nights lodging for two, your own private horse drawn sleigh ride and a hearty ranch breakfast served in the lodge is only part of what this package has to offer. ***Be sure to check which dates these packages are available when booking***    

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Tod Mountain Ranch, Heffley Creek, British Columbia:

Hidden in the Louis Creek Valley, surrounded by mountains, this Canadian guest ranch is small and exclusive and offers a relaxing, tranquil environment. Available for group bookings, Tod Mountain Guest Ranch is the perfect relaxing winter getaway. Only 15 minutes away from Sun Peaks Ski Resort means that guests can enjoy all the fun, outdoor activities of Sun Peaks during the day, and then relax in comfort at the ranch in the evening. Sun Peaks Resort, the 2nd largest Ski Resort in Canada, has over 4,000 acres of skiable terrain and 126 runs.  

Activities include:

  • Downhill skiing & snowboarding
  • Snobikes
  • Snow shoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Skating Rink
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tubing & Tobogganing
  • Ski School
Tod Mountain Ranch

As you can see there is lots to do at a guest ranch during the winter months. From sleigh-rides, skiing and snowmobiling to spa treatments, yoga classes and wine tastings you are sure to find the ideal guest ranch for you and your family and friends!

Happy Trails!

Bar 10 Ranch's Unbelievable Grand Canyon Packages

10/15/2015 1:09:34 PM

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.

Romantic Getaways at a Guest Ranch

10/13/2015 10:42:21 AM

Looking to spend some romantic, quality time with your partner or perhaps get married or even elope then look no further. Guest ranches can be the ideal place for romantic getaways with that special someone or to celebrate a special event.

Red Horse Mountain, Harrison, Idaho

Book a private suite with your partner and leave your worries (and kids ;) ) at home on your romantic getaway. During the fall months Red Horse Mountain Ranch is for adults only and it is the perfect time to get away from it all and to reconnect with your loved one. As the leaves on the trees start to change from green to beautiful shades of vibrant red and yellow you can just feel romance in the air. Guests will find adventure, gourmet meals, decadent desserts, hot tubs and a staff waiting to help make your stay a perfect one. At night you’ll make new friends in the main lodge and enjoy evening concerts and cowboy poets as well as spectacular views and a star- studded sky. For couples, the ranch has private suites. You’ll have the entire lodge to relax in during the evenings with hot tubs, wrap around deck, and a full service bar available.  Nestled on 300,000 acres of the Idaho’s Rocky Mountains this vacation spot was made for relaxation and quiet time as well as lots of fun activities during the day like horseback riding and outdoor guided adventures. If you enjoy wine tasting as well make sure you check out the ranch’s Wine Tasting Event available during this season.

Idaho Guest Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Guest Ranch

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana 

Book a three-night stay starting from now through to November 24, 2015 and receive up to $500 in additional value. Escape to The Ranch to rouse your hearts and minds with curated couple’s adventures. Enjoy outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, horseback riding and hiking, as well as spectacular panoramic views from private mountain summits. Your exceptional farm-to-table culinary experiences and rustic, yet elegant accommodations will be complemented by the serenity of the Granite Spa and a glass of champagne with the murmur of the creek outside your door.

What’s Included:

  • A welcome bottle of champagne in accommodation upon arrival
  • A half-day, private guided fly fishing or horseback ride adventure with a gourmet picnic
  •  Two (2) complimentary 60-minute restorative massages in the Granite

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, British Columbia 

Are you looking for that perfect destination to say "I do"? Have you always dreamed about a guest ranch wedding surrounded by horses and a beautiful wilderness backdrop? Or perhaps you would simply like to celebrate that special day with just your partner before later celebrating with friends and family. If so, then Echo Valley Ranch and Spa offers 2 packages that will suit your needs for either your dream ranch wedding or elopement. The Ranch Wedding Package Includes: • Flower bouquet in room • Wedding ceremony in the Baan Thai wedding pavillion • Wedding commissioner & fees • Wedding bouquet & boutonniere • Reception table with floral centerpiece • Reception for bride, groom and guests • Traditional Thai Massage for two • Bridal hair styling & Bridal makeup • Manicure and pedicure for bride, groom • Breakfast-in-bed on morning of your choice • A wedding keepsake from your friends at Echo Valley Ranch The Ranch Wedding Package is designed for the happy couple and up to 8 guests. For larger groups, their Book the Ranch option is the best choice!

The Echo Valley Elopement includes:

  • Private wedding ceremony in the Baan Thai wedding pavilion
  • Special candlelit four course wedding dinner with champagne
  • Echo Valley Baan Thai couples massage for two in Baan Thai Spa (90 minutes)
  • BC Certified Marriage Commissionaire and fees, plus two witnesses to the marriage ceremony
  • Personalized bridal bouquet & groom's boutonnière
  • Pre wedding hair styling and make up for the bride
  • Photos of the wedding ceremony*
  • Personalized wedding cake prepared by the Chef *
  • A wedding gift keepsake from your friends at Echo Valley

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Always included during your stay at Echo Valley: 
  • Welcome glass of champagne
  • All meals prepared by our executive chef including a glass of wine or beer with your dinner, soft beverages at any time
  • Deluxe lodging in one of Lodge and Premium Rooms, Unique Cabins or the sumptuous Royal Suite
  • Daily guided Thai yoga (Ruesri dat ton) stretching classes
  • Weekly evening entertainment program including camp fires, barbeque dinners, authentic Thai banquet and traditional Thai dancing*
  • Weekly cooking demonstrations with nutrition tips from our chef as well as tips on Thai cooking*
  • Use of all ranch facilities, including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, walking/hiking trails and large games room featuring pool table, shuffle board, darts, card table and more
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi  

So, if you are in need of some quality, romantic time with your loved one or if you have decided to tie-the-knot then why not consider one of these guest ranches for your next romantic getaway. Happy Trails!

Winter the Coolest Time to Visit Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

10/7/2015 11:17:04 AM

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch is located in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region and during the warmer months they specialize in horseback riding, ranching and fishing holidays as well as many other activities. When winter hits the region in late November the ranch is covered by a snowy blanket and it becomes a playground for winter enthusiasts. Locals love this time of year as white powder envelops the vast forests and covers the mountain peaks, rolling hills and alpine meadows. Backcountry travel becomes easier as the waterways and varied types of terrain freeze and are covered by a uniform carpet of snow.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Waters Lake Guest Ranch

Guests who stay at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch during this time can choose from a list of fun outdoor activities or they can simply curl up with a good book in their private log cabin that resides on the shores of Crystal Lake. For those seeking to enjoy the outdoors there are snowshoes available which provides a wonderful opportunity to follow the tracks of the region’s bountiful wildlife. Fishermen will love the peace and quiet found sitting by a hole in the ice with their fishing pole and horse lovers will be thrilled riding through snow-powdered plains. Then, after a fun-filled day of exploring join other guests by a roaring fire and share the day’s experiences while sipping on a hot drink or perhaps take in a sauna. If you feel the need for speed you can bring your own snowmobile or let the ranch help you organize a rental to use during your stay. There are lots of exciting places to explore. Plus during the winter Crystal Lake provides a great surface for ice-skating or playing ice hockey. If you are looking for a more peaceful activity cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are an excellent way to explore this Winter Wonderland. Downhill ski enthusiasts and snow-boarders will love the close proximity of the ranch to Sun Peaks Mountain known throughout the world for its light, dry, “Champagne Powder.” Here you can also find Heli Skiing/Snow-boarding at its best! Plan on getting up early to make a day of it so that you can be back in the evening to enjoy sitting by the fire.

Skiing at Sun Peaks Mountain
Skiing at Sun Peaks Mountain

As you can see Crystal Waters Guest Ranch offers lots of fun outdoor activities for those looking to play in the snow.

Happy Trails!

Flying E Ranch’s Fall/Winter Specials

10/1/2015 5:30:57 AM

Make the Sonoran Desert Your Next Travel Destination

Surrounded by the Bradshaw and Weaver Mountains and topped by the bluest of blue skies, Arizona’s Flying E Ranch offers an authentic dude ranch experience - from the clean air to the wonderful scenery and all the way to the cowboys and horses that welcome you. Since it opened its doors in 1946, it has welcomed thousands of visitors to its beautiful lodge which features eight guest ranch rooms, and an Oregon style barn. Also withstanding time is the 3,200 ft. airstrip, which is what gave the guest ranch its name.

Flying E Ranch

If you’re planning a vacation during fall or winter, consider booking a spot at the Sonoran desert’s Flying E Ranch once the season begins on November 1st.  The following fall/winter specials for 2015 will make your visit more worthwhile.

Bluegrass Weekend Special Date: November 13-15

If you’re a jazz fan, you shouldn’t miss attending the 36th Annual Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg. Sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, it’s one of the oldest festivals in the Southwest. In addition to three nationally known brands, the festival consists of 13 different competitions for prize money, food and drink concessions, arts and crafts and retail vendors, and a designated Kids Zone. Instead of roughing it up in an RV, enjoy the Western hospitality the Flying E has become famous for and spend your nights at the ranch. With its strategic (and close) location to the festival’s venue, this is one of the best options for you. Bluegrass Festival

Thanksgiving at the Ranch  Date: November 26-30

Thanksgiving is one of the best times to visit the Flying E, especially as the desert’s weather takes a favorable turn to allow guests to ride, relax, and enjoy a range of festive activities the ranch has arranged. In addition to the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast, you can take part in the Breakfast Ride, Cow Patty Toss, and Team Penning. And that’s not all. There are many activities you can enjoy solo, with your loved ones, or others spending Thanksgiving at the Ranch.

December 20/20 Special  Date: December 1-19

Ever wondered how the Arizonian desert prepares for the holiday season? This is your chance to find out, and that too with 20% off on all lodging during the first 20 days of December. You can also relax at the Flying E, be it by riding the ranch’s trails during day or stargazing under the crystal clear skies at night. On the other hand, you can take part in prepping the ranch for Christmas or even stay there with the following special.

Ranch Christmas Date: December 24-25

Celebrate Christmas in a unique way this year.The Flying E Ranch offers a cowboy holiday where you’ll get to step back to a time when cowboys ruled the old west. You’ll also get the chance to make ornaments to decorate the tree, enjoy Christmas cookies and hot cocoa by the fire, and sing Christmas carols with others until Santa finally reaches the Flying E. On Christmas day, gear up for a breakfast ride to Yucca Flats and a hearty western breakfast including hotcakes, Dutch oven biscuits, sausage, and cowboy potatoes. Finally, settle down with your family and other guests for a traditional sit down dinner at the ranch, followed by group games.

New Year’s Eve Date: December 31

Welcome the New Year old country style. The Ranch will be hosting a Costume Casino Night where one-eyed jacks (and ranchers) get pretty wild. In addition to a wide range of games and prizes, the ranch will conduct a wide range of activities starting from 10pm East Coast time to allow guests enough sleep before the sun comes up and they hit the trail for the first time in 2016.

If you want to avail any of these specials, make sure to book in advance or else risk losing your spot. To make a reservation, click here. You can also contact the Flying E Ranch by phone at (928) 684-2690 or via its Contact Us form. If you’re a little late, don’t worry. There are more specials coming up in 2016 and you’re always welcome to book a room for as low as $205.

Best luck and giddy up!

Happy Trails!

Wine Tasting at a Guest Ranch

9/29/2015 11:54:25 AM

Are you a wine aficionado or someone who would like to learn more about wine or do you simply enjoy drinking wine? If any of those apply to you then the following two guest ranches should be on your list of upcoming vacation ideas.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch, Harrison, Idaho

Due to the popularity of this event among returning guests Wine Tasting Week is now part of the all-inclusive ranch experience available during the fall season. It is the ideal week for singles, couples and friends who love the outdoors, great food and of course wine. At Red Horse Mountain you will find adventure and relaxation and during your week’s stay you will have the opportunity to explore over 30 regional wines. After a fun-filled day enjoying a wide range of guided adventures like horseback riding, sporting clays, kayaking, boat tours and more guests gather in the lodge for the evening. Foodies will be delighted with chef prepared meals and enjoy wines from the Pacific Northwest chosen by the ranch’s resident chefs. This is always a convivial time at the ranch as the lodge is filled with conversation and a festive atmosphere. As the night progresses you can either enjoy the evening entertainment programs or simply just sit back and relax or even better soak in a hot tub under the stars. As the night winds down guests turn in to bed in their private suites that evoke rustic comfort and feature European bedding and down comforters The months of September and October are a beautiful time to be at the ranch as the leaves on the trees start to turn vibrant shades of red and yellow. Quite a spectacular sight indeed! Guests who choose to partake in the Wine Tasting Week can also take part in the full schedule of ranch activities available. Whether you decide to fill your days taking part in energetic activities or getting a massage from the ranch’s licensed massage therapist you’ll be hard pressed to find another place with so much to offer at such an amazing rate.

Idaho Guest Ranch
Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Ranch, Colorado

While staying at Vista Verde Ranch, whether it is during the winter or summer season, Chef Cholly, hosts a wine tasting class for novices and wine connoisseurs alike. You will learn techniques that will help you better evaluate wine which also includes developing a more extensive wine vocabulary so that you can put your sensory impressions into words. The wines tasted are an eclectic variety, from the basic, to the adventurous. If you also happen to be a foodie then you can choose to take a tour of the ranch’s kitchen to see where all the “magic” happens or take a cooking class which is offered each week throughout the season. Size for these classes is limited since as we all know there can only be so many cooks in the kitchen. Regardless of whether you choose to learn about wine or food mealtimes at the ranch are always a special occasion. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the day’s events with others and to make new friends. Aside from delicious food and amazing wine Vista Verde Ranch has a diverse offering of activities to partake in while enjoying the outdoors. During the summer and autumn months guests can go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing fly fishing as well as many other fun activities to choose from. When the snow falls guests can go skiing, horseback riding in the snow, take a sleigh ride, go snow tubing as well as other optional activities that are offered during the winter and spring season. However you choose to spend your time at Vista Verde Ranch, you are sure to create a lifetime worth of memories.

Vista Verde Ranch

 Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker's Photo of the Week: Laramie River Dude Ranch

9/24/2015 7:44:20 AM

Located in Glendevey, Colorado, this historic guest ranch which also operates as a working ranch, dates back to the 1890’s when it was first operated as the UT Bar Dude Ranch for over forty years. Today, you will still find some of the original structures from that time period. Guests at this dude ranch will experience genuine western hospitality on behalf of the Burleigh family and their staff as well as spectacular vistas of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Horseback riding is the ranch’s specialty so if you love to ride then this is the ideal vacation choice for you. Experienced wranglers accompany each small group of riders across tens of thousands of acres of shaded groves of Aspen and wildflower dotted hillsides all of which include the opportunity to see abundant wildlife. While atop your horse you might just see antelopes, elks, eagles, coyotes or a moose or two so be sure to bring your camera along. In addition to horseback riding you can also choose from a range of activities suitable for families, couples and single travelers. Your vacation can be as active as you want it to be or you can simply relax in the ranch’s hot tub or curl up in a comfortable chair and read a good book. Laramie River Dude Ranch offers exceptional opportunities for fly-fishing, naturalist led hikes, wildlife adventures as well as a full children’s program.

Colorado Guest Ranch
Laramie River Dude Ranch

For those guests who would like to experience the life of a true western cowboy if only for a short while there are lots of opportunities to work cattle while staying at the ranch. Laramie River Dude Ranch has a small herd of cattle which requires team penning twice a week. They also have scheduled and unscheduled opportunities to help neighbors work their much larger herds. Be sure to book in advance if you are interested in their spring and fall cattle drives since space is limited. At the end of each day a comfortable room in the main lodge or a cozy cabin awaits you. Meals are served family-style and after a full day spent outdoors in the fresh mountain air you are sure to have a healthy appetite! Whether you are dining out on the trail or at the ranch meals are always an event at Laramie River. It is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and discuss the day’s adventures. Guests from all across the country and around the world continue to discover the timeless beauty of this Colorado guest ranch. For your next vacation why not consider Laramie River Dude Ranch?

Happy Trails!

Fall Specials at Bar W Ranch

9/21/2015 4:45:33 PM

4 Reasons to Head to Montana’s All-American Dude Ranch

Nestled between pine-lined ridges at the base of Spencer Mountain, Bar W Ranch stands tall amidst the Montana countryside. Beautiful vistas, rolling ridges and Spencer Lake close by are some of the attractions that bring visitors to the dude ranch’s 6,200 sq. ft. lodge, cabin suites, horse riding arenas, stables, barn, and gazebo. Complementing these facilities are a range of summer and winter activities, including cattle work, riding lessons, ranch fishing, boating and swimming, sleigh ride dinners, and clay pigeon shooting. However, Fall 2015 at Bar W Ranch is more special since you get to enjoy special packages at discounted prices.

Bar W Guest Ranch

The following are the four fall specials Bar W Ranch has in store for you.

#1) Cattle Drive 2015

Date: September 19th – 26th 

Unleash your inner cowboy and enjoy the company of others who share your passion for horses, cattle and great country. Bar W Ranch has created a cattle drive adventure that will make you experience first-hand the labors cowboys underwent to round up cattle. Don’t worry about not being experienced; the ranch starts the session with horsemanship lessons and hands-on training for working with cattle. For four days, you’ll be in charge of gathering up the cattle, driving them back to the corrals, and then tending to them after sorting the cows and calves. By the time the week is over, you’ll be experienced in herding, roping, branding and vaccinating long horns, cows, and even bucking horses. Finally, before departing to the ranch, you’ll experience the beauty of the Canadian Border at Swisher Lake throughout the day before enjoying a wagon ride and BBQ at Spencer Lake in the evening.

Bar W Ranch Cattle Drive

#2) CowGirl-Up 

Date: September 27th – October 3rd 

Ladies, prepare for a 6-night, 5-day getaway at Bar W Guest Ranch. The CowGirl Up package offers best friends, sisters, daughters or girls seeking camaraderie the chance to take over the ranch and revel in nature’s simplicity, western informality, and Montana’s utter beauty. Get set to ride your heart out across trails, prairies and mountainous terrain. If you’re an experienced rider, you’ll also get the chance to try barrel racing and roping. On the other hand, if riding isn’t your thing, you can participate in fly fishing, archery, and roping sessions. While the day is when you’ll be roughing it up a little, the evenings are the perfect time to treat the diva within. In addition to spa treatments, you’ll enjoy wine tasting sessions, dinner at the lodge or Play meadow, line dancing, and campfire and cowboy singing. If you like what you’ve read so far, make sure to book right away before someone else nabs your spot.

#3) Adults Only Dude Ranch Week

Date: October 4th – 10th 

Prepare to rest your mind, body and soul far away from the maddening city crowd at Bar W Ranch. Singles, couples and parents can enjoy the 6-night Adults Only Dude Ranch Week, exploring the unspoiled nature of Montana’s countryside and indulging in fun activities such as trail riding, sorting cattle, barrel racing, and skeet shooting. Come evening time, you’ll be invited to the ranch’s informal cocktail receptions held around the cozy fire at the lodge. With this package, you’ll also get a night at Whitefish, which is listed by Frommer’s Budget Travel as one of the Top Ten Cool Towns.  Get ready to enjoy a fantastic dinner at a local diner followed by a trip to the local watering holes. That aside, you’re welcome to laze in the ranch’s hot tub and gaze up at Montana’s big sky.

#4) Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Vacation

Date: October 18th – 24th 

There’s a reason many head to Bar W Guest Ranch every year – the beautiful Montana scenery where majestic horses, cowboys and wildlife blend naturally. If you’re a photographer, don’t miss your chance to book a spot at the Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Vacation. The ranch is teaming up with Triple D Game Farm to provide visitors with unparalleled photo opportunities that will fill up numerous photo albums. However, the package goes beyond photography to include lodging, three meals, horseback riding, themed evening cocktail receptions, square dancing, wagon rides and campfire cook outs, and even skeet shooting and archery. So get your camera ready and back your bags for a great week.

Just remember to book the Bar W package(s) you want right away or else you’ll have to wait for another year before you can take part in them. Best of luck and giddy up!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Red Reflet Ranch

9/15/2015 10:44:46 AM

Next time that you are looking for a working ranch which is also a luxurious resort why not consider Red Reflet Ranch located in Ten Sleep, Wyoming? Situated on 27,000 acres in the Wyoming Big Horn Mountains you will find landscapes that vary from red rim rock to rolling foot hills to aspen forests, limestone canyons, and mountain meadows. The ranch features outstanding facilities, superb food and an experienced staff all in a beautiful natural setting. Your vacation at Red Reflet is all-inclusive and offers you unlimited activities. You can do as much as you want or simply choose to relax it’s up to you.  When cattle operations allow guests are invited to try their hand at being a “cowboy” by riding with the wranglers to look over the herd and to move them as needed. Other experiences include cattle drives to branding and gathering. Horseback riding is always a favourite activity at the ranch as well. All riding levels can be accommodated and an experienced wrangler will match you to the perfect horse for your riding ability. Enjoy the many trails on the ranch and explore the breathtaking scenery and natural wonders. You can also take lessons for roping, barrel racing or get some tips on how to improve your riding skills.

Wyoming Guest Ranch
Red Reflet Ranch

Other fun activities include taking an ATV out for a spin in a guided or unguided tour on one of the many trails available at the ranch.  Or how about fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and rifle and skeet shooting to fill your days? And for the more adventurous there is rock climbing and zip lining on the ranch’s private 4 course fast Zip Line. When you feel like doing something less active you are welcome to help the resident chef prepare the meals and learn new techniques while doing it or spend the afternoon cooling off in the outdoor pool which has a spectacular view of the Canyon and Red Cliffs. These are just a few of the activities available so be sure to check everything out before going so you can start planning your days. Guests at the ranch enjoy 5 star luxury while staying in one of the chalets. The various expansive and well equipped chalets sleep from 4-20 people depending on your vacation needs and are built like a home featuring incredible views and luxurious living spaces. The wraparound terraces are ideal for stargazing at night and if you use the ranch’s Meade telescope you can even see the Milky Way and various galaxies! Mealtimes at the Red Reflet Ranch are always memorable occasions too since almost everything on the table has been grown or raised on the Ranch and then prepared by their resident executive Chef. So next time you are considering a vacation with your spouse, family or friends consider The Red Reflet Ranch where your western experience will far exceed expectations for you and everyone in your group.

Happy Trails!

Let Animals Heal You Inside Out during Your Next Dude Ranch Visit

9/11/2015 12:14:32 PM

You’ve probably heard about pet therapy from different news channels or sites. Basically, the term covers a form of therapy where animals help individuals recover from health problems starting from heart disease to depression. It also entails activities where animals are used to provide comfort and entertainment to individuals such as nursing home residents. However, what you probably didn’t know is that YOU TOO need a little pet therapy from time to time. And the best place to get this is at a dude ranch, especially since this alternative approach goes well with ecotherapy (i.e. natural healing).

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How Animals Can Improve Your Health

You already have a good idea of how consuming grass-fed cattle can be good for your health. However, interacting with animals aside from your own pets offer many physical and psychological advantages, including:

Improved Mood – Be it the antics of a litter of puppies or bleating lambs, watching these cute critters is bound to chase your stress away and reduce your anxiety. In fact, your body goes through a series of changes that affect your mood. For instance, your cortisol (stress hormone) levels decrease while the production of serotonin (well-being hormone) increases.

Increased Physical Activity – Whether you’re riding a horse, herding cattle or just taking a dog on a walk, you’re getting a good dose of exercise. Even if you’re just cleaning the horses’ stalls, grooming them or feeding them, these chores will burn your calories and strengthen your muscles.

Building Confidence – Knowing that you can control a 1,000 pound horse or a much heftier herd of cows will help you feel accomplished. If the animal doesn’t comply, you’ll feel empowered disciplining it and making sure that it follows your orders.

Connecting with Nature – Animals love the outdoors, so you’re bound to step outside more times than you think possible. The outdoors, in turn, will improve both your physique and psyche. Besides, you’ll get a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun, giving your body a fighting chance against diseases such as obesity and cancer.

Improved Digestion – One of the least known advantages of riding horses is improved digestion. Even riding one at a walking pace will stimulate your internal organs, especially your liver. This explains why ranchers have a hearty appetite.

Decreased Isolation – Tending to ranch animals will give you a chance to talk with others who may be experiencing this for the first time like you or veterans who have been coming there for years. As you strike up a conversation, you’re bound to find people who share other interests and make friends. Also, many ranches have family style dining where guests come dine together at a set mealtime. Therefore, you’ll become more sociable and capable of preventing mental health disorders such as depression.


Fewer Allergies – Exposing younger children to animals is bound to make them less likely to develop allergies. In fact, children who live on farms are more immune to allergies and a variety of microbes. As a result, they grow into healthy adults and experience fewer health issues.

Why Dude Ranches of All Places?

You can always head to the nearest petting zoo, but it won’t provide you with the same benefits as dude ranches. You see, you don’t only get to stroke the animals there, you get to interact with them on a different level since you can be in charge of a herd and/or your own horse. Besides, you get to play, exercise or meet up with more animals at once, doubling their benefits every time. Aside from the animals, dude ranches offer you a wide range of benefits that make visiting them worthwhile. For instance, you get to bond with your family members, be it through an activity such as fishing or around the dinner table. There are also many activities that you can enjoy solo, starting from horse riding to enjoying a spa treatment. However, what you get to experience at the dude ranch depends completely on where you plan your vacation. Therefore, make the right choice for you and your family and giddy up to where all the good animals are. Ranchseeker can help you find the right ranch for your family. Use our free dude ranch search tool.

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