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Drowsy Water Ranch-A Colorado Guest Ranch

2/7/2012 8:56:10 AM

Guest ranches in Colorado take advantage of the state’s mountainous, Rocky Mountain landscape, and outback living to attract visitors. Being centrally located in the US, guests from all over won’t have to travel far to visit a guest ranch in Colorado. Drowsy Water Ranch, located in Granby, is just one of RanchSeeker’s many Colorado guest ranches. Family owned and operated by the Fosha family, Ken, Randy Sue, Justin, Ryan and their children the Drowsy Water Ranch has been in their family for 36 years.

Because the guest ranch is family owned and operated your hosts are involved in every activity and aspect of the ranch. There is a strong emphasis on their riding program and an individual approach to all riders. They also feature outstanding kid’s programs, great programing for families of all ages and sizes including couples and singles. It is situated in a scenic area and is very much a working ranch but with lots of options that are all included like rafting, guided hikes, guided mountain biking among other fun activities.

 Last week when I was speaking with Justin about his guest ranch he shared with me the following: “Dude ranches allow you to show people a western way of life surrounded by beautiful mountains while enjoying entertaining people who are having a fantastic time while on vacation.  You are also sharing your home with people and making friends for a living all while riding horses.” The Drowsy Water Ranch is proud that their guest ranch has been picked for the Trip Advisor Travel Choice Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

It is a fantastic tribute from their guests who posted reviews about their ranch. In 2010 they were choses as #1 All-inclusive vacation destination in the world followed up by #4 last year and this year in the top 25 category. Such a huge honour that they plan to continue to live up to in the future.

So when planning your next vacation consider staying at Colorado’s Drowsy Water Ranch….a fun guest ranch vacation for the entire family!

Overview of the ranch and its programs with some great riding clips VIDEO

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Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker Welcomes Another New Ranch!

1/30/2012 7:23:25 AM

RanchSeeker would like to welcome another new guest ranch to its website this time located in Tennessee! Guest ranches in Tennessee attract visitors using the natural wonders of the region including the range of valleys, mountain ranges, plains, and caves.

A Tennessee Guest Ranch is located in Dunlap.

 A Tennessee Guest Ranch is family owned and operated by Chris & Tammy Young, a southern gentleman and a southern belle who have been married for over two decades, along with their two sons Brant and Bryce. Tammy’s lifelong love of horses turned into a ranching career that the entire family shares. A Tennessee Guest Ranch is a special guest ranch that features down home Southern Christian Hospitality, and Cowboy atmosphere. Upon arrival each family receives their own wrangler and their very own guest ranch horses for their stay. And don’t forget to pack your saddle bags with their “Cowboy Bibles for the trail” to learn what God has to say about horses in the Bible! Oh yes, and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be at the ranch when Cowboy Church is held once a month so you can see a mounted sermon and catch the country barn dance afterwards!

 You can count on days full of horse-related activities. But that’s not all there are also cowboy campfires under the stars, carriage rides, hay rides, nature and hiking trails, roping lessons, swimming in the river and in a pool overlooking the gorgeous Sequatchie Valley. So round up the family and gallop on over to the Tennessee Guest Ranch in the beautiful foothills of Tennessee for your next guest ranch vacation!

  Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker Welcomes a New Guest Ranch!

1/5/2012 10:28:15 AM

RanchSeeker kicks off 2012 by welcoming a new guest ranch in Montana to our website. Guest ranches in Montana take advantage of the national parks (including the well-known Yellowstone National Park) and the mixture of mountainous and prairie landscapes to attract visitors. Covered Wagon Ranch, owned by Jerry Taylor and Debi Naccarto, is located in Galletin Gateway.

 Both Jerry and Debi, after having successful careers (Debi, a licensed pharmacist, owned an infusion pharmacy business with offices throughout the State of Montana; and Jerry, a licensed architect, owned an architectural firm for over 20 years) both sold out and decided to semi-retire. For over 30 years they had enjoyed horseback-riding the land surrounding the Covered Wagon Ranch. Once retired they decided to get into the guest ranch business and chose the Covered Wagon Ranch as their new home. Covered Wagon Ranch is steeped in history.

The historic character of the ranch (built in 1926), its proximity to Yellowstone National Park, and its spectacular horseback riding opportunities make it a truly special guest ranch. It is possible to ride over 100 different trails, including trails into Yellowstone and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area.

 Covered Wagon Ranch is one of the oldest continuously operating guest ranches in the canyon, and any changes that have been made are in the interest of the comfort and enjoyment of their guests today. Here, you'll stay in historic log cabins with their original 1920's charm, complete with wood-burning stoves and rustic wood furniture, but you'll also enjoy private baths, great meals and pampered attention from Jerry and Debi who are always happy to cater to your every need. So treasured is this place that it's become a tradition among families, individuals and couples over the years ˜ in fact, most of their guests are return visitors or their friends and families. So for your next guest ranch vacation consider visiting Covered Wagon Ranch.

Happy Trails!

A Different Type of Vacation— A Guest Ranch Vacation!

12/16/2011 8:54:40 AM

Most of us at some time or another have taken a vacation and most probably it has either been to a ski resort, the beach, or camping in the woods. These are all great places to spend time with friends and family; however, don’t forget about visiting a guest ranch. A guest ranch vacation is a wonderful way to get back to the basics, spend time outdoors, and re-connect with loved ones. There is always a lot to do and if you want you can learn new skills as well.

 Never ridden a horse before? That’s okay most guest ranches provide horseback riding lessons for beginners and if you want to fine tune your riding skills there are opportunities to do that too. Do you want to help cowboys herd cattle or partake in a Rodeo? Then a working ranch vacation is perfect for you. Or how about learning to shoot a bow and arrow or skeet shooting? You can learn to do that on a guest ranch as well. Always wanted to go river rafting, kayaking or canoeing? You are in luck as many guest ranches are situated near rivers and lakes so don’t forget to pack your bathing suit for your next guest ranch vacation. If all these activities have you feeling weary book a spa appointment at one of the many top notch spas found in guest ranches around the world today.

How does a Thai or Deep Tissue massage, or a rejuvenating facial followed by a manicure and pedicure sound? Pretty good, right? Or you can unwind by a roaring campfire and sing old cowboy songs while you roast marshmallows. If you feel like kickin’ up your heels many guest ranches offer country-western dancing too.

 If you are vacationing with your children guest ranches often have exciting kid’s programs with qualified people running them so you don’t have to worry if you want to do separate activities once in a while. On a guest ranch vacation you can do as many activities as you want or as little as you want surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wide open spaces.

 Feeling hungry?

Nowadays, at a guest ranch, you will either find simple, delicious, home-style cooked food or gourmet meals prepared by the resident chef and often the vegetables and even beef are grown and raised right there on the homestead. With all these exciting activities and more why wouldn’t you consider a guest ranch for your next vacation?

For your next guest ranch vacation use RanchSeeker’s Dude Ranch Finder to find the ideal guest ranch for you.

Happy Trails!

The Guest Ranch Experience In Pictures (Part 2)

12/8/2011 9:09:40 AM

As I mentioned in my previous blog a picture can be worth a thousand words.So to continue on with that theme below are some more photos of some of the guest ranches that can be found on RanchSeeker.

The guest ranch experience is something that can be shared with family or friends over special holidays or just to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's a great way to digitally detox and reconnect with nature and your loved ones. With all the many varied activities that you can find on a guest ranch you can be as busy as you like or choose to just relax surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in North America.

Drowsy Water Ranch Granby,Colorado

Drowsy Water Ranch has developed a reputation for quality Dude Ranch vacations. The guest ranch has programs for children from infants to teenagers with plenty of activities for parents and grandparents alike.

 Chezacut Wilderness Adventures Redstone, British Columbia

Enjoy an authentic western guest ranch vacation and a unique horseback riding retreat as you become part of our bio-dynamic working cattle ranch!

 Spotted Horse Ranch Jackson, Wyoming

Our guest ranch is located near Jackson Hole, Wyoming and provides many opportunities for horseback riding, fly fishing or just relaxing in a land that remains much the same as when explorer John Colter first set his eyes on Yellowstone and the Tetons in 1807

 Wilson H2 Ranch Woodville, Ontario

At Wilson H2 Ranch you can live the cowboy life for a week or just a weekend. Saddle up a horse, work some cattle, rope a calf, go for a trail ride or kick back on the front porch and watch the sun set on rolling farmer’s fields with a coffee in hand.

Red Reflet Guest Ranch Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Red Reflet Ranch is a working horse and cattle ranch, utilizing well over 24,000 acres that range in elevation from 4200’ to 8300’.

There is always lots of ranch work underway.

 Colorado Trails Guest Ranch Durango, Colorado

Fun, adventure and breathtaking scenery at Colorado Trails Ranch, in the San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado include horseback riding on scenic trails, fly-fishing, rafting, shooting sports and hiking.

 For your next guest ranch vacation use RanchSeeker's Dude Ranch Finder to find the ideal guest ranch for you.

Happy Trails!              

The Guest Ranch Experience in Pictures! (Part 1)

11/4/2011 11:25:01 AM

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words so today I thought that I would share some of the many beautiful photos of guest ranches listed on RanchSeeker.

A guest ranch vacation is an excellent alternative to just sitting on the beach with your friends or family. It enables you to reconnect with nature and loved ones while surrounded by breathtaking scenery. There are always lots of fun activities to do while staying at a guest ranch like horseback riding, hiking, skeet shooting, roping, swimming and spa treatments. Many guest ranches are open all year round so you can choose to celebrate special holidays away from home in a guest ranch setting.

 Marble Mountain Guest Ranch  in Somes Bar California offers steel-head flyfishing trips as just one of their many fun activities.

  Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch  in Parshall, Colorado provides non-stop activities for kids as part of their Kid's Program.

  Southern Cross Guest Ranch  in Madison, Georgia is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program.

 Red Horse Mountain Guest Ranch  in Harrison, Idaho offers guided kayak tours that explore the chain lakes of the Coeur d’Alene.

 Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch is in Martinsdale, Montana. Here the focus is on horseback riding where you can help move herds of cattle.

 Get in touch with your inner cowboy at Burnt Well Guest Ranch in Rosewell, New Mexico.

There are many guest ranches to choose from for your next guest ranch vacation. Use RanchSeeker's Dude Ranch Finder to help you find the ideal ranch for you.

Happy Trails,

Guest Ranch Spa Pampering

10/27/2011 10:22:31 AM

When we think about taking a mini-break for some well-deserved spa pampering, a guest or dude ranch doesn’t usually spring to mind and that’s a pity, because many modern day guest ranches have invested a lot of time and effort into their spa facilities.  So much so, that some ranch resort and spas are regularly featured in travel articles and even make the 10 best spa resort list! 

 Guest  ranches can offer so much more than merely parking yourself in a spa for a few days, especially at this lovely time of year of sunny days and crisp fall nights.  Even if you hadn’t considered a guest ranch or ranch resort for your spa getaway, how does soaking in a hot tub at night on a timbered deck gazing up at a star-filled sky with a glass of something cold close by sound to you? Or getting to experience some of the newest and most innovative spa trends in the ultra-modern facilities of a  guest ranch resort spa? After a day of being pampered, cosseted and soothed by the friendly and skilled staff at your guest ranch spa, what better way to relax than to mix and mingle with the other guests in front of a roaring log fire, before sitting down to an exquisite dinner prepared by the resident chef. 

 As a change of pace from indulging in the decadent delights of your guest ranch spa, a leisurely horseback ride among spectacular surroundings or a gentle hike along verdant trails far removed from the stresses of city life, will refresh and rejuvenate the inner self.  Some guest ranches even boast an indoor heated pool or are situated close to mineral springs for invigorating bathing sessions. Having a mini-vacation at a guest ranch at this time of year means you can take advantage of the many end-of-season specials that ranches offer between their busy summer season and the approach of winter.  Three or four night getaways are typical ranch resort and spa packages and along with comfortable accommodation and satisfying meals, may also include a choice of spa treatments. 

 No one size fits all. RanchSeeker features many guest ranches that are ideal for a guest ranch spa getaway. Use our simple Dude Ranch Finder to find your next guest ranch vacation. Happy Trails!    

Kids and Guest Ranch Vacations

10/20/2011 12:55:10 PM

When school lets out for the holidays either for spring break, summer, Thanksgiving or Winter break parents find themselves wondering where to go with their families. A great option is a guest ranch vacation. Many guest ranches are kid friendly and offer fun kids programs. Be sure to check with each individual guest ranch before booking your vacation to make sure your little ones and not so little ones will have lots of activities to keep them entertained. Many kid friendly guest ranches will allow children as young as 6 years old to ride but this can vary from ranch to ranch. Make sure you ask whether they have babysitting available should your kids be too young to ride with you.

Most ranches offer horseback riding lessons so you and your kids can take some lessons before hitting the trails whether it is your first time or just to perfect your riding skills. Be sure to ask for a helmet or bring your own. Some guest ranches offer discounted rates for children but if they are old enough to ride this may not be the case. Guest ranches may offer very extensive kid’s programs or they may have a lot of kid friendly activities to choose from. Many ranches have swimming pools, farm animals, river tubing, gold panning and fishing which are all suitable for children of varied ages.

 The more extensive kid’s programs may include a counsellor for each group of kids in certain age ranges. They supervise all activities such as nature hikes, riding, scavenger hunts, fishing and arts and crafts. They may even host separate campfire cookouts complete with roasted marshmallows and ghost stories. Your kids can choose to spend their days playing with new found friends or with you. Taking your family to a guest ranch will create lasting memories of fun times spent together as a family.  A guest ranch vacation is a fun option for a family vacation where your time will be spent enjoying the outdoors, learning new skills and away from the television and video games.

 RanchSeeker features many guest ranches that are kid friendly and that offer entertaining kids programs. Use our simple Dude Ranch Finder to find your next family vacation.

Happy Trails! 

How about Visiting a New Mexico Guest Ranch?

10/14/2011 10:42:25 AM

Guest ranches in New Mexico take advantage of over 500,000 acres of national forests and rich history to attract visitors. With four centuries of Native American, Spanish and South-western cultures New Mexico is a melting pot of culture. Typically one thinks of New Mexico as an arid state; however, heavily forested mountain wildernesses cover a substantial area. Aside from horseback riding you can choose from endless recreational activities and enjoy New Mexico’s colourful history, art and flavourful cuisine. On your next guest ranch vacation why not consider visiting the following RanchSeeker guest ranches:

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch   Winston, NM

Our Guest Ranch: A small family owned guest ranch, with emphasis on horseback riding, nestled among tall Ponderosa pines. We are situated in some of the most breathtaking, untouched country in America: Geronimo and Apache country. Once home to outlaw hideouts and early Mimbres people’s (750-1150) dwellings you will also find abundant wildlife, great food and a pleasant climate at our ranch. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a real western adventure! Horseback or hiking takes guests through beautiful forests of tall Ponderosa pine, through astounding deep canyons with sheer towering walls and crystal clear streams.    

 Double E Guest Ranch Gila, NM

Our Guest Ranch: Indulge your cowboy spirit with cattle, cayuses, buffalo and the undiluted raw sensations of south-western New Mexico. 30,000 acres adjoining the pristine 3 million acre Gila National Forest, Double E Guest Ranch is a working cattle/guest ranch offering exciting horseback riding, spectacular vistas, great food and interesting company! Our Texas Long Horn Cattle are worked year 'round.    

 Burnt Well Guest Ranch Rosewell,NM

Our Guest Ranch: Burnt Well is a working cattle and sheep ranch. We take a few guests on the side as a supplement to our ranching income. Our guest capacity is small, we don't have a staff, we are open all year around, but we don't take guests week in and week out. Come to Burnt Well, get dirty and have some fun, then kick your boots off and relax a spell!! We'll fill your tummy with good country food, fill your days with fun and adventure, fill the air with lots of conversation & laughter and fill your mind with unforgettable memories!  

 New Mexico guest ranches offer many different exciting vacation opportunities from horseback riding to amazing scenic vistas. Find your next guest ranch vacation using RanchSeeker’s Dude Ranch Finder. Happy Trails!

Fun Winter Activities at a Dude Ranch

10/7/2011 12:17:53 PM

As the temperature starts to drop many of RanchSeeker’s dude ranches are gearing up for their winter season. Gone are long, hot sunny days paving the way for winter fun. There are many activities that you can still enjoy at a dude ranch during the cooler winter months. Different dude ranches offer different winter activities depending on location, ranch amenities and the size of the dude ranch. Below are just some of the fun activities that you can find on your next dude ranch vacation.

1)      Skiing & Snowboarding. Some dude ranches like, Vista Verde Guest Ranch, are located near world famous ski resorts. You can enjoy all the amenities of staying at a dude ranch and spend a few days hitting the slopes. Check with your ranch of choice, in advance, to see whether they can provide you with ski equipment and transportation to the mountain base.

    2)      Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing. At many dude ranches like, Ranch 4 Saisons, you can strap on a pair of snow shoes or cross country skis and head out to explore the snowy woods or meadows. A great way to spend the day outdoors and work up an appetite for a hearty dinner.

3)      Sleigh Rides. Various guest ranches, like Bar W, offer sleigh rides accompanied by hot chocolate and cozy blankets. It’s a special way to spend time with family and friends.  

4)      Snowmobiling. Explore the back-country wilderness by snowmobile on your next winter dude ranch vacation. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is just one guest ranch that offers a snowmobile package.  

5)      Horseback riding. Winter horseback riding at a dude ranch is an unforgettable experience; one of the highlights of a winter ranch vacation when weather conditions permit.  

6)      Dog-Sledding. Dog sledding is now being offered at some of the dude ranches and is a great opportunity to experience what can only be described as a truly one-of-a-kind adventure.    

 7)      Spa. For a truly relaxing winter-getaway many dude ranches offer spa treatments that you can enjoy in a winter setting.  

Whatever you decide to do on your next dude ranch vacation RanchSeeker’s Dude Ranch Finder can help you find the ideal guest ranch.   Happy Trails,

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