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Thanksgiving at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

11/8/2018 8:37:00 AM

Southern Cross Guest Ranch, conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland, is just under an hour’s drive from Atlanta. Upon arrival you will find a horse lover’s paradise which is home to more than 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and a peaceful, comfortable setting as well as good old-fashioned southern hospitality. 




Guests can choose from various things to do while on their all-inclusive vacation, but riding enthusiasts will be delighted to know that horseback riding is the featured activity at Southern Cross. For newbies lessons are available, if so desired, and each rider no matter what their skill level will be assigned their own horse for the duration of their stay based on individual skill level. For those looking for a real hands-on as well as bonding experience with their horse grooming and helping to tack your horse is encouraged by their well-trained staff. Daily riding excursions consist of small groups of three to seven riders and will take you across beautiful open pastures and lush wooded trails. The scenery surrounding the ranch is truly something to behold. 




When not in the saddle guests can either take a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a soothing soak in the hot tub. Vacation time can also be spent relaxing with a good book, playing pool, darts or foosball in the game room, riding mountain bikes, throwing horseshoes, shooting basketball or simply taking a nap after a delicious home-cooked meal. For longer stays guests can take advantage of the ranch's convenient location to visit many of Georgia's local attractions like golf courses, shopping, fishing, skeet shooting, museums, and much more.




During the autumn months vivid colour displays of fiery red, burnt amber and orange falling leaves as well as spectacular sunsets and brilliant harvest moons are part of everyday life at the ranch. When November rolls around it also means that Thanksgiving is drawing near and Southern Cross makes this holiday an event to remember! It is such a popular week of the year that it often sells out months in advance. In addition to their All-Inclusive schedule of meals and horseback riding, the ranch also cooks up a large Thanksgiving feast. Oven roasted turkey, baked ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, corn, and green beans, as well as all the traditional “fixin’s” make this a truly memorable meal. This year why not put your shopping list away, pull out your suitcase and book a Thanksgiving getaway at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Fill your days with fresh air, beautiful autumn-coloured infused scenery, fun activities, great food and make some memories that will last a lifetime.


                                                                           


If you can’t make it this year to celebrate be sure to add Southern Cross Guest Ranch to your vacation bucket-list since the ranch is open year-round giving you and your loved ones lots of time to plan that perfect guest ranch vacation. Make sure you bookmark the following link SOUTHERN CROSS GUEST RANCH since the ranch features lots of exciting special offers throughout the year.

Happy Trails!

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A Vacation at a Guest Ranch is FUN!

10/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

Are you tired of booking the same old type of vacation year after year? Looking to do something other than lazing around at the beach or exploring a new city and its sights? If so, read on. Aside form being a whole lot of fun a guest ranch or working ranch vacation will not only awaken your sense of adventure but also provide abundant opportunities to try something new.

Let RanchSeeker help you find the ideal ranch experience for you and your family, significant other or group of friends. Our website represents every type of ranch vacation available to fit your specific needs. Whether you are looking to travel during the summer, spring, fall or winter RanchSeeker has the ranch for you. With wide open spaces, unsurpassed breathtaking scenery and good old-fashioned hospitality, a vacation at a guest ranch will give you the chance to live a western way of life if only for a short while. 




Ranches listed on www.ranchseeker.com  offer a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, water rafting, cross country skiing, swimming, archery, ice-fishing, tubing, sleigh rides and so much more. Since each guest ranch is unique be sure to use our Search For Ranches tool to find your perfect match. 

Accommodations vary from ranch to ranch. You’ll find everything from rustic to luxurious rooms or cabins as well as chalets ideal for larger groups. And mealtimes are always a special event at any guest ranch. Whether you dine on hearty home-style cooked meals or gourmet fare prepared by an in-house chef you will be delighted by the variety of delicious choices available to choose from.



Photo courtesy of Red Reflet Ranch :

Guests enjoy 5 star luxury, extensive amenities, outstanding cuisine, and expansive chalets.

Built like a home with incredible views and luxurious living spaces, you’ll enjoy the highest level of comfort, convenience, and relaxation throughout your stay.


If you have always wanted to experience life as a cowboy be sure to check out the various working ranches on our site such as:

Laramie River Ranch 

Superior horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies. Fly fishing, cattle penning, and naturalist-led adventures round out your days. Comfortable accommodations, home-style meals, and evening entertainment make this a vacation you will never forget.




The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch 

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an upscale horsemanship, riding and working cattle guest ranch, located in the hamlet of Shell, WY (population 83), at the entrance of the majestic Shell Canyon and Big Horn National Forest in North-Central Wyoming. The Hideout is upscale when it comes to lodging, culinary experience and personal attention. Horsemanship, excellent riding, working cattle, hundreds of miles of trails, fly-fishing, trapshooting are some of the activities available at this resort.




Klondike Ranch  

More than a Wyoming dude ranch, we invite you to join us in the activities of our historical, working cattle ranch. You’ll get to enjoy riding, working cattle and camping out under brilliant Wyoming skies, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and taking in the vast beauty of the Bighorn Mountains.




The above 3 options as well as several others on RanchSeeker will have you feeling like an authentic cowboy in no time. 

Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of riding across the Arizona desert surrounded by cacti while the sun dips below the horizon offering up one of those famous desert sunsets that must be seen first-hand to be truly believed…a magnificent moment that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The following 2 ranches will have you going back year after year.

Stagecoach Trails Ranch 

We have worked hard to create a special, friendly atmosphere where you can get a glimpse into the old west while enjoying the beautiful NW Arizona desert and all the peace and quiet one could hope for. Set up like a little Western town, our dude ranch will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time living the life of a true cowboy.




White Stallion Ranch 

Reconnect with nature, family, friends and serenity. Ride through the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and cactus that have brought Hollywood filmmakers to the ranch for over 70 years. Recognized nationally for excellence in service and value.




The above ranch links are just a small sampling of what you will find on RanchSeeker. Be sure to check out our next blog post to learn more about other guest ranch vacations available for you to book. Or better yet why not click on Search For Ranches and start exploring now. Your next exciting vacation is only a click away. 

Happy Trails!

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Last Minute Fall Special at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

10/3/2018 10:20:20 AM

Looking for a last-minute getaway? Look no further. This fall take advantage of New Mexico’s Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch’s 10% discounted sale price during October and November. Wake up to beautiful sunny days and a turquoise blue sky.  Horseback ride through awe inspiring deep canyons that will not only take you across crystal clear streams but also lead you to fascinating archaeological sites just full of interesting historical anecdotes.  




View pit houses, cliff dwellings, pictographs, pottery shards, and other artifacts from the Mimbres people, who once populated this land from 200-1150 AD. This area is also the birthplace of Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches’ homeland. During your visit your Informed guides will tell you all about Basque Sheepherders coming through the area, Cowboys, Outlaws and even Tin Mining as well. 

With an emphasis on horseback riding this small family owned guest ranch promises some of the most breathtaking scenery of untouched land in America that you will ever see. Here, you will also find abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, great food and a pleasant climate. When the sun sets guests are treated to a clear starlit studded sky free of any light pollution which means that the Milky Way as well as some planets can often be viewed as well.




Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, open March through mid-November, is a real western adventure! Take advantage of their fall discount and book your last-minute getaway now!

Happy Trails!

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Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List. What to Wear? What to Pack?

9/3/2018 12:00:00 AM

This week’s blog post is courtesy of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch.  You can see the original post here. 

So you’ve booked your dude ranch vacation and are counting the days until you arrive. Now you’re asking yourself, what do I wear to a dude ranch? What do I pack for a dude ranch vacation? It can be difficult to know where to begin when packing for such a unique vacation. Read on for some advice on what to pack for a dude ranch vacation and a dude ranch vacation packing list.   




What To Pack For A Dude Ranch Vacation

First on your dude ranch vacation packing list is what to wear.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small, informal ranch so dressing for meals is not required. In fact, guests often come to breakfast in their pajamas. We want you to be comfortable.

When you hit the trail, the weather is a big factor to take into account. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located west of the Continental Divide in the mountains of southwest New Mexico. We are at 6,500 feet elevation and that means summer days are pleasantly dry (no humidity!) and comfortably warm, while mountain evenings are cool and crisp. It is not uncommon to get 40-degree temperature swings from daytime high to nighttime low!




No matter what the weather, a cowboy hat with stampede string is recommended. Not only will you look cool, but it will keep the sun off you. And a stampede string will ensure that the hat stays on your head.

As far as jeans, we recommend Wrangler brand jeans as they don’t have the double sewn, inside leg seam. This helps to reduce skin chafing. If you don’t have Wranglers, bicycle shorts or pantyhose can also help prevent chafing. When it comes to shirts, both long and short sleeves are recommended. Because of the temperature swings, layering is a good idea. Even if it is warm, long sleeves are still good protection from branches and the strong sun.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List

The only thing we are strict about is riding/cowboy boots. We require boots with a heel and smooth sole. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pair of cowboy boots, we do have some to lend (please ask about sizes). Boot socks or tall socks that go as high as your boots will keep you comfy in your boots. Tennis shoes or hiking boots/shoes will come in handy if you decide to do some exploring around the ranch. Some guests choose to bring water shoes for wading/swimming/playing in the rocky creek during our picnic rides.

In the spring and fall, a heavy riding coat will keep you warm on those cool mornings and evenings. The rest of the year, a medium weight jacket will be just fine. Rain gear isn’t a huge necessity in New Mexico but we do provide full length riding rain slickers for all guests for those unexpected afternoon rainstorms.

It is a matter of personal preference if you want to bring riding gloves and chinks or chaps. We ask that guests not bring their own tack. We have excellent quality tack that is comfortable for our guests to ride in AND fits our horses. This is what you will ride in during your stay at our ranch.




Personal items to pack include a toothbrush, shampoo, lotion, band-aids, & other toiletries, camera, sunscreen, ChapStick, and sunglasses. You don’t have to worry about towels & other bedding, we provide those. Hairdryers are not provided & use is discouraged. We are off the grid and they draw too much current on our electrical system.

Finally, we don’t carry a liquor license so bring what you like as far as beverages (beer/wine/liquor). We do provide water bottles to carry when riding or hiking.

So are you all ready to get started on your dude ranch vacation packing list? Check out our page for items  ( https://www.geronimoranch.com/our-ranch/items-to-bring/ ) to bring and print out our handy dude ranch vacation packing list below to keep you on track.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List


                          


Happy Trails!

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The Perfect Combination

8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Often when one thinks of a guest ranch vacation top notch spa treatment don’t immediately come to mind as well. But that would be a mistake. Nowadays many guest ranches have invested in modern spa facilities that are frequently featured in travel articles that make the top 10 best spa resorts list. Imagine indulging in a relaxing massage after a day spent in the saddle horseback riding. Or you could simply book a stay at one of the ranch resort spas and fill your days up with various spa treatments as you gradually unwind surrounded by a spectacular wilderness setting. 

If you are need of some pampering consider the following ranches:

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch is truly unique. First off, it features two world class spas on site both of which offer treatments from different areas of the globe. Secondly, it has a Thai inspired element that includes a building designed by a famous Thai architect. It’s the only guest ranch of its kind. If you are seeking a one-of-a-kind western adventure with first class accommodations, healthy gourmet food and outstanding spa treatments then Echo Valley Ranch is for you. “Echo Valley Ranch is a delightful contradiction. It’s unnaturally natural, yet quietly luxurious.”

Spa Treatment Menu.




The Ranch at Rock Creek

Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. They balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable western experience.

Experience luxurious wellness in the wild. Their award-winning Granite Spa features signature spa treatments as well as the opportunity to take part in yoga classes, meditation, natural movement training and forest bathing.

Signature Spa Treatment Menu   

Additional Spa Treatments 




When it comes time to book your next vacation whether you are just looking for a spa destination or a guest ranch that offers lots of thrilling activities as well as top notch spa facilities add Echo Valley Ranch & Spa or The Ranch at Rock Creek to your list. 

Happy Trails!

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Labor Weekend Special at Coffee Creek Ranch

7/24/2018 4:40:04 PM


It’s not too late book this Labor Weekend Special at this spectacular California ranch.

Coffee Creek Ranch, located in Northern California is 367 acres of pure, natural, pristine wilderness. Here you will find snow-capped mountain, cascading waterfalls, lush meadows, sparkling lakes and one of Northern California’s finest guest ranches. For fly fishing enthusiasts, this is a dream location. For horseback riding enthusiasts the 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. If overnight pack trips or shorter trail riding is more your style, the ranch will tailor your time in the saddle to suit your particular needs.  Everything about Coffee Creek Ranch, from their comfortable and cozy cabin accommodations, to their freshly prepared, delicious hearty meals is designed so that guests get the most out of their guest ranch experience.   




LABOR DAY WEEKEND SPECIALS

Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend at Coffee Creek Ranch with our ALL-INCLUSIVE vacation specials starting August 31st to September 3rd, 2018. Availability goes fast so book early!

$350.00 pp - 2 nights, 3 days

$550.00 pp - 3 nights, 4 days

$750.00 pp - 4 nights, 5 days

They are also offering 25% off these special rates for kids 3-5 yrs old!




Come enjoy all that CCR has to offer, such as horseback riding, gold panning, fishing, line and square dancing, bonfires, bingo, fabulous meals and much more.

BOOKING DEADLINE:   August 15th, 2018




To book this special please click here:  'Daily Cabin Rentals & Labor Day WeekendSpecials' for your 2, 3 or 4 night stays.

*Please note: All specials include horseback riding but do not include private lessons (please see the Non-Guest Riding Rates for prices). Rates and specials are subject to change and must be booked by the deadline dates – these special rates do not apply when booking through a travel agency, so hurry these special weeks book up FAST!





Be sure to mention that you heard about this special first through RanchSeeker.

Happy Trails!

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Do you Like to Cook?Try These White Stallion Ranch Recipes

7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM

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. The ranch is situated between Phoenix and Tucson, making it easy accessible from Arizona’s two major airports. 




While staying at White Stallion Ranch you will be treated to delicious home-cooked meals prepared by the ranch’s chef as well as healthy snacks.  Here are just a few to try out at home.

Spicy Granola

  (1batch)                                                                           (double batch)

4 cups old-fashioned rolled Oats                                                8c

1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut*                                    2c

1 cup sliced almonds                                                                  2c

1 cup pecans                                                                              2c

1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon                                                                    3t

½ tsp. Nutmeg                                                                           1t

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter and ½ cup honey                   1c marg + 1c honey

2 cups mixed dried fruits such as cranberries, cherries,         3 or 4 c for taste

currants, golden raisins, apricots, prunes and/or dates    

¾ cup brown sugar, packed                                                 1 1/2 c

*Available at natural food stores

Preheat oven 350 degrees

In a large bowl stir together oats, coconut, nuts and spices.  In a small saucepan melt butter with honey over low heat, stirring occasionally.  Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and toss to combine well.  Mix in brown sugar well.

Spread granola evenly in 2 shallow baking pans and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, stirring frequently and switching position of pans halfway through baking, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.  In large bowl, combine granola with dried fruits and cool, stirring occasionally.  (Granola keeps in an airtight container, chilled, 1 month.)

Makes about 10 cups.



(the granola at the ranch may look different than it appears here)

TRAIL MIX

2  lbs. Peanuts (dry roasted, etc.)

1  8-1/2 ounce pkg. pretzel chips (use air crisps if you can’t find pretzel chips)

1  7 ounce pkg. small twisted pretzels

1  5-3/4 ounce pkg. thin pretzel sticks

1  5.6 ounce pkg. corn nuts

1  cup vegetable oil

1  cup melted butter

2  Tbsp. chili powder

2  Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

5  drops green Tabasco sauce

1  Tbsp. garlic salt

1  Tbsp. Lowrie’s seasoned salt

1  tsp. ground cumin

Mix nuts and pretzels in large roasting pan.

Mix oil and melted butter, chili powder, Worcestershire, Tabasco sauce, garlic salt, seasoned salt and cumin; pour over pretzels, mixing well.

Bake in a 350º oven for 1 hour, stirring often.  (If you use air crisps instead of pretzel chips then only add them the last 20 minutes of baking)



( pretzels go great in Trail Mix)

For more recipes from White Stallion check out our past blogs:

Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin Recipe

White Stallion Ranch’s Hatch Green Chili & Cheese Breakfast Casserole


( Mealtimes at White Stallion are always  special)

Happy Trails!

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Why You Should Vacation at a Guest Ranch This Summer

6/25/2018 9:16:00 PM

Summer is finally here which means school is out and the days are longer as well as warmer. People everywhere are looking for that perfect destination for their summer vacation. The possibilities are endless. You could choose a beach or lakeside resort, travel overseas or go camping. All these popular options fit the bill but why not do something a little different this year…something a little more adventurous? Think Guest Ranch Vacation!

Great food, spectacular scenery, friendly hosts, and a plethora of activities to choose from are just some of the reasons why you should consider booking a guest ranch stay. Imagine evenings gathered around a campfire under a star-studded sky and days spent outdoors riding, fishing, kayaking or learning a new skill like shooting or archery. There are many reasons why a guest ranch vacation should be your vacation choice this year but here are just a few.



(photo courtesy of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch


Dude Ranches Offer All-Inclusive Value

Most dude ranches offer all-inclusive vacation packages which makes your vacation stress-free. Comfortable accommodations, meals, snacks and many activities are all included in your upfront costs. 

Dude Ranch Vacation Packages

Dude ranches aside from offering basic all-inclusive packages also offer customizable vacation packages. If you want to experience the life of a cowboy for a week you could choose a working ranch and help rustle up the cows, participate in a rodeo and saddle-up your own horse. Or if you prefer a more laid-back approach you could book a spa package available at several ranches and spend the week being treated to relaxing treatments and incredible views. There are so many options to choose from to make your dude ranch vacation tailor-made just for you.


(photo courtesy of Echo Valley Ranch & Spa)


Saddle up and Ride

Horseback riding aficionados will of course be delighted by the idea of a guest ranch vacation; however, those who are new to the sport will also find great joy in saddling up and experiencing the connection that develops between horse and rider as they ride through breath-taking scenery guided by experienced wranglers. Classes are readily available at most guest ranches to help first-time riders feel more comfortable before mounting up and hitting the trail or for those intermediate riders who would simply like to hone their riding skills. Regardless of your skill level you are sure to have an exhilarating time in the saddle and bond with your new equine friend.



(photo courtesy of Klondike Ranch


Reconnect with Nature & Your Loved Ones

We have never been more “connected” than we are now technologically speaking; however, this “connectedness” comes at a heavy price. We are far too often glued to our PCs, laptops, and smart phones even after office hours or while on vacation. We have forgotten what it is like to be truly present in the moment and to be completely focused on the people that are most important in our lives. Many guest ranches are off the grid so to speak, although the majority of them do offer WiFi in their main lodges for those that simply can’t go cold turkey.

Guest ranches provide a great opportunity to reconnect with nature. They are often situated in places that feature majestic mountainous backdrops, lush green forests or arid deserts that boast incredible sunsets and otherworldly landscapes. It is almost impossible not to feel the grandeur of nature or be awed by the natural beauty that envelops you while staying at one of these amazing locations.



(photo courtesy of Hawley Mountain Ranch

Learn New Skills

It is always fun to learn a new skill or revel in a sense of accomplishment as you master an activity that is unfamiliar or perhaps even challenging to complete. Guest ranches offer lots of exciting activities to choose from like archery, skeet shooting, rock climbing, rifle shooting, roping, fly fishing, white water rafting and zip lining to name a few. There are countless activities to try that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Many guest ranches feature specialized activities owing to their terrain or resident expert on hand that add to their guests’ enjoyment.



(photo courtesy of Red Reflet Ranch)

Stargazing

Perhaps stargazing isn’t something that immediately comes to mind when planning a vacation, but when was the last time you were able to gaze up into the night sky and be dazzled by hundreds of twinkling stars and constellations overhead, uncluttered by the profusion of city lights and dense pollution? Due to their often-remote locations, guest ranches provide a unique opportunity to appreciate not only incredible scenery by day, but to be able to reflect upon the vastness and infinite beauty of the skies above.  Starlit evenings like these are cherished moments to share with those dear to you.



(photo courtesy of Stagecoach Trails Ranch

Accommodations

Depending on which guest ranch you book you can choose to stay in either cozy, western decorated themed rooms, spacious chalets, cabins or even luxury camping tents. It all comes down to personal preferences.

There are dozens of reasons why a guest ranch destination should be on your summer vacation to do list. Whether you are organizing a family reunion, a vacation with your immediate family, a getaway with friends or just some alone-time with that special someone a guest ranch vacation will not disappoint!



( photo courtesy of Bar W Guest Ranch)

Let RanchSeeker help you find your unforgettable summer vacation. We represent guest ranches all over the USA as well as in Canada,

Happy Trails!


Summer Fun at Vista Verde Ranch

6/4/2018 9:15:00 PM

Summer has finally arrived, and Vista Verde is ready to help you and your family create everlasting memories. With a variety of activities to choose from, amazing food, and a friendly staff as well as spectacular scenery this Colorado guest ranch is the place to be on your next vacation. Vista Verde expertly combines their all-inclusive plan with true Western hospitality and AAA Four Diamond amenities so that you can sit back and relax or fill your days with thrilling activities.




Since there are so many activities to choose from the ranch’s wranglers and guides go the extra mile to ensure that each activity that you pick is tailored to your interest, ability and fitness level. Whether you want to learn a new skill or simply sharpen an existing skill set the ranch provides professional gear and equipment as well as lots of instruction so that you get the most out of your experience. Read on to learn more about the summer activities available at the ranch and start planning your vacation today.

Horseback Riding

The riding program at the ranch not only offers the opportunity to go on adventurous trail rides but also the chance to learn a thing or two with their variety of clinics that explore the different aspects of horsemanship. Whether you are a novice or an advanced rider the wranglers will keep it interesting for the duration of your stay.




Fly-Fishing

For the fishermen in your group there is nothing like casting your line into the crystal-clear mountain water of the lakes and streams found around the ranch with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop. The ranch’s guides will help you plan that perfect day of fishing and provide you with invaluable insights and tips to help you get the most out of your day.

Mountain Biking

Mix it up while on your vacation and check out the extensive mountain biking program. Choose from either Mountain Biking, Biking in the Mountains, or Ranch Cruising all of which include instruction so that you’ll feel confident while in the saddle.

Hiking

Situated in the Routt National Forest close to the Zirkel Wilderness Area, Vista Verde is close to a plethora of trailheads that provide extraordinary hiking opportunities. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or just want to go on a relaxing family hike a ranch guide will assist you in picking the ideal experience for your needs.




Kids, Tweens, and Teens

The ranch offers a comprehensive program for all their younger guests. Your kids won’t even miss being connected to their devices while staying at the ranch.

Rock Climbing

Twice a week ranch guides take newbies and experienced rock climbers up the climbing rock where after a few hours of instruction guests can try their hand at climbing and rappelling.

Paddleboarding

Cool off in a high alpine lake surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and either simply relax on a stand-up-paddleboard or get a full body workout as you paddle from one end to another.




Photography Tour

With the help of local photographer Carla Jones hone your photography skills so that your vacation shots are truly special.

Yoga

Step outside and experience a yoga class in a natural surrounding. Ideal for stretching out sore muscles as well as connecting with nature. Devyn provides a 1-hour class twice a week at the Wild Yoga hideout a short hike or ride away from the ranch.

Massage

Getting a massage is always a great idea but especially when you are taking part in lots of physical activities. Be sure to ask about the various massages available.

Rafting & Kayaking

Take part in an adventurous day-long river rafting trip two hour away form the ranch or stay closer to home and kayak on the Yampa river. Be prepared to get wet!




Culinary Experiences

Join Chef Cholly for a cooking class or wine tasting. Once a week take a peak at how things work “in the back of the house” and either join in or simply watch how it’s all done. Learn how to evaluate wine and expand your wine vocabulary.

As you can see there are lots of activities to keep you entertained during the day. A summer vacation at Vista Verde is what summers should be all about…fun!

Happy Trails!

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Experience a Montana Cattle Drive at The Bar W Guest Ranch

6/4/2018 12:00:00 AM

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 the Spencer Lake close by are just a few of the reasons why people are attracted to this dude ranch. With a 6,200 sq. ft. lodge, cabin suites, horseback riding, and a range of summer and winter activities, which include cattle work, riding lessons, fishing, boating and swimming, sleigh ride dinners, and clay pigeon shooting there is always something fun to do. 

If you are looking for a vacation spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then this Montana ranch is where you should be. Open all year round you will experience true western hospitality on behalf of your hosts and their staff. And for those people wanting to experience the life of a cowboy the Bar W has their fall cattle drive (September22nd-29th) that shouldn’t be missed out on but don’t wait too long to book since there are limited spots left to fill.




Be Part of a Western Tradition

If the nostalgia of embracing a simpler time appeals to you, continue reading. The days are spent on the back of a horse, pushing cattle through the open range with a quintessential mountain backdrop in the distance. Evenings are enjoyed surrounding a campfire exchanging stories with a dozen new friends from all walks of life, and perhaps from all over the world.  When it’s time to turn in and you are storied out, head to your cot and sleeping bag in the authentic wall tent just feet away. Or, if you prefer, move your cot and sleeping bag outside and sleep under Montana’s renowned big sky. Either way, fresh mountain air and hard work is a time-tested recipe for a restful night’s sleep. Oh yeah make sure to look up and we guarantee if it is clear you will say, “OMG where did all those stars come from.”

In the morning your wake -up call will be a little different – well maybe a lot, sun beams streaming into your tent and the smell of cowboy coffee brewing over the campfire. If a Montana cattle drive is your definition of a legendary vacation here’s your insider’s guide. It’s the real deal!

The Whitford Family

This is a “work needs to get done” Montana cattle drive and we’ve partnered with the Whitford family who are descendants of the Blackfeet (Pikuni) tribe.

We’ll be rounding up approximately 400 head of cattle in different herds, across 50,000 acres over the course of our time on the range. Cows are not moved from point A to B, such as in moving them from winter pasture to summer pasture and back again. Instead, we designed it a bit differently to provide the full experience. We round up the cattle and drive them back to base camp where there is a set of corrals. Once in the corrals you’re invited to cowboy up, get your hands dirty, and assist in a variety of chores as a true ranch-hand.



(The Whitford Family)

Here is a list of tasks to be performed and insight as to their history and purpose.

1) Doctor the Unfortunate Males

This is a general term that involves castration. The idea is that only the best calve/bulls are chosen to build the herd in the future – the best blood line so to speak. In addition, an overall wellness exam and administering appropriate treatment. De-worming, castrating, and de-horning are routinely performed. If the cow shows signs of illness which appears to be more than the common cold an immune boosting vaccine is administered.




2) Brand Them

On the Blackfeet Reservation they still open range/free graze their cattle. The cattle are owned by three generations of Whitford’s who run their cows together. Each generation has a unique brand to identify their ownership. They use a hot branding iron, heated by a propane torch. The branding iron is then placed on the animal in a specific spot in accordance with Montana livestock authority brand requirements.




3) Tagging the Calves

You do this in the ear with a unique number or barcode. The purpose is for record keeping as the unique ID has valuable information on the specific cow including date of birth, lineage, and health related information.  It also serves as a helpful tool to identify the cow instead of referencing the cow as “the one with the black spot.”

 


Our spring and fall Montana cattle drives are appropriate for all riding abilities and are ideal for folks looking to embrace their inner cowboy or cowgirl. These weeks have a maximum capacity of 18 guests which enhances the camaraderie and promotes a team environment. The nature of the cattle drive is geared toward adults and we have enjoyed riding the range with groups, couples, and solo travelers. When you book your Montana cattle drive vacation you’ll also be immersing yourself in a Western tradition.

**For the original source article about the cattle drive click HERE*

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