Spotted Horse Ranch

September 14th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

A dude ranch vacation for many is the ultimate way to not only participate in trail riding, sport adventure, enjoy hearty, home cooked meals, take in some breathtaking scenery -  but also to just relax. While you will certainly be treated to some of the finest activities, food and surroundings at Spotted Horse Ranch, they make sure a big part of your stay with them is centered around relaxing!

Located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Spotted Horse Ranch has an abundance of outdoor features to offer families, couples and solo travelers. Although relaxing is high on the list of ‘musts’, a stay a Spotted Horse Ranch is never boring!

Spotted Horse Ranch

Spotted Horse Ranch

It is an understatement to say riding through the majestic mountains, forests and alongside riverbanks is memorable. The sheer beauty of the the surrounding land as experienced while riding an Appaloosa horse from the ranch, expertly matched to your trail riding ability, is a step back in time to when life was simple.

Many of the guests at Spotted Horse Ranch come to experience the trout fly fishing from the banks of the nearby Hoback River. Some choose to make it an all day adventure, taking a float down the Snake, New Fork, Green or Hoback Rivers. Definitely an exceptional fishing destination, and with a free casting lesson offered to guests, anyone from novice to expert fishers can certainly enjoy the day.

Fly Fishing At Spotted Horse Ranch
Guests at Spotted Horse Ranch are sure to enjoy the 3 hearty meals served daily in the lodge. With a motto of ‘quality and quantity’, the delicious, home-style cooking is just one of the many reasons visitors return year after year to Spotted Horse Ranch. Open cookouts are also a highlight, where across the flames ranch style steaks are cooked and marshmallows are roasted. What could be better than a tasty treat, with stories to share?

Whether it is trail riding, fly fishing, hunting excursions or even relaxing in the natural nearby hot spring ‘hot tub’, the Spotted Horse Ranch is the place for anyone looking to have a vacation that provides adventure, perfectly blended with relaxation. With a true sense of the ‘old west’ and the hospitality that makes each guest feel at home, Spotted Horse Ranch is unique, and wonderful place to visit.

A dude ranch vacation is about taking a break from the everyday pace, and resetting our hectic schedule of daily life. The laid back approach at Spotted Ranch translates into a quiet, calm and comfortable stay for their guests. Having the luxuries of modern day, combined with the simplicity of life – when family, friends, outdoor life and relaxing were at the forefront – makes for the ideal vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed. While it might be a new style of vacation if you are not used to visiting a dude ranch, it might just become your favorite. The Spotted Horse Ranch is a true gem, and can get you back to the basics, while helping you refocus on the truly important things in life.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Corn Bread Recipe

September 8th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

There are many types of corn bread out there. Some are grainy and some are soft. Some are fluffy and some are dense. This is no ordinary corn bread recipe. It is moist with just the right texture. This is a guest favorite at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and we always make sure we have plenty to go around. It’s also very easy to make. Here is our recipe below. We hope you enjoy the corn bread as much as we do! This recipe serves 32. For smaller servings divide recipe and use a 11 x 13 baking pan instead.


1 lb butter
3 c. sugar
1 1/2 cups whole eggs
7 C. flour
3 C cornmeal
1 T salt
1/4 C. baking powder
5 C. milk
2 C. milk


  1. Cream together sugar and butter until mixed through
  2. Mix together the flour cornmeal, salt and baking powder
  3. Add the flour mixture along with the eggs and 5 cups milk to the butter mixture just until mixed through. Do not overmix.
  4. Add 2 cups milk and then whip with whisk
  5. Place batter in greased hotel pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutues or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Corn Bread Recipe

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Corn Bread

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

August 25th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

It is uncommon to find the combination of a real working cattle ranch, great riding, world class fly fishing and old west hospitality. To make it simple, one need not look any farther than The Hideout. This lodge and guest ranch located in Shell, WY (east of Yellowstone National Park) is the perfect dude ranch experience if you are looking for upscale luxury, a culturally diverse atmosphere, personalized guest care and incredible natural surroundings.

With a 1:1 guest to staff ratio, each member of team at The Hideout is committed to ensuring the comfort, safety and enjoyment of visitors to the ranch. Most weeks, The Hideout hosts only up to 25 guests, thus ensuring each person staying can be assured a visit that exceeds their expectations.

While families are invited to stay at The Hideout, they do not offer ‘children’s programs’. Rather, youth are cared for as junior riders and are treated to equestrian training geared towards young adults. Some riding experience and good physical conditioning are recommended for an optimized trail riding experience. Children, adults and solo travelers are all encouraged to participate in the numerous adventures available to choose from including fishing, hiking, biking, trapshooting, canoeing and other non-riding activities.

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

After soaking up the majestic beauty of the surrounding 650,000 acre area with rivers, open spaces, mountains and valleys – you will no doubt work up quite an appetite. The on-site culinary trained chef will impress you with meals prepared using fresh, local ingredients designed to satisfy even the most discerning palettes. Healthy and hearty, the fine dining at The Hideout is sure to be enjoyed.

The Hideout Lodge Dining

Dining at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

Accommodations at The Hideout are available in three styles. Guests choose from cabins, casitas and homes that provide all the modern amenities needed, plus lots of pampering extras (not to mention extraordinary views) – ensuring a comfortable stay, with a good night’s rest to fuel up for the next day’s adventure.

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Accommodations

The Hideout offers multilingual staff so as to best care for guests from all over the world. This contributes to a culturally diverse staff, and a learning environment for guests as they become acquainted with other visitors traveling from afar. All guests are also encouraged to learn about the surrounding eco-systems, and how all can contribute to preservation and protection of the natural waters and lands around the ranch.

A dude ranch vacation can undoubtedly be a memorable experience to share with family, friends or traveling solo. Getting aways from the stresses and cares of daily living, to relax, unwind and breathe fresh air is as easy as booking yourself some time at The Hideout. Authentic hospitality, combined with the expert training from the wranglers, fly fishing guides,  culinary staff and lodge staff that ‘know the ropes’ of the area make traveling to this Wyoming guest lodge an experience unlike any other. Limited guest reservations per week make it essential to contact The Hideout as early as possible to reserve your stay. Chances are good that if you do visit this beautiful lodge, you will return again and again!

End of Summer Dude Ranch Specials

August 15th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Summer should be a time of relaxing, enjoying warm days and nights, spending time with family and friends, and taking a break from our regular routine. Unfortunately, the days left of the summer of 2014 are numbered, and Fall is just around the corner. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit one of these incredible guest ranches in North America this summer season, these ‘end of summer’ promotions might sway you to make a call, and reserve your dude ranch vacation today!

The Bar W Ranch, located in Whitefish, Montana is a cozy ranch that is surrounded by the beautiful views of Spencer Mountain, and Spencer Lake. With plenty of activities for young and old, this ranch is a great place to end off the summer. At Bar W, they are offering 15% off a 3 or 6 night all inclusive package for the Labor Day week of August 31-Sept 6.

Bar W Ranch

Bar W Ranch

Don’t let the name, the Lazy L&B Ranch fool you! The friendly folks at Lazy L&B Ranch will work hard to ensure you enjoy every aspect of your visit at this Wyoming ranch. Horse riding is the focal activity, however, many guests also enjoy fly-fishing, hiking and swimming while they stay. With an end of summer promotion of 2 for 1 during the week of August 24, the price is too good to pass up a visit to this award winning ranch. Mention that you read it in our blog and the owners will extend the date of the promotion!

Lazy L & B Ranch

Lazy L & B Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch is located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Tucked away within the interior mountains, this luxurious spa / hotel / ranch is the ideal place to rest and relax, or enjoy summer fun with your family. With summer stay nightly rates, this ranch might just be the perfect place to plan a summer vacation for an overnight, weekend or full week with your family.

Echo Valley Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch

National Forest, and the Trinity Alps wilderness area in Northern California, surround the 367 acres of the Coffee Creek Ranch. With horseback riding, fishing, hiking and more, this ranch offers adventure, and relaxation all rolled into one terrific vacation. A special Kids’ week August 16 -22nd, with rates of 50% off for kids 3-17 of age, makes Coffee Creek Ranch a family, and budget friendly destination!

Coffee Creek Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch

If you want to experience a step back in time, without letting go of today’s modern luxuries, visit Stagecoach Trails Ranch in Northwest Arizona. Set up to replicate an old western town, this guest ranch offers horse riding surrounded by western desert beauty, and the Mohave and Hualapai mountains. Discounts of 25% are in effect for the entire month of August!

Stagecoach Trails Ranch

Stagecoach Trails Ranch

Another Canadian ranch, the Tod Mountain Ranch is small, exclusive, and all about personal service for each guest. Perfectly blending exceptional horse riding experiences and spectacular views, with luxurious food and accommodations, this ranch is a wonderful place to spend family time together at the end of summer. Labour Day Weekend, they have a  “Fall Fair & Rodeo’ promotion at just $845 per person. Includes Friday arrival, Saturday visit to Barriere Fall Fair & Rodeo, a full day of riding on Sunday, as well as a morning ride Monday.Visit Tod Mountain Ranch August 29th through September 1st for a fabulous wrap up to summer.

Tod Mountain Ranch

Tod Mountain Ranch

Many of these specials have limited space and availability. Make your reservation today, so you don’t miss your chance to enjoy a visit to an incredible dude ranch this summer!


Lone Mountain Ranch Pork Loin

August 11th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Lone Mountain Ranch started off as a cattle ranch in 1915 in Montana. Enjoy a large number of activities, cozy cabin accomodations, stunning natural beauty and scrumptious gourmet cuisine. One of the dishes you may have had these delectable pork chops by ranch chef Nick Steen. He takes the American classic pairing of pork and apples and puts his own unique spin on it. Here he shares his recipe with you.


1 Montana Raised Pork Tenderloin, Cleaned
½ cup Apple Juice
½ cup Tennessee whiskey
4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Stick butter
10 Fingerling Potatoes
Grape Seed Oil


  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly and boil potatoes till they are soft and easily pierced with a fork.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine apple juice, whisky, and maple syrup.  Reduce this mixture by half, remove from heat and slowly add butter.
  3. In a medium sauté pan, add 2tbsp of grape seed oil and bring up to medium high heat.  Sear pork tenderloin all around with a golden brown color and begin to glaze with a pastry brush until the tenderloin is evenly coated and cooked.  Pull from heat and allow to rest.  Serve at desired temperature.
  4. Once the tenderloin has rested, glaze one last time.  Slice and serve. Enjoy!
Lone Mountain Pork Loin

Lone Mountain Pork Loin