RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Gros Ventre River Ranch

September 2nd, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Gros Ventre River Ranch in Moose, Wyoming, is considered a premier Jackson Hole dude ranch that offers all-inclusive vacation stays. Nestled on the banks of the Gros Ventre River this ranch boasts spectacular views of the Teton Range. With 30 to 40 guests per week you will be treated like family.

If you love to horseback ride then this is the guest ranch for you. The morning after you arrive wranglers will assign you a horse for the week that best matches your experience level and riding style. There are several rides to choose from like scenic walking rides or more challenging rides that take you into the surrounding hills near the ranch. With two rides a day available and also an all-day picnic ride the amount of time you spend in the saddle is up to you.

Wyoming guest ranch

Gros Ventre River Ranch

Other fun activities to choose from are fly-fishing and hiking or if you are in the need of a jolt of adrenaline then try your hand at white-water rafting or a tandem parachute jump off of the 10,450 foot summit of Rendezvous Mountain. Looking to slow down? There are several golf courses in the area too. Or simply kick back in one of the hammocks found hanging between the trees throughout the front yard or curl up in one of the soft chairs by the fireplace in the main lodge. Kids love to hang out in their own rec room which comes complete with foosball, ping pong, puzzles, games, movies and more.

Accommodations include either cabins, log lodges or the homestead house. All options can be rented in whole or in part depending on your group’s needs and size. Meals at Gros Ventre River Ranch are served family-style and are chef-prepared. Adults can enjoy cocktails in the lounge and soak up the beautiful Wyoming sunsets while relaxing on the porch. After dinner the whole family can get together for a game of pool or play some table games while in the main lodge.

So next time that you are considering a vacation why not choose Gros Ventre River Ranch where you will find western luxury for your inner cowboy.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

August 27th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Stunning views and fresh mountain air await you at this North Idaho guest ranch located on 1100 acres. While staying at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch you will discover true western hospitality since this is a fourth generation family owned and operated ranch. Open year round guests can choose from several different “Adventure Vacation Packages” all of which include lodging, daily horseback rides and three country gourmet meals per day as well as evening entertainment and access to all ranch amenities.

During the summer months horseback riding is the main focus but there are lots of fun activities to do as well like hiking, fishing with a local outfitter (extra charge), playing horseshoes, Teepee camp, basketball and singing songs around a campfire with s’mores. Additional activities included, for those staying on the “All-Inclusive Guest Ranch Package” are cattle sorting, a dinner cruise on Lake Pend Orielle, a scavenger hunt, trap shooting, archery, and white water rafting and kayaking for an additional charge.

Winter at the ranch is a lot of fun too! You can choose from a downhill skiing, cross-country skiing snowmobile or spa package. Be sure to ask about the sleigh rides that are available as well. As North Idaho is blanketed in white guests enjoy the romance of coming back to a fire-warmed cabin or warming up next to the big stone fireplace in the lodge at the end of the day after playing in the snow.

Idaho Guest Ranch

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Accommodations at the ranch can either be in a cabin or in one of the lodge rooms. Each cabin is different so be sure to explain your vacation needs when booking. All cabins and lodge rooms are comfortably rustic and are sure to provide you with a great night’s sleep.

A vacation at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch will take you back to nature and to a time when things were simpler. Your ranch stay can be as relaxing or as action packed as you want. With so many packages and seasons to choose from you will find yourself returning year after year!

Happy Trails!

Get a Dose of Nature Therapy at a Dude Ranch

August 24th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Every day, you wake up to face a never-ending whirlwind of bills, drama, family feuds, nagging, traffic jam, messes, to-do lists, phone calls, emails, social media alerts, money problems. If you didn’t get a headache just reading all this, kudos on being quite resilient. But let’s be serious, life can be quite tough and almost overwhelming. This is why you can’t wait to hit the gym, indulge at the spa or simply share a meal with friends from time to time. However, there’s an even better therapy for your daily woes, one that you probably never heard of before: Ecotherapy.

Ecotheraphy

Also known as green therapy or natural therapy, ecotherapy allows you to go back to Mother Nature and absorb her healing power. Be it through a walk in the open range or a canoe trip on a river, you’ll get the following five advantages of this alternative form of healing.

#1) Withdrawal from Every Day Stress Triggers

Everything around you is a stress trigger, starting from your personal life to your career. However, leaving everything behind and stepping into nature will help you clear your mind. In fact, a 2010 Japanese study revealed that elements of the environment such as the smell of wood or the sound of a running stream can relax and de-stress individuals. The latter was proven by lower levels of cortisol, a lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure.

#2) Better Chances against Disease 

There are many reasons why doctors have started prescribing a dose of nature. While there isn’t any concrete research proving the effects of nature on a particular condition, there are many studies that paint a hopeful picture of the efficiency of ecotherapy. For starters, Kathy Helzlsouer, MD, director of the Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore recommends that breast cancer survivors step outdoors more. That way, they can counter the persistent fatigue that follows their treatment and ultimately improve their diet and exercise habits.

If you have kids, you need to take them outdoors to strengthen their immune system. Researchers have also uncovered a link between obesity or type II diabetes and the amount of time children spend outside. Families that spend more time in front of TV or computer screens have benefited from increased physical activity outdoors, gaining a chance to fight these dreadful diseases.

#3) Extra Dose of Vitamin D

If you’re the type who tends to hiss at the few rays peeking through your blinds, chances are that you haven’t been getting any vitamin D. This pre-hormone is very important for your body as it controls many functions in your body and ensures its overall health. What further makes soaking up some sun vital is vitamin D’s ability to fight cancer, obesity, mental disorders and numerous health problems. While researchers are still trying to prove the vitamin’s capabilities, you really can’t go wrong by stepping out and getting this vital nutrient from the best source out there – The Sun.

#4) Breathing the Freshest Air

If you thought that you enjoyed fresh air in the city, prepare to redefine what the word ‘fresh’ means by stepping into all-natural surroundings. Not only do you get to break away from the 6,000 airborne chemicals indoors, but you also get to inhale negative ions. In case this is the first time you’ve heard about them, negative ions are nature’s antidepressants as they can relax and heal. This further explains Mother Nature’s ability to counter stress, increase your energy levels, and relieve muscle tension and insomnia.

Ecotheraphy at a dude ranch

#5) Stronger Eyes and Improved Vision

This may come as a surprise, but surrounding yourself with nature can be good for eyes, especially those of children. Children who spend hours looking at computers or TV screens daily tend to develop nearsightedness since man is genetically predisposed to look a different colors and various levels of brightness and depths. Besides, they can develop eye fatigue and ultimately suffer from headaches growing up. So give your kids’ eyes and yours a break by heading to where Mother Nature shines brightest – away from the city.

Aside from these health benefits, reconnecting with nature via ecotherapy is good for your soul. It can help you stay grounded and balanced. It’ll also bring a smile to your face as everything surrounding you will be quite beautiful. You’ll finally feel awake and alive. And you might even learn something new about yourself if you decide to enjoy some different activities such as horseback riding, skiing or fishing.

However, if you really want to enjoy all these advantages, you need to go to where nature is at its purest. Dude ranches are nestled in the middle of mountain ranges or deserts, ensuring their distance from pollution, toxins and stress triggers that bring you down. They’re also the perfect place to enjoy a range of adventurous activities that will make your adrenaline levels go high. Therefore, don’t miss the chance to heal by Mother Nature and get some ecotherapy at a dude ranch soon. Find the perfect dude ranch using Ranchseeker’s free dude ranch tool.

 

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

August 21st, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch is a small year round guest ranch located in Rifle, Colorado. Nestled in a beautiful valley on the shores of a pristine mountain lake guests at the ranch are treated to the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains as well as abundant wildlife. Ideal for summer vacations, family reunions, wedding, business retreats, hunting opportunities and winter getaways since each package can be customized to start and end your days to fit your schedule.

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the two trail rides that are offered every day. From atop a horse you will see the Colorado Rockies like no other way so be sure to take your camera. Each guest is matched to a horse that best suits their riding abilities. Whether you are a first time rider or have ridden your whole life Coulter Lake Guest Ranch has the horse for you. There are scenic walking rides and loping on most trails or you can choose to take lessons to improve your skills. You can choose to ride as often or as little as you like.

When guests aren’t off riding they can often be found in the lake. With activities like kayaking, canoeing, fishing or simply swimming out to the platform to cool off on a hot day the lake provides kids and adults with hours of entertainment. And this being Colorado there are many other opportunities as well for avid fishermen to fish the superb trout rivers, nearby streams and mountain lakes. Hiking enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either since no matter what direction they choose beautiful trails await them.  For the more adventurous half day white water raft trips are available and for those that like to golf there is a course nearby. If you feel like a short drive you can also visit Colorado’s wineries and orchards in Palisades or book a massage at one of the spas in Glenwood.

Colorado Guest Ranch

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

At the end of a fun-filled day of activities or a relaxing day spent by the lake guests can retire to their own cabin by the lake or among the aspen trees all within an easy walk to the main Lodge. Each cabin has 1-3 bedrooms, a sitting area, a private bathroom with shower, and a front porch with incredible views of the lake and mountains. For those nights that get chilly all but one cabin has a fireplace and all of them have heating systems. Meals are served either in the lodge’s dining room or al fresco at one of the outdoor locations. Expect family-style meals with a western gourmet flair.

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch will provide you and your loved ones with a memorable vacation that will have you coming back year after year.

Happy Trails!

 

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Coffee Creek Ranch

August 13th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

When you think about California a dude ranch vacation may not be the first vacation choice that immediately comes to mind but “The Golden State” has several Western dude ranches to choose from and Coffee Creek Ranch is just one of them. Located in the Trinity Alps wilderness area you will find snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, lush meadows, sparkling lakes and one of Northern California’s finest guest ranches.

The most popular activity at Coffee Creek Ranch is horseback riding. The ranch breeds its own AQHA and Paint horses for guests to use on one of their two scheduled rides per day. You can choose from the “Breakfast Ride” or the all-day “Wilderness Ride” that takes guests to a picturesque lake. For the more adventurous the all-day ride can be extended into an overnight pack trip that returns the next day. With access to over 833 miles of scenic trails picture-postcard views of the Trinity Alps Wilderness area await you. Be sure to pack your camera!

California Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Guest Ranch

Other activities include mountain hiking and biking, swimming in a heated pool, soaking in the outdoor Jacuzzi, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, pedal boating, table tennis, gold panning and basketball. You can also test your skills at the rifle and archery range. Bingo, square & line dancing, Karaoke and a talent show round off the fun list of activities that guests can choose from while staying at the ranch.

Accommodations at the ranch feature secluded, rustic, cozy cabins. One ranch house room and one cabin is handicapped friendly and most of the family cabins have wood burning stoves that are just perfect to set the mood for a “romantic weekend getaway” for couples. Meals are prepared by professional chefs who provide nutritious cuisine using only the freshest herbs, vegetables and fruits that utilize the garden to table concept whenever possible. Daily menus are planned and prepared keeping in mind both children’s tastes and the hearty appetites of the adults in the family. Special diets from Gluten-free to Vegan can be accommodated if notified in advance so that the ranch can have your food products available in their pantry.

So next time you are thinking about booking a vacation why not consider Coffee Creek Ranch in the beautiful state of California?

Happy Trails!