Bar W Guest Ranch

February 24th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Bar W Guest Ranch – A Western Vacation for the Whole Family

If you want to slip away from the hustle and bustle of the city and into the rolling ridges of the countryside, Bar W Guest Ranch is where you should be. Stretched on 3,000 acres on Spencer Lake in Whitefish, Montana, the ranch is open all year round to extend true western hospitality to all its guests, be it through its accommodation options or variety of activities. So whether you’re planning your upcoming winter vacation or your summer holidays next year, read on to find out why Bar W is where you should be.

Bar W Guest Ranch

A Look at the Past of Bar W Guest Ranch

Before it evolved into a dude ranch, Bar W was the sanctuary of a father who wanted to escape the chaos of his workplace. Former world-class skier and outdoorsman Dave Leishman moved permanently to Montana with his wife Jan and his daughters Meghan and Emily after falling in love with the western way of life. Previously, he and his girls would visit a ranch in Northwest Montana where they would ride, work, interact with interesting people, and enjoy the rodeo experience. However, short holidays weren’t enough, which is when he decided to partner with Double D Guest Ranch’s owner Phil Dukes to buy his own.

Bar W Guest Ranch

Why It’s Time that You Drop By Bar W

Under Dave’s and Phil’s leadership, Bar W Guest Ranch received numerous accolades, including the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014, Signature Ranch Best of Horseback Riding in 2012 and 2013, and Signature Ranch Best Dining 2012. These alone make the dude ranch worth exploring, but here are more reasons that truly make it stand out.

Dogs Welcomed – Bar W Guest Ranch truly is for the whole family, including members on all four feet. While you can’t keep them inside the lodge or cabin, they’ll be comfortably placed in stalls in the barn and provided with relaxing beds, shavings and water. Just remember to have your pet on a leash while roaming the ranch.

Best Horse Riding Experience in Montana – Dave and his girls hardly knew how to ride when they visited their first dude ranch. However, they’ve come a long way and use their experience to help their guests. As a horse-oriented ranch, Bar W offers an advanced and diversified equestrian program and boasts the best trainers in the area. You can explore the mountainous beauty of Montana, especially the peaks of the Stryker Range, meadows of Swisher Lake, and open prairie of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Horseback Riding at Bar W Guest Ranch


A Wide Variety of Activities – If your idea of a vacation entails a lot of action, this is where you should be. The ranch provides a range of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, skeet shooting, fishing at Spencer Lake or Trout Pond, archery, wagon rides, and steer wrestling. Guests can also take part in the rodeo, which features barrel racing and pole bending along with other activities.

Bar W Ranch Rodeo

Three Types of Lodging – Bar W offers three accommodation options to suit different needs: traditional western lodge, rustic cabin suites, and unique Glamping tents. The main lodge features six rooms, three common spaces, and a game parlor. In addition to promising comfort, the lodge overlooks the horse pasture and allows you to enjoy the wildlife making its way through the wetlands around Spencer Lake. As for the cabin, it was designed by Montana’s skilled Amish to overlook the pasture and surrounding forest. There are two suites you can choose from, both of which boast hand-crafted log furniture and a rustic design. Finally, the Glamping (GLAMorous camPING) tents allow you to enjoy an informal western feel without compromising on luxury. With each tent, you get a queen size bed, futon, kitchenette and private porch. However, the tents are only available between May 1st and October 31st.

Glamping at Bar W Guest Ranch

Indoor Evening Entertainment – The 60×100 indoor arena is used to improve riders’ skills or train the horses. However, it’s also where you can get together with everyone to enjoy live band music, dancing and an ol’ fashioned hoe-down. You can even book the arena for a wedding, company party or reunion during your vacation.

All Year Round Activities – Unlike most dude ranches, this Montana gem is open all year-round. So even if you can’t make it in summer, you’re welcome to enjoy the different activities offered in winter, including snowshoeing or hiking the ridge near Spencer Lake, dog sledding, ice fishing, pigeon shooting, and sleigh ride dinners. You can also relax in the peaceful surrounding in a nice hot tub on the ranch or at one of the nearby day spas.

winter dude ranch

Numerous Events Around the Area – Whitefish offers its visitors a wide range of events, including the Winter Stroll along Main Street and the Winter Carnival to crown the Royalty. To ensure that you don’t miss out on these, the ranch’s website details monthly Whitefish events.

Different Package for Different People – Bar W offers a variety of packages, including CowGirl-Up, Western Cattle Drives, Adults Only Week, and Photography Week. During off-peak months, the least you can expect to pay is $75 + tax per night for only your room. However, rest assured that you get more than your money’s worth at the ranch by going for a more comprehensive package.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Bar W Guest Ranch has a lot to offer, especially if you and your family enjoy horseback riding. So don’t miss your chance to indulge in an authentic cowboy lifestyle while enjoying a little luxury on the side.

Valentine’s Day Specials

February 10th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

A long held tradition, Valentine’s Day really needs no special introduction. The day has become annual holiday of sorts, making chocolates, the color red and roses, among the most common things one expects on this day. Hailing from the 18th Century, this special occasion has become one of the most celebrated days. Every year, millions of loving couples get together to express their love for each other in romantic ways.

Valentine's Day

The holiday has become so widespread that many businesses have started marketing special Valentine’s Day offerings which help make this day an extra bit special for all the couples out there. If you are wondering where to take your special someone, then the following Valentine’s Day Specials are definitely for you:

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Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch

February 5th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Mexico’s Unique Adventure Guest Ranch

Winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate Excellence four years in a row since 2011, Rancho Los Baños (Ranch of the Springs) is a beautiful home away from home in northeast Sonora, Mexico. From its unique location at the foot of the Sierra Madre, a.k.a. the Mexican Rockies, this adventure guest ranch and cattle ranch boasts views of the desert landscape and the protected wilderness. Complementing these is the range of activities encompassed in Tierra Chamahua Eco Adventures, which is a unique concept that combines relaxation and thrills.

Rancho Los Banos

If you’re planning a vacation between August 10th and May 10th, read on to find out why Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch is where you should be.

La Historia de Rancho Los Baños

Thousands of years ago, an ancient nomadic group resided within the boxed canyons of the ranch. Though their story is yet to be uncovered, they have left imprints on cave walls to share their life and culture. To honor their presence, the Valenzuela family which took over the land made Opata, a prominent petroglyph of the wing people, the ranch’s logo.

Originally from Andalucía, Spain, the Valenzuelas decided to settle in the area and operate the ranch since the 1950s. After three generations, they are still dedicated to protecting the area’s wildlife and preserving its natural beauty. The latest generation has been raised and educated in the U.S., but it still calls Barcelona, Spain home.

Bilingual and bicultural, the owners have given up careers in human resources, business management, education and the law to manage the ranch and carry out their families’ legacy. Complemented by a team of vaqueros, wranglers and guests and hosts from Europe, Canada, South America and the U.S., the owners of Rancho Los Baños Adventure Guest Ranch promise each visitor a unique experience that will bring them every year.

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Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

January 28th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch – A Centuries Old Refuge for Today’s Man

New Mexico was home to the famous Apache warrior Geronimo and the base of his operations during the 1800s. Outlaws like Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy have equally added to the Black Range Mountains’ heritage, attracting people who later decide to stay after falling in love with the gentle terrain, open meadows, and groups of pines, cedars and junipers. Flaunting both the area’s history and beauty, Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch promises its guests a unique cowboy experience with a hint of Native American culture.

Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

Exploring Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch

Nestled beneath the Ponderosa pines at the top of the Black Range Mountains in New Mexico, this dude ranch offers to cut you off from the hustle and bustle of city life. The nearest stoplight is 85 miles away while phone coverage is 70 miles away. The ranch is also cut off the power grid, generating its electricity through solar arrays and standby generators. However, you won’t miss your busy life while at the ranch. In addition to a wide array of activities, you can enjoy the beauty and history of the area through cliff dwellings and rock wall writings. You’ll also love our stream fed wells, which allow you to experience a unique taste that is bound to bring you back every year.

If you seek adventure and excitement at Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch, rest assured that you will get what you want. However, the guest ranch also offers you the chance to unwind at the nearby Riverbend Hot Springs. Located in the Historic Bath House District on the banks of the Rio Grande, the resort provides access to an underground volcanic lake that combines both healing minerals and salts. And in case you’re wondering, you won’t spend too much since the dude ranch will secure you a 10% discount at the resort.

Riverbend Hot Springs

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White Stallion Ranch 2015 Specials

January 21st, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

A fine resort, White Stallion Ranch is a 50-year-old traditional dude ranch that flaunts a personal touch and excellent hospitality. Nestled in Tucson, Arizona, the ranch is famous for beautiful views of the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and privately owned herds. However, if you truly want to appreciate these wonders, you need to be on the saddle. This is why the ranch has prepared four specials which you can book to free the cowboy/cowgirl within the city slicker.

White Stallion Ranch

#1) Take a Bridge Vacation with Dennis Dawson

Date: February 9-13, 2015

Cost: $1,119 per person for double occupancy

$1,419 per person for single occupancy

Package: The package entails four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, an assortment of snacks and refreshments during the games, bridge games, and a happy hour with an honor bar. You can opt for horse riding for an extra charge.
If you’re one of the 50 million bridge players worldwide, you’re bound to be familiar with the name Dennis Dawson. Dawson is a Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League and a Bronze medalist at the World Championships. Winner of over 14,000 masterpoints across 200 regional events, he’s one of the best teachers you can get, especially since he imparts logical explanations and relies on a hands-on approach.

In addition to two classes a day with Dennis Dawson (except on the first and last day), you can immerse in the ranch’s hospitality during Happy Hour and meal times. To further enjoy the ranch’s offerings and be part of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, visit the ranch between January 31 and February 15.

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