Winter the Coolest Time to Visit Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

October 7th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch is located in British Columbia’s Chilcotin region and during the warmer months they specialize in horseback riding, ranching and fishing holidays as well as many other activities. When winter hits the region in late November the ranch is covered by a snowy blanket and it becomes a playground for winter enthusiasts. Locals love this time of year as white powder envelops the vast forests and covers the mountain peaks, rolling hills and alpine meadows. Backcountry travel becomes easier as the waterways and varied types of terrain freeze and are covered by a uniform carpet of snow.

Crystal Lake

Crystal Waters Lake Guest Ranch

Guests who stay at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch during this time can choose from a list of fun outdoor activities or they can simply curl up with a good book in their private log cabin that resides on the shores of Crystal Lake. For those seeking to enjoy the outdoors there are snowshoes available which provides a wonderful opportunity to follow the tracks of the region’s bountiful wildlife. Fishermen will love the peace and quiet found sitting by a hole in the ice with their fishing pole and horse lovers will be thrilled riding through snow-powdered plains. Then, after a fun-filled day of exploring join other guests by a roaring fire and share the day’s experiences while sipping on a hot drink or perhaps take in a sauna.

If you feel the need for speed you can bring your own snowmobile or let the ranch help you organize a rental to use during your stay. There are lots of exciting places to explore. Plus during the winter Crystal Lake provides a great surface for ice-skating or playing ice hockey. If you are looking for a more peaceful activity cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are an excellent way to explore this Winter Wonderland. Downhill ski enthusiasts and snow-boarders will love the close proximity of the ranch to Sun Peaks Mountain known throughout the world for its light, dry, “Champagne Powder.” Here you can also find Heli Skiing/Snow-boarding at its best! Plan on getting up early to make a day of it so that you can be back in the evening to enjoy sitting by the fire.

Skiing at Sun Peaks Mountain

Skiing at Sun Peaks Mountain

As you can see Crystal Waters Guest Ranch offers lots of fun outdoor activities for those looking to play in the snow.

Happy Trails!

Flying E Ranch’s Fall/Winter Specials

October 1st, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Make the Sonoran Desert Your Next Travel Destination

Surrounded by the Bradshaw and Weaver Mountains and topped by the bluest of blue skies, Arizona’s Flying E Ranch offers an authentic dude ranch experience – from the clean air to the wonderful scenery and all the way to the cowboys and horses that welcome you. Since it opened its doors in 1946, it has welcomed thousands of visitors to its beautiful lodge which features eight guest ranch rooms, and an Oregon style barn. Also withstanding time is the 3,200 ft. airstrip, which is what gave the guest ranch its name.

Flying E Ranch

If you’re planning a vacation during fall or winter, consider booking a spot at the Sonoran desert’s Flying E Ranch once the season begins on November 1st.  The following fall/winter specials for 2015 will make your visit more worthwhile.

Bluegrass Weekend Special

Date: November 13-15

If you’re a jazz fan, you shouldn’t miss attending the 36th Annual Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg. Sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, it’s one of the oldest festivals in the Southwest. In addition to three nationally known brands, the festival consists of 13 different competitions for prize money, food and drink concessions, arts and crafts and retail vendors, and a designated Kids Zone. Instead of roughing it up in an RV, enjoy the Western hospitality the Flying E has become famous for and spend your nights at the ranch. With its strategic (and close) location to the festival’s venue, this is one of the best options for you.

Bluegrass Festival

Thanksgiving at the Ranch 

Date: November 26-30

Thanksgiving is one of the best times to visit the Flying E, especially as the desert’s weather takes a favorable turn to allow guests to ride, relax, and enjoy a range of festive activities the ranch has arranged. In addition to the Traditional Thanksgiving Feast, you can take part in the Breakfast Ride, Cow Patty Toss, and Team Penning. And that’s not all. There are many activities you can enjoy solo, with your loved ones, or others spending Thanksgiving at the Ranch.

Flying E Ranch Thanksgiving

December 20/20 Special 

Date: December 1-19

Ever wondered how the Arizonian desert prepares for the holiday season? This is your chance to find out, and that too with 20% off on all lodging during the first 20 days of December. You can also relax at the Flying E, be it by riding the ranch’s trails during day or stargazing under the crystal clear skies at night. On the other hand, you can take part in prepping the ranch for Christmas or even stay there with the following special.

Flying E Ranch

Ranch Christmas

Date: December 24-25

Celebrate Christmas in a unique way this year. The Flying E Ranch offers a cowboy holiday where you’ll get to step back to a time when cowboys ruled the old west. You’ll also get the chance to make ornaments to decorate the tree, enjoy Christmas cookies and hot cocoa by the fire, and sing Christmas carols with others until Santa finally reaches the Flying E. On Christmas day, gear up for a breakfast ride to Yucca Flats and a hearty western breakfast including hotcakes, Dutch oven biscuits, sausage, and cowboy potatoes. Finally, settle down with your family and other guests for a traditional sit down dinner at the ranch, followed by group games.

christmas special

New Year’s Eve

Date: December 31

Welcome the New Year old country style. The Ranch will be hosting a Costume Casino Night where one-eyed jacks (and ranchers) get pretty wild. In addition to a wide range of games and prizes, the ranch will conduct a wide range of activities starting from 10pm East Coast time to allow guests enough sleep before the sun comes up and they hit the trail for the first time in 2016.

New Years Eve 2016

If you want to avail any of these specials, make sure to book in advance or else risk losing your spot. To make a reservation, click here. You can also contact the Flying E Ranch by phone at (928) 684-2690 or via its Contact Us form. If you’re a little late, don’t worry. There are more specials coming up in 2016 and you’re always welcome to book a room for as low as $205.

Best luck and giddy up!

Happy Trails!

Wine Tasting at a Guest Ranch

September 29th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Are you a wine aficionado or someone who would like to learn more about wine or do you simply enjoy drinking wine? If any of those apply to you then the following two guest ranches should be on your list of upcoming vacation ideas.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch, Harrison, Idaho

Due to the popularity of this event among returning guests Wine Tasting Week is now part of the all-inclusive ranch experience available during the fall season. It is the ideal week for singles, couples and friends who love the outdoors, great food and of course wine. At Red Horse Mountain you will find adventure and relaxation and during your week’s stay you will have the opportunity to explore over 30 regional wines. After a fun-filled day enjoying a wide range of guided adventures like horseback riding, sporting clays, kayaking, boat tours and more guests gather in the lodge for the evening. Foodies will be delighted with chef prepared meals and enjoy wines from the Pacific Northwest chosen by the ranch’s resident chefs. This is always a convivial time at the ranch as the lodge is filled with conversation and a festive atmosphere. As the night progresses you can either enjoy the evening entertainment programs or simply just sit back and relax or even better soak in a hot tub under the stars. As the night winds down guests turn in to bed in their private suites that evoke rustic comfort and feature European bedding and down comforters

The months of September and October are a beautiful time to be at the ranch as the leaves on the trees start to turn vibrant shades of red and yellow. Quite a spectacular sight indeed! Guests who choose to partake in the Wine Tasting Week can also take part in the full schedule of ranch activities available. Whether you decide to fill your days taking part in energetic activities or getting a massage from the ranch’s licensed massage therapist you’ll be hard pressed to find another place with so much to offer at such an amazing rate.

Idaho Guest Ranch

Red Horse Mountain Ranch


Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Ranch, Colorado

While staying at Vista Verde Ranch, whether it is during the winter or summer season, Chef Cholly, hosts a wine tasting class for novices and wine connoisseurs alike. You will learn techniques that will help you better evaluate wine which also includes developing a more extensive wine vocabulary so that you can put your sensory impressions into words. The wines tasted are an eclectic variety, from the basic, to the adventurous.

If you also happen to be a foodie then you can choose to take a tour of the ranch’s kitchen to see where all the “magic” happens or take a cooking class which is offered each week throughout the season. Size for these classes is limited since as we all know there can only be so many cooks in the kitchen. Regardless of whether you choose to learn about wine or food mealtimes at the ranch are always a special occasion. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the day’s events with others and to make new friends.

Aside from delicious food and amazing wine Vista Verde Ranch has a diverse offering of activities to partake in while enjoying the outdoors. During the summer and autumn months guests can go horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing fly fishing as well as many other fun activities to choose from. When the snow falls guests can go skiing, horseback riding in the snow, take a sleigh ride, go snow tubing as well as other optional activities that are offered during the winter and spring season.

However you choose to spend your time at Vista Verde Ranch, you are sure to create a lifetime worth of memories.

Colorado Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Ranch

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Laramie River Dude Ranch

September 24th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Located in Glendevey, Colorado, this historic guest ranch which also operates as a working ranch, dates back to the 1890’s when it was first operated as the UT Bar Dude Ranch for over forty years. Today, you will still find some of the original structures from that time period. Guests at this dude ranch will experience genuine western hospitality on behalf of the Burleigh family and their staff as well as spectacular vistas of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Horseback riding is the ranch’s specialty so if you love to ride then this is the ideal vacation choice for you. Experienced wranglers accompany each small group of riders across tens of thousands of acres of shaded groves of Aspen and wildflower dotted hillsides all of which include the opportunity to see abundant wildlife. While atop your horse you might just see antelopes, elks, eagles, coyotes or a moose or two so be sure to bring your camera along.

In addition to horseback riding you can also choose from a range of activities suitable for families, couples and single travelers. Your vacation can be as active as you want it to be or you can simply relax in the ranch’s hot tub or curl up in a comfortable chair and read a good book. Laramie River Dude Ranch offers exceptional opportunities for fly-fishing, naturalist led hikes, wildlife adventures as well as a full children’s program.

Colorado Guest Ranch

Laramie River Dude Ranch

For those guests who would like to experience the life of a true western cowboy if only for a short while there are lots of opportunities to work cattle while staying at the ranch. Laramie River Dude Ranch has a small herd of cattle which requires team penning twice a week. They also have scheduled and unscheduled opportunities to help neighbors work their much larger herds. Be sure to book in advance if you are interested in their spring and fall cattle drives since space is limited.

At the end of each day a comfortable room in the main lodge or a cozy cabin awaits you. Meals are served family-style and after a full day spent outdoors in the fresh mountain air you are sure to have a healthy appetite! Whether you are dining out on the trail or at the ranch meals are always an event at Laramie River. It is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Guests from all across the country and around the world continue to discover the timeless beauty of this Colorado guest ranch. For your next vacation why not consider Laramie River Dude Ranch?

Happy Trails!

Fall Specials at Bar W Ranch

September 21st, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

4 Reasons to Head to Montana’s All-American Dude Ranch

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 Spencer Lake close by are some of the attractions that bring visitors to the dude ranch’s 6,200 sq. ft. lodge, cabin suites, horse riding arenas, stables, barn, and gazebo. Complementing these facilities are a range of summer and winter activities, including cattle work, riding lessons, ranch fishing, boating and swimming, sleigh ride dinners, and clay pigeon shooting. However, Fall 2015 at Bar W Ranch is more special since you get to enjoy special packages at discounted prices.

Bar W Guest Ranch

The following are the four fall specials Bar W Ranch has in store for you.

#1) Cattle Drive 2015

Date: September 19th – 26th 

Unleash your inner cowboy and enjoy the company of others who share your passion for horses, cattle and great country. Bar W Ranch has created a cattle drive adventure that will make you experience first-hand the labors cowboys underwent to round up cattle. Don’t worry about not being experienced; the ranch starts the session with horsemanship lessons and hands-on training for working with cattle.

For four days, you’ll be in charge of gathering up the cattle, driving them back to the corrals, and then tending to them after sorting the cows and calves. By the time the week is over, you’ll be experienced in herding, roping, branding and vaccinating long horns, cows, and even bucking horses. Finally, before departing to the ranch, you’ll experience the beauty of the Canadian Border at Swisher Lake throughout the day before enjoying a wagon ride and BBQ at Spencer Lake in the evening.

Bar W Ranch Cattle Drive

#2) CowGirl-Up 

Date: September 27th – October 3rd 

Ladies, prepare for a 6-night, 5-day getaway at Bar W Guest Ranch. The CowGirl Up package offers best friends, sisters, daughters or girls seeking camaraderie the chance to take over the ranch and revel in nature’s simplicity, western informality, and Montana’s utter beauty. Get set to ride your heart out across trails, prairies and mountainous terrain. If you’re an experienced rider, you’ll also get the chance to try barrel racing and roping. On the other hand, if riding isn’t your thing, you can participate in fly fishing, archery, and roping sessions.

While the day is when you’ll be roughing it up a little, the evenings are the perfect time to treat the diva within. In addition to spa treatments, you’ll enjoy wine tasting sessions, dinner at the lodge or Play meadow, line dancing, and campfire and cowboy singing. If you like what you’ve read so far, make sure to book right away before someone else nabs your spot.


#3) Adults Only Dude Ranch Week

Date: October 4th – 10th 

Prepare to rest your mind, body and soul far away from the maddening city crowd at Bar W Ranch. Singles, couples and parents can enjoy the 6-night Adults Only Dude Ranch Week, exploring the unspoiled nature of Montana’s countryside and indulging in fun activities such as trail riding, sorting cattle, barrel racing, and skeet shooting. Come evening time, you’ll be invited to the ranch’s informal cocktail receptions held around the cozy fire at the lodge.

With this package, you’ll also get a night at Whitefish, which is listed by Frommer’s Budget Travel as one of the Top Ten Cool Towns.  Get ready to enjoy a fantastic dinner at a local diner followed by a trip to the local watering holes. That aside, you’re welcome to laze in the ranch’s hot tub and gaze up at Montana’s big sky.

#4) Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Vacation

Date: October 18th – 24th 

There’s a reason many head to Bar W Guest Ranch every year – the beautiful Montana scenery where majestic horses, cowboys and wildlife blend naturally. If you’re a photographer, don’t miss your chance to book a spot at the Ultimate Dude Ranch Photography Vacation. The ranch is teaming up with Triple D Game Farm to provide visitors with unparalleled photo opportunities that will fill up numerous photo albums.

However, the package goes beyond photography to include lodging, three meals, horseback riding, themed evening cocktail receptions, square dancing, wagon rides and campfire cook outs, and even skeet shooting and archery. So get your camera ready and back your bags for a great week.

Photography Week at Bar W Ranch

Just remember to book the Bar W package(s) you want right away or else you’ll have to wait for another year before you can take part in them. Best of luck and giddy up!