Bar 10 Ranch

October 29th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Discover Western Hospitality at the Grand Canyon

If you want to wake up to the delicious smells of an authentic cowboy breakfast, explore on horseback the marvels of the Grand Canyon, and go boot stompin’ in the evening, Bar 10 Ranch is where you should be. The working cattle ranch is just nine miles from the Grand Canyon in one of the remotest areas in the west, allowing you to truly leave behind the city life and enjoy the simple life the Wild West became famous for.

History of Bar 10 Ranch

Bar 10 Ranch has been the home of five generations of the Heaton family, starting from Tony Heaton and his wife Ruby. The founding couple expanded their little home by purchasing nearby small ranches over the years. Today, Bar 10 is stretched over 10,000 deeded acres and continues being built by Tony and Ruby’s six children and their own little cowboys and cowgirls.

However, it was Tony himself who turned the ranch house into a travel destination. Realizing that most river rafters traveling down the Colorado River would have had their fill of the cold water and sun, he offered rafting companies and their clients the chance to stop by his ranch. There, they could include a visit to the Grand Canyon to their vacation itinerary and later use his ranch’s airstrip (nicknames as Whitmore International Airport) to travel back to Las Vegas.

Why 13,000 Visitors Drop by the Bar 10 Ranch

From 125 visitors in the 1980s to over 13,000 in the 2000s, Bar 10 Ranch has become a popular destination on the Arizona Strip. In addition to authentic western hospitality, the following factors make it one of the excellent dude ranches to stay at:

Two Accommodation Options for Varying Tastes

You can choose between staying at the Lodge or in one of the ranch’s 13 Conestoga Wagons. Built in 1983, the Lodge boasts an Old West theme through small details such as wagon wheel chandeliers and wood beams. The building overlooks the Grand Canyon and offers you a full view of lush surrounding lawns. On the other hand, the covered wagons come with double mattresses, electric lanterns, and a bench seat. These promise visitors a peek into the lifestyles of cowboys and early settlers.

 

Bar 10 Accommodations

Conestoga Wagon Accommodations

Bar 10 Accommodations

Lodge Accommodations

Authentic Western Meals for Hearty Appetites

Mealtimes are special at Bar 10 Ranch. Not only do you get to swap stories and meet new friends around the table, but you get to taste western dishes cooked in Dutch oven pots for authentic flavors. As the ranch takes pride in being self-sufficient, the cowgirls in charge of the kitchen prepare homemade rolls and deserts which complement delicious, slow cooked roasts. However, what truly makes mealtime stand out is that meals are served buffet style. So you can go for seconds or even thirds if you want to without paying extra.

Bar 10 Ranch Dining

Bar 10 Ranch Dining

Variety of Activities, Especially Near the Grand Canyon

Whether you’re staying overnight at the dude ranch or simply dropping by for the day, be prepared to enjoy fun-filled activities at the Grand Canyon. You can take part in an ATV adventure that can take anywhere between 1.5 hours to a full day. On the other hand, if you prefer exploring scenic areas cowboy-style, you’re welcome to go horseback riding on short trails near the lodge or opt for longer rides to secluded areas. Other activities you can enjoy at Bar 10 Ranch are hiking into the Canyon, river rafting in the Colorado River, skeet shooting, and helicopter tours. You can also get up, close and personal with the area’s flora and fauna at the Nature Center or end your day around a campfire or singing and dancing with the cowboys and gals of Bar 10.

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ATV Tours in the Grand Canyon

Tempting Packages with Equally Attractive Prices

The Basic Overnight package, which is designed for ATV and short-term visitors, offers dinner, lodging and breakfast for as low as $115 per person per night. The dude ranch also offers exciting packages for vacationers, such as the Grand Canyon-Colorado River Rifting Trips package. Offered between May and September, this package allows you to explore the vistas and canyons of the Colorado River before touring Arizona’s geological marvel. However, if you don’t like any of the packages available, you can easily get Bar 10 to customize one according to your requirements.

The Bottom Line

Despite being a functioning cattle farm, Bar 10 Ranch is fully dedicated to making its visitors’ experience a unique one, be it through the authentic accommodations and food or variety of activities offered. So make sure to check this ranch out for your next vacation.

Thanksgiving at The Ranch at Rock Creek

October 21st, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

The Ranch at Rock Creek is nothing short of exceptional in every way. From the spectacular Montana mountains that surround the ranch, to the luxurious accommodations and fine dining prepared by their in house chef – every element of The Ranch at Rock Creek experience has been carefully considered to exceed guest expectations.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Many guests choose Rock Creek because they have always dreamed of trail riding in the Montana mountains. Some come to experience the soul soothing treatments and tranquility offered at the Granite Spa. Others are keen to participate in the many other outdoor adventures available nearby, such as hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. The Ranch at Rock Creek is an experience that leaves almost every guest who visits, with a longing to return. It is an amazing place to relax, refresh or awaken your senses.

Horseback Riding

Depending on whether you are a solo traveller, a romantic couple seeking a getaway, or family and friends getting together – Rock Creek can cater to your every need. With accommodations that range from ‘glamping’, to large, spacious log homes and even a historic, restored barn – Rock Creek provides luxury, with a rustic setting. Each style of accommodation provides incredible views, privacy and the modern amenities needed to feel at home.
The Ranch at Rock Creek Dining

Rock Creek always has something extra special prepared for the most adventurous of their guests, the children! The “Little Grizzlies Kids Club” offers daily activities designed to help kids learn about the natural Montana surroundings, while having fun. Rivers and Ponds, Cowboys and Horses and Plants and Rocks are the themes and topics they cover. Give yourself time to explore, or relax, while the trained staff at Rock Creek take care to teach your children through games, crafts, and outdoor activities.

The meals prepared at Rock Creek are renowned as world class. Influenced by seasonal produce, locally sourced meats, and organically grown vegetable and herbs, the expert culinary team prepare not only dining room meals that impress, but also weekly special event dining and off ranch excursion picnic lunches.

When the day is done, many guests enjoy getting together at the Silver Dollar Saloon to share a drink, or a story of their day’s adventure. It’s the perfect way to unwind, and forge new friendships in a relaxed atmosphere. The combination of natural beauty with the exquisite destination of The Ranch at Rock Creek, is the perfect solution to a well deserved vacation.

This fall, Rock Creek is welcoming guests to join them in celebrating Thanksgiving November 26-30, 2014 with a bountiful selection of well prepared dishes by Chef Josh Drage that will without a doubt be a culinary delight. For a truly unforgettable gathering with friends or family, plan to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend together, enjoying the unparalleled comfort of the accommodations, the rejuvenating treatments at the Granite Spa and special seasonal activities that make Rock Creek an outstanding destination.  The Ranch at Rock Creek is an extraordinary place to visit that will not be soon forgotten. Plan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays now by reserving your space for their special promotion.

Lone Mountain Ranch Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

October 15th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Lamb is probably one of the  favorite game meats. It’s lean, rich, and if cooked right, packed with so much earthy flavor. This braised lamb recipe from Lone Mountain Ranch showcases some one of  the favorite ways to bring a bit of elegance to a very rustic style of cooking. Dutch oven cooking is a good old fashioned cowboy style, and this recipe highlights that style. Try this braised lamb shank recipe with some oven roasted vegetables and mash to accompany.

Lone Mountain Ranch is a historic summer and winter guest ranch in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Southwest Montana, we offer 4 to 7-night all inclusive luxury Dude Ranch vacations with a plethora of activities, cozy cabins, stunning scenery and incredible cuisine.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of flour
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
4 lamb shanks
½ pound pearl onions
1 large carrot half mooned
4 sprigs of rosemary
8 cups beef stock
4 cloves of garlic
2 cups red wine (cabernet preferred)
1 Dutch oven

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine salt, pepper, and flour. Dredge lamb shanks in flour and sear in a smoking hot Dutch oven with vegetables and oil.
  2. Once they have browned remove them from the pan and add chopped vegetables to the pan. Sauté them till lightly colored.
  3. Deglaze with red wine, place shanks back in the Dutch oven, cover with beef stock and keep at a slow simmer for 2 hours. Check every 30 minutes and add stock when necessary. The shanks are finished when the meat pulls apart with a fork.
  4. Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes and big glass of red wine.

Braised Lamb Shank

Thanksgiving Weekend at Tod Mountain Ranch

October 9th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Tod Mountain Ranch is the ideal spot if you are seeking a luxurious, and rustic ranch that truly focuses on the experience of riding horses. Located within the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Tod Mountain Ranch is a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the peace offered within the valley of Louis Creek.

This Fall, Tod Mountain Ranch is offering a very special promotion to encourage guests to visit during Thanksgiving weekend. Choose from either a 2 or 3 night stay (at discounted rates of $545 / $745 per person plus applicable taxes), with plenty of trail riding, and lots of hearty, healthy meals – including an amazing Thanksgiving dinner to share together on Sunday evening. With a horse personally allocated to you during your stay, cabin accommodations, all ranch activities and meals included – this promotion will fill up fast. Contact the Tod Mountain Ranch today to reserve your space!

Tod Mountain Ranch

The ranch host, Tracey, along with her team, work diligently to ensure each guest that comes through the ranch doors is treated to an unforgettable experience. Tracey and the other experienced wranglers are on hand to assist guests, from beginner to novice riders with skill level appropriate, safe, enjoyable riding. With daily rides through the nearby old logging roads, cattle trails, forests and mountains, the horse riding is unparalleled, and the views are spectacular. The Total Immersion Experience at Tod Mountain Ranch also includes the hands on experience of caring for your horse during your stay, including tacking up, grooming, saddling and evening turning out.

Tod Mountain is a great choice for friends, couples and even solo travelers. As an adult oriented ranch destination, visitors can be sure that they will have all the rest and relaxation they need, in addition to activities such as hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and golf nearby should they so choose. Children are also welcome at the ranch, with riding times varying dependent on their age, and comfort level with the horses.

Horseback Riding

Meals served at Tod Mountain Ranch are prepared by their in house chef, using locally sourced, fresh, healthy ingredients. Enjoy their juicy steaks and baby back ribs, gourmet selections, fresh breads and delicious sweet treats – all prepared from scratch, with home style cooking. For special diets, contact them in advance and they are happy to cater to your needs. Served family style in the main dining area, outdoors on the deck, or even packed away to enjoy on a trail ride, Tod Mountain Ranch dining is sure not to disappoint.

Tod Mountain Ranch

Accommodations at Tod Mountain Ranch are designed to provide comfort and privacy for each guest. Guest Ranch cabins and Dude Ranch cabins are both spacious, and furnished with rustic decor, yet with all the modern amenities needed to make your stay comfortable.

Whether you are looking for adventure, or need time to just relax and unwind, Tod Mountain Ranch will cater to your needs. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop to enjoying incredible riding. The team at the ranch work hard to provide as much trail riding time as each guest wishes during their stay. With a focus on exceptional horse riding, and a memorable experience, Tod Mountain Ranch is certainly a unique, and enjoyable destination.

 

Spend Thanksgiving at Echo Valley Ranch

October 7th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Imagine a place of balance between natural beauty, and luxury. A place where there is no sacrifice to their high standards of care, or to the surrounding environment. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a unique, eco-friendly ranch destination that offers world class accommodations, an incredible spa, and trail riding and outdoor experiences that are unforgettable. It is the perfect oasis for time to yourself, or to share with family and friends. 

Echo Valley Ranch

Located in beautiful British Columbia, Echo Valley is surrounded by mountains, valleys, forests and streams. If you choose to just sit on the deck and breath it all in, you can’t help but feel the tranquility begin to take its place within your soul.

Echo Valley Ranch Deck

With over 40 head of horses, and wranglers that are committed to the enjoyment and safe riding of every guest at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, riding the trails is an experience you won’t want to miss. Other adventures that are available to satisfy even the most insatiable of outdoor enthusiasts are fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking and paddling.

Horses

The cool, crisp Autumn air can work up quite an appetite. Healthy and hearty meals are prepared fresh each day for guests to enjoy family style. You’ll even get to observe meals being prepared by the in-house chef in their open kitchen, using many ingredients grown on the premises. Organic, nutritious and delicious are how best to describe the wonderful tastes and flavors you will experience at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa.

The spa at Echo Valley is an experience all of its own. Treatments that are a blend of classic Western, with Eastern Thai, create a balanced and relaxed atmosphere. For a one of a kind resheshment for your body and soul, plan to participate in their early morning Thai yoga and other activities, provide your body with exactly the types of nurturing and pampering it deserves.

Echo Valley Spa

This Thanksgiving, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is preparing to share all of their outstanding services with visitors, plus host a Thanksgiving feast at discounted rates. The popularity of this BC ranch means that this offer will quite possibly sell out, so contact them right away to save your spot to enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving weekend.

For anyone that has never taken a ranch vacation, a visit to Echo Valley Ranch & Spa will confirm how wonderful it can be, and how relaxed you will feel when your stay is through. It will without a doubt be a destination you will want to return to again and again, to refresh your body and mind, and surround yourself with the splendor of BC’s natural beauty. Contact Echo Valley today to take advantage of their Thanksgiving weekend promotion, or to reserve time soon for yourself or your family to reconnect, refresh, and revive your spirit with fine foods, extraordinary activities and an spa that is world class.

Fall Leaves

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a destination that will provide you luxury, in a natural setting that is eco-friendly, and inviting. With stunning accommodations and all you could ask for to fill your days, the only decision left to make is when you want to arrive!