RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Colorado Trails Ranch

May 21st, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Fun, adventure and breathtaking scenery await guests at Colorado Trails Ranch located in the San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado. For over 53 years the ranch has been offering an authentic dude ranch experience to its visitors. Guest ranch stays are all-inclusive and provide the opportunity to re-connect with family members, create new friends, memories and perhaps learn a new skill.

The best way to experience the beauty of the San Juan Mountains is from atop a horse. There are vast mountain ranges, creeks and meadows to explore. It doesn’t matter whether you are a 1st time rider, advanced or fall somewhere in between there are riding options for people off all ages and skill levels. You can choose from morning rides or afternoon rides or both. The more adventurous rider can also take part in team penning and steer soccer, for a small additional charge.

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Colorado Trails Ranch

Colorado Trails Ranch offer a vast array of activities to do aside from horseback riding. You will be in trout heaven if you love to fish. If you are new to the sport you can learn the basics of fly-fishing and for the more accomplished fisherman there is the opportunity to try out some more challenging spots where you can test your skills out. Other fun activities to try are white-water rafting, trap shooting, and archery, guided nature hikes in the forests and mountains, volleyball, swimming in the heated pool and power tubing for the kids at the nearby Vallecito Lake.

After a fun-filled day it’s time for the nighttime activities to begin. Many of the evening’s events are suitable for both kids and adults to enjoy together. There is Western dancing in the Opera House where you and your family will learn the footwork for square and line dancing. And everyone enjoys ice- cream social night, going on hayrides and cowboy campfire sing-a-longs. One night is always reserved for wood-fired cookout serving up beef tenderloin, chicken breast and all the fixings to be enjoyed under a magnificent Colorado sky.

A guest ranch vacation at Colorado Trails Ranch can be as active as you want but it can also be just as relaxing too. You can kick-off your boots and enjoy some quiet time in your comfortable, and beautifully decorated cabin or take a relaxing soak in the ranch’s hot tub under a Colorado starry sky. There truly is something for everyone while visiting Colorado Trails Ranch.

Happy Trails!

Burnt Well Guest Ranch

May 19th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

A Dude Ranch in Alien-Friendly Roswell

Though Roswell, New Mexico has made a name for itself through the UFO crash in 1947, it’s also home to the Burnt Well Guest Ranch. This is one of the best places to reconnect with yourself, nature and your family. The New Mexico ranch has been around for three generations since 1950 but became a guest ranch in 2003. If you’re looking for a place where you can unwind yet still enjoy an adventure, read on to find out why Burnt Well may be what you seek.

Burnt Well Ranch

The History of Burnt Well Guest Ranch

In the early 1900s, the land on which Burnt Well was established was a popular grazing area where cowboys brought their cattle. However, when the Homestead Act was enacted, settlers moved in. According to the act, if they could live off the land for a year, they could earn a section of it easily. To rattle settlers on this land, cowboys from Bloom Cattle Co. burned the wooden windmill tower the former put up and threw its posts down a well on the property. This is why the area became known as Burnt Well camp.

By 1950, Ivan Chesser purchased the land and raised his family. His son Kim, who was born and raised on the ranch, decided to carry on his father’s legacy. Kim loved the ranch way of life, but loved interacting with people more. After marrying Patricia, a native of New Mexico, he turned his home into a guest ranch whereby they could both treat visitors to long horseback rides, ole country food, and fiddle music at night around an evening campfire.

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Upcoming Family Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

May 14th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Summertime is fast approaching and that means it’s time to start planning a family vacation that ideally everyone will enjoy. Perhaps in the past that has always meant a beach destination or some sort of RV or camp-site . But there are many more fun and adventurous options to choose from. A dude ranch vacation offers something different from the usual family vacation fare. Many dude ranches provide the opportunity for families to spend time together in the outdoors and to get back to the basics. Imagine visiting a place where iPads, cell phones and laptops are left in the room in favour of learning how to ride or bond with farm animals or simply re-connect with family members over a board game at night or a sing-a-long at a camp-fire  while making s’mores.

The summer is an ideal time to visit a dude ranch with your family since many guest ranches offer child orientated programs with activities specifically tailored for your children. This means that Mom and Dad can also enjoy the various activities that are available while their kids are being entertained by responsible care-givers. It’s a win-win situation for all! Are you ready to learn more about a family orientated dude ranch vacation? These guest ranches excel at providing you and your family with the ideal summer vacation and they promise to create long-lasting memories while offering something new and different from the norm.

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RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

May 11th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Nestled in a peaceful valley along the banks of the Colorado River you will find the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch. Opened in 1912 it is considered the oldest continuously operating guest ranch in the state. Though the original log lodge and cabins have been modernized the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch has tried to retain the look and atmosphere of the “old west” so that you will feel like you are stepping back in time.

A vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch means all your meals and many of the activities like horseback riding, “Gold Medal” fly-fishing/fishing, kid’s program, hayrides, camp-fires, mountain biking, evening entertainment are included in one weekly rate per person.  The ranch also has lots of great amenities like a hot tub, swimming pool, petting corral, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and most importantly a bottomless cookie jar.

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Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

The Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch is proud to maintain their own herd of over 100 horses. It doesn’t matter whether you are new to horseback riding or a very experienced rider or fall somewhere in between the ranch has the ideal horse waiting just for you! Their experienced wranglers will pair you with a horse suited to your level of riding that you get to ride all week. You will also will receive personalized riding instruction and helpful tips throughout the week to help you become a better rider.

For those seeking a real thrill the Bar Lazy J Ranch now offers a zip line that is one of Colorado’s longest and fastest zip lines and is the only one that crosses the Colorado River. You will be zipping along at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour that drop 82 feet in elevation and cross 1500 feet.  Now doesn’t that sound exciting?

A dude ranch vacation at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch truly has something for everyone in your group from fun outdoor activities during the day to cozy camp-fires at night this Colorado guest ranch promises a true “Western Experience”.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Marble Mountain Ranch

May 5th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

In Northern California you will find Marble Mountain Ranch, a guest ranch, which offers American ranch holidays centred on a Western Trail Riding theme. Come join the adventure! Here, your horseback trail riding vacation is combined with exciting guest ranch activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, sporting clays, fly fishing, jet boat adventures on the Lower Klamath and traditional American ranch events.

Foodies love Marble Mountain Ranch for its fine cuisine. Executive chef and ranch owner Heidi Cole creates healthy, hearty, wholesome, meals using only the freshest ingredients using produce from the ranch’s very own gardens and orchards. After spending your days outdoors in the crisp mountain air taking part in the various activities provided by the ranch you will find that you will enjoy mealtimes even more than usual.

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Marble Mountain Ranch

Marble Mountain Ranch is a great place to bring your kids. With lots of fun, educational and exciting activities to choose from you will never hear “Mom, Dad, I am so bored.” From riding games, Western shooting sports in the morning to kayaking and fishing in the afternoon and camp-fires in the evenings your kids will be entertained from sun up to sun down. Even your little ones have a special program designed just for them like enjoying nature walks, arts and crafts, feeding small animals, harvesting chicken eggs that are still warm, and more.

Whether you prefer a cozy cabin, or a deluxe furnished home, one thing for certain is that the lodging at Marble Mountain is designed to provide each guest with comfort, quiet and surrounding beauty. Perfect for individuals, couples, families or larger groups, Marble Mountain Ranch will always accommodate the needs and special requests of their guests to the best of their ability.

So for your next vacation consider a stay at Marble Mountain Ranch….a great choice for adventurers, foodies and families!

Happy Trails!