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.

California Guest Ranch

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!

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

April 28th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Colorado’s Rustic Retreat All Year Round

Hidden in a wild valley on a pristine mountain like, western Colorado’s gem Coulter Lake Guest Ranch promises a unique experience all year round. The small ranch near the Rocky Mountains is part of the White River National Forest, which is world-renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Complementing Mother Nature’s gifts are the facilities and hospitality which you’ll enjoy to the fullest, whether you’re alone, with your family, or simply with your special someone.

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

The Who and What of Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

Over seven decades old, Coulter Lake has been welcoming visitors to the Rocky Mountains, creating memories to for those dropping by to enjoy their vacations, family reunions, weddings and getaways. Since 2008, Tim and Sue Weller have been managing the activities at the lake and welcoming guests to their new home for the next few days. Tim is an expert wrangler, which is why he leads the pack and oversees the hunting program. Meanwhile, Sue manages the kitchen, the cabins and activities on the ranch.

Together with the rest of the staff, the Wellers offer a unique experience to all vacationers, especially those seeking quality family time, trail rides, a broad range of summer and winter activities, and outdoor wedding locations.  Coulter Lake Guest Ranch provides comfortable accommodations for those who just want to relax during their visit and enjoy western gourmet meals served family-style.

Coulter Lake

Why Your Next Vacation Should Be at Coulter Lake

The dude ranch has a range of tempting offerings that you can definitely enjoy on your upcoming vacation, including the following:

Green Vacation

 If you’re conscious about the ecosystem, you should definitely consider Coulter Lake. The ranch relies on solar panels and hydropower to generate most of its electricity, but it uses propane generators to back its system. Moreover, with no cell phone service, e-mail or TV, you will get a break from technology to focus on the important aspects of your life.

Six Cabins with a View

Coulter Lake has six cabins, two overlooking the lake and four spread across the ranch’s aspen trees. Brookview, Woodland, Hilltop, Aspen, Lakeside, and Forest Haven have been built between 1934 and 1950, offering visitors a rustic place to sleep. However, there aren’t any air conditioning units or mini fridges as the cabins are at 8,100 ft. and the running stream helps in keeping beverages cold.

Coulter Lake View

Great Food

The home-cooked meals are one of the reasons vacationers head to the dude ranch every year. Served at the lodge or outdoor locations, the food is prepared in a traditional Dutch oven. You can have your fill of French toast, eggs, blueberry pancakes, BBQ ribs, and even steaks. If you have a sweet tooth, rest assured that you’ll be treated to something new every evening.

Wide Range of Activities for Both Summer and Winter

The summer season, May through August, is considered one of the best times to enjoy horseback riding, hiking, swimming, boating, golf and wildlife observation. The ranch is close to great attractions such as the Frying Pan River, the Riparian Zone trail, and Rifle Creek Golf Course. As for winter, you can take part in activities such as sledding, ice skating, x-country skiing, and snowmobile tours.

Coulter Lake

Big Game Packages

If you’re a hunting enthusiast, there are different game packages which you can take part in. Coulter Lake can customize hunting packages for elk and mule deer from $1,800 per person sans guide. On the other hand, spring turkey hunts start from $600 per person for three-day hunts

Different Programs for Different People

The dude ranch is famous for its Wilderness Adventure Programs, which can be four weeks long to ensure that you learn important skills such as wilderness horsemanship, fishing, outdoor cooking, and survival. You can also take part in Cowboy Camp, which can be a weekend-long or full week with your family. Another option is the Guide and Packer Program, which is a four-week program that teaching you how to set up and manage your own hunting camp or help one out.

Discounts and Special Prices

To help you save while vacationing, Coulter Lake offers a range of seasonal discounts. For instance, for summer, you can get 15% off by booking between May 23rd and June 6th, or knock 10% off a holiday for a group of five or more.

The Bottom Line

Coulter Lake Dude Ranch is definitely one of the prominent vacation spots for those heading to Colorado. While it may be too rustic for those dependent on technology, it’s ideal for people who want to connect with their loved ones and the nature surrounding them.

Plan a Cowgirl Getaway with your Besties!

April 20th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Getting together with girlfriends for an evening out is always fun but wouldn’t it be great to go somewhere for a weekend or even a week together to spend time catching up, making new memories and trying something new other than lying on the beach drinking over-priced, calorie-laden  Piña Coladas? A dude ranch vacation may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but listen up ladies you don’t know what you’re missing out on until you try a Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway.

Why Pick a Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway for your Next Vacation

There are many reasons to choose a vacation tailored just for you and your besties at a dude ranch. It is an ideal opportunity to leave behind demanding schedules and commitments, if only for a little while, and to reconnect with the special women in your life, whether it’s your mother, sister or best friends. A Cowgirl Getaway will provide you with the opportunity to expand your horizons and perhaps take you out of your comfort zone which can be an exciting experience. There are lots of activities to choose from like horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and of course spa treatments just to name a few. So pack your bags and get ready for a fun-filled dude ranch vacation at one of the following guest ranches that offer Cowgirl Getaways.

Free Rein Guest Ranch:

Located in beautiful British Columbia, Free Rein Guest Ranch is a small, family operated guest ranch that offers an intimate hands-on experience with their well-trained horses and the great outdoors. From September 7th-14th the ranch offers a Cowgirls Only Week. “The kids are back in school and the madness of summer days are over, it’s a wonderful time for the girls to simply get together, enjoy the those final warm days of summer with great rides, great conversation and a glass of vino or two as the sun goes down”- Debbie Atha, owner

BC Guest Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch

A 7 day stay includes:

  • Cabin or Lodge Suite Accommodation
  • Daily maid service and Egyptian cotton linen and towels
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with all non-alcoholic beverages
  • Unlimited riding from 9:30am to 5pm daily
  • A personal horse assigned to each guest and guided riding for duration of stay
  • Wildlife viewing and bird watching
  • Riding and natural horsemanship instruction
  • Mountain biking, Nature hikes, Swimming, Kayaks/canoes/row boat
  • Sauna
Chilcotin Holidays:

Mother’s Day weekend in May at this Canadian guest ranch is time for their annual Mother’s Day Cowgirl Weekend – No high heels allowed!

Throw on your jeans, cowboy boots, and let your hair down! This weekend will bring out the hidden cowgirl in each of you! Enjoy a variety of western games and activities including bucking barrels and learning to lasso like a cowboy.

BC Guest Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays

What’s included:

  •  Accommodation in our cozy ranch house.
  • Three, family-style, hearty, healthy home-cooked meals a day.
  • Horseback riding, bareback riding, and horseback competitions.
  • Selection of our cowboy/wrangler activities and ranch pastimes – ladies only!
  • A welcoming glass of sparkling wine (cowgirls 19 and older).
  • Complimentary straw cowgirl hat

 

Laughing Water Ranch:

Grab your mom, your sister, your daughter or your best friend, and come join the Laughing Water Ranch for their Ladies only week from May 17th-23rd. No cooking no dishes, no responsibility just fun and relaxation.

Montana Guest Ranch

Montana Guest Ranch

Your week will be filled with unlimited horseback riding, mixed in with riding lessons if you wish and you can practice your horsemanship skills on their unique Trail Challenge Course. Or take an educational hike and learn about the local foliage and fauna. Evenings relax with your friends and other guests while enjoying sing-alongs around the campfire. There will also be wine tastings and a visit to a local brewery.

 

Coffee Creek Ranch:

This California guest ranch is offering 50% off for the week on May 8-15th for women only to celebrate Mother’s Day.

California Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch

What’s included:

  • $687.50 for an all-inclusive vacation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Private cabin
  • Horseback riding
  • 6 nights & 7 days of total relaxation

Come learn how to bake healthier with classes in ancient grain baking, cook from scratch, and make lotions and facials from your kitchen as well. Hike a mountain, learn to challenge yourself and try new things. Dangle your feet in the creek, or catch your first fish!  Coffee Creek Ranch staff will make the beds, do the dishes and entertain you at night with line dancing, bonfires, karaoke, and games! A stress-free vacation for you and the special women in your life.

 

Red Reflet Ranch:

The month of May (before Memorial Day weekend) this Wyoming guest ranch offers a Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway with rates starting at $2,220 for a 4 night all-inclusive stay.

Wyoming Guest Ranch

Red Reflet Ranch

What’s included:

  • Daily horseback & riding lessons from well-known horsewoman Tammy Trollinger
  • Hiking to view spring flowers in full regalia
  • Spacious chalet with private hot tub
  • Gourmet meals with wine pairing provided by Executive Chef Matthew Cariveau
  • Private cooking classes

These are just a few of the delights waiting for you at the Red Reflet Ranch for your Women’s Only Cowgirl Getaway.

 

White Stallion Ranch:

Susanne Walsh, White Stallion Ranch’s head of guest relations said this about their Cowgirl Getaways in Tucson, Arizona “The BEST thing about our Cactus Cowgirls is watching women from all over the country become best friends. They return every year, they keep in touch and travel together throughout the year and each year new friends are added. They become a sisterhood after just one week together…”

Arizona Guest Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

Choose from 3 upcoming, different Themed Getaways:

  • The Cactus Cowgirls Ride Again- Sunday, January 17 – Sunday, January 24, 2016
  • Cactus Cowgirls at Rodeo Time- Tuesday, February 23rd – Sunday, February 28th, 2016
  • Cactus Cowgirls-Country & Culture- Sunday, August 31, 2014 – Sunday, September 7, 2014

 

Flying E Ranch:

From Thursday March 3rd- Sunday March 6th the Flying E Ranch present their Women’s Only “Cowgirl True” weekend.

If you think these two award-winning artists are spectacular as individual performers – wait ‘till you see them in action as a duo!

Arizona Guest Ranch

Flying E Ranch

When singer/songwriter Belinda Gail and cowgirl poet Diane Tribitt hit the stage together as ‘Cowgirl True’ that is exactly what you get – Cowgirl to the core! These award-winning and gifted ladies have combined their talents to bring their love of the West and their rich ranching heritage to life in what feels like a ballet of song and poetry. As they effortlessly weave together music and poetry you will laugh, you will sigh…and maybe even wipe away a tear. But most of all you will walk away having glimpsed the heart and soul of the West.

What’s included:

  • Workshops presented by Belinda and Diane
  • Enjoy an evening of special entertainment with these special ladies
  • Campfire cookout under the Arizona stars
  • Special amenities & daily events.
  • Sunday morning horseback ride to cowgirl church and breakfast on the desert
  • Rates include 4 day/3 night stay with tax and gratuity per person.
  • Lodge room: $660.00 per person
  • Poolside room: $685.00 per person
  • Luxury suite: $710.00 per person

With all these great Cowgirl Getaways to choose from there is no time like the present to call up your girlfriends, sisters or Mother and book a fun week or weekend away at one of these participating dude ranches.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: White Stallion Ranch

April 16th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

White Stallion Ranch is a traditional dude ranch located in Tucson, Arizona that has been in the True family for almost fifty years. Nestled at the base of the beautiful Tucson Mountains on 3,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert you will be surrounded by rugged mountains, cactus and unspoiled desert. With several different rides to choose from first-time trailblazers to life-long riders will have ample time to enjoy the beauty of the desert from atop a horse. The True family has one of the largest privately owned herds in Arizona which means they have the right horse for every guest.

Arizona Guest Ranch

White Stallion Ranch

The ranch offers activities for guests of all ages and interests from hiking to taking part in a real western rodeo or spending the day visiting local attractions like the Saguaro National Park or going hot-air ballooning, or golfing. After dinner join other guests around a moonlight bonfire with a cowboy singer and learn about astronomy using large telescopes. There is also line dancing lessons, nature and animal programs, watercolor classes with their resident artist Ute Vaughn and Loop Rawlins’ Wild West Show of Trick Roping, Whip Cracking & Gun Spinning.

When not in the saddle, you’ll find plenty of resort-quality amenities to enjoy. Take a dip in their heated pool or relax in the outdoor hot tub. If you feel like exercising there is a fitness room and sports courts. If you are ready to relax then check out the rec room and movie theatre or head to the ranch’s bar where you will find an excellent selection of fine wines, domestic and imported beers, and spirits. Kids and adults alike love the petting zoo and you just might find yourself visiting your new animal friends every day.

The White Stallion ranch is an authentic western guest ranch that has been carefully blended with the service and quality of a fine resort. The True family and their staff look forward to having you and your loved ones visit them on your next vacation.

Happy Trails!

10 Lessons You’ll Learn From A Dude Ranch Vacation

April 13th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

With spring finally here, many dude ranches are gearing up for the 2015 season. For you, this means that it’s finally time to pack up your cowboy hat and boots and head to where the air is fresh, the scenery is breathtaking, and the adventures are abundant. If this is your first time on a ranch, the following are ten lessons you’re bound to learn during your time there.

1.)Despite What You Thought, You Can Survive Without Technology

Most ranches are remote, which means that your access to Wi-Fi or even your phone network may be close to impossible. However, instead of going Lion King on your mobile device, relax and breathe in the fresh air. Within a few days, you’ll be so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the ranch that you’ll forget that you’ve ever had electrical devices to keep boredom at bay.

Technlogy Free

2.)Riding a Horse is What You’ve Been Meant to Do All Your Life

Horse riding is one of the main activities ranches have to offer. In addition to being fun, this activity improves your balance, boosts your coordination and motor function, strengthens your muscles, enhances blood circulation, and teaches patience, self-discipline and self-confidence. Learning to ride also has mental and emotional benefits. Research shows that staying and steering horses is a challenge that can stimulate your mind and prevent memory loss. On the other hand, you can choose to be alone with the kindred spirit you’re riding or seek human companionship with other riders.

 

3.) There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Some ranches will allow you to take part in different chores, some of which you’ll be hesitant to handle since you’re a regular city slicker. However, these tasks are what will build your character and make you appreciate the people working outside offices. You will also enjoy every morsel you eat on the ranch even more knowing you had a hand in getting it to the table. Finally, these chores are bound to be fun, especially when done with other people, such as your family.

4.) Ranch Time is a Great Opportunity for Family Time

Ranch holidays are perfect for families because they offer different activities that are designed for all ages. They also allow all members to bond, be it around the dining table, during square dance and social activities or while working around the ranch. As a result, you’ll go home as one, stronger unit, which is exactly what a family should be.

5.) Food ACTUALLY Has a Flavor You Never Discovered

Some dude ranches grow their own organic produce and raise their own cattle raised on organic feed and fresh water from nearby springs or lakes. Because this food is chemical free, you’ll discover what fresh foods are actually supposed to taste like. Moreover, whether you’re a fan of gourmet ranch meals or country home cooking, you’re bound to find a ranch that caters to your palate. Your dude ranch vacation can also be an epicurean adventure.

Organic produce

6.) Mother Nature is Worthy of Your Praise

Ranches are usually miles away from civilization as you know it, allowing you to enjoy the areas Mother Nature still reigns. Nestled in the mountains or plains, dude ranches will grant you the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful scenery surrounding you and the critters that make it so special. As you don’t get to see these or notice them anywhere else, your time on the ranch will definitely be worthwhile.

Echo Valley Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch in British Columbia

7.) There are SO MANY Outdoor Activities You Haven’t Discovered

While your outdoor activities in the city may be limited to walking, jogging or partying, a dude ranch has a whole list of things you can do under the sun and later starry sky. For instance, you can go kayaking during the day and camping in the evening????. Even if it’s winter, ranches open during the cold season are bound to offer you different activities such as snowboarding and ice fishing.

8.) Caring for Animals isn’t Easy Physically or Emotionally

Remember how Billy Crystal’s character from ‘City Slickers’ made a connection and adopted the calf he brought to the world? By taking care of animals on the ranch, you’re bound to bond with some even if you’ve never considered growing close with a farm animal. This will bring out a softer edge to your personality and appreciate the furry friends of this Earth more.

Furry animals

Joy

9.) The Western Heritage isn’t All Cowboys and Indians

Contrary to what you thought before arriving at the dude ranch, you’re going to discover how deep and interesting the western heritage is. In addition to cowboy history, you’ll learn about important people and figures and their contribution towards the present you’re enjoying at the ranch. Be it through memorabilia, stories or even cooked delicacies, get ready to be submerged deeply into history

10.) You’re Not the Person You Believed You Are in the City

The hard work, honest ranchers, loyal animals and connection you strike with nature is bound to bring OUT the best in you. You’ll challenge yourself and push beyond the limits you’ve established earlier, discovering a new person altogether. You may start appreciate the simpler things in life more as well as material things less.Health and relationships may increase in importance while ambition and status decrease.

Interestingly, these aren’t all the lessons you’ll discover during a next ranch vacation. However, only you can contribute to this list. So book your own Wild West experience at one of our ranches today.