Mango Salsa Recipe From Colorado Trails Ranch

July 29th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Summertime is BBQ time and what’s better on some grilled salmon is some fresh and tangy mango salsa. The folks over at Colorado Trails Ranch were nice enough to share their recipe for mango salsa. Try it over some grilled fish for some added freshness and flavor. Also, serve it with tortilla chips for scooping!

If you are seeking some adventure visit this  guest ranch located San Juan Mountains outside historic Durango, Colorado. The long activity list includes horseback riding on scenic trails, fly-fishing, rafting, shooting sports and hiking. Children have the time of their lives making friends and discovering new activities in Colorado Trail Ranch’s children/teens’ program. Evenings offer a hayride & campfire sing-along, western dancing, cookouts and relaxing under starlit skiesTheir mango salsa is reason enough for a visit!

Mango Salsa


1 mango chopped
¼ fresh pineapple chopped (approximately – use less quantity than the mango)
Some diced red onion
Some diced cilantro
A squeeze of orange
A squeeze of lime


  1. Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy. Serve chilled.

PS:Can sweeten with a small amount of honey if needed or can add some chopped jalapeno if desired

Mango Salsa

Fresh Mango Salsa


Three Bars Ranch In British Columbia

July 23rd, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

There is no better way to explore, and enjoy, the picturesque beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, than on horseback. The Three Bars Ranch, located between Banff and Glacier National Park in British Columbia, boasts some of the finest horses and riding instructors, along with the best dude ranch facilities in all of Canada.

Three Bars Ranch

Some hesitate to plan a dude ranch vacation because they may have no previous riding experience. At Three Bars Ranch, their Dude Ranch Association certified wranglers invite anyone to come out, and give trail riding a try. Your safety is of primary concern, and they will accommodate all levels of experience. Their objective is to cater  to each guest, ensuring an enjoyable , safe experience, and memorable vacation.

Three Bars Ranch

Three Bars Riding Rings

Some hesitate to plan a dude ranch vacation because they may have no previous riding experience. At Three Bars Ranch, their Dude Ranch Association certified wranglers invite anyone to come out, and give trail riding a try. Your safety is of primary concern, and they will accommodate all levels of experience. Their objective is to cater  to each guest, ensuring an enjThere are plenty of activity options to enjoy at Three Bars Ranch, if you can tear yourself away from riding. They also have incredible hiking trails, river rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking and on-site tennis. A refreshing visit to the indoor heated pool, or a soak in the hot tub might be just what’s needed after all the outdoor fun you’ll have during a day.oyable , safe experience, and memorable vacation.

Three Bars Ranch

Fun for all ages at Three Bars Ranch

It may be that a relaxed style vacation, with comfortable and cozy accommodations would ideally suit your traveling interests. If that is true, Three Bars Ranch can easily exceed your expectations for lodging in their spacious log cabins, perfect for singles, couples, families and friends.

Three Bars Accommodations

Rustic accommodations at Three Bars Ranch

Whether you have spent the day outdoors working up an appetite, or have relaxed for most of the day and just want to enjoy some delicious home cooked food, the dining at Three Bars Ranch is always sure to please. Their in-house chef always impresses with not only the hearty, healthy buffet style meals, but with the unparalleled breads and baked goods.

Capping off wonderful days at Three Bars Ranch is the social side of the evenings. Some like to visit the Saloon, watch the stars porch side, or sit around a campfire. There are also scheduled activities for guests inclined to meet and mingle.

Three Bars Ranch

While Three Bars makes almost everyone feel like a kid, they do have special programs and events designed to keep little ones active, and feeling at home on the ranch. Whether it is roasting marshmallows, catching frogs or learning to ride, the smiles on their faces show that there is no place else they would rather be than at Three Bars Ranch.

Three Bars Ranch

Come visit the Three Bars Ranch

With accolades and awards to prove that they are the choice of families from all over Northern America, such as Canada’s Best Dude Ranch 2010 – 11, and Best Family Dude Ranch 2011, they are an obvious choice for travelers seeking an exceptional dude ranch vacation. With western hospitality, and Northern breathtaking scenery, the combination is the perfect mix. Visitors to Three Bars Ranch have only one regret, and that is that they did not discover the ranch sooner. Often a vacation destination guests return to year after year, visitors are treated like family. For memories that will last a lifetime, Three Bars Ranch is the perfect destination for an incredible dude ranch vacation.




Drowsy Water Ranch

July 15th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

What could be better than an authentic western experience at a private mountain valley resort in Colorado? According to Travelers’ Choice Award … nothing! Voted by travelers as the 2010 #1 favorite all inclusive resort from over 700 worldwide all inclusive vacation destinations, the Drowsy Water Ranch is an adventure of a lifetime.

Drowsy Water RanchThe  Drowsy Water Ranch has a 90 year history of welcoming families and visitors from all over the world to experience the beauty of their unique dude ranch . Trail riding through the backcountry of the Colorado rocky mountains is not only the primary activity, but an unforgettable experience. They take pride in the over 100 head of horses on site, and each guest is carefully paired with their horse according to riding ability to maximize learning and overall experience. Daily clinics, learner trail walks and advance trail gallops across a variety of terrains are available to improve the proficiency of each guest rider.

Horseback riding

The accommodations at Drowsy Water Ranch range to accommodate singles, couples, families and large groups. While not losing their historical essence, cabins have been remodeled to offer visitors a cozy, comfortable, clean stay with all the comforts of home. Guests can choose the all inclusive package that best meets their desires for a weekend, midweek or full week stay.
Drowsy Water Ranch

A highlight for visitors at Drowsy Water Ranch is always the food. With recipes that have been passed down for generations, they boast of some of the best western style food available anywhere. Although most meals are served in the dining room, guests are treated on occasion to mountain top breakfasts, chuck wagon lunches and open hearth barbeques. With delicious breads and baked goods, and memorable main courses, guests always enjoy the variety, and abundance, of the tasty meals served at Drowsy Water Ranch.

It is no wonder Drowsy Water Ranch ranks so favorably with Trip Advisor, Family Vacation Critic and Travelers’ Choice. With kids programs, ranch activities and special events that complement the horse riding focused experience, guests have plenty of ways to enjoy their stay. With a reputation for hospitality, and quality, the Drowsy Water Ranch family show personal attention to each guest that walks through their doors.

Drowsy Water Ranch

Without a doubt, a dude ranch vacation is an experience that creates memories. Many experiences are often the 1st of its kind, and create a unique bond with families and friends as they share these together.  At Drowsy Water Ranch, they share the beauty of the natural surroundings with their guests, and invite visitors to build a special connection with riding horses. Whether beginner, intermediate or experience rider, everyone can learn something new about riding at the ranch. Every aspect of a vacation a Drowsy Water Ranch has been especially prepared, from the accommodations and food, to the activities and clinics, towards maximizing the enjoyment of your stay. With affordable options for their all inclusive packages, many guests return year after year, preferring Drowsy Water  over any other vacation destination. As an outstanding dude ranch vacation spot, the family invites all to come experience the beauty of Drowsy Water Ranch.

Chile Relleno Casserole From Burnt Well Guest Ranch

July 8th, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Burnt Well is a real working cattle and sheep ranch located in New Mexico who accepts a few guests to ensure the stay is truly authentic and customized. They are open year round and can accommodate everything from avid riders to beginners.

New Mexico is famous for their Green Chile crops and one of the mealtime staples at Burnt Well Guest Ranch is Chile Relleno Casserole.  They love their chile, so much so that their State Question is “Red or Green?”We thank them for sharing their special recipe.

Chile Relleno Casserole (Serves 4-6)


Freshly roasted green chile, peeled and seeded

Grated cheese (Burnt Well Guest Ranch uses a blend of Mexican cheeses)

2 eggs

½ cup flour

2 cups milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 baking dish and line the bottom of the dish with whole chiles.  Layer a generous amount of grated cheese on top of the chiles.
  2. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, flour, and milk.
  3. Pour over the cheese and bake until set and the edges are beginning to brown, usually about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool. Serve immediately.
Chile Relleno Casserole

Chile Relleno Casserole

Echo Valley Ranch

July 2nd, 2014 by Ashlie Dove

Located just a few hours northeast of Vancouver,  British Columbia, is a very unique vacation destination.  Harmoniously blending adventure and exhilaration with relaxation and tranquility, Echo Valley Ranch is truly a magical place.

Echo Valley Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch

The 160 acre, interior mountain ranch location provides the perfect surroundings for breathtaking outdoor exploration. Guests can choose from on site eco-friendly adventures, or off site touring with a host of local partners for trail riding, rafting, golf , fly fishing, gold panning and much more. Each outdoor excursion is designed to give visitors the opportunity to participate in the activity at their level (from beginner to advanced) ,and stay safe while discovering the beauty of the area.

Spa TreatmentsEach accommodation style, from standard and premium lodge rooms, to cabins and the Royal Suite, provide guests with luxurious style, incredible views, and the comfort and warmth that makes Echo Valley special. The hosts at Echo Valley ensure that each guest feels at home, plus adding the extras that make your stay exceptional.

Echo Valley Ranch Accommodations

Guests are always delighted with the homegrown, organic, gourmet meals served each day at Echo Valley. Raising their own cattle and pigs, and incorporating all natural ingredients into each dish prepared, the meals at Echo Valley are designed to invigorate, and provide optimum health benefits. The flavorful, delicious meals that guests enjoy are served ‘family style’ in their open kitchen. Sharing stories, and forming friendships over a meal shared together is a highlight of the Echo Valley experience.

Organic Ranch Cuisine

Echo Valley has received numerous awards over the years. Most recently however, the team at Echo Valley Ranch is exceptionally proud to have been chosen Best Small Hotel and Best Service Hotel in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice category for 2013. This honor is without question a result of not only the beauty of the facilities and incredible activity and spa options, but also the genuine friendliness and commitment of the team to making the experience of Echo Valley Ranch for each guest outstanding.

For some, narrowing down the guest ranch vacation that is perfect for their style may be a challenge. However, as Echo Valley offers the perfect mix of rest and relaxation with thrilling adventure in an incredibly scenic setting, it is the ideal location for almost everyone.  Offering a unique, authentic experience that will without a doubt refresh the body and mind, Echo Valley redefines luxury. With spectacular scenery in the Canadian wilderness, activities that focus on connecting with the natural balance of nature, and spa treatments that transport you to total relaxation, Echo Valley Ranch is an experience not to be missed. This Canadian oasis is awaiting your escape, and the team are ready to ensure your experience at Echo Valley Ranch is nothing short of magical.