Now Is The Time To Visit a BC Ranch

March 24th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

British Columbia Ranch Vacations

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves fun-filled adventures that will provide you and your loved ones with everlasting memories then you should consider visiting some of the most captivating British Columbia Ranches which promise a vacation of a lifetime. British Columbia boasts beautiful flora and fauna with majestic mountain ranges in a pristine and invigorating setting perfectly suited for rustic and luxurious dude ranch vacations. Not only will you savour every moment of the time that you spend at a BC ranch, but you will want to return again.

Big Bar Guest Ranch

Wide open spaces at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Right Now There is No Better Time for US Travellers to Book a Ranch Vacation

A ranch vacation is something that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With the Canadian dollar worth approximately 20% less than the US dollar there is no time like the present to book or pre-book a ranch vacation at a British Columbia ranch. Think of it as a 20% discount and act now before exchange rates change. Start planning your future memories now!!

Pick a Ranch, any Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays

Experience nature like never before at this 4-season wilderness guest ranch. Chilcotin Holidays designs custom wilderness experiences that allow you to connect with nature in a meaningful, life changing way. Explore over 5,000 sq-km of the pristine South Chilcotin Mountain Park with their licensed guides and sure-foot Cayuse Horses (suitable for novice to advanced riders). They provide guest ranch stays, wilderness guide training, wildlife viewing, and pack-horse, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and alpine hiking trips.

 

BC Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays pack Trip

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

At Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, which is located in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin region, you will find horseback riding, hiking, biking, ranching and fishing holidays as well as many other activities. Boasting pristine lakes, rolling meadows, wetlands and deep forests you are sure to enjoy your time at this guest ranch. Experience a real working ranch experience that features Ranch style meals, log cabins and the finest horseback riding and fishing in North America.

Crystal Waters Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch is a luxury ranch that is unique in two different ways. Firstly, it’s one of the few ranches which also has two world class spas on site with each offering treatments from different areas of the globe. Secondly, it has a Thai inspired element including buildings designed by a famous Thai architect. It’s the only guest ranch of its kind. If you are seeking a different type of spectacular western adventure, a superb sanctuary of first class accommodations, healthy gourmet food and world class spa treatments then Echo Valley Ranch is for you. “Echo Valley Ranch is a delightful contradiction. It’s unnaturally natural, yet quietly luxurious.”

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch offers an intimate family feel, truly providing a home away from home during your Canadian adventure in Super Natural British Columbia. This guest ranch vacation offers a hands on ranch experience and gets you involved in daily ranch life. So if you’re looking for some serious saddle time and love being off the grid with horses then this is the guest ranch experience for you. With home cooked food and lakeside log cabin or guest lodge accommodation you are sure to feel at home. Enjoy swimming in a lake, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, overnight camping and guided hikes.

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Just a 4-hour drive away from Vancouver, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ultimate place for all different types of vacations. Whether you’re looking for a horseback riding holiday, a family vacation where even the kids will have fun, or someplace new to really get away from it all, you’ve found it. The packages at Sundance Guest Ranch are designed to be all inclusive. Each package covers food and accommodation along with all the varied activities offered by the ranch. You can enjoy up to 5 hours of riding every day during your stay at the Sundance Guest Ranch. With a panoramic scenic view, the Sundance Guest Ranch is the sunniest and the warmest place in Canada.

Sundance Guest Ranch

Three Bars Ranch

Three Bars Ranch has been voted as the number 1 Canadian ranch and for good reason. This guest ranch is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the breathtaking, scenic view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Located just south of Banff, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Three Bars specializes in 3 – 6 night all inclusive riding and non- riding packages. Packages including upscale log cabin accommodations, all meals, unlimited horseback riding, rafting, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, 4×4 UTV tours, archery, skeet shooting cook-outs, a full evening program and all ranch activities and amenities. It’s time to find the cowboy in you, make your next vacation a ranch vacation.

Three Bars Ranch

Tod Mountain Ranch

Hidden in the Louis Creek Valley, surrounded by mountains, Tod Mountain Ranch is small and exclusive which provides a relaxing, tranquil environment to enjoy a unique, all inclusive horseback riding vacation. A short drive from Kamloops and an easy 4 hours’ drive from Vancouver, this is the perfect mid-way stop on your Western Canada road trip between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper. Whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner or a group of friends, Tod Mountain Ranch offers an exceptional experience with horses, complemented with stunning views, great food, like-minded company and a peaceful, calm environment to relax and unwind.

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

So saddle up cowboys and cowgirls for your next big adventure as a guest at one of these super, natural, British Columbian guest ranches and take advantage of the current 20% drop in the Canadian dollar against the US.  By booking now you can lock-in a fantastic guest ranch experience at an accessible price to suit every budget.

RanchSeeker Photo of the Week: Flying E Dude Ranch

March 24th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Flying E Dude Ranch is located 4 miles west of Wickenburg, near the famous Vulture Peak rock formation and home of the historic Vulture Gold Mine. It is known as “the riding ranch” where the past meets the present and long-time ranch traditions are carried on by your hosts Andrea and Steve Taylor.

Arizona Dude Ranch

Winter-time is the ideal time to visit this Arizona dude ranch. With warm and dry days and cool and refreshing nights this make it the perfect location to escape the snow and freezing temperatures. While visiting the dude ranch you enjoy scenic horseback rides on the 20,000 acres of rolling hills or hike up Vulture Peak and do some bird watching or simply relax by the pool. There are many fun activities to do at the ranch but you could also visit the Grand Canyon which is only a four hour drive or check out scenic Sedona and red rock country which takes 2 hours.

Fying E Dude Ranch provides you with comfortable, western guest rooms for your dude ranch vacation that include wet bars, refrigerators, private baths, twin or king-size beds, along with electric heat and air conditioning. Meals are served up family-style in the dining room and there is a saloon where adults can enjoy BYOB Happy Hour and appetizers before chow time.

Whether you choose to ride, help out on the ranch, see the sights, or just kick back and allow the magic of the desert to relax and inspire you, Flying E Ranch promises an original western ranch experience!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker Photo of the Week! Bar 10 Ranch

March 18th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Have you ever wanted to see the Grand Canyon but hate the idea that there will be tons of people there too? Here’s your chance to experience the canyon without the crowds by visiting the Bar 10 Ranch located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Heaton family has been hosting guests at their guest ranch for decades providing overnight stays and numerous ranch activities.

 

Arizona Guest Ranch

 

At the Bar 10 Ranch there are lots of fun activities for everyone in your group. You can sign-up for a thrilling white-water adventure, rafting trip or take a one-of-a-kind helicopter tour and take in the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. If you feel like simply relaxing you can enjoy the “Grand” views from a secluded area while appreciating the country atmosphere and western hospitality of your hosts. If you are up for more adventure then climb onto an ATV which lets you explore the rugged beauty of America’s preeminent gorge or you can take in the scenery atop a horse and experience the true Old West by horseback riding through miles of scenic vistas. There’s also skeet shooting, hiking and evening entertainment to keep your days as active as you want them to be while on your guest ranch vacation.

So what are you waiting for? Book your guest ranch vacation at the  Bar 10 Ranch and enjoy the grandeur, the mystery, and the Old West flavor of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River on the fabled Arizona Strip.

Happy Trails!

More Spring Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

March 16th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

If you are searching for the ultimate last minute spring special deal for a dude ranch vacation you will find it here. I am sure that these exciting deals will make you think about packing your bags tomorrow.  Here is a closer look at another list of spring specials at a number of great dude ranches.

1. Laughing Water Ranch

North West Montana is one of the most welcoming places to spend your spring holidays and  even better with Laughing Water Ranch as your host. Located at the foothills of the Whitefish Divide, just a few miles away from Glacier National Park, it is the perfect destination for anyone seeking an extraordinary experience. The beautiful trails expand over 220 acres so you have plenty of scenic views to enjoy. Laughing Water Ranch offers 10% off for families of  5 or more.

Laughing Water Ranch

Laughing Water Ranch opens its doors after winter with a slew of events. The festivities start on May 10th with Cattle Drive Week. It’s less about cattle and more about a close-to nature experience. From May 10th to May 16th, head out onto the range and help bring in the cows from the hills for 3 days and 2 nights. Accommodations are in cabin tents with campfire cooking and old fashioned story-telling.

Cattle Drive

Next is Ladies Week, starting on May 17, just as the Cattle Drive Week ends. Bring your ‘besties’ and enjoy a whole week of awesome food, unlimited horseback riding and a multitude of exciting activities from May 17th to 23rd. Perfect for a stagette or birthday. Also remember there are NO calories on vacation. Wink Wink!

If you need to rebuild your riding confidence, then Riders Confidence Week is for you. It is scheduled for May 24th – 30th where they will will help you regain your confidence in a secure, private environment with the help of expert wranglers.

In July, Wild West Week begins. This week is filled with all things wild and western including, but not limited to cowboy action shooting, mule packing, gold panning, roping lessons and an exclusive treasure hunt. Additionally there is an extra day for a trip to the Professional Rodeo on Saturday night.

2. Bar W Ranch

The Bar W Cattle drive was designed to give guests the “best of all cattle drives”. It’s not an ordinary Cattle Drive at Bar W Ranch; it’s a learning experience that begins with horsemanship lessons to gathering up the cattle, sorting branding and more. The trip covers more than 50,000 acres, so perfect for avid riders. Every guest also gets a free raffle ticket to The Dude Ranchers’ Association Educational Trust Scholarship Fund Raffle where they have a chance to win a 2 week stay at Bar W Ranch. The Spring Cattle Drive starts June 6, 2015. Reserve your spot now!

Bar W Ranch Cattle Drive

3. Sugar & Spice Ranch

Thinking of a mother-daughter holiday this spring? Sugar and Spice has got you covered with this special package. During the spring break, you can enjoy the complementary rates of $2,199. This price is inclusive of all meals, equipment, riding, evening activities, deluxe amenities and lodging. Other packages include special weeks like WOW (Women Only Weekends) where you can enjoy the same facilities at $530 per person.

Sugar & Spice Ranch

4. Lone Mountain Ranch

In the list of all the amazing packages, Lone Mountain Ranch is last but not least. The spring special package includes a 4-night and 3-day stay including 3 day tickets to Big Sky Resort and transportation. All meals are included as well as their sleigh ride dinner. The offer is valid for new reservations during March and April. Price $1620 per person. For anyone who wants a hassle free vacation, this is the choice for you.

Lone Mountain Sleigh Ride

Upcoming Spring Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

March 9th, 2015 by Ashlie Dove

Still “just” thinking about going on that vacation you have been dreaming about forever? Maybe, this spring is the time for you to finally enjoy that trip. With all these amazing package deals you have a wide selection of vacations at a discount.

Here are 3 of the top dude ranch vacation deals available this Spring:

Echo Valley Ranch

If you want to make the upcoming Easter a sweet treat for yourself and your loved ones, Echo Valley Ranch is the place to be. The Echo Valley Ranch Easter special features a holiday designed for your family. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts activities, meet the animals a trip to the Echo Valley’s zoo, partake in a fun-filled egg hunt on Easter Sunday and much more under the supervision of people you can trust.

Easter Family Special

To provide an exceptional and relaxing experience, Echo Valley Ranch offers an ultramodern spa with top-notch amenities. If you are an outdoor person, there are natural panoramic views of the amazing scenery of British Columbia’s Cariboo Region for you to wallow in and enjoy. You can also enjoy exploring the nearby area by hiking on the many varied, beautiful nature trails or go horseback riding.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

British Columbia ranches offer everything you need for a magical escape for the nature lover. It is time for you to say goodbye to your routine for a few days and indulge yourself in the luxury of some well- deserved fun and relaxation

Marble Mountain Ranch

If you want something more than a a typical spring holiday at a dude ranch, Marble Mountain Ranch is the perfect holiday destination for you. Marble Mountain Ranch offers a wide range of activities included in their Easter all-inclusive package. The Easter package includes two new events along with American Competitive Trail Horse Competitions. Do you have your own horse? Marble Mountain Ranch will also allow the public to bring their own horses during this time. Keep in mind, these are the only two weeks where you get such an opportunity, so don’t miss out on it.

Marble Mountain Ranch

They have a special collaborative program with ACTHA (American Competitive Trail Horse Association). The competition hosts two rides, with competitions and fun trail courses. These include:

* CTC (on Saturday, 23rd May 2015)

* Arena Obstacle Course, AOC (on Sunday, 24th March 2015)

For guests who would like to extend the trip, there are other programs to enjoy the week before the event from May 18 to May 24, 2015. The extended week will allow you to delve into the ranch completely, forgetting there is a world outside it. Ride on your own horse or one at the ranch; it’s all up to you. At Marble Mountain you can experience multiple exciting programs at a reasonable price.

If you can’t make it to Marble Mountain this Spring, there is another session planned for Fall. Extended week for the Fall session begins from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, 2015 and ACTHA Rides will be happening on September 12 & 13, 2015, respectively.

Your stay at the ranch will include adventure filled activities such as trail rides and competition, fishing, shooting, cooking with one of the executive chefs and training for all the activities.

Coffee Creek Ranch

Encircled by the National Forest and adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in Northern California, Coffee Creek Ranch is the spot where you should be spending your seasonal vacations. What makes this place different from all other ranches is its unique location where you can experience forests, mountains and water in a meandering stream excellent for fishing

The spring special at Coffee Creek Ranch offers a week long holiday package from March 28 till April 10 at just $995 for adults and children above six years of age.

Coffee Creek Ranch

At Coffee Creek Ranch, you can enjoy a lot more than just a horseback riding experience, you can also try trap shooting, archery, hiking, horseshoes, indoor and table games, river rafting and more. The exclusive amenities provided by the ranch to all the guests include, but is not limited to a world class spa,  baby-sitting service,  bicycles and high speed internet.