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7 Activities You Can Enjoy at Dude Ranches (Which Don’t Entail Horses!)

Friday, June 12th, 2015

While many dude ranches tend to emphasize on their horseback riding packages, they do offer more amenities and activities to please all their guests. If you haven’t booked a dude ranch holiday yet simply because you don’t want to go horseback riding, here are seven activities that you can enjoy sans horses.

#1) Fishing

Fishing at dude ranches is special because you get to indulge in your favorite hobby in a wide, open space or near the mountains. You also get to experience the thrill of watching fish rise to your offering through the clean, clear waters of nearby springs or ponds. If you’re a fishing enthusiast and want to fish this holiday, the following dude ranches are great.

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – An upscale working cattle in Shell, WY, The Hideout boasts 10 miles of creeks, casting ponds and challenging streams of the Cody and Yellowstone Park. If you’re in the mood for brook trout, brown, Yellowstone Cutthroat and rainbow, this is where you should be.

Fishing at The Hideout Lodge

Vista Verde Guest Ranch – If you’re planning on visiting the Rocky Mountains, head to Vista Verde and get the chance to be engulfed in serenity while fishing for rainbows, mountain whitefish and grayling. The ranch also offers high quality gear, including Sage rods and Simms boots, but you’re welcome to purchase equipment from the Fly Hut.

Spotted Horse Ranch – Located in Jackson Hole, WY, the Spotted Horse is perfect for fly fishing as it has access to some of the best streams and rivers for trout. You can also choose to go on a guided fishing trip or attend a casting lesson on Monday afternoons.

Bar Lazy J – Nestled on ¾ mile of the Colorado River, Bar Lazy J provides its guests with a memorable fly fishing experience. You can also cast your lure in the stocked trout pond, go on a fly fishing guided tour, or attend the Fishing Clinic lessons to improve your technique.

The Bar W Guest Ranch – This dude ranch offers ranch fishing at the Spencer Lake during summer, allowing you to catch small bass fish and even pikes. As one of Montana’s finest, The Bar W also provides access to the best fly fishing facilities and can hook you up with lake fishing within Flathead Valley.

Colorado Trails Ranch – A self-proclaimed Trout Haven, Colorado Trails has over two miles of private water on the Florida River, offering its guests excellent fishing spots on cold mountain streams. You can opt for a half-day fishing trip or a full-day one.

Crystal Waters – If you want to fish year-round in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, Crystal Waters Ranch is perfect. You can fish at Crystal Lake between May and mid –July and again from September to late October. Once the lake freezes over, you can go on an ice fishing trip and catch rainbows as well as other local fish.

#2) Wall Climbing and Obstacle Courses

If you have adventure flowing through your veins but don’t want to ride horses any time soon, you can get thrills and chills while climbing walls or challenging yourself at a dude ranch’s obstacle course. Some of the ranches which offer this facility are:

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Idaho’s prominent dude ranch offers a challenge course and climbing wall which will keep your mind and body fit. While challenging, the 63 ft. climbing wall, 30 ft. platform, and 300 ft. zip line are checked and maintained regularly for your safety.

Climbing Wall

Climbing wall at Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Red Reflet Ranch – In addition to guiding you to explore several climbing sites, you can flex your shooting skills at the rifle range or go skeet shooting.

Vista Verde – Offering a twice weekly trip to climbing areas in the National Forest, the ranch will take you on a short hike up the climbing rock, where you can even learn climbing and rappelling.

White Stallion Ranch – If this is your first time climbing, White Stallion’s certified instructors will help you against the boulders located at the eastern end of the ranch. The ranch offers eight 25′ to 35′ climbs, but will expand to 125’ – 150’ climbs in the future.

#3) Archery

Archery is one of the popular non-riding activities at dude ranches, especially on days when you want to be outdoors but not out on the range. If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games or DC’s The Arrow, you can perfect your archery skills at the following ranches.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch – This dude ranch provides an archery course where you get to build or improve your shooting abilities at 12 shooting stations. Perfect for both families and group events, this activity will ensure that you feel adventurous.

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch – The Hideout invites you to its newest archery range, which feature professional archery mats instead of bales of hay and straw. The wranglers promise to “help you and set you up for a great Robin Hood time.

Bar W Ranch – Offered during summer, the archery program at Bar W focuses on teaching using recurve and compound style bows. Rest assured that you’ll hit a bulls eye every time in the future.

#4) ATV Rides

If you’d rather ride an ATV, many dude ranches will deliver. In fact, this experience will stand out since you’ll be riding through scenic trails surrounding the ranch. Here are some places where you can rent ATVs on the side.

Crystal Waters Ranch – The ranch offers to book you a tour with the nearby Cariboo ATV Tours. While on their tour, you’ll discover the natural beauty of British Columbia and explore remote lakes during your breaks.

Red Reflet Ranch – Red Reflet has 20 ATVs, four of which are for children. After instructing you on how to use the vehicle safely, you can explore the nearby trails via tours or groups.

Bar 10 Ranch – Bar 10 offers the most exciting ATV adventure, allowing you to ride through the Grand Canyon’s 217-mile-long, 6250-foot-deep gorge. You can pick between 90 minute tours to full day ones to truly explore the place.

ATV Rides

ATV Rides at Bar 10 Ranch

#5) Bird Watching

Most dude ranches are far away from civilization. As a result, you get to explore different flora and fauna than you do in the city. Even if you don’t want to leave the ranch, you can see different species as they hop on nearby branches and chirp their hearts out. And this is what Howard Creek Ranch has to offer. The ranch has a list of local species sorted out by the months you can watch them in. For instance, of you want to catch a glimpse of robins or scrub jays, visit the ranch in June.

#6) Cooking Classes

If you want to make your vacation a special one, learn a new skill such as cooking. Dude ranches are known for creating delicious dishes with special flavors you can’t copy without chef’s recipes. At Vista Verde Ranch, you can enroll in the ranch’s weekly cooking class to learn the secrets of bread baking, formal dinner recipes and much more. By the time you go home, you’ll know much more than microwaving meals. You can also join wine tasting classes to learn about wines and develop your knowledge on the topic.

Culinary adventures

Culinary adventures at Vista Verde Ranch

#7) Spa

Though you may want to rough it up during your vacation, you can’t expect to transform from a city slicker overnight. This is where a spa treatment will be valuable. Not only do spas offer the perfect balance to ranch life, but they also give you a chance to enjoy indoors while others are out on the trails. One of the relaxing ranch spas in British Columbia is Echo Valley Ranch, which specializes in Thai skin care, massages, and scalp and hair therapies. The authentic Baan Thai spa also offers western style treatments which you can try during your stay.

Spa services

Spa Services at Echo Valley Ranch

To enjoy these activities, book your next vacation at any of the suggested dude ranches or search through our database for facilities which offer them.

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Come visit Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch located in the heart of cowboy country in Yucca, Arizona, where you’ll come as guests and leave feeling like family. Here you will find that the Old West blends with the new since this dude ranch is set up like a little Western town that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time living the life of a true cowboy.

The horseback-riding program at Stagecoach Trails is second to none. With over 360,000 acres of natural western desert beauty at the foot of the Mohave and Hualapai mountains you will see nothing but beautiful desert scenery surrounded by cactus and mountain ranges. For beginner riders there are slow scenic rides amongst the cactus landscape and for those more adventurous and experienced there is trotting and loping in the desert washes.

Arizona dude ranch

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch, Arizona

Once you are done riding there are plenty of activities to choose from like renting an ATV for a guided ride in the desert mountains or mountain biking for a quieter exploration of the cactus trails. Hiking is a lot of fun too as there is a lot of native wildlife to see and during the warmer months you can kick back and relax around the pool and take in the breathtaking mountain scenery. On cooler nights guests can unwind around a crackling fire in the courtyard and sing camp-fire songs or swap stories with other guests about their day’s adventures.

Stagecoach Trails Guest ranch promises an authentic dude ranch experience where everyone is welcome. So take a step back in time and join your hosts and their staff for a memorable dude ranch vacation.

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker Photo of the Week! Bar 10 Ranch

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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!

Bar 10 Ranch

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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.