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Get a Dose of Nature Therapy at a Dude Ranch

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Every day, you wake up to face a never-ending whirlwind of bills, drama, family feuds, nagging, traffic jam, messes, to-do lists, phone calls, emails, social media alerts, money problems. If you didn’t get a headache just reading all this, kudos on being quite resilient. But let’s be serious, life can be quite tough and almost overwhelming. This is why you can’t wait to hit the gym, indulge at the spa or simply share a meal with friends from time to time. However, there’s an even better therapy for your daily woes, one that you probably never heard of before: Ecotherapy.

Ecotheraphy

Also known as green therapy or natural therapy, ecotherapy allows you to go back to Mother Nature and absorb her healing power. Be it through a walk in the open range or a canoe trip on a river, you’ll get the following five advantages of this alternative form of healing.

#1) Withdrawal from Every Day Stress Triggers

Everything around you is a stress trigger, starting from your personal life to your career. However, leaving everything behind and stepping into nature will help you clear your mind. In fact, a 2010 Japanese study revealed that elements of the environment such as the smell of wood or the sound of a running stream can relax and de-stress individuals. The latter was proven by lower levels of cortisol, a lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure.

#2) Better Chances against Disease 

There are many reasons why doctors have started prescribing a dose of nature. While there isn’t any concrete research proving the effects of nature on a particular condition, there are many studies that paint a hopeful picture of the efficiency of ecotherapy. For starters, Kathy Helzlsouer, MD, director of the Prevention and Research Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore recommends that breast cancer survivors step outdoors more. That way, they can counter the persistent fatigue that follows their treatment and ultimately improve their diet and exercise habits.

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RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Spotted Horse Ranch

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Make Spotted Horse Ranch, located near Jackson Hole, top on your list for your next dude ranch vacation. You will find life laid-back at this Wyoming ranch where you will feel as if you have returned to a simpler time similar to the old west. The pace is different here- leisurely, comfortable and relaxing-but never boring!

Choose from fly-fishing, hunting, and a scenic float trip on the Snake River or white water rafting for the more adventurous traveler. For those guests who want to get a taste of the wilderness that surrounds the ranch there are overnight pack trips available. And of course, there are daily trail rides to choose from. Come experience thousands of acres of scenic forest lands. Don’t forget your camera as you will be treated to majestic mountain vistas and valleys of wildflowers all from atop one of Spotted Horse Ranch’s Appaloosa horses.

Wyoming Guest Ranch

Spotted Horse Ranch

Two nights a week during the summer months the ranch hosts evening cookouts. Live entertainment provided by local talent and the smell of steaks grilling over an open-fire will take you back to a time gone-by. There is also volleyball, ping-pong, square dancing and horseshoes to try your hand at while taking a break from the more energetic activities. For the ultimate in rest and relaxation, guests are taken to the local hot springs for a dip in the natural “hot tub.” There are even great hikes close by, so you can warm up a bit before, well, warming up!

Guests stay in comfortable individual cabins made of log featuring modern conveniences from home have spacious rooms with private baths and all embody the true spirit of the West. In the main lodge you’ll find the dining room that overlooks the Hoback River as well as a living-room with a beautiful rock fireplace and lounge. Other main features include a sauna, whirlpool, video library, and laundry facility.

Spotted Horse Ranch truly has something for everyone so make your next summer vacation a dude ranch vacation!

Happy Trails!

RanchSeeker’s Photo of the Week: Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Just north of Yellowstone Park, in McLeod Montana, at the end of a gravel road you will find Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch. Wild, remote and situated in a breathtaking mountain setting with acres upon acres of pristine wilderness awaits a fun-filled vacation spot for you and your family away from the distractions and hustle and bustle of everyday life. With a maximum of 20 guests per week you will come to feel as though you are part of the ranch’s close knit family as you receive a personal touch that only a small family dude ranch can offer.

Come explore and discover exhilarating mountain wilderness experiences like horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, a scenic boat float trip along the Yellowstone River and a fun jeep trip to visit ghost mining towns and an alpine lake. Two or three nights a week you can join in the campfire cookouts which provide the opportunity to enjoy tasty cuisine, play volleyball, try your hand at horseshoes, practice roping, or simply just kick back and relax by a blazing campfire and share stories and songs.

Montana Guest Ranch

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

A vacation at this Montana guest ranch will teach you new skills while you enjoy the rugged landscapes and crisp outdoor air and warm sun on your back. It is the perfect ranch for re-connecting with loved ones and making new friends in a beautiful setting.

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch is the ideal vacation choice for you if you are looking for a place with quiet solitude and breathtaking scenery. Leave your everyday worries behind and experience true warm western hospitality and unique outdoor adventures balanced with peace and tranquility.

Happy Trails!