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Specialty Retreats – Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat

August 24th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Nine Quarter Circle Quilt Retreat

Piecing together inspiration and friendship at the Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat Quilting was both an essential skill and form of art on the frontier. That’s why, starting more than 20 years ago, the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch  celebrates with the annual Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat.  For a week each fall, the ranch is open to quilters to join international artists who teach techniques while sharing new patterns and ideas. Each year the instructors design a pattern associated with the ranch and its surrounding beauty.You can quilt to your heart’s content, drawing inspiration from the retreat classes as well as from… Read More

If the Horse Fits

August 17th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

G Bar M Ranch Montana if the Horse Fits

More and more people are seeking to use their vacation time to explore new, unique hobbies and sports that can’t be found in their own backyards. A guest ranch is the perfect destination for visitors to discover new pastimes like horseback riding, a popular activity among guests at the more than 100 dude ranches that make up the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA). Saddling up can be intimidating to first-time riders. Just like shoes, it’s important for guests to find the horse and riding style that is their “perfect fit.” The DRA is an expert when it comes to matching dude… Read More

Team Work Makes the Dream Work – Ranch Team Building

August 10th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Staying on a dude ranch will offer tons and tons of activities in addition to horseback riding. At an Idaho ranch you can take your family and/or your coworkers for a week long, adventure filled vacation with activities designed for team building. For starters, there are challenge courses, zip lines, climbing walls, cattle work and river rafting. Then, once the team work is completed you can enjoy some solitude in the mountains.  Take a look at the different specialties offered.   Challenge Course At the Red Horse Mountain Ranch the challenge course is unlike any other experience you will have…. Read More

This Summer’s Best Fishing Trip: Colorado Fly Fishing

August 3rd, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

C Lazy U Ranch Fly Fishing

For so many anglers, both amateur and pro, there’s nothing quite like Colorado in the summertime. Colorado fly fishing is some of the best to be had. For a fly fishing vacation with exclusive access to private territory and trained guides, C Lazy U is ready with an Orvis-certified experience for all skill levels – even the kids! Fly fishing 101 While fly fishing has a reputation of taking a lifetime to master, first-timers are often charmed by its intuitiveness. After some practice, the cast begins to feel even more natural than casting with a spinning reel. So what is… Read More

4 Different Horsemanship Clinics

July 27th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Rocking Z Bareback Jumping

The Dude Ranchers’ Association is home to many ranches who offer many specialty experiences. Horsemanship clinics are one of those specialties. All of the ranches have their lively hood invested in their horse program for their guests. Ranging from a mighty few horses to herds over two hundred, each horse is well known and cared for as an individual.  There are a few ranches listed that would love to bring you into, or take you deeper into your understanding of how horses operate and how we can effectively communicate with them.  Often times you might realize and understand just as… Read More

A Splendid Ranch Wedding

July 20th, 2016
By Manuela Stefan


I have experienced quite a bit of serendipity since horses came into my life. They have brought me to amazing places around the globe and have introduced me to some formidable people. I have photographed weddings for years and have enjoyed creative adventures with horses all over the world. These avenues came together and I have been presented with incredible opportunities to capture the relationship and profound connection between humans and their horses. I traveled to the American West a few years ago and my soul felt at home. I have been to a few ranches and absolutely loved the… Read More

Destination – California Ranch

July 13th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Marble Mountain Ranch Saddle and Paddle in California

With 163,696 square miles and 8,436 miles of coast California is home to more than just Hollywood and Silicon Valley. It is home to far more acres of recreation and history than you can imagine. Take yourself and your family into a secret corner for a vacation experience on a ranch. The Dude Ranchers’ Association recommends four guest ranches of the highest quality spread out along the state of California. California Starting from the Northwestern corner of the state in the Klamath National Forest there is the Marble Mountain Ranch. This ranch specializes in what they call the ‘Saddle and… Read More

Yoga on your Vacation at the Ranch

July 6th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Vista Verde Yoga

“I expected to do some yoga and horseback riding. What I did not expect was the opportunity to connect with other women, with the horses, the physical place and with my self. All this has been a wonderful surprise…”~  Paula N., Austin, TX Like many other individuals Paula experienced something special on her ranch vacation that involved more than just a class. Being submerged in Western ranch culture for a week will take you on a journey of geographically beauty and connection with yourself and other guests.  Some of this will start in an instructor lead yoga class and continue… Read More