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Archive for 2011

Ranch Histories – Rancho de la Osa

November 21st, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Another great bit of Arizona dude ranch history from Arizona Dude Ranch Association. Rancho De La Osa has a colorful past that is woven into the pages of Arizona and U.S. history. In the late 17th Century, the fertile Altar Valley was settled by Spanish Jesuits. Father Eusebio Kino and his followers built a mission outpost on the ranch, which was used for more than a century to trade with the local Indians. The ranch property is part of the original three million acre land grant given by the King of Spain to the Ortiz brothers of Mexico in 1812…. Read More


Ranch Histories – Hidden Meadow Ranch

November 18th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Another great bit of history from the Arizona Dude Ranch Association’s site…Enjoy! The original property that became Hidden Meadow Ranch was homesteaded by frontiersman John Chellis Hall and his family in 1916. The Halls were originally from Utah and migrated to Eagar, Arizona — the watershed of the Little Colorado River. Pop Hall homesteaded the ranch in 1916, and President Harding signed the Homestead Agreement. Pop built a cabin and corral and used hewn logs to create an aqueduct to bring water down to the cabin from Patterson Spring. Pop Hall drove a buckboard wagon to Greer every week for… Read More


Ranch Histories – Flying E Ranch

November 17th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Another great bit of history from the Arizona Dude Ranch Association’s site…Enjoy! Flying E Ranch – The original 3,000 acre, working cattle ranch was purchased in the early 1940’s by Lee Eyerly of Salem, Oregon. Lee fashioned a ranch brand “E” with wings on the first initial of his surname, thus registering the Flying E brand. With the cattle industry not making ends meet, Lee and his group decided to change course and built the original lodge and eight guest rooms along with a picturesque “Oregon” type barn, corrals and 3200 foot airstrip. In 1946 he switched from a private… Read More


Ranch Histories – Elkhorn Ranch

November 15th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Found this great bit of information on the Arizona Dude Ranch Association’s site…thought I would share the history with you! About fifty miles southwest of Tucson, you will find Elkhorn Ranch nestled into the foothills of the Baboquivari Mountains. Ranching heritage lives strong in the working landscape of the Altar Valley, where the Millers raise horses and neighbors operate successful cattle ranches. The third generation of the Miller family carries on guest ranching traditions pioneered by their grandparents, Grace and Ernest Miller, in the Gallatin Canyon of Montana. In 1945, the Millers found an ideal winter ranch location at what… Read More


Ranch Histories – Circle Z Ranch

November 7th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Found this great bit of information on the Arizona Dude Ranch Association’s site…thought I would share the history with you! Circle Z Ranch The Circle Z Ranch, which started as a sheep-herding operation in the 1880’s, was developed as a dude ranch in 1925 when the Zinsmeister family of Germany purchased the 5,000-acre spread from the Sanford family who had homesteaded the property. It was the golden age of dude ranching and the Dude Rancher’s Association was just forming. The facilities were opened in 1926 with a capacity of 24 guests. Over the next few years, it was increased to… Read More


Ultimate Montana Winter Vacation Packages in Big Sky, Montana

November 4th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Winter 2011/2012 Lone Mountain Ranch Packages Announced Ultimate Montana Winter Vacation packages in Big Sky, Montana Big Sky, Mont. (Oct. 25, 2011) — Fly rods are being stored in the barn (save a few for winter fly fishing!) and the Nordic skis are being waxed. The transformation of the landscape from lush green to the golden hues of autumn mean that winter snows will soon blanket the magical region of Big Sky, Montana —a mountain playground with a rich history and vibrant soul in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the Rocky Mountains. Lone Mountain Ranch is a historic summer and… Read More


How to Select the Perfect Ranch for Your Dude Ranch Vacation

November 2nd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Now is the time to start planning your next Dude Ranch Vacation!  We thought it might be helpful to provide some information on how to find the perfect ranch for you.  Everyone has different ideas and visions on what that ideal ranch vacation should be like, so here are some suggestions to help you weed your way through all of the options.  While you are on your quest for that ultimate ranch experience, don’t hesitate to call us here at the office for help!  We would love to talk to you!  You can reach us at 1-866-399-2339 or 1-307-587-2339. How… Read More


Guest Ranch and Dude Ranch Vacations

November 1st, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Posted on VacationChoices.com October 26, 2011, 2:48 pm, by Miranda Young Sometimes the hustle and bustle of city life becomes simply too complacent.  The constant busyness seems to continue night and day and one activity just runs into the next.  Taking a vacation and merely relaxing often is little more than a pause from the daily race before starting it up again.  Instead, consider taking an opportunity to reset, renew and experience a little adventure and a unique piece of American heritage on a guest ranch. The guest ranch, or dude ranch, has been a part of American culture since… Read More



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