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High Lonesome Ranch Review – A Colorado Dude Ranch that is the West at its Best

September 6th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Splash Magazine published a great review of The High Lonesome Ranch so I wanted to share it with you.  Hope you enjoy it! By Andrea Gross; photos by Irv Green With well over thirty dude ranches in Colorado, you wouldn’t think that there was a need for another one. But in May of 2012, High Lonesome Ranch, a luxury getaway for fly fishermen and big game hunters, began welcoming wannabe cowboys as well. The property, which is situated on the west slope of the Rockies, consists of 300 square miles of leased and permitted land. As such it is bigger… Read More

Colorado with kids: sleds, bikes, horses, fun

August 7th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


This is a great article about a family’s trip from Pennsylvania to Colorado.  Especially loved the part about Drowsy Water Ranch which I have highlighted below.  To read the entire article please click on the following link: Howdy, Colorado! The heart of our trip was three days at the Drowsy Water Ranch, where we donned cowboy boots, learned to ride horses and began to say howdy to everyone we met. Grand County has several dude ranches, but Drowsy Water was a no-brainer. It’s rustic and has been run for 36 years by the hands-on Fosha family, whose passion is… Read More

Hosting Guests Helps Ranchers Endure Lean Times

August 2nd, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Fount this article at Capital Press and thought you might enjoy it! By JOHN O’CONNELL Capital Press When cattle and sheep prices dipped eight years ago, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, rancher Ken Andrus and his family supplemented their income by opening their home to visitors. The customers still come from throughout the world to ride horses and experience the open space and cowboy life at the Andrus Guest Ranch. Andrus, the Republican chair of Idaho’s House Agricultural Affairs Committee, enjoys the stable revenue the side business generates and the opportunity to employ his children on the ranch, which he runs… Read More

Ride Horses Off Into the Sunset at These Great Family-Friendly Dude Ranches

July 18th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


I came across this great article from May 2010 issue of Travel & Leisure Magazine  and wanted to share it with you! From May 2010 By Lee Magill It’s a little past dawn as you and your family lead horses through a still-damp Colorado meadow, the awakening sun turning distant mountains a gorgeous shade of purple. The Continental Divide appears, and soon you arrive at a dramatic overlook, the Western wilderness stretched out before you. You dismount to find breakfast sizzling over a charcoal fire, and chow down in awestruck wonder. Riding horses at a dude ranch is one of… Read More

10 Great Dude Ranches for Families

June 4th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Saddle up at one of these dude ranches for families by: Of all the many trips I’ve taken with my family, I get the most questions about our horse back riding vacations.  It turns out I’m not the only one who with a cowgirl fantasy. When I planned our first dude ranch vacation, I used the Dude Rancher’s Association website (full disclosure: they are now an advertiser of ours). Using their search tool, I was able to browse their 100 member properties by amenity and then compare them side by side.  Here are ten that stood out: Averill’s Flathead… Read More

Dude Ranch Family Vacations

May 21st, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


 Written by Diana Lambdin Meyer Few vacations are more all-American than one that involves riding horses in the great open spaces of the American West. But if an adult-acquired fear of actually riding a horse compromises your willingness to fulfill your children’s vacation dreams of being a cowboy or cowgirl for a week, do not fear. There’s plenty for mom and dad and the entire family to do at many dude ranches other than ride horse. Think swimming holes or swimming pools, hikes in the woods, fishing, square dances, star gazing, bird watching, or just sitting in a lawn… Read More

The Horse We Shared at the Colorado Dude Ranch

May 14th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Posted on May 7, 2012 via A TRIBUTE TO CD, The Horse We Shared By Andrea Hansell      Our family first came to Rainbow Trout Ranch in July of 1997.   Before we arrived, I spent a good deal of time discussing horse choices with Jane on the phone.  I had enough riding experience to want a horse with some spunk, but being afraid of heights, I also wanted a horse that I could absolutely rely on to be cautious and sure-footed on steep trails.   Jane decided that the best horse for me was CD, short for Coupe DeVille.   On… Read More

Saddle up! – Group Adventure Travel

April 6th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


March 28, 2012 Looking for a unique, authentic way to enjoy the best of Arizona? Consider a visit to a dude ranch. At one of the nine ranches affiliated with Arizona Dude Ranch Association, it is possible to savor the real western lifestyle, where the world moves at a more relaxed pace and where horseback riding is an everyday treat. A girlfriends getaway, an intergenerational adventure or any other group outing can be enjoyed. The ranches are as diverse as the state, “ranging from the more traditional smaller, remote ranches, where horseback riding and ranching are the primary focus, to… Read More