American Cowboy Magazine highlighted “The Best Ranch Vacations of the West” in a nine page article in the June July 2009 issue written by Mark Bedor. Here is the link to the article…check it out!!
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May 17th, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
May 14th, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
Thought I would share this great article with you that was on the http://www.examiner.com/ written by Melanie Pahl.
This is the first in a series on the guest ranches of Colorado.
Ever wanted to try your hand at cattle herding or feel what it’s like to ride the open range as the cowboys used to do in early Western movies? There are guest ranches all over Colorado that are still functioning as they have for decades and the owners are willing to share this western way of life. READ MORE…
May 13th, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
By: Tammy Tucker
There are countless people who have planned a destination vacation, gotten excited, only to end up disappointed, angry and frustrated at the outcomes. Many of the resort type packages offered are bare minimum activity plans, meaning you have to fill your stay with things to do. If you want to spend the day out hiking, you plan the path, the trails and any of the stops. If you decide to travel to a popular destination, it can mean hours of long waits, crowded places, and over priced food. There are easier options to bring you and your family closer.
Dude ranch adventure vacations are the way to go for families seeking the thrill of an amusement park, without the crowds. Our guest ranch has every part of your perfect holiday, all rolled into one great place. Start your adventure the minute you arrive. Pulling into our dude ranch parking lot, you will leave your car behind for the entire trip. No traffic jams or congestion to worry about up here. Everywhere you want to go will be done by horseback riding or your own two feet. Your experience will be a once in a lifetime adventure, so everything about our Durango dude ranch is meticulously thought out and planned, allowing you to start relaxing the minute you step out of your vehicle.
A guest ranch resort is different than any type of vacation you have been on. Instead of worrying about your children becoming bored, you will find them making friends instantly. This is because the resort guests become part of a close group of friends. Your children will be busy with different activities’ thanks to our dude ranch kid programs. Watch them fall asleep soundly every night without a battle, and enjoy the quiet one on one time. With the children doing their own activities you are able to do what you want – something strange, I’m sure.
Spend time getting to know your horse. It will be simple, with endless journeys into the national park mountain forest, enjoying the stunning panoramic views. Partake in one riding adventure after another discovering all the sights our guest ranch has to offer. If horseback riding vacations aren’t for you, enjoy the endless activities offered every day at Colorado Trails guest ranch.
Find your sense of adventure with our river rafting trip or power tubing on the crystal clear waters. Search through the forest for the perfect view of the breathtaking landscape on one of many hiking trails. After a day of thrill, relax in the soothing hot tub, feeling the cool evening breeze at your back
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Colorado Trails Ranch is dude ranch in Durango, CO offering activities including horseback riding, western dancing, fly fishing, and much more. Call us today to plan your family reunion with us. www.coloradotrails.com
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March 30th, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
March 27th, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
At an authentic working cattle ranch the main emphasis is our horse and cattle program. You’ll experience horses that are comfortable working cattle, or just leisurely heading out and exploring country. Great riding, good ranch horses, where there is little to no head-to-tail riding. Riding is our main activity and will match you to the right horse for your riding ability. Beginner riders to experienced leave here with more knowledge about horses, horsemanship, and cattle, than they’ve experienced anywhere else.
March 17th, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
March 3rd, 2010 by Kim @ The DRA
Hidden Meadow Ranch, an Arizona mountain hideaway, has been selected as the winner of prestigious 2010 Awards for Excellence – earning title of “Most Excellent Ranch” for the second time in three years.
Greer, AZ (February 25, 2010) — Hidden Meadow Ranch, a White Mountains hideaway in northeastern Arizona, has been named a winner of the 2010 Awards for Excellence, a program of Condé Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide from the most trusted name in travel publishing, Condé Nast Publications Ltd. The program honors outstanding properties throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
November 19th, 2009 by Kim @ The DRA
Thinking about a winter escape…here are a few to think about!
Come experience wintertime in Wyoming at the Heart Six Ranch! Snowmobile through fluffy white snow in Yellowstone National Park or the Continental Divide. For those who prefer the quiet of nature, you can ski or snowshoe through our groomed trails. A great meal and a cozy cabin await you at the end of your day.
If snowmobiling doesn’t strike your interest, we’ve got miles of groomed trails for you to explore by cross country skis or snowshoes. Both are available for rental or you can bring your own. This is a quiet backwoods experience with great views of the Buffalo Valley, perfect for both young and old alike.
Cozy log cabins await you at the end of your day. All of our rooms are modern, carpeted, and nicely decorated. Many of the cabins have fireplaces or wood-burning stoves and wonderful views. Finish off your evening by curling up by the lodge fire place with a good book or a loved one.
To start planning your next holiday get away, you can visit us on the web at www.heartsix.com, or call (307) 543-2477.
The Home Ranch transforms into a ski lodge during the winter months. We offer cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, winter horseback riding and tubing on the ranch. As an Orvis endorsed lodge, fly fishing is always an option as well. The Yampa river in Steamboat has open water all winter long or try your luck on the Elk before it blows out in March.
With 25 km of groomed trail on the ranch and endless miles of off ranch powder you are bound to find the perfect spot. You may downhill ski in nearby Steamboat Springs. We use local outfitters for snowmobiling and dog sledding.
If all these sports seem too exhasting, treat yourself to the less strenuous activities we offer. Indulge yourself with a cup of tea in front of the fireplace, browse through our library with its comfy couches, soak in the private hot tub on you cabin porch, or melt into a massage. And if shopping is what you’re after, you’ll enjoy the ranch’s Mustang Mercantile or the bustling town of Steamboat.
March 22nd, 2009 by Kim @ The DRA
Imagine a place where your teenager can’t have a cell phone, a video game, or a television, and yet has such a good time they weep when it’s time to leave, and beg you to come back. There really are such places. They’re called Dude Ranches. “Of all the things we’ve done… and we’ve done, I think, some nice things with our daughters… England and France and things like that … this is it!,” says Clyde Wetzel of Washington state, “This is the best vacation… and we’re coming back next year.”
We met Wetzel and his family at the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch, a gorgeous, rustic and historic property set in a picturesque mountain valley that features a world class trout stream. Horses are the center of this traditional Montana dude ranch, with horseback rides tailored to the age and ability of the rider. Don’t ride? Don’t worry! There’s no better place to learn than at a dude ranch. And the view from the back of a horse is the perfect way to explore the vast and pristine wilderness of this ranch and its adjoining National Forests, just outside Yellowstone National Park.
Once you’re back at the ranch, you’re still away from the world. Like most dude ranches, there are no telephones or TV’s in the cabins. There is internet access in the rustic main lodge, but you’ll have a better time if you take a break from the computer screen, and gaze instead at a crackling fire in the huge stone fireplace of a lodge built back in the 1920′s. Or, step outside in the evening and rediscover the stars, that shine brighter is this pure clean air than you’ve ever seen before.
Some guests still fly in on the grass landing strip. Dinners are served family style. An evening softball game of kids and parents in a grassy meadow hearkens back to a simpler time. This very well maintained property looks much the same as it did 50 years ago. But that’s a big part of its appeal that keeps families coming back for generations. “This place is kinda like a time warp,” says Chicago architect Michael Graham, here for the third year in a row with his wife and three daughters. “I think people like it because it doesn’t change at all. I mean, its completely family centered.”
The Nine Quarter Circle is one of the more than 100 member ranches of the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA). Located from Arkansas to California, British Columbia to Arizona, these properties are located in and help preserve some of the most beautiful areas of North America. Each one is different, with its own unique history, and spectacular scenery.
Many are family oriented. Others cater more to adults, with some featuring
special weeks targeted toward women, singles or even quilters. Prices, programs and activities can vary. But they all offer a chance to step away from the hectic world of schedules, blackberries and telephones, and get a taste of the authenticity of the American West. It’s an opportunity to discover the peace and majestic beauty of the land, to learn to ride and appreciate horses, and get reacquainted with your family. And once you check in, you can leave your wallet in the room. Dude Ranch rates typically include all your lodging, food, horseback riding and other activities.
Plus, a ranch visit doesn’t include standing in long lines on hot asphalt, traffic jams, or worries about strangers at a hotel. Dude ranches are safe places, where children can run free without fear. Many offer comprehensive children’s programs that can keep the kids busy and happy all day long, so parents can have a vacation too!
And what a vacation it can be! Some dude ranches can take you on a multi-day pack trip high into the wildest corners of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll photograph places few people will ever set foot in, and be amazed at the kind of back-country cuisine your experienced guides can provide. Other ranches offer white water rafting on the scenic rivers that flow right through their property. Dude ranches are paradise for those who love to fish. Many offer fishing guides, instructors, and even the equipment to help a novice learn the finer points of casting. Come fall some ranches morph into hunting outfitters. And in winter, DRA ranches offer excellent cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter activities, and even a chance to horseback ride in the snow.
Looking for a winter escape from the cold? Head for the dude ranches of the Southwest, where you can experience summer like conditions in January, as you ride through the picturesque desert of Arizona. Mix in a game of golf, a dip in the pool, a nature hike, or even a mountain bike ride. And we haven’t even mentioned all the new friendships you’ll make that can last a lifetime.
Whatever ranch you choose at whatever time of year, they’re all tough to leave. There are often tears in the driveway when it’s time to go home, even among the adults. Once you’ve had a taste of a dude ranch, you may never want to go anywhere else again on vacation.
March 20th, 2009 by Kim @ The DRA
Return to the simple way of life, all inclusive ranch offers more for your dollar. A week now, memories forever.
Let’s face it, these last few years haven’t been the easiest of times. On days when things seem especially rough, think about what it must have been like out on the open range, it is time to “Cowboy Up”!
Getting back to the basic’s, the Cowboy way, a handshake was a deal…no papers involved, your dollar bought you food for a month not a candy bar and your word was true, more so than a signature.
Now is the time to step back and recapture your spirit of the west! This code of ethics is still found at North Fork Ranch & Fishing Lodge in Shawnee, Colorado, an easy one hour drive from Denver. A small family owned & operated ranch has taken great pride in welcoming in guests who have become ‘friends’ for over twenty four years. A traditional dude ranch in the summer months finds activities for the young at heart and adventurous alike. Enjoy a day out on the trail exploring the Rocky Mountains upon horseback, making the catch of a lifetime fly fishing in over two miles of private, pristine water, hike into the Alpine Wilderness or simply sit back, relax and rejuvenate counting the stars in the wide open skies.
Enjoy Colorado’s newest Orvis Endorsed Lodge year round. Resting on the banks of the North Fork of the South Platte River, thousands of pounds of teeming trout are awaiting. Fireside dining with a gourmet flare & intimate accommodations are far from a night of beans and the cold ground.
A handshake & a fair deal is the Cowboy way. An all inclusive rate ensures that you will receive more for your dollar than ever before and there’s not even an extra charge for the memories you take home for a lifetime. It takes Real courage to Invest, it’s a promise.