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Guest Ranch Vacations: Get Right With Winter Fun

12/10/2018 9:06:00 AM

The following blog was originally posted in Ranch & Reserve Magazine's winter edition.

Once again, a magical time of year is upon us. With shorter days come colder temperatures and the scattered remnants of fall will soon be covered by a glistening white blanket of snow. For some, winter means hunkering down at home and bundling up under thick duvets until spring pokes up its welcome head in March or perhaps booking a vacation at some tropical destination. But for others, it signifies a world of exciting outdoor activities in the crisp fresh air, that are only available during a few months of the year. Snow enthusiasts embrace the opportunity to cross country ski, hit the slopes for downhill skiing, snowshoe across pristine snowy landscapes or tackling varied terrains on a snowmobile. And for die-hard equestrians and newcomers alike, nothing compares to the sound of crunching snow underfoot as rider and horse hit the trails surrounded by snow-capped mountain ridges or valleys.  



(photo courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek)

Of course, wintertime also represents the opportunity to chill out, pun intended, as well as indulge in culinary delights. Above all, it is a festive season that brings families together to celebrate time-honoured traditions that are enjoyed from generation to generation. But it’s also that time of year when people are thinking about fresh beginnings and are more open to new experiences as the year comes to a close.  It is the ideal time to shake things up and try something different.  This year, instead of staying at home, heading to a beach or ski resort, consider choosing a guest ranch for an exhilarating winter vacation.  The Ranch at Rock Creek, Latigo Ranch and Western Pleasure Ranch provides exceptional outdoor winter activities to choose from, cozy accommodations, hearty gourmet meals and the opportunity to create everlasting memories and new family traditions for the whole family to enjoy!

The Ranch at Rock Creek,  a Forbes Travel 5-star dude ranch located in picturesque Montana, offers year-round adventure-packed vacations. Families or couples seeking the ultimate winter experience can choose from a list of over twenty thrilling activities that include UTV tours, downhill skiing at nearby Discovery Ski area, and ice skating. Of course, relaxing by a roaring fire, treating yourself to spa treatments (for an additional fee) and feasting on gourmet food are all part of the all-inclusive luxury vacation experience here. Rates also include equipment, gear and professional guides so that you can leave all your bulky gear at home.  If a stress-free adventure-filled vacation with just the right amount of relaxation is what you are looking for this season, then The Ranch at Rock Creek fits the bill. 

At a Glance:

Experience More This Winter: Stay 3 nights between December 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019 and receive a complimentary 4th night (excepting peak holiday weeks and seasonal celebrations).

Included excursions to Discovery Ski Area with ski concierge

Twice-daily guided on-ranch adventures are included in your stay

Special winter activities and year-round activities: horseback riding, shooting sports and photography classes

Reduced winter season rates

Special winter activities and events are subject to change due to weather, snow and safety conditions

The Ranch at Rock Creek also offers two festive holiday celebration specials. For more details: 

https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/special/holidays-at-the-ranch/ 

https://www.theranchatrockcreek.com/special/new-years-eve-in-montana/ 



( photo courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek)

Two hundred inches of snowfall (on average), fifty kilometers of groomed XC Trails and two hundred square miles of back-country powder are what you can expect at Colorado’s Latigo Ranch  during the winter months. Whether you come for just the day to ski or stay for a week, you’ll enjoy world-class trails as well as good old-fashioned ranch hospitality. This skier’s paradise, as well as all the other exciting winter activities, keep guests coming back year after year. Snow-shoeing, sledding, fat biking and tubing guarantee fun times will be had by all while enjoying the great outdoors. 

Lots of opportunities exist to rest and relax while staying at the ranch. After working up a healthy appetite adventuring outside, dine on gourmet contemporary cuisine and sinful desserts. Once dinner is done, engage in a friendly game of ping pong or foosball with your fellow guests in the main lodge, or take a dip in the hot tub and marvel at the beauty of the surrounding mountains. At the end of the day retire to your modern log cabin and cozy up beside a crackling fireplace or wood-burning stove. Latigo Ranch is truly a winter wonderland.

At a Glance:

Winter Rates

December 22, 2018 — March 17, 2019

Daily Rates Per Person (Inclusive)

Adult (14+): $200*

Children (6-13): $130*

Children (5 & Under): Free

Daily Skiing & Fat Biking Rates

Reservations Required

Trail Fee $20

Lunch: $25

 *Rates Include All Tax & Gratuity



( photo courtesy of Latigo Ranch)

Last but certainly not least scenic North Idaho’s Western Pleasure Guest Ranch,  situated on 1100 acres, embodies the true spirit of the west throughout the year. However, when the temperature drops, and the snow begins to fall, the ranch is transformed into a veritable winter playground. Whether you prefer to spend your time downhill or cross-country skiing, fat biking, or relaxing in the spa Western Pleasure Guest Ranch features five distinct experiences to choose from. All packages include a hearty ranch breakfast served in the main lodge for the duration of your stay. 

At a Glance:

Log Cabin or Lodge Room Getaway Schweitzer Ski Packages:

This all-inclusive ski package includes one day of skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, and a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride for two.

Two-Night All Inclusive Log Cabin Ski Vacation Package:

$620.00/Couple (plus taxes)

Two-Night All Inclusive Lodge Ski Vacation Package:

$500.00/couple (plus taxes)

*Packages not available December 20th – January 1st*


Spa Package:

Kick off your vacation with a romantic sleigh ride for two. Then, indulge yourself with a day of absolute pampering while you enjoy the services at the Highlands Day Spa North Spa in Sandpoint. Your “Just the Two of Us” package includes a foot bath and foot massage (25 minutes) and a relaxing 55-minute full body massage for each of you.

Two Night Cabin Rate:

 $675.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate:

 $585/couple (plus taxes)

*Packages not available December 20th – January 1st.



(photo courtesy of Western Pleasure Ranch)

Snowmobile Package with Selkirk Powder Co.:

Adventure seekers, whether newbies or experts, can satisfy their need for speed snowmobiling along the splendid back-country wilderness trails.

Two Night Cabin Rate:

$770.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate:

$640.00/couple (plus taxes)

Additional people may be added for $200.00 per person

*Packages not available December 20th – January 1st

 Cross-Country Ski Package:

Enjoy the snow without the hassle of crowded mountain slopes by utilizing the 10+ kilometers of groomed ski trails located around the ranch for your peaceful cross-country skiing pleasure.  This package also includes your own private horse drawn sleigh ride.

Two Night Cabin Rate:

$440.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate:

$350/couple (plus taxes)

*Package not available December 20th – January 1st


Fat Bike Package:

Explore the 10 + kilometers of trails on a fat bike, ideal for snow packed terrain and winter fun. A private horse drawn sleigh ride rounds off your stay. 

Two Night Cabin Rate:

$520.00/couple (plus taxes)

Two Night Lodge Room Rate: 

$430/couple (plus taxes)

*Package not available December 20th – January 1st


This season let RanchSeeker  help you find an exciting alternative for your winter getaway. Now more than ever, we could  all benefit from some time out and what better way to do that than at a guest ranch rediscovering invigorating outdoor winter activities surrounded by such immense beauty?

Happy Trails!


Cyber Monday Sale Southern Cross Guest Ranch

11/26/2018 5:36:38 AM



Bargain hunters don’t miss out on Southern Cross Guest Ranch’s Cyber Monday Sale with SAVINGS of over $450!

The wait is over!  The ranch’s immensely popular Cyber Monday Sale is here today! 

2-Night Vouchers Are On Sale Monday, November 26

Save over $450 on 2-night stays in 2019.

 Sale begins at 12 Noon EST on November 26th

 Treat yourself or loved ones as a gift. Ideal for business contacts too.

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2-NIGHT STAY VOUCHERS
Save over $450

The Very Popular Two-Night, Two-Person All-Inclusive Plan Voucher 

(up to a $1044 value for 2 people). 

Buy 2 and stay for 4 nights! 

Just $589 including all taxes 



Don’t wait too long since the ranch stay vouchers usually sell out within 2 days. Please be sure to mention that you heard about this offer first through RanchSeeker.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a premier year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland and within an hour drive from Atlanta. Home to over 200 quality Paint and Quarter horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and peaceful, comfortable setting. The ranch invites you to experience their delightful accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and southern hospitality. The Southern Cross Ranch is a wonderful All-Inclusive vacation in a horse lover's paradise.

Happy Trails!

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Thanksgiving at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

11/8/2018 8:37:00 AM

Southern Cross Guest Ranch, conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland, is just under an hour’s drive from Atlanta. Upon arrival you will find a horse lover’s paradise which is home to more than 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program, unguided riding opportunities, and a peaceful, comfortable setting as well as good old-fashioned southern hospitality. 




Guests can choose from various things to do while on their all-inclusive vacation, but riding enthusiasts will be delighted to know that horseback riding is the featured activity at Southern Cross. For newbies lessons are available, if so desired, and each rider no matter what their skill level will be assigned their own horse for the duration of their stay based on individual skill level. For those looking for a real hands-on as well as bonding experience with their horse grooming and helping to tack your horse is encouraged by their well-trained staff. Daily riding excursions consist of small groups of three to seven riders and will take you across beautiful open pastures and lush wooded trails. The scenery surrounding the ranch is truly something to behold. 




When not in the saddle guests can either take a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a soothing soak in the hot tub. Vacation time can also be spent relaxing with a good book, playing pool, darts or foosball in the game room, riding mountain bikes, throwing horseshoes, shooting basketball or simply taking a nap after a delicious home-cooked meal. For longer stays guests can take advantage of the ranch's convenient location to visit many of Georgia's local attractions like golf courses, shopping, fishing, skeet shooting, museums, and much more.




During the autumn months vivid colour displays of fiery red, burnt amber and orange falling leaves as well as spectacular sunsets and brilliant harvest moons are part of everyday life at the ranch. When November rolls around it also means that Thanksgiving is drawing near and Southern Cross makes this holiday an event to remember! It is such a popular week of the year that it often sells out months in advance. In addition to their All-Inclusive schedule of meals and horseback riding, the ranch also cooks up a large Thanksgiving feast. Oven roasted turkey, baked ham, lamb, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, corn, and green beans, as well as all the traditional “fixin’s” make this a truly memorable meal. This year why not put your shopping list away, pull out your suitcase and book a Thanksgiving getaway at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Fill your days with fresh air, beautiful autumn-coloured infused scenery, fun activities, great food and make some memories that will last a lifetime.


                                                                           


If you can’t make it this year to celebrate be sure to add Southern Cross Guest Ranch to your vacation bucket-list since the ranch is open year-round giving you and your loved ones lots of time to plan that perfect guest ranch vacation. Make sure you bookmark the following link SOUTHERN CROSS GUEST RANCH since the ranch features lots of exciting special offers throughout the year.

Happy Trails!

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A Vacation at a Guest Ranch is FUN!

10/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

Are you tired of booking the same old type of vacation year after year? Looking to do something other than lazing around at the beach or exploring a new city and its sights? If so, read on. Aside form being a whole lot of fun a guest ranch or working ranch vacation will not only awaken your sense of adventure but also provide abundant opportunities to try something new.

Let RanchSeeker help you find the ideal ranch experience for you and your family, significant other or group of friends. Our website represents every type of ranch vacation available to fit your specific needs. Whether you are looking to travel during the summer, spring, fall or winter RanchSeeker has the ranch for you. With wide open spaces, unsurpassed breathtaking scenery and good old-fashioned hospitality, a vacation at a guest ranch will give you the chance to live a western way of life if only for a short while. 




Ranches listed on www.ranchseeker.com  offer a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking, water rafting, cross country skiing, swimming, archery, ice-fishing, tubing, sleigh rides and so much more. Since each guest ranch is unique be sure to use our Search For Ranches tool to find your perfect match. 

Accommodations vary from ranch to ranch. You’ll find everything from rustic to luxurious rooms or cabins as well as chalets ideal for larger groups. And mealtimes are always a special event at any guest ranch. Whether you dine on hearty home-style cooked meals or gourmet fare prepared by an in-house chef you will be delighted by the variety of delicious choices available to choose from.



Photo courtesy of Red Reflet Ranch :

Guests enjoy 5 star luxury, extensive amenities, outstanding cuisine, and expansive chalets.

Built like a home with incredible views and luxurious living spaces, you’ll enjoy the highest level of comfort, convenience, and relaxation throughout your stay.


If you have always wanted to experience life as a cowboy be sure to check out the various working ranches on our site such as:

Laramie River Ranch 

Superior horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies. Fly fishing, cattle penning, and naturalist-led adventures round out your days. Comfortable accommodations, home-style meals, and evening entertainment make this a vacation you will never forget.




The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch 

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an upscale horsemanship, riding and working cattle guest ranch, located in the hamlet of Shell, WY (population 83), at the entrance of the majestic Shell Canyon and Big Horn National Forest in North-Central Wyoming. The Hideout is upscale when it comes to lodging, culinary experience and personal attention. Horsemanship, excellent riding, working cattle, hundreds of miles of trails, fly-fishing, trapshooting are some of the activities available at this resort.




Klondike Ranch  

More than a Wyoming dude ranch, we invite you to join us in the activities of our historical, working cattle ranch. You’ll get to enjoy riding, working cattle and camping out under brilliant Wyoming skies, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and taking in the vast beauty of the Bighorn Mountains.




The above 3 options as well as several others on RanchSeeker will have you feeling like an authentic cowboy in no time. 

Or perhaps you’ve always dreamed of riding across the Arizona desert surrounded by cacti while the sun dips below the horizon offering up one of those famous desert sunsets that must be seen first-hand to be truly believed…a magnificent moment that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The following 2 ranches will have you going back year after year.

Stagecoach Trails Ranch 

We have worked hard to create a special, friendly atmosphere where you can get a glimpse into the old west while enjoying the beautiful NW Arizona desert and all the peace and quiet one could hope for. Set up like a little Western town, our dude ranch will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time living the life of a true cowboy.




White Stallion Ranch 

Reconnect with nature, family, friends and serenity. Ride through the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and cactus that have brought Hollywood filmmakers to the ranch for over 70 years. Recognized nationally for excellence in service and value.




The above ranch links are just a small sampling of what you will find on RanchSeeker. Be sure to check out our next blog post to learn more about other guest ranch vacations available for you to book. Or better yet why not click on Search For Ranches and start exploring now. Your next exciting vacation is only a click away. 

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation today!


Last Minute Fall Special at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

10/3/2018 10:20:20 AM

Looking for a last-minute getaway? Look no further. This fall take advantage of New Mexico’s Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch’s 10% discounted sale price during October and November. Wake up to beautiful sunny days and a turquoise blue sky.  Horseback ride through awe inspiring deep canyons that will not only take you across crystal clear streams but also lead you to fascinating archaeological sites just full of interesting historical anecdotes.  




View pit houses, cliff dwellings, pictographs, pottery shards, and other artifacts from the Mimbres people, who once populated this land from 200-1150 AD. This area is also the birthplace of Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches’ homeland. During your visit your Informed guides will tell you all about Basque Sheepherders coming through the area, Cowboys, Outlaws and even Tin Mining as well. 

With an emphasis on horseback riding this small family owned guest ranch promises some of the most breathtaking scenery of untouched land in America that you will ever see. Here, you will also find abundant wildlife viewing opportunities, great food and a pleasant climate. When the sun sets guests are treated to a clear starlit studded sky free of any light pollution which means that the Milky Way as well as some planets can often be viewed as well.




Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, open March through mid-November, is a real western adventure! Take advantage of their fall discount and book your last-minute getaway now!

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your perfect guest ranch vacation today!


Check out Red Reflet Ranch's Exclusive Event

9/10/2018 11:59:00 AM

Do you live in Wyoming or are you thinking of going on a guest ranch vacation at a Wyoming ranch soon? If so, 

Don't Miss Out on this Exclusive Event!

 

 

"Depth of Winter"

Craig Johnson's new award winning novel in the Longmire series

 

 

Welcome to Walt Longmire's worst nightmare. In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the one-hundred-and-ten degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

 

 

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Novel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir and the Prix SNCF du Polar. His novella Spirit of Stamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, WY with a population of 25.

 

 

Feast like a Mexican Drug Lord while listening to capturing passages out of "Depth of Winter" read by Craig himself!

 

As Craig will spark your imagination with his skillful writing, our Chefs Clint Loftin and Randy Young will spark your tastebuds with the flavors of South American cuisine.

The sweet finish will be sought after by pastry Chef Stephanie Shaw.

 

 

 



September 29th 2018

Join Craig for a cold Rainier at 5:00pm and have him sign his new novel



Dinner at 6:30pm - by reservation only-

 

Limited seating, reserve your spot here

for $40.00 + beverages, tax & gratuity

or through email:redreflet@gmail.com

or phone:307-366-2340


Be sure to mention that you heard about Red Reflet Ranch's exclusive event on RanchSeeeker's blog.
Happy Trails!
Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List. What to Wear? What to Pack?

9/3/2018 12:00:00 AM

This week’s blog post is courtesy of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch.  You can see the original post here. 

So you’ve booked your dude ranch vacation and are counting the days until you arrive. Now you’re asking yourself, what do I wear to a dude ranch? What do I pack for a dude ranch vacation? It can be difficult to know where to begin when packing for such a unique vacation. Read on for some advice on what to pack for a dude ranch vacation and a dude ranch vacation packing list.   




What To Pack For A Dude Ranch Vacation

First on your dude ranch vacation packing list is what to wear.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small, informal ranch so dressing for meals is not required. In fact, guests often come to breakfast in their pajamas. We want you to be comfortable.

When you hit the trail, the weather is a big factor to take into account. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located west of the Continental Divide in the mountains of southwest New Mexico. We are at 6,500 feet elevation and that means summer days are pleasantly dry (no humidity!) and comfortably warm, while mountain evenings are cool and crisp. It is not uncommon to get 40-degree temperature swings from daytime high to nighttime low!




No matter what the weather, a cowboy hat with stampede string is recommended. Not only will you look cool, but it will keep the sun off you. And a stampede string will ensure that the hat stays on your head.

As far as jeans, we recommend Wrangler brand jeans as they don’t have the double sewn, inside leg seam. This helps to reduce skin chafing. If you don’t have Wranglers, bicycle shorts or pantyhose can also help prevent chafing. When it comes to shirts, both long and short sleeves are recommended. Because of the temperature swings, layering is a good idea. Even if it is warm, long sleeves are still good protection from branches and the strong sun.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List

The only thing we are strict about is riding/cowboy boots. We require boots with a heel and smooth sole. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pair of cowboy boots, we do have some to lend (please ask about sizes). Boot socks or tall socks that go as high as your boots will keep you comfy in your boots. Tennis shoes or hiking boots/shoes will come in handy if you decide to do some exploring around the ranch. Some guests choose to bring water shoes for wading/swimming/playing in the rocky creek during our picnic rides.

In the spring and fall, a heavy riding coat will keep you warm on those cool mornings and evenings. The rest of the year, a medium weight jacket will be just fine. Rain gear isn’t a huge necessity in New Mexico but we do provide full length riding rain slickers for all guests for those unexpected afternoon rainstorms.

It is a matter of personal preference if you want to bring riding gloves and chinks or chaps. We ask that guests not bring their own tack. We have excellent quality tack that is comfortable for our guests to ride in AND fits our horses. This is what you will ride in during your stay at our ranch.




Personal items to pack include a toothbrush, shampoo, lotion, band-aids, & other toiletries, camera, sunscreen, ChapStick, and sunglasses. You don’t have to worry about towels & other bedding, we provide those. Hairdryers are not provided & use is discouraged. We are off the grid and they draw too much current on our electrical system.

Finally, we don’t carry a liquor license so bring what you like as far as beverages (beer/wine/liquor). We do provide water bottles to carry when riding or hiking.

So are you all ready to get started on your dude ranch vacation packing list? Check out our page for items  ( https://www.geronimoranch.com/our-ranch/items-to-bring/ ) to bring and print out our handy dude ranch vacation packing list below to keep you on track.

Dude Ranch Vacation Packing List


                          


Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation today.


Cowboy Skillet Texas Hash

8/26/2018 12:00:00 AM

Just because your dude ranch vacation is over doesn’t mean that you can’t still eat like a cowboy at home. Skillet Texas Hash is a popular dish among cowboys since it kick starts the day off with lots of protein and nutrients to provide enough energy for the long day ahead. You may not be rustling up any cattle but everyone whether they spend their days out on the range or in an office can benefit from a hearty morning meal.

This delicious, savoury Texas hash recipe comes together quickly and could even be made ahead and heated up in the morning. Using a cast iron skillet will ensure that your hash will cook evenly, and (if seasoned properly) will give it amazing flavor.

An added bonus is it can all be prepared in just one pan which means less clean-up afterwards. Some people even enjoy this recipe for dinner too.


Skillet Texas Hash

Ingredients

6 to 8 red potatoes cubed

4 strips of bacon (turkey or pork) chopped (can substitute ground chorizo or sausage meat)

1 white onion diced

2 bell peppers chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 cup prepared salsa (optional)

3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

sour cream and sprigs of fresh cilantro to garnish

Olive oil

Salt and black pepper to taste


                                                            

Instructions:

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place bacon ( or chorizo or sausage meat) into the skillet and cook until bacon is crisp, 4- 5 minutes.

Meanwhile put potatoes, onion, bell peppers, garlic, cayenne pepper and cumin into a large bowl and toss to combine. Coat with olive oil and toss again. Add salt and pepper, to taste. 

Pour the contents of the bowl into the skillet. Continually stir potatoes until cooked thoroughly and begin to crisp *approximately 25 minutes*. Stir in the salsa (if using), then sprinkle cheese on top and broil 3- 4 minutes until bubbly. Carefully remove the hot skillet from grill and garnish with sour cream and cilantro. 

Serve while hot.

Yield:4-6 servings

Sounds yummy doesn’t it?

If you make this be sure to add a comment to our comment section and send us a picture.

Happy Trails!


The Perfect Combination

8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Often when one thinks of a guest ranch vacation top notch spa treatment don’t immediately come to mind as well. But that would be a mistake. Nowadays many guest ranches have invested in modern spa facilities that are frequently featured in travel articles that make the top 10 best spa resorts list. Imagine indulging in a relaxing massage after a day spent in the saddle horseback riding. Or you could simply book a stay at one of the ranch resort spas and fill your days up with various spa treatments as you gradually unwind surrounded by a spectacular wilderness setting. 

If you are need of some pampering consider the following ranches:

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch is truly unique. First off, it features two world class spas on site both of which offer treatments from different areas of the globe. Secondly, it has a Thai inspired element that includes a building designed by a famous Thai architect. It’s the only guest ranch of its kind. If you are seeking a one-of-a-kind western adventure with first class accommodations, healthy gourmet food and outstanding spa treatments then Echo Valley Ranch is for you. “Echo Valley Ranch is a delightful contradiction. It’s unnaturally natural, yet quietly luxurious.”

Spa Treatment Menu.




The Ranch at Rock Creek

Nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers year-round unique vacations on an authentic 19th century homestead. They balance Western adventure with lavish all-inclusive amenities. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable western experience.

Experience luxurious wellness in the wild. Their award-winning Granite Spa features signature spa treatments as well as the opportunity to take part in yoga classes, meditation, natural movement training and forest bathing.

Signature Spa Treatment Menu   

Additional Spa Treatments 




When it comes time to book your next vacation whether you are just looking for a spa destination or a guest ranch that offers lots of thrilling activities as well as top notch spa facilities add Echo Valley Ranch & Spa or The Ranch at Rock Creek to your list. 

Happy Trails!

Let RanchSeeker help you find your ideal guest ranch vacation. 


Never Ridden a Horse Before?

7/24/2018 8:33:57 PM

Even if you have never ridden a horse before you can still book that dream guest ranch vacation. Most guest ranches offer horseback riding lessons so that 1st timers can feel confident saddling up before joining more experienced riders out on the trails. Horseback riding is a thrilling activity, but it is important to learn a few of the basics before setting off on your ranch adventure.




Horseback Riding tips for Beginners:

1)      Before booking your guest ranch vacation find out whether the ranch that you want to go to offers lessons for first time riders. Let them know in advance that you would like to book some lessons with their experienced wranglers.

2)      Be sure to pack sensible riding attire.  If you don’t own any riding boots it isn’t necessary to buy them unless of course you want to. Most guest ranches supply cowboy boots in various sizes that you can use while staying there. Also, make sure that you take a couple pairs of jeans with you since your legs need to be covered to prevent chafing while in the saddle. 




3)      Request the use of a helmet whenever possible to protect your head in case you fall. And should you fall off try to get right back into the saddle to rebuild your confidence; however, if you really feel like you can’t then it’s best not to force yourself. You can always take a few more lessons and try again. But the key is to try again.

4)      Approach a horse diagonally from the front whenever possible to avoid their blind spot. Also use your voice to let your horse know that you're approaching them. Make sure you don’t make any sudden movements and use a gentle walking pace. You don’t want to creep up on them as horses are easily startled.

5)      For first time riders it is a good idea to use a mounting block. Position your horse in an open area then place the mounting block just under the stirrup on the left-side. Then make sure that your horse is paying attention and standing still as you don’t want him/her to walk off while you are trying to get on. Have someone hold the reins for you if you don’t feel comfortable yet doing that yourself. Finally put your left foot into the stirrup and pull your body up and over into the saddle.

6)      While riding your horse try to remain calm and relaxed. Horses can sense when you’re scared, nervous or relaxed and happy. If you give off a nervous vibe your horse may become jumpy, flighty and generally less compliant. Horses are predominately “flight” animals and your nervousness may be interpreted as a perceived threat nearby. Take a deep breath or chat with the other riders out on the trail to calm yourself and remember that horseback riding is fun!

7)      Keep your heels pointing slightly down to prevent your foot from sliding down in the opposite direction and getting caught up in the stirrup. This is important because if you do fall off you don’t want to be dragged by your horse. Also make sure your behind is firmly seated in your saddle to ensure a better riding position.

8)     Make sure you that keep your head up and look in the direction that you want your horse to go otherwise you will be sending a mixed message. Maintain a good posture and avoid waving your arms in the air since horses can be easily spooked. 




9)      To stop, pull your reins back and sit deep in your saddle. Don’t pull too hard as a horse’s mouth is very soft and sensitive. You can also accompany this action with a ''whoa.”'  Keep in mind if you pull back for too long you will be signalling to your horse that you want to back up. 

10)   Don’t forget to engage with your horse. Be affectionate with them. Before setting out make sure that you learn your horse’s name. Tell your horse what a good girl or boy they are and stroke them. Just like you talk with your dog or cat do the same with your horse. Give them treats like apples, sugar cubes or carrots if the wranglers give you the okay.




These are just a few of the skills and tips that you will learn about horseback riding if you are new to the sport. Once you have mastered the basics you will find that riding is a wonderful way to spend your time while on vacation. Although there are many fun activities to do at a guest ranch time in the saddle is by far one of the most enjoyable. Sit back, relax, take in the spectacular scenery and make a new friend.

Remember every rider was once a beginner!

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