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Book your Long Weekend Getaway at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

3/10/2020 11:48:14 AM

Located just a few hours northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a unique vacation destination.  Harmoniously blending adventure and exhilaration with relaxation and tranquility, Echo Valley Ranch is truly a magical place.

The 160-acre, interior mountain ranch location provides the perfect surroundings for breathtaking outdoor exploration. Guests can choose from on site eco-friendly adventures, or off-site touring with a host of local partners. Each outdoor excursion is designed to give visitors the opportunity to participate in the activity at their level (from beginner to advanced) and stay safe while discovering the beauty of the area.

Each accommodation style, from standard and premium lodge rooms, to cabins and the Royal Suite, provide guests with luxurious style, incredible views, and the comfort and warmth that makes Echo Valley special. The hosts at Echo Valley ensure that each guest feels at home, plus adding the extras that make your stay exceptional.




Guests are always delighted with the homegrown, organic, gourmet meals served each day at Echo Valley. Raising their own cattle and pigs, and incorporating all-natural ingredients into each dish prepared, the meals at Echo Valley are designed to invigorate, and provide optimum health benefits. The flavorful, delicious meals that guests enjoy are served ‘family style’ in their open kitchen. Sharing stories and forming friendships over a meal shared together is a highlight of the Echo Valley experience.

Offering a unique, authentic experience that will without a doubt refresh the body and mind, Echo Valley redefines luxury. With spectacular scenery in the Canadian wilderness, activities that focus on connecting with the natural balance of nature, and spa treatments that transport you to total relaxation, Echo Valley Ranch is an experience not to be missed. This Canadian oasis is awaiting your escape, and the team are ready to ensure your experience at Echo Valley Ranch is nothing short of magical.

“Echo Valley can custom-fit your Echo Valley experience to best suit your degree of pampering. From as little as $240 per person per night, all the way to that once-in-a-lifetime-all-inclusive-escape-that-truly-redefines-extravagance, we've got what you're looking for. Even if you didn't know you were looking for it.” 




For those looking for their next long weekend getaway look no further…

Your Long Weekend Getaway Awaits

British Columbia is filled with pristine nature and stunning landscapes, and a long weekend is the perfect time for a getaway. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a great destination at any time of the year, whether you want adventure, romance, or wellness and relaxation. Heaven on Earth is closer than you think ~ only 5 hours from Vancouver and 2.5 hours from Kamloops. For all pricing please refer to our rates page or get in touch with our reservations team anytime for assistance.

A Special Treat in the Spring

There's nothing like the fresh green of Spring after the Winter and not many things British Columbian's love more than the Victoria Day Long Weekend. Whether you treat yourself to a refreshing retreat or treat mom to a very special Mother's Day gift, this BC getaway weekend will give you a chance to connect and re-connect while enjoying all the fresh hues of green in our beautiful valley.

Canada Day in Echo Valley

O Canada! Our beautiful, breathtaking country turns 153 years old in 2020, and we invite you to be part of the Echo Valley Canada Day Celebration. Nothing but pure relaxation, pristine nature, gorgeous views - and of course delicious farm-fresh meals. Add campfires and s'mores, leisurely nature walks, and good company, for a perfect weekend. A Canada Day celebration among friends, with the Marble Mountain Range as backdrop.




Make Memories on BC Day Weekend

Soak up the summer sun and enjoy cool nights around the campfire during the best weekend of our Summer Family season. British Columbia proudly presents breathtaking nature and wilderness. Adventure and wellness come naturally in Echo Valley and we invite you to spend the BC Day Long Weekend with us, to truly indulge in what is one of the most beautiful places in BC. Whether you crave adventure or relaxation: we'll make your British Columbia Day Long Weekend trip memorable.

Welcome Fall on Labour Day Weekend

Spend the last long weekend of the summer in Echo Valley and catch the first breath of crisp Fall air. Relax. Breathe. Repeat. The change of the season is one of the most beautiful times in our valley; try out something you never have before and leave your getaway rested and ready for whatever September brings your way. How about gold panning or target shooting? We can't wait to hear which adventure you choose!



*See original long weekend source information HERE *

So start packing your bags and book your long weekend getaway today!

Happy Trails!

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Breakfast with White Stallion Ranch

2/26/2020 3:47:29 AM

There is nothing quite like homemade pancakes on a lazy weekend morning. Why not make them healthier by adding the super-food oats! The folks over at White Stallion Ranch in Arizona have provided us this yummy recipe for Oatmeal pancakes that is sure to please breakfast lovers.  This Oatmeal Pancake recipe is easy, delicious and healthy!

Great food is always an important part of any vacation. 

Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats 

2 cups buttermilk 

3 beaten eggs 

2 tablespoons sugar 

4 tablespoons butter (not oil) 

½ cup flour 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions:

Combine oats and buttermilk and let stand overnight

Combine the eggs, sugar and oil in a small bowl and beat together. Add to the oat/buttermilk mixture

Add flour, salt and baking soda. Add a bit of cinnamon if you like!

Cook on a hot griddle.

Enjoy!




White Stallion Ranch is a traditional dude ranch located in Tucson, Arizona. Nestled at the base of the beautiful Tucson Mountains on 3,000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert you will be surrounded by rugged mountains, cactus and unspoiled desert. With several different rides to choose from first-time trailblazers to life-long riders will have ample time to enjoy the beauty of the desert from atop a horse. The True family has one of the largest privately owned herds in Arizona which means they have the right horse for every guest.

The True family and their staff look forward to having you and your loved ones visit them on your next vacation. 




Happy Trails!

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Valentine’s at a Guest Ranch

1/20/2020 11:09:00 AM

For many couples, February 14th is a special day set aside to rekindle the spark of romance that flames a relationship. Whether a new couple, or long-time soul mates, a romantic get away at a guest ranch can without a doubt be a memorable experience whereby you ignite not only campfire flames, but a passion for the life you share together. There are several things to consider when selecting which guest ranch would be your perfect, romantic winter destination. With an abundance of options for accommodation styles, activity levels and interests you may have as a couple, you will need to do some research when planning. Below are just three guest ranch Valentine’s Day Specials to get you started:

Southern Cross Guest Ranch, considered “One of America’s Best Dude Ranches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, features quality All-Inclusive vacations in a horse lover’s paradise. The ranch is best known for its exceptional hands-on horseback riding program with unguided riding opportunities and is also home to well over 150 quality Paint and Quarter horses. Conveniently located in Central Georgia’s Historic Heartland and within an hour’s drive from Atlanta the ranch prides itself in providing good old southern hospitality, delightful accommodations, delectable cuisine and stimulating activities all year round. Here you will rediscover life’s more simple pleasures.

Whose relationship doesn't need more play time? Spend a romantic weekend with your special loved one 'Horsing Around' this Valentine's Day at Southern Cross Ranch.

Horses & Romance Couple's Package - February 14-17

-All meals (3x daily) with unlimited snacks and beverages

-Matching couple's Southern Cross Souvenirs

-Incredible Sweetheart Dinner with Champagne and Roses

-2 Tickets to Stefan Thomas Museum of Art 

-2 Tickets to the movies

-One 2 hour ride for two daily 

(one for each night staying)

2 nights* from $289 pp (arrive Fri or Sat**)

3 nights from $379 pp (arrive Thursday or Friday) 

*Only 5 rooms available for 2 night bookings

**No Sweetheart dinner available for Saturday arrival

Please click here to request quote and availability. 



Horseplay for Couples - February 14th

Two Hour Horseback Ride for Two

Sweetheart Dinner with Champagne and Roses

Feb 14th - $199/couple

Expiration date: 01/31/2020

See original offer HERE 




The Ranch at Rock Creek, in stunning Montana, is offering a stress-free couple’s adventure this year.

Big Sky Love Celebration

STAY 4 NIGHTS, RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY 5TH NIGHT

Valentine's & President's Day Weekend | February 13 - 17, 2020

Retreat to wild Montana for powder-filled days and fireside nights. Embrace lofty luxuries like all-inclusive skiing with our Ski Concierge, two daily guided activities, Relais & Châteaux pairing menus and celebration events – like a Champagne and caviar social hour, art in nature class with our artist-in-residence and a romantic sleigh ride through our pristine winter landscape. 

Warm up with artisan hot cocoa or toddies in our Great Room, named one of the world’s best hotel bars by the Forbes Travel Guide Verified List and book a couple’s treatment in the Granite Nature Spa. Whether you cuddle up in a cozy cabin, a hybrid glamping tent or a Granite Lodge suite, one long weekend at the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ranch will forge lifelong memories.




Celebration Details:

Our all-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, all gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer and spirits (excluding reserve wines and liquor), on-ranch activities, daily children’s activities, guides, gear and round-trip ground transportation to and from Missoula, Butte and Anaconda airports upon request.

Rates start at $1,800 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.

Stay restrictions may apply, based on availability.

See original offer HERE  

And finally, for those of you who live in Ten Sleep area in Wyoming Red Reflet Ranch is offering a Valentine's Dinner Special

Bring your sweetheart to the Red Reflet for Valentine's Day and enjoy the romance of the Bighorn Mountains with gorgeous views of our red rock cliffs in sunset while experiencing a special Valentine's dinner complete with champagne and wine pairings.

For more information about this special and to make a reservation click HERE

Red Reflet  is both a working ranch and luxurious Guest Ranch/Resort, that utilizes over 25,000 acres of land which range from 4,200' to 8,300' in elevation, and encompassing many spectacular landscapes.





If you’re are looking to have a Valentine’s Day or winter break together that is full of adventure, then a guest ranch vacation may be a wonderful fit. If your ideal escape is a more laid back, relaxing and tranquil environment, it is easy to find a guest ranch offering serenity and beautiful surroundings as well. Some couples share special interests such as photography, food and wine tastings or specific types of horse-riding experiences. 

With a little advance planning, these can all be incorporated into your romantic getaway for two. Getting away together to celebrate the love you share, while enjoying an incredible guest ranch experience is nothing short of fantastic.So, this year why not consider booking a romantic getaway with that special someone at a guest ranch? 

Happy Trails!

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Homestead Holidays at The Ranch at Rock Creek

11/18/2019 8:32:00 AM

If the ultimate ranch vacation would include the perfect balance of luxury, beautiful surroundings and a spirit of the Old West, then The Ranch at Rock Creek  exceeds these standards by a mile. Located in Montana, the surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable western experience.

When booking a ranch stay many guests opt to stay in the Granite Lodge, a spectacular blend of authentic western style, with the polished elements of today’s luxurious amenities. The Lodge is also the base location for the dining room, great room, bar, pool and spa.




The Ranch also offers two other incredible lodging styles; glamping and private log homes. Glamping is above and beyond traditional tenting, although the canvas roofed homes provide an element of being part of the natural surroundings. Each unique glamping cabin offers comfortable, private accommodations, while not losing the elements of an outdoor experience. At the Ranch, they also offer 10 unique, upscale, private log homes that cater to couples or families looking to truly enjoy a luxury ranch feel, with incredible scenic views from every lookout.




An important part of any vacation is the food. The meals served at Rock Creek are nothing short of inspiring. Carefully selected menus are expertly prepared daily, using fresh local, organic ingredients. Paired with fine wine and drinks, guests can enjoy sumptuous meals in the dining room, or Silver Dollar Saloon. A favorite meeting place is also the Blue Canteen, where fresh brew and morning baked goods, light lunches and other snacks are served in their canvas sided canteen.

When thinking of booking a guest ranch vacation horseback riding is what usually jumps to mind; however, aside from experiencing life from atop a horse there are always lots of other fun activities to choose from as well. The Ranch at Rock Creek also offers various enticing ranch specials throughout the year like the following:




See the original source offer HERE

Find your homestead away from home in a luxury log cabin or lodge suite tucked into a pristine winter wonderland. Discover our natural wonders as you enjoy over 20 included winter activities, including downhill skiing, skating and snowshoeing. We’ve planned a week of festive events designed to make this a once-in-a-lifetime winter adventure for families, couples or groups of friends who want to escape the city for a stress-free and quintessential country Christmas at the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch.

December 21-25, 2019

Make treks through new-fallen snow this Christmas as you escape lift lines and city crowds in favor of a true winter wonderland. Our week of holiday events balances Montana’s natural winter wonders with the quintessential comforts of a country Christmas.

Families and couples revel in a stress-free holiday where we provide transportation, gear, guides and over 20 included activities, such as downhill skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy a fireside drink in a luxury log cabin next to your ranch-harvested Christmas tree or a cozy lodge room filled with the smell of fresh-baked cookies and pastries.

Celebrations at the world’s first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star guest ranch always feature elegant ranch-to-table dining, festive social hours and first-class homestead hospitality. The mountains are calling this December, and Santa is sure to answer. Will you? 




Celebration Details:

Our all-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, all gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer and spirits (excluding reserve wines and liquor), on-ranch activities, daily children’s activities, guides, gear and round-trip ground transportation to and from Missoula, Butte and Anaconda airports upon request.

Twice daily winter activities include downhill skiing and snowboarding at Discovery Ski Area with Ski Concierge, gear and transportation.

Rates start at $3,000 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.

Stay restrictions may apply, based on availability.

Happy Trails!

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


Find Your Ideal Guest Ranch Vacation

11/5/2019 8:25:28 AM

Are you tired of booking the same type of vacation every year? Are you interested in booking something new and exciting for you and your family or friends? How about a dude ranch vacation this year? Let RanchSeeker guide you to a new destination, a new experience, that will not only invigorate you physically, but will nurture your spirit of adventure and open up new horizons.

There are several ways to use our website. You can either use our quick search on the homepage or our SEARCH FOR RANCHES tab




Use our SEARCH FOR RANCHES tab to help you plan your ultimate dude ranch vacation in a snap! RanchSeeker dude ranches offer a wide variety of activities from horseback riding for beginners to daylong treks for the more experienced rider, from swimming in pristine lakes to heated indoor pools; tennis, hiking, water rafting and so much more.

Dude ranch vacations are ideal for singles, couples, families and other diverse groups.

Our SEARCH FOR RANCHES function takes all of the guess work out of planning your next dude ranch vacation and keeps it simple with our easy-to-use- search form. You don’t need to wade through pages and pages of information before deciding on your ideal dude ranch. You can either use our Basic Search or the Advanced Search tool.To get started choose a geographical region that appeals to you. Are you interested in Western Canada, North West USA, Mexico or another region? Once you have decided just check off the region and if you are unsure of where you want to go that’s ok too just pick all of the regions. Next choose what type of guest ranch experience you would like to have on your next dude ranch vacation. 




After that, choose which activities and services are important to you on your dude ranch vacation. Do you want a ranch that offers fly-fishing, overnight pack trips, a swimming pool, a wedding venue, spa services, birding, cowboy cookouts or yoga? There are so many activities to choose from so be sure to check every box that interests you. Now you are ready to think about price. You can select as many options as you want based on how much you would like to spend per night at one of RanchSeeker’s dude ranches.

Finally, when would you like to go? Do you want a dude ranch vacation in the winter so you can cross country ski or take a sleigh ride or would rather the fall, spring or summer? Choose a month or several months that appeal to you for your guest ranch vacation. Once you are done be sure to click on SEARCH and a list of all of the dude ranches that match your specific search criteria will be returned. Now comes the fun part. You can read about each ranch and add them to your “list” and then make direct contact with the ranch owner/operator by sending them an enquiry and ask them for more details if necessary and/or make your dude ranch reservation. Our dude ranch listings feature photos, special offers and many of them have You Tube videos so that you can get a better idea of each ranch.




 What are you waiting for? Check out our website today and book your next guest ranch vacation. 

Happy Trails !


New Mexico Horseback Riding Tips

10/22/2019 11:29:22 AM

Open meadows, tall ponderosa forests and an abundance of wildlife awaits you at this New Mexico guest ranch. Horseback riders or hikers will marvel at the deep canyons and crystal-clear streams that are all part of the Gila National Forest. While you explore the area, you will have the opportunity to learn about the rich history associated with the region. Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch is a small ranch (only 4 cabins) so guests are guaranteed a truly personal atmosphere.




3 Tips for the Best New Mexico Horseback Riding Adventure

For the original blog post click HERE 

There’s no denying that horses played a powerful role in shaping American history. To this day, these mighty, compassionate animals hold a special place in the heart of New Mexico. We welcome all riders to experience one of the last strongholds in the American West on the New Mexico horseback riding adventure of a lifetime! Read on for three essential tips that will prepare you for your journey. For an even more personalized vacation, our ranch owner, Meris, will send you a free guest ranch itinerary. Submit your preferred travel dates and how much you’d like to ride, and we’ll create a customized trip for you within the next 24 to 72 hours!

3 Tips for Your New Mexico Horseback Riding Adventure

1. Get to Know Your Horse

Horses aren’t just a part of history. They are an important part of life to this day on many ranches like Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! By taking the time to get to know your horse, you will gain a new respect for your equine partner as they carry you on their back through the rugged terrain of the Gila National Forest. Unlike many dude ranches, we get to know our guests on a personal level so that we can match everyone with their ideal horse. Your hosts and wranglers, Meris and Seth will be happy to give you pointers along the way to improve your riding and your relationship with your horse. You’ll also have plenty of one-on-one time with your horse, so you can brush and feed them if you’d like!




2. Ride in Comfort

Before you ride, come prepared with the proper clothing and gear. The last thing that you want is to get too hot, cold or uncomfortable during the middle of your ride. Because of varying elevation and daily temperature swings in the mountains of the Gila National Forest, we recommend wearing light layers. Long sleeves are good protection from the strong sun. You’ll want to wear comfortable jeans and riding or cowboy boots with a heel and a smooth sole. We also recommend pantyhose or padded bike shorts to help prevent chafing. The proper clothing always makes for a much more enjoyable ride.

3. Choose Your Ranch Wisely

When it comes to planning your guest ranch vacation, remember that not all ranches offer the same level of western hospitality and personalization. Always verify that the ranch is a member of the Dude Ranchers’ Association , like Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch. Membership in this association means that a ranch meets the highest standards of excellence in the dude ranch vacation industry. See what some of our guests have said about their experience on Trip Advisor.

Enjoy Unlimited Riding at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

After a day exploring the region’s history and culture by horseback, extend your cowboy adventure into the night. Join us for an authentic Western meal and a campfire beneath the stars. With the beautiful surroundings of the Gila National Forest, you’ll never experience anything more dazzling than how brightly the stars shine at our ranch. Unlimited horseback riding in the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest, three home-style meals a day, and comforting amenities are always included with your stay.




Learn more about Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch 

Happy Trails!

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Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Ranch at Rock Creek

10/22/2019 11:01:00 AM

Thanksgiving is a time-honoured celebration that year after year brings families and friends together around a festive table to share traditional foods like roasted turkey, baked autumn vegetables and other favourite family side dishes. It is also a time to give thanks and to count one’s blessings and for many it marks the beginning of the holiday season, including Christmas and New Year’s. Often, Thanksgiving signifies a lot of work for those that must plan, shop for and prepare everything that goes into organizing such a big occasion. This year why not put the shopping lists and roasting pans away and book this Thanksgiving offer at The Ranch at Rock Creek to celebrate this special holiday.

Located in Montana, a popular guest ranch destination, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ideal dude ranch vacation choice for those looking for a western adventure situated in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys.

The following special celebration was originally posted HERE 




November 26-29, 2019

Chef Josh Drage invites you to enjoy his orchestration of Montana’s bountiful harvest. Delight in traditional culinary offerings inspired by the heart, soul and bounty of our beloved Western Montana. The Ranch at Rock Creek is a special place to host warm and memorable gatherings for families of any size. Rejuvenate and reconnect in splendid accommodations surrounded by Big Sky Country adventure and wildlife.

Our itinerary combines American traditions, like feasts and football, with wild pursuits and fireside luxuries. Each morning and afternoon, try your hand at outdoor adventures including mountain biking, hiking expeditions, shooting, archery, horseback riding, fly fishing, the ropes course and geocaching. Thanksgiving Dinner in the Granite Lodge features multiple courses bursting with locally sourced Western delights. Families have more time to enjoy themselves when The Ranch takes care of the activities, amenities and first-class cuisine.


Celebration Details:

Our all-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, all gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer and spirits (excluding reserve wines and liquor), on-ranch activities, daily children’s activities, guides, gear and round-trip ground transportation to and from Missoula, Butte and Anaconda airports upon request.

Rates start at $3,000 per accommodation, per night, based on standard occupancy, plus 20% Ranch Fee.

Minimum three-night stay based on availability.




Learn more about The Ranch at Rock Creek 

If you can’t make it this year to celebrate be sure to add The Ranch at Rock Creek 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.

NOTE**** The Thanksgiving Special has been filled but stay tuned for an upcoming blog about winter specials.

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Happy Trails!


Echo Valley Ranch Thanksgiving Long Weekend Package

9/2/2019 8:52:00 AM

When? October 12th - 14th 2019

Enjoy a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving 2019 at one of BC's top ranch resorts. You will feel at home with the family atmosphere at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa. While you enjoy the crisp fall weather, and watch the colours change on the trees, we'll prepare a traditional 5-course Thanksgiving feast (including pumpkin pie!) for you and your loved ones. Come and visit us for a luxurious Thanksgiving Getaway!




The 2019 Thanksgiving Holiday package includes:

Two nights lodging in one of our Standard Rooms, Premium Rooms or Unique Cabins 

A Traditional Thanksgiving Day Feast 

All meals prepared by our executive chef including a glass of wine or beer with your dinner 

Daily Thai yoga (Ruesri dat ton) stretching classes 

Daily turndown service with treats and weather update 

Use of all ranch facilities including: indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, walking/hiking trails, large games room featuring: pool table, shuffle board, darts, card table, Karaoke and a large TV screening room 

Cookies all day long 

Wi-Fi access 

Not Included

Travel to and from the Ranch 

Liquor 

A wide variety of activities such as horseback riding, gold panning, or spa treatments are available for an additional charge 

Service charge of 10% 

Applicable taxes 

Pricing

Room Category 2 night package Additional Nights
Per Person Double Room
October 12th - 14th 2019
Lodge Rooms $480 $240
Premium Rooms $550 $275
Unique Cabins $630 $315
Extra Person $450 $225


All rates per person double occupancy in Canadian Dollars; Single supplement is 20% 

All Rates subject to 10% Service Charge and applicable Sales Tax 

All activities at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa are always subject to weather 




Guests can drive directly to the ranch (approximately 5 hour from Vancouver). For our guests who want to fly in: Pilots or aircraft charters can land directly on Echo Valley Airport (CBJ4), our ranch's own paved 3400 ft. runway. 

*Original Source THANKSGIVING

Find out more about the ranch here: ECHO VALLEY RANCH & SPA

Happy Trails!

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How To Plan The Best Trip to Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

6/26/2019 9:35:00 AM

The following blog was written by our good friends over at Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch 

Every Autumn, the skies of Albuquerque put on one of the most enchanting displays in the world. You’ll never experience anything like Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, so if you have yet to attend this magical event, then don’t put it off any longer. Read on to learn more about the 2019 festival. Before or after Balloon Fiesta, enhance your visit with an unforgettable New Mexico road trip. Located in the heart of Gila National Forest, there is no place in The Land of Enchantment quite like Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! Enjoy horseback riding, home-style cooking, hiking, history, and more. Check our availability and reserve your cabin, below.

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How to Plan the Best Trip to Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

About the Festival

The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival is a beloved autumn tradition. Each year, thousands of people from around the world gather to watch hundreds of hot air balloons take flight and paint the skies of New Mexico. This nine-day celebration features hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes. You can look forward to everything from your favorite cartoon characters to glowing balloons by night! Yet, there is more to this international fiesta than its amazing and artistic balloons. Here are a few special events that you can enjoy!

Mass Ascension

Mass Ascension is the most popular event of the festival! For many, this fantastic display is the highlight of their trip. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., all participating balloons launch into the skies. The launches take place in two waves, typically over a two-hour period. Get there early! This amazing event takes place shortly after Dawn Patrol.

Dawn Patrol

Early birds, you are in for a treat! Dawn Patrol typically begins at 5:45 a.m., depending upon the weather. During this time, a special choreographed inflation and launch takes place, complete with music. Glowing balloons fly in the dark sky until it is light enough for pilots to see their landing sites.

The Fireworks Show

End your festival experience with a bang! The festival’s brilliant fireworks show is always a treat. You can look forward to a kaleidoscope of colors brightening the night’s sky, along with spectacular glowing balloons. Please keep in mind that this event is weather dependent!

Tips for Your Trip to the 2019 Hot Air Balloon Festival

The events above are only a few highlights of the 2019 festival! Visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival website for a full list of calendar events.

The 2019 festival dates are October 5 through October 13. You can save money on your trip by purchasing your tickets in advance! Special ticket pricing is available now.

Make the Most of Your Trip at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Before or after celebrating at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime. Our guest ranch is surrounded by the boundless beauty of Gila National Forest, making it the perfect place to rest and relax after the excitement of the festival! Unlimited horseback riding, hiking, and three home-style meals are included with your stay. We always fill up quickly during fiesta weeks, so check our availability and plan your trip today. We can’t wait to host you at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch!

Happy Trails!

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Welcome to Colorado’s Double G Ranch Part 2

6/11/2019 9:11:00 AM

If you haven’t read part 1 of this blog series be sure to check it out first before learning more about Double G Ranch. 

Aside from lots of summer activities to enjoy during the warmer months Double G is also a great place to visit when the temperatures drop.

WINTER

Colorado is a veritable winter wonderland during the colder months of the year. Guests experience abundant sunshine, Champagne Powder and low humidity while staying at Double G Ranch.


Hiking, Snowshoe-Walking and Cross-Country Skiing

The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) as well as the Middle Fork of the Cimarrons, Owl Creek Pass, Dry Creek, Black Canyon, Gateway Canyon and many other areas provide endless beautiful trails to explore and enjoy nature and wildlife.

Ice climbing

During the winter Bear Creek Falls, Ames Wall and Ouray Ice Park are in a word simply breathtaking!  If you have ever wanted to try your hand at ice climbing, then these locations are the ideal place to learn.

Snowmobile-Tours, ATV-Quad and Jeep-Tours

The trails around the ranch as well as the surrounding open State Park lands nearby are perfect for the adventurous people in your group seeking off-road fun! Upon request the ranch can hook you up with various rental agencies to suit your needs.



Downhill-Skiing (with and without Heli-Drop)

A short forty-five-minute drive from the ranch will have you skiing down the slopes at Telluride in no time which is considered one of the best ski resorts in Colorado. Aspen, just 3 hours away, as well as Vail, Breckenridge and Deer Valley are also skiing trips that you could combine with your ranch vacation. For those looking for the ultimate ski adventure Double G Ranch can organize a helicopter ride that will drop you off on challenging ski routes coupled with awesome powder conditions. Day trips include orientation, six runs and après ski and they can organize Heli-assisted and guided backcountry ski-tours as well.


Biking

Test your fitness level fat biking on frozen lakes and trails. You’ll spend many unforgettable hours outdoors under the Colorado sun.


Throughout the year there are lots of activities and events that guests can enjoy while staying at Double G Ranch.

Surrounding Activities

Lakes:

Ridgway-, Silver Jack – and Blue Mesa Reservoir

Rivers:

Uncompahgre-, Gunnison-, Colorado-, Rio Grande- and Animas River

Waterfalls:

Chipeta Falls, Box Canyon-, Cascade-, Middle Fork- and Bridal Veil Falls

Gold Mines:

Bachelor-Syracuse-, Old Hundred Gold- and Pride of the West Mine

Cities:

Montrose, Ridgway, Cimarron, Ouray, Silverton and Telluride

Canyons:

Black Canyon, Gateway Canyon and Box Canyon

and more:

Moab Desert (Utah), Mesa Verde (caves of the Native Americans), Hovenweep (Pueblo buildings), the One-Million-Dollar-Highway, the Great Sand Dunes in South Colorado and the Garden of the Gods


Nearby Double G Ranch you can enjoy plenty of attractions varying from weekly farmer markets to many live concerts. There is always an event going on: from beer-festivals to rodeos as well as marathon-runs.

For more information:

Ridgway 2019:

During the summer every Thursday  you’ll find Live Concerts and in September Rodeos and many more events.

Ouray 2019:

Starting from the beginning of June every Thursday you’ll find the Mountain Air Music Series and many other events.

Montrose 2019:

On July 4th there’s the Independence Day Parade & Fireworks as well as the Annual BBQ and the Black Canyon Quilt Show as well as many more events

  • Telluride 2019

In August Telluride presents a big jazz festival as well as the Chamber Music Festival and in September the Blues and Brews Festival takes place as well as many more events  


As you can see no matter what time of year you visit Double G Ranch you are sure to have the vacation of a lifetime!

Happy Trails!

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