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Spotted Horse Ranch

9/14/2014 3:30:43 PM

A dude ranch vacation for many is the ultimate way to not only participate in trail riding, sport adventure, enjoy hearty, home cooked meals, take in some breathtaking scenery -  but also to just relax. While you will certainly be treated to some of the finest activities, food and surroundings at Spotted Horse Ranch, they make sure a big part of your stay with them is centered around relaxing! Located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Spotted Horse Ranch has an abundance of outdoor features to offer families, couples and solo travelers. Although relaxing is high on the list of ‘musts’, a stay a Spotted Horse Ranch is never boring!

Spotted Horse Ranch
Spotted Horse Ranch

It is an understatement to say riding through the majestic mountains, forests and alongside riverbanks is memorable. The sheer beauty of the the surrounding land as experienced while riding an Appaloosa horse from the ranch, expertly matched to your trail riding ability, is a step back in time to when life was simple.

Many of the guests at Spotted Horse Ranch come to experience the trout fly fishing from the banks of the nearby Hoback River. Some choose to make it an all day adventure, taking a float down the Snake, New Fork, Green or Hoback Rivers. Definitely an exceptional fishing destination, and with a free casting lesson offered to guests, anyone from novice to expert fishers can certainly enjoy the day.

Fly Fishing At Spotted Horse Ranch

Guests at Spotted Horse Ranch are sure to enjoy the 3 hearty meals served daily in the lodge. With a motto of ‘quality and quantity’, the delicious, home-style cooking is just one of the many reasons visitors return year after year to Spotted Horse Ranch. Open cookouts are also a highlight, where across the flames ranch style steaks are cooked and marshmallows are roasted. What could be better than a tasty treat, with stories to share? Whether it is trail riding, fly fishing, hunting excursions or even relaxing in the natural nearby hot spring ‘hot tub’, the Spotted Horse Ranch is the place for anyone looking to have a vacation that provides adventure, perfectly blended with relaxation. With a true sense of the ‘old west’ and the hospitality that makes each guest feel at home, Spotted Horse Ranch is unique, and wonderful place to visit.

A dude ranch vacation is about taking a break from the everyday pace, and resetting our hectic schedule of daily life. The laid back approach at Spotted Ranch translates into a quiet, calm and comfortable stay for their guests. Having the luxuries of modern day, combined with the simplicity of life - when family, friends, outdoor life and relaxing were at the forefront - makes for the ideal vacation that will leave you feeling refreshed. While it might be a new style of vacation if you are not used to visiting a dude ranch, it might just become your favorite. The Spotted Horse Ranch is a true gem, and can get you back to the basics, while helping you refocus on the truly important things in life.

Tacos De Fajitas Recipe From White Stallion Ranch

6/16/2014 12:22:39 PM

This summer make this easy yummy dish from White Stallion Ranch. Marinate the meat the day before and within 15 minutes you will have dinner on the table. The meat is so flavorful and the simplicity of the dish is what makes it special. White Stallion Ranch is an Arizona dude ranch where the personal touch and hospitality of a traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and quality of a fine resort. The True family welcomes you to the ranch that has been their home for more than 50 years.

Serves 4

Marinade:

1 cup canola oil
½ cup fresh lime juice
 2 Tbs. minced garlic
2 Tbs. chili powder
 2 lb. jaccarded *flap

meat steak, cut width-wise into 3” pieces Canola oil-use as needed
2 large yellow onions, peeled
2 limes cut in half
6” flour tortillas (warm)

Directions:

  1. Marinate the meat overnight.  The next day, remove the meat from the marinade.  Strain and refrigerate the marinade so it can be used another time.  Prepare a hot mesquite or charcoal fire and sear the meat to a rate to medium-rate.  Slice the meat with the grain to get 1/3” x 1/3 x 1” strips.
  2. Thinly slice the onions and halve them.  Halve the peppers through the stem.  Remove the stems and slice the peppers, though not as thin as the onions.
  3. When ready to serve, add oil to a hot griddle.  Sear the onions for a few minutes, stirring often.  Then add the peppers and sear another couple of minutes.  The onions should be browned but the peppers not limp.  Keeping the griddle hot, add the meat with just enough oil so it doesn’t stick.  Mix everything well.  Stirring often, sea the meat until it is done the way you like it.  Then squeeze the limes onto the fajitas which creates the charateristic steam and sizzle.  If you are using a cast iron skillet instead of a griddle, wait and squeeze the limes onto the fajitas at the table.
  4. Serve immediately with the warm tortillas, guacamole, El Charro beans, and pico de gallo or your favorite salsa.
*Flap meat is a bottom sirloin.  As your butcher to jaccard it which tenderizes it.  You can buy a small jaccarder at the culinary shop and do it yourself.  Traditionally, skirt steak is used in the Tex-Mex version of fajitas.

Taco De Fajitas
Taco De Fajitas

Covered Wagon Ranch

5/27/2014 6:40:37 PM
Wouldn’t it be incredible to plan a trip that included being able to go back in time? Picture arriving at your 1920’s style cabin, with a wood burning stove, rustic furniture and a breathtaking river valley view that has kept generations of families returning to this welcoming ranch. At Covered Wagon Ranch, though you can enjoy all the comforts of today, you will feel that time has not changed the beauty of the land, or the hospitality of the hosts, since they opened their doors to travelers back in 1925.

Covered Wagon Ranch

Located in Montana, the Covered Wagon Ranch is easy to locate, as they are just 3 miles from the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Being situated at the fork where the Gallatin and Taylor rivers meet, guests are not only treated to the adventure of the ‘old west’ and unparalleled backcountry horseback riding, but also to some world class fishing. For a real thrill, the water rafting of the Gallatin river is an experience unlike any other.

Covered Wagon Ranch

Taking in all the fun activities available at Covered Wagon Ranch can work up quite an appetite. Enjoy the hearty meals freshly prepared each day, then look forward to cozying up to a warm fire. Getting a great night’s rest in your comfortable cabin will ensure you are refreshed and ready to enjoy more of the ‘old west’ each day of your vacation.

Covered Wagon Ranch

Being that Covered Wagon Ranch is the longest operating lodge in the canyon, they are tried and true. Join in leaving your footsteps as so many generations of travelers have to this beautiful and welcoming ranch.

Big Creek Lodge

5/1/2014 4:18:42 PM

At Big Creek Lodge, located in the Canadian wilderness of British Columbia, there awaits an experience of a lifetime. Few people, other than those adventure seeking souls that travel to this beautiful 4 star destination, have ever seen the wonder of free-roaming horses like the near 1000 that roam within the Chilcotin valley. As if that were not enough, at Big Creek Lodge they assist you with planning a vacation that matches your style, incorporating either active, adventure filled days or relaxation and rejuvenation. Since Big Creek Lodge is a real working cattle ranch, the authentic experience of  sharing a part of the ‘cowboy’ life make it an ideal choice for anyone planning a vacation to a guest ranch.

Big Creek Lodge
Big Creek Lodge Horses

Escaping the cities and towns, surrounded by the land untouched as it was thousands of years ago, allows travelers the chance to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Imagine seeing deer, eagles and countless species of birds as you trail ride through the awe inspiring landscape. The accommodations at Big Creek Lodge are sure to impress. Whether you to stay within a cozy lodge room or a spacious cabin, each offers an incredible view, and all with the comforts of home. Of course, your stay wouldn’t be complete without providing delicious, healthy and hearty meals to take along on pack rides or to enjoy in the relaxing atmosphere of the homestyle country  kitchen.

Big Creek Lodge
The Big Creek Lodge country kitchen

With the tranquil environment, the beauty of the land and the warm hospitality of its hosts, the Big Creek Lodge is a guest ranch favorite of many travelers.

Big Creek Lodge
Big Creek Lodge Accommodations

Marble Mountain Ranch

4/16/2014 10:41:00 AM

There are many considerations to make before choosing a dude ranch vacation that will ultimately meet, and exceed, all your expectations. Particularly if family and friends will be included in the adventure, it is important to select a dude ranch that can accommodate a wide variety of tastes, special interests, age groups and lodging preferences. Year after year, the guest ranch and facilities located at Mable Mountain Ranch in California, are the perfect fit for many vacationers seeking the best all around American dude ranch vacation imaginable.

Marble Mountain Ranch
Horseback riding at Marble Mountain Ranch

While the theme of ‘American cowboy’ is common to many guest ranches, there is a higher level of standard for this type of experience when staying at Marble Mountain Ranch. Rather than outsourcing vacationers to offsite tour groups, the Marble Mountain family take a very personal  interest in the comfort, safety and overall experience of each and every one of their guests. Every aspect of the ranch, from outfitting and guiding events, to preparing the incredible meals served, involves the family personally - thus guaranteeing their high level standards are never compromised.

What truly makes Marble Mountain Ranch one of the best locations in all of America to vacation, is the wide variety of unparalleled adventures possible at the ranch. Keeping families together and engaged in activities suitable from beginner to expert levels, each of the outdoor Western adventures offered are spectacular. For many, it is the horseback trail riding that is the highlight of their stay. However, the ‘summit to sea’ options include not only incredible trail riding to breathtaking mountain views, but also rafting, fly fishing and shooting. In addition, the thrilling jet boat river tours offered of the Lower Klamath River are not only adventurous, but educational, as you explore the past and present of the Yurok tribe culture, and heritage.

Marble Mountain Ranch 

Marble Mountain Ranch
Fishing at Marble Mountain Ranch

After a long day of enjoying the great outdoors, Marble Mountain Ranch welcomes you to come inside and enjoy the upscale, fresh, hearty meals prepared by their in-house chef. Using on site produce from their own orchards and gardens to bring together their original ranch menu items, you know what is served is not only delicious, but also nutritious. Whether you prefer a cozy cabin, or a deluxe furnished home, one thing for certain is that the lodging at Marble Mountain is designed to provide each guest with comfort, quiet and surrounding beauty. Perfect for individuals, couples, families or larger groups, Marble Mountain Ranch will always accommodate the needs and special requests of their guests to the best of their ability.

Much has changed at Marble Mountain Ranch since they began operating their family owned ranch in 1968. They have added activities, improved lodging and menus served, and incorporated youth focused programs and other specialty travels. However, what has not changed is the honest commitment from the Marble Mountain Ranch  family to provide outstanding hospitality, and an unforgettable experience to their guests. Whether booking their all inclusive affordable rates, or taking advantage of seasonal and special promotions, Marble Mountain offers outstanding value for the incredible experience offered.

Easter Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

3/15/2014 10:15:03 PM

With winter gradually releasing its grip, many of us are eagerly awaiting the warmer days of spring. Whether you are thinking of planning an extra special Easter vacation with the family, or even an early summer get away, a dude ranch vacation is a guaranteed way to make a lasting memory. When it comes to spending time together as a family, a dude ranch vacation can be the perfect solution when seeking out an adventure that is sure to appeal to everyone. While horseback riding is usually the highlighted activity at most guest ranches, many offer much more to choose from such as fishing, swimming, outdoor sports, spa treatments and fine dining. Appealing to the interests and tastes of all in the family, most guest ranch resorts provide just the right balance of adventure and relaxation - all within an affordable price.

Some Easter Dude Ranch Specials

When it comes to fun at a family friendly price, the Coffee Creek Ranch is a great choice. They are offering a rate of just $995 /per person for an entire week vacation throughout the month of April. With cozy cabin accommodations, delicious meals and plenty of activities - they guarantee the perfect blend of old west, with southern hospitality.

Coffee Creek Ranch
Coffee Creek Ranch

For an ‘eggs’tra special Easter weekend, special treats are in store at the Big Bar Ranch. There is a delicious Easter Sunday brunch planned and even an egg hunt to follow for the little ones. Enjoy their comfort and cuisine, all at a reduced price (15% off) for families of 3 or more during the dates from April 18 - 24th.

Big Bar Ranch
Big Bar Ranc

Stage Coach Trails Ranch invites everyone to come be their guest, relax and recharge. Whether taking in the beautiful surrounding views, nestling up to the cozy fireplace in the magnificent lodge, enjoying their delicious hearty meals or of course, trail riding, with deals that welcome the budget of most travelers (30% off during March) - they are a destination that exceeds the expectations of most guests.

Stagecoach Trails Ranch
Stagecoach Trails Ranch

For the ultimate Canadian experience, Crystal Waters Ranch offers an unparalleled trail riding and fly fishing excursion. Even though they are located in the North, there is no shortage of enjoying a  “true western” experience. Cowboy country tales, campfires and hearty meals are the perfect start to an early summer. All inclusive deals of 10% off are available for May travelers.

Crystal Waters Ranch
Crystal Waters Ranch

Whether traveling alone,or with that someone special, or taking the whole family along  (even your pet at certain ranches), a dude ranch vacation is the adventure of a lifetime. The surroundings of natural elements from rivers to mountains, forests to streams, and everything in between refuel our souls and bring back the positive perspective we may be missing. To capture memories, experience adventure and build a bond not soon forgotten between everyone in the family, a dude ranch vacation is an affordable and unique choice. The most difficult part of planning a dude vacation may be deciding which one to try first, since after one visit, there may be plenty more dude ranch style vacations planned for the future.

Use Ranchseeker's free dude ranch database to conduct your research

Pet Friendly Dude Ranch Vacations

3/5/2014 9:49:20 PM

When a pet is truly part of our family, having a vacation experience without them may just not feel right. Or, it may be that due to the personality of our pet, including their physical or emotional wellbeing, perhaps they can not be entrusted to the care of a reputable boarding  facility. In such cases, many people opt to keep their pets with them. If a vacation is a vacation only if our pet is along for the ride, the good news is that many dude ranches are pet friendly. With each pet friendly dude ranch, the policies as to permissions regarding pets will vary. Some dude ranches have a weight restriction and usually there are specific areas pets may not be allowed to enter. As well, there are likely other ‘house rules’ in place to preserve the comfort and safety of all guests. Often, additional charges may be incurred on a per night basis for pets to be accommodated at the dude ranch. Rather than having a negative, or potentially costly experience due to an unclear understanding of pet policies, when considering bringing a pet to a dude ranch it is best to speak to them in advance if you have any concerns specific to your pet.

Some Pet Friendly Dude Ranches

One dude ranch that is pet friendly is the Echo Valley Ranch, located in Canada. The interior British Columbian mountains offer majestic views, and the natural serenity of the unspoiled forests, valleys, ponds and grasslands around the ranch are the perfect compliment to this world class ranch and spa. Whether guests are seeking an oasis of relaxation, or an exhilarating experience - Echo Valley offers it all.

Echo Valley Ranch
Echo Valley Ranch

At The Sugar & Spice Ranch camp, a very unique and undoubtedly memorable experience is available for mothers and daughters to share a week together at a ranch. Specially catering to “bonding families through horses”, their week long camps are designed be a treasured time spent learning the ropes of tacking up, grooming and riding together - in addition to all the other activities available to enjoy.

The Sugar & Spice Ranch
The Sugar & Spice Ranch

 The Resort at Paws Up is not just a ranch, it is an incredible experience! Located in Montana, they offer accommodations of two styles, vacation homes or luxury tents. Dogs are allowed only in the vacation home style units. The perfect blend of wilderness adventure with unparalleled food, wine, spa treatments and decadent extras -Paws Up is true bliss.

Paws Up Dude Ranch
Paws Up Dude Ranch

Planning a Pet-Friendly Dude Ranch Vacation

Traveling with a pet does bring with it some challenges, however, with a little research and advance planning most of those challenges can be overcome. A vacation can then be enjoyed by everyone, including your pet, by planning a dude ranch vacation that allows your pet to be part of the experience. The best way to ensure you have a great vacation is to be clear on the specifics of the pet policies at the dude ranch you have in mind before booking. With activities and accommodations that cater to each member of the family, including your pet, a dude ranch vacation can be the perfect fit! 

Use Ranchseeker’s dude ranch vacation finder tool to find a pet-friendly dude ranch suitable for your vacation plans.

Sherry’s Amazing BBQ Brisket From Elk Mountain Ranch

2/24/2014 4:11:43 PM

Nothing compares to some good BBQ brisket. This BBQ brisket is cooked in the oven but you wouldn't know it! It is packed with flavor and oh so tender.  Get this all-star, easy-to-follow recipe from the folks over at Elk Mountain Guest  Ranch.

Sherry's BBQ Beef Brisket
Sherry's BBQ Beef Brisket

5-6 pound brisket
1 large onion, peeled & sliced
4 gloves garlic, minced
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup water
1 (8 oz.) bottle chili sauce
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp. molasses

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Sear meat on both sides.
  3. Stir marinade ingredients together and pour over meat.
  4. Cover with foil and seal tightly.  Cook until tender.
  5. Remove meat, slice and return to juices.  Discard bay leaves.
  6. Refrigerate overnight.  Reheat for 1-1 ½ hours before serving.

Big Bar Guest Ranch A Cariboo Adventure

1/20/2014 11:59:45 AM

Big Bar Guest Ranch is nestled in the rolling hills of the Cariboo and offers year round fun and spectacular scenery. With lots of activities there is truly something for everyone to do. From hiking archery, canoeing, and fishing in the summer to cross-country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing and more in the winter.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Spectacular views at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Horseback riding at the Big Bar Guest Ranch is at the heart of your guest ranch experience. Follow natural trails through forested areas or enjoy the wide-open grasslands and mountain meadows of Cariboo cattle country. Feel the freedom that can only be experienced on horseback. Whether you are a first time rider or have lots of experience in the saddle The Big Bar Guest Ranch has the perfect horse for you.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Wide open spaces at Big Bar Guest Ranch

With plenty of types of accommodations to choose from like guestrooms or cabins you are sure to enjoy your stay while away on your Cariboo guest ranch vacation. The rooms and cabins are comfortable and have a rustic feel without sacrificing the creature comforts of home and they are well suited for a family get-a-way or an adventure retreat.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Cabin at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Meals at The Big Bar Ranch are healthy and plentiful and guests dine at large communal tables. It’s a great way to get to know other guests and provides an opportunity to make new friends.

Big Bar Guest Ranch
Dining room at Big Bar Guest Ranch

So for your next vacation trade your deadlines and stress for fresh mountain air, a good horse, and a trail that leads from one spectacular view to another.

Happy Trails! RanchSeeker

Corporate Retreats At A Dude Ranch

1/15/2014 1:56:07 PM

A lot of planning is required for a successful corporate retreat, and this includes choosing the right location. There are many places to have such an event – a beach resort, a new swanky hotel or a nearby outdoor activity center.  But what if you could take your employees to a venue where they can unplug from everything and actually communicate with one another while getting in touch with nature at the same time? You could – by taking them to a dude ranch corporate retreat.

Vacationers Love Dude Ranches

Guest ranches or dude ranches are steadily becoming popular among vacation goers because they cater to a variety of interests and needs. The vast grounds, often surrounded by breathtaking views of wide open fields, tall mountains or bodies of water offer the perfect venue for quiet introspection or an ideal spot to just sit down and read a book. Guests looking for a fun time will find no shortage of activities – such as trail hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing or swimming.  Interaction is also very easy through a myriad of outdoor activities, campfires and dinners at the main hall.

Some Dude Ranches To Consider

There are many vacation ranches all across the country, but not all of them specialize in dude ranch corporate retreats. If you are looking for venues that cater to such, you might want to consider the following: Echo Valley Ranch – located at the heart of British Columbia, Echo Valley Ranch caters to individuals and groups. The ranch has 20 rooms and cabins that can accommodate up to 5 people (on shared occupancy) and has a state of the art corporate events space that can seat up to 150. They offer worry-free corporate packages that include accommodations, meals and drinks and entertainment for a minimum stay of two nights.

Echo Valley Ranch Corporate Facilities
Echo Valley Ranch Corporate Facilities

Bar W Ranch – set in the small mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, the Bar W is an excellent corporate destination whether it be in the summer or winter. The ranch caters to small or large groups ranging from 5 to 300 participants. They offer complete packages and itinerary planning but are also very flexible, so you can create the itinerary or agenda yourself.

The Hideout Guest Ranch and Lodge – This small “little piece of heaven” in Shell, Wyoming provides the perfect venue for a private dude ranch corporate retreat. They can handle groups up to a maximum of thirty guests, and offer equestrian and non-equestrian related activities for everyone to enjoy.

Lone Mountain Ranch – Set in the heart of Montana ski country is the Lone Mountain Ranch. This historic guest ranch has facilities that can accommodate up to forty guests. The ranch features two large meeting rooms, a recreation room and six large bedrooms, ideal for small groups. They feature an individualized program that utilizes the beautiful southern Montana setting to inspire creativity and provide motivation for participants

The Resort At Paws Up – Also set in Montana, the Resort at Paws Up is a 37,000 acre working ranch that is unrivaled when it comes to luxury accommodations. The resort offers first class service and amenities, with fifty two accommodation setups ranging from private vacation homes to luxury tents. They also a variety of activity spaces from 10 to 200 people.


Corporate Events at The Resort at Paws Up

Vista Verde Ranch – Vista Verde is a secluded ranch in Colorado that promotes focused social interaction, while offering diverse adventures for your guests. They are also known for their luxury log cabin accommodations, and offer great solutions with their inclusive packages and pricing.

Why Go To A Dude Ranch For A Company Retreat

Dude ranches provide a breath of fresh air from most corporate set-ups. You get people close to nature, take them off the grid and place them in a relaxed atmosphere where they can connect with one another. Guest ranches vary in size, so you can pick one that best matches the size of your group. Although charmingly rustic, modern ranches now offer excellent facilities like meeting rooms with HD screens and high speed internet access where you can conduct your work related sessions and exercises. When all these activities are over, acres of ranch space welcomes everyone, allowing them to go around and have fun at their own leisure. Whether it’s fun, light hearted gossip at the ranches’ main room, songs and some beer in front of a warm fire or a quick horse ride, there is something for everyone to do.

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