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Homemade Colorado Horse Cookies

December 18, 2014
Make your own Colorado Horse Cookies for friends and family with horses (or your horse!), and you'll be a hit for the holidays! by Darley Newman We here at Equitrekking recently received a special gift from our friends at the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association––Colorado Horse Cookies! The horses… Read more »

What to Expect on a Fall Horseback Ride in Montana

December 14, 2014
Frosty mornings, blue skies, elk bugling, maybe even a few snowflakes; these are all things you might experience while riding horses in the Montana backcountry in autumn. by Mary Uravich, a wrangler at Lone Mountain Ranch September and October have some of the best riding weather of the year. Cooler temperatures… Read more »

Top 20 Guest Ranches- Horses in the Snow Photo Journey

December 14, 2014
Photos of horses and horseback riding in the snow at guest ranches across the USA that welcome guests for winter snow adventures. by Darley Newman We hope this photo journey puts a smile on your face and brings you holiday cheer. Below are photos from Equitrekking's Top 20 Ranches where… Read more »

Take a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride at these Ranches

December 14, 2014
A classic holiday experience... at these dude ranches you can enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride and lots of holiday cheer. by Darley Newman Taking a horse drawn sleigh ride is a quintessential holiday experience. At these guest ranches on the East Coast and in the American West, you and… Read more »

Thanksgiving at Ranches Across the USA

November 29, 2014
From trail rides in the sun and snow to awesome ranch feasts, check out photos from Thanksgiving at ranches across the USA. by Darley Newman From Colorado to Arizona to California, there was a lot going on at dude ranches for Thanksgiving. While many guests and owners enjoyed trail rides,… Read more »

Rancho Los Banos Mexico Horseback Riding Photo Journey

November 23, 2014
Journey through a 30,000 acre Mexican ranch with hundreds of miles of trails, where guests may feel they've traveled back in time 100 years. by Darley Newman I'm a sucker for a beautiful photo of horses and an even bigger one for riding around the world. Mix horseback riding and… Read more »

10 Things to Love About California Ranch Vacations

November 16, 2014
From working ranches to ranch resorts, California is a big state with diverse choices for ranch vacation experiences. We've picked ten reasons why we like ranch riding in California. Read on! by Darley Newman From wine country to redwood forests to the coast, California's diverse terrain and ecosystems have a… Read more »

10 Things to Love About Arizona Ranch Vacations

October 28, 2014
From sunny skies to desert sunsets, there's a lot to love about Arizona ranch vacations. Check out these reasons why you might love saddling up for a dude ranch vacation in Arizona! by Darley Newman Having traveled to vacation ride in Arizona a few times, including while filming for Equitrekking,… Read more »

Southern Cross Guest Ranch- Georgia Riding Vacations Photo Journey

October 20, 2014
Take a photo tour of a Georgia ranch and B&B where you can saddle up just an hour from Atlanta. by Darley Newman You may think it's unusual to find a guest ranch in the south (and you'd be right), but there's lots that's unusually good about Southern Cross Guest… Read more »

Stunning Aerial Tour of Banff National Park Horseback Riding

October 13, 2014
Our friends at Holiday on Horseback, who we filmed with for our PBS TV series, sent us a link to this stunning video from Christiaan Welzel of his recent five day horseback ride into Banff National Park. Christiaan rode through the Sundance Valley and up to Allenby Pass at nearly… Read more »