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4 Great Working Ranch Vacations

March 28, 2015
Want a ranch vacation at an authentic working ranch? Check out these diverse picks where you can join cattle drives, enjoy team penning, round-ups and more across the USA. by Darley Newman If you've always wanted to experience life as a cowboy or cowgirl, saddle up at one of these working… Read more »

2015 Adult Only Ranch Weeks- Dude Ranches without the Kids

March 10, 2015
Ranches offering 2015 Adult Only Weeks, where you can vacation without your kids or anyone else's children! Many dude ranches offer special weeks focused on adult guests, who want to enjoy the great outdoors and perhaps not be around kids. Ranches may also offer special adult activities during this time,… Read more »

Riding in the Washakie Wilderness with T Cross Ranch

March 8, 2015
See the West that looks much the way it did in the early 1800’s by horseback riding into the Washakie Wilderness Area in the Shoshone National Forest with T Cross Ranch. by Cindy Coe When you visit the T Cross, chances are that one of the adventurous rides will take… Read more »

Marble Mountain Ranch to Host ACTHA Competitive Trail Course

February 24, 2015
Special chance to bring your own horse to ride the trails at this Northern California Ranch and compete in an American Competitive Trail Horse Association event. Competitive trail obstacles and challenges are characteristic of the mountain trail riding experience and Marble Mountain Guest Ranch in Somes Bar, California has the… Read more »

These Photos of Ranch Dogs Will Melt Your Heart

January 17, 2015
Talk about a great place for dogs! Ranch dogs have it made. These melt your heart photos of ranch dogs definitely make us want to travel. by Darley Newman Running alongside horseback riders on the trails, swimming in creeks and streams, getting leftovers dropped at ranch BBQ's and more. Ranch… Read more »

Top Dude Ranch Sunsets

December 20, 2014
Stunning sunsets from dude ranches across the American West, including Arizona, Colorado and Montana. by Darley Newman There's something special about a beautiful sunset. It can add much to your travel memories, especially when seen in the beautiful American West at a dude ranch. Check out photos of top dude… Read more »

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 »