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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 »

Dude Ranch Vacations for the Christmas & New Year’s Holidays

October 5, 2014
The top ranches to ring in the holidays this Christmas and New Year's. by Darley Newman Christmas and New Year's are a special time of the year to celebrate at a dude ranch. Whether you want a white Christmas at a Colorado or Montana ranch or to head to warmer… Read more »

Thanksgiving Ranch Vacations

October 3, 2014
After eating lots of coma-inducing turkey, why not saddle up? It's possible on a Thanksgiving ranch vacation. Guest Ranches in Colorado and Montana offer traditional Thanksgiving meals created by top chefs, as well as a myriad of activities for families, couples and groups looking to spend Thanksgiving away. Below are… Read more »

9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Hideout Ranch

September 6, 2014
The first pick on our list of outstanding Arizona dude ranches is Hideout Ranch in the San Bernardino Valley, a working cattle and guest ranch. by Darley Newman Located in Portal, in Southeastern Arizona, Hideout Ranch welcomes all levels of rider and non-riding companions to explore history, nature and adventure in and… Read more »

9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Circle Z Ranch

September 6, 2014
The oldest continuously operating dude ranch in Arizona is next on our list of nine great Arizona dude ranches.  by Darley Newman Sixty miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona and four miles South of Patagonia, the historic Circle Z Ranch boasts over one hundred miles of trails for riders, ranging from… Read more »

9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Tombstone Monument Ranch

September 6, 2014
Modeled after an 1880’s Western frontier town, Tombstone Monument Ranch beckons travelers to enjoy a historic Wild West adventure. by Darley Newman If you're a fan of Old West history and always wanted to step back in time, you might want to check out this Arizona guest ranch just three miles outside… Read more »