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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 »

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 »