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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 »

9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- White Stallion Ranch

September 6, 2014
Whether you take the wine and cheese trail ride or the beer and Cheetos ride (both on offer), White Stallion Ranch serves up solo and group friendly riding and adventure. by Darley Newman Owned by the True family, this guest ranch is a top pick for advanced riders, who want… Read more »

9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Tanque Verde Ranch

September 6, 2014
This Tucson dude ranch stands out for its family-friendly activities and stunning views of the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains. by Darley Newman It's easy to see why guests return year after year to this Tucson guest ranch. Soaking in the sun during winter, the popular Harmony with Horse programs and more,… Read more »

9 Great Arizona Ranch Vacations- Sprucedale Guest Ranch

September 6, 2014
Catering to families, Sprucedale Guest Ranch in eastern Arizona's White Mountains treats guests to a truly Western-style vacation, complete with hayrides and Western dancing. by Darley Newman Located near Alpine, the alps of Arizona, Sprucedale Guest Ranch has been owned by the Wiltbank family since the early 1940′s. Catering to families and… Read more »