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Five Reasons to Visit Montana’s Bar W Guest Ranch This Summer

May 14, 2018
From one of America’s premiere national parks to charming Whitefish to kid-friendly fun, there are lots of reasons to head to the Bar W Guest Ranch for a Montana dude ranch vacation this summer. Here are five of the top reasons to go West, saddle up and be ready for adventure.… Read more »

5 Reasons to Ride the Gila National Forest for Your Summer Vacation

April 27, 2018
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch rests amid the over 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, making there lots of room to ride on your summer vacation. The common perception of New Mexico in the summer is that it is a hot desert, but Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located beneath the… Read more »

Special Ranch Vacation Weeks in May and June 2018

April 9, 2018
From night sky viewing to western cattle drives, join these special weeks at ranches in May and June. Shangrila Guest Ranch, Virginia- Mother – Daughter Retreats in May and June Ladies and young ladies, come join us at Shangrila Guest Ranch for a 5 day / 4 night mother –… Read more »

These Photos of Ranch Dogs Will Melt Your Heart

April 2, 2018
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 »

A Historic Canyon Ride with Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

March 27, 2018
Learn about a historic ride into Dwelling Canyon in the Gila National Forest with Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch in New Mexico.  by Meris Esterly Stout At Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, located in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, one of our favorite places to share with our guests is an… Read more »

Spring Break Horseback Riding Vacations

February 4, 2018
Beat your winter blues and celebrate the return of warmer weather with a spring break horseback riding vacation.  By Mary Katherine Morris From breezy island getaways in the Dominican Republic to authentic ranch experiences in sunny Arizona, there's something for everyone on our list. Here are Equitrekking's favorite horseback riding… Read more »

Why Do They Call it a Dude Ranch?

January 23, 2018
Fourth-generation rancher Danielle Otis of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, shares the history and meaning behind the term, "dude ranch."  Recently, I was asked an interesting question by an individual who had never heard of a dude ranch. The question was, is a “dude ranch” just for men or can anyone come? … Read more »

2018 Adult Only Ranch Weeks

December 21, 2017
Many dude ranches offer fall adult only riding weeks, mixing things like wine tasting with yoga with horseback riding and allowing you to leave the kiddos at home. From Colorado to Wyoming, check out some adult only weeks on offer in 2018 and make plans for your fall riding vacation.… Read more »

8 Reasons to Enjoy Christmas at a Guest Ranch

December 6, 2017
Why not live out a bit of the horsey holiday dream? Experience Christmas on a dude ranch. by Karen Braschayko I confess that I have a deep weakness for Christmas movies, especially the kind with snowy forests in the background and storylines that wrap up neatly with a sparkly bow.… Read more »

Dude Ranch Christmas Photos- Ideas for Festive Holiday Ranch Style

December 3, 2017
Get in the holiday spirit and get inspired to decorate by checking out some festive decorations at dude ranches across the USA. Why not add a little cowboy Christmas to your own decorations! Below are some ideas for holiday ranch style that you may want to emulate. by Darley Newman… Read more »