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Questions to Ask Before Booking a Dude Ranch Vacation

July 8, 2018
Have you read our recent blog article Dude Ranch vs Guest Ranch. What IS the Difference?! Regardless of whether it’s a dude ranch or guest ranch, the experience each ranch vacation offers is unique. From the size (8 guests to 100+) to the activities (horseback riding to yoga), to the… Read more »

Montana’s “Secret Season” Vacation Travel Ideas

June 2, 2018
Late August and early September are one of the best times to visit the Whitefish area and Glacier Country in Montana. Days from the beginning of August through the middle of September are a comfortable 70-85 degrees with nights cooling off into the 50’s. The crowds thin out in Glacier… Read more »

Cattle Drives, Cowgirl Up and More at Bar W Guest Ranch in Montana

June 2, 2018
If your idea of a satisfying ranch vacation includes driving cattle across vast expanses in the American West, playing cowgirl with your girlfriends or learning new skills related to riding, painting, photography, yoga or something else, you are not alone. According to the annual travel industry forecast, Skift Megatrends 2018,… Read more »

Ranch Vacation Tips: Dude Ranch versus Guest Ranch

May 29, 2018
What is a dude ranch? Why do you call it a dude ranch? How do you define a dude ranch? Is it dude ranch or guest ranch? Well, let Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch answer that for you! by Kelly Burns First, let us tell you a little about the history of… Read more »

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 »