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British Columbia Horseback Riding Vacations Photo Journey

March 16, 2013
Pristine Canadian wilderness, snow capped peaks, old growth forests, rugged glaciers, golden grasslands and secluded lakes... If you're on a horseback riding vacation in British Columbia, this is the type of scenery you might encounter.  The westernmost province of Canada, British Columbia is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and… Read more »

Ranch Recipe for Easy Chocolate Truffles

March 2, 2013
When you think of decadent chocolate desserts, you may not immediately think about food at a dude ranch, but modern dude ranches have caught on to the foodies craze. Many have well-trained executive chefs ready to prepare everything from gourmet cookouts to more formal plated entrees, including Vista Verde Guest… Read more »

Wyoming Cowboy Horse Poem

February 5, 2013
Enjoy a cowboy poem about overcoming getting older after 92 years in the saddle from a Wyoming cowboy who's still riding! Nate Brown is a horseman, poet, riding guide, rancher, and co-author of a children's book entitled Roll On, Little Dogies. Still today, at the age of 92, Nate leads riders… Read more »

Colorado Dude Ranches Photo Journey

January 27, 2013
Rocky Mountains, soaring peaks, rolling plains, red rock formations and pristine lakes... find out what it's like to get a Rocky Mountain high on horseback in this photo journey with Colorado dude ranches. Want a Rocky Mountain high on horseback? Colorado is a superb state for horse riding. You can… Read more »

Arizona Dude Ranches Photo Journey

January 22, 2013
Desert landscapes, mountain trails, Ponderosa pines... take a photo journey with Arizona dude ranches through diverse terrain in Arizona. Interested in seeing America's Southwest? Saddling up is a great way to do it. We've ridden in Arizona a few times, traversing the state to meet cowboys, endurance riders, Native American… Read more »

Dude Ranch Weddings in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado

January 5, 2013
Mix history, nature and western hospitality for wedded bliss–– dude ranch weddings! by Darley Newman Always dreamed of a wedding with horses? Seeking a beautiful backdrop with history in the great outdoors? Want photos of your bridesmaids in cowboy boots?  A variety of dude ranches offer unique destination weddings in… Read more »

Winter Sleigh Rides at Dude Ranches

December 23, 2012
Looking for a quintessential winter ranch experience... a cozy winter sleigh ride? Here are five great dude ranches that offer winter sleigh rides. by Darley Newman Want your own Currier & Ives postcard moment in a horse-drawn sleigh? With a little snow and the right destination, you can have it all.… Read more »

Ranch Recipe- Apple Berry Cobbler from The Hideout

December 18, 2012
Looking to warm up and indulge this holiday season? The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, a longtime Wyoming dude ranch, shares a ranch recipe for scrumptous Apple Berry Cobbler- a great holiday dessert made with healthy berries!   Apple Berry Cobbler from the Hideout Fruit Layer 2 lb. total Blueberries, Raspberries,… Read more »

Ranch Recipe- Pumpkin Cheesecake from Vista Verde Ranch

November 9, 2012
Vista Verde Guest Ranch's Chef Chol shares a ranch recipe for scrumptous Pumpkin Cheesecake- a great holiday dessert! by Alana at Vista Verde Guest Ranch   There is just something about fall that says, “Bring on the pumpkins!” Muffins, pies, lattes… it’s seems everywhere you go, you find this autumnal… Read more »

Rent a Ranch- Group and Family Ranch Vacations

October 29, 2012
Ever wanted to have a dude ranch or guest ranch all to yourself? It happened to me and was oh so much fun. Tips and choices for family ranch vacations and group travel. by Darley Newman You’ve heard about renting a villa in Italy or apartment in Paris for a… Read more »