Celebrities love dude ranch vacations – an A-Lister visits Top50’s ranches
Big-name celebrities need time out from their punishing work schedules, too and an increasing number are heading out to the ranges under the big sky to unwind and re-connect with nature. More...
Top50 Ranches gives you an insight as to what it’s like owning and running Mountain Sky Guest Ranch!
Marketing Manager: Stacy Townsend
Ranch: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Montana, USA
What's the most important thing you have that brings guests back year after year?
80% of our guests return year after year for the family experience that we provide. As digital devices are abandoned, and warm and vibrant staff guide them through their ranch experience, deep bonds are formed within families. There is also a vast array of activities and adventure, gourmet cuisine, comfortable accommodation and sprawling facilities that make people come back time and time again. More...
To really experience life on a working ranch, you have to live it. And that’s what guests do when they visit Rowse’s 1+1. In its latest episode, Discover Ranches reveals a day in the life of this working ranch located in Burwell, Nebraska.
“They just want to live out their dreams.” Says owner and rancher Tammy Rowse.
There are no luxurious spa treatments, yoga, or nose-to-tail rides. Guests participate in daily ranch life, which sometimes can be very challenging, and includes working cattle, riding, roping, branding, driving the herd, and sorting cattle. But it’s clear that work is what guests are there for, and they certainly aren’t deterred— as evidenced by the ranch’s number of return clientele.
Chico Basin Ranch has hosted guest ranch vacations that revolve around a large scale working ranch since 2000. Chico Basin Ranch guests are intimately involved in all ranch life to the extent that they desire, whether this be on horseback, fixing fences or putting feed out for the cattle. The working cattle ranch has found that making a contribution to the daily ranch activities gives guests the biggest thrill, so programs have been developed to include guests so that they are a part of the daily work’s success. There are ample opportunities to take time off on your own for hiking, wildlife viewing, swimming or fishing in one of the ranch’s five lakes. During the spring and fall, there are bird banding station works on the ranch as Chico Basin is one of the biggest migratory flyways in Colorado. There are over 320 birds on the Chico Bird list!
Sleepin' and eatin'!
Chico Basin has three rooms: a 1-room cabin and a renovated historic adobe building with 2 rooms in it, which makes the experience on the Chico very intimate, with just 2-4 guests at any one time. Guests prepare their own breakfast and a sack lunch in the kitchen in the facility they are living in, and dinners are shared with and prepared by staff in the guest facilities or in personal homes.