Zapata Ranch, Colorado

Published by Jody on April 2 2014 05:10 in
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A late afternoon ride through the Great Sand Dunes National Park- available for guests of Zapata Ranch.

Featuring 103,000 acres, Zapata Ranch, of Ranchlands, offers one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the US.  Zapata offers educational programs centered around its bison herd, and active, ambitious conservation programs aimed at preserving the surrounding land and promoting its biodiversity.

Learn more about Zapata Ranch or Ranchlands of Colorado.

Book this Ranch Holiday today: 719.378.2356


Find your perfect riding holiday with Top50

Published by Jody on March 27 2014 08:01 in Horses
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Find your perfect riding holiday today with Top50 Ranches. Booking a holiday abroad can be a challenge – especially if you want to try something a bit different or travel somewhere off the beaten track. Horse holidays in particular can be tough to gauge at a distance. Do they offer the riding experience you are looking for? Can they cater for a family member who isn’t an experienced rider? Are they family friendly? Will you be given the opportunity to ride responsive horses, not weary ‘riding school’ types? Top50 Ranches can’t help with all your holiday bookings, but they can help you choose the right ranch holiday so you can focus on channelling your inner cowboy/cowgirl. All their ranches are regularly checked by an experienced member of the Top50 team to ensure standards remain high, so you’ll never get the sinking feeling when you arrive on your first day.

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Alisal Ranch, California, USA

Alisal Ranch california horseback riding above lake

Alisal Ranch is a working cattle ranch, which offers guests a taste of the ‘old west’. You’ll have the opportunity to ride over 10,000 acres of privately owned land with experienced, entertaining wranglers. The ranch has a family slant (there is even a petting zoo!) and provides a wide range of package holidays, from mother-daughter trips to wine-tasting weekends.

Latigo Ranch, Colorado, USA

Latigo Ranch Colorado children's roping

Are you looking for a relaxing ranch holiday with a focus on improving your riding? Then Latigo Ranch is the destination for you. Offering a wide-range of equestrian experiences, from scenic overnight pack trips to ‘learn to ride’ courses, this ranch suits guests who appreciate horses and nature. In addition, they are known for their outstanding children’s programme and excellent hospitality – the number of staff almost equals the number of guests.


Saddle up for the Cowgirl Spring Roundup at Paws Up!

Published by Jody on February 25 2014 09:26 in Girlfriends Getaways
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With International Women's Day approaching on March 8th, what better time to book a women's retreat? Celebrate women's strength, sense of adventure and skill with a complete cowgirl experience at The Resort at Paws Up, Montana. 

Learn to live like a cowgirl

Cowgirls at The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

The Cowgirl Spring Roundup (April 24-27 2014) gives you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in authentic cowgirl culture for three whole days. Run by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, as a guest you will learn how to be a true cowgirl in the beautiful surroundings of Montana's premier luxury ranch resort. 

Cowgirl wrangle at The Resort at Paws Up

Cowgirls are the epitome of strong, inspiring women – they continue to prove that they are more than capable of keeping up with the cowboys. When you sign up for this weekend, you'll dive into the complete cowgirl experience and learn exactly how they tick. Enjoy trail rides, clay shooting, traditional campfires, photography, music and a variety of educational workshops.


Brush Creek Ranch receives Orvis Endorsement

Published by Jody on February 11 2014 06:08 in
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Luxury Guest Ranch Becomes Only Wyoming Destination with Dual Endorsement from Orvis for Fly-Fishing and Wingshooting

(Saratoga, Wyo.) – February 10, 2014 – The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a Preferred Boutique destination, announced today that it has earned its second endorsement from Orvis for its wingshooting, making it the first Orvis-endorsed wingshooting lodge in Wyoming. Brush Creek Ranch earned an endorsement from Orvis for its fly-fishing offering in 2011. Brush Creek Ranch is the only new wing shooting lodge being endorsed by Orvis in 2014 as well as the only dual-endorsed Orvis fly-fishing and wingshooting lodge in Wyoming.

“We are thrilled to have the Orvis endorsement for our wingshooting program,” said Michael Williams, COO and Executive Vice President of The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. “This new endorsement for our wing shooting adventures, in combination with the outstanding Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing, state-of-the-art Gun Club and myriad of other outdoor activities truly makes The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch an outdoor sportsman’s and sportswoman’s vacation paradise.”

At Brush Creek Ranch, guests can experience the thrill of a guided, private hunt for pheasant or chukars with the Ranch’s team of National Champion bird dogs, as well as popular continental tower hunt experiences from the Brush Creek Ranch Founder’s Gun Range shooting tower.

As with each Orvis-endorsed wingshooting lodge, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is vetted personally and on an ongoing basis by Orvis staff who have traveled and hunted extensively.

“We are proud to add Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming to our select group of Orvis Endorsed Wing Shooting Lodges,” said Tom Evenson, Western Director of Endorsed Operations for The Orvis Company. “They have proven to be dedicated in providing one of the best wing shooting experiences offered in the country.  We are confident that Brush Creek Ranch will soon be one of the must visited locations for both the novice and experienced wing shooting enthusiast.”

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch has received numerous accolades including being named one of the "Top 10 Places to Hold a Corporate Retreat;" and “Top Ten Family Vacation Destination” by Worth magazine; “World's Best New Hotels of 2011” by ForbesLife magazine; “Best Up and Coming Hotels of 2012” by Travel + Leisure; and one of Conde Nast Johansen’s Most Excellent Ranches; and a “Top 101 Suites in the World” by Elite Traveler; and “Best Guest Ranch Suites of the American West” by Sunset Magazine.

About The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a Preferred Boutique Hotel and Wyoming’s only dual-endorsed ORVIS fly-fishing and wing shooting lodge, is an exclusive, independent guest ranch set amid a century-old working cattle ranch outside of Saratoga in south central Wyoming's North Platte River Valley. Sitting on 15,000 acres and bordering a million acres of federal wild lands, Brush Creek Ranch's Grand Lodge and collection of new and renovated historic guest cabins and quarters are open to destination weddings, private corporate events and family vacations. Offering an unsurpassed, all-inclusive luxury dude ranch adventure experience, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch provides a genuine Western spirit of hospitality and a vast array of outdoor activities that, coupled with an inspiring landscape and a dedication to sustainable ranching, come together to create a new icon in luxury Western destinations.

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Escape the busy ski slopes! Ranches are ideal winter vacation destinations

Published by Jody on February 4 2014 09:39 in winter sports
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When you think ranch, you probably think dry open plains and spectacular sunny landscapes where cowboys lope alongside their cattle under the endless blue sky. You'd be right – sunny, summer dude ranch vacations can look a lot like this – but what about the winter? It may surprise you to discover that many of the Top50 Ranches, from Montana to Pennsylvania, are open through the winter, offering different and unique experiences for ranch vacation lovers.

Video: Experience the joy of winter at C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado, USA

Skiing at a dude ranch

Ranch at Rock Creek, downhill skiing
Photo: Downhill skiing at the Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, USA

Think ski resort and, alongside the rush of adrenaline, you might also be envisioning the peak-time chaos of the slopes and the all-night partying that leaves you craving some peace and quiet. Dude ranches can offer ski and snowboarding enthusiasts a unique experience with all-inclusive ski holiday packages. Some ranches offer accommodation near popular slopes, so you can retreat to a tranquil cabin or homestead for a home-cooked meal and rejuvinating night's sleep so you are ready to attack the slopes in the morning and leave the heavy ravers eating your powder. Or, if you like a more personal experience, some even offer skiing on-site, giving you the opportunity to experience an untouched landscape with just your closest friends and family, and an experienced guide, of course.


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