Working ranch vacation, Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado

Published by Jody on August 18 2014 12:02 in
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Working ranch vacation at Badger Creek Ranch.

Badger Creek is a 'value for money working ranch' that offers no frills – what you see is what you get.

Badger Creek Ranch only takes literally a few guests a week and although it’s basic, it is situated in Colorado a long way from anywhere, offering quiet solitude and the chance to really get away from it all. Although it’s a working ranch the hosts never forget you are on vacation. Ride into the open ranges of Colorado, where you’ll see nothing for miles but clean, clear air, open skies and wide open landscapes.

Allow your sturdy steed to become your new best friend as you ride into the open range ro experience life as a real cowboy. At the end of a riding day, enjoy the ranch's hardy food and check out the endless stars in the Colorado Rocky Mountain skies. You’ll return home a new person.

Cowgirl Up to Fight Breast Cancer

Published by Jody on August 14 2014 03:30 in Girlfriends Getaways
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Cowgirl Up for a Cure is your chance to escape for an unforgettable three-day weekend at Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming, while simultaneously supporting breast cancer charity Susan G Komen

Cowgirl Up to Fight Breast Cancer at Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming

From September 4–7, 2014, you can be part of an inspiring weekend designed to encourage and enhance your inner cowgirl. Brush Creek welcomes you to join Ambassador Nancy G Brinker, Founder and Chair for Susan G Komen, on the 15,000-acre luxury guest ranch, which provides the ideal setting for bonding with girlfriends and loved ones. 

Cowgirl Up Brush Creek Evening Entertainment


Learn about forestry on a working ranch

Published by Jody on July 21 2014 12:20 in
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Working ranches allow a very hands-on experience, where you can experience lifestyles you have been curious to find out more about but have only previously been able to experience through reading and TV viewing. Just one example of this is the highly-skilled craft of forestry – an important part of land conservation. It's an educated approach that has been passed down and honed from generation to generation, and is even more important now as it was at it's inception. On a working ranch vacation, you can learn all about forestry, including its importance to both the local ecosystem and community, and what is really involved in good forestry.

Sweet Grass Ranch Montana Forestry
Photo: Sweet Grass Ranch, Montana, USA

Ranch forestry: an overview

Interested but want to know more? Here is a quick overview of what you need to know about forestry to ensure that when you arrive on your working ranch vacation you can hit the ground running.

McGinnis Meadows, Montana, USA Forestry
Photo: McGinnis Meadows, Montana, USA

1.    What creates a healthy forest?
A healthy forest needs space, sunlight and moisture in order for the trees to achieve their full potential. Depending on rain fall and how steep an area is, the age, diversification and spacing of trees can give people a good estimation of the last time the forest was manipulated (through human/mechanical means of logging or fire). Forests are multi species – in other words, there are several different woody species in a forest.

Badger Creek Ranch Colorado USA Forestry
Photo: Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado, USA

2.    What does an unhealthy forest look like?
Although attractive to the eye, an unhealthy forest has a very heavy canopy (where the trees are so close together that sunlight can’t reach the forest floor). Too many trees of one age structure means that you won’t have any replacement or new growth - or your new growth is just a thicket. Overgrown forests, where sunlight is not reaching the ground, means that trees are growing so densely that they compete with one another, which won’t allow them to reach their full potential.

3. The truth about logging
It's hard to miss the bad press that logging has received in recent years. But the truth is logging hasn’t created unhealthy forests –incorrect logging methods have. When you get the educated rancher/logger on proper management, they are the best stewards of the land. By carefully selecting the trees to be removed in a sustainable way over a suitable period of time, ranchers can actually support a healthy forest ecosystem. 

Beaumont High Country Experience Southland New Zealand Forestry
Photo: Beaumont High Country Experience, Southland, New Zealand

4. Safeguarding against forest fires
We are taught to fear forest fires but they have their place in forestry history. It may appear that fire leaves only devastation in its wake but, remember, fire has made most of the healthy forests we look at today. Thirty years ago or so they just let fires burn to create those healthy forests, but now with so many structures and homes built in the middle of these dense forests, we need to put these fires out.

If people can be educated upon what a healthy forest looks like, they can create fireguards within their own areas and healthy forests, thus reducing the chances for wildfires to get out of control and put their homes/structures in jeopardy. Working ranches encourage individuals to start educating themselves on how to truly create a healthy forest to ensure their own safety, because everyone who builds homes in these dense areas can become safer in their environment through healthy forest management.

Listen Paul Vahldiek from High Lonesome Ranch, Colorado, talk about the challenges and importance of taking a holistic view of conservation to safeguard land for the future:

To book your working ranch vacation, visit our list of quality-approved working ranches on the Top50 Ranches site or view all of our ranch vacations to find your perfect ranch getaway for 2014.

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Exclusive ranch vacation offers at Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado

Published by Jody on July 13 2014 04:48 in Special Offers
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For a limited period, your dream ranch vacation could work out cheaper than you expect. Elk Mountain Ranch, Buena Vista, Colorado is offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the best of the Colorado Rockies at bargain prices.

Elk Mountain Ranch Colorado Family Ride

Adventure in the Rockies

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with off-the-beaten path charm, Elk Mountain Ranch is a dream ranch vacation destination for those with a taste for adventure. At 9,600 feet, it's Colorado’s Highest Guest Ranch and offers a wide range of activities for families, couples and individuals.

Elk Mountain White Water Rafting Colorado


White Stallion Ranch wins Trip Advisor Award

Published by Jody on July 7 2014 12:24 in
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TUSCON, AZ– July 1, 2014 - White Stallion Ranch announced today that they were awarded 19th Place in the Top 25 Hotels in the USA for Exceptional Service by TripAdvisor in its 2014 Travelers’ Choice® Awards.

Now in its 12th year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

Russell True, owner of the White Stallion Ranch responded to the award by saying “This is such a great honor. As children, we watched our parents work tirelessly to create a culture of honest Western style service. They believed strongly that everything should just happen as it should and anything else should be out of the guests’ sight and hearing.

This award is recognition of the sincere, kind, hard-working service the entire staff here provides our guests. Before you succeed at anything, you must believe. Our crew does and that in turn makes our guests believe.”

“We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

For reviews on White Stallion Ranch, go to Trip Advisor

More about White Stallion Ranch...


The year 2015 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Guest ranching by the True family, where the third generation has recently joined the staff. It is also the 75th year of operation as a Guest Ranch, having started at the turn of the century as a cattle ranch.

Conveniently located just 1.5 hours from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 35 minutes from Tucson International Airport, White Stallion Ranch has access to excellent air service both domestically and internationally.

Open year round, the ranch offers an extensive riding program appropriate for everyone from first time riders to experienced competitors. Non-riders will find a host of activities to fill their days. Rates are Full American Plan. Special Seasonal Rates, Educational Workshops and Clinics are offered throughout the year.


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