Working cattle ranches – an insight from the inside at Double Rafter Cattle Drive!

Published by Jody on March 7 2015 14:18 in Cattle drives | Cowboy Culture | Culinary Vacations | Dude Ranches | Girlfriends Getaways | Horses | Interviews | Montana | Ranch Life | Ranch Owners | United States | Wildlife | Working Ranches
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Top50 Ranches gives you an insight as to what it’s like owning and running working cattle ranch, Double Rafter Cattle Drive


Double Rafter


Owner: Dana Kerns

Ranch: Double Rafter Cattle Drive - Wyoming, USA


What's the most important thing you have that brings guests back year after year?

Ours is very simply the authenticity of the trip, the warm hospitality of the family and the fact the horses are ranch horses, not nose-to-tail dude horses. Because we're so real in how we do things, people recognize that what they get for their dollar here is reality - we're a niche market and do not appeal to everyone. Those that we do appeal to have a lot of the same values in life which makes for a great week, as they are all wanting the same high-adventure experience. They expect to be tired, dirty and on a high at the end of the week, doing things they have never experienced before, and that is what they get! More...

Ranch vacations – 15 things to make you happy in 2015!

Published by Jody on January 6 2015 06:44 in Cowboy Culture | Dude Ranches | Girlfriends Getaways | Horses | Ranch Life | Relaxation Ranches | Therapeutic | Weddings | Working Ranches
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Top 50 has 15 things that’ll guarantee you’ll have a very happy 2015 ranch vacation! The old adage ‘New Year New You’ is repeated constantly for a reason! A new year gives us the chance to put the old behind us and become excited for a happy, healthy start. We’ve put together a list of things we think will guarantee happiness over the next 12 months!


Get happy on a ranch vacation in 2015!


  1. Surprise a loved one – not just a partner – this Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to give a small gift like a framed photo of a happy memory, or go guns blazin’ with a big gesture like a surprise trip away, making someone you love smile will also make you smile!
  2. Step out of your comfort zone and try somethin’ new. Try your hand at an activity that gets the adrenaline flowing, like skiing, watersports, or horseback ridin’.
  3. Eat healthy, mood-boosting foods, like grass-fed meat, dark chocolate, and organic fruit and vegetables.
  4. Clear out your wardrobe! Ditch all those things you never wear and make space for any new things you need – especially if you’re planning a vacation, you’ll feel much less guilty about splashin’ out on new gear, and best of all you’ll feel de-cluttered and refreshed.
  5. Get fit! Of course everyone wants to look good, but humans were made to move and as you exercise, you release those fab feel-good hormones that help reduce stress levels.
  6. If you’re already a keen horse rider, why not take time to improve your riding/horsemanship skills? Try your hand at somethin’ new like western riding, or learn natural horsemanship.
  7. Book a vacation! We all need time out to recharge our batteries and rewarding yourself with something to look forward to will certainly put a smile on your face.
  8. Donate to charity – regularly giving to others less fortunate generates an awesome feeling inside, meaning our happiness increases, too!
  9. Take time out for yourself – meditate, read a book, or learn yoga.
  10. Get outdoors! Studies have shown that spending as little as 20 minutes outside in good weather not only boosts positive mood, but also broadens thinking and improves the working memory. Participants were also found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.
  11. Spend time helping others – research suggests that 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping others in order to enrich our own lives and be happier.
  12. Spend your money on doing rather than having. Amazing experiences give us a better, longer-lasting feeling than having the latest items.
  13. Get an early night! Good sleep helps us repair and recharge, not getting enough promotes low mood and means we have no energy to do the things that make us happy.
  14. Get yourself pampered at a good spa and choose to spend your vacations somewhere with the option of relaxation.
  15. Look back at old photos of good times, like happy holidays, great days out and people you love. Guaranteed to get you crackin’ a cheesy grin!

 We hope you have a real happy ranch vacation in 2015!

10 life hacks for the perfect dude ranch vacation this Christmas and New Year's

Published by Jody on December 19 2014 20:06 in Cowboy Culture | Culinary Vacations | Dude Ranches | Ranch Life | Special Events | winter sports | Working Ranches
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These 10 life hacks will mean that preparing for your dude ranch vacation over the festive season doesn't have to be stressful! We all want to get the most out of our precious vacations, especially over the holiday period and we want to make sure you have the ranch vacation of a lifetime!


1) If you’re booking a flight to get to your dude ranch the best prices for departures are usually found on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, returning Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Monday-to-Monday trips are usually good value. Basically flying during the week where you can, offers you the best deals.


Brush Creek Ranch has been named No.2 in the world by Conde Nast Traveler

Published by Jody on November 1 2014 10:04 in Press Release | United States | Working Ranches
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Brush Creek Ranch Wyoming

Condé Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch recognized as the No.2 Top Hotel & Resort in the World, with a score of 98.661.

“We have dedicated ourselves since the day we opened our doors in 2011 to becoming one of the great resorts in the world,” said Mike Williams, EVP and COO of The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. “To be named the No. 2 Resort in the World – and the No. 1 Resort in the U.S. – is an incredible honor for our entire staff and we could not be more thrilled that Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and our guests recognize the heart and soul we put into the experience we provide.”

More than 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.

The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a Preferred Boutique Hotel and ORVIS dual-endorsed fly-fishing and wingshooting 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 30,000 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. 

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers. 

This year, Condé Nast Traveler introduced two new categories: Hall of Famers, iconic properties that debuted in the first Readers’ Choice Awards; and The Newcomers and The Comebacks, new and recently refreshed properties that are destined to become future classics.

For more information about The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch or to inquire about rates call (307) 327-5284, email or visit 



Photography Workshop with Triple Creek Ranch

Published by Jody on January 16 2012 21:46 in
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Photography Workshop - Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, February 12, 2012

Winter is celebration time at Triple Creek Ranch, with outdoor fun and indoor elegance at every turn of the skis, every stride of the horse and every clink of the wineglass. Revel in the splendid northern Rocky Mountain scenery and marvel at the beautiful 'blue light' of winter while immersing yourself in mountain luxury.

On-staff, professional instructor, Jared Lucas, will guide guests as they capture Montana's vistas, record wildlife safaris and make precious mementos of the blue tinted gloaming which follows a wintry mountain sunset. Guests are welcome to use Triple Creek Ranch's CANON Rebel T3i cameras and lenses, or their own personal equipment. Participants will receive instruction on the basic fundamentals of outdoor photography and camera setup for various conditions and light.

After a day of photo taking, Jared will instruct guests on enhancing, editing and preserving photos using popular software. Whether your client is an advanced photographer or a beginner, this is a unique opportunity to photograph the Montana experience, while connecting with our natural wonders and the true cowboy culture of America's West.

Make Your Reservation Today! Contact 406-821-4600 or email 

Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, on the state’s western border with Idaho. The property is situated on the side of Trapper Peak, the highest mountain in Western Montana, with access to the many activities of scenic Bitterroot Valley. Guests fly into Missoula International Airport, approximately 80 miles from the ranch.

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