Discover a Winter Wonderland at the Majestic Dude Ranch, Colorado

Published by Jody on November 17 2014 09:23 in Children's Programs | Dude Ranches | Press Release | Ranch Owners | United States | winter sports
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After the past four years of summer-only operations, the Majestic Dude Ranch in Colorado is expanding to welcome tourists year round. Now you can spend a winter holiday enjoying the comfort of a cozy cabin along with our new winter activities including snowmobiling, skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding, ice fishing and more! All activities are available to children as well. 

Enjoy the hospitality of the main lodge with a hot cocoa in front of a roaring fire, hearty meals and even indoor movie screenings. 

The ranch sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet and has an average snowfall of 69 inches per year. A blanket of snow transforms the ranch into a pristine winter paradise. 

The Majestic Dude Ranch sits high in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, a working guest/dude ranch just 40 minutes from Durango and 35 minutes from Cortez. In addition to the ranch offerings, guests can visit the Mesa Verde National Park and the famed Four Corners Monument. 

Owner Robert Bucksbaum brings his signature enthusiasm and passion to every aspect of the ranch operations. A wide variety of unique activities will be offered making this the perfect destination for a family reunion, corporate retreat, wedding or a holiday destination. 

Bucksbaum feels confident about his unique vision for the ranch and the future possibilities it holds for his guests. “I believe in reaching out and grabbing hold of life and living your dreams. My goal is for guests to leave the ranch feeling rejuvenated and having rediscovered the beauty of the world around them.”

For further information, view Majestic Dude Ranch on Top50Ranches

Montana Winter Adventure at the Bar W Guest Ranch

Published by Jody on November 17 2014 09:03 in Cowboy Culture | Montana | Press Release | Ranch Specials | Relaxation Ranches | Therapeutic | winter sports
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Escape to the winter wonderland at the Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana. As the temperatures lower, the nights get cooler and the snow begins to fall, a whole new playground awaits visitors. On your winter dude ranch vacation, you will find that the Bar W and the Whitefish community have it all.

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Stay with the Bar W for an elegant and relaxing bed and breakfast surrounded by the pine-covered ridges of Spencer Mountain and the peaceful winter of Montana. Guests can wake up to the inviting smell of hot coffee and a fresh breakfast. Only four miles from town, the Bar W is the perfect location to feel miles away from civilization but have the charming town of Whitefish just around the corner.

New for 2014, guests can take their winter adventure getaway to a whole new level. Rent the entire lodge as a vacation home. Make our home, your home. Your cozy bed and breakfast is not just a vacation anymore it’s like going home to put on your favorite pair of slippers.

Looking for more than just luxury lodging; our staff is happy to help arrange outdoor adventure activities. Head into town to grab a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the endless trails. Rent snowmobiles and ride the mountainous terrain that surrounds Whitefish or enjoy an exciting dog sled ride to appreciate the untamed wilderness of Montana.

The winter landscape becomes a skier’s paradise. Whitefish Mountain Resort, recently named 7th Top Ski Town in the World by National Geographic and the 2nd in the United States, is only seven miles from the ranch. Only minutes from incredible slopes, The Bar W is perfect for guests wanting to hit the area’s signature slopes for an all day skiing or snowboarding adventure.

Adventure for the whole family is just outside your front door at The Bar W Guest Ranch.  Sleigh rides to take you back to a simpler time, a time for family and friends, a time to relax and let the beauty that surrounds you soothe your soul. You don’t have to be a guest to visit for a sleigh ride! The Bar W is offering three sleigh rides a day, seven days a week.

On top of an exciting sleigh ride, guests can experience a sleigh ride chili dinner or a sleigh ride followed by a delicious dinner in our lodge. Sleigh ride dinners are served family style and are the perfect family bonding experience for all ages!

Go dashing through the snow in an open sleigh behind one our elegant draft horse teams or cozy up in our lodge for a relaxing bed and breakfast stay.  Either way, the Bar W is sure to please. Don’t wait, come experience a true winter wonderland at the Bar W.

For more information, view Bar W on Top50Ranches

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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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 



Ranch Holidays - I'd like to go ranching but..

Published by Jody on January 16 2013 14:45 in Dude Ranches | Press Release | Ranch Life
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Ranch holidays - Common misconceptions can prevent people booking the holiday of their dreams. Here are some excuses why people opt out of going to a ranch and why it’s time to think again.

There are endless opportunities, activities and adventures to be had on a ranch vacation. Riding is just a small part of what’s on offer, and the choice of a Luxury Dude, Working or Family Guest ranch means you can tailor-make your holiday to best suit the whole family’s needs. Whether you’re considering a holiday with a partner, children, the whole family, friends or on your own, a ranch is the way forward. Forget excuses because we’ve heard them all, and they couldn’t be further from the truth. Excuses, excuses I’d like to go on a ranch holiday but…

1)…My partner isn’t horsey and he’d get bored.

Not true. Riding is only a small part of the activities available on a ranch. Check out the various centres at and you’ll be surprised at what’s on offer. So what can your non-horsey other half do while you saddle up and head off across the open prairies or into the mountains? The list is endless, but for starters there are various water sports to get involved in, as well as fishing, golf, climbing, shooting, walking, cycling, wagon rides and much, much more. For those wanting to take it easier, there’s bird spotting or the chance to simply enjoy a relaxing day by the pool and take in the glorious sun’s rays.

A ranch can be a truly romantic vacation for couples – in fact many couples choose to get married at a ranch, and many cater for weddings very well. With stunning backdrops and good weather, you can be sure to truly experience the best day of your life and go home with wedding photos that are second to none.

Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana, for example, is a guest ranch which caters for weddings, as well as offering a number of other activities, too. Couples can take a romantic river cruise on one of the centre’s historical sail boats to an art gallery, or head into Big Fork for shopping or to experience local nightlife.


2)…I can’t afford it.

While a ranching vacation can cost more than some other types of holidays, don’t forget that once you’ve paid, everything is included. Taking children on holiday can be really expensive with so many shopping temptations along the way, not to mention the cost of buying lunch, ice cream and other snacks. At a ranch you can sit back and relax knowing that you won’t need your purse until you get back home again. What’s more, your children will be so immersed in the activities on offer that spending money will be the last thing on their mind.

Badger Creek Ranch is a working ranch set in Colorado and caters well for those on a budget. The nightly rate is set at an all-inclusive rate of $200 dollars ($100 for non-riders) and hosts Eric and Sue only take 2-4 guests at a time, promising a quieter trip away. At that price, a ranch vacation is much cheaper than many other holiday destinations, not to mention much more fun, peaceful and educational, too.


3)…I’m quite a novice rider and the riding would scare me.

At there really is a suitable ranching holiday for anyone, whatever your riding experience. For nervous or novice riders, choose a ranch which operates at a more leisurely pace, or one which offers riding lessons to help you improve. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that many ranches take guests with no riding experience whatsoever! With safe horses and riding Western style, you can plod along at a leisurely pace knowing you are in good hands.

Working cattle ranch, McGinnis Meadows, situated in Montana, offers Buck Brannaman style horsemanship courses, allowing guests to learn more about handling and training horses in a kind, considerate way. This ranch welcomes beginner riders and takes pride in the fact that their guests improve dramatically in a short space of time. And don’t forget that there is so much to do at a ranch that you don’t even have to get on a horse if you don’t wish to. Go for a leisurely walk and take in the stunning scenery, go bird watching, wildlife spotting or take advantage of the numerous water sports and other activities on offer. One thing is for sure – you won’t get bored on a ranching vacation, whatever you enjoy doing.


4)…I have young children and it’s not really a holiday for kids.

Wrong. A ranching vacation is the perfect holiday for young ones because there are so many activities for them to get involved in. Many ranches offer children’s programs which are safely supervised, allowing adults to do their own thing and escape from the stresses of looking after children during the day.

Other parents may wish to participate in activities which involve the whole family, so if you do want your children around you during the day, check out the numerous family activities on offer. Estancia Ranquilco, Neuquen, Argentina, is a 100,000 acre working guest ranch situated at the foothills of the Andes. Many children over the age of four have learnt to ride here on the ranch’s gentle and safe horses, and here children can also participate in activities such as egg collecting, milking, lassoing, fly fishing and sleeping under the stars. A ranch gives children the chance to run free to their heart’s content and be at one with nature.


5)…I’m a vegetarian and there’ll be nothing for me to eat.

Most ranches will happily cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements, such as food allergies or lactose intolerance. Apache Spirit Ranch in Arizona is just one of many venues that puts a guest’s dietary needs first. Like many other ranches, they even cater for vegans, which may surprise you!

If you’re really passionate about animals and worry about what you might see at a ranch, then opt for a Luxury Dude or Guest ranch, such as Echo Valley Ranch and Spa in British Colombia, Canada. Here you can ride for miles across the varied scenery and take advantage of the spa facilities after a long day in the saddle. There’s a great chance to go bird or wildlife spotting, too, where you may see the likes of black bears, deer, snakes, marmots, California big horn sheep, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Kite and more than 200 other bird species.


6)…isn’t it a bit HOKEY?

This couldn’t be further from the truth. A ranch vacation is all about educating the public to what it’s all about - unfettered views, wide open landscapes, freedom and a variety of activities for all the family. It’s about being wholesome and having a tie with nature. Fresh air is plentiful and you will soon disconnect yourself from real life and submerge yourself into another’s culture. In a nutshell, a ranch vacation is healthy and relaxing, yet full of adventure, and promises memories that will last a lifetime.

High Lonesome Ranch, Colorado, USA, offers the experience to ‘have it as wild as you want’. Offering views of the Rocky Mountains, guests can ride at whatever speed they wish or enjoy a lesson to improve their riding skills. In fact, if you look at some online forums you only have to read guests’ comments to know that a ranch vacation is far from corny. Comments such as ‘I thought it would be a bit hokey, but actually, it was very authentic and the best holiday I ever took’ and similar are not uncommon.

So really, there’s no excuse not to take a ranch holiday this year. What are you waiting for?

Family dude ranch vacations: 10 ways to tear your kids away from their X-Box!

Published by Jody on May 10 2012 04:22 in Cattle drives | Children's Programs | Dude Ranches | Montana | Press Release | Rodeos | Top50 Feature Articles | United States | Working Ranches
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Family dude ranch vacations could provide the solution to the problem faced by almost every parent: getting the kids away from the X-Box! Whether your child is glued to their games console, computer, television screen or cell phone, family dude ranch vacations can tear even the most gadget-savvy child out of the digital age and enlighten them to the simpler ways to enjoy life.

Top50 Ranches has come up with 10 wonderful ways to de-gadget your kids on a family dude ranch vacation – try these simple strategies for size…

1. Get ‘em in the saddle at Red Horse Mountain Ranch and you’ll have a hard time trying to get them back off the horse! The Idaho family dude ranch’s children’s program includes horseback riding for children as young as three years, allowing kids to go horseback riding on the trail with the rest of the family.

2. Let them jump in at the deep end – literally! – at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, whose all-inclusive Montana family vacations include lake water sports among a whole host of other ranch activities. In fact, at Flathead Lake Lodge the kids can enjoy the most diverse range of all-inclusive activities offered by any USA ranch – think horseback riding, sailing, personalized fly-fishing, water sports, horseback riding, rodeo, tepee campouts, family barn dances and so much more.

3. Send them mountain biking at Majestic Dude Ranch, which boasts an impressive fleet of brand new, state-of-the-art bikes for every age and size. With pro-cyclist Nick as their guide, the kids will be awestruck at the exciting cycle trails to tackle in Colorado’s beautiful Mesa Verde National Forest, some of which have been named in the top 10 mountain biking trails in the USA.

4. Make ‘em cowboys! At Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, kids get to try out real rodeo games in the arena during the week, then put their new cowboy skills to the test in the weekly take-part family rodeo. The only thing they’ll want to watch on TV after this is ‘Eight Seconds’!

5. Set your teens loose in Yellowstone on Lone Mountain Guest Ranch’s “Teens Only” tour of the national park, on a backpacking trip into the Spanish Peaks. Not only will they not be able to get cell phone service in the mountains, they’ll probably forget why they ever bothered with texting in the first place.

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6. Get bonding with your daughter at the Sugar and Spice Ranch in Texas, USA. The moms-and-daughters dude ranch encourages bonding through fun horseback games, rodeo and horse care activities. If your little girl loves horses, she’ll love this Texas family vacation – and so will you!

7. Forget heading to town for 10-pin bowling – Montana's The Ranch at Rock Creek’s Silver Dollar Saloon entertainment area comes fully equipped with a four-lane bowling alley, complete with computerized scoring, a selection of balls and bowling shoes in assorted sizes. Strike!

8. Swimming with dolphins? So last year. This year’s family ranch vacation is all about swimming with horses. That’s right, head to Sweet Grass Ranch for a Montana family vacation where the kids – and you! – can enjoy swimming your horse bareback in the creek.

9. Roll them down a hill. Yes, really! It’s all about “zorbing” these days, so take a Montana family vacation at The Resort at Paws Up, which offers exactly that. What could be a better way to get your thrill-seeker kids outdoors than to ask them to strap themselves inside a giant bouncy ball and launch themselves down a hill? (See above.) Don’t worry, it’s all fully supervised and totally safe!

10. Get ‘em chasing cows on cattle drives at Bonanza Creek Ranch. Your Montana family vacation will see them doing the job of wranglers, with guests of all ages, if able to control their horse independently, encouraged to play an active role in the working ranch’s style cattle drives. Prepare to unleash their inner Billy the Kid!

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