Fall Adventures! Mexican culture | Huge discounts! | Thanksgiving | Fall roundups

BY Jody Dahl | Mon 01 Sep, 2014

 

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Fall Adventures!

The bright colours of summer may be disappearing, but they make way for an amber trail of crisp leaves dropping from the trees. The days may be shorter, but that means more time for stargazing and nighttime campfires. Hot summer weather may be leaving us for another year, but crisp fall mornings mean hot cups of coffee and cowboy breakfasts aplenty, to set you up for an adventurous day in the saddle. 

Fall is here - and we have the perfect ranch adventures fit for the leafy season!

Rancho Las Cascadas Mexico Zapata Ranch, Colorado Bar W Ranch

 

Culture special El Dia de los Muertos - Rancho las Cascadas

This fabulous 3-day folklore event at the Mexico ranch celebrates El Dia de los Muertos, or 'The Day of the Dead', from 31 October to 1 November. Mexico's national festivities are no more enthusiastic than in the colourful towns surrounding the ranch, which you'll visit on horseback. A real adventure full of authentic Mexican culture!

 

Save! 15% off at Zapata Ranch

Head to the Colorado bison ranch for a 5-night adventure, from 5-10 October 2014. Adventures include a 22-mile Champagne ride through changing Aspen groves in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, plus get up close a personal with wild bison!

15% discount extends to all new bookings, total US$1,453.50.

 

Save! 20% off, flexible stays!

To celebrate Bar W Guest Ranch's 10th anniversary, join the Montana ranch between 12 and 31 October for a 20% discount on your stay. The 3-night minimum and check-in dates are waived during this special period, so you can choose when you stay, and how long for - and enjoy a great saving to boot. 

Prices start from US$290 pppn, excluding discount. 

Fall Adventure Specials! Top50's pick
 

Rancho Los Banos
From 1 October to 23 December, enjoy the majesty and tranquility of the Arizona Rancho with its Cowgirls Special! Two or more cowgirls, when staying 4 or more nights, get a discounted rate of $175pppn (based on double occupancy). 

C Lazy U Ranch
Enjoy discounted rates and shorter stays at this Colorado guest ranch this fall, as well as the stunning colors of the changing Aspen leaves surrounding the ranch! All-inclusive rates start at US$325/night for adults, US$125 for children.

Vista Verde
From 28 September to 19 October, this Colorado dude ranch can enjoy both sun and snow - sometimes both in the same week! - so it's a great time to cozy up by the fire, soak in your private hot tub, or adventure out on horseback or on foot to explore the mountain vistas. Stay Sunday-Sunday, or opt for a shorter vacation. 
From US$1,250pp for a 3-night stay.

Lone Mountain Guest Ranch
The kids might be back at school, but adults can still enjoy some fall adventures! Choose from these 4-night vacations:
- Until 11 October: Browns on the Madison Fly Fishing Experience (from US$1,980pp)
- 4-night Horse Enthusiasts Riding Package (from US$1,540pp)
- 4-night Wildlife and Naturalist Package (from US$1,540pp)

 

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch:

Save 30%!

Mountain Sky ranch

Leave the kids at home for an adults-only getaway this fall! This Montana ranch's Wild West Adventure itinerary has been put together whether you're looking for high adventure or ultimate relaxation. The choice is yours - explore the vast and unspoiled Montana wilderness on horseback or hiking, golf on the ranch's private course, enjoy a massage or dissolve into your favorite book. 

Packages start from US$1,900pp (includes 30% discount)
 

Relax and revive!

Try one of these more relaxing fall adventures, whether art or yoga is your thing...

C Lazy U Ranch
Calling all yogi! Visit in September and October for Julie Goodnight riding and yoga clinics. With 8,500 acres, luxury accommodations and fine dining, this Colorado guest ranch makes the ideal fall retreat.

Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch

Visit from 23-26 October for the Artist Workshop Weekend. Revel in the fall splendor of Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains and unleash your inner artist! You'll work side-by-side with renowned western artists Greg Kelsey, Andy Thomas and Jason Rich. With luxury accommodations, meals, art supplies, workshop sessions and on-ranch activities all included in your cabin rate, this is one not to miss.

From $950 per couple, per night. Adults only.

Round 'em up!

For a real cowboy adventure, there's nothing like a fall roundup - complete with all the authentic cowboy culture than goes hoof in hoof with this annual tradition. We've found 4 to choose from:

Latigo Ranch Roundup 
Latigo's authentic cattle roundup takes place on 14-20 September. Round up a thousand pair of cattle in all kinds of terrain, before pushing them down the mountain to their winter pastures.  
US$2,995 for the week-long stay.  

Chico Basin Ranch - Fall Works 2014

Chico Basin Ranch Colorado

For a truly authentic riding experience, head to this Colorado working cattle ranch on October 6th for an extra-busy week, as the first calf heifers are put through “fall works”. Gather more than 200 pairs and trail them into Chico HQ, before sorting off and weaning calves in the corrals, both on the ground and horseback. See the heifers being checked for pregnancy, then end the week trailing bred and open cattle to different areas of the ranch. A truly authentic adventure!
Enquire for rates.

Los Banos Ranch, Arizona
From 2-8 November, experience an authentic corrida full of vaqueros, horses and cattle, with drives, corral and cattle work. Combined with up to 3 back-country trail rides of 5-7 hours through the 30,000 acre rancho, this is a great time to enjoy both the ranch and its annual roundup. 

Space is limited. Rates start from US$1,500 all-inclusive, including shuttle to/from Tucson. 

Malibu Dude Ranch

Malibu Dude Ranch Pennsylvania

New to the cattle drive thing? Taking the kids? For a less intense roundup, head to the Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania where you'll learn to round up livestock to move along the trail and enjoy refreshments from the chuck wagon. You'll be matched with a horse for your skill level and learn how to work the herd with instruction from Malibu's seasoned wranglers. Limited to ten participants per 3-hour roundup.
Suitable for ages 13 and up, prices are US$100 for overnight guests; US$150 for non-guests.

Fancy something a bit different?

It doesn't all have to be about the horseback riding - fishing and nature is all part of the adventure at these ranches this fall...

High Lonesome Ranch - fishing and hunting 
- Explore the diversity around the main ranch on a few Colorado rivers with a fly rod. 5-night Fly-Fishing Expeditions include a float trip on the Roaring Fork, wade fishing on the White River, and a float trip on the Lower Colorado - one of the best stretches in the country. From US$3,300pp.
- The 5-night Fin & Feather Expeditions take you through the ranch's hundreds of acres of coverts for four species of upland bird hunting with award-winning dogs, combined with fishing on two legendary rivers that make anglers' dream lists. From US$3,700pp.
Expeditions run through to December 2014.

Brush Creek Ranch - Cast & Blast
Experience premiere Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing and wing shooting hunts led by the ranch's seasoned guides in Wyoming’s famed Platte River Valley. Fall sporting packages unfold across 30,000 private acres and include gun range tune-up, luxury accommodations, gourmet meals and more.
Adventures run through to 18 October 2014. From US$3,400pp for 3-nights/4-days.

 

Thanksgiving Special at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa!

 

From 11-13 October, enjoy a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving at one of BC's top resorts and lodges. Experience the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, with horseback riding, fly fishing and mountain biking in the crisp fall weather to enjoy over the holiday. Not forgetting a gourmet 5-course Thanksgiving feast - including pumpkin pie, of course! The holiday package includes the feast, all other meals, daily Thai yoga (Ruesri dat ton) stretching classes, luxurious lodgings, use of all ranch facilities (including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre), and cookies all day long.
Other activities including horseback riding, fly-fishing lessons and spa treatments are also available 'a la carte'. This is the ideal holiday vacation for the whole family!
Prices start from CAN$450pppn night for the Thanksgiving Holiday package, additional nights from CAN$210pp.
 

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa BC Canada

 

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