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A Winter Escape to a Dude Ranch? Let us tell you - nature at its finest…sledding, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, dining on homemade cuisine, relaxing in the evening by a warm fire, explicit freedom, wide open spaces, pure fresh air and wildlife roaming freely around you.

If you’ve never visited – or even thought to visit - a ranch in the winter, it’s a definite must-do. We just spent the weekend on a ranch cross country skiing with elk and deer literally 10 feet from us: an experience very few people have the opportunity for, unless…you visit a ranch in the winter.

Let us just go ahead and highlight merely a few of your winter Top50 dude ranch vacation options!

Winter ranch vacation specials and events

15% off with Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, Montana – enjoy a winter package with lodging, three meals a day, access to 100km of groomed cross-country ski trails, 20km of snowshoe trails, on-the-snow trail buffet, evening programs, entertainment in the saloon, Lone Mountain’s famous sleigh ride dinner, plus airport transfers from Bozeman!

Winter Ski Package at The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana – four all-inclusive nights in luxurious accommodations, lift tickets and equipment rental for snowboarding and/or skiing, all winter activities, plus two 60-minute Rock Creek Stone massages!

Heli-Tours with The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana – Glacier National Park or Yellowstone National Park helicopter tour and four all-inclusive nights in the accommodation category of your choice. And that’s not all... Enjoy access to all winter activities – including horseback riding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating, hockey, hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing.

Take a couple’s quickie and head to Montana for a Valentine’s Weekend - Take a quick romantic break to Travel & Leisure’s Number 1 ranked Resort, Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, for 5-star food, luxurious accommodations, and pampering. We also recommend booking during their Cooking School or Western Horsemanship weekends.

Ski Colorado – Cross-country ski with ‘Colorado’s Best Dude Ranch’, Latigo Ranch, and let the owners pamper you with true western hospitality and excellent home-style cooking.

Or, have a hankering for winter horseback riding? Try Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado.With a 1:1 guest to staff ratio, this ranch will meet every expectation. Further your riding skills with top trainers in their indoor heated arena.

Try Dog Sledding with the Bar W, Montana, or head to the slopes for a bit of skiing. After an active day, you’ll love coming home to the ranch for amazing cuisine and fine wine or relaxing at the local spa.

Winter ranch vacations in the warm

The Mother-Daughter Cowgirl Bootcamp is an adventurous three-night, four-day, all-inclusive retreat at Alisal Ranch in California. This unique package is the ideal opportunity to strengthen bonds and build fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Couples take note! 3-Night Warm Weather Getaway to Rancho Los Banos, Mexico - hiking, backcountry horseback riding, trekking, canyoneering, bouldering, mountain biking, boxed canyons, petroglyphs, wildlife spotting, ecotours, jeeping, Dark Skies, birdwatching, kayaking(lake/river), fishing.

Feel as though our highlighted winter teasers weren’t enough? Make sure to visit specials page for additional winter specials and events.

Top50 heads to South America…

Stay tuned as Top50 heads to South America for a PR meet & greet and estancia tour. With a number of beautiful estancias in South America, we have chosen a select few to visit – all with rave reviews – and we look forward to reporting back. Keep an eye on our blog while we keep you updated on each stage of our trip with photos and videos!

Top50 Ranches’ Media Feature & Highlights…

Throughout the past 2 months of our official launch, Top50 has garnered some wonderful press.

Chosen as Favorite Website by Horse&Rider Magazine, UK

Top50 Working Ranches featured in British Horse, UK

Top50 featured as Top Equestrian Holidays

Trail Rider, March 2011, Top 10 Trail Riding Destinations with Top50

Top50 and its member ranches have also been featured in London Times, AOL, UK, in Absolute Horse, PPM, Equi-Trader, EquiAds, Local Rider, Carriage Driving, PONY, Scottish & Northern, Hoofbeat, Central Horse News and much more... with much more to come! Stay updated through Top50’s Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you for tuning in! We’ll see you on the trail in the Top50 Blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. Make sure to check out the Top 10 Trail Riding Destinations picked up by Trail Rider magazine and the Top 10 Ranches for the Experienced Rider.

Top50Ranches showcases some of the most breathtaking and luxurious ranches in the world and is a resource for travellers seeking authentic ranch and riding vacations. Each ranch meets established criteria of hospitality, accommodation, activities and riding standards of excellence.Top50 researches only those who are unique, authentic and who offer excellent hospitality – putting you, the guest, first.

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