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Visitor aged 60
Iowa

White Stallion Ranch

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I needed a place to stay while attending the Tucson gem show. Little did I know how the gem in the desert would affect me. It's relaxing and exciting at the same time, it's a must go. I've been riding since 5 years old and working on breeding farms. Go, let them wrap u in a world away.

What makes this riding program stand out...

They just "know" the perfect horse for you. Takes years of experience to do this. The ride is set by your ability and it was perfect!!! No nose to butt rides here! I love riding in the mountains and in the desert.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Setting surrounded by mountains, piece, quality people opening their home to you. You stay in a private cacita and join the group when you want.

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Fly into Tucson , take a left on Twin peak, ta da. It's so close yet so far away...

Would you return...

Oh yes.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Already have to several.

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Visitor aged 50
Indiana

Elk Mountain Ranch

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This is a small ranch, so it has a very intimate feel about it. Not necessarily the most luxurious ranch, but certainly clean/comfortable. Meals are straightforward (nothing glamorous), but very good. It's small & remote enough that you really make personal connections with other guests and the staff. By the end of the week, it feels more like vacationing at a relative's home than a resort/lodge (except my relatives don't provide turn down/maid services!).

What makes this riding program stand out...

The staff is exceptional (knowledge, skills, friendliness and professionalism) and rider safety is priority #1. This makes the program safe and enjoyable for riders of all levels

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The smaller size allows guests to become friends with each other and the staff/owners. While we were at the ranch, some previous guests were in the area and just dropped by to say hi to that staff....have to say I've never heard of that before.

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Staff was very accommodating of guest requests for rides. Rides were small and organized to meet the guest needs. An example is that all of the kids from the various families wanted to have a morning ride together (they had become great friends) without parents. The staff made it happen and, based on the safety first approach of the staff, all the parents could enjoy their own rides with complete peace of mind. My daughters cried when we left and still tell stories about how much they enjoyed this vacation.

Would you return...

Yes, except we prefer to investigate other locations throughout the Rockies.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Would give this ranch our highest recommendation for families or riders of all experience levels. Also, my daughters are experienced riders. We were able to ride every day (which was our preference) and tailor our rides to our abilities.

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Visitor aged 44
uk

White Stallion Ranch

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So friendly and accommodating. The ranch owners are always around, they know everyone by name

What makes this riding program stand out...

Beautiful scenery. Fantastic horses. Russell True has this fantastic knack of pairing rider with a suitable horse just by meeting you once. All the wranglers are great

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The homely feel. Friendly, gorgeous relaxing setting. Nothing is to much bother

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A great friendly family experience.

Would you return...

We went in 2014 and 2015 and are going back in 2017. Highly recommend it all levels of riding. My husband and brother-in-law had never ridden....by having lessons and hacks out they were like John Wayne by the 2nd day!!

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Definitely. Food is second to none...the riding is suited to all levels and the team penning was awesome

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Visitor aged 42
Washington

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

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The staff was phenomenal! They made a point to get to know my 4 year old son. And so many of them had musical talents.

What makes this riding program stand out...

It catered to the WHOLE family. The young children were very well taken of. Adults could go on easy rides, learn to lope and trot, go with their children, or go with other adults. Staff took care of every detail and we felt extremely comfortable with how well our 4 year old was taken care of.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Probably a mixture of things. The beautiful scenery is absolutely amazing. The staff is top-notch and the food is incredible.

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There was something for every member of the family. We have an older teenager and a 4 year old. Both of them found so many things to do. And the children's program was exceptional!

Would you return...

Absolutely! Making our return plans now!

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

I have already posted my recommendation all over social media.

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Visitor aged 44
TN

Majestic Dude Ranch

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Friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating!

What makes this riding program stand out...

Lots of riding time on your own horse for the week, and even private horseback riding time in the arena, if interested.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

TONS of horseback riding time, friendly staff, hospitality, cleanliness and lots of variety of things to do.

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Such a fun experience and INCREDIBLE scenery! Definitely a bucket-list thing to do! So much adventure, as much food as you can possibly eat, and extremely comfortable Tempurpedic beds to rest and prepare for the next day's adventures. (makes me want to go buy the same mattress for home!) We got to spend some one-on-one time with the owner for a guided 5 mile hike up the mountain too, which was so much fun. The owner, his wranglers, and his entire staff are great, hard-working people. We plan to go back again!

Would you return...

ABSOLUTELY! Great service, INCREDIBLE trails and wranglers, and hospitable staff throughout the entire ranch....and all-inclusive. Your wish is their command.

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

Yes. Great service, INCREDIBLE trails and wranglers, and hospitable staff throughout the entire ranch....and all-inclusive. Your wish is their command.

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Visitor aged 62
Va.

North Fork Ranch

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The staff is friendly and competent. The owners are generous and friendly.

What makes this riding program stand out...

The horses are reliable for novices to experienced riders. The wranglers are knowledgable and professional.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The atmosphere, luxury, fishing and riding.

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The Mays are great people and run a nice operation.

Would you return...

Yes... 12 th year in a row.

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Visitor aged 45
nc

Malibu Dude Ranch

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Doc and his family are really great people. My family started going to Malibu in 1971. went faithfully from 71-87. this is the first year going back since 87. i was a little apprehensive about how it would feel since changing owners. guess what? it felt like we never missed a year doc has done a great job keeping the old feel while adding some upgrades. the staff was very accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed to have a great time

What makes this riding program stand out...

the riding program is great since we are all experienced riders we had a ball. no walking for us. Joe who comes up from the city every weekend was the wrangler that we pretty much stole for the weekend. he was an excellent guide and his knowledge of the trails was great

What about this ranch brings guests back...

the way the staff and owners make you feel like extended family

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this is the only ranch i have ever been to but if they are all like this then wow

Would you return...

yes we have decided to reinstate our yearly trip, and are also talking about going to enjoy the winter this year

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

yes, it a great vacation at a great value

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Visitor aged 46
ca/usa

Vista Verde

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This staff does not know the word NO

What makes this riding program stand out...

They match you to a horse that is ideal for you and its yours the entire week.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The staff and the ranch itself

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Overall Vista Verde was the best and most amazing vacation we have ever been on

Would you return...

YES- this was our 2nd time to Vista Verde, we will be back every year with our family

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Visitor aged 59
Irvine, CA

McGinnis Meadows

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ALL of the staff are quite professional and personable. They make every effort to both teach solid horsemanship and provide a fun environment in the process.

What makes this riding program stand out...

They use Buck Brannaman's natural horsemanship methods and they are VERY well versed in it. They can teach riders of any level and they are willing to work with individuals, when needed, to increase both their skills and confidence.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

The area itself is incredible. Really awesome views in the mountains of Montana. What really brings 'em back is the atmosphere, the quality of riding, the food, and the accommodations.

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You don't just ride in an arena all day; you get to get out in the country to gather and work cattle, rope, etc. If that's not your idea of a vacation, you can trail ride some of the most beautiful country West of the Rockies!

Would you return...

We are going back for our second trip in three years this spring!

Would you recommend this ranch to others...

I's recommend McGinnis Ranch in a heartbeat! If you love riding, learning, AND doing, this is the place!

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Visitor aged 25
PA

Malibu Dude Ranch

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The Detweiler Family and staff at Malibu Dude Ranch are very inviting. They all seem to love their jobs and this ranch. They make you feel like part of the family.

What makes this riding program stand out...

It is not nose to tail. They encourage you to branch out a bit and maneuver your horse in and around the trees of the nearby trail.

What about this ranch brings guests back...

Malibu Dude Ranch gives a piece of the old west right in PA. It's convenient and fun and affordable. Plus the staff and family make you feel like one of their own and you always come back to family.

Would you return...

Already booked for a Rodeo Weekend this summer.

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