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Discover Ranches: Deep Canyon Ranch
Top50, Mar 16 2015

This week, join Discover Ranches on a visit to Montana’s Deep Canyon Guest Ranch just outside of Choteau, Montana.  This small, charming, family-ran ranch is owned and operated by husband and wife Chuck and Sharon Blixrud, and their daughter, Debra Renteria.   

Deep Canyon Guest Ranch is a hidden treasure located south of Glacier National Park with views of the Rocky Mountain Front that can’t be accessed anywhere else.    

Guests to the ranch learn to slow down and take in the spectacular scenery and wildlife as they become “part of the family.” The ranch offers unlimited riding, fly fishing, bird watching, hiking, and swimming and tubing in the nearby Teton River.  

This private and historic guest ranch has been operating for over 50 years.  It’s a quaint and charming ranch; no spa or high ropes courses here.  Guests come to take in unspoiled scenery free of distraction from work, televisions, and commercialism.  


Discover Ranches

Discover Ranches takes you to the heart of ranches and ranch vacations, exploring the stories behind the guardians of timeless landscapes, supporters of local communities, creators of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, producers of cattle, and cultivators of award-winning food. The new international travel series features on Discover Outdoor Life, an on-line network dedicated to the outdoor enthusiast. For more information about the Discover Ranches travel series:, or email

Ranch vacations for everyone at

Ranch vacations for everyone
Top50, Mar 09 2015

Ranch vacations come in all forms and guises, and no single dude ranch, working ranch or guest ranch is the same as the next. Some ranches are better suited to couples; others to families; while some are perfect for single travellers.

Maybe you’re a foodie, health junkie or yoga bunny? Love horseback riding or totally non-horsey but still looking to immerse yourself in cowboy culture? Or perhaps you’re looking for somewhere extra special for that special celebration. Whatever it is you’re looking for ranch vacations are a destination to suit every need and taste.

Solo Travelers – Travelling on your own can be a truly rewarding and fulfilling and experience – a journey of self-discovery and the chance to meet other like-minded free spirits. Badger Creek Ranch in Colorado is working ranch taking no more than four to six guests at a time, making it popular with single travelers. Bonanza Creek in Montana takes only a small number of guests and regularly runs adults-only and experienced rider weeks, with riding and relaxing the main focus of the ranch. Adventurers will love Estancia Ranquilco in Neuquen, Argentina, where you can embark on pack trips into the Andes in small groups. The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch in Wyoming is ideal for solo travellers, with the ranch owners hosting meals and friendly and knowledgeable staff guiding all activities - here, solo travellers feel very comfortable, make new friends and leave with lasting memories. Solo travellers looking for luxury and a touch of the exotic should head south to boutique ranch Rancho Las Cascadas in Mexico, where Swiss-Mexican hospitality makes for a relaxing escape.

Cultural - True western cowboy culture can be found immersed at several ‘ranching first’ destinations, many with a long history of ranching dating back several generations. For an authentic experience, head to Double Rafter Cattle Drives in Wyoming or Burnt Well Guest ranch in New Mexico.

Exceptional Value for your Dollar - Whatever your budget, there’s a ranch that’ll offer exceptional value for your money. If you’re watching the pennies, budget ranch vacations don’t come better than Texas Ranch Life, which offers flexible packages so you can tailor your vacation to your budget, and North Fork Ranch in Colorado also offers exceptional value for your dollar. If you’re looking to blow the budget, The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana is the place to splash your cash for a luxury ranch vacation.

Unwind from Everyday Life - Rinse out the stresses of work and unwind from everyday life at a ranch that lets you escape from reality. Ranch vacations don’t get more stress-free than Estancia Los Potreros in Mexico, or luxury glamping at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana. Or head to the remote wilderness of Montana’s Bar W Guest Ranch, where mile upon mile of open prairie offers the ultimate peaceful landscape through which to unwind on horseback.

Health - Health is becoming more important to more people, and while some see going on vacation as a chance to overindulge, it can actually be a health boost. What if you could find a ranch vacation where health was a focus? Look no further than Echo Valley Ranch and Spa in BC, Canada, which will cater for any special diets, or Vista Verde in Colorado, which offers invigorating yoga and swimming..

Hobbies and Interests with Travel - Why not combine your hobbies and interests with your travel endeavors? Sports fanatics will love Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana, which offers a host of outdoor activities including watersports on the lake. Film buffs should head to Majestic Dude Ranch in Colorado, which holds weekly movie nights.

Personalized for you - Why conform to someone else’s idea of a vacation – what if your ranch trip was personalized for you, individually tailored to your exact wishes and requirements? That’s exactly what you can expect at Sweet Grass Ranch in Montana, where your schedule will be based on how you want to spend your vacation. Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch also offers custom vacations, with guests given the freedom to choose from a wide range of mealtimes and on- and off-ranch activities, and to arrive and depart on whichever days they choose. And at New Zealand’s Beaumont High Country Experience, a maximum of 6 guests makes for an intimate experience allowing you to choose exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it.

Special Occasions - That special occasion – whether it’s a birthday, wedding, honeymoon, anniversary – or divorce?! – then a ranch is the perfect place to celebrate. Voted #2 Hotel & Resort in the World, #1 Resort in the USA and #1 Dude Ranch in the USA by Conde Nast Traveler, Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming is ideal for weddings and can cater for up to 100 guests. And for any occasion, Florida’s BG Equestrian Resort allows groups of guests to hire parts or even the whole of the ranch.

Ladies - It’s true – girls just wanna have fun, and there’s no better place to spend time with your girlfriends than on a ranch. Several ranches run special ladies-only special week – such as Free Rein in BC, Canada, and Rancho Los Banos, in Mexico.

Guys - And the guys needn’t feel left out. Try High Lonesome Ranch in Colorado for big game hunting and McGinnis Meadows in Montana for fishing and hunting excursions. If the men are looking to get stuck into some real ranch work alongside the wranglers, ranches such as Chico Basin in Colorado and Rowse’s 1+1 in Nebraska allow guests (and not just men!) to get stuck in to ranch work.

Foodies - For foodies out there, there are endless ways to satisfy your creative culinary side. If you just want to dine on incredible food, Top50 recommends Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, where the food alone is a reason to visit.

Education - Why not take the chance to exercise your mind as well as your body on a ranch vacation? Education is at the fore at Zapata Ranch in Colorado, under its Ranchlands program, which operates educational programs where children and adults can learn about ranching culture, business and conservation. Latigo Ranch in Colorado places a big emphasis on improving horsemanship – for adults and children alike – focusing on the psychology of the horse. Plus in-depth ecology hikes and talks will teach guests about edible plants, survival skills and the geological history of Colorado.

Everyday Exceptional - But the best thing about a Top50 ranch vacation is that even the most inexpensive and authentic working ranches offer 5-star hospitality and experiences - this really is everyday exceptional! From working ranches such as Bull Hill Ranch in Washington, to guest ranches such as Tod Mountain Ranch in BC, Canada, to luxury ranches like Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch with its signature ‘5 spur’ service – all offer their own brand of excellence.


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Top50 Ranches launches Discover Ranches Ranch Travel Series at

Top50 Ranches launches Discover Ranches Ranch Travel Series
Top50, May 17 2014

Top50 Ranches teams up with Los Angeles producer Kerry Lambert for the first ever online Ranch Travel Channel and Public Television Series: Discover Ranches

Find out the real stories behind the guardians of timeless landscapes, supporters of local communities, creators of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, producers of cattle and cultivators of award-winning food this December at

Told through the eyes of those who know the ranches best – proprietors, experts and visitors – Discover Ranches gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to some of the best and most unique ranches in the world.

Read more about the launch of Discover Ranches on the Top50 Ranches blog or visit to see the latest on this exciting new series.

Horsemanship holidays on a dude ranch at

Horsemanship holidays on a dude ranch
Top50, Mar 03 2014

The sky is the limit when choosing a horsemanship holiday on a dude ranch. From joining cattle drives and trail riding to improving your horseback riding skills in the arena, having a go at barrel racing or exploring the world of horse behaviour, all your equestrian needs are catered for. 

Supported by experienced wranglers, instructors and practitioners, guests can expand their horsemanship skills in stunning surroundings, while confident that they are in safe, knowledgable hands. Many of the ranches offer a combination of horsemanship-focused stays and personalised vacations where you can combine horsemanship with other ranch activities.

Don't forget that many of Top50's family-friendly ranches offer children's programs, which leave the adults free to have their own ranch experience while their children join like-minded youngsters in a variety of activities, including learning to rope and picnic rides.

To find out more about the range of horsemanship holidays available on dude ranches, visit the Top50 Ranches blog or browse our recommend list of horseback riding holidays.

BG Equestrian Resort Hosts Grande Liberte  at

BG Equestrian Resort Hosts Grande Liberte
Top50, Nov 05 2013


Bobby Genovese and BG Equestrian Resort Host 

Internationally-Acclaimed Grande Liberté Theater Exhibition

Ocala, FL November 5, 2013 — Internationally-acclaimed Arabian Trainer Sylvia Zerbini and her cast of performing riders and aerialists will perform her legendary theatrical equine production, “An Enchanted Evening of Liberté By Sylvia Zerbini,” at BG Equestrian Resort's 38,000-square-foot covered lighted arena November 22, 23 and 24, 2013, announced owner and BG Capital Group Chairman, Bobby Genovese.

“I am proud and excited to host this world class event at our spectacular equestrian estate and delighted to welcome Ms. Zerbini and her Grand Liberté production to their new home base,” says Genovese.  “We are honored to present this spectacular display of horsemanship and equestrian agility in what promises to be an unforgettable weekend of entertainment.”

Honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Cup of Monaco presented to her by Monaco’s Prince Rainier, Sylvia has performed for nearly 10 million people throughout her career at venues that include New York's Madison Square Garden, Playa De Americas in Mexico City, Molsen Center in Montreal, and Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

“I’ve been with horses my entire life and am blessed with a gift for reading them,” says Sylvia, a ninth generation performer who’s captivated audiences throughout Europe, North America and South America with her gift for orchestrating nine Arabians simultaneously using body positions and verbal cues to communicate — a feat that has earned her accolades from CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Arabian Horse World magazine.

Born in Sarasota, Florida, Sylvia grew up with her entertainer parents on tour. Her father, was a wild animal trainer. Like her mother, a famous trapeze artist, Sylvia took to the air as a girl, but horses were her true passion.

In addition to her performances Sylvia is sharing her knowledge of liberty training through public seminars and clinics throughout the country and at BG Equestrian Resort where she has been named Resident Equestrian Artist. “My dream is to help educate the equine world.”

“An Enchanted Evening of Liberté By Sylvia Zerbini” will premiere at BG Equestrian Resort on Friday, November 22, 8 pm  (7 pm private red carpet cocktail hour); Saturday, November 23, 7:30 pm; and Sunday, November 24, 3 pm.  Tickets from $30 for upper level seating to $75 for VIP seating with parking, which can be purchased through or, For VIP Tables, $1,000 for a table of six including opening night cocktail hour, call 352-361-0338. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Horse Park.


BG Equestrian Resort

11800 S. Hwy. 475 Ocala, Florida 34480


BG Equestrian Resort is a member of BG Signature Properties — a portfolio of 12 exclusive retreat destinations located throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas.


Dude ranches lead the way in eco-friendly tourism at

Dude ranches lead the way in eco-friendly tourism
Top50, Oct 01 2013

Ranches are an early example of sustainable farming in practice across the world – the ranches that have endured the test of time are those where responsible management of the land has been central to their ethos. The results of this careful management can be seen at any of the Top50 Ranches guests visit.

As dude ranch tourism has grown, however, ranches have had to adapt to ensure they remain sustainable and protect the surrounding landscapes – something which is close to true ranchers hearts. Ahead of many of the commericalised resorts around the world, ranches have taken extraordinary steps to provide eco-friendly vacations for their guests. For those visitors who take an active interest, some ranches run programs where they can join in the conservation effort and see the implementation of sustainability first hand.

To find out more about how dude ranches lead the way in eco-friendly tourism, visit the Top50 Ranches blog.