Guest ranch vacations are an old tradition that started during the 19th century, when travelers would be drawn to the beauty of the West. There has always been a sense of romance about living and working in the mountains, the horseback rides, the cattle drives, that has always drawn guests from across the country. The original western vacation was a way for ranchers to show off the unique beauty of their land. Today, you can still experience the adventure and hospitality that a true ranch offers when you book a stay at one of the many guest ranches dotted across the West.
A guest ranch vacation is a great way to experience ranch life, while also treating yourself to a relaxing vacation. Though every ranch is different, many offer similar activities for you to choose from. Some are directly related to the on goings of a working ranch. For example, some guest ranches, such as Bull Hill Guest Ranch, allow guests to participate in cattle drives, which occur in the late spring and early fall.
Sporting activities, such as archery and fishing, are available. Some of the very first travelers to the area came on hunting trips. Some guest ranches also offer this historical activity is you are interested. However, if you are looking for a more relaxing stay, you can always take in your surroundings on a nature walk or hike along the mountains. Some guest ranch vacations also offer massages, cooking or art classes, dancing, and other more comfortable and relaxing activities.
Of course, one of the quintessential activities of guest ranch vacations is horseback riding. Whether you're new to riding or grew up in a saddle, there are plenty of activities to suit your comfort levels. You can enjoy beautiful mountain vistas on a mountain ride. You can spend a night in the wilderness on an overnight pack trip. Most ranches offer full day or half day rides, depending on your schedule. Some guest ranches offer special day riding trips, such as the winery tours offered at Bull Hill, so you can experience the life of a rancher while sampling some of the area's finest wine.
So, whether you are looking for an exciting adventure or a relaxing getaway, a trip to a guest ranch might be just what you're looking for. Experience the West like you never thought you could. Guest ranch vacations are a great way to see all the unique beauty the West has to offer.