Step into the old wild west and experience it as it was meant to be experienced: by horseback. Ride the same trails as Geronimo, Cochise, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and Johnny Ringo. Whether at a ranch or a remote mountain lodge, Blue Sky Ranches will spoil you with first class accommodations and stories that last a lifetime. These are legendary destinations you won't want to miss.
Blue Sky Ranches is located in Cochise County, Arizona. Here are a few highlights in the area:
Cottonwood Canyon: ride amongst the oak trees to a stunning view of the WPA dam or enjoy the scenery of the high desert.
Cochise Stronghold: home to the famous Cochise and Apache people who spent generations living amongst the granite domes and sheer cliffs in the Dragoon Mountains.
Council Rock, Tombstone, Arizona: ride in and around “The Town Too Tough Too Die." See Indian petroglyphs and Council Rock, where Cochise and his people lived and found refuge from the Calvary.
Turkey Creek Fire Tower: travel high into the scenic Chiricahua Mountains and traverse through oak and pine forests to breathtaking vistas.
Chiricahua National Monument: visit the spectacular “Sky Islands” and ride among the "wonderland of rocks" created by violent volcanic eruptions 27 million years ago.
Blue Sky Ranches offers trail rides 7 days a week as well as Destination Vacations and pack trips throughout the west.
Destination Vacations: come as a group or join a small group. Arizona vacations run from 2-7 days, and all others are typically 6 nights 5 days. Choose from destinations, such as:
Colorado Rocky Mountains: spend a week in a beautiful 1930’s log lodge and explore a new area of the Rocky Mountain National Park every day.
Monument Valley: retrace the scenes from famous westerns, ride into caves, around monoliths, view petroglyphs, and learn about Navajo and Anasazi culture from Navajo guide Effie Yazzie.
Southeast Utah: stay in a beautiful cabin and explore different National Parks in the Moab area as well as Manti LaSal National Forest.
The Black Hills of South Dakota: relax in a cozy secluded home near Custer, South Dakota. Then head out on the trail to Custer State Park, The Mount Rushmore trail, and other breathtaking areas.
Valley of the Gods in Utah: ride through the valleys that were once home to the ancient Anasazi people, the Navajo, and the backdrop to several westerns.
Overnight Camping Trips: Join Blue Sky Ranches for an overnight pack trip and night of rustic camping. Begin your journey in Pearce at the trailhead near the Cochise Stronghold trailhead. Travel over the Dragoon mountains along the same trails as the Apache people to Council Rock on the western side of the mountains.
Bucky and Andrea Buckley founded Blue Sky Ranches in 2002. Bucky is originally from Maine, and moved to Arizona in pursuit of his dream to “become a cowboy.” Andrea graduated with a degree in Biology and moved from her home state of Ohio to work with horses in Colorado. They ran a riding stable in Colorado for several years, and then moved to Arizona to start Blue Sky Ranches. They enjoy running a small operation because they can give guests personalized attention and spend quality time with all of their horses.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, Blue Sky Ranches has the perfect horse for you. The Ranch herd consists of both quarter horses and gaited Tennessee Walkers for the best possible trail rides.
Spend five days on an Historic Old West Vacation. Experience an authentic stagecoach ride, a reenactment at the OK corral, visit Fort Bowie, and ride along the same trails as Cochise and Geronimo.
Destination Vacations: includes lodging, horses, tack, guide, and transportation once at the location. You will be transported to different trailheads in the area. Once your ride is over, you'll travel back to the house for a home cooked dinner and relaxing evening.
Overnight Camp trips: Find your campsite, enjoy dinner cooked over an open fire, and then sleep under the stars. Wake up the next morning with cowboy coffee and a hearty breakfast. Then head back across the mountain range. Guide, dinner, breakfast, and sack lunch the second day are provided. All horse and camping equipment will be trucked in to the campsite.
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The Wild Horse Sanctuary is the epitome of "Ride Free. Do Good." The Sanctuary was established to protect and preserve American wild horses. It is home to some 300 wild mustangs and burros, many of which were rescued after being removed from federal lands in the western U.S. On this 5,000 acre preserve, you can ride through volcanic rock meadows and forested mountain land. Expect to see wild herds grazing and running free in their natural surroundings—a scene you're helping to protect by patronizing the Sanctuary.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary is a non-profit, tax exempt, organization located near Shingletown, California. Black Butte is to the west and Mt. Lassen to the east.
Two or three day all-inclusive trail rides are offered from late spring through early fall. The rides follow trails created by the wild horses through pine and oak-studded hills and volcanic rock outcroppings. You'll cross through creeks and stop at ponds for the horses to get a drink. Every night, the group returns to base camp on the banks of a vernal pond.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary has a string of gentle geldings that are well adapted to the terrain. You will be matched with a horse that suits your riding style and level.
Guides are seasoned volunteers who know the property and Sanctuary history well. All rides are hosted by volunteers in order to ensure the maximum amount of funds raised goes straight to the horses and burros who call the Wild Horse Sanctuary home.
On the multi-day trail rides, you'll rest your head in frontier-style sleeping cabins bordering a vernal pond. Base camp has a "cook house” featuring a main kitchen, a wood-burning stove, hearty meals, and bathroom facilities, complete with hot shower. Evenings are spent relaxing around a glowing campfire and enjoying a peaceful night's rest after a day of adventure.
The Sanctuary is open to the public for wild horse viewing by foot on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.
The Annual Open House and Benefit will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from noon to 5pm. Admission and parking are free. These are great opportunities for your non-rider family and friends to experience the Sanctuary. As a non-profit, the Wild Horse Sanctuary relies heavily on donations – both financial and those of time and talent.
Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. You can help by sponsoring a horse or taking home a “symbol of the American West” by adopting a young horse. Adoption day this year is on October 31, 2015.
The Wild Horse Sanctuary develops public education programs, participates in research projects on ecologically sound wild horse management, consults on related programs in order to help build other wildlife preserves, and cooperates with responsible ecology, animal protection, and educational organizations to further the protection of the environment and all species of wildlife, including America's wild horses.
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Come explore 3200 acres of beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape! Not only is the location spectacular, the entire Ranch team goes above and beyond to make sure you have a wonderful experience. Even the horses fill you with a new level of confidence. Whether you're a beginner or expert rider, there's a horse and trail for you. Come for a day ride, pack trip, fishing expedition, lesson, retreat, or wedding...and leave with tons of beautiful photo-worthy memories.
The Ranch is located in Loveland, CO, an hour and fifteen minutes from Denver and forty minutes from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The terrain varies from an easy, fairly flat mosey ride to climbing the peaks of Alexander, Green Ridge, and Eagle Ridge. You'll experience plenty of different geological views, from igneous granite to red shale and metamorphic rocks. As a bonus, the Big Thompson River runs right through the ranch!
Whether you're an experienced rider or have never put your foot in a stirrup, you'll find a riding experience that fits you perfectly. Trail rides are available year round, weather permitting.
Day Rides: Most day rides range from 1-4 hours. From shorter rides through gentle terrain to extended climbing rides with ridge-top views, you'll have a 3200 acre "don't fence me in" riding experience regardless of your riding level. You can also sign up for a Chow Down Ride and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or a steak dinner while out on a ride.
Pack Trips: The overnight pack trip is perfect for outdoor adventurers. Head up the gulch for a 4-hour ride to Cow Camp, a 1930's homestead in the remote back country. Gear, guide, and grub provided. (6 rider minimum, 12 year old minimum)
*Note: All rides have a 240lbs weight limit and a 7 year old age minimum. Double riding is not offered, but children under 7 can do lead around rides.
Experienced wranglers will accompany you on your ride. They are friendly horse professionals who will create a safe and enjoyable riding experience for you. They'll share facts and stories about the history, wildlife, and vegetation of the area while on the ride.
Pack trips are led by an experienced guide and a cook who devote themselves to showing you the very finest and detailed areas of Colorado.
You'll get to ride a gentle and responsive American Quarter Horse during your stay. All horses are born, raised, and well-trained on the Ranch. Each horse in the herd has learned the ropes under the gentle hand of Barry McAleenan, professional horse trainer. They are loved dearly as part of the Ranch family...it won't take long to fall in love with them, too!
During the Summer season, Sylvan Dale operates as a Dude Ranch Vacation destination. The Ranch is also available for meetings, retreats, picnics, and weddings!
Depending on the time of year, you can do fly fishing, hiking, wagon rides, campfires, riding lessons, roping lessons, draft horse workshops, trap shooting, white water rafting, and more. Most activities are exclusively available to guests staying at the ranch.
Day use options: Horseback riding, fly fishing, and privately scheduled events.
Overnight stays: Dude Ranch Vacation packages are available from June through August. Bed & Breakfast Getaways are available year round. Cabins range from a Sweetheart Cabin to a 4 Bedroom Guest House. Though the lodging capacity is 40 guests, 300 guests can be accommodated for day events.
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Ride the best ranches, old Spanish trails, mountain trails, and sandy beaches of Costa Rica! Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the relaxed environment of the 50 acre family-owned ranch—an oasis of giant tropical trees and lush pastures. Wake to monkeys calling from the trees and horses nickering in the pastures. This is not a "nose-to-tail" operation; the horses are born and trained on the ranch with Natural Horsemanship methods. Whether you want to do a 2 hour or 14 day adventure, your expert bi-lingual guides will tailor your Riding Package to suit your wants and needs.
The Painted Pony Guest Ranch at Casagua Horses is located just minutes from Costa Rica's famous Pacific Gold Coast beaches (Tamarindo, Flamingo and Playa Grande) in the heart of Guanacaste's famous ranch country. Ride a variety of terrains with beautiful tropical flora and fauna.
There's plenty to see and do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. You can book anything from a 2 hour ride to a multi-day travel package. All rides are private or small groups, and you'll have the freedom to explore at your own pace.
Day Tours (2 hours to half+ days): Natural History Tour, Taste of Guanacaste Tour, Fiestas and Traditional Topes Tour, Old Tempate Trail Tour, Forest to the Sea Tour, Monteverde Ride, Honeymoon Ride, Beach Rides, and Moonlight Ride.
Ranches, Beaches, and Mountains (7-10+ nights): experience Costa Ricas ranches, beaches and mountain volcanoes on horseback. Customize your Riding Package for your level and interests.
A taste of Guanacaste Adventure (5-7 nights): enjoy a combination of trail riding riding and popular adventure tours, such as canopy, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.
Old Spanish Trails and Pacific Beaches (6 nights): new, exciting beach rides and adventures through the Costa Rica countryside.
Silver Saddle (5-7 nights): For anyone over the age of 50 who wants to do small, individually designed tours on comfortable well-trained horses. Tours are limited to 2-6 riders with a flexible itinerary to match your riding level.
The owners of Casagua Horses are your guides: Kay and Esteban have been providing quality horseback riding tours for over 20 years, as well as breeding and training the wonderful Spanish criollo horses using Natural Horsemanship Training. Kay is a wildlife artist with a Ph.D. in Biology and Ecology originally from Michigan. Esteban, her husband, is a Zotecnista ( farm vet) born and raised in Guanacaste. They are bilingual professional guides as well as Natural Horsemanship trainers.
The Painted Pony Guest Ranch is known for its high quality, well trained horses. Most horses were born on the ranch and all were trained with Natural Horsemanship. They are comfortable, well-trained Spanish mixed horses that can be matched to your riding level.
There are so many activities offered in the area—beach and water activities, golf, sport fishing, zip lining, bird watching, and many more. The Ranch offers personalized riding lessons and tours to local fiestas, horse events, and extensions to travel destinations (Arenal Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Tamarindo Beach, Playa Grande, Monkey Park and others). If you time your trip right, you can even ride with the bulls!
Natural Horsemanship Riding and Training (3-7 nights): experience natural horsemanship training and riding—from ground work to centered riding with young horses and high stepping Spanish breeds. Learn about imprinting foals and non-violent training.
Ride and Relax Packages (add-on): add Spa and Yoga days to your horse vacation.
City tour (add-on): Full Day Guided Tour to Granada Nicaragua for markets, city tour and island boat trip.
Stay in a suite or house with comfortable, air conditioned accommodations. Relax in the splash pool and stay connected with free high speed internet and WiFi. Select from a variety of meal plans or cook "at home." Stables for horses and private parking available.
Casita Mandrina: a private suite with a queen bed, queen futon, kitchenette, romantic star shower, and a DVD player. Sleeps 1-4. Full ranch breakfast included, other meals by arrangement.
Casa Roble: a spacious, fully furnished, one bedroom ranch house with a queen and single bed in the bedroom and sofa bed in the living room. Cable TV and Internet. Sleeps 1-4.
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Explore the lush countryside of Kansas with Equine Adventure at Salt Creek Ranch. You'll get to ride through fields, woods, and creeks on their quality horses... or bring your own. At Salt Creek Ranch, beginners learn to be confident in the saddle and seasoned riders take "relaxing afternoon" to a new level. Stay for dinner, a campfire, and even overnight under the big starry sky. Enjoy the Flint Hills Nature Trail with experienced and patient guides at Salt Creek Ranch.
Located in central Osage County, Kansas, Salt Creek Ranch is within driving distance from Topeka, Emporia, Wichita and Kansas City. The Ranch has various types of terrain, ranging from planted hay fields to native prairie pastures to wooded trails with creek beds.
You'll be able to relax on a slow, peaceful horseback ride while enjoying the plentiful native plant life. You can even follow the deer and blue heron tracks along the creek beds. For safety, everyone receives basic horsemanship instruction prior to the ride.
Beginner: 2 hour ride for beginners on the Flint Hills Nature Trail. The final half hour will be spent visiting an 1870s cemetery on the Salt Creek Ranch property.
Intermediate: 2 hour ride for more experienced riders to explore the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Enjoy beautiful scenery, a multitude of wildlife, wildflowers in season, and long horned cattle when the herd is home.
Carol Retzer and her husband, Rick Antisdel, own and operate the Ranch. Both offer years of horsemanship experience. Since 1991, Carol has taken trips to the Santa Fe Trail and completed 80 to 260 mile rides each time. She and Rick even organized large rides, leading 20-80 trail riders across the Kansas landscape.
The Ranch has le==e ranch-raised registered American Quarter Horses and two Haflinger ponies. Carol and Rick treat their horses as family, training them with sound horsemanship practices to ensure safe and fun riding experiences.
You can add an evening campfire dinner to any ride. You can also take Horsemanship lessons from a certified Level 1 Centered Riding instructor at the Ranch.
The Salt Creek Ranch Horse Motel offers traveling horsemen a safe, well designed overnight layover facility. Amenities include spacious indoor and outdoor arenas and corrals for your horses; campsites with water and electricity for your trailer; and a covered pavilion.
You can also enjoy quiet, rustic, and comfortable lodging in the B & I Bunkhouse. The Bunkhouse has two climate controlled guest rooms, large bath with laundry facility, and a beautiful view of native pastures and horse corrals. Birds provide sweet music and the sunsets are gorgeous! Fall visitors can enjoy the evening by the campfire with friends.
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Beneath the tall Ponderosa pines, in the cool higher elevations of the Black Range Mountains of southwest New Mexico, the large herds of elk frequent the meadows, streams and lakes nearby. The mountains and canyons evoke the heritage of the American cowboy, and abound with relics of Native American societies who have gone before us.
The ranch is located on the Geronimo Trail, one of the Scenic Byways designated by the state of New Mexico. Black Mountain is in the Gila Wilderness, which was the first designated wilderness in the United States.
The Gila and the Aldo Leopold Wildernesses together comprise over 750,000 acres. That is over 1000 square miles of some of the most beautiful, unspoiled country in the world. Wildlife abounds, including Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, bald eagles, blue jays, ravens, Mexican Gray wolves, mountain lions, and black bears.
You can ride as much or as little as you want. It really is unlimited horseback riding with millions of acres to discover and explore.
There's a small wrangler-to-guest ratio so someone will always be close to answer your questions, offer tips or just take your picture.
Their horses are very gentle and well-trained, allowing you to build confidence in your riding skills and enjoy the magnificent scenery. The horses are very responsive and well accustomed to covering the vastly different terrain you will experience while at the ranch.
Vacation packages include all meals, accommodations, horseback riding, hiking, activities and entertainment.
Accommodations are made up of four separate units in two cabins. Each cabin is cozy and comfortable with an inside sitting area, full private bath, covered porch and is heated with a propane fireplace. Enjoy coffee service, complimentary water bottles and fresh baked cookies.
While there are beds for 16, family reunions or groups with a lot of children can take advantage of the extra mattresses available.
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Come explore the mountains and olive groves of Southern Spain with Cortijo Los Lobos. Many horses in the herd have been rescued and are trained to ride barefoot and bitless. You can ride at your leisure and customize your holiday to suit you. Whether you come to ride, or just enjoy the pool and surroundings, you will love meeting the friendly herd of horses and relaxing in this untouched corner of the Earth.
Set in the beautiful olive groves and pine clad National Park area of Andalucia, Southern Spain, Cortijo Los Lobos is just 40 minutes from Granada and Malaga airports. The breathtaking mountain views and spectacular rural location offer days of riding through open fields, cool shady pine forests, olive groves and streams.
Depending on the time of year, you can go on breakfast hacks, picnic hacks, hacks to a restaurant and even moonlit hacks. With so much surrounding countryside, you'll get to explore a different route every day. The duration of rides depends on your ability and the time of year.
Riding package: 2 hours per day for 5 days. You can distribute the 10 total hours however you wish across the week.
Weekend or midweek full board riding break: 10 hours of riding during a 3 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all facilities.
1 week full board riding break: 14 hours of riding during a 7 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all the facilities (including mountain bikes and heated pool).
June, owner and operator, has been riding for her entire life. She knows the countryside like the back of her hand and can show you or point you toward the best sights. She is gentle and kind with horses and riders alike. After a medical mishap with one of her horses nearly twelve years ago, she transitioned her herd to barefoot and bitless riding. If you're new to riding (in general or bitless), June will patiently show you the ropes and build up your confidence with a calm smile.
The Cortijo Los Lobos horses all live together as a family. Since many of the horses in the herd are rescue horses, June and Clive go above and beyond to give them a calm and stress-free life. The horses are trained with natural horsemanship techniques, go barefoot, and are ridden in bitless bridles. All are kind and sure footed, making it easy to find the right horse for you and your requirements.
Walking: stick to the trails or climb the steeper mountain paths in this hiking paradise. Expect to see wildflowers and even the more unusual wildlife: wild boar, Ibex (the wild mountain goat), eagles, Hoopoos, blue magpies, bee eaters and numerous other birds.
Mountain bikes: mountain bikes are available free of charge.
Skiing: go on an excursion to the Sierra Nevada ski resort with a personal guide to show you all the best runs. Equipment rentals and lessons can be arranged.
Painting and photography: bring your own equipment to capture the spectacular scenery all around.
Surfing: Tarifa, the popular surfing resort, is a 2 hour drive away with a clear sea and pure white sand.
Motorcycle trail riding: take scenic tours of the Andalucian countryside on motorcycles.
Spanish: learn Spanish on site with a native speaker.
The beautiful old family farmhouse consists of two tastefully and comfortably furnished self catering spanish cottages with a heated pool: El Establo & El Granero Viejo. Each sleeping up to 6 people (up to 4 adults, plus extra children) with private patios or courtyards. There is also a self-catered 1 bedroom apartment with twin or king size beds (plus 2 more beds for children if required).
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The CM is one of the oldest dude ranches in the country. It's in an ideal location for exploring the wilderness, fishing in cold mountain lakes, or relaxing with family and friends. Guests of all ages have experienced the tremendous beauty and solitude of the Wind River Mountains, where the stunning terrain has seen very little human impact. On trail rides, you will get to traverse through creek bottoms, forests and meadows. Expect to see deer, elk, moose, antelope, snowshoe hares and picas on your adventure. Whether hanging out at the ranch, journeying out on a pack trip, or having your backpacking gear delivered to a remote site, you'll be met with incredible hospitality.
Located in Dubois, Wyoming, the CM is nestled a secluded valley in the Wind River Mountain Range. The ranch lands neighbor the Shoshone National Forest and Fitzpatrick Wilderness, which are only a short drive away from Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole.
Trail Rides are available twice a day every day except Sunday. The head wrangler divides riders into small, compatible groups to ensure a personalized experience. Depending on your skill level, you may trot and lope with your wrangler through majestic scenery. You can also participate in the weekly gymkhana, or join other guests for an early morning breakfast ride. If you're new to trail riding, introductory instructions can be provided.
Pack Trips can be booked in conjunction with or separately from traditional week-long dude ranch vacations. Base camp is at Union Lake, where Simpson and other glacier-fed lakes are just a short ride away.
Progressive Trips are also available, and enable you to go even further into the interior of the Fitzpatrick Wilderness. You can camp right next to Simpson Lake, or camp next to a different lake each night.
Experienced wranglers will accompany you on your ride and are happy to share with you the history and geography of the area.
Pack trips are led by an experienced guide and a cook who devote themselves to showing you the very finest and detailed areas of Wyoming.
The CM has an exceptional string of horses that are well adapted to mountain terrain. They are gentle and spirited, suitable for the beginner or the expert rider. You will be matched with a horse that suits your ability, and ride in a comfortable western saddle.
During the day you can also fish, hike, swim, picnic, get a massage, participate in activities, or relax with a book. Evenings can be spent at square dances or cookouts, playing softball, horseshoes, volleyball, ping pong, or card games. Each week there is a slide show by a local photographer, and an evening of cowboy poetry and music.
Charming log cabins and log homes are available for rent. The log cabins are spaced along the stream and around large, well-kept lawns. The larger log homes are situated slightly above the ranch.
If you are a hiker or backpacker who wishes to explore the area by foot, the CM will pack in and drop off your gear at locations of your choosing.
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