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Here are some get-aways when you want to escape from everything EXCEPT your horse

- March 1st, 2018 - Special Section

Coffee Creek Ranch
Trinity Center, Calif.
(800) 624-4480
This 367-acre guest ranch is nestled in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California. Coffee Creek, an excellent fly-fishing stream, runs wild year-round for a half-mile through the ranch where you can pan for gold, tube and fish. Planned activities include horseback riding, bonfires, trapshooting, bingo, volleyball, line dancing and archery, to name a few. The outdoor pool and creekside Jacuzzi spa are perfect places to watch the stars while your mind and body soothe back-to-nature from the stress of the outside world.

Hearty breakfasts are served in the ranch house or out on the trail, as well as poolside lunches and western barbecues under the stars! Coffee Creek’s professional chefs prepare all your meals from garden-to-table, using the freshest herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Special diets can be accommodated.

Specially-designed Summer Youth Programs are offered from June 9 to August 24, with great savings at the beginning and end of summer. Programs include Bronc Busters teens 13-17; Junior Wranglers 6-12; Cowboys & Cowgirls 3-5 have special pony rides, and a Kiddie Korral for those under 3 is FREE. Wilderness Pack Trips to one of the 42 sparkling alpine lakes (summer through fall) are also offered.

Dude Ranchers’ Assn.
of North America
(866) 399-2339
The very welcoming Dude Ranchers’ Association, representing over 100 of the best dude ranches and guest ranch vacations in the West, is a great resource for vacations throughout the continent. Founded in 1926, the Dude Ranchers’ Association was formed to preserve this special way of life and the wonderful environment in which dude ranching takes place. When you vacation at a member ranch, you can be sure of a quality vacation. Membership requires a rigorous two-year inspection and approval process that ensures guests are treated to genuine western hospitality combined with the lodging industry’s highest standards.

A vacation experience like no other destination, the association’s ranches offer all-inclusive vacations that are perfect for solo travelers, multi-generational families and corporate events. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, swimming, cycling, zip lining, white water rafting, rodeos, camp fire sing-a-longs, western dancing, fine dining and more await your discovery.

Horses. Hats. Hospitality. Heritage. Honesty. And heart. These are the foundations of every ranch. There is a little cowboy in all of us, and the Dude Ranchers’ Association is ready to help you find yours.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch
Winston, N.M.
(575) 772-5157
Geronimo Rancho invites you to enjoy its small family-owned ranch in the mountains of the beautiful 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest of southwest New Mexico. This New Mexico dude ranch offers a relaxed and personal atmosphere with four rooms and a maximum capacity of 12 to 16 guests. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is open March through mid-November. This is the land Geronimo was born and grew up in, and it’s the homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches.
Horseback riding here takes you through incredible deep canyons, across crystal clear spring-fed streams, to high mountain overlooks, across open meadows and through Ponderosa forests. The staff has wonderful well-trained, responsive horses — good for any ability.

Enjoy seeing the 1,000-year-old archaeological sites nearby, family campfires at night, fantastic stargazing, unguided hiking, outdoor and indoor games, roping lessons, photography, swimming in the creek, or just reading a good book on one of our bench swings. Our altitude provides moderate temperatures year-round, making it the perfect place for outdoor activities.

Heartline Ranch
Chiloquin, Ore.
(541) 887-9013
Cowboy Bob has been working with horses for many years, using natural horsemanship methods. Heartline Ranch, down the road from Crater Lake on the Crater Lake Highway, offers horse rides in Klamath Falls and a horsey campground for those who travel with horses. Cowboy Bob has taken more than 1,000 people on trail rides all throughout the Rocky Mountains and Oregon. Bob’s wife Kori is a professional artist (www.KoriGuyArt.com) who has an intuitive way with horses and does her art while we are riding. You’ll experience trail rides through some of the most beautiful country in the Northwest. You can ride Heartline’s trustworthy mounts or bring your own, as the 450-acre ranch beside the Winema National Forest has campsites that include two 12-foot x 12-foot stalls for your horses. For the adventurous, ther is a full-sized, authentic teepee to rent. There is also an outdoor arena and plans to put in an obstacle course. Heartline Ranch’s season usually begins in May, but it really depends on the weather, which has been crazy!

Hondoo Rivers & Trails
Torrey, Utah
(435) 425-3519
South-central Utah Horseback Riding Vacations! Since 1975, Pat Kearney and Gary George have taken great pride in their tradition of providing personalized service for those interested in exploring the backcountry of Utah’s Colorado Plateau. Headquartered in the canyonlands at Torrey, Utah, near Capitol Reef National Park, Hondoo offers a full schedule of custom day or multi-day horseback riding, hiking and jeep tours, featuring camping or inn lodging. Hondoo implements low-impact and “leave no trace” techniques such as small group size, well-maintained equipment and top-notch horses. Guests can enjoy the stunningly diverse Utah landscape and dark skies, red rock formations and canyons, pristine meadows, alpine forests and lush green meadows surrounded by mountains — both in solitude or with group itineraries. They’ll create a customized itinerary for you, your family or your group. Hondoo is locally owned and operated with a long history and deep familiarity of the landscape and region. Other activities include fishing, wildlife viewing and even simply a quiet picnic within places such as Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and a multitude of State Parks.

Hunewill Guest Ranch
Bridgeport, Calif.
Summer (760) 932-7710
Winter office (775) 465-2201
Hunewill Guest Ranch is located on the eastern slope of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering Yosemite National Park. The ranch has been family-owned and operated since 1861. It has been a working cattle ranch since the late 1800s, and a dude ranch since 1931. All-inclusive stays of various lengths feature amazing horseback riding, great meals, cozy cabins, and activities for all ages. Singles, couples, and families are welcome. Bring your own horse or ride one of Hunewill’s. The season is May through October with its annual cattle drive in November. The Hunewill Ranch is scenic, historical, and a great place for a fun, rejuvenating vacation. Rates vary depending upon length of stay, single or double occupancy, and children’s ages. From $258 – $2,945 per person.

Lake Cuyamaca Cabins
Julian, Calif.
(760) 765-0515
About an hour’s drive from San Diego, Lake Cuyamaca is a picture-book, 110-acre lake that is proof positive that good things come in small packages. Situated at an elevation of 4,600 feet in an oak and pine forest, it is surrounded on three sides by the 26,000-acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which is 52 percent wilderness. Lake Cuyamaca is the perfect getaway for one day or up to 10 nights. Few places in San Diego County offer the pristine views that greet your eyes wherever they may wander!

Stocked with over 38,000 lbs. of trout annually, Lake Cuyamaca is the only San Diego lake that is able to stock trout all year long. Besides fishing, there are many other activities for the avid outdoorsman and the whole family, including hiking, boating, camping, horseback riding, bird watching, picnicking, and more.

The Lake Cuyamaca cabins with lake or Stonewall Mountain views are a newer installation to the park, offering full kitchens and bath and sleeping up to six people. There’s also an ADA accessible cabin that sleeps four. Unique to these cabins are the complimentary horse corral for your equine friends, or choose a complimentary motor boat for the avid fisherman. The cabins are just steps to the Rancho Cuyamaca riding and hiking trails. If you have heard about “Horse Glamping”, this is it!

Monterey Bay Equestrians
17th Annual Poker Ride & Campout
Enjoy a weekend of camping with your horse at the 17th Annual Monterey Bay Equestrians Poker Ride & Campout, April 13-15 at the Los Robles Horse Camp on the north shore of Lake San Antonio, just above Paso Robles. Ride at your leisure through miles of rolling hills and moderately challenging trails with spectacular views from the north shore of the lake. Enjoy hearty and scrumptious meals catered by the famous Mansmiths, starting with dinner Friday night and ending with breakfast Sunday morning. Taste premium wines from Central Coast Wineries and take home a souvenir wine glass. Try your luck playing poker with great prizes to choose from in the prize corral. Win some awesome raffle prizes. Sign up for the Obstacle Trail Challenge with a customized buckle for Advanced 1st place and a trophy for Novice. Other awards include judge’s choice and top three in each category. Horse Camp includes corrals, hot showers and flush toilets, arena, round pen, manure bins, wash racks and miles of trails. Cost is only $38 per rig, per night. Meals and activities are additional and optional. For more information, visit montereybayequestrians.org, or email Sunday Minnich at sminnich@redshift.com.

Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables
Santa Barbara, Calif.
(805) 683-5687
Bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River, Rancho Oso RV Camping offers acres of beautiful scenery and endless opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, and photography. Spectacular forest and mountain scenery combined with the rich history of Rancho Oso provide one the most memorable riding and recreational experiences found anywhere in California. Explore 310 beautiful acres of its RV camp filled with history that dates back to 1845.

Visit the adobe, stables, stone lodge and the unique amenities we have to offer at Rancho Oso. Rancho Oso encourages you to participate in its recreational events and entertainment, or sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery and wildlife native to the beautiful area. Rancho Oso offers full hook-up RV sites, upgraded cabins, Conestoga wagons, big corrals, arena, round pen, heated pool and spa, delicious weekend meals and camp store, and it provides overnight guests with all the comforts of home. This is horse-glamping at its finest. Ranch Oso is also just a scenic 30-minute drive from Solvang and the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez wine country.

Rock Creek Pack Station
Bishop, Calif.
(760) 872-8331
Since 1947, Rock Creek Pack Station has been offering wilderness and outdoor vacations in the Eastern Sierra, under the ownership of the London family. The London family is dedicated to serving the public, taking care of the land, making sure the horses and mules of the operation have happy and meaningful lives, and that the crew has a good time and is fairly compensated for their hard work and dedication. You can experience all the beauty of the Eastern Sierra that naturally comes with Rock Creek Pack Station’s many rides, excursions and packing schools.

One of the most popular rides is the “Parent/Child Trail Ride” in the John Muir Wilderness — it is three days of camping, riding, fishing and fun. The four-day “Mustang Trip” allows Rock Creek to track wild horses and relive the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of the Inyo National Forest. The “Owens Valley Horse Drive” is the most exciting four days of the year, as you move horses and mules between Rock Creek’s range in the Owens Valley and to its Pack Station in the high Sierra. Or, let Rock Creek Pack Station plan your private all-expense trip for any size group or join an open ride. The 2018 season schedule is online now, so book your trip today!

Point Reyes Country Inn and Stables
Point Reyes Station, Calif.
One hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Point Reyes Country Inn and Stables is your headquarters for days of relaxation, outdoor activities and fine dining. Located a close distance to the Point Reyes

National Seashore, the Golden Gate National Recreational Area and Tomales Bay State Park, the Country Inn makes for an excellent base for exploring the mile of coastal trails.

There are three levels of accommodations for the equestrian enthusiast. The Groom’s Quarters, over the stables, consists of two studios, each with queen bed and kitchen, and an additional room with three twin beds for total accommodations for seven; it is well suited for groups. The Bed and Breakfast is a five-bedroom inn with an inviting living room with large fireplace and French doors leading to a sunny deck overlooking Point Reyes Peninsula. All come with private baths, one king or queen bed per room, and welcoming balcony or deck. Two intimate Cottages on the Bay, located seven miles from the Inn and Stables in the village of Inverness, are romantic, private, and have the best views of Tomales Bay in the area. Each sleep two adults and have full kitchens. The cottages are a tranquil oasis.

Horse accommodations include a 10-stall stable, six outdoor pipe corrals and three large paddocks. One can trailer a short distance to the Point Reyes National Seashore and venture out to over 100 miles of wooded trails with pastoral/ scenic views, and long sandy beaches.

Ten Broek RV Park, Cabins & Horse Hotel
Ten Sleep, Wyo.
(307) 366-2250
Ten Sleep, Wyoming, offers spectacular views of the Big Horn Mountains to the east and red buttes to the south and west. Located on Highway 16, the main tourist route from Mount Rushmore to Yellowstone Park, the area around Ten Sleep is 85 percent public land. With great back country roads for scenic drives, archaeological sites, unique rock formations, wildlife viewing, and breathtaking mountains, lakes and streams; horseback riding, hiking, biking and fishing opportunities abound. The winter months bring incredible snowmobiling, cross country and downhill skiing.

Darell and Bonnie Ten Broek, have been welcoming travelers from across the U.S. and abroad, many of whom return year after year. Ten Broek RV Park, Cabins, and Horse Hotel is a hub of activity serving as basecamp for adventurers on the road. Their meticulously maintained RV park offers 52 full-service pull-through RV sites, six cabins and three bunkhouses with heat/AC, grassy/ shaded tent sites and great facilities for your horses (with hay and feed available).

Just walk across the street to the friendly little town of Ten Sleep with a grocery store, coffee shop, ice cream parlor, senior center with exercise equipment, a 12-year school, convenience store, motels, churches and saloons (one with a steakhouse). The 4th of July weekend brings an exciting rodeo and the three-day music festival in August has the mountains singing.

On another note, Darell and Bonnie are looking to retire, and are looking for the next owner of Ten Broek RV, Cabins and Horse Hotel. For more information, you may contact their listing agent, Sherry Firnekas of Hake Realty at (307) 388-2208.

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