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Here are some destinations when you want to escape from everything except horses

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.

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.

Specially-designed Summer Youth Programs are offered from June 9 to Aug. 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 are also offered. See ad on page 24

Double H Ranch
Yreka, Calif.
(530) 598-9722

The Double H Ranch host Pat Hampton-Hayes would like to invite you to vacation on her beautiful 1,000-acre ranch in the Shasta Cascade Mountains in Northern California’s Siskiyou County. Just 22.2 miles south of the Oregon border, this is a private, peaceful, magnificent place in nature that abounds with miles of trails for riding, hiking, biking, fishing, and sightseeing. It’s a perfect place to explore endless trails on your horses, or rent a fine quality and well-trained horse from the ranch. Accommodations for the horses include covered corrals, indoor and outdoor arenas, two round pens and plenty of trailer parking.

Double H Ranch guests can enjoy a charming three-bedroom/two-bath country cottage that sleeps six-plus, or a four-bedroom / one-bath bunkhouse that sleeps eight-plus. In addition, the Double H features a its “Homestead,” a refurbished one-bedroom / one-bath cabin that sleeps two. There also are more rustic accommodations.

Equine travelers also can make it their ideal lay-over spot. See ad on page 23

Dude Ranchers Association
(866) 399-2339

Enjoy a taste of the authentic American West where horses, hats, history, honesty, hospitality and heart abound. With over 100 carefully chosen member ranches, the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) has one to match your dream vacation – perfectly, all while protecting lands, parks, forests and wildlife.

Its line-up of dude, resort and working ranches are in the most picturesque regions of the country and Canada near historic sites and national parks for a photographer’s heyday. Each has its own unique history, incredible horseback riding tailored to each rider’s age and ability, and exciting outdoor adventures like white water rafting, paradise fishing on scenic rivers and more. This is the “go-to” source in order to see what all the excitement about dude ranch vacations is all about! See ad on page 25

Hondoo Rivers & Trails
Torrey, Utah
(435) 425-3519

South-central Utah horseback riding vacations are spectacular! 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 midst of the canyonlands at Torrey, Utah, near Capitol Reef National Park, Hondoo offers a full schedule of horseback riding, hiking and jeep tours featuring camping or inn lodging. Options include custom day or multi-day trips that allow you to travel by jeep, horse or on foot. Pat and Gary implement 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, featuring red rock formations and canyons, pristine meadows, alpine forests and lush green meadows surrounded by mountains, both in solitude or with group itineraries. 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. See ad on page 22

John Wayne Pioneers Wagons and Riders Club
May 16–June 1, 2019
Eastern Washington
(425) 788-4880

Join the John Wayne Pioneers Wagons and Riders Club (JWPWR) for its “Ride of a Lifetime!” This unforgettable wagon train adventure from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in eastern Washington to the Idaho border is one-of-a-kind. The “Palouse to Cascades” trail (formerly the John Wayne Trail) is a 226-mile, 18-day trek that will give you the opportunity to experience close-up, the pioneer spirit of this ever-changing, marvelous journey.

The annual ride is special, both because it is long enough to feel like a wagon train and because it covers many different landscapes. See, feel and smell the landscape changes from cold rugged mountains to high desert. Cross the Columbia River and enter arid scablands carved into geological rock formations created by the great Missoula Ice Age Floods of more than 50,000 years ago. You will ride through wheat fields, cattle ranches, basalt rockeries and forests. You will cross bridges and go through tunnels. You will have time to fall into the rhythm of the trail, meet others and just enjoy. See ad on page 25

Point Reyes Country Inn and Stables
Point Reyes Station, Calif.
(415) 663-9696

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 miles 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 ten-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. See ad on page 25

Rancho Oso Resort
Santa Barbara, Calif.
(800) 388-7788

Rancho Oso RV and Camping Resort offers acres of beautiful scenery and endless opportunities for horseback riding, hiking and photography. With a history dating back to 1845, its 310 beautiful acres provide plenty to explore in the Golden State. On-site amenities include a pool, pickleball court, or bring your horse and go for a ride along the horse trails. When you’re not out on an adventure with your horse, you can board it with Rancho Oso and take advantage of its horse camping with pasture and covered corrals.

Accommodations are great for your RV or tent under the starry sky. For a unique camping experience, stay in one of its cabins or covered wagons.

If you’re looking for all of the comforts of home, Rancho Oso’s cottages come with small kitchenettes and comfortable beds for a “home away from home” experience. See ad on page 22

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. This remarkable institution is under the ownership of the London family, which 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’s three days of camping, riding, fishing, and fun. There is also a four-day “Mustang Trip” that allows tracking of wild horses and relives the Old West in the seldom-visited Pizona area of the Inyo National Forest.

There also are professional packing courses for those interested in seeking a career as a pack guide or just spending more time in the wilderness. Rock Creek Pack Station’s 2019 season schedule is online now, so book your trip today! See ad on page 23

Willow Creek Horse Bed & Breakfast
Summerville, Ore.
(541) 534-4780

Willow Creek Horse B&B is for folks who would like to explore Eastern Oregon from a comfortable “home away from home”—and spend time in the saddle. They’ll put you and your horse up in a friendly, safe space, and provide you with a hearty breakfast.

You may wish to take day rides, returning to the B&B for the comfort of a real bed. It’ll be your base from which you experience the unparalleled beauty of the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and Eagle Cap Wilderness areas.

Innkeepers Lyndall Shick and Ray Rufener are your hosts. They are veteran trail riders with many years’ experience riding Eastern Oregon’s trails. See ad on page 21

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