Hot where you are? Dani & Alex & Montee cooling off in the Sundance Trail pond.
We are actively booking the 2013 season, but there are still some rooms available the weeks of 7/15/12 7/22/12 8/5/12 8/26/12 and 9/2/12 (Adult Only week) and we are offering deep discounts! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to call us at 970-224-1222 or 800-357-4930.
Wow! So many emails and phone calls! Y’all make us feel very cared for.
The fire remains at least 25 miles south east of us and on the other side of the river ( a major big protective fire line).
Our prevailing winds continue to be from the west or northwest, pushing the fire away (and filling Fort Collins with smoke). A wind from the south will push the fire north, but still far west of us. A wind from the east will push the fire far south of us. Our concern is high winds from the south-east; pretty unusual. We are watching closely and we are prepared.
Staff fire training is complete. We own our own foam system to cover the lodge. We have set up impulse sprinkler systems around defenable buildings as a precaution. The last few beetle killed trees will come down today. All is well, we are prepared. Actually, thanks . . . → Read More: Sundance Trail Dude Ranch & High Park Fire Colorado
Shasta Had Her Baby — a family adventure vacation!
Shasta and Little Miss Not-Yet-Named
Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, a small Colorado dude ranch, doesn’t usually have pregnant mares, so this was an exciting new adventure for us.
Welcome to the world little Miss Not-Yet -Named! Request our Dude Ranch brochure, or Download pdf now, or Email the ranch.
Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations – something different!
1. Do you have a less-than-a-full-week stay? Answer: Yes! We offer a four-day, three night family vacation:
Sunday afternoon through some-time Wednesday OR Wednesday afternoon through Saturday afternoon.
Details in the “4 Day/ 3 Night Prices Section” of the Summer Rates Page.
2. How is the shorter stay different?
Answer: Our riding program is NOT nose-to-tail! It is based on a “curriculum” of learning objectives based on the level of skill you bring with you.
If Sunday afternoon through Wednesday sometime. You follow the same riding schedule as the full-week guests. If Wednesday through Saturday, you have your own wrangler who will start you with the first learning objectives (depending on your skill) and build from there.
3. What type of . . . → Read More: 10 Common Questions People Ask Our Dude Ranch
Ever Wonder Where Our Colorado Ranch Vacation Horses Retire?
Matt & Leo — Horseback Riding
Hello Sundance Trail Guest Ranch,
I talked to Justin the other day and thought that you might want to see a couple of pictures of Leo.
He and Matthew have really bonded and spend most weekends riding around in the pasture.
They are the perfect match, and Leo seems to enjoy getting out and seeing his new surroundings.
Matthew can’t wait until summer so that we can take Leo with us on a few trail rides.
Matt & Leo — Horseback Riding Friends
Summer Horseback Riding is Right Around the Corner!
Kristina leads a horseback ride back to the ranch
Sundance Trail Guest Ranch Is Ready With Specials and Discounts!
It’s cold out. I don’t want to go outside, so I’m playing with last year’s pictures, getting them ready to put in the albums, and I’m kinda lonely sitting here…. What can I do to “nudge” you to call me?
I know! How about:
Early Bird Incentive – add a Swedish Massage to your stay if you call and book before March 15th, and how about Return Guest Discount – wouldn’t it be fun to come back this year? How about a 5% discount? Or Refer another family for a 5% discount on your next stay. Or Do Both! . . . → Read More: Dude Ranch Discounts, Specials and “Motivators”!
Spring Trail Maintenance – Dude Ranch Work Vacation
Spring is here! Time to groom trails! Yee-haw!
By popular demand! A new get-away idea! May 13 to May 19
So, if you want to get away from
the telephone ringing, the traffic, the TV commercials every six minutes
And you think that celebrating spring might include
hauling logs, carrying buckets of dirt up steep climbs
Posts for fencing and barn – what fun!
setting fence posts and a few hours of riding horses every day for a week?
May 13 is our spring trail maintenance week, and you are invited to join us!
. . . → Read More: A Ranch Adventure Vacation – May Trail Maintenance
Colorado Guest Ranch Summer Employment
Guest Ranch Wranglers – a serious bunch
Summer is coming soon – yeehaw! We are now looking over applications for summer 2012. Here’s some highlights:
Summer Dude Ranch Kitchen Staff
Don’t listen to those wranglers! YOU are the most important part of our ranch!
Some of the most important memories that we want to create for our guests are meal memories. We eat in the dining room, in the back yard, and on the trail. We serve “hearty western fare family style,” which can include lots of vegetables and salads as well as meat and potatoes. Because Ellen and Dan are both RN’s we see many guests who have therapeutic diets or allergies.
The kitchen staff is a group of five people who have high energy and good humor. Psychosis is . . . → Read More: Yeehaw! 2012 Summer Dude Ranch Jobs
Colorado Dude Ranch horses communicate very clearly!
1. What is Stevie saying here?
This quiz is part of a series of articles that we have written in the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch Horse Safety and Horse Communication collection, including Speaking to Your Dude Ranch Horse Part 1 and Speaking to your Dude Ranch Horse Part 2.
When at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, either for a summer dude ranch vacation or Fall/Winter/Spring B&B stay,
2. And Mocha?
you will spend lots . . . → Read More: Dude Ranch Quiz: What is This Horse Saying???
Mountain Lodge Horse Back Riding in the Snow
Laura and Skip enjoy the snow.
Hmmmm…… The weather people call for an October total of 2.9 inches of snow for our area. We got that three weeks ago, and it disappeared the next morning, as October snow should. The aspens still claim October as theirs; time to show off their golden leaves.
. . . → Read More: Yehaw!!! Snow for our Dude Ranch Halloween!!!
An Adventure Vacation Trail Rider: Asia
Asia is small, but sure is pretty!
Asia is a beautiful little girl. Just look at those eyes! Easy to catch, groom and tack.
Good all-around – in the arena, in the pasture or on the trail. Neck reins, never argues, can be fast if you ask her!
This is a horse with lots of heart and potential. She is young, but developing real grace and poise. >Note: Pink booted dude ranch cowgirl, Marion, is from France and rides with short reins.
Asia has pretty eyes.
Color & Markings: Bay; star, strip, snip Height: 14 H Horse . . . → Read More: Meet our Dude Ranch Horses and Staff: Asia!
Guest Ranch Vacation Old-timer Dusty!
Family Dude Ranch Vacation KIds Horse: Old Man Dusty
Dusty is about 35 years old. He is a solid professional, and refuses to retire. He loves kids, and when saddled, gets in line and follows the leader.
A great teacher for beginners, a great buddy horse for a kid on an adventure vacation.
Dusty is missing most of his grinders and is fat because he is fed Senior Feed twice a day.
Note: Pink booted cowgirl (Marion!) is from France and rides with short reins. Dark haired cowgirl (Kaitlyn!) is a beginner student.
Dusty . . . → Read More: Meet our Dude Ranch Horses and Staff: Dusty!
Trail riding on Annie is a great adventure vacation!
Annie (with John) loves to lead every Trail Ride at our Guest Ranch
She has a very fast walk, which some riders enjoy, and which intimidates some anxious riders. She has very sensitive sides. Annie loves to run! The whole forest is her dude ranch!!!
She has never bucked, spun, reared or tried to unseat her rider. But she has a mind of her own, and does not immediately automatically follow her riders’ cues. She likes to be in charge, but will gladly follow a confident rider, after that rider has established her/his horse back riding authority.
Annie is excellent on trails – never spooks. Likes to lead every trail ride.
Timid riders who need a “push-button” horse would not enjoy her.
A wrangler favorite. . . . → Read More: Meet our Dude Ranch Horses and Staff: Annie!