Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation Single Person Challenge Course
So many of our guest ranch guests have been here numerous times, so every year or two we try to
add something new to our “standard” adventures all designed to make you VERY dirty, very tired & maybe a little bit sore
Looks easy, eh?
Wrangler Nick is back (yee-haw!) & he is drawing and building not one challenge course, but three!
A Single Person Challenge Course
A Team Challenge Course A Kid and Horse Obstacle Course
Mudder . . . → Read More: Dude Ranch Challenge Courses: Part 1
Family Christmas Dude Ranch Vacation: December 22 – 26, 2012 4 night Package
Details and rates here.
Come join us and relax over a long Holiday weekend. Let us cook and clean! A Christmas Eve Seven Course Dinner, a Family Style Christmas Dinner of Turkey carved at the table; a Champagne Breakfast on Boxing Day: family fun, including for mom!.
Some typical Morning Activities: Trail Riding, maybe in the snow! With lessons available.
Your hostess, Ellen, on the front steps!
And available Afternoon Activities: Trap and rifle shooting Trail Riding, maybe in the snow! Horse back riding lessons & coaching available Make and decorate Holiday/Christmas cookies Decorate the tree (help us find and bring home just the right tree) Hiking . . . → Read More: Family Christmas Week at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch
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.
Create Your Own Family Dude Ranch Vacation Rates for July 8, July 15 & July 22! Time is running out & we are getting downright enthusiastic to book all rooms for July! (The week of 8/1 and 8/29 are fully booked – Sorry.)
Don't Just Stand Around! Give Us a Call!
Give us a call (970-224-1222) and Enjoy Serious Significant Savings! Every week can be a special week. Pick your week and call us. (970-224-1222) As these weeks get really close, we are downright enthusiastic to fill them! Don’t forget the “Refer another family” discount & “Non-rider” discount.
Fourth of July Celebration & Dude Ranch Vacation
You can plan your Family Adventure Vacation to include some of the most amazing, awe-inspiring and impressive Independence Day fireworks in the state of Colorado!
If you are staying with us the dude ranch week starting Sunday July 1st, , OR If you are arriving for the dude ranch week starting Sunday July 8th, OR If you are local, and want to spend the night and breakfast with us, consider staying Saturday night for the fireworks!
Suites will be available for single Saturday night stay with Sunday breakfast at our mountain lodge Bed & Breakfast rate of $149.
. . . → Read More: Fireworks Dude Ranch Vacation Saturday July 7th!
Dude Ranch Vacation Events near the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch
Lots of great summer family adventure vacation opportunities coming up this summer. Here’s just four:
#1 Greeley Stampede June 22–July 4, 2012
Rodeo Events at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch
Dust off your cowboy boots for one of Colorado’s largest summer festivals and rodeos. Dating back to the 1800s, Greeley’s Fourth of July celebration puts the “Yeehaw!” in Colorado’s western culture. Justin Moore, Credence Clearwater Revisited, Montgomery Gentry and Luke Bryan will headline this year’s Stampede. greeleystampede.org
#2 Colorado Brewers’ Festival June 23–24, 2012
If you’ve tasted a Colorado-brewed beer, then you know why Colorado Brewers’ Festival is wildly popular. 30 Colorado breweries, showcasing more than 60 cold and fresh handcrafted beers, fill Fort Collins’ historic downtown. Summer has never been more refreshing than at this beer-lover’s paradise. downtownfortcollins.com
#3 . . . → Read More: Summer Vacation Plans Made? Time to Make Reservations!
Me! Waiting to greet you!
You Dogs and Horses are welcome here! You can be part of your family’s adventure vacation!
Hi! I’m Jack-jack, the official Sundance Trail Guest Ranch Dog. My job is to be so happy I can barely stand it!
Also, I lead some special “dog-only” activities like
chasing the cats and the goats (when they want to play too, otherwise they just sit there); sometimes taking naps with the kittens: playing with kids!; sniffing noses with the miniature horses (who are only about 30 inches tall and weigh the same as me!); NOT chasing the big horses (unless you want to get kicked!); checking EVERY tree and, well, you know…!
RJ, Me & Annie
. . . → Read More: Pet Friendly Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations
Is this a Bed & Breakfast wedding with a Murder Mystery Game?
B&B Murder Mystery Weekend with a wedding?
Most people elope to a dude ranch to get away from their family and friends. They want a relaxed, very simple ceremony and a fun weekend getaway horseback riding.
Country Inn Wedding
Well, Joel and Sheri decided to have a simple, relaxed ceremony, but brought their family, including all the kids and the dogs.
Why? They had an opportunity to tie the knot while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and were married while visiting the Sea of Galilee. Wow!
But what of mom and dad? And what of the gang of brothers and . . . → Read More: Dude Ranch Death: A B&B Murder Mystery & Wedding!
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???
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 take-over!!!
Dude Ranch Bear Table
–After successfully keeping momma black bear and her cubs out of the dumpster and the kitchen all summer, Sundance Trail Guest Ranch has been been completely overrun with bears… and mooses*!!
-Take home a bear as a memory of your ranch vacation! Or maybe a Christmas present from your family vacation. Looks like there’s a whole herd of the critters hiding in the gift shop, next to the Jackalopes, water bottles, disc golf Frisbies, and elegant Colorado hand carved bowls.
Bears Hiding in our Dude Ranch Gift Shop
-Our neighbor, Rob, is a chainsaw artist, and he make some of the finest carvings . . . → Read More: Bears Invade Dude Ranch! (and Mooses too!)
Guest Ranch Horseback Riding is seldom as intense as Dorothy May Winfield expresses here, but this poem beautifully catches those blissful moments of being “in the zone” with your horse. Thanks, Dorothy (and Stewart!) – please say hello to Scotland for us. We hope to see you again next year!
Dude Ranch horseback riding; Sundance Trail Guest Ranch Colorado
Mounting my quarter horse, I steel myself for the journey, A ripple runs through him as my legs gently squeeze his sides, He moves forward, slowly at first. I feel his power beneath me, Flicking the reins he gathers momentum Faster and faster and faster, He breathes deeply, Fire bursts from his flared nostrils. The plain stretches before us like endless time. hands pull at my hair, my clothes, Stripping my mortality. My heart beats . . . → Read More: Guest Ranch Horseback Riding – My Daydream
Dude Ranch Square dance caller Mark
A little while ago, a journeyman square dancing caller named Mark Hammett somehow got entangled with a local group of crazy people, and the result is the Ponderosa Promenaders Square Dancing Club.
The Promenaders meet every week. Cyril somehow managed to get Ellen, Dan and Justin off the dude ranch to enjoy part of the winter in weekly lessons, and we’ve all been having a ball.
In fact, we’re having so much fun that we’ve installed a new dancing floor in the dude ranch recreation room!
Corrine and Mark
Mr. Mark has graciously agreed to call for us this summer!
He and his bride Corrine will be joining us for supper every Monday and then . . . → Read More: Dude Ranch Square Dancing in Red Feather Lakes!
Dude Ranch Justin Graduation
God dropped Mr. Justin Ripley onto our laps just when we most needed him (Notes about LeAndra’s latest adventures coming soon; I’m waiting for pictures.)
And what a gift he has been. Careful, we now have two Justin’s: “our” dude ranch Justin the barn manager, and “LeAndra’s Justin” who is our neighbor, friend and local Department of Wildlife Officer.
Our dude ranch Justin, originally from Indiana, has experience as a vet tech, and as a med tech – corpsman from his years in the army. Justin is an experienced horseman, and experienced horse trainer, a dude wrangler, and was Barn Manager at one of our neighbor Colorado dude ranches for a number of years.
He can do everything around here except cook, and Ellen has plans to change . . . → Read More: New Dude Ranch Barn Manager