Leading authority on Ranch Vacations suggests
Come spring when the world awakens, adventurous women longing to release that inner cowgirl seek out authentic experiences that ranch country offers over days and nights of bonding with like-minded women.
Gene Kilgore, best-selling author and the world’s leading expert on ranch vacations, is the inspiration and authority behind the dedicated website, www.top50ranches.com. When asked for compelling ideas for springtime ranch getaways just for women, Kilgore drew from is knowledge and personal experiences and came up with the following suggestions.
April 8-14, Wyoming, The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch features a Tammy Pate Horsemanship and Yoga Retreat. Under the guidance of top clinician Tammy Pate, guests indulge in a few days of upscale riding, clinics, horsemanship and working cattle experience – both in the arena and on the range. Tammy also conducts daily yoga sessions. The per person rate is $2,595. See: https://www.top50ranches.com/ranch-vacations/124-the-hideout-lodge-and-guest-ranch.htm
April 6-9, Arizona, Tombstone Monument Ranch and April 9-13, Arizona, White Stallion Ranch together encourage gals to fire up their creativity while turning down mind chatter on a two-ranch vacation retreat divided between the historic Tombstone Monument Ranch and number-one-rated Tucson property, White Stallion Ranch. Days are filled with yoga, sketching, watercolor lessons and demos, plus two horseback/sketching rides. The per person rate for this two-ranch program $3,220.
April 20-22, British Colombia, Sundance Guest Ranch hosts a Spring Cowgirl Weekend from $285 per person including horseback (beginner to expert) riding, meals, accommodation, line dancing with the wranglers. Please contact Sundance Guest Ranch for rates. See: http://www.sundanceguestranch.com/events/cowgirl-weekend/
April 26-29, Montana, The Resort at Paws Up offers a Cowgirl Spring Roundup that immerses guests in cowgirl life at the ranch. They learn the ropes from some Cowgirl Hall of Famers in horsemanship workshops and on trail rides and cattle drives. Accommodations at Paws Up are on the luxury Wilderness Estate. Nightly rates are from $663 per person. The resort can accommodate groups of up to 60 cowgirls. See: https://www.pawsup.com/events/cowgirl-spring-roundup.
May 10-13, Colorado, C Lazy U Ranch, Women’s Retreat with Cowgirl/Yogini Cathy Woods helps gals find their inner cowgirl on an awareness journey through yoga and horses, including the yogic principles to be a horse trainer or riding instructor, or just how to become a more aware, conscious rider. The per person rate is from $395 per night. See: https://www.top50ranches.com/ranch-vacations/141-c-lazy-u-ranch.htm.
May 17-20, Wyoming, Red Reflet Ranch stages a girls-only Wild West Weekend of horseback riding, zip-lining over the red rock canyon, shooting like Annie Oakley, roping, ATV driving plus yoga, pilates or stream-side meditation. The per person rate is $1,950. See: https://www.top50ranches.com/ranch-vacations/161-red-reflet-ranch.htm.
May 20-28, Montana, Bar W Guest Ranch brings on its Cowgirl Up Week where the ladies are invited to learn some cowgirl skills or simply relax in a hot tub surrounded by the vastness of Montana and with a complimentary two-hour spa package and vintner’s presentation. The per person (double) rate is from $2,084. See: https://www.top50ranches.com/ranch-vacations/122-bar-w-guest-ranch.htm
June 3-9, Colorado, Latigo Guest Ranch encourages guests during Cowgirls and Working Women of the West to ride the Rockies, hone horsemanship, meet new friends and spend time with genuine Working Women of the West who love to tell their stories about being contemporary cowgirls. The per person rate is $2,900. See: https://www.top50ranches.com/ranch-vacations/41-latigo-ranch.htm
June 3-10, Wyoming, Bitterroot Ranch invites women to join a Reach out to Horses Clinic with Anna Twinney program that helps guests experience firsthand how all contact with a horse — intentions, body language, energy and more — form a communication system. The per person rate is from $2,300. See: https://www.top50ranches.com/ranch-vacations/43-bitterroot-ranch.htm
“Ranching is a down to earth thing that helps us to reconnect with the natural rhythm of Mother Earth, not the frantic ways of modern day life,” explains Kilgore. “Ranch vacations offer one of the greatest vacation opportunities in the world today.”
Lifetime member of the Dude Ranchers’ Association, Gene Kilgore is the best-selling author who recently released Gene Kilgore Ranch Vacations 2018, the 11th edition of the popular guide that describes over 100 ranches offering vacations in the US and abroad. It has become the leading resource for those looking for a romantic getaway, multi-generational and family vacation or beginner to advanced riding vacation. Kilgore is also the authority behind two dedicated websites, www.top50ranches.com and www.ranchweb.com which focus on what truly is one of America’s most iconic homegrown experiences – the dude ranch vacation.