Holiday at the ranch

Want to escape from bell-ringing Santas, throngs at the mall, and those seemingly endless shopping lists and decorating chores? Head for a guest ranch during December’s holiday season.

Whether you choose a snowy redoubt in Wyoming or a winter-warm spot like Arizona, you’re sure to find one thing: a great escape from the usual din of December. Bring your friends and family to join ranch activities that range from campfires with s’mores to decorating the tree.

Not all ranches are open for the Christmas holiday, but those that are make extra efforts to ensure a special time for their guests, with incredible feasts (like duck l’orange), or horseback riding or snowmobile and snowshoe tours (as weather permits).

Some examples: at Wyoming’s Turpin Meadow Ranch, nordic and snowshoe opportunities are right outside your cabin door and the lodge is just fifteen miles from Grand Teton National Park, and the festivities abound, from cookie-making to tree-trimming. And nearby Jackson jumps with the holiday activities from Thanksgiving through New Year.

At Colorado’s Vista Verde, guides will take you skiing, snowshoeing, or horseback riding into the magnificent countryside; or stay inside and join Culinary Adventures, like wine tasting and cooking classes. As Stephanie at Vista Verde says,

“There is just something about the jingle bells on the sleigh, the fireplace crackling, and the snowmen and sledding and all the winter fun that makes the season feel like it’s supposed to be.”

In Arizona, visit Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch and get into the frontier spirit. Relax by the pool, challenge the kids to a game of basketball or billiards, or ride into the Arizona sunshine.

Whichever style of ranch you choose, it will be a holiday your family will not soon forget. For a complete list of year-round ranches, mosey on over to Ranchweb.


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