From authentic cowhand holidays to horseback safaris, travel specialist Ranch Rider tells us where experienced riders should saddle up if they want to save on the trails.
Riding holiday specialist Ranch Rider has rounded up four of its best offers with prices starting from only £840pp (no single supplement) for a week on the range in Wyoming. The tour operator is also holding its 2018 prices for 2019 bookings on the world-famous Medicine Lodge Horse Drive.
Ranch Rider is offering a £503pp saving on a ten-night stay at the authentic Colorado Cattle Company – the famous working ranch featured in the 90’s hit movie, “City Slickers.
Tony Daly, Managing Director of Ranch Rider says, “This is a great ‘adult only’ cowhand holiday, the all-around western riding experience including opportunities to get involved in cattle work, roping, barrel racing, shooting and more. In just under a week, you’ll improve or get to grips with Western riding and horsemanship, figure out how to read and work cattle, and possibly, even learn to rope from a horse.
A chance to get off the beaten track, there is also a weekly camp out, the journey taking guests across the Pawnee National Grasslands and the Pawnee Buttes, a bird sanctuary. Off the trail, relax in the bar, the swimming pool or the hot tub – the best medicine for saddle sores.
SAVE £503pp: 10-nights from only £2,489pp (no single supplement) including full board accommodation, ranch activities (including riding), use of ranch facilities and taxes. Excludes transfers from Denver for only £50pp (based on two people) and return flight from £895pp. Offer available on six, seven and 10-night stays from now through 15 October (booked from today), and all bookings for 2019 confirmed before 01 October 2018.
Link to ranch: http://www.ranchrider.com/blog.php?id=6344
SAVE £485pp (36%) At Wyoming’s New Haven Working Ranch, guests have daily opportunities to herd the cattle – living the life of a cowhand central to the stay. Alternative pursuits include pistol and rifle target shooting as well as trap shooting and trout fishing. The ideal time to visit, the local rodeo will be in full swing over the summer. Seven nights from only £840pp (no single supplement) including accommodation, meals ranch activities (including riding), use of ranch facilities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes transfers from £135 and return flight from £1,579pp. Departing 11 August.
Link to deal: http://www.ranchrider.com/ranch.php?ranch=52
Book your 2019 horse drive before 23 December 2018 and pay 2018 prices: One of Ranch Rider’s most popular riding holidays, the Medicine Lodge Idaho Horse Drive is a fast-paced, challenging adventure, guests driving over 40 horses across 100,000 acres of mountainous terrain.
Filled with stunning scenery, the journey takes riders through desert canyon country and across lakes and rivers, the Gem state’s backcountry filled with abundant wildlife including moose, elk and bear.
All of the camping is completely off-grid, with meals cooked over the open fire, the Silver Spur Ranch’s famous chuck wagon carrying all the ingredients.
Aside from the thrill of bringing the horses home, highlights include sleeping out under the stars and bathing in natural warm springs and refreshing Idahoan creeks. Six nights from only £1,599pp (no single supplement) including accommodation (ranch and camp), meals, ranch activities (including riding) and tax. Excludes transfers and gratuities. Return flight from £899pp. Available departures May through September 2019.
Link to deal: http://www.ranchrider.com/specials.php?id=25
SAVE £335pp: Ranch Rider is also offering discounts on six-night stays at South Africa’s Horizon Lodge, the property located on the Triple B Ranch in the malaria-free Waterberg region. Horseback safaris, scenic rides and western games feature on the list of pursuits, while cattle mustering is available to book on arrival. From £945pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities (including riding), use of ranch facilities and tax. Excludes transfers from £195pp, gratuities as left to discretion and return flight from £879pp. Offer valid on all departures in September 2018 and September 2019. Book before 01 September 2018.
Link to deal: http://www.ranchrider.com/specials.php?id=20
For more information contact Ranch Rider (01509 618 811; ranchrider.com) ATOL PROTECTED No 4660 ABTA 96395/V9150.