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Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch is one of the top guest ranches in the world, hosting guests every summer to give you a taste of the West. We offer unlimited horseback riding for an adventurous, authentic vacation.




Summer 2017, Week 17

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Well our official season has ended but we are still up to our usual shananagans here and I thought I would post and update. We had a wonderful week of staff bonding and hanging out. The week included 55-65 mile an hour winds which made even the easy tasks tricky. On Tuesday we dewormed all of our horses for the second time this season. It is a fun day as we get to handle each of our horses and give them lots of love. We took down pack camp and deep cleaned the saloon. More importantly we had our annual wrangler ride! This year we went to places we had never been. We ended up riding just short of 20 miles while keeping up with Brice and Conger. We saw all sorts of different terrain. The aspens are so beautiful this time of year it was all really amazing. We also all got a lot of jumping practice as the recent winds knocked down a lot of trees. Some of us were very excited about this. We all got to choose our horses for the ride and I took my favorite little guy, our Mustang named Whiskey. Some of you may have worked with him this summer in my round pen clinics and I wanted to tell everyone he is doing really well! I’m working on teaching him some new tricks for next year. The staff is busy making their plans for the winter. Being a seasonal worker has its pros and cons. One amazing part is being able to change what you want to do every 6 months, but the most stressful part is also figuring out what to do every 6 months. We have all entered stressful time of finding apartments and nailing down jobs and wondering if this is the year we get a full-time job and buckle down or keep the life style going. So far we all choose to do what makes us happy and not what we feel we have to do. Amy, Emily and Branden are going back to Beavercreek , Matt, Lil, Vic and the Mays are going to Vail, Hali and Lizzie are going to Breckenridge, Jake is heading back to Florida help with the clean up effort from the Hurricane, Cora is heading to Maryland and I am switching it up this year and giving Breckenridge a try for the Winter. Emily and I are planning an epic road trip in the off-season, which we are really looking forward too as well. The horses will be heading to Walden next week to hang out and eat all winter. Josephine will get to see her boyfriend who also winters in Walden; he is a big red mule who loves and guards Josephine all winter. The animals get a lot of vacation time when they work here but they are amazing for us all summer so they deserve it!



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The Beauty of Colorado

Have you ever traveled to a dude ranch? Spending a week in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a wonderful horseback riding vacation for the entire family to enjoy! We offer pack camp trips, fly fishing, skeet and trap shooting, and of course plenty of time on horseback. All meals are included in your package, so no need to worry about a thing when you spend a week at our ranch!

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Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations - Black Mountain Ranch

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All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service

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