Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations

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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.




The Boardwalk of Atlantic City

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"On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, life will be peaches and cream.” - from the 1991 Disney film Wild Hearts Can't be Broken. Atlantic City is looking to revive the hustle and charm of its popularity in the 1880's. In efforts to gain tourism and lure visitors back to the Boardwalk, one act in the revival is horse diving. Steel Pier Ownership, announced in early February of this year, that it intends to bring back Atlantic City’s famed Diving Horse attraction, which began in the 1920s and ended in 1978. It has been said that William "Doc" Carver "invented" the idea of horse diving attractions. The story goes that while crossing a bridge it partially collapsed, and his horse "dived" into the waters, inspiring him to train his horses for the act in a depressed economy. Disney film, was based on the real life of Sonora Webster, who was blinded after her horse lost balance on the high platform and she hit the waters with her eyes open. She continued performing for 11 years after the accident. horsediving The news of the return of horse diving has caught attention worldwide, with open opposition from the U.S. Humane Society and other countries. Since they ended horse diving 30 years ago, much progress has been made in animal rights, as well as, the familiarity and use of natural horsemanship.  Great strides have been made to protect the welfare of horses and improve training methods. Many animal rights activists will go to great lengths to make sure this show does not open on the city pier. It can't be denied that horse diving is a part of our history, but nostalgia does not out-weigh the health and well being of the horses. In the attempt to revive a sunken economy, one would hope that Atlantic City would look more creatively at the future instead of reviving the darker aspects of the past just to make a quick buck. In the end, any one who's ridden a horse knows that a quick buck is all it takes to find yourself flat on the ground and worse for wear. We hope you make a trip out to Black Mountain Ranch to see what riding in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is like. No horse diving here, just real cowboy fun.        



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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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A Sample Week at BMR!

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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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