dude ranch vacation horse and her girl

Hey, Dude….Try a Ranch Vacation

Amarillo Style, Norman Living, Edmond Monthly, 2/03
By Elaine Warner

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, hosts a smaller number of guests.

dude ranch vacation horse and her girl

dude ranch vacation horse and her girl

Owners Ellen and Dan Morin have no more than seven guest families at a time. This makes a very flexible schedule possible. Children have their own wrangler for riding instructions, campouts or crafts. Rafting is available on the nearby Cache la Poudre River. There are lots of opportunities for hiking or rock climbing and Dan supervises target shooting on the rifle range. One evening, the kids have special activities while parents have an adult hospitality hour and candlelight dinner. The last night of the week, guests and staff gather around the campfire and read cowboy poetry they have written during the week.

Saturday morning after breakfast everyone gathers at the corral for a gymkhana. Both adult and kid guests and wranglers get a chance to show off their skills. Wranglers lead the horses for the littlest riders, and everyone cheers for each participant. One of the favorite games works great for non-riders also – a tandem stick-horse race. Then comes the tearful time when the kids kiss their horses good-bye and families pack up to return to reality. One of the kids, a seven year old said, “My mom said next year I get to pick Hawaii, Mexico or here. I pick here!”


What Makes Us Different?

Size – We are a Small Dude Ranch
No name tags. No crowds. No lines.

Relaxed & Flexible
Take off your watch. You won’t need it. We keep riding groups small so we are able to be very flexible in our riding program and activities.

Adventure Vacation
In addition to horseback riding we offer Rafting, Rock Climbing, Shooting, Hiking, Mountain Biking and much more!

We Love to Teach
We believe that riding should be fun, should be safe, and that learning never ends.

Not a Nose-to-Tail Program
Our wranglers will never tell you to “get in line.” We don’t believe in lines!

Concern for Your Safety
We follow the standards of the American Association of Horsemanship Safety,and our wranglers are Safety Certified by the Dude Ranchers Association.

Concern for the Environment
We live the “No Trace” Ethic, which means that we do our best to leave a very small foot-print in our National Forest.

Pet Friendly
We are the only pet friendly dude ranch that we know! Your dog, if he/she is well mannered around children and other animals, is welcome!

Family Orientation
We enjoy sharing our lifestyle with people, especially families. We enjoy helping families play together.

Come Visit Us
This is our home, we live here and we’re open year-round.
You are very welcome to come visit us just give us a call!

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