Dutch Henry Borne – Greatest Rustler of the Wild West

Lumberjack, buffalo hunter, freighter, Indian fighter, cavalry scout for General Custer; Henry Borne (or Bourne) finally found his true calling by becoming the greatest horse, mule and cattle thief in the wild west. German immigrant parents gave birth to Henry in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on July 2, 1849. He joined the Seventh Cavalry at an early age but quit late in the 1860s. Apparently, he developed a liking for Army mules during his time in the cavalry. Shortly after quitting, Dutch Henry “persuaded” 20 army mules to quit with him. He was caught with the purloined government property and sentenced …

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Featured in the Travel Section of the Washington Post!

Thanks to the Washington Post for writing about our Colorado Dude Ranch! “Who needs a phone when you can lasso a calf?” We loved the article discussing the trend to go to places off the grid without technology! Now hundreds of thousands of people have read that article but not one has pointed out our horse Nellie is sticking his tongue out for the photo opportunity. Cheers to Nellie and cheers to all our new friends giving us a call to book their summer vacation in the Colorado mountains! We still have some …

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Tips For Making Your First Horse Riding Experience Safe and Comfortable

Horse riding is loads of fun and excitement, but it can also be a little scary, especially if it is your first time on the back of a 1/2 ton animal. With a little education and insight, however, you should be ready to embark on your new adventure with the proper ratio of respect and excitement! Below are some basic horse riding tips to help you prepare for your vacation at Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch. Horses are extremely sensitive creatures who pick up on their rider’s anxieties. They assume if their rider is nervous or anxious that there must …

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2015 Bookings Are Filling Up Fast at Our Family Owned Dude Ranch

  Hello Everyone! We wanted to sit down and thank everyone that has already booked their amazing vacation for this summer with us! We are set up to have our best year yet. Our staff is already preparing to make this summer special. Choosing Colorado Dude Ranch vacations is a way to get back to nature and relax. With the world in hurry up mode 24 hours a day, time spent in the great outdoors will serve to take away stress and tension and provide the opportunity to extricate yourself from a world in full …

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How to Pick a Dude Ranch for a Vacation

Looking for a dude ranch (still wondering what is a dude ranch?) for this summer? Perfect, go to one! We would love to convince you to come to our slice of the West but if you are looking at going our advice will stay the same: go and enjoy one. If you’re looking for a fun, unique getaway, consider a vacation to Black Mountain Ranch. The hospitable staff, breathtaking scenery and fun activities make Black Mountain Ranch the perfect location for your next family vacation for a number of reasons. Accommodations No matter what the …

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Soapy Smith of the Wild West: Crime Boss, Con Man and Colonel of Colorado

A bit of history for you this week. There are famous outlaws, lawmen and ranchers in the history of the Wild West, men who made their names with a gun and a quick draw. Jefferson Smith is probably the only one who made his name with a packet of soap and a clever line. Originally from Georgia, Smith moved to Denver, Colorado in the 1870’s and made money with the ‘prize soap racket’, a con that earned him his nickname ‘Soapy Smith’. Smith would set up a display case in the street, show his rapt audience several …

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Planning Your Summer Vacation (try unplugging for a bit)?

With everything seemingly turning corporate or franchised, it is a comfort to know a family owned dude ranch offering the vacationing family a down home, old-fashioned good time. The cyber world stays inside when you come to The Black Mountain Ranch, a dude ranch that has been family owned since 1903. Your souvenirs here are experiences out in the wilds and backcountry of the Colorado mountain country, and maybe a few fun items from our gift shop. But nothing can compare to the memories and photos taken as souvenirs when out with us on your dude ranch adventure. …

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