Black Mountain Ranch Honored by Equitrekking as a Top 20 Ranch
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Award-winning Horseback Riding Travel Experts Reveal Best North American Dude Ranches

Black Mountain Ranch was named a “Top 20 Ranch” by the travel experts at Equitrekking on a brand new website, The Equitrekking team crisscrosses the globe to find the best dude ranches, guest ranches, equestrian resorts and horseback riding travel destinations and films them for the Emmy Award-winning TV show Equitrekking and the popular companion website

“We are extremely happy for this honor.” Said Nowell May, General Manager of Black Mountain Ranch. “We are proud of our adult only weeks, all inclusive ranch packages and all the work that puts us up there with the best family dude ranch vacations.”

In addition to Black Mountain Ranch in Colorado, top dude ranches include geographically diverse picks from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Mexico, Montana, Texas, Georgia and Idaho. The Equitrekking team has spent the last six years traveling the world searching for the best ranches and horseback riding travel destinations. Having ridden and filmed at many of these ranches for Equitrekking, which broadcasts on PBS and international networks in over 65 countries, and writing about the dude ranch industry for leading publications, the team had a tough job in picking only twenty elite dude and guest ranches.

“We’ve met and continue to meet modern day ranchers, whose history, lifestyle and passion for helping others experience the best of America’s western history and hospitality is inspiring,” said Darley Newman, the host and producer of Equitrekking and an award-winning travel journalist. “We are excited to continue to educate the public on all of the wonderful dude ranches and guest ranches that allow so many travelers to have once in a lifetime experiences… time and again.”

In addition to the Emmy-winning TV show, the Equitrekking team also produces a popular companion website at featuring the Equitrekking Vacation Guide, a global guide to dude ranches, guest ranches, cattle drives and riding vacations. Launched in 2004, the Equitrekking Vacation Guide educates singles, families and groups of travelers seeking a vacation involving horse experiences and ranch adventures. The team has also produced a TV Special for PBS, “Great American Ranches,” highlighting the history of dude ranches in America. The high definition TV Special includes interviews with dude ranch owners, the history of the first dude ranch travelers and tips for travelers who want to saddle up at a Western-style ranch.

Equitrekking’s unique focus and worldwide distribution has motivated tens of millions of viewers on PBS and around the world to watch Equitrekking regularly and many to get back in the saddle at local stables and riding vacation destinations around the world.

Equitrekking has produced 35 episodes of their Emmy Award-winning series, which won a second Daytime Emmy over the summer for its photography. Throughout the fall, viewers can watch two new episodes from Botswana, Africa on PBS and Equitrekking episodes from Belize, Costa Rica, Southern Quebec, Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Kentucky. The Equitrekking team just returned from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where they filmed in Mackinac Island, St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie for an episode that will debut Spring 2013 on PBS.

About Equitrekking
Equitrekking is the Emmy Award-winning lifestyle television series that takes viewers on global travel and horseback riding adventures to experience culture, cuisine, history and nature. Hosted by travel expert and producer Darley Newman, Equitrekking broadcasts in high definition on PBS in North America and on international networks in over 65 countries. The show’s companion website features everything visitors need to research and plan their travels, including video clips, expert tips, travel articles and the Vacation Guide, a searchable guide to dude ranches, cattle drives and worldwide riding holidays.


Watch behind the scenes videos on the filming of Equitrekking. Watch a behind the scenes and promo for the newest episodes from Botswana.
Equitrekking Awards

  • Two Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Four Daytime Emmy nominations
  • Two Telly Awards
  • Best Travel Broadcast and Merit Award for Best Travel Book–– North American Travel Journalist Association
  • Inspiring Woman Award to Darley Newman–– Women in Philanthropy & Leadership

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