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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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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A Week in Pictures: June 2nd- June 9th

We can’t believe another week has come and gone at our fine Colorado Dude Ranch! What a great week we had! Be sure to check out some of the highlights from an all inclusive stay at Black Mountain Ranch, you might want to take a trip of your own! WHAT TO DO AT BLACK MOUNTAIN RANCH Try your hand at roping in the arena….  Our cows are faster than they appear, we promise…  Head out on a cattle drive to push the cows back to pasture…  Relax in the afternoon with a leisurely game of horseshoe.. …

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Opening Week at Black Mountain Ranch: May 26th- June 2nd

Summer is here and our first week was a blast at our Colorado Dude Ranch! We offer week long all inclusive vacations at Black Mountain Ranch. Tucked away from the cities about an hour north of Vail we use our summers to treat guests and their families to vacations we hope they never forget! We had an amazing group of guests up at the ranch this week that were excited for all Colorado has to offer. Thanks for making our opening week amazing! Take a gander at a glimpse of what a week at BMR looks like: Arrive …

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This Place Has Gone to the Dogs

With the recent passing of Bailey, I have been reminded of how important our dogs are to us at Black Mountain Ranch. They are almost always there with us, be it all day out on rides, or walking irrigation ditches, shovel in hand. Let’s see… Bailey, Molly, George, Betty, Poppy, Daisy, Howdy, Cinch, Pistol, Sammy, Vala, Murray, Deacon, Daphne, Shoeshine, Coda, Riley, Mickey, Oakley, Roxy… Ummmm. Come on old staff, who am I missing? I know for sure that I am. It really is the best place a dog could ever live. In the …

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