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Colorful June

In late June the wildflowers are in full bloom and Darton peak and Mather peak are still capped and glittering in snow. The purple, pink, yellow, and white lupine are splattered among the balsom root, sego lilly, yarrow, blue bells, and various wildflowers that fill the fields and valleys beneath the Bighorn mountains. 

Paradise Guest Ranch is cozily tucked in the middle of the Bighorn National Forest, beneath those snowy-capped peaks, and beside the wildflower-filled mesa. 

What Should I Look For in The Best Dude Ranch Option?

It occured to me just recently that there must be alot of folks out there that feel like a dude ranch might be a wonderful family vacation option, but are wondering how do I find the very best dude ranch? I've been involved with the dude ranch industry for nearly 20 years now, so hopefully I can give you an idea on what to look for in a great ranch. First off the perfect dude ranch for you and your family is going to offer something for each member of you group.

Hiking Program at Paradise

You don't have to walk very far to see natural beauty around Paradise! For some, taking in the views from the front porch of the cabins is enough. For others, a hike is a great way to take a break from riding and enjoy the scenery of the Bighorn Mountains. Surrounded by over a million acres of the Bighorn National Forest, the hiking opportunities at Paradise are endless.

We have a wide variety of hikes for all difficulty levels. Take a quick stroll up to the mesa...

Springtime in the Rockies!

Right now we have an exciting offer at Paradise: 20% off the first two weeks of the season! Book now and receive a discount off the weeks of May 31-June 7 or June 7-14.

These are very peaceful, beautiful weeks at the ranch. Our hiking, fishing, and riding programs are included, and our saloon and nightly activities are in full swing. Wow, that's a lot of FUN for a great price!

Another week of adults only? Oh my!

Exciting news!

We added another week to our "adult-only" season! We will now have five full weeks available. September 20-27, 2015, will now be open for $1650 per person for a Sunday-to-Sunday stay. The fall colors will be most spectacular and the fireplaces will feel oh-so-cozy that week, so don't miss out!

Our horse program will still be in full swing, as well as our fishing and hiking programs. We will feature a number of guest musicians in the saloon and our talented crew will be entertaining as well.

Kid's Rodeo, fun for all ages!

The Kid's Rodeo is a great finale to the week where Kids can show off their riding skills in the arena and parents can cheer them on from the bleachers! We have fun things for all ages at Paradise Guest Ranch.

"Where can kids star in their own rodeo? Paradise Guest Ranch, where each guest six and over is assigned his own horse. The ranch makes families a priority." -Ladies Home Journal

 

Setting up the barrels.

Mabel Meldrum, mother of Paradise

 

Miss Mabel Lee was sent out west by her father because she was too "boy crazy" back home. Unfortunately, Mabel's father sent her to a state with a very unbalanced ratio of men to women, and she quickly married a man named Gordon Meldrum and made Wyoming her new home. Gordon and Mabel inherited what we now know as Paradise Ranch from Gordon's father and used it as a working cattle ranch.

Wrapping up a season, looking forward to a new one

The guests are gone, the crew has trickeld out, and the ranch is empty as we approach the winter months of the offseason. We are surrounded by memories of the 2014 season, which was exciting and memorable for many reasons.

The season began with heavy rain which produced a lush, green landscape. Jim Niner, the cowboy singer, said it was the greenest summer in his lifetime. During the month of June, the view on the mesa was a myriad of wildflowers and a stunning array of colors.

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