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How to Choose The Right Dude Ranch?

Healthy horses out running at the guest ranch in Wyoming

What does planning your family vacation look like? Time limits? Budgeting? Diverse family interests? An overwhelming array of different types of vacations? Forever in search of a unique family vacation that’s a fun vacation for the entire family? Vacation planning is difficult, and time is valuable. Have you decided on the Dude Ranch experience but are still filled with questions? We totally get it. There are so many types of Dude Ranches with various experiences, and we’re here to help you narrow down the search with questions that will answer how to choose the right Dude Ranch!

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.

Come Together

While it is a way of life for some, most people's daily routines do not include mountain trails on the back of beautiful creature that is often more in tune to its surroundings than we are. Taking a breath of fresh mountain air at the top of rock formation that lets you see for miles is not something that comes in a classroom or office. Seeing the excitement in a child's eyes as she pulls in a trout all by herself is something that can't be generated from beating a video game or receiving and A on a spelling test.

Not Just Any Saloon

 Every establishment of family and friends needs that one central gathering place. The place that everyone feels safe to be themselves. I grew up in a family of Italians, so naturally ours was the kitchen. Some of the best memories are centered around the table, everyone talking over one another, laughing uncontrollably, and of course mass amounts of food. At Paradise, The French Creek Saloon is more than just a bar.

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