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The Roberts family and their staff have invited guests to share a week of western heritage and hospitality for over 42 years. 

The Roberts family and WTR staff are recognized for their dedication to excellence and providing exceptional dude ranch vacations. 

From spectacular riding or working cattle in the high-country to spa treatments and gourmet cuisine, WTR has something for every guest, whether seeking adventure or pure rest & relaxation.

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My Side of the Fence

By Jan Roberts

Gene and I just returned recently from the Clearwater, FL. area where we visited with family, friends and took some time to relax before we head into our 43rd summer at Wilderness Trails.  Wow!  Where have the years gone??

We enjoyed  getting our toes in the sand on the beach, and having the opportunity to see "Winter", the dolphin who was the star of the movie, A Dolphin's Tale. What an amazing story, and what wonderful care she receives at the aquarium in Clearwater Beach.  We were able to see the trainers fit her with the prosthetic tale which enables her to swim more naturally.  Very heartwarming!

Over the years we have been so fortunate to develop relationships with our "ranch" animals--horses, dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, all of whom become part of our family.  The attachments are strong and lasting.  We still recall experiences from our early years at the ranch and how our animals created lasting bonds that have been so meaningful. 

Our animal friends are so dependent upon us for their survival.  We, as caretakers,  provide food and nutritiion, water, health care, excercise, a secure and safe place to live,  companions,  plus our love and compassion.

We saw that love and compassion in the trainers who work with "Winter" on a daily basis, and we can certainly relate to their commitment to the creatures in their care.  We have nursed many of our animals back to health, when at times it seemed overwhelming and almost impossible.

Our animals have instilled a satisfaction and commitment that has become instrumental in developing who we has done the same for our children and eventually, it will be important for our grandchildren as well.  Our lives are enriched because of these wonderful members of our ranch family.  Our guests throughout the years, have grown to to love, respect, and  appreciate them as much as we do.

So here's to "Winter" and the many amazing animals that have touched our lives!

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