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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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Airlines Are Having a "Super Sale" on Durango Travel

Both Frontier and American Airlines just announced a fare deal that is more than fair.

Can you believe only $59 one way to/from Denver?

But of course there are restrictions and days of the week to travel, but call us and we'll help customize your trip.  We can always add on the Best of the West or the WTR Overland to the Ranch Stay or customize your stay with the dates you have after booking a great fare. 

Sounds too good to be true, we'll yes it is "kind of".  You have to book by tomorrow...

Most fares are for early summer travel. 

Now, here is the advice from someone who knows (most of the time)... me - Sandy. I have been enjoying the tourism industry with guests and clients from around the world for many, many years.  If you come to the ranch I'll tell you how long... 

This is the time of the year that we see the airlines waving a short lived "Super Special", then pull it, then post another with slightly different rules.  Historically, the end of April and beginning of May is the best time to purchase your summer vacation tickets, but you have to be diligent in looking to find the best fares.

As you may have heard, Tuesday/Wednesday are the best days to search for the best fares, and you need to be flexible with your dates and if you see it, book it - it won't be there long. 

As always if you need help or advise please call me. 

We'll you may have read my other blog post about American Airlines.  I had apprehensions about if they would continue their service to Durango this summer as in the past AA had cancelled the route.  

After consulting with other Durango travel professionals and AA, I think American is going to be a great option for our friends in Texas and stay for most of the summer.  We do have several guests already booked on the Dallas/Durango/Dallas non stop flight with perfect arrival and departure times for staying at the ranch.   

One more thought.  I don't get to write often - so when I do I like to jabber.  Have you called the ranch lately to find out about booking a week in June - it's a special surprise - if you have kids

This time of year the office is open from 9am to 5pm MST, Monday through Friday.  Please if you get the anwering machine, leave us a message and we'll be sure and call you back.  Call (800) 52-Ranch or (970) 247-0722.  We do monitor the messages 7 days a week and will call you back even after "office" hours.  Thank you!

See ya soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out the New Rolling Events Calender

http://www.360durango.com/Hotels/Resorts/WildernessTrailsRanch/events.html

From My Side of the Fence

By, Jan Roberts

"Who was that masked man?  The Lone Ranger rides again!"

Some of us still  remember those lines from the earlier days of western movies, and especially recall "The Lone Ranger" and his faithful companion, "Tonto."

 As I child, I would walk to the local theater in the small town where I was raised, pay my 12 cents, buy a box of Juji Fruits and slide into a world of horses, cowboys and the "bad guys."  I captured this fantasy weekly, and my love for horses was instilled into my mind forever.  Roy Rogers, Gene Autrey, Hopalong Cassidy, Rex Allen and the Cisco Kid were inspirations for this Minnesota gal, and I honestly feel that they were the reason I decided to move west.

Western movies have been relatively absent since the days of "City Slickers," "Three Amigos",  "Blazing Saddles" and the John Wayne pictures.  They have been replaced with the new generation of films that use more animation, special effects,  3-D, and technology that were unknown in my days of "going to the movies."  We actually called it, "going to a show" and for me, that is what  transpired on that small screen.  The "shows" were an escape from my little corner of the north country.  The mountains and deserts beckoned to me......." come explore new adventures in this unknown territory." 

Therefore, I did venture into another world---I had never been to the mountains of Colorado, or the mountains of anywhere, other than a train ride when I was 13, from Minnesota, through North Dakota, into Montana (I did see the mountains in Glacier National Park, but only at a distance), Idaho, Washington (we went through the mountains there at night), Oregon and California.  Mount Shasta (California) still holds a special place in my travel memories.

But within those special moments,  I didn't have the opportunity to touch, feel, explore and experience the grandeur in which we now call "home."  How fortunate and blessed we truly are!  The mountains which surround Wilderness Trails Ranch and our little corner of southwestern Colorado, are enchanting and compelling, just as they were on the screen at the Rapids theatre.

 Incidentally,  I cannot wait to see Johnny Depp in a starring role (a lot of women feel the same!) when it hits the screen!  And some of the locals here in Durango may be spotted among the "extras" as a "casting call" was held here recently.  Word is, the movie will be staged in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

Cheers to the producers, directors, actors and all who will be involved in the making of this movie!  I anticipate again, seeing the Lone Ranger on Silver, Tonto on Scout,  and other magnificent horses race into the corners of my mind once more!

"Hi Ho Silver....Away!"

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Do you have a Pony Express Kid?

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At Wilderness Trails Ranch we not only offer a youth program but make kids so happy that they come back generation after generation. 

It is not uncommon to have a family that the parents first visited when they were just a minute tall. 

Do you have a Pony Express Kid?  What is a Pony Express Kid? Our renowned Pony Express Youth program is specifically designed for children ages 3-5.  Yes, that is correct. We cater to even to littlest of folks!

What does the Pony Express Group do every day from 9am to 4pm?  What don't they do is more appropriate.  Every day Monday through Friday is filled with lots of fresh air, fishing at the rainbow trout stocked ponds, hiking, bicycle races, picnics, nature awareness of land, livestock and wildlife, crafts, adventures in "The Enchanted Forest" and at the "The Fort" and of course a pony ride twice a day - so "they have their own horse too".  These little people will be showing off their new horsemanship skills alongside the big kids at the Friday afternoon WTR Rodeo, a real family treat complete with rodeo clowns. 

Don't wait if you have a 3-5 year old. Call now to book your week at the ranch and save big if you are booking the weeks of June 10th, June 24th or July 8th.  Call the office for more details and stay tuned for upcoming information on our Saddle Tramps, Bandits and Posse youth programs. This is a limited time offer! 

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