Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer
Guests from Seattle came to Flatlake Lake Lodge in their own helicopter

Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer

A visit to Flathead Lake Lodge, just south of Glacier NP, this pandemic summer is about a lot more than learning a new sport or upping your skill, visiting kids say, especially after being stuck at home for months.

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Last Day at Flathead Lake Lodge: Kids discover friendships and much more
Kids playing under the wagon at the outdoor Barn Dance

Last Day at Flathead Lake Lodge: Kids discover friendships and much more

And after months sheltering at home, “This place encourages you to make new friends,” said Sam Young. “We’ve been to a bunch of different places on vacation, but this is the best.”

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Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge
Breakfast is served on trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge

“The breakfast ride is my favorite thing at the ranch. Breakfast tastes so much better,” says Sydney Byrne, 17, a guest at Flathead Lake Lodge in NW Montana

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Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch
Trailside lunch is served

Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch

Flathead Lake Lodge is much more than a lodge - it's a ranch, farm and acre upon acre of wilderness and lakefront.

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A huge menu of activities and events at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana
Sunset music and smores at Flathead Lake Lodge

A huge menu of activities and events at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

What should we today? that’s the biggest decision a guest must make with nearly two dozen activities—including those just for kids and for teens.

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Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow
Adelyn Field tossing hay to the quarter horse herd from back of a horse-drawn wagon at feeding time - Vista Verde Ranch

Back to Vista Verde Ranch – snowmobiles and more fun in the snow

Welcome to Vista Verde Ranch near the tiny Colorado town of Clark and about a 40-minute drive from Steamboat Springs-and a world away from the busy ski town where you have to jockey on the slopes for a place to sit at lunch time.

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Looking to Plan a Last-Minute Vacation? Here is Why You Should Consider a Dude Ranch Vacation!
At the Laramie River Ranch

Looking to Plan a Last-Minute Vacation? Here is Why You Should Consider a Dude Ranch Vacation!

Still looking for a great summer vacation? Dozens of fabulous dude ranches in the western US are offering great deals and incredible family adventures

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Taking the Kids — a different way to have some fun in the snow
Cross-country skiing at Vista Verde Ranch in Northern Colorado

Taking the Kids — a different way to have some fun in the snow

Welcome to Vista Verde Ranch, about a half-hour from Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and it couldn’t be more different than a traditional vacation in snowy country

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The great American family holiday – on a dude ranch
Clint the Donkey gets a hug at the Slyvan Dale Guest Ranch in Colorado

The great American family holiday – on a dude ranch

There can be plenty of time in the saddle when you take the kids to a dude ranch. But these days, there’s plenty else to do. In fact, ranch goers acknowledge, they often spend less time riding than they expected because of so many other activities and so much land to explore.

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