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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Until now I’ve never been motivated to post an internet review but after our holiday at BMR I felt compelled to change that. At the time it felt like we were having the best holiday ever and several weeks later my view hasn’t changed. Whether it’s the family owners or the rest of the staff, all of them are hard-working, enthusiastic, fun loving and dedicated to making sure you have a great time – day and night. Add that to the stunning mountain scenery, wonderful riding terrain, a full program of optional events and a hefty supply of great food etc. etc. and you can see why it works so well. One important tip - think carefully before you book BMR, only those people who can cope with a totally brilliant holiday should go.
Bill, Jen, Robert, England

Date of stay: August 2012
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Amazing experience. Black Mountain Ranch is run by a friendly, caring family and staff, and do everything they can to make your time at the ranch a wonderful experience.

Beautiful setting for a range of adventures: horseback riding (on trails in the mountains or in the arena for barrel racing, etc.), trap shooting, lassoing calfs, cattle driving (on Saturdays), hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, swimming, hot tubbing, and more. The setting is great, but it's the people that make it a great experience.

When you arrive, you meet your wrangler for the week, meet your horse, and start to outline your week. Your schedule is up to you: while there are some activities scheduled throughout the week (whitewater rafting, camping out one night, dinner rides into the mountains, cattle driving), you have the opportunity to create your own schedule. Want to relax, nap, read, hot tub? Go ahead. Want to go ride your horse hours into the mountains? Your wrangler will help make it happen.

Every day starts with a great breakfast, and every day ends with a great dinner. And on most nights, dancing, drinking, and playing pool with the cowboys at the saloon on the ranch.

Get away from it all, get off the grid, and go.

Room tip: All rooms are great, but consider a private cabin for a special experience.
Date of stay: August 2012
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Thank taylordavidson
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Great vacation and awesome location for a family reunion!! We had a large group with ages 9-56 and there was something for everyone. This is the 4th ranch we have visited and was the best. Nice cabins, excellent food, superb horses and wranglers and some of the most beautiful rides in the west! The staff went out of their way to accommodate our large group. If you want a vacation that REALLY gets you away and that the entire family will remember, this is the place....Best memories... shooting guns, herding cattle, hanging out in the saloon (yes, the kids too), spectacular scenery, sleeping under the stars (on the one night pack trip) and meeting wonderful people (staff and guests).

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Kelly V
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

This is truly the best vacation you could ever want even for those who have never riden a horse. The staff makes sure that the horse and activities fit each and every person. They treat you like family the entire week and make sure you do what you want to do when you want to do it. Ride up into the mountains or on a slow trail, take a fast ride in the flats, practice riding in the arena. The wranglers are very skilled and work with every rider to make sure they are comfortable on their horse. Learn or practice your target shooting at the range. Take a great whitewater raft trip, throw a line in the lake and sit back and relax. Then really be prepared to have the best meals ever. From Breakfast to Dinner you will never be disappointed with the amazing food cooked and served by a first class staff. The cabins are very clean and kept up daily by another great set of house keepers. You are treated like family from the minute you arrive and when you leave. Leaving is the hardest part because you just made friends for life with the entire staff and othe guest. We plan to return for another vacation. This is truly the one vacation spot you will never forget.

Room tip: Ask questions all the questions you want - there are no surprises here
Date of stay: July 2012
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Thank Bob H
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Paradise in the mountains. The kids didn't want to leave. Uber-comfortable rooms, terrific food, fantastic staff, clean air, spectacular scenery.

Date of stay: July 2012
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Thank Jason M
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