My dad and brothers are going to Philmont for Boy Scouts this year, so my mom decided us horse ladies (me, mom, and my friend) are going to go to a dude ranch for a few days. But we cannot find any that really suit our needs. First of all, I want an actually dude ranch that is centered around horses. I don't care if they have an Olympic-sized swimming pool and French cuisine. A deep creek and a chicken barbeque will do just as great . Second, we really want to have unlimited riding, where they assign you a horse and you ride when you want, without needing a guide or anything, because I don't want to have to set up my rides days in advance. Just go when we feel like it. And lastly, it can't be uber expensive. Most of the ones I have seen have been about $300+ at the cheapest per night! We did find one that is about $600 for 5 days, $120 a night, and that is pretty good. Anything around that.
And, this may go without saying, but I don't want to be stuck nose-to-tail walking along a dusty road. I want to actually go where I want at what pace I want. We are all good riders, so we don't need pushbutton ponies.
I have been Googling for days, and amazingly, found nothing! Except for that one, but that does have guided rides and they are all planned in advance.
Oh, and I would really love somewhere out West, like Colorado, Texas, Montana, ect. Ect. Not anywhere in the east or south. I live in the east, I've seen enough of that, and the south too, been there.