From: September 2 to September 9, 2017

Destination: Laramie, Wyoming

  • Living the Cowgirl Life - FULL

    Tucked away high up near Wyoming's Snowy Mountains is VeeBar Ranch, an historic dude ranch. The ranch is a place of peace and quiet, a retreat that combines time in the outdoors with comfortable lodging and hearty meals at night, away from cell phones. The air is crisp and invigorating, and you find yourself relaxing within minutes of your arrival. You can choose to be busy all day, going for long rides, learning or improving your fly fishing, trying skeet shooting or pasture golf, hiking in this spectacular rugged land, and joining in every activity we offer.  Or you can decide to put your feet up on the front porch and read a good book, in between soaking in the hot tub.  Or you might sometimes choose one and sometimes the other. All these are possible - it's completely up to you. Maximum group size: 16

    THIS TRIP IS FULL. To get on a waitlist, register for the trip (no deposit required)
  • Saturday, September 2: Arrive anytime today at the Denver airport. We'll be staying at a nearby hotel with an airport shuttle so you can arrive whenever it's convenient. Our first formal get together will be tomorrow.

    Sunday, September 3:
    We'll meet each other Sunday morning for breakfast and to start getting acquainted. We'll then get on our private shuttle for the 3 hour drive up to Laramie, stopping along the way for lunch (not included) and the opportunity to visit a 'cowgirl' store where you can purchase western wear, boots, hats and any 'forgotten' items as well as those 'mush have' ones! We'll get to the ranch about 2:30 and will have time to settle in before meeting with our host for the week. We'll learn about the history of the ranch (it's third generation) and then get a tour of the ranch and buildings. Obviously knowing where the hot tub is located will be of prime importance! We'll then enjoy the first of many hearty and delicious dinners, home-cooked from scratch and served buffet style. Our western or gourmet meals are supplemented with fresh salads, fruit, homemade breads, pastries, and desserts at every meal. Obviously if we're going to eat like ranch hands, we'll need to exercise like them! After dinner we'll meet for an orientation to the ranch and our activities for the week.

    September 4 - September 8: We'll start our week with a "Meet and Greet" - with our horses for the week! We'll learn a little about how horses think and how we can out-think them, setting our week-long relationship on firm footing. We'll get our saddles fitted, learn trail etiquette, and receive some riding instruction that will stand us in good stead whether you're new to riding or an experienced rider. After this introduction most of the rest of our rides will be based on experience level and everyone will have the chance to improve her riding skills.

    Each day will be full of riding, with options for hiking on certain days, and other activities such as fly fishing, skeet shooting, archery - and relaxing. Every evening we'll review our options for the next day and every one can choose what sounds good to her. There will be lots of flexibility each day.

    Horseback riding is one of the main delights here. The horses are well cared for and well trained. You will be matched to a horse at the beginning of the week that is appropriate for your experience level, and you will have the chance to improve your riding skills over time. We'll split into groups based on experience; nose-to-tail rides are minimized and loping rides are available for those who are interested. The terrain varies greatly: at the beginning of the week we'll leave directly from the ranch, ride through lush meadows in the river bottom and up onto high plateaus. Later in the week we'll head for more mountainous country. There will be morning and afternoon rides offered each day and at least one day we'll have the option for an all day ride up in the mountains. All rides are adapted to any level of experience. In addition to trail riding, once we are comfortable with our horses we may get to try team penning, learning how to get cattle to go where we want. The Vee Bar’s horses are turned out to pasture each night and rounded up each morning.  It's really fun to watch them return to the stable every morning. 

    There will be also optional activities each day for those who choose not to ride or only ride half the day. The Little Laramie River flows right through the ranch and is perfect for fly fishing, and there is also a stocked pond which is ideal for learning. Those who are interested can attend a demonstration from one of the staff who will teach the basics. After that you can practice whenever you choose.

    For those who want to do some hiking, the nearby Snowy Mountains offer a variety of well-marked trails. We'll offer two hikes during the week for those who are interested. And for those who want to relax, you can go for a quiet walk on ranch property, read your book while listening to the river, soak in the hot tub, and take naps.

    Other activities to look forward to include a Wagon Ride rides happy hour with live music, outdoor barbecues, evening campfires, roasting marshmallows (yes!) and singing wranglers!

    After a full day of activity, we'll gather for a relaxing drink at the John Wayne Saloon or in the lodge in front of the large river rock fireplace. We'll enjoy a delicious hearty dinner, served buffet style. Our meals are cooked from scratch and supplemented with fresh salads, fruit, homemade breads, pastries and desserts at every meal. And before going to bed, you can sit outside in the hot tub, soak well-used muscles, and gaze up at the stars that may be brighter than any you've ever seen. At night, snuggle into your comfortable bed and listen to the sounds of the night.

    September 9: The week is over way too quickly! We'll pack up this morning, eat our last breakfast, and then get a shuttle back to the Denver airport. We'll be back by 1:00 PM and you can plan to fly out anytime after 2:30.

  • $2675 (see this page for discounts). $300 deposit. Note: The price includes taxes (6%), and gratuities (15%) for ranch and staff.  At the ranch the rooms are all singles. If you want a single room for the first night in Denver, the additional cost is $80.

    Trip Includes

    • seven nights lodging (all in single rooms except for the first night)
    • all meals from breakfast the first Sunday through breakfast the last Saturday, except for one lunch
    • round trip transportation from the Denver, CO (DEN) airport
    • all activities on the itinerary
    • an Adventures in Good Company guide
    • customary gratuities (15%) and taxes (6%) for ranch and staff

    Not included: Airfare to Denver, alcoholic beverages (can be purchased at the ranch), one lunch, guide gratuities

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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Enjoying the peace and solitude of Vee Bar Ranch
  • Riding on well-trained horses through wide open pastures and rugged landscapes
  • Walking around the ranch and hiking in the Snowy Mountains
  • Enjoying hearty meals in a gorgeous lodge
  • Soaking tired muscles at night while gazing at more stars than you ever knew existed

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