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Living the Cowgirl Life

Destination: Laramie, Wyoming

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, 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

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

Departures and Prices

September 05 to September 12, 2020
$3195.00 - FULL
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Inclusions

  • An experienced AGC group leader and multiple local guides depending on group size
  • 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
  • Customary gratuities (15%) and taxes (6%) for ranch and staff

Not included: Travel to and from Denver, alcoholic beverages (can be purchased at the ranch), one lunch, guide gratuities, and travel insurance

Details

We have rated this trip as 1, 2, or 3 because of the wide variety of options available every day. You might choose half-day horseback rides with afternoons spent reading a book or soaking in the hot tub; or you might ride as much as possible each day with fishing and hiking taking up the rest of your time. The level of activity is up to you. For trips that are rated 2, participants should be walking regularly at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes prior to trip beginning. Rating: 1 [2] 3 4 5.

The main draw for this trip is horseback riding. You will be matched with a horse at the beginning of the week that is appropriate for your level of experience and different levels of rides will be offered. In addition to riding, you can learn the basics of fly fishing and then practice in the nearby river or stocked pond. For women interested in some hiking, the nearby Snowy Mountains offer a variety of well marked hiking trails and a couple of hikes will be offered during the week. There are also opportunities to try your hand at skeet shooting, pasture golf, archery, and horseshoes.

There are two cabins and six 2-bedroom Riverside Suites; everyone will get her own bedroom and share a bathroom. The suites are located on the banks of the Little Laramie River, with a porch that invites you to sit and relax while you watch the river go by. The cabins are more secluded and have a somewhat different layout. Both are described here. The first night of the trip is spent in Denver at the Marriott Airport Hotel. Accommodations included in the cost of the trip are double occupancy for that one night. If you prefer a single for this night, the additional cost is $80.00.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
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.
DAY 2
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 cowgir' store where you can purchase western wear, boots, hats and any forgotten items as well as those must 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.
DAY 3
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, fishing, hiking - and relaxing. Every evening we'll review our options for the next day and everyone 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'll 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. If you want to meet the wranglers at the barn in the morning to help groom and saddle your horse, and/or help unsaddle and turn horses out, you are most welcome to. And you are equally welcome to leave your horse with your wrangler and go back to your cabin for a hot shower.
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 a local guide who will teach the basics and cover topics such as techniques, equipment, flies, and fish. And those who are really interested in improving their skills or going for guided expeditions can hire him- he's always on call.
For those who want to do some hiking, the nearby Snowy Mountains offer a variety of well-marked trails. 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 horse drawn buggy 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.
DAY 4
Yup, more of the same (see Day 3)
DAY 5
Yup, more of the same (see Day 3)
DAY 6
Yup, more of the same (see Day 3)
DAY 7
Yup, more of the same (see Day 3)
DAY 8
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 3:00.

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "Did this trip meet your expectations?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

The riding experience was great. Liked the flexibility the trip provided to take part (or not) in lots of activities.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


High level of staff interaction, trying to accommodate diverse needs Obviously incredible environment, but program allowing exposure to several aspects, not just one

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


This is the 4th time I've been on the Living a Cowgirl Life....have a lot of fun on this trip

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


This was such a great trip with the best bunch of girls. There was so much to do, or if your choice, do nothing but relax.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


The highlights...The riding experience was fantastic. Wranglers were very helpful (

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


Learning to fly fish. Practicing trap shooting. Hiking in beautiful scenic locations.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


Great ranch - the staff is amazing! The mountain horseback rides were the highlights for me.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


The owners and wranglers could not have been more pleasant or helpful. For me the highlight was the wagon ride and the family atmpsphere.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


This year I got to canter to my heart's content! I got matched with a perfect horse. I think the food this year was not as good as last year. Loved getting golden horseshoes the last night. That was sweet.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


I was very impressed with how the ranch gave so many activities to choose from!

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


Loved the cattle drive, field trip to the Wyoming FederalPrison when I couldn’t go riding. The hospitality of the Ranch, the wagon ride with live music

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


Each year I go on this trip, I can hardly wait to get on the wonderful horses at the ranch.

Living the Cowgirl Life 8/31/2019-9/7/2019


I was impressed with the Vee Bar's entire family. The family involvement (especially the children) in our activities was extra special. The entire experience was so authentic and genuine.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


The riding experience was phenomenal. It was great to not have nose-to-tail rides. All the activities available were fun and interesting and having the option to do nothing was also appreciated.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


Enjoyed the various activities and especially all the special attention the owners, wranglers, guides, and cook gave us. From watching the horses come in at 7 to the wagon ride or sheep dog demo in the evening they were so good to us. One of my favorite evenings was swinging alongside the campfire and listening to Brent sing and play his guitar and we all had a good time and laughed.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


I was on this same trip in 2017, and I had such a wonderful time, I just had to come back again. Riding a horses every was a dream vacation for me! Plus,this was a wonderfully cohesive group of women this time around, and we all had a great time together.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


Riding horses every day! Flexible schedule.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


The Vee Bar Ranch was very organized and took care of all my needs and desires. I just needed to sign up for the activities I was interested in and show up! Kari, Brent, and the entire staff were extremely friendly and accommodating; they truly made us feel like family. The cabin was lovely and it was very convenient to have a washer and dryer in the cabin. The food was also excellent. I looked forward to every meal. The evening entertainment, especially the three nights of music, were a highlight as well.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


Loved this trip! Hard to say what was the best because I loved every minute of it! The riding and horses were amazing, the guides were great, I want to go again!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


Variety of activities Mainly fly fishing

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


Loved the ranch staff and all the riders nf

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


loved the horseback riding. Staff was very accommodating for my physical limitations.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


Learning to ride a horse and lope!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/1/2018-9/8/2018


The setting was beautiful and the diversity of activities they offered was fabulous as well as the demonstrations. The cattle drive was probably my most favorite although I thoroughly enjoyed every activity. Sitting by the brook practicing my new fly-fishing skills was another great time--caught a fish!!-- big surprise! The wagon ride with the musicians

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


I've never been on a tour let alone an all girls trip and thought I wouldn't like it, bit much to my surprise and delight. I enjoyed the trip and the participants immensely

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


The horse I rode made me feel safe so I was able to enjoy the rides.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


I liked that we had our own rooms and the flexibility with the schedule. We could ride, hike, fish, read or just enjoy being in nature.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


Highlights were the quality of horses, being able to ride every day (

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


The location, all of the people at the VeeBar ranch, the horses, the food, the variety of activities !! All of the trip was fantastic !!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


Well organized. Itinerary was as planned.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


I went to the VeeBar Ranch to ride horses, get cold (a break from the blazing temps in Arizona all summer), and meet other like-minded women. My expectations were not only met, they were exceeded!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


all the horseback riding and hiking offered

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


I was able to ride everyday

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


The trail ride and picnic in the mountains. The hike in the snowy mountains. The family atmosphere and camaraderie of the owners, staff, and women on the trip. It was a peak experience. Everyday was a treat. Loved the variety and choices!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


As my first trip with AGC, I had few expectations and a very open mind! I was a little concerned about an all-women trip, as I've never done group travel, nor anything with just women. What a lovely bunch, a great experience, and The Ranch, oh The Ranch! Wyoming and Vee Bar is exactly what I needed and it didn't disappoint. Everything was perfect. Just perfect. One glitch with my original roommate and a Wrangler, which I believe Lisa already filled you in on. The silver lining? Two wonderful women came to my aid and generously invited me to move in with them. Their cabin was not as nice, mine was riverside with the MOST comfortable queen bed, and just phenomenal overall. Theirs was a two-story, with very smelly water, a toilet covered in iron, and the twin bed sucked. Fine for a kid, not for me.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


Riding, especially the cattle drive and team penning; hiking in mountains, food (delicious!), interacting with trip participants; extras like wagon ride and live music.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


The horse back riding was a highlight for me.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/2/2017-9/9/2017


Highlights were riding the horses along the prairie, moving the cattle to a new pasture, as a gust of wind perfumed us with the scent of sagebrush - heavenly! The stars overhead at night, the running of the horses each morning, The hike to Medicine Bow Peak!!!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


The engagement withour guide Karen and Vee Bar staff was exceptional...I was a little apprehensive of the riding ...both made the week a wonderful experience.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


This is a tough one to answer because while I had an amazing time and tend to remember only the good stuff, there were issues during the trip that definitely rated a 1 or 2 response. (addressed below under guide) I simply loved the ranch, the hospitality, the food, cabins, participants and activities The riding was spectacular and when I returned home to the stable I ride at, they noticed a difference in my skill level!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


Everyday was fantastic

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


the ranch was amazing. also, the hiking gave a nice change to the horseback riding. both were super!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


Too hard to pick one highlight. Great wranglers, nice to have music 3 nights, great food, wonderful hike to 12,400 ft., great horses, great accommodations, etc. etc.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


Having the moose pass our cabin every evening was the best idea AGC ever had!

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


Can't pick just one thing. But riding the horses everyday...twice a day...was perfect!! Loved the wranglers and their easy-going nature towards us on horseback. They had great confidence in us.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


The beautiful location of the trip. The excellent hospitality of Vee Bar Ranch. The true Western experience. The cattle drive was my favorite. The horses are wonderful and well taken care of and matched perfectly to the riders experience. I can't say enough and could go on and on. Each day just got better then the day prior. Our guide, Karen, was wonderful, kind and considerate.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


I wanted more hiking, but loved everything

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


I can't think of any negatives. The location and accommodations/facilities were great. Activities were balance through the day and there were enough options to fill free time. I would have liked to have been more successful in the riding aspect but know there are a lot of things to factor in there. Hike locations were spectacular.

Living the Cowgirl Life 9/3/2016-9/10/2016


  1. Where do we eat?

    All your meals will be served family-style at the ranch.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    All the rooms on this trip are singles with shared bathrooms. On our other trips you only need to pay a single supplement if you want to guarantee you have your own room. Otherwise we pair you up with someone and then switch roommates every time we switch lodging.
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