Cowgirl Roundup at Paws Up

Looking for a ranch trip? Montana’s premier ranch resort (which pioneered the term “glamping”) is at The Resort at Paws Up. Check out this amazing event later this month where you can unleash your inner Annie Oakley. During a three-day weekend event at The Resort at Paws Up, guests will hone their equestrian skills under the tutelage of women who embody the true cowgirl spirit. The Cowgirl Spring Roundup all-inclusive weekend package includes educational workshops, trail rides, sporting clays shooting, campfires, live local music and mingling with the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees. Who wants to go? ME!!

The Cowgirl Spring Roundup will be held April 24 – 27, 2014. The event is limited to the first 40 women, ages 18 and older, who register. What You’ll Wrangle: Paws Up is a 37,000-acre ranch that features over 100 miles of trails and 10 miles of private access to the legendary Blackfoot River. During the weekend, participants will learn to herd cattle across the land Lewis & Clark explored on an authentic cattle drive, sharpen shooting skills at a professional sporting clays course, or opt for a myriad of additional wilderness adventures.

Who You’ll Rub Spurs With: Mingle with Lindy Burch, the first woman to win the NCHA Futurity; swap stories with Jan Youren, WPRA world title holder in bareback bronco and bull riding; ride alongside Jimmie Gibbs-Munroe, one of the top women barrel racers in the world and receive personal instruction from Barbara Van Cleve, famed American West photographer.

Where You’ll Hang Your Hat: Paws Up offers a selection of luxury homes, each impeccably appointed in an unrivaled tapestry of rustic elegance. Homes blend western-chic decor with amenities including kitchens, hot tubs, personal transportation, flat-screen televisions, high-speed wireless Internet, laundry and more.

What Grub You’ll Rustle: Drawing from the agricultural wealth of Montana and the West, the Resort’s Executive Chef creates refined rustic ranch cuisine that blends the most sophisticated culinary techniques with the freshest ingredients available.

In May, The Resort at Paws Up, is offering all-inclusive rates with wilderness activities, gourmet cuisine and luxury tented accommodations packaged in one offer. Wilderness adventures with all-inclusive rate include horseback riding, ATV tours, rappelling, Blackfoot River floats, canoeing, sporting clays, guided hikes, mountain biking, ghost town tours and access to the new fitness center at Paws Up. (Other activities include the famous Paws Up cattle drive, guided fly-fishing tours, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning and spa services for an additional charge. If you’re interested, contact me for more information!

10 Fitness Finds in Aspen

Aspen is a fabulous ski town, but be sure to also check out these 10 fitness finds not to be missed:

1. Leave your cars behind and take one of the favorite day trips in Aspen to cross country ski to and from Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch in a spectacular log cabin where amazing views and food graze your table.

2. Head to yoga at O2, or on top of Aspen Mountain (yoga for skiers inside during winter, outside in summer with incredible views these classes are free but you must purchase a ticket to ride up gondola). Also, try hot yoga and Bikram classes in town at Arjuna.

3. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain (and take the lift town for free)

4. Hike up Smuggler Mountain for an amazing view of town (this can be done year-round).

5. Ski on the first run of the day with First tracks on Aspen Mountain

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6. Rent Fat Bikes for a cruise around town. The Limelight Hotel has Fat Bikes you can use for free if you’re staying at the hotel. You can also rent them from various local shops in town

7. Take a snowshoe tour with ACES at the historic Ashcroft ghost town or on top of Aspen Mountain. Hire a naturalist guide or try a group tour.

8. Learn how to skate ski on the Aspen Golf Course with Ute Mountaineer

9. Go Ice climbing. Head to the ideal spot for first timers that Aspen Expeditions can take you to just 10 minutes from Aspen.

10. Try a Backcountry hut trip with 10th Mountain Hut Division, Aspen Expeditions or Aspen Alpine Guides

Note: Aspen Winter X Games are also free to the public.