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Science Getaway

March 05, 2018

Sciencegetaways.com just posted about the second week in June when they will be hosting at Latigo! They had some really great things to say about us, too. Have a look!

At Science Getaways, our mission is to offer fun, relaxing vacations with the added bonus of science and learning. We lovingly call it “nerd camp” and it is awesome! Your intrepid Science Getaways hosts and organizers are Phil Plait and Marcella Setter…Your host and guide to the cosmos Phil enjoys a gourmet chocolate lava cake – a gastronomical event.

If you’ve never stayed at a dude ranch, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. A dude ranch vacation is fantastic, whether you’re vacationing alone or with a large family, and whether or not you like to ride horses. “What makes it so great?” you ask – it’s the sense of connection to the group that you can only get at an all-inclusive, comfortable, homey resort like a dude ranch. We all eat 3 meals a day together, ride horses, play games, go white water rafting, fishing, or hiking, participate in hands-on science exploration, and listen to fascinating talks by actual scientists. By the end of the week you’ve not only had a fun, science-filled vacation, you’ve made a bunch of new, close friends with similar interests. Latigo Ranch’s owners and hosts Lisa and Randy George take great pride in making every guest feel like part of the family. If you want to read more about the excellent food and hospitality at the ranch, check out their outstanding Trip Advisor reviews.


Science Ranch 2018 at Latigo Ranch will include everything that makes a western dude ranch an incredible vacation, and we’ll throw in science and exploration too! Of course, it’s the West, so horseback riding is a part of the vacation, with lessons and a variety of trail rides for all different skill levels. The riding at Latigo Ranch is phenomenal, with lots of different landscapes to gawk at – rivers, waterfalls, high plateaus, lush meadows, and snowy peaks. You’ll be given your own horse for the week, and by Saturday you’ll have a new equine best friend. If you’re a beginning rider, the wranglers will teach you the basics and help you advance your skills during the week. If you’ve spent some time in the saddle, they’ll arrange more challenging rides suited to your skill level.

Marcella Setter (one-half of your hosting duo) loves to ride, and raves about the trails at Latigo.

The ranch isn’t just about being on horseback though. If you prefer not to ride, there is still a lot to do. We’ll have daily hikes both to explore the gorgeous scenery as well as the geology with our scientist Holly. After a hike, you might want to fish in the pond right outside the lodge, or swim in a heated pool with one of the best mountain views money can buy. You can also try your hand at shooting, archery, tomahawk throwing, and rock climbing.

Read the rest of their post here.

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Sheryl M.

‘Thank you’ just seems so inadequate…It was honestly one of the best vacations I can remember.

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David & Judith F.

The horse riding was wonderful, the food excellent, the scenery breathtaking and your company very, very pleasant.

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Everything was top notch, and everyone was so friendly and helpful.

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Sue P.

We loved Latigo Ranch! It was our best vacation ever! Cabins were comfortable, food was scrumptious and the wranglers were wonderful.

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John & Jenni E.

This has been our second consecutive visit and again it has equaled all expectations.

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