In The News
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Voted A Top Family Resort In World
Families on-the-go won't have to travel by cruise ship or plane to get to one of the world's top-rated family resorts. TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel website, today reveals Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland, NY was named #2 in the U.S. and #3 Family Resort in the World...Continue Reading.
Rocking Horse Ranch Awarded Regional Leadership Award
pattern for progress—october 2012
The Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress awarded Rocking Horse Ranch a 2012 Regional Leadership Award. The award recognizes Rocking Horse Ranch’s ability to develop a captivating tourism attraction that brings thousands of visitors annually to the Hudson Valley..Continue Reading.
City Chicks Go Cowboy
The Wall Street Journal—September 28, 2012
The best thing about going to a dude ranch is getting home and telling everyone, "Hey, I just got back from the dude ranch!" The inevitable reaction? Smoldering envy, shock and awe. It's a little known fact, but the wilderness north of the Bronx...Continue Reading.
2012 Ulster County Tourism
Business of the Year
Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce—August 2012
Rocking Horse Ranch is proud to announce that it was chosen to receive the 2012 Ulster County Tourism Business of the Year Award. This Award is presented by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Figure It Out!
What do you get when you have four celebrities and one super talented kid? Figure It Out! Rocking Horse Ranch was featured as the Grand Prize on this prime time hit Nickelodeon TV show hosted by the hilarious Jeff Sutphen. Bound to deliver laughs (and slime!), a panel of celebrity judges has to guess a kid's bizarre and awesome talent by asking only 'yes' or 'no' questions. Stump the judges, and the contestant wins a trip to Rocking Horse Ranch! Check out some of the latest winners here!
The Country's Top Ranches
PARADE—July 22, 2012
With July 28th being the 8th annual National Day of the Cowboy, it's only natural to want a first-hand Ranch experience! Parade Magazine encourages all to "giddyup" as they listed their top picks for a true hands-on ranch experience. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort earned Parade Magazine's vote as the country's Top Family Ranch featuring all-inclusive horseback riding, dining, Winter Fun Park, rock climbing, Big Splash Indoor Water Park and much, much more! Read Parade's article here.
Winter Fun at Rocking Horse Ranch, N.Y.
Teen Travel Talk By Emily H.—January 21, 2012
I recently wrote about my family's summer visit to Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, NY. In this article I will be instead discussing my wintertime experience at the all-inclusive family resort, Rocking Horse Ranch, which is about 1 and a half hours from New York City...Continue Reading.
The Pleasure Principle
Give the kids what they want out of a vacation, and they won't be the only ones smiling
United Hemispheres By Chris Wright—January 2012
It's funny how idealism trumps practicality when it comes to family vacations. Determined to do right by our children, we haul them around the Louvre or stuff them into lumpy sleeping bags, wondering what went wrong when the inevitable wailing starts. Well, Mom and Dad, here's what went wrong: Kids don't want to build character when they go on holiday. They want to have fun. The trick is finding a resort that provides so much of what kids want that they don't even realize they're getting what they need...Continue Reading.
A Vacation Worthy of a Second Trip
Wall Street Journal By Gordon Deal—October 14, 2011
Before the insanity of the school, soccer, dancing and CCD schedule resumed this fall, my family and I shoehorned in a quick trip to Rocking Horse Ranch, in Highland, New York, a tiny hamlet located halfway between New York City and Albany, NY along the Hudson River. It's about a one-hour drive north of New York City. I don't like to return to vacation destinations. Generally speaking, if I've snorkeled or scuba-dived your turquoise waters and sipped your umbrella drinks once, that's usually enough. I like variety. However, for the second time this year (the first being the Atlantis in the Bahamas), we have discovered a place worthy of a second visit...Continue Reading.
A pair of retreats thrive
West Fair Online—August 12, 2011
Attendance at Fishkill's Splashdown Beach this summer stood at 115,000 visitors as Aug. 5 dawned hot and steamy, promising another packed house. The five-year record of 150,000 could fall this year. Across the river, the same owner, Steve Turk, hopes to attract another 120,000 to his Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, a full-amenity, year-round destination. The business plan of good, clean fun could have been dreamed up by Walt Disney and Turk is not shy about sharing credit: "Disney sets the standard and we emulate Disney."...Continue Reading.
Inaugural Triathlon Brings Our More Than 180 Athletes
Here Comes The Sun—September 27, 2010
In its first run, over 180 athletes turned out to compete in the Inaugural race to raise money for suicide prevention. All money raised benefited "Here Comes the Sun Suicide Prevention." The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy...Continue Reading.
Spooktacular Family Fun Weekends at Rocking Horse Ranch
Rocking Horse Ranch—September 2010
Live actors, ghoulish ghosts, and hi-tech animatronics are culminating to make Halloween a memorable experience for the guests at the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, NY. For 4 weekends in October, "Ghost Town" will move into the Ranch and with it comes creative activities for toddlers, pre-teens, teens, and even the bravest adults...Continue Reading.
One-tank getaway: Rocking Horse Ranch
NEW YORK (WABC) by BILL EVANS—May 2009
The Eyewitness News' Summer Savings Guide offers you ways to save money without cutting back on the fun. As one of our one-tank getaways, we took a trip to a destination the whole family can enjoy. And getting there costs less than a tank of gas. Eyewitness News meteorologist Bill Evans drove about 80 miles from New York City up I-87 to the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, New York, in Ulster County. Continue Reading.
We're A Great Backdrop for Film Shoots!
Our Latest Shoot:
ESPN's NFL Countown shot footage at Rocking Horse for the October 16, 2011 show. The episode was about Dallas Cowboy "gunslinging" quarterback Tony Romo.
Watch the ESPN video clip
All the scenes, props and horses are set on our facilities. The "actor" is our very own assistant barn foreman TJ Arata.