Thursday, May 22, 2014


     The Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa in Pigeon Forge, TN, will let you travel back in time and experience the Smokies as the early settlers did 200 years ago. America's settlers crossed the mountains on horseback seeing these Smoky Mountains and valleys for the very first time, and you can recreate this feeling of discovery and relaxation. Ponderosa also has V.I.P. rides for small kids and adults and Big Guy horses - when they are available - for folks over 250 pounds.

Beautiful, trail-ride horses at Big Rock Dude Ranch.
Little ones and horses-great vacation memories!
Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa has a #1 Rating for safety from Gilliham and Associates, and provides a 4-minute safety video to view and loading ramps for ease of 'saddling up'. Their horses are in tip-top shape and the stables are clean and safe. But horseback riding is not the only thing to do at Ponderosa.

ATV Rides in the Great Smoky Mountains.The truly adventurous can hop onto one of their
4x4 ATV's and take a guided ATV ride through the foothills of the Smokies. You will start in the valley area near the ranch, then once you can handle the vehicle you will drive through creeks and along mountain trails. You will go through some of the most beautiful mountain areas around. You could even go up the mountain to the top for a beautiful view of the Great Smoky Mountains!
The ATV ride is about 1 hour long.

Gem Mining at Big Rock Dude Ranch.Relaxing family vacations in the Smokies.
There are also many relaxing outdoor family activities to do at Ponderosa. You can fish in their well-stocked pond, mine for gems at the gem mine, and enjoy the animals at the petting zoo. Eat lunch or grab snack from Chow-Boys Cafe, shop at the Gift Shop, or tour the Heritage Museum containing treasures and 
                                                      relics from the Civil War, plus local primitives.

A trip to Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa could be a horseback or ATV ride or an all-day family adventure. For more Ponderosa information click
For area information and coupons go to, and you can win Horseback Riding Tickets for Two from Ponderosa by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook Contest. To enter click on the Facebook link.