Aaron was born and raised on his family's ranch in Western Colorado, where he was taught the importance of preserving and promoting the traditions and knowledge of the working ranch cowhand. Aaron trained with NRHA Hall of Fame member Doug Milholland before opening his own training barn in Colorado. The lessons from the ranch and the arena have stayed with him throughout his rodeo days and now as he participates in showing reining and working cow horses, conducting clinics, offering seminars and hosting the TV Show "The Ride with Aaron Ralston."
Meg Griffith Ralston, Aaron's wife, is an outstanding rider and competitor in her own right. She won the AQHA world champion in reining while pregnant with Parker. She and Aaron have another son, Colton and both boys will one day be world champion in whatever field they choose. Aaron and Meg live on a ranch in Silt, Colorado where they raise and train reining and working cow horses.