Did you know more than half of American workers end the year with unused vacation time? In fact, in 2015, Americans wasted a total of 658 million vacation days – more wasted days than ever before. Whether it’s work stress, financial stress or the fear of leaving someone else to our tasks, there’s always something holding back working people from well-deserved breaks. But most people don’t realize the power of a plan. When you plan vacations in advance, you can make sure to maximize vacation time without feeling pressured at the last minute when you realize you never broke free from the office. Here are five DRA-certified dude ranches that have a variety of activities to offer anyone who needs an adventurous vacation that is off the beaten path!
Kick back Western style. The Spotted Horse Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo. is perfect for anyone who wants to dive into the true spirit of the West. In the cozy living room guests will find a rock fireplace where they can kick back after a long day of horseback riding, hiking and more. This ranch even offers guided fly fishing trips to the Snake or Green River. Work stress will be a distant memory once visitors breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful surrounding areas, including nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
Bring the kids. Looking to bring the entire family along on your trip? Look no further than the R Lazy S Ranch in Teton Village, Wyo. Of course, kids love to get away just as much as we do. That’s why R Lazy S Ranch also offers an extensive Kid's Program and a separate youth dining room so they can keep the fun going at mealtimes. Surrounded by Grand Teton National Park, the ranch offers all-day horseback rides to lakes, trails and big-game viewing spots. Looking to spend some time off-saddle? R Lazy S Ranch has access to miles of private frontage on the Snake River, one of the West’s best trout fishing streams.
R Lazy S Ranch
Rough it in style. There’s a fabulous alternative to the traditional rustic experience available at The Bull Hill Guest Ranch in Kettle Falls, Wash. The ranch offers two glamping tents that come fully furnished with large porches complete with sweeping countryside views. Glamping at Bull Hill Guest Ranch provides just the right amount natural atmosphere for families, friends or those seeking a romantic twist.
Be a cowboy for the week. If you come to Hideout Ranch in Portal, Ariz., be ready to trade that laptop for a lasso and make the canyons your office for the week (Don’t worry – they have Wi-Fi). At this dude ranch, everyone is encouraged to get on horseback and see the dreamy West the way the cowboys do. Don’t let this intimidate you – they offer riding lessons and horses that are especially good with beginners so even first-time riders can safely keep up.
Saddle up and take that family trip to Yellowstone. Located in the beautiful Shoshone National Forest, the Crossed Sabres Ranch can be as relaxed or activity-packed as you make it. In addition to incredible horseback riding for beginners through experts, Crossed Sabres Ranch offers a full range of activities such as fly fishing and hiking. They are also located a short eight miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park – a must-see for anyone visiting the West.