Venturing to a new place and experiencing the culture of its food is one of the great pleasures of traveling. But if you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have any dietary limitations, you know it can also be a challenge if you don’t select the right location. At these Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches the chefs delight in providing ranch cuisine for your whole family – regardless of any special dietary needs. With enough notice, the ranches creatively and effectively cater for meatless diets, gluten-free, dairy-free and most food allergies. Foodies will even enjoy the culinary adventures on dude ranches where family-style meals can be not only enjoyed by the whole family but also savored until the last bite. And what’s even more special than this? Some ranches are able to offer farm-to-table cuisine straight from ranch gardens.
Hors d’oeuvres at the Triangle C Ranch
Located just a few hours west of Denver, Colorado the Black Mountain Ranch is a family-operated and family-oriented dude ranch. With a week-long program, you and your family will get to venture into the western lifestyle of horseback riding and outdoor adventures. And at mealtimes? The meals vary from gourmet dining in the lodge to cookouts in the wilderness (watch out for their killer Margaritas at Pack Camp). The chef will tempt you with hearty breakfasts featuring fresh home cooking and made from scratch baked goods. Dinner fare varies nightly, with several entree choices each night. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free? Not a problem! And the Black Mountain Ranch always serves complimentary wine with dinner.
At just an hour South of Tucson, Arizona the Circle Z Ranch offers a unique ranch vacation for guests of all ages and horseback riding abilities. You’ll get to ride on thousands of acres of the most scenic horseback riding trails in Arizona. One of the grand traditions at the Circle Z Ranch is the commitment to the highest standards for their food, and the ranch is positive you will be satisfied. In the ranch gardens, many of the vegetables served at mealtime are grown, and Circle Z honey bees are always busy making the sweetest honeys for the ranch use. Creative alternatives are available for those guests on strict gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free and vegan diets. Open the end of October through the beginning of May.
Tucked away into the beautiful Big Horn Mountains – just 20 minutes from Buffalo, Wyoming the Paradise Guest Ranch offers luxury log cabins with personal fireplaces, outdoor decks and spacious living rooms. And that’s just the accommodations! The ranch offers a long list of activities in their week-long program including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, kids program and more. Can the kitchen accommodate special dietary requirements? Absolutely. Ranch staff will send you a questionnaire before you arrive at the ranch on which you can describe any special dietary needs that you might have. The ranch can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and most all food allergies for their hearty meals with a gourmet flair.
Nestled between Jackson Hole and Dubois, Wyoming the Triangle C Ranch prides itself as a true Wyoming Ranch – where a handshake is their bond and the coffee pot is always on! The ranch offers adventure-packed programs for families, adults and singles throughout the summer months. Folks up here spend all day working up mountain-sized appetites! Sooner or later it leads them back to the Wind River Dining Room, where the chefs serve up fresh & healthy ranch delicacies. They have been cooking homemade goodness for years – presented in true cowboy style. Let the staff know in advance if there are any special dietary needs and they’ll do their very best to make sure you have a wonderful dining experience.