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Dude Ranch 101

Ranches You Don’t Want to Miss in Idaho

We can thank the gold rush for the start of the livestock industry in Idaho. The demand for fresh meat for the miners encouraged many to drive their cattle and sheep to miner camps. The beautiful pastures and flowing rivers provided plenty of grazing for the livestock and a peaceful place to settle for many ranchers.

Diamond D Ranch in Stanley, IdahoIdaho has pristine waters to fish!

Diamond D Ranch is nestled in a valley in the Frank Church Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states, and is surrounded by the Salmon River mountains. Diamond D offers an exciting adventure for children too, from a variety of crafts and outdoor fun to learning the ins and outs of gold panning! Open your cabin windows at night to fall asleep to the sounds of a flowing stream and the wind in the trees. 

McGarry Ranches in Rexburg, IdahoEnjoy a true cowboy experience

If you wish to experience the lifestyle of the American Cowboy with a legitimate cattle outfit then McGarry Ranches are the ranches for you. The valley ranch is located in southeastern Idaho along the Snake River and offers daily rides on an American Quarter Horse. Log cabins surrounded by a slough are scenic and restful and a fire pit just outside your door makes for a relaxed comfortable evening with your fellow wranglers.  

Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, IdahoGuided horseback riding make for the perfect family outing

Idaho’s Red Horse Mountain Ranch is known for its all-inclusive dude ranch vacations. Enjoy guided horseback rides, cozy accommodations, and family-friendly adventures. Located on 560 acres – with an additional 150,000 acres of wilderness assigned as a permitted outfitter area – the ranch offers the perfect backdrop for a stunning dude ranch vacation. Whether you’re looking for self-guided activities or a dedicated Kid’s Program, Red Horse Mountain Ranch’s first-rate service and hospitality is sure to offer everything you need. Book an all-inclusive, week-long ranch vacation for up to 60 guests from May through October.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint, IdahoWhite water rafting makes for a special Dude Ranch experience

At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, experience the spirit of the West on an All Inclusive Guest Ranch Adventure Vacation. The warm hospitality, country dining, and beauty of Idaho’s wilderness will make your guest ranch stay not just a vacation, but an authentic Western experience with memories that last a lifetime. All Inclusive Guest Ranch Vacations include lodging in one of our cozy Grand Lodge rooms or Log Cabins, daily horseback rides, three meals daily, evening entertainment, and access to all ranch amenities.

The Dude Ranchers’ Association – All Ranches

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Contact the Dude Ranchers Association: | 307-587-2339 | 1122 12th St., Cody, WY 82414

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