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Specialty Weeks on a Dude Ranch

Find Your Unique Vacation during a Specialty Week at a Dude Ranch!

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Want to go on a dude ranch vacation, but you’re wanting more than the regular activities? Do you have a special hobby or interest you would like to make a vacation out of? Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try but never had the chance? Well, we’ve got just the ticket! Many of our dude ranches offer specialty weeks of all kinds – from culinary experiences, musical events, and horsemanship workshops, to health and wellness retreats.

Big Sky Cowgirls – Women’s Only Week!

August 14th – 21st, 2022
Circle Bar Ranch – Montana

Escape to the mountains for a special ladies’ program at the Circle Bar Guest Ranch. At 5000’, the Circle Bar features some of the best of Montana’s summer weather. Meet new friends, adventure on horseback, learn new skills, and relax in the fresh mountain air.   Your stay includes a margarita welcome party, daily horseback riding, sport shooting and archery, horsemanship instruction and demos, a cowboy poetry show, and more. Some special highlights will include a half-day ride into the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest with a lunch break in the wilderness, an obstacle course for you and your horse to try, and an off-road/hiking trip to local caves!

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Cattle Drive and Covered Wagons

August 28th – September 3rd, 2022 | September 4th – 10th, 2022
Bar W Ranch – Montana

Join us for a beautiful riding vacation, an adventurous cattle round-up, and a time filled with lasting memories.

The 2022 Cattle Drive will take place entirely on a 5,300-acre ranch on the East side of Glacier National Park with Big Sky views like no other. You will be picked up at the airport and shuttled to the cattle drive ranch.

You will not only move the cattle, but you will rope, brand, inoculate, and castrate the calves. You will enjoy beautiful rides across the rolling hills while viewing the majestic Glacier mountains in the background. If you are lucky, you will see the wild horses running at full speed across the fields. It is a vacation like no other!

In the evenings after a delicious and filling dinner, you will enjoy sitting around the campfire with a beer and getting to know your fellow riders. We might throw a couple of games at you too – expect lots of fun and laughter!

We will return you to the Kalispell airport on Saturday morning. From there you can either fly home or book the following week at the Bar W Ranch in Whitefish.

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The Ultimate Western Lifestyle Photography Workshop

October 13th – 16th, 2022
Western Pleasure Ranch – Idaho

Join us for a memorable Western Lifestyle Photography workshop in the beautiful mountains of Northern Idaho in the Fall. We will take advantage of the natural beauty of the area during prime Fall color and the gorgeous light North Idaho has to offer while photographing authentic cowboys and cowgirls on this fifth-generation ranch. You will be fully immersed in the western lifestyle while you stay and photograph everything our Western Lifestyle has to offer.

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Bourbon Week

September 11th – 15th, 2022
Rawah Ranch – Colorado

Our famous Bourbon Week is back again this year. Try out a variety of bourbons curated for quality, many of which will be included in gourmet foods and meals by our talented chefs throughout the week. Expand your bourbon knowledge by talking with the local purveyors and enjoy the locally produced options, with a few of our interesting favorites thrown in too. From days of horseback riding and fishing to evenings of excellent liquor tastings, it’s a wonderful week to unwind and enjoy.

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Living Unbridled Retreat

August 21st – 25th & August 28th – September 1st, 2022
Sylvan Dale Ranch – Colorado
October 23rd – 26th, 2022
Alisal Guest Ranch – California

The Unbridled Retreat™ will give you the clarity, confidence and courage to move from the path you “should” be on, to the one your heart craves. You’ll experience transformative interactions with horses, facilitated by globally recognized Equine Coach, Devon Combs, and bond with a supportive group of women.

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Dude Ranchers’ Association

Not sure where to start? Unsure of what ranch is right for you? That’s why we’re here to help! Contact us today to help you narrow down your options, so you can find the perfect dude ranch for your next vacation!

Contact: 307-587-2339 |

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