Top Secret Dude Ranch Dessert Recipes

Do you dream about a dessert you had at one of our dude ranches? We sure do! Some of our ranches have been perfecting their recipes for decades. A lot of ranches guard their favorite desserts with their life. However, we asked some of them to share their most requested dessert recipes and they did not disappoint! Here are some top-secret dude ranch recipes that will surely satisfy any sweet tooth and tie you over until you can experience the real thing again at your favorite ranch!

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch’s Amaretto Cheesecake

Dessert Recipes

What You’ll Need:

o 1 1⁄2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 

o 3 tablespoons sugar

o 1/3 cup butter, melted

o 4-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened 

o 1 cup sugar

o 1 teaspoon vanilla 

o 4 eggs

o 1⁄2 cup Amaretto

1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar and press into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan. 

2. Beat cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until blended. 

3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. 

4. Mix in Amaretto. 

5. Pour over crust. 

6. Wrap outside of pan with aluminum foil to prevent water seepage. 

7. Place in a hot water bath in 325° oven. Bake for 40 minutes, then turn off the oven. 

8. Do not open the door. Allow to sit in the oven for 50 minutes. 

9. Remove from oven, cool completely. 

10. Slice into 12 pieces, then brush with Amaretto and garnish with toasted, sliced almonds.

Upper Canyon Outfitters & Guest Ranch’s Tres Leches Cake

Dessert Recipes

What You’ll Need:

o 1 cup all-purpose flour

o 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

o 1/4 teaspoon salt

o 5 large eggs, separated

o 1 cup granulated sugar, divided

o 1/3 cup whole milk

o 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

o 12 ounce can evaporated milk

o 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

o 1/4 cup whole milk

For the whipped topping:

o 1 pint heavy whipping cream, for Whipping

o 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar or powdered sugar

o 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

o Ground cinnamon, for topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13'' pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Separate the eggs into two separate bowls.

3. Add 3/4 cup sugar to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Add the 1/3 cup milk and vanilla and stir to combine. 

4. Pour the egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently just until combined (don't over-mix).

5. Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites on high speed. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar as you mix and continue beating until stiff peaks.

6. Fold egg whites into the batter gently, just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Make sure to smooth it into an even layer so your baked cake doesn't have divots in it.

7. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool completely.

8. Combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and whole milk in a small bowl. Once the cake has cooled use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake. 

9. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the top of the cake, making sure to pour near the edges and all around.

10. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour or overnight, to allow it to soak up the milk.

11. In the meantime, whip the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks. Smooth over the top of the cake. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Serve with fresh sliced strawberries, if desired. Enjoy!

Vista Verde Ranch’s Famous S’mores Bars

Dessert Recipes

What You’ll Need:

o 1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)

o 2 eggs (3 eggs for more cake-like, 2 for more fudge-like)

o 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

o 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

o ½ tsp salt

o ¾ cup all-purpose flour

o ½ tsp baking powder

o 5 graham crackers, broken in bite-size pieces

o 1 cup mini marshmallows

o 1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

o 2 Hershey’s bars, broken in pieces

1. Heat oven to 350, see note about pizza stone.

2. Line a 8×8 inch pan with aluminum foil with foil overhanging the edges, spray well.

3. Measure out the brown sugar, vanilla & salt into a small mixer bowl.

4. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove, pour over the brown sugar and mix with the paddle until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.

5. Add eggs and continue to mix.

6. Whisk together the flour and baking powder, add to mixer and mix just until combined.

7. Fold in the s’mores ingredients by hand with a large rubber spatula until uniformly mixed. The batter will be stiff! Spread out in the prepared pan.

8. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and set. 

(Note: I have found that baking directly on a pizza stone works the best, if you have one. Pre-heat the stone in the oven at least 30 minutes.)

I recommend making these a day ahead and refrigerating in order to cut nice clean slices– or serve them warm with a spoon and some vanilla ice cream!

Red Horse Mountain Ranch’s Strawberry Pie

Dessert Recipes

What You’ll Need:

Pie Crust:

o 1 cup, less 1 Tbsp Flour    

o ½ tsp Salt    

o ½ cup Butter    

o 2 ½ Tbsp Water   

Strawberry Filling:

o 4 Tbsp Cream cheese    

o about 12 Strawberries, halved    

o 1 ¼ cup (about 8) Strawberries, quartered    

o about ½ cup Water    

o ¾ cup Sugar    

o 3 Tbsp Cornstarch    

o ⅛ tsp Salt    

o 1 Tbsp Lemon juice    

Pie Crust:

1. Whisk together the flour and salt. Rub in the butter, keeping it about the size of hazelnuts. Add the water and mix just until the dough starts to come together. Wrap in plastic film and chill until firm, about half an hour.

2. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface, about ⅛ – ¼ -inch thick. Line the pie pan, crimp the edges, dock the bottom, and chill for at least 20 minutes.

3. Fill with pie weights and bake at 425°F for about 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and finish baking, about 5 minutes. Cool completely before filling.


1. Spread the bottom of the pie shell with the cream cheese and then line it with the strawberry halves, cut side down. Set aside.

2. Puree the quartered strawberries and strain into a measuring cup. Add enough water to bring the mixture up to the 1 ¼ cup line (about ½ cup of water, depending on the juiciness of the berries.) pour the strawberry-water mixture into a saucepan.

3. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk into the strawberry-water mixture.

4. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened and the cornstarch cooks out. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice. 

5. Pour the filling over the halved strawberries in the pie shell, making sure all the berries are covered. Cover the surface of the pie filling with plastic film and chill for several hours.

6. Optional: Top with whipped cream.

White Stallion Ranch’s Famous Potato Chip Cookies

Dessert Recipes

What You’ll Need:

o 1 c. Crisco

o 1 c. white sugar

o 1 c. brown sugar

o 2 eggs

o 1 tsp. vanilla

o 1 6oz. pkg. white chocolate chips

o 2 1/2 c. flour

o 1 tsp. baking soda

o 2 c. coarsely crushed potato chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

2. Cream Crisco and sugars. 

3. Add eggs, vanilla and beat well.  

4. Add crushed potato chips and white chocolate chips. 

5. Sift flour and soda. 

6. Stir into creamed mixture. 

7. Drop on greased cookie sheet. 

8. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Covered Wagon Ranch: Roy's Bat Cake (Chocolate Truffle Cake)

Dessert Recipes

What You'll Need:

o 2 cups of sugar

o 2 cups flour

o 1 cup Ghirardelli Premium Baking Cocoa 100% Unsweetened

o 2 teaspoons baking powder

o 1 teaspoon baking soda

o 2 eggs

o 1 cup milk

o 1 cup coffee

o ½ cup oil

o 1 teaspoon vanilla

o Bake at 350


o 2 cups Barry Callebaut Bittersweet Chocolate 54% (shredded)

o 2 cups Heavy Cream

o 1 Tablespoon Karo Dark Corn Syrup

1. Place all ingredients in a medium stainless-steel mixing bowl.

2. Place bowl on a medium saucepan with 2 inches of cold water. Set to medium heat.

3. Mix with, a heatproof spatula slowly while the mixing bowl heats up. Mix till a smooth Ganache from.

Salted Chocolate Shards for Topping

o 2 cups Barry Callebaut Bittersweet Chocolate 54% (chunks)

o Celtic Grey Sea Salt Medium Grain

1. Melt chocolate on to a parchment paper. Spread to a thin layer.

2. Sprinkle salt high over melted chocolate.

3. Allow to cool before breaking into shards.

Allow cake to cool. The ganache should be warm yet not hot. Place cake onto a roasting rack in a sheet pan. Poor warm Ganache evenly around the cake. Place chocolate shards along sides.

WARNING: Consumption will cause an urgent trip to Covered Wagon Ranch.

Is your mouth watering yet? Ours sure are! Let us know which recipe you try by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram (@DudeRanchVacations) and don’t forget to tag the ranch as well! For more information on dude ranch vacations, contact a specialist today at or 307-587-2339.

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10 Great Places to Stay Near Bozeman Montana

Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Bozeman, Montana is tucked into the Gallatin Valley with a myriad of attractions and things to do all year long - from the heart of winter to warm summer days. It’s a great university town with lots of fun in store for travelers, with miles of trails for hiking and biking in the Gallatin National Forest, fishing opportunities, insightful museums and great cultural opportunities for the arts. It is also only a short drive to Yellowstone National Park and it’s no wonder why many people fall in love with Bozeman when they visit. 

For your next trip to Bozeman and if you’re looking for places to stay and things to do, consider a local dude ranch. Dude ranches offer a historical itinerary for those looking to explore the American West and enjoy horseback riding, adventure activities and the most beautiful stay in a cabin or lodge that the West has to offer. Take a look at the ranches below and within a short drive from Bozeman, you’ll have a great destination for your dream trip!

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Sweet Grass Ranch

Big Timber, Montana 

The Sweet Grass Ranch has been family owned and operated for six generations as a working cattle ranch and guest ranch. Located in the Crazy Mountains miles from public roads, guests experience the heart of Montana in a way that will always be cherished. From down-home cooking, horseback riding, cattle work and more, everyone who comes here will have the vacation of a lifetime. 

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Hawley Mountain Ranch

McLeod, Montana

Guests keep coming back year after year to the Hawley Mountain Ranch, and it’s no surprise why. The ranch offers horseback riding on over a million acres, a scenic float trip down the Yellowstone River and a trip to an abandoned ghost town from the gold mining days. With a small capacity, guests take away lasting memories and lifetime friendships! 

Elkhorn Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana 

Elkhorn Ranch is a family oriented dude ranch where people of all ages come to enjoy horseback riding and outdoor activities. The ranch offers a mix of shared and independent activities for families to experience the Western lifestyle for memories you won’t soon forget. With fishing, hiking, swimming, Yellowstone trips and more, the youngest children up to grandma and grandpa will have a blast. 


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Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle & Guest Ranch

Townsend, Montana 

Cattle work is available all through the summer at the Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle & Guest Ranch. From large cattle drives during the spring and fall as well as short cattle drives to move the herd from grazing areas, guests love the opportunity to be a cowboy at this ranch. And with only eight people max on the ranch, you’ll discover personal attention by the staff for the complete experience of Western life. 


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Upper Canyon Outfitters

Alder, Montana 

Upper Canyon Outfitters is truly an outdoorsman's paradise. They offer fishing packages that are wonderful for anglers of any level. The ranch offers personal experts to ensure some of the most memorable catches of your life. Specialty fishing and your guide's knowledge of the area allows you to walk out to where the fish are. You'll be set to enjoy the Montana mountains and the great company of your travel companions. Not only is there great fishing, but the ranch also offers incredible horseback riding, hunting and other outdoor activities for you to enjoy! 

Broken Arrow Lodge

Alder, Montana 

Broken Arrow Lodge is a small family owned and operated ranch that has been in business since 1993. They specialize in backcountry camping and hunting trips and incredible horseback rides from the lodge that include fishing, swimming, western history, gold panning and more. Guests can also strike out on foot on a hiking trip or take a scenic jeep trip from the ranch for a day of adventure like no other!


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Parade Rest Guest Ranch

West Yellowstone, Montana 

Just 15 minutes from Yellowstone National Park the Parade Rest Guest Ranch is the closest ranch in Montana to this famous destination. They offer summer tours into the Park on the lower and upper loops as well as trips to Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton National Park. While you are staying at the ranch you can also enjoy horseback riding lessons and mountain trail rides ranging from one to four hours, so everyone in your group can have the trail riding adventure they are looking for! 

Hubbard’s Six Quarter Circle Ranch

Emigrant, Montana 

Hubbard’s Six Quarter Circle Ranch offers an upscale and personal experience as a working cattle ranch. From moving cattle from pasture to pasture, checking fence or throwing salt, guests get involved in whatever ranch activities they would like to do; as well as riding on 25 square miles of wilderness on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. You would never forget the memories made at this ranch! 

Surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Bozeman, Montana is tucked into the Gallatin Valley with a myriad of attractions and things to do all year long For your next trip to Bozeman and if you’re looking for places to stay and things to do, consider a local dude ranch. Dude ranches offer a historical itinerary for those looking to explore the American West and enjoy horseback riding, adventure activities and the most beautiful stay in a cabin or lodge that the West has to offer.

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana 

For more than 65 years the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana has been a magical place for guests to come and enjoy the finest Western hospitality. The ranch has raised and trained appaloosa horses for generations and guests love to hear the stories of each horse and watch the babies grow! The cowboys here invite everyone to enjoy ranch life at its finest. If you would like to experience this way of life and outdoor activities like horseback riding, fishing, hiking and campfires, then this just might be the perfect place for you!   

Covered Wagon Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana 

Covered Wagon Ranch is a unique horseback riding destination that has backcountry trail riding into the Gallatin and Madison mountain ranges and into Yellowstone National Park. You’ll experience exclusive trips into these places that are bucket list locations for many people. The best part about this is that the crowds and large buses of people are far away. The cabins at the ranch offer a special experience as well, they are the original cabins from the homesteading days in the 1920s and provide a cozy and rustic-chic stay complete with wood burning stoves. 


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The Dude Ranchers’ Association’s Best Outdoor Meals

From Arbuckle and bear sign (cattle-range lingo for coffee and doughnuts) over an open flame to pizza ovens and prickly pear margaritas on patios under the stars, these are the top dude ranches with the best outdoor meals and dining experiences for late summer and early autumn. Nature’s bounty is at its finest this time of year. Breakfast rides with fresh confections, four-course lunch atop a mesa and evening cuisine fireside, the DRA has some of the most intimate and exquisite land in the West with access to local food and secret dishes. Fork’s up! 

Home Ranch, Clark, Colorado

Gardens and Greenhouses Galore

Nestled in the Elk River Valley is Home Ranch, definitively one of the most idyllic settings for an outdoor brick oven rolling out over a dozen varieties of stone-fired pizzas. The Home Ranch, a Relais & Chateaux property, 30 minutes from Steamboat Springs, focuses on cuisine year-round; however, their weekly offering in summer and fall of crispy pizzas loaded from the ranch’s gardens and greenhouse is as fresh and farm to fork as one can get. The sound of horses dining on their hay in the background and views of Home Ranch’s stunning barn and cabins are worthy of a Travel + Leisure cover.

The afterclaps (unexpected event after the event is supposed to be over) are the wranglers driving the herd out for the day as you finish your cocktail and dessert. The ranch’s massive greenhouse is also open for tours throughout the evening with resident gardeners and the head Master Gardener.

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Endulge in flatbread pizza cooked in a brick oven with homegrown ingredients at The Home Ranch in Colorado.

Latigo Ranch, Kremmling, Colorado

Breakfast Bliss

This ranch takes food as serious as their scenery. Surrounded by 50,000 acres of the Medicine Bow—Routt National Forest, the George family has the lay of the land to devise splendid surprises come mealtime. It’s a family business for the George’s with the owner’s son and wife running the kitchen. A crowd pleaser begins when guests are escorted to the main lodge in Latigo’s covered wagon to sally forth into a picturesque aspen glade where the kitchen crew has grilled steaks, fish, and veggies to go along with a full buffet of classic dude ranch side dishes—corn on the cob, baked beans (acclaimed by some guests to be the best in the world), sweet potato biscuits, and more. Dessert, as always, is greatly anticipated. There’s a choice between rhubarb pie and peanut butter pie, consumed while eagerly awaiting the announcement of prizes from the team penning earlier that afternoon.

There’s still the weekend! On Saturday breakfast is served at a point overlooking an impossibly expansive view of the mountains. When guests arrive via horseback, they’ll find pancakes grilled by the ranch’s owner, Randy, along with eggs, bacon, sausage, all freshly cooked and served by Hannah George along with fruit, juices, coffee, tea, and homemade banana bread. Perched on the rocks with a 360˚ view of absolute wild beauty, it’s the perfect end to a spectacular week and one of the best breakfast rides in the West. 

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Ribeye steak, one of many delicious meals to enjoy at Latigo Ranch in Colorado.

White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, Arizona

Patio Utopia with Prickly Pear Margs  

With the baking hot summer that has swept through the country in 2018, autumn will bring much relief and the opportune time to try Russell True’s latest baby, White Stallion Ranch’s outdoor pizza oven and Tandoor—a cylindrical clay oven where heat is made by charcoal or wood to create radiant cooking methods.  

Dinner is served alfresco throughout the week featuring foods such as classic BBQ, brisket, pork tenderloin, steak, ribs, chuck roast and locally-sourced vegetables. 

Steamship leg of pork, corn on the grill, produce skewers, wild rice, this is just a sampling of the gorgeously presented ranch food underneath the Tucson stars.

Guests enjoy some of the best dude ranch evening entertainment in the world while finishing their wine, local craft brew or one of the ranch’s legendary margaritas, the prickly pear. Crème Brule, blueberry pie, and pineapple upside down cake have become the ranch’s legacy desserts. Each outside evening, there is a local cowboy strumming the guitar. To keep things going past dusk, lights are strung throughout the outdoor eating area and entertainment space with lighted cactus as an extra quirk. 

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A warm and welcoming outdoor dining area at the White Stallion Ranch in Arizona. 

Covered Wagon Ranch, Gateway, Montana

Chef’s Special

Located a stone’s throw from Yellowstone National Park, Covered Wagon Ranch takes advantage of its location and access to quieter parts of the Park. The ranch encourages guests to take a lunch ride almost daily! Sure, lunch is always available in the main lodge, but riders know best—take the chef’s special and giddy up. With nearly a dozen trails the ranch rides weaving in and out of Yellowstone, there’s a really good chance you can wind up having the chef’s special, with a moose (it happened to us!). Each night the chef surveys his crowd and crafts a special sandwich that is available for pick-up before the daily ride. Guests always have the choice of nearly 20 items, but there’s a reason for the chef’s special.

After a gently ascending two-hour ride into the Yellowstone, our family found a quiet meadow to let the horses rest and for us to enjoy the special sandwich. Not five minutes after dismount did a giant bull moose stand up from his resting spot in the meadow and curiously circle around the meadow to get a good view of us as we kept a safe distance. Our kids knew what was up, the moose wanted the chef’s special! Three generations eating the best sandwiches while enjoying secret spots in Yellowstone with a moose overseeing the feast. Apparently, your chance of spotting a moose drastically increases if you order up the special. 

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Trail rides lead to beautiful destinations at the Covered Wagon Ranch in Montana. 

Sidebar: Snacking, Sweets and Soaking

Tombstone Monument Ranch in its historic namesake town of Arizona offers a slow ride labeled  “Beer and Cheetos” for obvious reasons. This is the ultimate afternoon snack. Take a flat, scenic ride to the ranch’s Beer and Cheetos site where there is shade and bathrooms. Enjoy a cold, refreshing beer delightfully accompanied by some empty calorie, salty and delicious snack foods. Followed by a slow, scenic ride back to the ranch in time for social hour. Note, this is an adult-only ride.

Wait, what about tequila connoisseurs? No problem, the “Tequila and Cheese” ride takes guests along the same route, but instead offers up a little more sophistication with a unique selection of wines and assorted cheeses, crackers and bread. Again, this is an adult-only ride. 

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A great selection of food is always avaliable at Tombstone Monument Ranch in Arizona. 

Friday is the outdoor meal extravaganza with Long Hollow Ranch in central Oregon. Early autumn offers the essential time for a morning ride to be followed by a picnic lunch along the way. It gets a little more enticing; the ranch then puts on a fun demonstration with cattle before dinner. After-dinner dessert is then served at the hot tub or fire pit, depending on weather conditions. Desserts and cocktails vary, but the scenery is always guaranteed. best outdoor meals

Snow capped mountains make for some gorgeous scenery at Long Hollow Ranch in Oregon.

If you want to keep with the hot springs theme, Bar Lazy J in Grand County, Colorado offers a half-day hot springs ride on Fridays. Guests eat lunch at one of the ranch’s favorite scenic spots—the top of Byers Canyon—before working the group into the town of Hot Sulphur Springs. There, a trailer and your previously packed bag will be waiting along with a free pass into the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort to soak in the 22 naturally heated pools. Once frequented by the Ute Indians, the skin-benefiting minerals present in the water are intense and awesome. The ranch takes the horses home while guests soak and send a van for pick up later.

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Ride through some beautiful scenery to the hotsprings at Bar Lazy J Ranch in Colorado. 


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From Arbuckle and bear sign over an open flame to pizza ovens and prickly pear margaritas on patios under the stars, these are the top dude ranches with the best outdoor meals and dining experiences for late summer and early autumn. Nature’s bounty is at its finest this time of year. Breakfast rides with fresh confections, four-course lunch atop a mesa and evening cuisine fireside, the DRA has some of the most intimate and exquisite land in the West with access to local food and secret dishes.

Shoulder Season Offers Discount Ranch Vacations with Added Value

When it comes to deciding when to go on a dude ranch vacation, it pays to find the discount pricing and added value of going during the shoulder season. For these ranches in Wyoming and Montana the next shoulder season will be this fall, starting in September. There are typically less people on the ranch, more flexibility in your schedule and a relaxed environment when prices drop. What more could you ask for when planning your trip? Well, take a look at the “extras” you can add to your trip this fall. 


Customize Your Experience

Do you have a special group of like-minded people to travel with? The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Shell, Wyoming has the resources to customize your own experience while you are at the ranch. Whether it’s a group of friends, countrymen who speak the same language, colleagues, photographers or any other group the Hideout staff will design a week around your itinerary. And, on a 300,000-acre cattle, riding and fly-fishing ranch you’ll get to experience a luxury dude ranch in your very own way. 


 The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch offers shoulder season discounts

The Hideout Lodge is located at the base of the Big Horn Mountains and offers a high-end experience on a real working cattle ranch.

Add Special Trips

At the Triangle X Ranch in Moose, Wyoming you’ll be able to add on special trips to your package. Are you interested in a river float trip? Guided fishing trip? Wilderness pack trip? Or even a hunting trip? You’ll get the most complete outdoor recreational packages of any facility in the West at the Triangle X Ranch. With the ranch located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, you’ll get to experience this national treasure in an intimate way the general public passing through could only dream about. 


 Triangle X Ranch offers shoulder season discounts

With over 90 years of experience, the Triangle X Ranch offers just the right balance of western lifestyle adventures and relaxation. There’s plenty of time for everything during your week at the ranch with your friends.

Book the Entire Ranch

For a group of up to 20 people the Covered Wagon Ranch in Gallatin Gateway, Montana can offer the entire ranch during the shoulder season. You can enjoy all the activities, meals and accommodations the ranch has to offer exclusively during your stay. 


 Covered Wagon Ranch offers shoulder season discounts

There’s nothing like letting your guard down with the people you know on an exclusive trip into the wilds of Montana. Covered Wagon Ranch can’t help but offer some of the most pristine views of the west. 

Have an Adult Only Vacation

With school starting back, the shoulder season is a perfect time to travel with your adult friends. The Lost Creek Ranch just north of Jackson, Wyoming offers world-class luxuries, gourmet meals and a state of the art spa facility for your kid-free week vacation during the weeks of September 2-15, 2018. 


 Lost Creek Ranch offers shoulder season discounts

Some places offer exceptional service and amenities, but not all places can offer such a spectacular view to go with it like the Lost Creek Ranch. You’ll be blown away when you experience this ranch in person. 



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Shoulder Season Discounts - Pin this for later!

When it comes to deciding when to go on a dude ranch vacation, it pays to find the discount pricing and added value of going during the shoulder season. There are typically less people on the ranch, more flexibility in your schedule and a relaxed environment when prices drop. These ranches also offer “extras” you can add to your trip.

Dude Ranch Short Stays - 3 Night Ranch Vacations

Dude Ranch Vacations are famous for the traditional week long experiences for trail riding and western lifestyle activities, but with travelers having less time to stay many ranches offer dude ranch short stays of 3 nights. On these short stays you’ll get to experience all the highlighted activities, view the spectacular scenery and refresh your mind in the wide open spaces. While some ranches offer these short stays during the off-season, other ranches offer flexible packages every week they are open.


Find some great dude ranch short stays listed below. For the complete list of ranches select “3 nights” on the Search by Activity and Amenity page.  You can also read about spectacular discounts during the shoulder season.


Colorado Dude Ranch Short Stays

Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado - 3 night minimum short stay, open June through October

Laramie River Ranch, Colorado - 3 night short stay available from Sunday to Wednesday, open mid-June through mid-September

Montana Dude Ranch Short Stays


Broken Arrow Lodge, Montana - 3 night minimum stay, 2 days of horseback riding, arrival Sunday or Wednesday, May 1 - September 1

Covered Wagon Ranch, Montana - 3 night minimum short stay, open June through mid-September

Hidden Hollow Hideaway Cattle and Guest Ranch, Montana - 3 days minimum, open June 1 - September 1

Rich Ranch, Montana - 3 day minimum, open May 1 through September 30

Rocking Z Guest Ranch, Montana - 3 night minimum stay with custom length stays available, open year-round

New Mexico Dude Ranch Short Stays


Creek Ranch, New Mexico - 3 night minimum short stay (otherwise on request), open April 1 through October 31

Burnt Well Guest Ranch, New Mexico - 3 day minimum short stay, free airport transfer, open year-round

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, New Mexico - 3 night minimum short stay, open March 1 - Mid-November

Washington Dude Ranch Short Stays

K Diamond K Ranch, Washington - 3 night minimum short stay from July 1 - September 1, Bed and Breakfast options available year-round


Pin this for Later! Dude Ranch Short Stays

Dude Ranch Vacations are famous for the traditional week long experiences for trail riding and western lifestyle activities, but with travelers having less time to stay many ranches offer dude ranch short stays of 3 nights. On these short stays you’ll get to experience all the highlighted activities, view the spectacular scenery and refresh your mind in the wide open spaces. While some ranches offer these short stays during the off-season, other ranches offer flexible packages every week.

Drive West to Montana

Variously known as "The Big Sky State" and "The Last Best Place," Montana is truly a state of vast open spaces, incredible wilderness, and stunning scenery. It seems the proper place for a dude ranch vacation; and Montana vacation ranches do take advantage of their spectacular surroundings, leading guests into national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, and across the prairie land of the northern Great Plains.

Glacier National Park lies in the northwest corner of the state, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. It draws millions of visitors annually, and with good reason. The park is home to wilderness and wildlife, over 700 miles of trails, and countless opportunities for all kinds of outdoor recreation, from horseback riding to boating.

Three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park are located in the state of Montana. A place long believed to be a figment of imagination or delirium, the geothermal features of Yellowstone do indeed seem fantastical. Yet it is also clearly a unique place, and it was not long after the first organized expeditions returned with reports of boiling mud, spouting geysers and mountainous lava flows that Yellowstone was designated a national park.

Some vacation Dude Ranches in Montana offer guests the opportunity to drive cattle from one part of the state to another, like a real cowboy. Others specialize in sharing the wonders of fly fishing on pristine rivers and mountain streams. Vacation ranches provide opportunities for hiking, rafting, and even hunting. Some shower guests in luxury, with spa packages and gourmet meals; others make you feel like a part of the family, with home style meals and marshmallow roasts around fire pits. Whatever your idea of the perfect Dude Ranch vacation, you will surely find it in Montana. 

Give us a call at the Dude Ranchers' Association for more information. 307.587.2339  

Montana Ranches

63 Ranch Drive to Montana 63 Ranch Livingston, Montana 63 is not simply a "Dude Ranch" but a real genuine "Working Dude Ranch." We provide a relaxing ranch atmosphere where you make the decision to help gather, work or salt ranch owned cattle. Or maybe you'd rather take a pass on "work" and just enjoy the beautiful scenery or take a gentle lope through the open meadows or sagebrush flats. 



Covered Wagon Pack Trip to MontanaCovered Wagon Ranch Gallatin Gateway, MT Four generations ago each guest arrived here at Covered Wagon Ranch by way of stagecoach and Model T. Today descendants of some of those families still come to our Montana dude ranch to experience the mythic beauty of the Old West, in a region that is very nearly the same as it was in 1925 when the guest ranch first opened. 



Rich Ranch in MontanaRich's Guest Ranch Seeley Lake, MT The Rich Ranch is located in Western Montana, adjacent to the spectacular Bob Marshall Wilderness and two hours from Glacier National Park.  Lodge and Cabins are nestled in the trees overlooking a tranquil meadow with an awesome view of the Rocky Mountains looking across the ranch meadows. 



Rocking Z Ranch MontanaRocking Z Ranch Wolf Creek, MT Horseback riding is the central activity at the Rocking Z.  We are proud of our horses and know them all well.  Through the use of Parelli Natural Horsemanship and personal experience, we have very talented and versatile horses for every level of rider.  




Sweet Grass Ranch Montana FrontierSweet Grass Ranch Big Timber, MT With about 20 guests a week, we are able to offer individual attention and a relaxed family atmosphere.  Our well-loved horses are primarily quarter horse or quarter horse cross, each with unique personalities, and all raised here or acquired from neighbors in the ranching community.  




G Bar M Ranch MontanaG Bar M Ranch Clyde Park, MT G Bar M is a Working Ranch, which means we are an operating horse and cattle ranch that encourages guests to share in our lifestyle. If you are interested in experiencing and participating it the operation of a working ranch, the G bar M is just the place to do it.  






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