Spring Break Destinations in Arizona & New Mexico

Plan your perfect trip to an outdoor spring break vacation at a dude ranch and leave the crowds behind. You'll arrive at to an exclusive place with fun in the sun and adventure. These horseback riding vacations in Arizona and New Mexico are spring break destinations you won’t soon forget. Wouldn't you agree it’s time for a much-needed escape from work, school and your winter routine? If you say yes, your family is ready to go an all-inclusive week-long stay to one of the ranches below. We’ve done the planning for you and gathered some of the best options for your next getaway for your family and friends. These ranches are accredited through the Dude Ranchers’ Association and approved by the generations of families over the years who still go back year after year. We're sure you'll have a great time. 

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Spring Break Destinations

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Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

Enjoy the moderate temperatures of Arizona at the Kay El Bar Ranch in Wickenburg. Registered as a national historic landmark, guests become part of the tradition of the ranch that started back in 1926. Known as a desert oasis, family and friends alike will enjoy horseback riding in the warm Arizona sun. 

For that extra added adventure, the Kay El Bar Ranch offers cattle penning, or team penning for riders - and even children from 7 and up - who want to test their skills. You’ll receive instruction on this timeless cowboy activity that started with practicing common ranch work. Divided up into teams you’ll work together to move a cow from one area into a pen. Sounds easy enough right? Well, easy or not you are sure to have a blast on this spring break destination. 

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Elkhorn Ranch

If you’re considering new spring break destinations, consider the Elkhorn Ranch in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. You might end up with a new family tradition, because this is certainly a place for the whole family. Multi-generational activities include horseback riding, sitting around the heated swimming pool or even swimming in it. Kids are mentored for the week by an authentic cowboy, learning how to care for their horse. Grandma and grandpa get to show everyone how adventurous they really are on a horseback ride through the desert. 

The food has always been delicious at the ranch, with a variety of experiences for the refined palate from the finest southwestern cuisine in the nicely appointed dining room to a classic barbeque with hot dogs and s’mores over the open fire. See the softer, and family-oriented side of spring in Arizona at the Elkhorn Ranch. Unplug and enjoy a week together as a family. 

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Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

The Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch welcomes guests to the ride through the Gila National Forest, near Winston, New Mexico. This 3.3 million-acre forest offers a diverse terrain for guests to explore. With nearly year-round sunshine, the outdoors is a very exciting place to be, especially on horseback. Daily rides will take you along the creek into dramatic canyons. Looking out you will see that 50 yards from the trail the mountains jut up from the canyon floor hundreds of feet on each side for a sight unlike anywhere else in the world.  

When you are not taking in the scenery, cruising along in the saddle is the perfect time for a conversation with your family. Sighting local flora and fauna might be a welcomed interruption - humming birds, javelina pigs, wild flowers and you might even come across some 1,000-year-old pottery. This type of adventure would be a spring break package any family would be hard-pressed to resist. 

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Plan your perfect trip to an outdoor spring break vacation at a dude ranch and leave the crowds behind. These are horseback riding vacations in Arizona and New Mexico are spring break destinations are accredited through the Dude Ranchers’ Association and approved by the generations of families over the years who still go back year after year. We're sure you'll have a great time at these spring break destinations for outdoor adventure.

 

Circle Z Ranch 

Circle Z Ranch is great western ranch that has been in operation for nearly a century. It is the oldest, continually operating dude ranch in Arizona and offers a genuine western experience that has guests coming back year after year. With a high return rate, it’s an intangible feeling of this ranch being a second home that make guests feel more like family than a visitor. It is certainly an icon of western hospitality. 

The accommodations of the ranch are located at the bottom of the Circle Z Mountain, the name sake of the ranch, and from this view point you can see a panoramic view of two mountain ranges and even look over into Mexico. At the top, guests become a part of the history at the ranch through a log book that has been around for ages. The ranch is also known for an emphasis on a great riding program, with exceptional horses, fun loping rides, horsemanship clinics and riding lessons. 

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More Spring Break Destinations

Make this spring break count at a dude ranch. Looking for more options than these? Discover more spring break destinations at ranches with critically acclaimed cross-country skiing, California rafting trips with horseback riding, or even rock climbing in Arkansas

 

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Unplug and Reconnect with Family, Friends and Nature at these dude ranches!

This year’s buzzwords of mindfulness, disconnect and nature / forest therapy are helping raise awareness of the dependence on screen time and social media. However, does that mean anyone is doing anything about it, especially on a vacation? Dude ranch stays have been implementing these beliefs since their inception—obviously ahead of the trend and technology. How do they do it? Easily. With no cell phone reception on trails, or in many ranch buildings, connecting with the outside world can be easily sidetracked when simply not available. Forget cable television or trying to stream a movie off a ranch generator, some places turn that option off at 9 pm. Time to look at the stars (not Hollywood) or possibly, a ranch book. Fear not, there is never a safety risk by being disconnected from phone and iPad. There is always a landline for use and radios throughout all dude ranches, but you won’t need them, only to order up supper or to have the hot tub turned up. Disconnecting without the anxiety of outcome eases the strain of taking technology out of travel. Why do you need this form of nature therapy?  Simply put, it is good for the soul!

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Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado 

This is one of the most remote ranches in Colorado. A rental car from Denver or Colorado Springs Airport is the easiest transportation. Located in the Badger Creek Basin with barely a tree on the property is a working cattle ranch that has the DRA’s lowest guest count capacity. Maxing out at eight guests, preferably seven, the ranch provides a slice of the Wild West that is authentic and isolated, yet community-oriented. 

Guests can receive cell service in the main ranch house where meals are served and song commences in the evening. Once you leave the quarters, it’s signal silence. At 9,000 feet, you won’t need your cell phone, just the trusty guidance and leads of the two couples that co-own this rarity. 

After an epic cattle drive in the Colorado sun, sneak off to the secret river a stone’s throw from the ranch, loaded with trout, waterfalls (in average to good run-off years) and incredible stream activity. There is also a buffalo jump where Native Americans chased the herds over the edge to trap, consume and utilize their precious materials. They certainly made it work with no cell phones, so you will have no challenge. 

At night, enjoy the stars, song, hot tub and home cooking. You will be so exhausted you won’t even be able to keep your light on to read a magazine or finish a cookie. Disconnected and exhausted makes for a true night’s sleep.

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Badger Creek Ranch - Canyon City, CO.

Rancho de la Osa, Arizona

This place is remote; it’s barely in America. Rancho de la Osa is a 20-minute horseback ride to the border of Arizona and Mexico, the country. Even with all of the talk about “the wall” most people don’t realize that you can’t really talk by the wall, meaning, no cell phone reception. Take a ride out to the border and test it for yourself, you can take great selfies and landscape shots, but don’t bet on any connection to send those photos until you return home.

Upon returning to the ranch after a ride to remoteness you will be comforted in original adobe/southwest buildings, including the main house that in 1916 Pancho Villa raided and attempted to overtake, a cannon ball from the attack is embedded in the adobe wall of the Hacienda, which is on display today. The walls to these buildings are thick, don’t expect noise, or cell phone bands to get through the barricades. 

Well, one exception to this rule. In the office of the main adobe there is continuous WiFi for guests and a landline to use. However, you’ll be too busy exploring the obscurity and rarity of this nearly 600-acre ranch bordering 120,000 acres of the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge that you won’t have much time but to grab a picture and move along. Surely you can rest your feet by the heated outdoor pool, but you’ll be preoccupied on a horse, on guided off-road tours to ruins and other Southwest natural landmarks, cruising through the desert on a fat electric bike, sport shooting, hiking, bird spotting and more. 

Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado

Located at the highest elevation of any dude ranch in the state is Elk Mountain Ranch in Buena Vista. At 9,600 feet, any sort of play will be more strenuous and tiring, making texting and typing a bit more challenging. Come evening as the generators for the ranch are switched to off, don’t expect anything but stars, silence and sound sleeping as no electricity or cellar range is coming anywhere near your cabin or lodge room.

Elk Mountain Ranch has alternative plans for keeping you occupied. They’ve got the daily horse program and children’s program, but come time to get out of the saddle, there is also a rec room with a pool table, foosball, air hockey, board games, a library and there’s an outdoor volleyball and basketball court. Not enough activities to wear you out, there’s more. Campfires, s’mores, hayrides, hiking, white water rafting, hot springs visits, rodeos and more.

“We have adults that started coming for the September season a decade ago and now come back each year with folks they met during the adults-only week where they unplugged. It gives people the communality of shared experiences and conversing when the day is done that drives the friendships,” explains Tom Murphy, co-owner of the ranch.

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Elk Mountain Ranch - Buena Vista, CO.

Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch, Wyoming 

Most people have never heard of Lander, Wyoming it’s fathomable because it’s located in the least populated state in the nation and the town of Lander has a population of less than 8,000 residents. However, the town has food, entertainment and cell phone coverage. Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch on the other hand, is far from society and offers different amenities for the traveler. It’s the highest altitude ranch in Wyoming at 9,300 feet and truly the most remote. 

The maximum guest capacity remains at eight, and for good reason, this place is still a bit secretive after many decades, and it’s not from lack of beloved guests. It’s the extra journey to get to the disconnect. The ranch is nestled into Dickinson Park. Riders and visitors have range of 100,000 acres to roam, and so do cell phones. They roam once they leave ranch property. 

Specialty weeks such as Wyoming hunting, youth camp adventure and guided pack trips will take you even further into the rugged Popo Agie Wilderness area that borders the ranch where guests are unplugged from technology and completely in awe of the mountain lakes formed from glacier and pristine forests that follow visitors to their log cabin porches nightly. 

The ranch only has four guest cabins, well-kept and stocked for a Wild West adventure. This is a family owned and operated ranch, meals are served family style, so no cell phone coverage bodes well with this format as it would be rude to text under the table. The Allen family is not disconnected from traveler needs, rather trendsetting for sublime solitude.  

It’s this uniqueness and unplugged nature that has guests from England, Texas, California and more returning to the respite and reprieve of modern technology. Forget television, you’ve got catching up to do with old friends. 

Creek Ranch, New Mexico

There’s something about a boutique ranch that truly invites disconnection. Creek Ranch in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, has a maximum guest capacity of 12, and feels and operates much more like a working ranch than a Club Med on horseback. The 8,200 acres of desert arroyos, canyons, tumbleweeds, flora and fauna are stunning, but it’s the authentic location and purpose of the operation that put you out of touch with instant satisfaction of technology and enjoyment of journey and teamwork. 

The most popular activity is obviously horseback, not spa, theatre or video games. Actually, there is no television! You can watch items on your own devices in the main house if need be where you can receive WiFi, but forget accessing anything else once you leave the main gathering spot, that includes your email, text message and other modern-era communication methods; it’s all about the disconnect.

Instead, you’ll be roping steers, cattle sorting and traversing desert terrain on your trusty steed. When not riding you can, fish the nearby Pecos River or relax at the ranch located on the Carrizo Creek bed. The hot tub is always warm and the New Mexico stars come nightfall are some of the most impressive in the nation, you won’t need to check in on the Hollywood ones. 

Accommodations are authentic southwestern with comfy beds, remodeled bathrooms, serious attention to detail in each guest room and air conditioning, critical in the desert. All food is provided, you won’t go hungry wandering through the desert, but you will go unplugged. 

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Creek Ranch - Santa Rosa, NM.

Cherokee Park Ranch, Colorado

Cherokee Park Ranch is located in Livermore, Colorado, not too far from major towns such as Fort Collins or even Denver. Don’t worry, it gets visitors off the grid quickly with loss of cell phone reception once you drive the dirt road to a late 1880’s stagecoach stop between Fort Collins, Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming. Now, it’s one of the most family-friendly and awarded ranches in Colorado. However, don’t plan on using your cell phone. There is no reception within two miles of the ranch, unless you mount up on horseback and go for a ride with vista spots that also provide cell phone access. But, no need. Be mindful if you need to make a phone call. There’s an old-fashioned hand-held telephone to be used by anyone on the ranch. Selfies from modern day phones seem to capture this moment quite often! 

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The Best Dude Ranches in New Mexico

Discover the culture and beauty of the southwest at the best dude ranches in New Mexico. The area is rich in history to explore while you ride out on horseback on the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and the Apache warrior Geronimo. With this strong background of cowboy culture it only make sense that New Mexico is one of the most unique destinations for both working cattle ranch vacations and traditional dude ranches. You can participate in rugged cattle drives with campouts under the stars and then enjoy a nice long soak in a hot tub once you're back at the ranch.  Or spend as much time as you want in the saddle each day exploring the New Mexican desert, mountains and deep canyons with the exclusive perspective of your own personal guide. And, with a touch of luxury the best dude ranches in New Mexico are sure to offer one of your most memorable vacations yet. 

 

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CREEK RANCH

Working Cattle Ranch in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

 

The Creek Ranch is located in the Pecos Valley South of Santa Rosa, NM in a small village called Puerto de Luna. The ranch raises cattle on a 8,200 acre ranch. The terrain out here is wild, rough and yet beautiful. You'll get the meaning of Land of Enchantment out here! The landscape on the ranch varies in many different ways: Green and supple along the infamous Pecos River or the Carizzo Creek. Bluffs and arroyos are present everywhere you look - this is the typical landscape of the Southwest. Chollas, Junipers and Mesquite complete the picture like in most western movies. 

This is the area, where Billy the Kid once roamed. Old homesteads and a cemetery are testimonials from the heydays of the Wild West and you can still feel the spirit. 

 

Geronimo Trail Ranch Best Dude Ranch Vacation in New Mexico

 

GERONIMO TRAIL GUEST RANCH

Traditional Ranch Vacation in Winston, New Mexico

 

Open March through mid November the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere, located in the mountains in the beautiful Gila National Forest of SW New Mexico. There are just 4 cabins and the maximum capacity is 16 guests. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows and tall ponderosa forests, up on high hills where the views go on forever across the 3.3 million acre National Forest, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. Wonderful, gentle and responsive horses good for any ability are available to the guests. The trails start at the back door and there are millions of acres to discover!

Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America and learn about some incredible history here at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! You can visit pit houses and cliff dwellings once occupied by the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, search for pottery shards and arrowheads left behind and see pictographs painted on the rock walls by these early people! This is also the land Geronimo was born and grew up in and where the Apaches once roamed.

 

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BURNT WELL GUEST RANCH

Working Cattle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico

 

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is located in warm, sunny, southeastern New Mexico. The ranch is located on the 15,000 acres of the Chesser Ranch, open since 1950. The horses for you to ride at the ranch are ranch horses that cowboys can do a job on as well as put guests on. There is a wide range of horses to accommodate various riding levels. There is no nose to tail riding at Burnt Well. Riding is in open pasture unless you opt for a mountain trail ride for your day trip.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is a simple ranch with simple pleasures such as; good food, good conversation, lots of storytelling and laughter, campfires and a night sky full of stars. Come to Burnt Well, get dirty and have some fun, then kick your boots off and relax a spell.

 

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Discover the culture and beauty of the southwest at the best dude ranches in New Mexico. With this strong background of cowboy culture it only make sense that New Mexico is one of the most unique destinations for both working cattle ranch vacations and traditional dude ranches. Participate in rugged cattle drives with campouts or spend hours in the saddle each day exploring the terrain with your own personal guide. And, with a touch of luxury the best dude ranches in New Mexico are sure to offer one of your most memorable vacations yet.

Dude Ranch Vacations offer Affordable Discounts for June

If you are looking for a dude ranch vacation with affordable discounts for this June look at these specials from the member ranches of the Dude Ranchers’ Association. With all inclusive rates that include lodging, horseback riding, fishing, kids programs and three meals a day you’re getting a deal on an adventure vacation. On top of being a budget and cost effective vacation, the dude ranches listed here are offering special discounts for June. Don’t forget to ask about additional savings for large groups and military families. And tell them the Dude Ranchers' Association sent ya!

 

Red Rock Ranch Discounts for June 2018

 

 

10% off a Saddle and Paddle Vacation the week of June 18, 2018 

MARBLE MOUNTAIN RANCH Somes Bar, CA

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The Marble Mountain Ranch in Northwestern California offers an exclusive dude ranch program called the "Saddle and Paddle" theme. They combine horseback mountain trail riding vacations and thrilling white water rafting and kayaking with other outdoor activities. Give Doug a call at 800.552.3284 to try out this special program at 10% off during the week of June 18, 2018.

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10% off Opening Weeks starting June 17, 2018 and June 24, 2018 

NINE QUARTER CIRCLE RANCH Gallatin Gateway, Montana

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At the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch just to the North of Yellowstone National Park there are so many things to do, and so much those things will do for you. There’s no spa here, but the ranch offers an approach to relaxation that’s been working for 100 years. It starts with a stunning setting that starts to clear the mind, and outdoor activities that could turn your focus to simple enjoyment. Talk to Kameron for 10% off your adventure by calling 406.995.4276.

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12% off Opening Week starting June 10, 2018  

THE RED ROCK RANCH Kelly, Wyoming

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The Red Rock Ranch is a family owned dude ranch located outside of the Grand Teton National Park. Offering an authentic western dude ranch vacation with polished amenities. They have a flexible riding program, kids program, over 2 miles of private fly fishing, fantastic dining, hiking, a heated pool and that "it" factor that your family will love. Give Doug a call for their 12% off discount for the week of June 10, 2018 at 307.733.6288. 

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15% off Branding Week June 10 - 17, 2018 

ZAPATA RANCH Mosca, Colorado

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Take part in ranching’s oldest tradition and learn to wrestle a calf, vaccinate, ear tag and gather at Zapata Ranch. This is a hands-on, team-oriented experience that puts you in the center of the action. Through the week explore the ranch and the Great Sand Dunes National Park on horseback, help check fence, water and herd health while moving and gathering cattle ending the week in a full day of branding. Also available are interpretive hikes with a naturalist, fly fishing, rafting, roping and leather working sessions as well as massage to assist with those activity filled days. Talk to Kate at 888.592.7282 about their 15% discount for the week of June 10, 2018.

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About 25% off Summer Discount Weeks starting June 15, 2018 through August 31, 2018 

CREEK RANCH Santa Rosa, New Mexico

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The Creek Ranch is a small guest ranch offering an intimate working cattle ranch experience for 10 people or less each week. The terrain here is like none other. You'll experience the wild and natural views of Northeastern New Mexico from horseback just like Billy the Kid did during his heydays. Read more about their discounts for the summer time here

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If you are looking for a dude ranch vacation with affordable discounts for this June look at these specials from the member ranches of the Dude Ranchers’ Association. On top of being a budget and cost effective type of vacation, the dude ranches listed at the link below are offering special discounts for June.

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Affordable Ranch Vacations for your Family

Ranches of the DRA offer unmatched value in dude ranch vacations for families on a budget and for those who want to save money by getting all the adventure of twice daily riding, fishing, kids programs, 3 meals a day and lodging all for one price. Here are some of the DRA picks for the best budget and cost effective ranch holidays. 

 

Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar

With the current economic situation  a vacation to any destination may seem like a “pipe dream.” But don’t rule out a summer getaway completely until you’ve considered a stay at a Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranch. These quintessential Western getaways have always offered exceptional value for the money.

 

Many Dude and Guest Ranches are Offering Spectacular Savings During their Shoulder Guest Seasons

Shoulder seasons are the weeks before and after the main season begins and ends.  A ranch will sometimes offer added values like a massage, private riding lessons or a fine bottle of wine upon check-in etc. They may offer a repeat guest discount, a group of more than 20 people discount or an early bird booking discount. 

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.

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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.

Dude Ranchers’ Association Welcomes Four New Accredited Ranches

Newest members all receive seal of approval for upholding the highest standards in the Dude Ranch industry. We added four new ranches to our impressive list of accredited ranches: The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in California, Creek Ranch in New Mexico, Badger Creek Cattle and Guest Ranch in Colorado, and Rancho De La Osa in Arizona. All four ranches went through a rigorous inspection and approval process and were found to meet the highest standards in the dude ranch industry. We represent a broad spectrum of guest ranches across North America, ranging from luxury ranches with five-star cuisine and spas to no-frills working ranches and are proud to have the below ranches as part of our membership.  These ranches combine the highest hospitality standards with the charm and unparalleled spirit of the Wild West.

 

Newest Dude Ranchers' Association Members

 

Alisal Guest Ranch newest Dude Ranchers' Association Member

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort  – Santa Barbara, Calif. The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is a secluded property located in California’s famed wine country, Santa Ynez Valley, just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. Alisal features 50 miles of riding trails, a 100-acre spring-fed lake, two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, a pool, a spa and much more. The Western-themed accommodations and activities ensure guests will enjoy a true dude ranch experience, but Alisal prides itself on being “far more” than your traditional ranch. With its year-round temperate climate, Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect place to visit all year. 

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Creek Ranch – Creek Ranch, N.M. Creek Ranch, located 30 minutes from Santa Rosa, N.M., is a bare-boned Wild West experience. At this carefree and relaxed ranch, guests can horseback ride as much as they desire and end each day sitting around a campfire telling stories. Creek Ranch boasts 8,200 acres of unspoiled land with stunning sunsets as the backdrop. Consider these spectacular views all the frills you’ll need in order to experience the ultimate dude ranch vacation. This ranch only accommodates up to eight people at a time, keeping it as personal and customized as possible for each and every guest. With roping and shooting lessons on the agenda in addition to riding, Creek Ranch is perfect for those who have dreamed about a true Wild West experience.

 

Badger Creek Ranch

Badger Creek Cattle and Guest Ranch – Badger Creek Basin, Colo. Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted riding experience or a serious lesson in cattle sorting, your Western vacation at Badger Creek Cattle and Guest Ranch is sure to be unforgettable. Your horse for the week will be your new “best friend,” making the riding experience even more fulfilling. Located on the border of the San Isabel National Forest and Pike National Forest, this ranch is a photographer’s dream, with breathtaking views of the Collegiate Peaks and Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Outside of horseback riding and taking in the incredible views, guests can experience spectacular fly fishing near the ranch, as well as hiking and mountain biking. Of course, relaxation is an option, too. The front porch beckons guests to sit, relax and gaze at the endless stars in the Colorado Rocky Mountain skies.

 

Rancho de la Osa Accredited Ranch

Rancho De La Osa – Sasabe, Ariz. Rancho De La Osa is one of the most historically significant ranch properties in the West. The trails here were once frequented by U.S. presidents and legends like Pancho Villa. Guests can even relax in the room where the Marshall Plan was drafted and Margaret Mitchell wrote the American classic “Gone With the Wind.” Aside from being a historical treasure, Rancho De La Osa is a sportsman’s paradise, situated on 509 acres and surrounded by 120,000 acres of National Wildlife Refuge. The food and wine are exceptional, the hospitality top-notch, and the views mystifying. This is the ultimate dude ranch for riding, biking and hiking all while soaking in some of the most important moments in Southwestern history. Save Save

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