Adults Need Time Away Together Too. Schedule a Fall Getaway at a Dude Ranch!

Dude and guest ranches are ever popular as family vacation destinations, but members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association recognize that adults also value time to themselves. When the kids get back on the bus, it’s time for parents to get back in the saddle for a classic Western fall getaway.  From the latter part of August through October, dude ranches are a couples’ best bet to rekindle romance and replenish the spirit. And the price is right too!  

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Paradise Guest Ranch - Buffalo, WY.

The height of summer finds most ranches filled to capacity with families. In the fall, couples have their pick of dude ranches with September traditionally reserved as a time for adults only. No need to break the bank for airfare, car rentals, or a dozen tanks of gas, since for many Americans and Canadians a ranch is found within less than a day’s drive.  And with rates including meals, riding, other activities and accommodations, it becomes an even more attractive getaway.

Spectacular dude ranch scenery is at an all-time high in autumn when aspens sport yellow cloaks and icy mountain streams swirl with fat trout.  These are the conditions found at Northern California’s Hunewill Ranch located just East of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy cool August nights and sunny Sierra days on a spectacular horseback riding getaway at the Hunewill Ranch. The amazing package includes a stay and the opportunity to ride in our big open meadows, move cattle, practice your target shooting with a competitive marksman on our staff and more! 

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Hunewill Ranch - Bridgeport, CA

Situated in seclusion in the breathtaking 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch offers you the perfect spot to slow down, relax and reconnect with nature and each other.  It is a small ranch with only four cabins and a maximum of 16 guests. The ranch is just the right size to receive personalized attention during your stay. If you are looking for all adult times, we recommend the months of May, September, October or November when the kids are likely to be in school. Solo travelers will feel very comfortable here and will find much in common with other guests, starting with a love of horses and nature!

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Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch - Winston, NM.

“An outpost of unpretentious comfort” is how folks describe the Spotted Horse Ranch in NW Wyoming. An Orvis affiliate and host to a trout fishing school, the Spotted Horse draws riders and anglers from all over the world. Located just 16 miles from the Western resort town of Jackson Hole, allows guests to be far enough away from the action where they can enjoy solitude but get a taste of city amenities like art galleries, fine shopping and sizzling nightlife. 

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Spotted Horse Ranch - Jackson, WY.

Fall is a wonderful time of the year at Latigo Ranch. The aspen trees grow more golden each passing day. Come and enjoy a great week with other adults. Those under 18 need not apply and some summer programs may no longer be available. For example, the river rafting companies shut down after Labor Day, the evening ride may be curtailed because of how early dusk falls, and with the much cooler weather the swimming pool may be closed down. Not to worry, there are many other activities to enjoy, the week will be memorable for the fellowship around the dinner table and out on the trail.

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Latigo Ranch - Kremmling, CO.

A few weeks each season are set aside for creative workshops or adults only weeks at the 4UR Ranch. The workshops include activities such as art and photography. If you prefer a more low key experience, you can enjoy a week of adult-only time at the ranch. Here is what one guest had to say “My partner and I spent a week at the 4UR Ranch. Both keen horse riders we booked primarily for the riding but ended up enjoying all the activities they offer. The staff was friendly and helpful and food was high quality. The standard of the horses was the best we have experienced and a special mention to the wranglers who chose the horse before we arrived on the information given." You are sure to enjoy the quietness and peacefulness during your vacation at 4UR Ranch. 

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4UR Ranch - Creede, CO.

 At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch they have a fantastic adult only horsemanship week. Their unique program combines small personalized instruction by Vickie Fuller with the opportunity to put your newly acquired skills to use navigating obstacle courses, on mountain trail rides, barrel racing, pole bending and cattle sorting. All of this combined with great ranch dining, beautiful scenery, campfires and good old-fashioned camaraderie with other horse minded people makes for an amazing week filled with memories.

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch - Sandpoint, ID. 

Late August is the best time of year for dry fly fishing the private waters on the Elk River where the Home Ranch is located. Join their Whiskey & Fishing fall getaway days. The Home Ranch is an Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodge with about three miles of the Elk River flowing through the property, and late August is the perfect time of year for dry fly fishing.  Fish the lower Elk River and try your hand at fly tying and casting clinics. Throughout your four-night stay, they will take you to the best holes on the river and ensure you have a healthy supply of Colorado Whiskey. When you’re not casting, you can work on developing your cocktail making skills in one of their mixology and juice classes. And if you want to improve your grilling skills, they will be giving outdoor cooking demos at their new Farm Kitchen. As always, all the other great ranch activities are included, but you may be too busy loving the fishing to do anything else!

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Home Ranch - Clark, CO.

Circle Z Ranch in Arizona offers adult only weeks during December before the busyness of the holiday season. Trail riding in the spectacular Arizona countryside will clear your head before all the hustle and bustle of the season. Enjoy all the activities offered at the ranch along with fresh gourmet meals. You can be as busy as you want or just relax by the pool rejuvenating, mind, body and soul. This ranch vacation will leave you refreshed and wanting to come back again and again. 

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Circle Z Ranch - Patagonia, AZ.

As you can see from above, a dude ranch vacation has something for all your adulting needs. So, grab that special someone and hit the road to make some memories that will last a life time!

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Dude and guest ranches are ever popular as family vacation destinations, but members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association recognize that adults also value time to themselves. When the kids get back on the bus, it’s time for parents to get back in the saddle for a classic Western fall getaway.  From the latter part of August through October, dude ranches are a couples’ best bet to rekindle romance and replenish the spirit. And the price is right too!

 

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Dude and guest ranches are well known as popular family vacation destinations, but the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) recognizes that adults also value time to themselves from time to time. When the kids get back on the bus, it’s time for parents to get back in the saddle for a classic Western getaway. Even if you don’t have children, it sounds tempting, doesn't it? Imagine a trip to the Wild West, with spectacular scenery, abundant activities, and top-notch accommodations and amenities for couples, solo travelers or even groups of friends. Starting at the end of August and continuing through October, dude ranches can be an enticing option for adult travelers looking to get away, with several ranches offering special adults-only weeks. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities during their visit from outdoor adventures like fishing and horseback riding, to taking in some of the nation’s most remarkable fall foliage, to experiencing flavorful, savory meals and wine pairings.

Dude ranches are an ideal vacation for those looking for much needed time alone, a new and exciting adventure, or even for those wanting to rekindle romance with their significant other. Read on for a list of dude ranches offering specialized activities and packages for adults this fall.

Paradise Guest Ranch Fall

Fall at Paradise Guest Ranch

Cattle Drives

• For working ranches, fall means cattle drives, and guests are often invited to join in these memorable and interactive experiences. Colorado Cattle Company offers guests the chance to escape from reality and become a real life cowboy or cowgirl during their stay. This working ranch is located on 10,000 acres of grassland with cattle, rolling hills, canyons, streams and bluffs in Northeastern Colorado. Guests must be at least 18 year old, and will actively participate in everything from saddling and grooming their horse to sorting cattle, making an adult getaway here a true learning experience.

Romance

• Rekindling the romance is what Red Horse Mountain Ranch is all about in the fall. The ingredients are all there for a perfect getaway with your loved one: adventure, rustic and cozy suites, well-designed meals, romantic settings, 100+ horses, an attentive staff and a ranch nestled on 300,000 acres of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains. As an added bonus, the ranch also offers a variety of entertainment including wine tastings, seven-course dining experiences, evening concerts and readings from local cowboy poets.

Traveling Solo

• Many dude ranches offer special adults-only weeks and packages in the fall, providing solo travelers and couples the chance to experience a unique vacation. 63 Ranch, located about 50 miles north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana, and 7D Ranch, Wyoming’s premiere guest ranch located in the heart of the Absaroka Mountains, both offer adults-only weeks in late August and September. These ranches are home to some of the most remote and scenic areas of the country, and offer guests an abundance of activities from pack trips and hunting trips in the Wyoming wilderness to wild trout fishing and horseback riding under a canopy of rich red and gold leaves in Montana.

Cowgirl Retreat

• Picture yourself riding horseback across the gorgeous rolling hills of Montana while taking in the vibrant autumn views. Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch offers a special, four-day Cowgirl Retreat during which female travelers will be treated to authentic Montana hospitality, the big sky and the chance to experience what it’s like to be a true cowgirl. From hearty meals to relaxing and reflecting with your horse, this getaway provides an enriching and enlightening experience that guests will cherish for a lifetime.

Bonanza Fall Cowgirl Retreat

Cowgirl at the Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch

Photographers Paradise

• The pace is relaxed during adults-only weeks at Paradise Guest Ranch, starting in late August through September. Located in Buffalo, Wyo., the ranch offers a photo-worthy setting complete with blue skies, beautiful fall colors and cool temperatures. During adults-only weeks, guests can enjoy horseback riding across the ranch’s sage meadows, hiking among wildflowers, fishing, performances from a number of guest musicians and talented crew members, and plenty of opportunities to re-energize and relax away from the kids.


 

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