Wyoming Family Reunions at a Dude Ranch

Wyoming has a lot to offer for a family reunion, especially at a member dude or guest ranch of the Dude Ranchers' Association. With two world famous national parks, mountain ranges with panoramic vistas and every type of outdoor activity, Wyoming epitomizes the Western adventure vacation. On a dude ranch family reunion you can experience all this in a schedule (or lack thereof) for all ages of your family. From groups of 10 - 100 we have you covered with an all-inclusive, all planned vacation. Take a look at the ranches below for some of the best Western family reunion experiences in Wyoming. For an extensive list in a variety of states we have you covered as well. 


Wyoming Dude Ranch Family Reunions


Flat Creek Ranch Dude Ranch Family Reunion in Wyoming

A Truly Unique Family Reunion Location


Flat Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Capacity: 14

Dates open: May 26 - October 2

Getting to Flat Creek will be the first adventure. If you are looking to get off the beaten path, Flat Creek Ranch will take you across the National Elk Refuge on a 15 mile spectacluar drive. You can rent the whole ranch for an unforgettable trip. Work with the ranch to plan your group activities - horseback riding, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, or working on puzzles beside a fire. Find quiet moments reading in a cozy nook, or during a relaxing steep in our creek side sauna. Convene over dinner and share the adventures of the day. Finish the evening with games, a campfire and a stroll town to the barn to give the horses a snack before bed. 


The Hideout Lodge Guest Ranch Dude Ranch Family Reunion in Wyoming


An Upscale Working Cattle Ranch

The Hideout Lodge in Shell, Wyoming

Capacity: 25

Dates Open: April 2 - November 11

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park. In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, archery, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, and 4x4 tours are offered. A one to one staff to guest ratio, and the owners and management actively involved assures a great guest experience like no other. The Hideout is committed to the highest standards of culinary experiences, lodging, staff, horses and personal, almost customized attention for your dude ranch family reunion. The ranch is very multi-cultural and diverse.


Crossed Sabres  Dude Ranch Family Reunion in Wyoming


Guided Trip into Yellowstone National Park 

Crossed Sabres Ranch in Cody, Wyoming

Capacity: 30

Dates Open: May 28 - September 9

The Crossed Sabres Ranch is a family run operation that specializes in creating custom vacations for your dude ranch family reunion. With the ranch located a short eight miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone, the ability to experience one of the world’s most dramatic national parks lies at your finger tips. On Tuesday of every week you can sit back and enjoy a guided van-tour of Yellowstone’s most iconic landmarks. During the rest of the week you can enjoy the traditional western hospitality of a family dude ranch.



Lazy L&B   Dude Ranch Family Reunion in Wyoming

Horseback Riding Program Known for Quality, Range and Scope

Lazy L&B Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming

Capacity: 35

Dates Open: June 4 - September 9

At the heart of the Lazy L&B Ranch is the horseback riding experience for ages 6 and older. With a team of experienced wranglers every member of your family, from grandparents to grandchildren, will be matched carefully with a horse for the week. With flexible rides you can ride out on an advanced all-day ride or a short jaunt around the property. The relaxed pace of the ranch gives families a chance to catch up and hang out without the distractions and worries of everyday life. Plus all the horseback riding and activities you could possible want.  


A Bar A Trail  Dude Ranch Family Reunion in Wyoming


One of the Largest Guest Ranches to Host 100 People and Ride on 100,000 Acres

A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming

Capacity: 100

Dates Open: June 3 - Sept 20

One of the best things about a vacation at the A Bar A is the variety of activities available for multiple generations. The biggest challenge is how to fit it all in! The ranch offers a children’s program, horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, shooting sports, tennis, golf, swimming, massages, fine dining and entertainment for your dude ranch family reunion. Historic cabins and lodges are each unique, and fit a variety of family sizes. The Round Room, a 1920s historic lodge designed by Thomas Molsworth, provides a gathering area and bar for socializing before and after dinner. 



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Wyoming has a lot to offer for a family reunion, especially at a member dude or guest ranch of the Dude Ranchers' Association. With two world famous national parks, mountain ranges with panoramic vistas and every type of outdoor activity, Wyoming epitomizes the Western adventure vacation. On a dude ranch family reunion you can experience all this in a schedule (or lack thereof) for all ages of your family.

Secrets to the Best Family Reunion

Family reunion planning can be tricky. Just picking a reunion destination spot can take time. I myself come from a large family and we’re lucky to have several amazing planners who handle our family reunions. Planning can be stressful and trying to find a perfect location which everyone will enjoy is a daunting task. Working at Red Horse Mountain Ranch for over a decade, I’ve come to know many of the challenges with family reunion planning. However, it is a small price to pay for some of life’s most enduring memories. Sadly, I think ranches are not normally on a family’s radar as a destination spot. There are definitely some true advantages in picking a ranch for a family reunion. A ranch can streamline your family planning, control your budget, reconnect your family, and make sure each member has an amazing time. There are also a few ways to help you with costs.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Family Reunion

Photo courtesy of the Red Horse Mountain Ranch

A Ranch can streamline your planning. Typical family reunion planning starts 12-18 months in advance and it’s usually on the shoulders of one or a few individuals to begin the early planning phase. Besides the typical quirks in everyone’s family, the most common difficulties revolve around finding a convenient location, controlling costs, choosing dates, and making sure everyone has activities to keep them happy. Although the web has put a lot of information at your fingertips,  it can be somewhat tangled, formidable, and messy. Ranches tend to eliminate some of these barriers in planning a family reunion.

A Ranch can control your budget AND Reconnect your family.  Most ranches, like Red Horse Mountain Ranch, are all-inclusive. It’s typical a few auxiliary costs will come (such as souvenirs or an extra massage), but you should have total control over 95% of your costs. Most ranches aren’t like you’re typical all-Inclusive resorts; they don’t usually attempt to capture added revenues through nickel and diming you. Some ranches even include beverages and alcohol beverages. It’s usual that family members will never need or see their wallet throughout their entire stay at a ranch. Many things such as a wrist watch, cell phone, or other devices, quickly find the bottom of a suitcase. Everyone is usually scrambling to find all these devices when it’s time to head home. This is an important distinction between many other more public choices for a family reunion. If your goal is to re-connect and disconnect, a ranch setting by nature makes these items not necessary.

A Ranch will make everyone happy (even if they don’t think it will).  Family members whom have handled planning of a reunion will quickly agree the initial planning is one of the most important phases. Ranches tend to make this relatively easy. A ranch is typically on a schedule with certain days of arrival and departure. Their activities and guest adventures are also well developed to accommodate families with multiple desires. With a large list of guided and non-guided adventures, a ranch can accommodate numerous interests and age groups. Outdoor activities are also interactive and allow for true family time and conversations. Family members who have not had the opportunity for some outdoor activities may very much like the challenge or new adventure, especially while in the company of their family members.

Dietary Concerns and the Healthy Alternative. Dietary concerns or healthy food alternatives are more the norm these days than a special request and ranches have definitely embraced this. Working outdoors, maintaining a healthy herd of horses, and living where a trip to the doctor can mean being in a car for a two hour round trip requires conscientious diets. Most ranches, like Red Horse Mountain Ranch, can easily accommodate vegan, gluten-free, or other dietary needs. These menu items are usually part of the daily menu now on the ranch.

The Tough Part: Costs. A family will need to have a budget to use an all-inclusive ranch as their destination. However, there are advantages to never needing to cook or worry about menus or dietary concerns. Attempting to coordinate outdoor adventures in fifteen different directions is a big task; and finding a coordinated time to meet back up for meals is almost impossible. There are definitely benefits of having the ranch handle all these tasks and giving every family member time to focus on family. These additional benefits are hard to quantify when deciding on costs. Advance planning will give you the advantage of the best pricing and best dates to fit your family needs. For example, Red Horse Mountain Ranch released a new  program allowing families to book the entire ranch 12-18 months in advance at a reduced rate. This unique program gives the family full control of the ranch and at the same time allows the ranch to budget their season as well.

Another great tool is to visit the Dude Ranchers’ Association website and fill out and use the search for ranches feature.This provides you a quick and easy way to make contact and determine which ranch best fits your family’s desires; and it all happens with a single click. Large scale resorts, cruise liners, or hotels just don’t offer the level of privacy a ranch can offer and these days it’s an important criteria. When we’re looking for reunion spots, we definitely give consideration to giving the kids a chance to roam and play. Ranches definitely offer this ability. Ranches may not be affordable every year for your family but it is one of those family reunion destinations you should consider. The Dude Ranchers’ Association has a varied mix of ranches and there’s more than likely a few that would fit your family’s needs.

Article originally posted here by Cory Inouye

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Plan Your Dude Ranch Family Reunion

When asking yourself how to plan your dude ranch family reunion it may be helpful to follow this question guide. The ranches listed here are great examples of places to take your family for your next family reunion. They are all accredited members of the Dude Ranchers' Association. As such they are held to the highest industry standards and are kept accountable to provide unforgettable destination vacations. Find your ranch today. Let us help.

Sylvan Dale Reunion

A Sylvan Dale Ranch Reunion

When would you like to go?

Planning ahead is essential. We recommend that the larger size the group the farther in advance you should book your stay. Ranches fill up quick during their peak season. Are you planning a vacation during the spring time? Then you should probably start looking the summer before and asking about availability.  You can do this for multiple ranch at once using our Favorites Feature.


Where would you like to be geographically?

Maybe somewhere near a National Park or National Monument? How about a climate specific location? Or elevation? Oh, and what about Grandpa's siblings who live out West somewhere?  For example, if Yellowstone National Park is at the top of your list, please look at these ranches for your next reunion: Rimrock Ranch, Elkhorn Ranch and R Lazy S Ranch.


How many people will be there?

No matter how big or small your reunion will be there are ranches who can accommodate. If the whole family would like to be in one large cabin that can hold up to 10 -20 people that can be arranged. Or maybe the older adults would like to be in a more secluded, quiet part of the ranch while the younger generations can have a cabin right in the middle of all of the action. Rich Ranch, Paradise Guest Ranch and the Red Reflet Ranch are great locations with many different housing options for your next reunion.

Elkhorn Family Reunion

Elkhorn Ranch Trail Ride

What would you like to do?

Would you prefer to take only the adults on your vacation and ride in the saddle all day working cattle with cowboys who center your reunion around their cattle operation? Use the Search by Amenity Page to discover these ranches.  Or maybe turn loose the whole family on a variety of activities during the day? For starters that would include horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking fishing, mountain biking, or zip lining.  What about your less active relatives? For them they can relax by the pool, enjoy the spa services or swap stories in the saloon.  Have no concern for the youngest, they will be included as well.  At the Red Horse Mountain they are famous for their extensive kids program starting at age 3. Babysitting serves are generally offered at an additional cost or ranches may offer a steep discount for a nanny.


How long would you like to stay?

In hearty dude ranch tradition some ranches require a full week stay in order to really experience life on the ranch. However, we realize you may not be able to spend 6 nights and 7 days at the ranch. Please consider Medicine Bow Lodge, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Majestic and Covered Wagon Ranch for your shorter stay requirements.


Ranch Pictures

The Cabins at Paradise Guest Ranch


If you would like more personal assistance planning your vacation please contact us (Leah and Colleen) at the Dude Ranchers' Association. We are able to provide a more concise and tailored list of ranches to choose from. We understand that navigating through all 104 ranches in our Association is a little overwhelming. Sketch out the details of your trip and let us help with the rest. You can call 307.587.2339 from 8 - 4:30 MST or email info@duderanch.org anytime you like. We look forward to hearing from you.  Happy trails!


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