Dude Ranch Vacations for Vegetarians and Dietary Restrictions

Venturing to a new place and experiencing the culture of its food is one of the great pleasures of traveling. But if you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have any dietary limitations, you know it can also be a challenge if you don't select the right location. At these Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches the chefs delight in providing ranch cuisine for your whole family - regardless of any special dietary needs. With enough notice the ranches creatively and effectively cater for meatless diets, gluten free, dairy free and most food allergies. Foodies will even enjoy the culinary adventures on dude ranches where family style meals can be not only enjoyed by the whole family but also savored until the last bite. And what’s even more special than this? Some ranches are able to offer farm to table cuisine straight from ranch gardens. 

Here are some great dude ranch vacations for vegetarians and vegans.

 

Triangle C Dude Ranch for Vegetarians

Hors d'oeuvres at the Triangle C Ranch 

Black Mountain Ranch

McCoy, Colorado

Located just a few hours West of Denver, Colorado the Black Mountain Ranch is a family operated and a family oriented dude ranch. With a week long program you and your family will get to venture into the western lifestyle of horseback riding and outdoor adventures. And at meal times? The meals vary from gourmet dining in the lodge to cookouts in the wilderness (watch out for their killer Margaritas at Pack Camp). The chef will tempt you with hearty breakfasts featuring fresh home cooking and made from scratch baked goods. Dinner fare varies nightly, with several entree choices each night. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten free? Not a problem! And the Black Mountain Ranch always serves complimentary wine with dinner.

 

Circle Z Ranch

Patagonia, Arizona

At just an hour South of Tucson, Arizona the Circle Z Ranch offers a unique ranch vacation for guests of all ages and horseback riding abilities. You’ll get to ride on thousands of acres of the most scenic horseback riding trails in Arizona. One of the grand traditions at the Circle Z Ranch is the commitment to the highest standards for their food, and the ranch is positive you will be satisfied. In the ranch gardens, many of the vegetables served at mealtime are grown, and Circle Z honey bees are always busy making the sweetest honeys for the ranch use. Creative alternatives are available for those guests on strict gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free and vegan diets.  Open the end of October through the beginning of May.

 

Paradise Guest Ranch

Buffalo, Wyoming

Tucked away into the beautiful Big Horn Mountains - just 20 minutes from Buffalo, Wyoming the Paradise Guest Ranch offers luxury log cabins with personal fireplaces, outdoor decks and spacious livings rooms. And that’s just the accommodations! The ranch offers a long list of activities in their week long program including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, kids program and more. Can the kitchen accommodate special dietary requirements? Absolutely. Ranch staff will send you a questionnaire before you arrive at the ranch on which you can describe any special dietary needs that you might have. The ranch can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and most all food allergies for their hearty meals with a gourmet flair. 

 

Laramie River Ranch

Jelm, Colorado

In Colorado’s Rocky Mountains near the border of Wyoming and Colorado the Laramie River Ranch offers genuine western hospitality far from the tension of city life. And with their small size (capacity of 25) you’ll get the attention you deserve on your vacation. On top of all the expected dude ranch activities you can enjoy the summer rodeo season or bring out the cowboy or cowgirl in you on their annual cattle drive. These outdoor activities and fresh mountain air encourage healthy appetites. Whether it's on the trail or at the ranch, meals are an event! In keeping with informal, western tradition, meals are served family style with delicious entrees, fresh salads, ranch baked breads, fruits and vegetables, and desserts which keep you coming back for more. They are happy to accommodate special diets with advance notice and vegetarian alternatives are available at every meal.

 

Triangle C Ranch

Dubois, Wyoming

Nestled between Jackson Hole and Dubois, Wyoming the Triangle C Ranch prides themselves as a true Wyoming Ranch - where a handshake is their bond and the coffee pot is always on! The ranch offers adventure packed programs for families, adults and singles throughout the summer months. Folks up here spend all day working up mountain-sized appetites! Sooner or later it leads them back to the Wind River Dining Room, where the chefs serve up fresh & healthy ranch delicacies. They have been cooking homemade goodness for years – presented in true cowboy style. Let the staff know in advance if there are any special dietary needs and they'll do their very best to make sure you have a wonderful dining experience. 

 

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If you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have any dietary limitations the chefs at these dude ranches delight in providing ranch cuisine for your family. With notice the ranches creatively and effectively cater for meatless diets, gluten free, dairy free and most food allergies. Foodies will even enjoy culinary adventures where family style meals can be enjoyed by all. And what’s even more special? Some dude ranches are able to offer farm to table cuisine straight from ranch gardens.

Dude Ranch Gardens ~ From Farm to Table

This year's growing season has nearly drawn to a close for many locations for many while others are just getting started. As we at the National Dude Ranchers' Association reminisce about the warmer, growing days of summer we would like to share a few ranches who spend their long, summer days planting and harvesting. The importance and fulfillment gained by growing your own produce is understood. At these accredited dude ranches they garden not only for themselves, but also to share what they reap with you.  So, after a day of enjoying horseback riding, hiking, fishing and every other adventure imaginable, you can sit down and enjoy a family dinner, straight from farm to table. We hope before the winter blues sets in you will book a promising vacation to get your hands dirty in one of these dude ranch gardens.

 

Farm to Table Culinary Experiences

 

Honey Bee's and Sweet Garden Produce

Diana Nash, Circle Z Ranch, Patagonia, Arizona

Circle Z Bee Hive Farm to Table

One of the stand-out traditions here at the Circle Z Ranch is our commitment to the highest standards for the food we serve our guests, and we guarantee you will be satisfied. Using only the freshest of ingredients, all of our mouthwatering buffets are created in our kitchens from scratch. In our gardens, we grow many of the vegetables served at mealtime, and our honey bees are always busy making the sweetest honeys for our use. We select the finest cuts of meats, and freshest fillets of fish we can find. Fresh baked breads, mouth-watering pastries, and a variety of cookies, all made from scratch, will greet you each day of your stay. Creative alternatives are available for those guests on strict gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free and vegan diets.  Open October 26th - May 3rd.

 

 

Heirloom Seeds and Organic Composting

Marley & Linda Hodgson, Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford, Colorado

Smith Fork Gardening Farm to Table

 

At Smith Fork Ranch we never lose the thrill and exhilaration that comes with each new season here in our beautiful valley in the Rocky Mountains. Several years ago, we started an organic farmstead garden, nestled in the meadow below the old Dance Barn. This garden is a living breathing reflection of our continued passion for the land and it’s seasons. As we harvest each season’s crops, we feel a stronger bond to this special place. The SFR organic garden focuses on the preservation and production of heirloom varietals that have been planted for generations in Holland, France and elsewhere in America. However, it all starts with the soil. And the soil’s need for being fed provides the perfect use for the organic waste from around our guest ranch; kitchen scraps, grass and leaf trimmings, a bit of hay from the horse barns, and of course manure rich in nitrogen. We are able to cultivate dozens of varieties of vegetables and flowers without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemicals, even in the Rocky Mountain soil of our luxury guest ranch! Open May 22nd - November 1st.

 

Fresh Eggs Farm Raised Meats & Orchards

Scott Stewart, The High Lonesome Ranch, DeBeque, Colorado

The High Lonesome Ranch Farm to Table Garden

Living the life of a cowboy all day can work up a powerful hunger for your family. Back at headquarters, our Chef and his crew are cooking up fresh family-style delights with a lot of culinary flare added in for a fine rustic dining experience.  Your meals include high quality local meat and produce. In many instances the meat is raised on the ranch. Our eggs are fresh from our chickens and The High Lonesome’s signature Black Angus beef graces our menu when the timing and aging process is complete. Lambs and hogs are raised and delivered by neighboring 4H and FFA kids. The High Lonesome Ranch’s gardens and orchards enjoy ideal conditions for growing apricots, apples, peaches, pears and plums. We also grow an abundance of vegetables like corn, peppers, lettuces, cucumbers, squash, beans, peas, carrots, radishes, pumpkins and onions.  Open year round.  

 


  As you can see the above dude ranches take meal time very seriously during your stay, so if your foodie there is no better place to get back to freshly grown organic food than a dude ranch. Click here to request more information


   

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