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. 

Kay El Bar Ranch View - Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break Destinations

for an Outdoor Adventure

 

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 Ranch Creek Crossing in the Canyon - Spring Break Destinations

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.

Creek Ranch 

This working cattle guest ranch will bring your childhood cowboy dreams to reality. You’ll feel the hay day of the American West through the ambience of the ranch accommodations and surrounding vistas. Located in the sleepy village of Puerto Luna near Santa Rosa, New Mexico the Creek Ranch will take you on a journey you will never forget. The wild terrain is the perfect back drop for a fun trail ride with your friends. Splashing through creeks, quiet evenings with your friends and even picnic lunches along the trail are only a few of the highlights of the experience. 

The ranch has adobe style lodgings with a classic cowboy feel for only a select number of people. Only a dozen guests are hosted at a time on the ranch , so you are sure to get a warm experience with the cowboys at the ranch, who are eager to share their livelihood of cattle work with the guests. At the end of the day you’ll see views that will honestly take your breath away - and a sunset that will truly reach your soul. For that refreshing spring break location, Creek Ranch will be a great family trip. 

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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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The Most Interesting Things You Can do During a Trip to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular natural monuments that attract tourists to Arizona from all over the world. If you haven’t seen the Grand Canyon, you should definitely do it. The best part is that there are great things you can do while at the location, not just witness the natural beauty of the landscape. So, you can spend several days in the area and make the most of your trip. Where can you find outstanding accommodations that are in theme with your outdoor adventure? There are several dude and guest ranches that can offer an unforgettable Arizona ranch vacation while getting the most out of your visit to the Grand Canyon.

Why choose dude ranches for your stay in the proximity of the Canyon? One of the best reasons to make such a choice is the fact that the Dude Ranchers’ Association selects only the best dude ranches to become their members, so you will always enjoy top services and conditions at these ranches. Also, you will have the chance to find gorgeous historic ranches that still preserve their old charm while offering exceptional accommodation options. In case you think that summer is the best season to visit the ranches and the stunning landscape around them, think twice, as winter may represent a much better choice. In winter, there are fewer visitors and you will actually be able to relax, not to mention that the surrounding mountains will offer mind-blowing views when their peaks will be covered in snow. But we will talk about dude ranches later on in this article. For now, let us focus on the most interesting things you can do during a trip at the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon

Don’t be intimidated by the name of this activity, as it doesn’t involve jumping out of a plane or paragliding. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is actually a walkway made out of glass and built at an impressive height above the canyon. So, when you walk around it, you will enjoy some of the most breathtaking views. It does feel like you are floating above the canyon, allowing you to see its grandiose character and realize just how massive the canyon is. This particular tour will give you the chance to enjoy the most spectacular parts of the Grand Canyon with minimum effort and in a relatively short period of time.

The North Rim 

Grand Canyon

The “other side” of the Grand Canyon, known officially as the North Rim, is gorgeous and not as visited as other parts of the Canyon. So, if you want to explore the magnificent landscape, enjoy great restaurants, and have unforgettable experiences without having to face large crowds of visitors, the North Rim is exactly what you need. Located at an elevation of 8,000 feet, it offers gorgeous views over the canyon. Still, if you plan to visit the North Rim, it is worth considering that the area is available only in the period ranging between the 15th of May and 15th of October. So, this part is closed for the winter, as the temperature and weather here are slightly worse here, due to the orientation of this area. But, during the warm season, it is one of the best parts you can enjoy if you are looking to enjoy a more peaceful vacation.

Helicopter Tours 

Grand Canyon

Enjoying a helicopter tour is the fastest, most exciting, and spectacular way to see the Grand Canyon. It is hard to tell just how large and intricate the Canyon is until you actually get up in the sky and explore it from up above. A helicopter tour will give you the chance to get a panoramic view of the Canyon, something that not very many people can see during regular visiting tours. So, if you really want to spoil yourself and someone you love, and create memories you will never forget, schedule a helicopter tour around the canyon. There are special tours that will show you the best sides of this natural monument that won’t resemble any other experience you will have while enjoying your vacation in the area.

Whitewater Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

You plan on doing something more adventurous on your vacation? Well, the Grand Canyon has something to offer to each type of tourist. So, besides relaxing walks and enjoying the scenery, you can easily opt for white water rafting as well. If the helicopter will allow you to see the Canyon from up above, white water rafting will take you down under, gliding between the tall walls of the canyon. Don’t worry if you’ve never done such a thing, as this activity is very well organized and you will be completely safe. The worst thing that can happen to you is to get splashed by water during your ride on the river. So, since you already took the trip down here, it is worth making the most of everything the Grand Canyon has to offer.

 

Also, with the help of dude ranches, you will definitely have anything but a boring vacation. You can enjoy more than just the activities available at the Grand Canyon, as these ranches in Arizona offers a wide range of options when it comes to having fun in the outdoors. It is worth mentioning that the Dude Ranchers’ Association is dedicated to offering unique experiences to all of the guests that pass the threshold of the ranches belonging to the association. The concept manages to entwine top-notch hospitality services with cattle farming, horseback riding, and reconnecting with nature in very many ways. It is really possible to see and explore the wilderness while enjoying accommodations, food, and entertainment at the highest standards. The ranches may have a rustic appearance and preserve a lot of the traditions connected to old ranches, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have what it takes to answer to your requirements. Just check out these dude ranches belonging to the Dude Ranchers’ Association and you will understand that high-quality standards are a must and will be respected at all times.

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

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Email: vacation@stgr.com

Phone: +1 866-444-4471 +1 928-727-8270

Location: Yucca, Arizona

Closest Airport: Las Vegas

Kay El Bar Ranch

Grand Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: info@kayelbar.com

Phone: +1 928-684-7593

Location: Wickenburg, Arizona

Closest Airport: Phoenix

Rancho de los Caballeros

Grand Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: info@sunc.com

Phone: +1 800-684-5030 +1 928-684-5484

Location: Wickenburg, Arizona

Closest Airport: Phoenix

White Stallion Ranch

Grand Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: info@whitestallion.com

Phone: +1 888-977-2624 +1 520-297-0252

Location: Tucson, Arizona

Closest Airport: Tucson

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Why choose dude ranches for your stay in the Grand Canyon area? The DRA selects only the best ranches as members, you will enjoy top services & conditions.

 

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The Dude Ranchers’ Association Welcomes 5 New Members

The Dude Ranchers’ Association is the premier membership-based organization for dude ranches and has welcomed five new ranches in 2018: V6 Ranch, Kay El Bar Ranch, Parade Rest Guest Ranch, Campbell Hills Guest Ranch and Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch. As a non-profit association, membership is not a pay to play process but a mark of the highest quality. Acceptance requires a rigorous two-year application process and distinguishes a ranch as one that guests can trust to provide excellent customer care and a horseback riding vacation of a lifetime. 

Guests looking to experience something new and exciting can look into the unique and individual offerings of each of these new members. Each of these ranches are located in a different Western state, from Arizona up to British Columbia and offers their own dude ranch niche experience. 

 

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V6 Ranch, California

Nestled in the Cholame Valley, the V6 Ranch envelops 20,000 acres of the most diverse and alluring country in the heart of central California. Conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the ranch is just a four-hour drive from either city. The V6 Ranch offers the delight of bygone days in a world where fast is the average speed.

About V6 Ranch

This beautiful ranch offers activities to tickle the fancy of any person that seeks peace and quiet. The clean air and warm nights are ideal for laying out under the stars. The ranch offers trail rides, cattle drives, and horse camping. The V6 Ranch offers over 50 scenic miles of trails to explore with maps and trail markers to show the way. They also offers hiking, photography, over 200 varieties of wildflowers, wildlife and bird watching.

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Kay El Bar Ranch, Arizona

The Kay El Bar Guest Ranch is a historic dude ranch listed on the National and State Historical landmark registers and is located in the Old West town of Wickenburg, AZ. Nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on the banks of the Hassaymapa River, Kay El Bar is a desert oasis ranch where warm hospitality has been a tradition since 1926. The ranch offers an authentic and casual western vacation experience suitable for guests of all ages. Special occasion groups and team retreats are welcome. Their America Plan rate includes lodging, all meals, horseback riding and use of all ranch facilities.

About Kay El Bar Ranch

Kay El Bar is a winter ranch, open from November until May. The climate includes bi-seasonal rainfall, making it one of the lushest deserts, with giant cacti, short trees and a great variety of shrubbery and animal life. There are thousands of acres of desert hills and canyons to explore on horseback. The charming adobe ranch was built in the late 1800s, and, like all the early dude ranches, began as a working cattle outfit. The building's adobe walls are built of sun-dried brick 12 to 18 inches thick; each brick was made by hand by the Maricopa Indians who lived on the nearby reservation. The ranch is completely up to date in its comforts, including modern bathrooms, a pool, and a whirlpool spa.

Activities at the ranch center around the riding program, with rides twice a day except for Sunday when there is long morning ride and a trail-side cookout. The wranglers love introducing children (minimum age 7) and adult first-time riders to the pleasures of riding the trail on a trusty mount. Experienced riders find many delights in riding the Arizona hills. Non-riders and younger children can enjoy the ranch pool, spa, evening group activities, hiking, and exploring the western town of Wickenburg. Local golf courses welcome visitors.

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Parade Rest Guest Ranch, Montana

Parade Rest Guest Ranch is a true Montana dude ranch offering that memorable Montana guest ranch experience, located just 15 minutes from the west entrance, it is the closest of all the Montana guest ranches to Yellowstone National Park. Their all-inclusive vacation packages combine log cabin lodging, all your meals, unlimited horseback trail rides, world-class fly-fishing and an unforgettable outdoor mountain cookout.

About Parade Rest Ranch 

The ranch has 15 log cabins of various sizes, beds, bedrooms and bathrooms are spread across the ranch.  Some sit next to the Grayling Creek which runs thru the ranch which is a great fly-fishing stream. The sound of the creek is a favorite to many. Other cabins sit on a lower bluff overlooking the horses, ranch creek, Hebgen lake, Gallatin Mountain Range and awesome sunrises and sunsets. Parade Rest Ranch is a great place to call home while in the Yellowstone area.

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Campbell Hills Guest Ranch, British Columbia Canada

Ride a horse on the alpine meadows, observe unique birds in their natural habitat and discover the many hidden fishing spots right in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia. Campbell Hills Guest Ranch offers exceptional horseback riding in mountainous terrain.

About Campbell Hills Guest Ranch

When guests arrive at the ranch worries drift away as they settle into perfect harmony with the rhythms of nature. British Columbia is known for its beautiful landscape, relaxed atmosphere, and high-quality living, and this guest ranch is no exception.  The ranch uses a technique called natural horsemanship, which is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse's natural instincts and methods of communication. Here the horses are ridden without bits in their mouths and without metal shoes on the trails.

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Allen’s Diamond 4, Wyoming

Allen's Diamond 4 Ranch is located in the rugged Wind River Mountain Range and is Wyoming's highest wilderness guest ranch offering log cabins, mountain trail riding, fly fishing, wilderness pack trips, and hunting in the Shoshone National Forest. The ranch has access to the Wind Rivers from the Dickinson Park Trailhead, the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie and Worthen Meadows.

About Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch

The Wind River Mountain Range boasts the largest active glaciers in the lower 48 states, hundreds of alpine lakes teeming with wild trout, abundant wildlife and world class fly fishing and mountain climbing. The unique setting of the Diamond 4 Ranch in Dickinson Park gives you access to 100,000 spectacular acres. Guests saddle up and join a real western adventure! There is something for everyone - families, groups and individuals are welcome.

The ranch owner Jim Allen carries on the family tradition of hosting visitors in the spectacular Wind River Mountain Range like his grandfather did in the 1920's. Jim & his wife Mary love packing in the "Winds" and are dedicated to using the land wisely with minimum impact camping practices. The Diamond 4 Ranch gets its name from the Allen's horse brand which has a history from the days of the open range. 

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The Dude Ranchers’ Association is the premier membership-based organization for dude ranches and has welcomed five new ranches in 2018. As a non-profit association, membership is not a pay to play process but a mark of the highest quality. Acceptance requires a rigorous two-year application process and distinguishes a ranch as one that guests can trust to provide excellent customer care and a horseback riding vacation of a lifetime.

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