Reviving your Mind, Body and Spirit at a Dude Ranch

While the term dude ranch usually brings to mind images of cowboys and cattle drives, dude ranches are actually all this and much more – especially when it comes to wellness experiences. In keeping with the belief that wellness starts from within, many DRA-accredited ranches offer a variety of rejuvenating activities and services in a lush oasis environment to give you “whole body” relief from the stress of modern life. Imagine enjoying a spa escape or time in the great outdoors with a small group, giving you the opportunity to decompress and to actually contemplate all the things that you just do not have time to on a day to day basis. How freeing will it be to breathe the fresh mountain air, hike to the top of a bluff to view a morning sunset, to actually have time to read a book or to just sit a listen to Mother Nature?  We at the Dude Ranchers’ Association think spending time alone with your thoughts is just as important as any exercise program. Below you will see that there are some real opportunities to revive your mind, body, and spirit while experiencing some of the most spectacular areas in the country, from valleys complete with untouched Rocky Mountain backdrops to desert sunsets across the Southwest.

As the original all-inclusive vacation, dude ranches offer value and numerous advantages over other all-inclusive vacation options including no planning once you arrive, flexibility to customize your itinerary, and no additional costs once you arrive at your destination. There are more than 95 DRA-accredited dude ranches in North America (two in Canada), all of which uphold the highest quality of services within the industry. No matter what type of getaway you’re in search of, there is the perfect dude ranch out there for you. Please see below for a sampling of DRA-accredited ranches that feature unique wellness experiences.

Greenhorn Ranch

Greenhorn Ranch in California believes lost is the time when we gathered for a shared purpose when we communed under the stars and truly connected. Interruptions are far too easy in a normal setting. Escape to a place beneath the stars where cell phone service is shoddy, WiFi works when you need it, and the campfire is always warm and crackling under the starlit sky. Relax, enjoy the stay and relish the much-anticipated time together.  Their 3-day wellness retreat starts September 26th – 29th. There will be seminars on relieving stress through your camera with David Herman, learn how to cook delicious meals in just 90 minutes with Pamela Salzman. Learn to manage your stress with healthy food and herbs. Tina Quinn reminds you that “The most important things in life are the ones you can’t see”.  

You will also get the opportunity to learn why Winston Churchill often said: “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man”. 

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A Bar A Ranch

Sometimes all a person needs to revive your mind, body, and spirit is to get outside in the woods.  At A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming, they offer what they call an “Expedition” which are custom Western adventures. Up to six guests stay in luxurious cabins or tents, taking full advantage of their 100,000-acre property. Days are spent riding, fishing, hiking, and exploring.  The A Bar A Ranch sits along the banks of the North Platte River in the heart of the beautiful Medicine Bow Mountains. 

The A Bar A Classic Expedition is perfect for families or friends seeking a private experience on a classic guest and cattle ranch. Ride to your luxurious cabin on horseback taking in the amazing Wyoming scenery. Your Expedition Guide will take care of everything for you, they will also be your gourmet cooks. A Bar A expeditions give you the chance to design the vacation that is just perfect for you. 

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Rancho de los Caballeros

If you are looking for a more traditional wellness experience look no further than the Spa at Los Caballeros at Rancho de los Caballeros Ranch in Arizona. The resort spa offers classic services and signature treatments you won’t find anywhere else, such as their desert baths, scrubs, and wraps. Whether you’re looking to enrich your skin or touch up your pedicure, Spa Caballeros has a wonderful treatment for you. End an action-filled day by unwinding with an enriching facial, hot stone massage, or aromatic bath in our claw-foot tubs. Parents can share a spa day with their daughters by booking nail treatments together. 

The ranch is surrounded by the Sonoran Desert’s hiking trails and beautiful blooming cacti, their 20,000-acre ranch resort does not waste any space. You will not only get to enjoy the amazing horseback riding but can also experience their acclaimed 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and heated pool.

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Majestic Dude Ranch

Majestic Dude Ranch in Colorado sets aside a week in May and the month of September specifically for adults. They realize that the non-stop programming their summer session offers isn’t for everyone. Learn to relax, take a deep breath and heal from the inside out.  Enjoy cooking classes, wine and cheese tastings or just sitting on your porch taking in the peace and quiet the ranch has to offer. There is nothing better for the soul and mind than a little quiet time alone.

The amenities at this ranch are pretty nice. They offer Tempur-Pedic mattresses in every room so you’ll rest easy after a long day of activities. Diffusers stocked with soothing oils in each room make coming back to your cabin an even more relaxing experience. No one ever goes hungry at Majestic – that’s their commitment. Their mission is to provide hearty, yet healthy meals for all guests. Their chefs cater to all dietary restrictions, allergies, and tastes. If you still feel the need to work out they offer, for their especially active guests, unlimited gym access. With a treadmill, free weights, an assisted pull-up bar, and several machines, there’s plenty to keep you fit and on your gym schedule.

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We know it can be hard in this stress-filled busy world we live in to take time for yourself, but we feel it is one of the most important things you can do for a healthy mind, body, and spirit!

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While the term dude ranch usually brings to mind images of cowboys and cattle drives, dude ranches are actually all this and much more!

Wrangler Wallops

Hail and snow have pounded many of the Rocky Mountains during opening weekend. The Dude Ranchers' Association certainly fields lots of questions about operations and animals during hectic weather. However, it’s not just weather that brings out the wacky questions. Here are some of the most insane questions guests have asked wranglers about weather, horses, landscapes and obscurity?

Vista Verde Foal Funny Wrangler Wallops

A Foal Laughing at the Vista Verde Ranch 

MAGICAL ELK

Rawah Ranch is located close to the Wyoming / Colorado border in the Laramie River Valley and offers up plenty of opportunities to spot big wildlife such as moose, elk, deer amongst dozens of other creatures. Primetime is especially in June before the valley warms from the summer heat and new offspring accompany their mothers into meadows and riverbeds. It might have been this scene that prompted the question, “At what elevation does a deer turn into an elk?” The wrangler’s response, at 10,000 feet; but, you know what happens at 12,000 feet? “No!” It turns into a moose! 


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Moose at the Rawah Ranch

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE

Cherokee Park Ranch has been in operation for decades, it was actually an original stagecoach stop between Colorado and Wyoming. That definitive border really had one guest rethinking the Continental Divide. The 300-acre ranch touches 900,000 acres of Roosevelt National Forest and offers spectacular views of the Continental Divide. Upon approach to an overlook, a wrangler pointed out the divide to a horseback group. One guest asked, what is the Continental Divide, another answered, “You know, if the country goes to war again, this is where we divide the country so we know who will fight who…”

QUEUE THE WILDLIFE

Rainbow Trout Ranch is a spectacular spread on 600 acres in the high-altitude mountains, outside of Antonito, Colorado. With 1.5 miles of private banks along the Conejos River, many animals congregate in the area, especially in early summer to feed on lush grasses. The rides cross a river into a large valley after crossing the bridge. One guest looks at a wrangler and says, “I’m now comfortable on my horse, can you please queue the wildlife, I’d like to see an elk herd!” Would you know it . . . the wrangler delivered and an elk herd did appear on that ride!  

DOES A HORSE DRINK BEER?

In another southern corner of Colorado is Majestic Dude Ranch, known for classic dude ranch culture, a baseball diamond and fire-engine red cabins. People must connect with the movie Field of Dreams and feel right at home, as here, some of the most bizarre questions are hurled at wranglers. “Can I pee from my horse without getting off?” Sure, responds the wrangler, but don’t! “Can horses sit like dogs?” They can! “Do horses drink beer?” Yes. “When can I gallop?” You’ve never ridden before. “I’m going to need a bigger horse.” No, you’re not. “Do horses get altitude sick?” Probably, Majestic does give their horses a few days to acclimate after winter pasture at lower elevations. 

Hail and snow have pounded many of the Rocky Mountains during opening weekend. The Dude Ranchers' Association certainly fields lots of questions about operations and animals during hectic weather. However, it’s not just weather that brings out the wacky questions. Here are some of the most insane questions guests have asked wranglers about weather, horses, landscapes and obscurity?

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WHY DOES A HORSE PEE OUT OF THAT HOLE?

It must be something about the altitude, or a trail ride in majestic scenery such as Jackson Hole, Wyoming, that provokes potty talk amongst guests. Lost Creek Ranch & Spa is located between Grant Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, making for steep rides and careful footing amongst horses, who often lighten their load on the mountain treks. The ranch has been in the Halpin Family for 50 years, yet, it’s one strange question that wranglers get every season. “Why is that horse peeing out of its butt?” Again, no answer needed, it’s not! 

WHAT IS INSIDE THE ROCK?

For many, a visit to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas, is a virgin experience into the woods, and especially the deep woods of the Ozarks. This prompts many questions about geography, geology and basic, second-grade knowledge. The ranch typically offers two rides a day, a morning and an afternoon ride, through meadows, hardwoods, and past massive sandstone rock formation and bluffs. It was here that one guest asked the wrangler, “What’s inside the rock.” No answer. Another guest asked the same wrangler, “Is that the sun or the moon rising in the sky?” This has happened on multiple occasions. 

  

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7 Reasons to Visit a Dude Ranch for Your Next Vacation

When you see the great pictures, big smiles and memories being made by people on a fantastic horse oriented, dude or guest ranch vacation, have you ever thought, why would they take a trip like that? How did they even find a vacation destination like a dude ranch? What made them decide to go to a dude ranch on vacation? Well, there are a lot of different reasons as to why people visit a dude ranch, but below are the seven main reasons people choose a ranch vacation!

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The Best Reasons to Visit a Dude Ranch

 

1. Horses

Horseback riding is the central theme on ranch vacations and the quality of horses and trail rides available would be a dream to the equestrian in your travel group. From a couple of hours to all-day rides, the length of the trail ride is always customizable, as well as the speed in which you ride. Do you like to go fast or slow? For a long or short while? There will be a ride that matches what you would like to do. At Sprucedale Ranch their rides are grouped by age, so that the beginner riders, teenagers and adults will get to ride together in their own group. This ranch offers two rides a day, and for the special occasion, once a week you get to ride off into the setting sun. Imagine yourself in the Arizona countryside on horseback and you’ll understand why dude ranch vacations are one of the most picturesque destinations for adventure travel. 

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2. Water 

If you have never seen the Teton Mountain Range in Wyoming before, one of the best places to see it is from one of the boats at the Triangle X Ranch. You can experience a fantastic float trip down the Snake River which lies in the shadows of these extraordinary mountains, or you can enjoy a guided fishing trip. The guides will be sure to show you all of the great fishing holes and the scenery along the way. There are a couple of different packages offered by the ranch for their float trips. There is a 10-mile float trip or a dinner float trip with beautiful scenery and a meal. That sounds like a pretty great deal! The guided fishing trips will leave you daydreaming of time in the mountains after you return home. There are streams and rivers to be fished all around the property and you will even have the opportunity to fish in Grand Teton National Park and/or Yellowstone National Park if you would like. At the Triangle X Ranch, you will enjoy some of the finest trout fishing in the West! 

What makes people decide to go to a dude ranch on vacation? Well, there are a lot of different reasons as to why people visit a dude ranch, but below are the seven main reasons people choose a ranch vacation!

 

3. Hikes

While the horses at Colorado Trails Ranch in Durango, Colorado catch most of their guests attention, the hiking around the ranch is something to catch guest’s attention as well. The ranch property borders the two million acre San Juan National Forest and the places to explore are endless here! Colorado Trails Ranch sits in a breathtaking valley with ridges and mountains sweeping up to create an incredible panoramic view. The property around the ranch will give you a great understanding of why people moved out West and claimed this untouched land as their own; the beauty is indescribable. The ranch offers guided hikes or you can hike out on your own, the freedom is yours! Climb to the mountain tops and see the Rocky Mountains from your point of view...literally! 

Absaroka Hunting Pack Trip Visit a dude ranch

4. Camping

The Absaroka Ranch, at the headwaters of Wyoming’s Wind River and at the base of the spectacular Absaroka mountain range is a location you will find solitude and beauty on a scale very few places can match. The pack trips that Absaroka Ranch provides include top-notch amenities in the backcountry of the Shoshone National Forest. Their camp is a place anyone wanting to get away from the “real world” would want to be. It truly is unique and holds a beauty you will not understand until you see it for yourself!  The 4 ½ hour horseback ride begins right from the ranch and offers amazing views and challenging terrain. The scenery is unforgettable and the memories created will be too.  3 to 6-night stays are offered for a pack trip so you get to choose how long you want to escape reality! While on your trip you will get to enjoy crystal clear lakes and small stream fishing, incredible 360-degree views while on horseback rides, delicious camp cooking and even a shower tent with on-demand hot water! How about that for top notch service! Tents, cots, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and wood stoves are all provided on the trip so you do not have to worry about a thing! 

5. Fishing

Cast a line into some of the most spectacular streams, rivers and bodies of water that the West has to offer. With a variety of species of fish to target, most ranches have a serious fishing program that any angler would enjoy. Take for example the Majestic Dude Ranch in Mancos, Colorado. Every week the ranch owner teaches a fly fishing class for the beginners in your group and the next day has a fly fishing trip. The "Bear Creek Horseback Ride" is an all-day ride, which includes several hours of fly fishing in an unbeatable setting.

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Catching a trout at the Spotted Horse Ranch

Spotted Horse Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is also known for its fantastic fishing program. It has an Orvis Fly Shop for anglers to gear up and a variety of casting lessons, fishing spots on the ranch and guided fishing trips on three different local rivers. Whether you fish every day or have never cast a line, dude ranches offer fishing as a way to engage the entire group in a beautiful outdoor setting. 

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6. Food 

Excellent food is the standard on every ranch experience. Gathering around the table for a well-prepared meal completes every outdoor adventure. After a full day of being outdoors in the mountains, you’ll want delightful meals. At the C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado, they are serious about exceeding the expectations. With fine wines and an extensive alcohol selection, pairing your meal with your beverage of choice is a fundecision to make. You’ll enjoy your family-style dinner in the lodge for most meals, and then for Friday mornings during the summer you’ll have a "Woodsie Breakfast" outside for a traditional cowboy experience. 

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7. Family

Family time is definitely a priority while you are on vacation. You get to spend an extended period of time with the people in your life that matter the most. From the moment you pack your bags and head to the airport, every moment that is spent together has the potential to make lasting memories that you will cherish forever. When you visit a dude ranch every moment is filled with family activities that all ages will enjoy. For example, at the Bar Lazy J Ranch in Parshall, Colorado each day begins with feeding the animals in the petting zoo and the kid's counselors and wranglers make sure each moment is filled with something for each age group to be actively engaged in the western lifestyle experience. 

 

 

 

 

 

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White Water Rafting and Float Trips at Dude Ranches

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Marble Mountain Ranch - Somes Bar, CA

The best part about being in the outdoors is that there are numerous possibilities to have fun and acquire experiences that will turn into precious memories. When it comes to activities in nature, being close to water has something special and relaxing about it. Just try to imagine how it would be to see the water, hear it and get engaged in activities that have water as the main ingredient. Yes, it is about enjoying water rafting and float trips in some of the best places in the USA and Canada. While white water rafting is for those with a more adventurous and restless spirit, float trips are calmer and more relaxing, giving you the chance to enjoy the wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Of course, no one stops you from enjoying both experiences.

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Triangle X Ranch - Moose, WY

North America has some of the best places for water rafting in the whole country. Why is it so great to come here for this kind of activity? Not only will you be charmed by the stunning landscape, but you will also find experienced guides and instructors that will make this experience safe from start to end. So, even if you never tried water rafting before, traveling to North America can be a good way to give this a try. It is worth mentioning the rivers are split into classes, depending on their degree of difficulty, based on their structure and water speed. Thus, the easiest rivers belong to class 1, while the most difficult and dangerous are placed in class 6. You can be sure that the person in charge of your experience will select a river adequate to your level of experience and will certainly not leave you alone in the boat.

White Water Rafting

Spotted Horse Ranch - Jackson Hole,WY

What are the best rivers in North America for white water rafting and float trips? The Salmon River in Idaho would be a great option, although it is recommended for those with some experience in white water rafting. The waters of this river are not too fast, but you will need some skills to avoid rocks and other obstacles that may come in your way. The Arkansas River in Colorado is another exceptional choice, especially if you are looking for a more relaxing and enjoyable adventure. For those that want to feel adrenaline pumping in their veins, the Nahatlatch River in British Columbia will have what it takes to deliver.

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Majestic Dude Ranch - Mancos, CO

But what about accommodation? What better accommodation option to pair with a water rafting and float trips than a luxurious ranch? Dude ranches are some of the best ranches in North America that give guests the chance of staying at a real ranch, without having to compromise their comfort. Also, it is worth bearing in mind that the previously mentioned rivers are just a few examples. If you’re truly interested in white water rafting and float trips, you can always ask at the ranch where you are staying what your options are when it comes to available activities in the outdoors. Now, let us check out the best dude ranches in the area and what they have to offer.

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Cherokee Park Ranch – Livermore, Colorado

White water Rafting

Even if river rafting is not your favorite activity, this ranch will still have what it takes to keep you busy and entertained. Activities such as river tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, hikes, square dancing and many more are available. It will be entirely up to you if you want a relaxing experience or something more exciting.

Cherokee Park Ranch ~ Livermore, Colorado

Phone: +1 970-493-6522

Majestic Dude Ranch – Mancos, Colorado

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For those that are actually interested in enjoying water rafting on their vacation, the Majestic Dude Ranch is very close to the Animas River. In fact, you will have the price of this particular activity included in your accommodation, so you won’t have to worry about anything. It is an activity for people with all levels of experience in this sector, as everything is entirely safe.

Majestic Dude Ranch ~ Mancos, Colorado

Phone: +1 970-533-7900

Spotted Horse Ranch – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

White Water Rafting

This particular ranch is ideal for those that simply want to lie back and relax. The scenery around the ranch is amazing and you can even enjoy the nearby river from its terrace. This place is also a great option if you want to enjoy float trips on the river, taking things down a notch and just getting the most nature has to offer. Of course, there are many more activities to experience here, so don’t hesitate to check out what this ranch has to offer.

Spotted Horse Ranch ~ Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Phone: +1 307-733-2097

Triangle X Ranch – Moose, Wyoming

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How about floating gently in a boat while gazing at majestic mountainous peaks? This is what you can enjoy if you choose to visit this ranch and spend your vacation in this area. The nearby Snake River has large portions of calm waters that make leisure activities extremely pleasant. The trips will be accompanied by a guide and your safety will be guarded at all times, so there’s no need to worry.

Triangle X Ranch ~ Moose, Wyoming

Phone: +1 307-733-2183

Marble Mountain Ranch – Somes Bar, California

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If you want to go river rafting with the entire family and make sure it is safe and fun for everyone, you should take a look at what this ranch has to offer. The Klamath River flowing in the area has, for most of its length, calm waters, but it will also offer a few waves to increase the level of excitement. You don’t even have to be experienced in water rafting, as you will have an experienced person with you at all times.

Marble Mountain Ranch ~ Somes Bar, California

Phone: +1 530-469-3322

Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch and Guide Service – Council, Idaho

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From calm and relaxing trips to water-splashing adventures, there’s something for everybody to enjoy in this part of Idaho. If you choose this particular ranch, you will discover the river in ways you’ve never imagined. Of course, everything will be according to your desires, although you should not miss the opportunity to try something different. The safety of guests is the most important part of this ranch, so you will never face anything dangerous.

Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch and Guide Service ~ Council, Idaho

Phone: +1 208-253-3014

Three Bars Guest Ranch – Cranbrook, British Columbia

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Whether you are looking for activities on water or on land, you will not be disappointed if you choose to spend your vacation at this ranch. It is a family-friendly ranch where guests of all ages will find something enjoyable to do. At the same time, luxury and comfort will wait for you at the ranch, after a day filled with fun activities and outdoor exploration.

Three Bars Guest Ranch ~ Cranbrook, British Columbia

Phone: +1 250-426-5230

Hopefully, the previous lines opened doors toward an unforgettable and enjoyable vacation in North America, with the help of dude ranches. These ranches are members of The Dude Ranchers’ Association that guarantees a long tradition in everything that means ranching and communion with nature; these ranches have what it takes to offer you the chance of enjoying some of the best vacations you will ever experience.

 

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While white water rafting is for those with a more adventurous spirit, float trips are calmer, giving you the chance to enjoy the scenery surrounding you!But what about accommodation? What better accommodation option to pair with a water rafting and float trips than a luxurious ranch? Dude ranches are some of the best ranches in North America that give guests the chance of staying at a real ranch, without having to compromise their comfort.

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Why Moms Choose a Dude Ranch for a Great Family Vacation

Dude ranches make an incredibly memorable and enjoyable family vacation - for moms especially. With a sense of togetherness and shared experiences moms and the whole family are sure to love their time in the great outdoors, horseback riding and participating in a limitless number of outdoor adventures, such as hiking, fishing, white water rafting, cattle work, petting zoos, zip lining and more. Whether you’re an adventure loving mom (busy body) or a relaxation loving mom (spa and hanging out by the pool type), we’ve got you covered.  It is sure to be a blast for kids of all ages and we’re sure dads will have fun too, but here are the top reasons why moms love dude ranches for a family vacation. 

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Paradise Guest Ranch - Buffalo, WY

3 square meals are prepared daily (even for picky eaters)

Traveling moms understand the task of finding a restaurant everyone will enjoy while on the road. Who wants tacos for dinner? And you hear simultaneously, “I do!” and “No way!” and this process repeats itself until finally you order pizza and take it back to the hotel room. This just isn’t the case at a dude ranch. All the guess work is taken out of the equation and professional trained chefs make wonderful dinners for the whole family - even if someone has a special dietary need. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all planned out for you. And the best part? Moms get to enjoy this with the whole family, not worrying one bit about clean up, grocery shopping, making sure there’s something on the menu the kids will eat. Once you let the kitchen know what you’ll need for the family, the entire week will be “all gravy,” if you will, at the dinner table. 

Chores are non-existent 

A ranch vacation goes far beyond booking a typical hotel or even staying at a vacation rental home. We all know what it would take to replace mom’s job while on vacation, an entire team of folks. And that’s just what we’ve got for you for your week stay. With a two to one guest to staff ratio moms won’t have to worry about cleaning up your cabin - a swat team of house keepers are deployed every morning, that will sweep through every room, tidying up every sock and pj’s from the day before. And what about the dishes? There won’t be any fighting over who’s turn it is. Mom certainly won’t have to do it and neither will the kids. And, not one time during the week will anyone have to vacuum dirt dragged in from the barn. If something breaks, no worries, maintenance crews are on staff with all the right tools. 

The activity planning is already done

Moms won’t have to worry about scouring the internet for things to do at your destination. Stop the hassle of worrying about TripAdvisor reviews of afternoon excursions for outdoor adventures. The ranch will have you and the whole family covered for fun things to do. The best thing about this? You won’t have to plan every step or every activity out for the week before hand. You and the family can decide in the morning what you want to do. There won’t be any need for additional transportation. Fly into the airport and someone from the ranch will be there to pick you up. There won’t be any need for a map or navigation - unless of course you go geocaching while you’re there. 

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Bar Lazy J Ranch - Parshall, CO

Everyone can be together or free to be with their own age group.  

Sometimes the adults want to have some time together, and kid’s counselors makes this easy and fun for everyone. With a full day of programing, your kids have the option to be with their peers all day playing games and learning about the Western cowboy lifestyle. And mom and dad can make some much needed memories as a couple. 

Cell phones are put away!  

Without cell service in most locations and limited WIFI, everyone in the family will be encouraged to leave their phones alone. When you think about it, if you are spending your days at the barn riding horses or fishing, your hands are full and won’t be able to carry around your cell phone. Minimal opportunities for electronics are definitely something any parent will love about dude ranches. 

Hello Fresh Air and Sunshine 

Moms will have an easy time getting kids outside. Dude ranches are known for their beautiful settings in the mountains. With every horseback ride or afternoon rodeo, kids and parents will get plenty of time in the great outdoors. The only thing to remember is your camera. Although the pictures won’t do justice of the real-life experiences, you’ll enjoy looking back on the pictures of your kids on green grass and mountain views. 

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Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch - McLeod, MT 

Crowds? What crowds? 

Dude ranches are full of wide-open spaces and an intimate number of people. Moms won’t have to worry about anyone getting lost in the crowd, or have to wait in long lines to do anything, really. With an average of 30 guests per week on most dude ranches, everybody will get to meet each other, the staff and other guests alike. By the end of the week everyone in the family is sure to have made a new friend.  Who knows? You might even book the exact same week next year to hang out with the same families.  

Moms will certainly be able to enjoy a much-needed vacation on a dude ranch. As a worry-free destination everyone will get to have fun and get to take a break from the normal day-to-day routines. Here are some great destinations to consider for your next visit. 

 

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7D Ranch Near Yellowstone National Park, Cody, Wyoming

Bar Lazy J Ranch Near Rocky Mountain National Park

Majestic Dude Ranch Mancos, Colorado

Tumbling River Ranch In the Rocky Mountains, Grant, Colorado 

Crossed Sabres Ranch Near Yellowstone National Park, Cody, WY

Elkhorn Ranch Near Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin Gateway, MT

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch Near Yellowstone National Park, McLeod, MT

Paradise Guest Ranch In the Big Horn Mountains, Buffalo, WY

 

Looking for more options? Read about: 

Affordable Ranch Vacations for your Family  
A Family Dude Ranch Vacation - Fun for All Ages  
The Best Multi Generational Dude Ranches 

 

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ude ranches make an incredibly memorable and enjoyable family vacation - for moms especially. With a sense of togetherness and shared experiences moms and the whole family are sure to love their time in the great outdoors. Read about all the reasons moms choose dude ranch vacations for a great family vacation.

The 25 Most Popular Destinations for a Colorado Vacation at a Ranch

An outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland, Colorado is jam packed with breathtaking landscapes, and more than 300 sunny days a year for travelers to come and explore its diverse areas. From the spine of North America, the famous Rocky Mountains, to lush valleys and the easily accessible Denver Airport, Colorado is an obvious choice for all types of travelers - families, couples, solo travelers and business associates - who are looking for adventure. With an unlimited variety of outdoor attractions, scenic destinations and diverse wildlife, Colorado is urging you to explore. From cross country skiing, hiking a National Park or horseback riding through the country, Colorado has a long list of things to do all year. Read on to discover the best places to take a Colorado vacation. 

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All of the 25 best ranches in Colorado will give you a wonderful vacation - each unique in its own way. 

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Cherokee Park Ranch - Livermore, CO 

Colorado Trails Ranch

Near Durango, Colorado the Colorado Trails Ranch is an all-inclusive family vacation adventure in the San Juan Mountains. This is definitely a great place to go if you are looking for excitement and relaxation on your vacation. The delicious home cooked meals, delightful cabins and activities for all ages makes this an incredible dude ranch experience. 

Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

Get packed and saddle up for a week at the Bar Lazy J Ranch. Just Southeast of Rocky Mountain National Park, this ranch is famous for recreation and relaxation. There are tons of outdoor activities, including a 1,500-foot zipline - and countless ways to sit back and unwind. 

Laramie River Ranch

Laramie River Ranch is known for horseback riding, but has so many well-developed programs and activities. Expert fly fishing, natural horsemanship demonstrations, team penning, naturalist programs for birdwatching, star gazing and wild flower identification makes the Laramie River Ranch a destination for those interested in an educational and fun outdoor adventure. 

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Laramie River Ranch - Jelm, CO 

Badger Creek Ranch

Ride out with the cowboy crew at the Badger Creek Ranch. You’ll get to do all the important tasks that makes a cattle operation run. Ready to fix a fence? Sort cattle? Go on an iconic cattle drive? Then Badger Creek is a great place for you. 

Black Mountain Ranch

Ready for a  Saturday afternoon cattle drive for the Black Mountain Ranch’s herd of long horn cattle? You’ll not be bored during the week while you wait, doing some of the most exhilarating outdoor adventures - loping rides, fly fishing, paddle boarding, skeet shooting, white water rafting and even a cookout in the Colorado sunset. 

The High Lonesome Ranch

If you are looking for your inner cowboy you can find it at the High Lonesome Ranch. Known for the nostalgic combination of the views of the Rocky Mountains, equestrian activities and culinary adventures this ranch has an assortment of things for everyone to enjoy.  

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The High Lonesome Ranch - DeBeque, CO

Zapata Ranch

As a working cattle and bison ranch the Zapata Ranch and Nature Conservancy offers guests the chance to experience what it takes to run a ranch. Have you ever seen a bison up close and personal? Here’s your chance! With a capacity of only 15 you’ll get a tailored vacation. You might even select one of their themed weeks to get more in depth on Western painting, photography workshops and some cattle working special events. 

4UR Ranch

The 4UR Ranch boasts 3,000 acres of adventure and 6 miles of private trout stream on the Rio Grand River. Not only this, but the ranch also has miles and miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding, a natural hot springs and top-notch accommodations. A well-rounded ranch no doubt. 

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Everyone is welcome at the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, from Grandma and Grandpa and the kids to your pet dog and best trail riding horse. There are a variety of different horseback rides from beginner to advanced as well as plenty of activities to do while not riding. You can even play a round of frisbee golf!

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Sundance Trail Guest Ranch - Red Feather Lakes, CO 

Drowsy Water Ranch

From infants to teenagers the Drowsy Water Ranch has a program and counselors in place with plenty of activities to teach your kids about the western cowboy lifestyle in Colorado. And there’s plenty to do here for adults as well!

Tumbling River Ranch

Shine up your cowboy boots for the evening entertainment at the Tumbling River Ranch. With live music and square dancing after a day in the saddle you’re sure to love this western ranch experience. 

Vista Verde Ranch

The vastness of the views at the Vista Verde Ranch makes you feel like your vacation experience is in high definition. You’ll have an unforgettable luxury experience that will bring you back year after year. 

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Vista Verde Ranch - Steamboat Springs, CO 

Cherokee Park Ranch

Have you always wanted to learn how to rope? Cherokee Park Ranch offers roping lessons for all age groups to learn one of the longest art forms of the cowboy. With hay rides, tubing the river and even art classes everyone will have something they really want to do when they aren’t horseback riding. 

The Majestic Dude Ranch 

The Majestic Dude Ranch is known as the ultimate adventure ranch. Along with spectacular horseback riding, the ranch offers paintball and laser tag, mountain biking, white water rafting, baseball, hiking and more. 

Wind River Christian Dude Ranch

You’ll never forget the Wind River Christian Dude Ranch. With a ministry component to the ranch you’ll fill your soul while in some of the most beautiful places in Colorado. 

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Wind River Christian Dude Ranch - Estes Park, CO

Elk Mountain Ranch

Elk Mountain Ranch offers an intimate Colorado dude ranch setting for your family. When you arrive, your hosts will tailor the experience to meet each guest’s needs for their vacation. And then you’ll get to settle in to cozy and comfortable cabins. 

Smith Fork Ranch

Fine dining at the private luxury destination of the Smith Fork Ranch is definitely worth writing home about. Farm to table cuisine, an incredible wine list and a view like non-other sets this ranch apart from all the rest. 

Lost Valley Ranch

Reconnect with the spirit of the old west at the Lost Valley Ranch. Set against 26,000 acres of public land in the Pike National Forest fresh mountain air has never been more pristine. And with a history that begins in the late 1800’s the Lost Valley Ranch invites guests to become a part of the story of the ranch. 

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Lost Valley Ranch - Sedalia, CO 

C Lazy U Ranch 

Located in Granby, Colorado, the C Lazy U Ranch is a top-notch resort ranch with the finest offerings for accommodations, food and of course outdoor adventure activities. With a capacity of 95 this location can host large groups of multi-generational families and offer tons of things to do for solo travelers and couples. 

The Home Ranch

Ready for a summer or winter adventure? The Home Ranch offers a fine dude ranch stay through out the summer and from December through March. You can ride out into green mountains or cross-country ski across snow covered hills. 

Latigo Ranch

Majestic scenery reaching all the way to the Continental Divide, the Latigo Ranch has an experience for you like no other ranch. Gourmet contemporary cuisine will delight the senses in the evenings and phenomenal horseback riding and fishing will engage your family during the day. 

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Latigo Ranch - Kremmling, CO 

Rainbow Trout Ranch

The Rainbow Trout Ranch is all about the family adventure. Your kids and teens will rave about the whole new world of fun and activities they can do on a ranch. You’ll find old fashioned hospitality and the Colorado backcountry a very charming vacation. 

The Broadmoor's Ranch at Emerald Valley

The Ranch at Emerald Valley is just a short ride up the mountain from the famous Broadmoor Hotel. You’ll be set for an incomparable luxury vacation here in one of 10 beautifully appointed cabins with modern amenities and all set to ride horses in some really incredible country. 

Rawah Ranch

Ready for a romantic escape with someone special? The Rawah Ranch knows how important it is to cultivate your relationships and fosters a wonderful experience with champagne and roses upon arrival, your own private trail ride and private massages. 

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Rawah Ranch - Glendevey, CO

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Take time to play on your next business trip to the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. You’ll get a variety of outdoor activities and team building opportunities and even a challenge course. A wagon ride followed by a campfire in the evening will complete your western experience for a company meeting, training or retreat. 

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An outdoor enthusiast’s wonderland, Colorado is jam packed with breathtaking landscapes, and more than 300 sunny days a year for travelers to come and explore its diverse areas. Colorado is urging you to explore. From cross country skiing, hiking a National Park or horseback riding through the country, Colorado has a long list of things to do all year. Read on to discover the best places to take a Colorado vacation.

10 of the Most Beautiful Dude Ranches in Colorado

 

Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the nation with the Rocky Mountains and vast plains. Your inner photographer will be brought out with so many phenomenal vistas. From the Northern border shared with Wyoming to the Southern border shared with New Mexico, picturesque ranches abound in the "Centennial State" and we look at ten of the most beautiful Colorado dude ranch vacations. 

 

10 of the Most Beautiful Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations

 

Lost Valley Ranch

Set against 26,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, you'll experience the majestic Rocky Mountains like never before at the Lost Valley Ranch. Here you can breathe the fresh mountain air, hike through flowering meadows or simply relax with a fishing pole on Goose Creek. It's all here to enjoy at your own pace. 

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Tumbling River Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch feels as far away from the hustle and bustle of life as anywhere on Earth, yet it's only a few hours from the major metropolitan area of Denver and the Denver International Airport. Here, horseback riding is special. You can ride up to where only the mountain goats go, to 12,200 feet above sea level! Imagine the views from up there. 

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Rainbow Trout Ranch

In Southwestern Colorado lies the Rainbow Trout Ranch, combining the splendor of the Rocky Mountains and the enchantment of the New Mexico Southwest. It's no wonder Wild West legends like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid whiled away the hours in the magnificent backcountry paradise this ranch calls home. 

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Smith Fork Ranch

Located on 300 gorgeous acres of Colorado's Western Slope, East of the town of Crawford, Smith Fork Ranch is secluded and intimate. This luxury ranch is nestled within the beautiful Gunison National Forest and adjoins the wild, West Elk Wilderness Area. Smith Fork Ranch boasts luxurious comfort, thoughtful hospitality and five star cuisine blended with Rocky Mountain Adventures. 

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Smith Fork Ranch

 

The High Lonesome Ranch

With mountain forests, grasslands, spring creeks and alpine mesas at elevations ranging from 4,000 to 9,000 feet, the High Lonesome Ranch is home to diverse wildlife and provides a vast playground for sports and wilderness activities. The ranch is centered around conservation, restoration and the American West.  

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Majestic Dude Ranch

Adjacent to the pristine La Plata Mountain Range between Durango and Cortez, Colorado the Majestic Dude Ranch is the ultimate adventure guest ranch for your Colorado dude ranch vacation. Ride amoung the shimmering aspens, follow the gold panning streams to old mining towns and settle in and watch the sunset over Sleeping Ute Mountain. 

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Cherokee Park Ranch

The Cherokee Park Ranch is tucked into a peaceful mountain setting and radiates cozy western comfort. This little slice of cowboy heaven is surrounded by mountains, mossy rocks, colorful wildflowers, twinkling streams, a flashy river and a bright blue sky. 

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Vista Verde Ranch

Just North of Steamboat Springs lies the Vista Verde Guest Ranch in the National Forest. With permitted access to the wild and stunning Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area there's not a condo insight! Winter at Vista Verde is breathtaking with the beauty of over 400 inches of snow annually. Back country and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, sledding and more will get you out in the snow at this Colorado dude ranch vacation. 

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Vista Verde Ranch

 

The Home Ranch

Tucked away at the far end of the valley, where the Elk River flows from the Sawtooth Mountain Ranch, you'll find the Home Ranch. This is Colorado's only Relais & Chateaux affiliated guest ranch. If you are looking for an extraordinary vacation in wide open spaces and a place to reconnect with nature, you will find it at the Home Ranch. 

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4UR Ranch

Known as "one of Colorado's last perfect places" the 4UR Ranch is tucked away into the slender Goose Creek Valley of the San Juan Mountains. Within its 3,000 acres wind 6 miles of trout stream, the Rio Grand River, miles of mountain trails for hiking and horseback riding and natural hot springs. The 4UR is one of the finest fly fishing resorts in Colorado. 

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Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the nation with the Rocky Mountains and vast plains. Your inner photographer will be brought out with so many phenomenal vistas. From the Northern border shared with Wyoming to the Southern border shared with New Mexico, picturesque ranches abound in the in the

Ranch Vacations for Experimental Travelers

More things to do than you have time for

Experiment for your next vacation and try a ranch vacation throughout North America. You may not label yourself as an experimental traveler, but wouldn't you like to try something new? Ranch vacations have become an alternative form of tourism with the tons of adventure activities offered, starting with horseback riding. Destinations on www.duderanch.org offer activities for your group that you might see as experimental. Ever ridden a horse to the top of a mountain in a National Park? You could do that. Ever tried a yoga class outside at sunrise? Your travel companion might try that. Either way, you could throw an arrow at the Western half of the United States and pick the ranch closest and head there for your next vacation. Trust me, or rather, trust the numerous reviews on the interwebs that you'll have great experimental travels. You might even want to come back the next year to the same ranch or throw another arrow.

You won't have to sit around bored in your cabin or lodge room, unless you want to. There are so many things to do outside with equestrian sports, water sports and adventures that you would get board if I listed them all here. The adventure profiles of the ranches below would be a good place to start experimenting with ranch vacations.

 

Majestic Dude Ranch, Colorado

Open: Year-round

Airport: Durango

Activities: Horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, paintball, laser tag, white water rafting, archery, skeet shooting, baseball, snowmobiles, and ATVS

Swing up horseback and ride among the shimmering aspens. Follow the gold panning streams to mining towns of yesteryear. Breathe in deeply of the fresh alpine air or settle in and watch the sunset over Sleeping Ute Mountain. Get in touch with nature in the heart of Mesa Verde Country. The Majestic Ranch is only a 35 minute ride from the majestic town of Durango. Fish for trophy Colorado trout, share a horseback ride with your children and make memories to last a lifetime. The Majestic Dude Ranch is now open year round! Enjoy cozy cabins with tempur-pedic beds and hospitality this summer season.

 

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas

Open: March 12 - October 29

Airport: Fayetteville

Activities: Horseback riding, rock climbing, indoor climbing wall, archery, skeet shooting, fishing, disc golf, ziplines, camp fires, swimming pool, canoeing, hot tub, rock outcroppings and cave exploration and wagon rides

The peaceful quiet of a beautiful Ozark mountain morning is interrupted by the sound of thundering hoof beats as horses gallop through the woods. The wranglers whoop and holler as they push the stock down to the day pen. The last pony is urged into the corral, the gate is pulled shut and another day at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and an unforgettable family dude ranch vacation has begun.

 

Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Wyoming

Open: Year-round

Airport: Worland

Activities: Horseback riding on trails and in an indoor riding arena, swimming pool, tennis, climbing walls, zip lines, gym, personal hot tub and steam showers, ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, work cattle, fishing, yoga, hiking, skeet shooting, and rock climbing

Red Reflet is a ranch for the senses. It’s where a few hardworking individuals have mastered the art of hospitality to showcase some of Wyoming’s most breathtaking scenery and recreational offerings. Year round, guests can wake up in well-appointed luxury cabins surrounded by million dollar views of the red and coral-colored Chugwater formation sandstone cliffs and the contrasting blue and white snow-capped peaks of the Bighorn National Forest.

 

Averill's Flathead Lake Ranch, Montana

Open: May 1 - October 15

Airport: Kalispell

Activities: Horseback riding, sailing, water sports, lake cruises, swimming pool, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaks, canoes, fishing, laser tag, tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, white water rafting, golf, and hiking

For over 65 years, Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge has been the ultimate location for fun family vacations in Montana.  The ranch offers the widest selection of family fun and recreational activities for one all-inclusive rate. Each day offers an abundance of activities for every age. Whether you’re interested in spending the morning on horseback and the afternoon on the water, the day is yours and there are more than enough options for the whole family. Quite simply, Flathead Lake Lodge offers the ultimate, fun family vacation with unlimited horse and water recreation for kids and adults.

 Looking for something new? Ranch vacations have become an alternative form of tourism for experimental travelers with adventure activities offered, starting with horseback riding.

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Affordable Ranch Vacations for Your Family

Seeking an affordable and inexpensive dude ranch vacation across the West? 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 and 3 meals a day all for one price. Imagine how much more you would pay to piece together these activities in a Western town. On top of all the excursions, these all-inclusive vacations offer a little something extra by becoming a part of the family. Here are some of the DRA picks for the best budget and cost effective ranch holidays. Want even more of a discount? Ask these ranches about rates for less traveled times, large groups and military.

1.     The Red Rock Ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a family owned western dude ranch with polished amenities. Head to this authentic Wyoming guest ranch for a six night stay and expect a flexible riding program, an outstanding kid's program, two miles of private blue ribbon fly fishing, fantastic dining, hiking programs, heated pool and corporate retreats to book the best value for your next family vacation.

2.     Majestic Dude Ranch of Mancos, Colorado next door to the Mesa Verde National Park offers an adventure vacation unique for its horseback riding locations, white water rafting and world-class mountain biking. From Sunday to Saturday you'll get an affordable action packed week of fun. Reserve your stay and they will also throw in your airport pick up for cheap and by cheap, we mean free.

3.     Hawley Mountain Ranch offers unbeatable value for a Montana ranch vacation in the remote pristine wilderness north of Yellowstone National Park. A small guest capacity promises small and individualized horseback riding excursions and more personalized vacation for your individual needs. Would you like to go hiking, fly fishing on the Boulder River, scenic raft floats and a jeep ride to a real ghost town? Book Hawley Mountain for your bargain dude ranch. Here you'll get all the bang for your buck. 

4.     Sitting on the banks of the Gros Ventre River, the appropriately named Gros Ventre River Ranch of Wyoming looks up at the major peaks of the Teton Range. Reserve this view and you'll adventure out on an all-inclusive and affordable week long horseback riding adventure, specializing in beginner through advanced horseback riding.

5.     Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas' Ozark Mountains offers an authentic value for a family vacation with a splash of Southern charm. You'll come for the horseback riding across the mountains and among other things, enjoy rock climbing, canoeing and zip lining to have a wide variety of adventures. They will even give you a bargain rate of 10% off of your next ranch vacation at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.

For more ranches vacations to suit every budget and affordable ranch holidays for your family, visit www.duderanch.org.

Affordable Ranch Vacations

Seeking an affordable and inexpensive dude ranch vacation across the West? 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 and 3 meals a day all for one price. On top of all the excursions, these all-inclusive vacations offer a little something extra by becoming a part of the family.

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Colorado Ranch Vacation - Horses & Much More

Colorado is famous for being the center of the Rocky Mountains. It is also a central destination of Western travelers with the ease of access and number of flights to and from the Denver International Airport and connections to the Aspen, Durango and Colorado Springs airports. While you are making your travel plans you might also consider slipping into any corner of the state on highways and byways. Once you arrive you will soon feel the warm invitation of a vacation oasis. There are things to do year round here that can be found at the most convenient of destinations - a dude ranch. Not only a destination for horse enthusiast, but also for the most specific of recreational fun.

  • Fisherman can enjoy the North Fork of the South Platte River when they are not rafting, back-country hiking or trapshooting at the North Fork Ranch.
  • Rock Climbers can take a break from the rock wall to have a round of frisbee golf, volley ball and a turn on the zip line at the Wind River Ranch.
  • Mountain bikers can take a break from the world class trails of the Majestic Dude Ranch to play a round of paint ball or laser tag.
  • Environmental Enthusiasts can learn about Laramie River's sustainable ranching, natural horsemanship and cattle work.
  • Bride and Grooms can be assured that there is something to do for destination wedding guests of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest of the extended family at the Tumbling River Ranch.

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North Fork Fly Fishing in Colorado

North Fork Ranch, Shawnee, Colorado

The North Fork River is alive with trout. One cast might produce a fourteen inch brown trout, the next might be a three pound rainbow. This water is known for BIG fish.


Tumbling River Colorado Vacation Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch, Grant, Colorado

What about teenagers? At Tumbling River, teens have the best situation of anyone. Teens at the ranch can participate in all activities, with or without parents.


Wind River Colorado Vacation Ranch

Wind River Ranch, Estes Park, Colorado

 Wind River Ranch is outfitted with a one-of-a-kind challenging par 3 Frisbee golf course. Designed by the legendary Kyle Ford in 1997, the current course record is 13 under.  The ranch also has a wonderful kids program to involve your little ones.


Majestic Dude Ranch

Majestic Dude Ranch, Mancos, Colorado

With the ranch open in the winter and summer, you're not just booking a room at the Majestic Dude Ranch, you're planning an outdoor adventure.


Laramie River Colorado Vacation Ranch

Laramie River Ranch, Jelm, Colorado

Try your hand at team penning at the Laramie River Ranch. The object is to separate (or "cut") one or more steers from the larger group and move them across the corral and in to a holding pen. Sounds easy, doesn't it?


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