5 Reasons Why Dude Ranches are the Best Destination Vacation in 2020

Best Destination Vacation in 2020

It is no secret that 2020 has turned the travel industry, and the world for that matter, upside down. Any kind of plans, especially for a vacation, more than likely changed more than once! As people are starting to get more and more interested in traveling again, finding the best destination that provides everything they are looking for and is taking the extra recommended precautions can be difficult. One industry that has seemed to “take the bull by the horns”, if you will, has been the dude ranch industry. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March, Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches immediately starting working to find ways to still give their guests an authentic Western experience that was safe and inviting for all travelers. If you are wondering why DRA dude ranches are the best destination vacation in 2020, see the top five reasons below!

Best Destination Vacation in 2020

Individual Cabins/Accommodations

Each dude ranch is different, but almost all of the DRA member ranches have individual cabins for each group of guests. Whether you have a family of five or are a solo traveler you will find cozy rustic-chic accommodations fit for any size group. In these cabins, you will find comfortable beds, individual bathrooms, beautiful western themed decorations, and more. Your cabin will be your home away from home for your stay; settling in and letting the stresses of the world melt away won’t be a problem. Kick back, relax, and make peace in knowing you do not have to share accommodations with anyone besides your group on your dude ranch vacation. Some ranches do have lodge rooms with their own bathrooms and lounging space if you do not want to share common areas with other folks. 

Budget-Friendly – All-Inclusive

Dude ranch vacations really are perfect for any traveler and that means even the travelers on a budget. Since DRA member ranches are all-inclusive (meals, lodging, and most activities) they are much more affordable, and much easier to plan, than a day-to-day vacation that is five to seven days long. DRA member ranches range in prices and are reasonably priced for everything that is included in the stay. Three meals a day, activities all day long (if you choose to do guided activities that can be an additional fee), and beautiful accommodations to come home to at the end of the day are built into the price. Plus, the memories and friends you make at a dude ranch are lifelong and priceless! 

Best Destination Vacation in 2020

Top-Notch, Carefully Prepared Meals 

Great food is a guarantee at a dude ranch! Some ranches even have their own farm-to-table programs and serve some of the cleanest, healthiest, and most delicious food you will ever find at an all-inclusive destination. In addition, top-notch chefs prepare all meals carefully and great precaution, even more so this year. DRA member ranches want their guests to feel safe and comfortable, always, and through all of the uncertainties, one thing that is for certain is that dude ranches are providing their guest meals in the safest and cleanest environment possible. Extra sanitization, taking staff members temperatures before entering any food preparation areas, no buffet lines, families, and groups sitting together at the same table all week, and more precautions have been implemented. If you want to know the details of what extra steps a ranch is taking during these times, visit their websites or give them a call. They are happy to answer any questions folks have. 

Scenery and the Great Outdoors 

Breathtaking scenery and the great outdoors are just outside your cabin door at a dude ranch. Many folks have said that dude ranches were social distancing before it was even a “thing”, which is true! Being outside gives people a large space to spread out, but still enjoy each other’s company and all that nature has to offer. At a dude ranch, almost every activity available is offered outside. Whether you are on a horse or fishing the stunning stream that flows through the ranch, you will find plenty of wide-open spaces and social distancing on your dude ranch vacation. Did you know that if you are on a trail ride, the next closest person either in front or behind you is at least six feet away? While you are on a trail ride you will be surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and scenery. Many DRA member ranches are in very close proximity to national parks as well, you can get the beauty of a national park without all of the crowds or lines! Is there anything better than that? No matter what ranch you choose to visit, the views will be amazing and the air crisp and clean. 

Best Destination Vacation in 2020

Rent out the Ranch

Still not sure about embarking on a destination vacation? Grab your best friends and their families and head out on a dude ranch vacation where you can have the ranch to yourselves! Many folks are concerned about coming into contact with people they do not know this year, but if you and your close family friends travel together that issue is eliminated. Several ranches are running specials this year for renting out the entire ranch. Special pricing could be applied and splitting the cost between the families could be the best way to vacation this year. Experience a vacation like never before at a dude ranch that is all yours for the week. Ride horses with your closest friends, watch the kids create even stronger friendships to take home and relax knowing that you are in a safe and clean environment. 

The list of reasons why dude ranches are the perfect vacation destination, especially in 2020, could go on for a while, but for now, we will leave it to these five great reasons! You can see all of the DRA member dude ranches here, and if you need help in finding the best ranch for your 2020 vacation, or any future vacation, contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association today! 307-587-2339 | info@duderanch.org 

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10 Luxury Dude Ranches for Your Next Vacation

Luxury Dude Ranches

Are you looking for a fun and entertaining vacation, but also want a relaxing and luxurious getaway at the same time? Luxury dude ranches are the vacation you have been searching for! These ranches offer a great atmosphere of adventure and relaxation all at the same time. Want to bring the kids along? Most luxury dude ranches have a great kid’s programs where the children can interact with other children their age and make memories to last a lifetime while the adults can also have their alone time to relax. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and prefer an adult-only getaway, it’s best to book in the shoulder seasons or during a specialty week. Whatever experience you’re looking for; these DRA approved luxury dude ranches will fit the bill of a fantastic vacation for the whole family. 


Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort - Solvang, California

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country is a 10,000-acre, working cattle ranch and full-service resort: The Alisal Guest Ranch. The rows of sycamores along the ranch driveway welcome you into your warm and inviting cabin. After a satisfying breakfast, go for a trail ride through the stunning rolling hills where you’ll pass cows grazing in the fields or play a round of golf on one of the two 18-hole courses on the property. The spa and pool will be waiting for you once you return to the ranch in the afternoon. Finish your day off by enjoying a glass of wine or cocktail in the bar and one of the best dinners you will ever have!

Luxury Dude Ranches


C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colorado

C Lazy Guest Ranch prides itself on its personalized 5-star service, professional horsemanship programs, first-class amenities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and luxury accommodations (as they should!). Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s notorious Rocky Mountains, they offer the picturesque luxury ranch experience that people dream of.  As a year-round ranch, they are the perfect destination for both summer and winter getaways offering limitless activities from cross-country skiing to Orvis endorsed fly-fishing. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a romantic getaway, C Lazy U will be sure to impress!

Luxury Dude Ranches


Red Reflet Guest Ranch - Ten Sleep, Wyoming

Red Reflet Guest Ranch is the definition of luxury. Guest’s chalets include a full kitchen, hot tub, and steam showers. Spend your day working cattle, fishing on private streams, and exploring the 25,000-acre property on an ATV. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you will be one of the few people to experience Red Reflet’s gourmet dining -- many of the kitchen’s ingredients come straight from the ranch’s butcher shop, organic greenhouse and gardens! Don’t miss out on the exclusive cooking classes offered by the ranch’s 5-star chef so you can recreate these delectable meals at home!

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Hubbard's Six Quarter Circle Ranch - Emigrant, Montana

Do you want a working ranch experience with world-class luxuries? Hubbard’s Six Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana may be the place for you. Guests actively participate in ranch work, whether it's pushing cattle to higher greener pastures, throwing salt, or fixing fence. But don’t worry, it’s not all work; many people brag about Hubbard’s famed massages that you won’t want to miss out on! And after a long day of work, every cowboy and cowgirl deserves a good beer in the bar while a juicy filet mignon steak with all the trimmings is prepared in the kitchen.

Luxury Dude Ranches


Rancho de los Caballeros - Wickenburg, Arizona

Want to escape somewhere warm and sunny this year? Let Rancho de los Caballeros spoil you with their upscale amenities and endless activities on your next Arizona getaway. This ranch is the ideal Southwest retreat with 20,000-acres of open range to explore by horseback and a full spa and salon to enjoy after a long morning in the sun. Adventure through the desert by ATV, tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course (while the “mini ranchers” play at the Kids Club), or spend a much-needed day doing nothing by the heated pool, preferably with a margarita in hand! 

Luxury Dude Ranches


The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley - Colorado Springs, Colorado

You may not get much more luxurious than The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. Just a short ride up the mountain from the ever-famous Broadmoor sits the beautiful Ranch at Emerald Valley, a distinct western experience. This ranch is certainly in the high-end rustic retreat category. So, if you are in search of an extremely highly-rated luxury dude ranch for a romantic getaway or family vacation, don’t miss this ranch. Here, you can experience a variety of high-class activities along with a full-service spa. Your vacation here will be the perfect mix of western charm and a top-quality resort. An abundance of activities and great memories await you and your chosen travel partners at The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley.

Luxury Dude Ranches


Lost Creek Ranch - Moose, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole are known for their extravagance. Placed between these two locations and equally as magnificent is Lost Creek Ranch. Offering open-air massages with views of the Tetons, the spa at Lost Creek is one that will surely put your city’s spa to shame. Float the infamous Snake River, hike and horseback ride in the Tetons, or take a tour of Yellowstone -- all once-in-a-lifetime experiences you won’t want to miss out on! At the end of the day, settle down in your own cozy, log cabin where you will drift to sleep in the comforts of home listening to the cool mountain breeze or crackling fireplace.

Luxury Dude Ranches


Lone Mountain Ranch - Big Sky, Montana

Lone Mountain Ranch sits at the base of the mountains in Big Sky, Montana just north of Yellowstone. The ranch welcomes families of all ages to join in on their western way of life. The Lone Mountain dining options will surely impress you with their high-quality Rocky Mountain cuisine including Kobe beef, elk, and vegetarian selections. Experience a long refreshing hike into the surrounding Gallatin Mountains, a horseback ride up to the mountain tops and gaze over the stunning canyons, or take advantage of their guided canoe trips. Whatever your definition of relaxation and rejuvenation may be, the luxury of Lone Mountain Ranch will help you escape reality and help you to truly enjoy your vacation and time away.

Luxury Dude Ranches


4UR Ranch - Creede, Colorado

Can you imagine a place more luxurious than a vacation with a natural hot spring right on site? The 4UR Ranch in Colorado is home to two historical natural hot springs that supply the warm water for their hot tub and other pools. The ranch was constructed around these natural wonders to make sure no damage was made and to preserve history. The healing waters provide serene relaxation and many people believe the waters are a natural healer. The ranch has much more to offer than just their top-notch spa; they have horseback rides, incredible cuisine for all ages, great fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and more! Take a wonderful family vacation this year and have luxury meet you at the door at the 4UR Ranch. 

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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Emigrant, Montana

Located 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park, is Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, a prime luxury dude ranch destination for both families and couples. There is something for everyone to do here. Whether you are an avid horseback rider, enjoy fly-fishing or archery, want to play a round of golf at the on-site golf course, or spend an incredible day in Yellowstone, you will not run out of activities on this vacation! Their truly impressive kids’ program will ensure that kids of all ages also enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. You won’t worry about a thing while at Mountain Sky; book the trip, pack your bags, and prepare yourself for a vacation filled with excitement, relaxation, and memories no one will soon forget! 

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Do you know which one you want to visit yet? If not, let us know! Our ranch vacation specialists will help you pick the best ranch to fit your next vacation. 307-587-2339 info@duderanch.org 

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Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Are you planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park this year? We don’t blame you, it’s one of the most magical places in the Wild West and the world’s very first national park. The beautiful waterfalls, colorful Grand Prismatic Spring, wide-open spaces, and abundant wildlife bring people from all over the world. It’s fun to imagine what the first pioneers thought when they first saw the beauty of Yellowstone from horseback. Luckily, our dude ranches near Yellowstone allow their guests the chance to see the West for the first time from the back of a horse, just like the pioneers! The Dude Ranchers’ Association has approximately 20 ranches outside of Yellowstone; however, here is a list of 13 ranches 60 minutes from one of the four parks’ entrances: 

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

7D Ranch | Cody, WY

7D Ranch is located just off the infamous Chief Joseph Highway, nestled in a stunning valley. Daily activities include horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, and skeet shooting. Your day will be followed with evening activities ranging from outdoor lawn games, horse training, campfires, evening entertainers, dances and an Indian sweat lodge.

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Covered Wagon Ranch | Gallatin Gateway, MT

Covered Wagon Ranch’s specialty is horseback riding trips into the surrounding backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. You can also choose to relax by fly fishing on world-renowned waters, rafting, mountain biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Whatever your choice, you will have the time of your life!

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Crossed Sabres Ranch | Cody, WY

Crossed Sabres Ranch offers riding for everyone: a first-timers’ lesson in the arena, a short morning or afternoon ride, and an all-day ride with a packed lunch to explore beautiful mountain scenery. Rest up from riding by taking advantage of their guided van tours of Yellowstone's lower loop, white water rafting, clay shooting, archery, ax throwing, and a trip to the famous Cody Nite Rodeo! *Not taking reservations for 2020*

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Elkhorn Ranch | Gallatin Gateway, MT

Located on the northwest edge of Yellowstone, the Elkhorn Ranch has been a family-oriented ranch since 1922. This means that you’ll be able to find some outdoor fun for everyone in the family! Take a scenic hike or ride through the Rocky Mountains on horseback during the day and sing and dance around the campfire at night. Elkhorn Ranch will surely feel like your own personal paradise. *Not taking reservations for 2020*

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Hubbard's Six Quarter Circle Ranch | Emigrant, MT

Hubbard’s Six Quarter Circle Ranch is an upscale ranch where you can ride all day every day on 25 square miles of pristine wilderness outside of Yellowstone. Guests are encouraged to participate in real-life ranch work by moving cows to greener pastures and fixing fence! Experience is not necessary here; the cowboys will provide instruction and strong mountain horses for every level of ability.

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Lone Mountain Ranch | Big Sky, MT

Located just 18 miles from Yellowstone, Lone Mountain Ranch is the perfect place to experience the beauty and endless recreational opportunities of the West. They provide a warm, relaxed atmosphere with the right comforts to help you "get away from it all.” Horseback rides, hikes, wildlife viewing, mountain biking, canoe trips, and guided tours into Yellowstone will keep you busy for days. 

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Lost Creek Ranch | Moose, WY

Lost Creek Ranch is located 20 miles north of Jackson, ideally set between towering mountains just 60 minutes from Yellowstone. Ranch activities are numerous and participation is by individual choice. Wranglers lead guests on horseback trips into the wilderness of unbelievable solitude and beauty. The lodge and cabins reflect quality and comfort with breath-taking views of the Grand Tetons.

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Moose Head Ranch | Moose, WY

30 miles from Yellowstone, Moose Head Ranch offers intimate rides in the mornings and afternoons as well as all-day rides where lunch is served over an open fire. When you don’t feel like riding, play volleyball or croquet on the lawn or go fishing! Sunday night cookouts are a highlight of the week with delicious food, singing, s'mores and camaraderie.

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch | Emigrant, MT

Just a 30-mile drive to the north entrance of Yellowstone, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch’s primary draw is their horseback riding. Their program includes rides for all skill levels, as well as arena instruction for those looking to learn the basics. Take advantage of their horseback rides through Yellowstone during your visit to get the real Western experience! 

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Nine Quarter Circle Ranch | Gallatin Gateway, MT

Adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, Nine Quarter Circle Ranch is surrounded by incredible scenery and offers excellent riding opportunities. The ranch features riding for all ages and levels of experience while traditional activities such as campfires, cookouts, hayrides and more are a big hit, as are their dedicated kids' programs. And this all comes served with the West's best hospitality!

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Parade Rest Guest Ranch | West Yellowstone, MT

Parade Rest Ranch is located a whopping 15 minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone, making it the closest of all the Montana ranches. Their experienced wranglers and gentle horses will ensure everyone enjoys their family ranch vacation, from novice to seasoned riders. The sound of the trickling creek on the ranch will become a favorite as you drift asleep at the end of an adventurous day.

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Rimrock Ranch | Cody, WY

At Rimrock Ranch your week will be filled with riding, rafting, rodeo, and an all-day tour of Yellowstone. Enjoy a day participating in a fishing tournament, cowboy singing, and an afternoon in the ranch arena playing games on horseback. And we can’t forget the spectacular views from the ranch’s swimming pool and hot tub!

Dude Ranches Near Yellowstone

Triangle X Ranch | Moose, WY

Triangle X Ranch presents unsurpassed views of the Teton mountains and is a stunning 45-minute drive from Yellowstone. The ranch is home to over 180 gentle and sure-footed mountain horses. Venture into the heart of one of the most remote wildernesses in the lower 48 as you explore a natural paradise few have ever seen - all from the back of a horse on a once-in-a-lifetime pack-trip!

If you’re planning a trip to America’s most famous national park, we’re very envious. If you add on a dude ranch vacation to your Yellowstone trip, everyone you know will want to follow in your footsteps! Come experience the West as it was 100 years ago. Click HERE to view more ranches 60+ minutes from Yellowstone. Not ready to book for 2020? Most ranches are already accepting bookings for 2021! If you need further assistance in narrowing down the options, contact a dude ranch vacation specialist today! info@duderanch.org 307-587-2339

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