Available Ranch Vacations for the Great American Eclipse

Flat Creek Ranch to view the Great American EclipseThe first total eclipse to span the United States in nearly four decades – The Great American Eclipse – will take place on August 21, 2017. The center of the eclipse path – where the moon completely blocks out the sun, creating a few minutes of night in the middle of the day – will pass over Northwestern Wyoming and Central Idaho. The most dramatic scenery for the eclipse can be found here. Countless visitors will no doubt flock to the area to try and find a prime viewing spot. The BEST destination for eclipse viewers is one of the area’s dude ranches. Why? Ranches are located in some of the most tranquil, untouched areas of the country. Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, you’re that much closer to nature. And there is a very good chance for clear skies in Wyoming & Idaho in August. Here are some ranches who may have spots available:

Flat Creek Ranch Flat Creek Ranch in the Gros Ventre Wilderness is, without a doubt, a great place to be for this special event. The ranch offering as spectacular 7 night all inclusive getaway for up to 10 people in one party. You will start with 3 nights at a traditional back country camp located in the heart if the Wilderness where you will be guided around the mountains by expert staff. On Monday, the large alpine meadow will be the perfect setting to witness the full solar eclipse.

Absaroka Ranch The Absaroka Ranch is located 16 miles northwest of Dubois, Wyoming, on the slopes of the Absaroka mountain range. The Absaroka is offering a 4 night Eclipse package. The valley is surrounded by National Forest and Wilderness, offering the peace and solitude that is rare to find in the West today. This area is unspoiled and unchanged. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, the ranch enjoys one of the most delightful spring, summer, and fall climates to be found anywhere.

Heart Six Ranch Heart Six Guest Ranch is located in Beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming. With great views of the Grand Teton Mountains the scenery makes a great location to view the eclipse. The main activity is horseback riding, but there is lots of things for guests of all ages - from very young to very young at heart! You'll be able to ride horses every day, as well as other scheduled activities such as paintball, fly fishing, spin fishing, scenic floats, junior wrangler program, weekly entertainment, Yellowstone Tour, and Jackson Hole Rodeo.

Spotted Horse Located south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Spotted Horse Ranch offers a wide variety of activities for people of all ages and a great eclipse destination. Endless trails take you through majestic mountains, valleys of wildflowers, and along river banks by horseback.  During your week stay there are two evening cookouts with live entertainment from local talent.  Nothing smells better than steaks grilling followed by roasting marshmallows over an open fire.  Enjoy a quiet scenic float on the Snake River or a whitewater trip can be arranged for the more adventurous. Volleyball, ping-pong, square dancing and horseshoes are available as well.

Seven Devils Lodge Located in central Idaho, just south of the Seven Devils mountain range, the Seven Devils Lodge lies in a unique area, neighboring jutting canyons, high desert, and soaring mountains. The Lodge is just nine miles from Hells Canyon, known as the deepest canyon in North America for your eclipse viewing pleasure. Seven Devils is one of the few guest ranches in the state operating on an actual working cattle ranch founded in the early 1900's, the historic OX Ranch. The Seven Devils Lodge is a 5500 sq ft facility with 6 spacious bedroom suites: The Boss, The Angler, The Hunter, The Trapper, The Cowboy and The Gardener. Each room has been uniquely decorated, using themes from the surrounding great outdoors.

Goosewing Ranch Goosewing Ranch combines the lifestyle of ranching in the Wyoming wilderness with many of the modern refinements that make your visit especially enjoyable. Remote with spectacular scenery overlooking and close proximity to Jackson Hole and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  For the eclipse, Goosewing is offering a 7 night pack trip & ranch stay package. You would start the package with a 3  night/4 day pack trip.  Spending the time of the solar eclipse directly under the path in a remote back country location.  Then return to to ranch for four nights.  Goosewing also has glamping wagons for your 7 night stay.   Save Save Save

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Bob Marshall Wilderness Adventures

The Bob Marshall Wilderness, named after Bob Marshall himself, is located in western Montana as the fifth-largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. It extends for 60 miles along the Continental Divide and consists of over 1 million acres and remains road-less, with the only permanent structures being some old ranger stations and horse bridges. You might see some of these structures while riding out with the JJJ Wilderness Ranch or the Rich's Montana Guest Ranch. Sounds like a great location for your next horseback riding vacation, right? Wait, there's more. You'll have a chance to ride to a long escarpment famously known as the Chinese Wall, averaging 1,000 feet high from its base and extends for 22 miles.  Take a look at these two unique pack trip experience to immerse yourself in Bob Marshall Wilderness Adventures.

JJJ Wilderness Ranch offers Bob Marshall Wilderness Adventures

JJJ Wilderness Ranch in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Each pack trip is unique ranging from base camp oriented to trips that traverse the wilderness over the Continental Divide. You’ll travel across wilderness trails on sure-footed saddle horses that are mountain savvy and a joy to ride. A trusty string of pack-mules carries all the gear so you can rough it in comfort. The Triple J crew, wrangler, packer, guide and camp cook, will provide a comfortable, complete camp. These limited trips average 8 guests to ensure a high level of personal service.

Trips can be tailored for individual groups and interests. During your Montana riding vacation the rugged landscape unfolds before you, revealing elk, mule deer and whitetail, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, eagles, moose and black bear. You'll have plenty of opportunities to fly fish the natural streams and lakes for native Cutthroats and Rainbow trout... it's a fisherman's paradise. Book a trip into the awesome beauty of remote wilderness. Layover days offer options of riding, hiking, fishing or relaxing around the campfire.

RIch Ranch offers Bob Marshall Wilderness Adventures

Rich’s Montana Guest Ranch in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Rich Ranch offers progressive pack trips through this mountainous area that vary in length from 5 to 10 days. You ride horseback and all camp gear is packed on mules. Generally, camp moves every other day and lay over on the days in between to ride, fish, explore, relax, and enjoy camp life. You will stay in teepee tents with covered floors and screened doors. Hearty meals are prepared and served under the kitchen fly fisher's paradise.

Enjoy world-class fishing for native cutthroat on the South Fork Flathead River and it’s tributaries! Alpine lakes, glacial streams, and the main rivers offer a wide opportunity for novice and expert alike. With an abundance of trout lying in wait in the cold, clear waters, you can book a trip to a fly fisherman’s paradise.


 

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Labor Day Dude Ranch Stays

Last minute Labor Day dude ranch stays are nearly always available. With over 100 ranches in the Dude Ranchers' Association no matter where you are trying to go or what time of year, give us a call and we will help you find a ranch to suite your personality and time line. Reach someone directly at 307.587.2339 or browse the ranches below for this year's labor day trip.

All-Inclusive Stay

Lost Valley Ranch Spring Break & Labor Day Dude Ranch Stay

Lost Valley Ranch is an all-inclusive AAA Four Diamond Resort located just approximately 90 minutes from Colorado Springs in the front range of Colorado. This all-inclusive dude ranch rates cover your lodging, all of your meals at the ranch, guided horseback riding, use of all our facilities (swimming pool, tennis courts, etc.), children's and teen supervision, special evening programming and access to 26,000 acres of Pike National Forest. The only additional costs you may encounter are optional activities and purchases, including Fly Fishing clinics and excursions with an Orvis-certified guide, trap shooting, archery, buying items from our Trading Post, transportation assistance or in-cabin massage therapy services

Al-la-cart for Labor Day

Tumbling River Ranch Singles Labor Day Dude Ranch

Tumbling River Ranch offers a fantastic opportunity to experience a Colorado dude ranch for a long weekend! The weekend package is set up “bed and breakfast” style: providing comfortable mountain cabins, all meals and facilities. Your family can simply enjoy being in the mountains, or add some dude ranch activities for an additional cost. Take advantage of the heated pool and hot tub, or invigorate yourself with a spectacular hikes in Pike National Forest! There’s great spin cast fishing in our stocked pond, but don’t miss out on a professionally guided fly fishing excursion on one of Colorado’s blue ribbon rivers. Or, if escaping the city is enough, you’ll enjoy luxurious cabins with fireplaces and private baths, plus two historic lodges with spacious rooms and suites. We are well-known for our exceptional home-cooked meals, friendly atmosphere, and standout service.

Annual Labor Day Festival in Creede, Colorado

4UR All-American Cowgirl Labor Day Dude Ranch Stay

At the 4UR Ranch you can have a ranch vacation and be apart of the community of Creede, Coloradofor the Labor Day festival. The town of Creede goes all out for this holiday, with annual festivities such as soap box races, hot air balloon rides, and a half marathon mountain run. There is always a Salsa Fest, where local folks compete against one another for the title of best salsa maker (and we get to have fun tasting it). Labor Day Weekend is one of those special times when everyone at our family dude ranch really gets to experience the community of Creede.   Save Save

For A Holiday Wrapped in Western Hospitality, Make Your Dude Ranch Reservation Today!

For many, holiday’s come wrapped with “to-do lists.” Extra chores without additional time can seriously dampen what’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s why more and more families are tossing out the lists and giving each other the very special gift of time. It seems travelers are discovering a DRA guest ranch an ideal place to give thanks and make merry with friends and family. Some ranches you might consider for that perfect stress free holiday are listed below:

Flying E Ranch for the Holiday

Warm Arizona Holiday at the Flying E Ranch

Flying E Ranch in Arizona brings families together for a good old fashioned cowboy Christmas complete with making ornaments for the tree, caroling by the fire, and a Christmas morning breakfast ride. Chef Sergio and the kitchen crew at Tanque Verde Ranch are already planning the Christmas dinner. The pastry kitchen crew is also busy preparing all those holiday treats we love to eat! Families can find luxury including their own personal Christmas tree, Santa arriving by horse-drawn sleigh, gourmet Christmas dinner, and lots of snowy adventures at Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch. Another snowy option is in British Columbia at Echo Valley Guest Ranch’s Winter Getaway complete with mulled wine, cross country skiing, ice fishing, Thai yoga, spa treatments, and more. Perhaps the family would like to try a little skiing in Montana over the holidays. If so than Lone Mountain Ranch is the place for you. Always a guest favorite, the Discovery Package features an array of pursuits from robust to relaxing. It’s everything you and your family might want for an unforgettable getaway in the mountains of Montana. 4 night minimum.

Lone Mountain Winter Sleigh Ride Snow

Winter Sleigh Ride in the Snow at the Lone Mountain Ranch

Whether your dream getaway is a warm weather paradise that lets you escape from the cold, or a snowy wonderland that helps you embrace the magic of the season, DRA ranches have you covered. With over 100 member ranches, found in the deserts and mountains of the American West and Canada, your family can spend the holidays at a ranch best suited to your interests and lifestyle. What’s more, many of the DRA’s all-inclusive ranches offer special holiday packages, making them a smart holiday choice. But best of all, a DRA dude ranch offers your family something not found in a shopping mall: precious time spent together making memories that will last a lifetime. The Dude Ranchers Association


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Live your Western Vacation Dream in Wyoming

Think all inclusive holidays are an invention of the big tour operators? Then think again. The Dude Ranch Association (DRA) has been leading the way for years. There is a broad spectrum of DRA-accredited guest ranches across North America, ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches. From valleys complete with untouched Rocky Mountain backdrops to desert sunsets across the Southwest, you can find DRA-accredited ranches throughout the Western US, as well as in California, Arkansas and Canada. If ever a state lends itself to this type of vacation, it's Wyoming.

This is where the Rocky Mountains meet the High Plains, true cowboy country, with few people and vast, open spaces. It is a land that inspires dreams of riding horseback across the plains and Wyoming luxury Dude Ranch vacations help guests realize that dream.

Yellowstone National Park

The bulk of Yellowstone National Park is in Northwest Wyoming and the Grand Loop Road provides a wonderful overview of the area, from the steaming geysers to majestic waterfalls and deep canyons. Hundreds of trails traverse the park, providing access to deep back-country areas, remote lakes, and scenic overlooks.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is also in Northwest Wyoming. The first glimpse of the jagged mountains that explode out of the Jackson Hole Valley have been known to take the breath away. Pristine lakes and grassland dot the valley floor and glaciers slide down steep rocky peaks from elevations of more than 12,000 feet.

Jump to eastern Wyoming and find Devil's Tower, a massive, monolithic volcanic neck that rises out of the Black Hills. Visitors circumnavigate the tower and try to spot some of the many climbers,  or play hide and seek with the prairie dogs that reside within the park boundaries.

Wyoming Dude Ranch vacations can be anything from rustic to luxurious, with guests spending all day in the saddle herding cattle, or soaking in a hot tub and enjoying a massage. Activities may range from angling to river rafting and hiking, or lounging on a porch with a book. ‘The Dude Ranchers’ Association takes great pride in all of our ranches and we are particularly fond of the adventures and warmth that guests can enjoy during the winter months at our Southwest ranches, says Colleen Hodson, executive director of the DRA. ‘These ranches offer a scenic escape from the bleak winter conditions many people are experiencing at this time of year and guarantee a vacation that is anything but ordinary.’

Check out these genuinely lovely Dude Ranch Locations of the Cowboy State...

7D Couple Trail

7D Ranch

The 7D Ranch is Wyoming's premier family guest ranch since 1958. Extensive trail riding in a pristine mountain setting. Fly-fishing with instruction. Supervised children's program. Western cuisine. Hiking from the ranch as well as in the Beartooth Mountains. A weekly trip into Yellowstone is offered.  

Heart Six Guest Ranch

Heart 6 Wedding Horseback

Heart Six Guest Ranch is located in Beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming. With great views of the Grand Teton Mountains the scenery is second to none. Our main activity is horseback riding, but we have lots to offer guests of all ages - from very young to very young at heart!    

Lazy L&B Ranch

Lazy L&B Kid Moment

The Lazy L & B Ranch has a quality horse program for all ages and abilities with extensive riding through wildlife habitat, forest, river gorges and high desert in small groups. There's also great fishing, hiking, swimming (pool or river) and just hanging out.    

Vee Bar Guest Ranch

Vee Bar Cattle

The Vee Bar Ranch, located near Laramie Wyoming, is a family-friendly vacation destination that is sure to please the horse loving cowboy or cowgirl in you. A variety of activities, ranging from horseback riding to river tubing, will suit each member of your group. Experience true western hospitality here!  


 

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