The Best Idaho Dude Ranch Vacations

Here is the ultimate guide for Idaho dude ranch, guest ranch and working cattle ranch vacations. These Idaho dude ranches offer all-inclusive vacation packages for families with activities centered around horseback riding and adventure outdoor experiences like whitewater rafting, hiking and fishing. Some offer a full program of kid-centric activities and others offer adult-oriented immersive cowboy & cattle ranch activities. And what’s more, you’ll be extremely satisfied with the quality of the food and the accommodations at an Idaho dude ranch.

The living history of the Old West is infused and celebrated in every facet on these Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches. With a culture that dates back to the pioneer days of the United States, Idaho is much more than just potatoes. If you are looking for big valleys, big views and spectacular rivers than this is the state for you. And, although the Grand Tetons are actually in Wyoming, they can also be viewed from the Idaho side of the Teton Scenic Byway which begins on the Idaho Highway 31 at Swan Valley. With these reasons it’s no surprise Idaho is a great destination for your next vacation.

Take a look at the list of the Best Idaho Dude Ranch Vacations.

 

 

McGarry Ranches Idaho Dude Ranch Working Cattle

McGarry Ranches

Are you looking to be introduced to the lifestyle of the American Cowboy? Theron McGarry of the McGarry Ranches invites you to be a ranch hand guest on his cattle ranch, riding daily on the classic American Quarter Horse. Not only that, this Idaho dude ranch is only 1.5 hours away from the Western entrance of Yellowstone National Park or Grand Teton National Park

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Red Horse Mountain Ranch Idaho Dude Ranch Vacation

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

At only 1.5 hours from Spokane International Airport, the Red Horse Mountain Ranch specializes in the Idaho dude ranch for guided adventure activities. Horseback riding is just the start! They offer family vacations for all ages and a couple of weeks each season for adult only weeks and even a singles week! Read about their extensive list of activities here

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Diamond D Idaho Dude Ranch

Diamond D Ranch

Nestled in a serene valley in the Frank Church Wilderness the Diamond D Ranch is surrounded by mountains in the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. With an endless amount of country and wildlife to see this Idaho dude ranch is perfect for families. 

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Seven Devils Lodge Idaho Dude Ranch

Seven Devils Lodge 

Located in the central part of the state, the Seven Devils Lodge is an Idaho dude ranch in the unique area with neighboring jutting canyons, high desert trails and soaring mountain vistas. The lodge is only nine miles from the famous Hells Canyon, known as the deepest canyon in all of North America. Open January through November the lodge is open to horseback riding, guided hunts, fishing, hiking, trap shooting, an archery course and snowmobiling throughout the year. 

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Western Pleasure  Idaho Dude Ranch Vacation

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

With gourmet dining and warm, western hospitality the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch offers not only the dude ranch vacation of your dreams, but a true western experience in the wilderness of Idaho. In addition to horseback riding, the ranch also offers special activities such as horse drawn wagon rides, mounted scavenger hunts and geocashing. 

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Are you looking for the ultimate guide for Idaho dude ranch, guest ranch and working cattle ranch vacations? These Idaho dude ranches offer all-inclusive vacation packages centered around horseback riding and adventure outdoor experiences like whitewater rafting, hiking and fishing. Some offer kid-centric family activities and others offer immersive cattle ranch activities. And, you’ll be extremely satisfied with the quality of the food and the accommodations at an Idaho dude ranch.

5 Reasons to Go on a Winter Dude Ranch Vacation

With winter just around the corner now is the prime time to plan your snowy getaway on a dude ranch. If you are unsure about a winter dude ranch vacation here are five reasons (and five great ranches) why this may be the best time for you to go.


1. Winter Sports


Winter snow sports offer some of the most beautiful and pristine views of the mountains. Ranches will offer a variety of activities you can participate in - cross country skiing, downhill skiing, show shoeing, sledding, snow mobiling, and yes, even horseback riding!

 

Seven Devils Winter Dude Ranch Vacation

At the Seven Devil’s Lodge in Idaho you can experience miles and miles of backcountry, very far from the nearest road. They offer guided snow mobile tours on terrain for beginners and for those who are more advanced. The Lodge will even provide an entry level to intermediate snowmobile riding clinic! With 5,500 square feet the lodge has five spacious bedroom suites and a maximum capacity of eight. You’ll have a personalized winter dude ranch vacation at the Seven Devils Lodge, where outdoor winter sports are their specialty.


2. Seasonal Deals


Winter travel can mean seasonal deals. Whenever you are booking be sure to ask about special winter deals. After the holidays, during the off season you could potential save a lot of money.

 

 Vee Bar Ranch Lodge Winter Snow

At the Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Wyoming you’ll receive these seasonal deals during their off season. The nightly rate less expensive than the summer rates and you can choose a package deal with the local ski hill. The cozy, comfortable cabins have decks and chairs right next to the Little Laramie River just outside your room. You’ll enjoy horseback riding, hiking/snow shoe excursions and a wagon ride through the Vee Bar Meadows at this winter dude ranch.


3. Cozy Lodge Rooms and Cabins


After a long day in the snow, bundled up in winter gear what is cozier than a cabin with a fire going and a cup of hot chocolate? You’ll be surrounded by western décor and top of the line furnishings to boot!

 

Home Sledding


Join the Home Ranch in Colorado this season and revel in exquisite holiday dining and festivities or just relax and watch the snow fall from the comfort of our lodge or your own snug cabin. Walk out your front door and enjoy almost every winter activity imaginable at this winter dude ranch: 20 miles of Nordic skiing, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides. It's a perfect holiday setting for every taste and generation.


4. Wine & Dine


With short days you’ll enjoy long evenings indoors with fine wine and fine dining.

 

Triangle X Ranch Winter Dude Ranch Vacation Starts in the Hot Tub


You’ll really enjoy Triangle X Ranch’s four star dining set with the back drop of the snow covered Teton Mountains. This authentic working dude ranch offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, photography and wildlife viewing right out your front door. After a full day, return to the comfortable lodge and relax western style with a warm fire and a large outdoor Jacuzzi.

5. Less Crowds


While low temperatures and lots of snow deter lots of travelers, this works in your favor when traveling in the colder months, as you’ll spend less on flights and travel expenses.

 

Bar W Sleigh Ride Snow
Experience the winter season and beauty of the great outdoors from the comfort of a sleigh at the Bar W Guest Ranch in Montana. Enjoy the magic of a sleigh drawn by gentle draft horses while snuggling up under blankets with loved ones. This is perfect for that romantic getaway or just spending time with family and friends. Each sleigh ride winds through open fields and woodlands, giving you the chance to take in the beauty of the land. The Bar W is located at the base of Spencer Mountain providing an optimal view of snow covered ridges, Spencer Lake, and Montana’s expansive beauty.  Not only that, this winter dude ranch is close to all sorts of snow sport providers.

 

More about a Winter Dude Ranch Vacation

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5 Reasons for a Winter Dude Ranch Vacation

 

 

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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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7 Ranches for your 2016 Hunting Trip

It is time to start planning for your 2016 hunting trip. The Dude Ranchers' Association is here to help you find the personalized hunting trip for you and your family this fall. Below we have gathered some of the most exciting places available. Don't forget to book early, as ranches only have a limited number of trips available. For more information on planning your trips please contact the Dude Ranchers' Association office at 307.587.2339.

Hunting Trips

JJJ WIlderness Hunting & PackTrip

JJJ WIlderness Hunting & PackTrip

Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT

JJJ Wilderness Ranch Join us for the hunt of a lifetime in Montana's 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Home to North America's foremost big game animals, this unspoiled wilderness provides unsurpassed beauty and trophy opportunities. To hunt the "Bob" is to experience one of America's national treasures.

Seven Devils Mountain Range, ID

Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch and Guide Service Seven Devil's hunts are guided on 18,000 acres of private land, no fences.  We pride ourselves on providing a hunt that is more than just tagging a great animal.   Because we are so passionate about the entire hunting experience we look forward to glassing in the morning and being out at first light just as much as the hunter.   We treat each hunt as if it were our own.  A true sportsman experience is what we’re about.  Give us a call and learn more about what we have to offer in services even after you fill your tag.

Dunoir Valley, WY

Absaroka Ranch The hunting area is the magnificent Dunoir Valley located northwest of Dubois, Wyoming. The Dunoir remains one of the last truly abundant wildlife and virtually hunter - free areas in the state, if not the entire West. The ranch provides nearly everything for your hunt such as saddles, rifle scabbards and saddle bags, and you will enjoy a comfortable, modern cabin and excellent, hearty meals. All you provide is license, rifle, ammunition, and other personal hunting gear.

Upper Ruby Valley, MT

Upper Canyon Outfitters & Guest Ranch UCO offers guided and unguided archery hunting packages that are 5 day/6 nights or longer.  Guided packages including all meals, accommodations in cabins or lodge, Bozeman pick-up & return.  Guests can stay in the lodge or cabins during their stay. Free WiFi throughout the ranch.  In addition, we can arrange to accommodate non-hunting guests & youth hunters.

Triangle X Hunting Trip Sunset

Triangle X Sunset View

Teton Wilderness Range, WY

Triangle X Ranch The Triangle X Ranch operates three hunting camps in the Teton Wilderness region of the Jackson Hole, Wyoming directly south of Yellowstone National Park. The camps offer some of the finest big game hunting in America. Our region has unsurpassed opportunities for trophy elk. The hunting camps are located so that they give us a near monopoly on one of the finest and largest hunting areas in the state of Wyoming.

Beaverhead National Forest, MT

Broken Arrow Lodge and Outfitters Nearly half of the entire elk harvested in the state of Montana come from region of the Ranch. With a local herd in this area we are not dependent on a migration. All hunting is done within a 15-20 mile radius of the lodge. Depending on your ability and the method that is best suited for you, whether it be by foot, 4-wheel drive, or horseback.

C Lazy u Mom and Dad Hunting Trip Glamping

C Lazy U Glamping on your Hunting Trip

Granby Mesa Mountain, CO

C Lazy U Ranch Ladies! Your husband has booked a 6 day luxury hunt in the mountains of Colorado and you’re wondering what to do with yourself, aren’t you? Go with him! It sounds crazy, especially if you’re familiar with what hunting trips can be like; but your husband hasn’t booked a trip to your typical male elk camp, where “ruffing it” means cold showers and subpar meals. No, he’s booked a trip to the C Lazy U Ranch. What does this mean for you and your kids? We thought you’d never ask!  Situated in a private valley with 8,500 acres, the C Lazy U Ranch offers you everything from amenities that pamper (like our world class “Lazy You” spa, where you can indulge yourself in treatments that allow the pressures and stresses of life melt away), to adventure of your own (like loping across a beautiful mesa at the base of the Rockies on horseback, or fly fishing with your very own guide). You and your kids will be sure to beg your husband to go hunting every year!    

Adventures in Living ~ Idaho Dude Ranches

Idaho is more than just potatoes. It is also home to your next mountain adventure. Whether this state is your next vacation destination or you are just passing through, it is worth an extra moment to enjoy. For a top quality ranch experience, stay at one of these Idaho sweet spots. A destination wedding, some 'ranch-y' cattle work or a guided hunt into the wilderness is just the beginning. Find more Idaho family or horsemanship locations here.

Happily Ever After

Diamond D Ranch in Idaho

Say your vows in the chapel built by hand, to create some of your most incredible memories at the Diamond D Ranch.  This special chapel was the vision of Linda Demorest and it took 11 summers to complete, built rock by rock. Linda is a minister and performs many weddings in this small, beautiful chapel built along Loon Creek.

Dates Open June 1 - October 15


4th Generation Cattle Ranch

McGarry Ranches Cattle Drive 2

Theorn McGarry, a lifelong cowboy, oversees the day to day cattle operations.  As the fourth generation rancher he invites you to participate in the maintenance and well being of his ranch cattle herd. Day to day activities also include roping, driving cattle to new pastures, fence mending and never ending odd jobs on over 55,000 acres at the McGarry Ranches.

Dates Open May 1 - October 31


Elk, Deer & Bear Hunts

Seven Devils Lodge in Idaho

Seven Devils Lodge & Guide Service hunts are guided on all private land with no fences.  Because the lodge is so passionate about the entire hunting experience they look forward to glassing in the morning and being out at first light just as much as the hunter.   A true sportsman experience is what we’re about.

Dates Open ~ January 1 - November 30


     

Small Dude Ranches Offer Big Experiences

Make some memories you won't soon forget at one of these small dude ranches. Here you will find one of the most exclusive vacation settings in Western America. Please note, small does not mean they are short on experiences or activities. It means they only host a handful guests in order to offer you a very personal and tailored horseback riding vacation. In the list of dude ranches below you will find your perfect cowboy place, great for making genuine connections with the land, horses and your hosts.

 

Greenhorn Creek California Dude Ranch

'Grandma's House' - An Historic Pioneer Ranch

Long Hollow Ranch, Capacity - 16

Long Hollow Ranch is a historic pioneer ranch in central Oregon that serves as a Bed & Breakfast for guests looking to stay a few days. The original ranch buildings are over a century old and have been preserved and renovated for hosting ranch guests.  Guests are treated to a delicious homemade breakfast and great company each morning. The original ranch 'store' (once a stage stop) is now a guest cottage.  All guest areas are decorated in a manner designed to evoke the feeling of 'Grandma's house.'  This place is the perfect way to 'get away from it all' and find peace and perspective as you experience a simpler way of life on a cattle ranch. Call for reservations at 541.923.1901.  

Flat Creek Ranch Lake Small Dude Ranches

Your Own Private Wilderness in the Tetons

Flat Creek Ranch, Capacity - 14

For decades Jackson Hole’s Flat Creek Ranch has carried a mystique inspired by its raucous history, its remoteness and its epic wild beauty. Now this jewel cloaked in the National Forest can become your own private wilderness. Getting here is your first adventure: a 15-mile route across the National Elk Refuge and into the mountains over a rigorous jeep track. At the end of the road you reach a true haven. Come to hike, to ride, to fish, to experience the back country. Come to meet an array of wildlife from bald eagles to moose and deer, scores of ducks, owls and visiting osprey. Scan the cliffs above the ranch for mountain sheep. Fish for trout in our acclaimed stream and private lake. Call for reservations at 307.733.0603.  

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Dramatic Location Near Hells Canyon

Seven Devils Lodge, Capacity 8

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, as the crow flies, from Hells Canyon, known as the deepest canyon in North America. One of the few guest ranches in the state operating on as actual working cattle ranch, Seven Devils Lodge sits on the historic OX Ranch. Unique enough to be the subject of the popular book, A Wild Cowboy, the OX Ranch is rich in history and western culture. 

 

Allen's Diamond 4 Small Dude Ranches

Cowboy up on this Working Ranch

Allen's Diamond 4 Ranch, Capacity 8

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

Small Dude Ranches Offer Big Experiences

Make some memories you won't soon forget at one of these small dude ranches. Here you will find one of the most exclusive vacation settings in Western America. Please note, small does not mean they are short on experiences or activities. It means they only host a handful guests in order to offer you a very personal horseback riding vacation. In the list of dude ranches below you will find your perfect cowboy place, great for making genuine connections with the land, horses and your hosts.

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