It is Never to Early to Book a Dude Ranch Holiday Vacation the Entire Family Will be Amazed By!

It may seem too early to start thinking about holiday gifts and it probably is if you are just going to give “stuff” again this year. Here at the Dude Ranchers’ Association, we think the best holiday gifts don’t support designer logos nor do they come from big box stores. We feel one of the true meanings of the holidays is families spending time together, away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded shopping malls and there is no better place to spend time with your family than on a dude ranch holiday vacation.

This year we challenge you all to think outside the pretty wrapped boxes and consider giving you and your loved ones the gift of time spent together. The members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association have long believed that family time is the most important time and what better time of year for that then the holiday season.

DRA-member ranches in Arizona offer trail rides under the warm desert sun, as well as hiking, mountain biking, tennis and swimming. Northern ranches from Colorado to Canada entertain families with guided snowmobile tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, access to superb downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating and maybe even a little ski jorning. There is something to make everyone happy.

Below are several dude and guest ranch options to consider for your dude ranch holiday vacation!

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Western Pleasure Ranch - Idaho

As a blanket of white transforms, the Western Pleasure Ranch into a winter wonderland, you and your family can enjoy scenic horse-drawn sleigh rides powered by one of their many draft teams. You will feel like a child again as they jingle through a 2-mile loop trail of dense forests in the foothills of the Cabinet Mountains with amazing views of the Selkirk Mountain Ranch. With a wide variety of horse-drawn sleighs, including a five-passenger, three twelve passengers and a two-passenger, they have the right size sleigh to accommodate your family, friends and even that special someone for the romantic two passenger sleigh. 

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Circle Z Ranch - Arizona

At Circle Z Ranch their Thanksgiving festivities are legendary! They have been hosting families with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for more than 50 years. With amazing fall weather as a backdrop, your horseback rides will be a Thanksgiving memory your family will not soon forget. During the Christmas holiday season, it has been said that you will get to meet Santa Clause as he has been known to show up at the ranch in a horse-drawn sleigh, something the kiddos will talk about for years to come. 

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The Home Ranch – Colorado 

The beautiful Elk River Valley is known for its legendary snowfalls of powdery magnificent snow. When you stay at this ranch you can ski it all Backcountry, Classic, Skate, Steamboat, Telemark and never get behind the wheel of a car. With some of the best Nordic skiing in the world at your doorstep, deluxe cowboy chic accommodations, and exceptional cuisine this is one of the best winter getaways the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer. On top of all that during your Christmas holiday, a live Christmas tree will be provided in your room for you and your family to decorate and just think no un-decorating when you get back home.

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Lone Mountain Ranch – Montana 

Spending the Holidays at Lone Mountain Ranch near Big Sky ski resort in Montana sounds like heaven to us. What’s so great about this ranch…Nordic skiing over 85Km of trails, snowboarding, candlelit dinners in their historic North Fork Cabin, moonlight skiing just to mention a few. Add in gingerbread house making and a quick ski with Santa and you and your family will have had the very merriest of holidays.

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C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado 

If going away for the Thanksgiving holiday seems a little odd since it is such a family-focused holiday know that taking a memorable family trip to C Lazy U Ranch during the holidays doesn’t have to mean forsaking traditions. The ranch hosts a Thanksgiving getaway that will quickly become the “new” family tradition. This ranch allows families to “power down” while still having fun in a family-friendly setting that harkens back to simpler days. With unique activities like daily horseback riding, winter sports, games and bonding time between your family and other guests this Thanksgiving at C Lazy U will be one for the books.

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Rich Ranch – Montana 

Snowmobile the Rocky Mountains and discover the scenic backwoods that this great state has to offer. This is an all service vacation spot that includes meals, lodging and use of ranch amenities and guide service to 1500+ miles of groomed mountain snowmobile trails right out your cabin door. You will enjoy awesome scenery abundant wildlife and no crowds. You will stay in cedar/log cabins with private baths, propane fireplaces and all the amenities you could want. This is such a great place to unwind and reconnect after a full day of play in the fresh Montana air.

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As you can, see best of all, a DRA dude ranch offers families something one can’t find in a shopping mall; precious time spent together making memories to last a lifetime! Book now before they all fill up. For more information contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association at info2@duderanch.org or 307-587-2339.

 

 

Luxury Dude Ranches for your Next Vacation

Are you looking for a fun and entertaining vacation for your family, but also want a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway at the same time? Luxury dude ranches are the vacation you have been searching for! Luxury dude ranches offer a great atmosphere of entertainment and relaxation all at the same time. You can go out for a horseback ride through beautiful landscapes and scenery in the morning, enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the spa or retreat peacefully to your room to read a book. It really is all up to you!

But what will the kids do you may ask? Most luxury dude ranches have a great kid’s program where the kids can interact with other children their age and make memories to last a lifetime. There is no doubt that the kids will talk about this vacation for years to come and that large amounts of fun will be had! Most families that have vacationed at dude ranches agree that kids sleep well while on a ranch vacation, they wear themselves out with all of the excitement, activities and fun!  Whatever activities you are looking to mark off the list, these luxury dude ranches, members of the Dude Ranchers' Association, will fit the bill of a fantastic vacation for the whole family. 

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Smith Fork Ranch - Colorado

Nestled in the valley of the West Elk Wilderness lies the Smith Fork Ranch, truly a hidden gem of Colorado. Smith Fork is a beautiful private luxury dude ranch that offers traditional western adventures, gracious hospitality, unique farm to table cuisine along with an award-winning wine list! If you are looking for a great family vacation and a highly rated luxurious, relaxing getaway you should definitely consider Smith Fork Ranch. Their farm to table cuisine program is like none other in the area and their spa is really fantastic. This ranch is rated at the top of many luxury dude ranch articles, so do not miss out on a wonderful ranch vacation at Smith Fork! 

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Smith Fork Ranch - Crawford, CO

Lost Valley Ranch - Colorado

An authentic Colorado dude ranch vacation with a little luxury mixed in waits for you at the Lost Valley Ranch. With an abundance of activities for the kids to enjoy, beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery on horseback rides and the option of an in-cabin massage after a fun-filled day, what else could you ask for in a dude ranch experience! Lost Valley is a very historic ranch with a special kind of charm, it holds qualities of a high-class resort, but also a family and kid friendly atmosphere. If you are searching for the perfect luxury dude ranch for a large family, take a look at Lost Valley Ranch. 

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Lost Valley Ranch - Sedalia, CO

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Montana

Located just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park makes the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana a prime luxury dude ranch destination for families and couples. There is literally something for everyone to do at Mountain Sky. Whether you are an avid horseback rider, enjoy fly-fishing or hiking, want to play a round of golf at the on-site golf course or spend an incredible day in the ranch’s world-renowned spa, you will not be bored on this vacation! The kids will not be bored either, Mountain Sky has a truly unique and impressive kids’ program that is suitable for all ages. There will not be a thing you have to worry about while on this luxury dude ranch vacation; 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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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Emigrant, MT

The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley - 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 Broadmoor sits the beautiful Ranch at Emerald Valley, a distinct western experience. This ranch is definitely 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 overlook this ranch. Here you can experience a variety of high-class activities along with a full-service spa. Your vacation to the Ranch at Emerald Valley will be the perfect mix of western charm and a fine resort. Tons of activities and great memories await you and your chosen travel partners at the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley.

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The Broadmoor's Ranch at Emerald Valley - Colorado Springs, CO

Lone Mountain Ranch - Montana

Lone Mountain Ranch is big enough for any family reunion and will appeal to all families, traditional or luxury! It is also the perfect romantic getaway for couples too.  With high quality luxurious food options, beautiful western furnished cabins and activities for every guest, big or small, Lone Mountain has it all. Relax in your cabin or on the porch listening to the sounds of nature and the stream that flows right through the ranch. Maybe you would like to go for a long refreshing hike into the incredible surrounding Gallatin Mountains, take a horseback ride to the mountain tops and gaze over the stunning Gallatin canyon, or maybe you would like to sit and watch the kids laugh and play on the big front lawn. 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.

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Lone Mountain Ranch - Big Sky, MT

The High Lonesome Ranch - Colorado

A high-class dude ranch that offers many activities including working cattle; luxury mixed with a true western cowboy experience can be found at the High Lonesome Ranch in Colorado. With an upscale rustic charm, the High Lonesome provides a unique atmosphere perfect for both families and couples with their accommodations, exquisite food provided by a local farm-to-table program and many different activities, including cattle drives. Spa services are available on the ranch for those who are looking to reach full relaxation. Yoga and a swimming pool are also available so you can get a workout too! High in the mountains of Colorado lies this little slice of serenity. No matter the type of vacation you are looking for, you will not want to miss out on the High Lonesome Ranch. 

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The High Lonesome Ranch - DeBeque, CO

A Bar A Ranch - Wyoming

Experience a piece of history and luxury at the A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming! This ranch has been in operation since 1926 and is nearly 100,000 acres in size, all of these acres are available for you to explore and enjoy! With incredible cuisine, beautiful cabins and guest houses and so many activities for you to experience, you may have a hard time picking which ones to participate in. A Bar A is the perfect family vacation, the kids will have several ways to burn off that stored up energy, and mom and dad can kick back and relax. Play a round of golf, check out what the spa has to offer or lounge by the pool and hot tub. The amount of ways to relish in your vacation are endless at A Bar A. This Wyoming luxury dude ranch may just check all of the boxes on your wish list for the perfect vacation! 

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A Bar A Ranch - Encampment, WY

4UR Ranch - Colorado

Can you imagine a place more luxurious than a vacation with a natural hot spring right on location? 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. These natural wonders were first discovered by Ute tribe and the ranch was constructed around them to make sure no damage was made and to preserve history. The healing waters provide serene relaxation and many people believe they are a natural healer. The 4UR 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 much more! So, while mom and dad relax by the water, the kids will be entertained all day! Make it a wonderful family vacation and have luxury meet you at the door at the 4UR Ranch. 

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4UR Ranch - Creede, CO

The Home Ranch - Colorado 

Colorado’s only Relais & Chateaux affiliated luxury dude ranch awaits you! The Home Ranch is nestled at the end of the valley where the Elk River flows from the Sawtooth Mountain Range. This is the perfect destination for your family to enjoy time together and to unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax by the ranch’s outdoor heated pool, read a book, work on your tan or take in the clean mountain air. The kids will have plenty to keep them busy while being involved in the children’s program and making new friends around the ranch. Of course, there will be time for you to connect as a family, but when you want to truly relax there is an activity for everyone. Do not worry about the food either, the chefs at the Home Ranch are phenomenal and will provide great meals for everyone. Experience a high-class luxury dude ranch vacation and a trip the kids will always remember at the Home Ranch! 

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The Home Ranch - Clark, CO

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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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Fine Dining Dude Ranch Vacations for Foodies

The Dude Ranchers' Association has scoured the Western United States and found the best dude and guest ranch vacations money can buy. As with the nature of a ranch, horseback riding is a key outdoor adventure of the day's activities, but for some foodie families, the magic really starts with hors d'oeuvres, runs with a full course meal and culminates after dessert with a glass of fine wine and a peaceful sunset. We've picked out some of the best dude ranch vacations for foodies. We promise, you'll certainly get a craving for the culinary experiences offered by the dude ranches below. But, don't just settle for one ranch, try them all!

 

Dude Ranch Vacations for Foodies

 

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

You'll soon discover that at Mountain Sky the meals will be one of the most memorable parts of your stay. The ranch kicks things off with hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the saloon followed by a three to five course dinner featuring carefully crafted and regionally inspired dishes. Complement your dinner with a bottle of wine and try to leave room for a slice of chocolate decadence or Basque cake. 

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Mountain Sky Ranch Fine Dining Dude Ranch Vacations for Foodies

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is happy to accommodate any dietary needs, requests or allergies. 

 

Gros Ventre River Ranch

Here at this Jackson Hole Wyoming dude ranch, dining is serious business. If you mention a tie at any of the meals at Gros Ventre River ranch it had better be in reference to fly fishing. While the sit down dinners are fine dining, the dress code is anything but formal. You'll find that jeans and boots pair well with a rack of lamb, elk tenderloin and grilled salmon. 

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Gros Ventre Steak Food Picnic Fine Dining for Foodies

You'll definitely remember a savory barbeque complete with a cowboy singer around the fire pit at Gros Ventre River Ranch.

 

 

Vista Verde Ranch

The culinary program and foodie philosophy at Vista Verde Ranch is designed to impress even the most experienced palates. With each meal Executive Chef Cholly McGlynn balances ranch-y with fancy, comfort food with a lighter option, as well as accommodates any dietary restrictions. 

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Vista Verde Food Wine Foodie Dude Ranch Vacation

Attend a wine tasting class at the Vista Verde Ranch. The love of wine is a lot like the love of horses - you'll never be an expert, because there's always more to learn. 

 

The Home Ranch

As a Relais and Chateaux property the Home Ranch serves inspired Farm to table cuisine. By farm to table they mean the chef's serve Sand Mountain beef, pork and poultry along with all of the produce, herbs and flowers the ranch's greenhouse and raised bed gardens can grow in a season. 

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Home Ranch Breakfast Foodie Dude Ranch Vacation

And every day starts with a great breakfast at the Home Ranch.

 

4UR Ranch

One of the highest considerations at the 4UR Ranch is the quality and creativity of the food prepared for guests and staff. You can expect the food to be beautiful and delicious as well as home grown and locally sourced. You'll appreciate Chef Blake's Le Cordon Bleu's perfected talents whether it's dinner in the lodge or a lunch picnic next to the stream. 

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4UR Ranch Dude Ranch Vacations for Foodies

While most ranch resorts serve meals family style, the 4UR ranch prefers to reserve a table for you and your family for the entire week of your stay. 

 

In love with the Dude Ranchers' Association's selection of dude ranch vacations for foodies? 

Whichever ranch you choose to go to first, your foodie vacation will surely take your taste buds on a fresh discovery of flavors and menu's. However, you'll also realize that the food isn't the only highlight of your vacation. You'll love every minute of these western ranch vacations. From fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding to water sports. During the day you'll work up an appetite in some of the most remote, mountainous locations in the West. From California to Arkansas the Dude Ranchers' Association represents the best of all luxury dude ranch vacations, working cattle ranch vacations and traditional guest ranch vacations

 

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Dude Ranch Vacations for Foodies

 

As with the nature of a ranch, horseback riding is a key outdoor adventure of the day's activities, but for some foodie families, the magic really starts with hors d'oeuvres, runs with a full course meal and culminates after dessert with a glass of fine wine and a peaceful sunset. We've picked out some of the best fine dining locations for you. We promise, you'll certainly get a craving for the culinary experiences offered by the dude ranches below. But, don't just settle for one ranch, try them all!

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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Tumbling River Ranch

 

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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Rainbow Trout Ranch

 

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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Cherokee Park Ranch

 

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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The Home Ranch

 

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

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.

 

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5 Reasons for a Winter Dude Ranch Vacation

 

 

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Best Things to Do at a Dude Ranch When You Aren't Horseback Riding

Dude Ranches are a super family vacation destination. But what if one of your family members is just not that into horses? Relax. In addition to trail rides, dude ranches offer a wide range of appealing activities. Give archery a try or perhaps take a cooking class. Maybe you just want to curl up with a good book before a nap. Optimism TravelingMom Cathy Bennett Kopf shares some of the activities available at a dude ranch that don't involve a horse.

 

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Flyfishing is an activity offered at many dude ranches, such as Rawah Ranch in Colorado. Photo: Allison Bean Taylor/Family Vacations US.com

 

What if my knee flares up?

Booking a dude ranch vacation for my family is something I plan to do. In fact, we schedule biennial reunions for 20 of us and, on our last trip, we all voted for one that involves horseback riding.

I voted “yes’ reluctantly.

For the past few years, my left knee gets swollen, creaky and very painful. Despite my relatively young age - cough, cough - the orthopedist says it’s arthritis. Rest, Aleve and gentle movement usually make it go away. But the bouts occur without warning.

My fear is that we’ll book our dream dude ranch vacation and just as I’m about to mount my steed, my knee will buckle and I’ll be consigned to the bunkhouse for the duration of our trip.

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Dude ranches are set in some of the prettiest spots in North America. A great alternative to horseback riding is to simply relax and take in the view like this one at Latigo Guest Ranch. Photo: Diana Rowe/TravelinginHeels.com




  

6 Great Dude Ranch Activities Beyond Horseback Riding

 

Not to worry, the experts at the Dude Ranchers’ Association say it’s possible to have a fantastic dude ranch vacation without ever going horseback riding. Say what? For those of you who have allergies, or kids too small to ride or arthritic joints, here are the best things to do at a dude ranch if you don’t ride horses.

 

1. Practice your Photography

 

Dude ranches are set in the prettiest landscapes in North America. I’d really enjoy getting up in the predawn hours, sneaking out of the bunkhouse and shooting sunrise photos of the mountains in Montana or Nebraska’s Great Plains.

And, even if I’m not horseback riding, animals make great subjects for photos. Sweet Grass Ranch in Montana offers 3-day workshops with an award-winning Western photographer to practice your skills and help you capture ranch life for your Instagram feed!

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I could spend hours shooting photos during a dude ranch cattle drive like this one at Zapata Ranch. Photo: Dude Ranchers' Association

 

2. Listen to Traditional Music

 

The sights of a dude ranch are the first things that come to my mind: horses, low-slung bunkhouses, cattle pens. But there’s a sound, too. Think of traditional folk music with fiddles, guitars and an upright bass.

The Home Ranch, a luxurious Relais & Chateaux property in Colorado, features nightly entertainment for guests and a weekly barn dance. With a caller telling you how to dosado (or perhaps you prefer do-si-do?) and promenade your partner, it’s great for people like me who don’t have moves like Jagger.

 

3. Try Something Completely Different - Glamping!

 

When I think dude ranch, I envision bunkhouses with rustic beds, a big ole fireplace and a large kitchen table for card playing at night. Just like the places where cowboys stayed in every Western movie I’ve ever seen.

However, Bull Hill Guest Ranch in Washington State has two glamping tents available for guests. I would book one of these in a heartbeat. Maybe not for a family trip, but if it was just hubby and me or we were dude ranching with friends, a glamping tent would be so much fun to try. They’re decorated in comfy luxury and let you be outside in the great outdoors without the discomfort of sleeping on the rocky ground.

 

4. Relax and Unwind at a Dude Ranch Spa

 

If you choose not to go horseback riding during your dude ranch vacation, spending a day or two indulging in spa treatments might be just the cure to fix what ails you. Or if you do take daily trail rides, you might need a massage to work out the kinks after you dismount.

Arizona’s Rancho de Los Cabelleros features a full-service spa comparable to those you’d find in a luxury hotel. They feature a Bourbon Bubbler Body Scrub because even cowboys like a pampering now and then!

 

5. Dine and Wine

 

If you think you’ll be eating franks and beans during your dude ranch vacation, think again. Cattle wrangling is hard work, even if you’re sitting on the sidelines watching all the action. Many dude ranches feature gourmet meals, prepared with locally sourced meats and produce. Who knew there was such a thing as a cowboy foodie?

And nothing pairs better with great food than wine. The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is located in the heart of wine country in Solvang, California. They’ve arranged complimentary tastings at a number of nearby wineries for ranch guests.

 

6. Tour Area Attractions

 

North American dude ranches stretch from Arkansas to California and north into British Columbia in Canada. You may choose one that’s in an isolated region. Or, your dude ranch may be located in an area worth touring.

 

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Dude ranches offer tours of area attractions such as Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Photo: Shutterstock/amadeustx

 

For example, the Triple R Ranch in South Dakota is a great base to explore the state’s attractions. During a weeklong stay, guests have the opportunity to hop in a ranch vehicle and see the famous Mount Rushmore lighting ceremony, check out the Dakota badlands and visit the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Of course, you may choose to spend your entire dude ranch vacation horseback riding. It’s an amazing opportunity to experience a way of life that’s completely different than the one most of us city slickers live each day.

But, when you dismount, or, if you’re just not that into horses, there are plenty of activities to keep a cowboy or cowgirl entertained.

 

Author: Cathy Bennet Kopf, TheOpenSuitcase.com

 

Considering a dude ranch vacation but want to do more than just ride horses? Outdoor adventures, activities, excursions, and things to do beyond horseback riding, including a few that might surprise you!

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Experience Luxury the Wild West Way!

When most people envision a dude ranch, they picture hard work, cattle and rustic cabins. But many dude ranches actually offer plush amenities, top-of-the-line spas, world-class golf courses, five-star cuisine and more. If you’re seeking to experience a luxury dude ranch in a breathtaking setting, check out these four member ranches where you can have it all.

Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Wyoming Red Reflet Guest Ranch identifies itself as “a ranch for the senses,” and there’s no question why. The staff has mastered the art of luxury hospitality while showcasing the best recreational activities and most breathtaking scenery in Wyoming. The location of this dude ranch truly is unlike any other – guests wake up in their own luxury cabins surrounded by the Chugwater formation sandstone cliffs and contrasting snow-capped peaks of Bighorn National Forest. Whether you’re looking to relax or go on the Wild West adventure of a lifetime, Red Reflet will far exceed your expectations. Horseback riding lessons with an expert horse trainer are included in your all-inclusive stay, as well as cattle activities, ATV tours, fishing, hiking and more. Of course, no luxury trip is complete without scenic yoga, so you can find your Zen while gazing at a mountain range that looks like it’s straight out of a painting. Oh, and don’t forget the cuisine – Red Reflet’s dining is top-of-the-line, using almost all ranch-grown and raised ingredients. You can even cook your own dinner with the resident chef in a group cooking class!

 

Experience Luxury Dude Ranch at Mountain Sky Ranch

Experience Luxury & Romance at Mountain Sky Ranch

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Montana Mountain Sky Guest Ranch opened in 1929 and has since been recognized multiple times as one of the nation’s top upscale guest ranches thanks to its luxurious amenities, exquisite dining and stunning views. For guests seeking an outdoor adventure, the ranch offers all levels of horseback riding on its 10,000 acres of beautiful terrain, in addition to endless outdoor activities like hiking, fly-fishing, and a world-class golf facility that features nine picturesque holes, Callaway golf clubs and electric carts. After these invigorating experiences, guests can take some time to unwind at Mountain Sky’s luxurious spa with a massage or treatment, or simply relax in the spa’s heated pool, sauna or outdoor hot tub. The ranch also offers yoga classes led by an expert instructor. The gourmet chefs at Mountain Sky will give you an unforgettable dining experience with buffet breakfasts, multi-course meals and snacks in the saloon. In case this wasn’t enough to make you immediately book a trip, you’ll be sold after learning that Mountain Sky is just a 30-minute scenic drive away from the world-famous Yellowstone National Park. Take a horseback tour of this national park with Mountain Sky, or bring the whole family on the van tour.

Smith Fork Ranch, Colorado Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford, Colo., offers rustic luxury at its finest. The ranch’s historic buildings have been restored with an eye for detail, and the rooms have been furnished with carefully curated American primitive antiques and original paintings. The Rocky Mountain ranges circle the luxurious cabins, making guests feel secluded and exclusive. Smith Fork Ranch offers all of the exciting activities you can experience at many dude ranches like horseback riding, fly fishing, biking and hiking, but what separates this ranch from others is the attention to detail on every aspect of the ranch. In the bedrooms, you’ll find fine linens and handmade soaps, and in the dining room you’ll find award-winning wines from the ranch’s private cellar and vintage wines from wineries in France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. The expert chef uses fresh ingredients in all of his cooking and is ready to match the perfect wine with your gourmet meal. While you’re there, make sure to spend some time relaxing in the Smith Fork Ranch Spa. You won’t want to miss out on renewing facials, massages and more, all surrounded by the breathtaking Rocky Mountains.

The Home Ranch, Colorado The Home Ranch is located in Colorado’s stunning Elk River Valley. Since 1986, it has been affiliated with luxury travel brand Relais & Chateaux, and the ranch has since become a top luxury destination for travelers seeking a charming Western experience. This ranch is renowned for its comfort, exquisite cuisine, charming hospitality and multi-seasonal attractions. The main lodge and distinctive cabins are all beautifully furnished and ready to accommodate anyone from couples to large groups. The Home Ranch serves as a guest ranch in the summer and fall and a cross-country ski resort in the winter and spring, making it a luxurious escape for travelers throughout the year. Guests can enjoy classic dude ranch activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and more, but there’s always time to unwind with a yoga class or two at The Home Ranch’s rustic yoga studio. This guest ranch is also the perfect place to plan a family vacation. The Home Ranch has incredible all-inclusive children and teen programs that make it easy for parents to relax in luxury knowing that the entire family is having a ball.

 

When most people envision a dude ranch, they picture hard work, cattle and rustic cabins. But many dude ranches actually offer plush amenities, top-of-the-line spas, world-class golf courses, five-star cuisine and more. If you’re seeking to experience a luxury dude ranch in a breathtaking setting, check out these four member ranches where you can have it all. Save

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Namaste on the Ranch

Whereas it used to be a time to simply kick back and relax, many of today’s travelers are using vacations as a time to continue their normal health and fitness routines, or perhaps even try something new. Yoga, in particular, has never been more popular: since 2012, the number of practitioners in the U.S. has increased by 50 percent to over 36 million. More and more people are realizing the benefits of yoga, which range from stress relief to flexibility to overall well-being. Whether you are one of the 80 Americans that say they are likely to try yoga for the first time in the coming months, or if you have been getting your ‘ namaste ’ on for quite some time, you may want to consider planning a vacation to a dude or guest ranch offering innovative and unique yoga-based programs. Below please find a sampling of five ranches accredited by the Dude Ranchers' Association (DRA) that provide guests with a special haven to discover new yoga traditions and find their Zen.

Revive and Ride. Find the inner Zen you have been craving at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, Mont. Re-energize your mind, body and soul with the ranch’s Yoga Program, offered to all ages and levels of experience. Morning sessions encourage the awakening and energizing of the body and mind in preparation for a full day of activities, while afternoon sessions are restorative and focus on stretching and relaxation. In addition to the variety of outdoor activities available at the ranch, guests can relax in a heated pool, outdoor hot tub and sauna and can also take full advantage of a variety of massage services. Each therapist offers a specific approach, from hot river rocks and salt scrubs to stretching sessions and therapeutic massages.

Stretch, Relax, Ride, Repeat. Zapata Ranch is inviting guests to experience the ranch like never before during its first ever yoga retreat. Connect with the diverse surroundings of the ranch – which include high desert grasslands, alpine forests, wetlands, sand dunes, creeks and lush meadows – through daily yoga sessions and exploratory hikes and horseback rides. Zapata Ranch is located on the eastern wall of the San Luis Valley in Mosca, Colo., and borders the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy and has one of the most scenic and ecologically diverse landscapes in the country. The Yoga and Ranch Retreat takes place in April.

Hope, Courage and Healing. Horses N Courage, located in “Big Sky Country” in Sawmill Canyon of Lennep, Mont., has created a Hope, Courage and Healing Retreat, exclusively targeted to women of all ages. The retreat aims to bring together like-minded women who are eager to rediscover themselves through horseback riding, trailing cattle, exploring wildlife and bonding with one another. It includes wall-tent accommodations, ranch-style cooked meals, beautiful scenery, horseback riding, plenty of chances to see wildlife, and even a natural hot spring spa. Hope, Courage and Healing takes place for four days and three nights in July.

Om on the Range. Focus Ranch, located in the Rocky Mountains of Slater, Colo., invites guests to partake in a tranquil combination of riding their horse and riding their breath while riding the range with Yogi Martha McPherson. Martha guides participants in the pleasure of uniting breath and body in the art of yoga. Guests can also participate in some of the ranch’s other offerings like hiking, birding and fly-fishing. Focus Ranch is a traditional working cattle ranch known for its horseback riding, cattle and pristine setting. Om on the Range takes place each August, giving guests the opportunity to experience the changing of the seasons, which comes early at the 7000 ft. elevation.

Discover Your Zen. Grab your girlfriends and head to Clark, Colo., to disconnect from reality and reconnect with each other. The Home Ranch will be offering their popular Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat for the twelfth season. All ages are welcome for an all-inclusive week of health, wellness and relaxation centered on horseback. Cowgirl Yoginis Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter will help guests experience horsemanship instruction, gentle yoga, healthy gourmet dining and massage, all set amidst the spectacular fall season in the Elk River Valley in October.

The Home Ranch Namaste Yoga

Photo Courtesy of The Home Ranch

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Yoga on your Vacation at the Ranch

“I expected to do some yoga and horseback riding. What I did not expect was the opportunity to connect with other women, with the horses, the physical place and with my self. All this has been a wonderful surprise..."~  Paula N., Austin, TX

Like many other individuals, Paula experienced something special on her ranch vacation that involved more than just a class. Being submerged in Western ranch culture for a week will take you on a journey of geographically beauty and connection with yourself and other guests.  Some of this will start in an instructor lead yoga class and continue on horseback, hiking, or wonderful wilderness silence. You may be an experienced yogi or just like to wear yoga pants, either way take a look at the ranches below to find the right amount of yoga on a dude ranch vacation. You may only want a couple of classes during your week stay or a full immersion week of yoga. At the Dude Ranchers' Association we hope your next stay will be just as positively exciting as Paula's.  Give us a call for more information on what you can expect. 307.587.2339  

Yoga on a Dude Ranch Vacation 

 

Vista Verde Yoga

 

Twice a Week

Stepping onto the mat at Vista Verde Ranch will give you a chance to stretch out sore muscles and quiet your mind. During the summer and autumn months you can take your practice out into nature! Take a short hike out or hop on a horse for a easy ride out to the Wild Yoga hideout.  Once a week, Kelli leads guests through an hour long practice while the aspens rustle overhead. It’s an all-levels class so beginners are welcome to give it a try, and experienced yogis will enjoy the unique setting. For those who are a little less adventurous, we also offer a poolside practice another day during the week.

Mountain Sky Ranch Yoga

 

Twice Daily

Mountain Sky Ranch fosters an open and welcoming program for all ages. An experienced yoga facilitates group classes geared toward all ability levels, with two sessions daily. Morning sessions encourage the awakening and energizing of the body and mind in preparation for a full day of activities, while afternoon sessions are restorative and focus on stretching and relaxation. Each provides a great way to both start, and end, a day of activity.

Home Ranch Yoga

 

Full Immersion Yoga Retreat

Now in its 11th season, the “Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat” is the ultimate girlfriend getaway to a beautiful ranch home in Colorado’s gorgeous Elk River Valley.  Adventuresome Cowgirls of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to join the Home Ranch for an all-inclusive, luxurious week of health, wellness and relaxation centered on horseback riding, horsemanship instruction, gentle yoga, healthy gourmet dining, massage and deep relaxation.          

 

Yoga Retreats on a Dude Ranch Vacation 

 

You may be an experienced yogi or just like to wear yoga pants, either way take a look at these ranches to find the right amount of yoga on a dude ranch vacation. You may only want a couple of classes during your week stay or a full immersion week of yoga.

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Girlfriend Getaway - Anything but Ordinary

Skip Vegas and plan a girlfriend getaway that’s anything but ordinary at the original all-inclusive vacation destination: the dude ranch. Enjoy spa treatments, horseback riding, mountaintop yoga classes, outdoor adventure, wine tastings and, of course, girl talk in some of the most spectacular areas in the country. No matter what type of getaway you and your girlfriends have in mind, there’s the perfect dude ranch out there for you. There are a broad spectrum of guest ranches that are perfect for girlfriend getaways, ranging from rustic working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches. Whether you’re staying in your own private cabin or in a lodge room, rest assured you’ll sleep on comfortable beds, in superbly kept rooms, with all the amenities you’ll need for a pleasant and relaxing stay. So grab you mom, your sister and or your best friends and check out these great ranches for the perfect girlfriend getaway…

Girlfriend Getaways

Skip Vegas and plan a girlfriend getaway that’s anything but ordinary at the original all-inclusive vacation destination: the dude ranch. Enjoy spa treatments, horseback riding, mountaintop yoga classes, outdoor adventure, wine tastings and, of course, girl talk in some of the most spectacular areas in the country.

Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch, Montana

  • Rancho de los Caballeros in Arizona is a historic ranch resort with the soul of a bed and breakfast. Girlfriends can ride the rugged trails, relax at the luxurious spa or pool, or play a round of golf at one of Golf Digest’s Top 100 U.S. courses. With 200,000 acres of open range, 100 saddle horses and a team full of wranglers, it will be an experience you and your girlfriends will never forget.
  • Located in Montana, Bar W Guest Ranch offers an all-inclusive package for women to “Cowgirl Up” and take over the ranch. This package combines the simple beauty of nature with the unmatched Western hospitality of the ranch for a trip that will refuel your mind, body and spirit. Activities include a horsemanship clinic, cocktail receptions, “two-stepping” and a much-needed hot tub.
  • Also located in Arizona, White Stallion Ranch offers several “Cactus Cowgirls” getaway packages each year. These getaways include a margarita welcome party, one-hour massage, guided hikes, country western dance lessons, daily riding lessons, team penning, hay ride, wine tasting ride, and even a trip to a local rodeo. Girlfriends can surround themselves with the breathtaking scenery that has brought Hollywood filmmakers to the ranch for more than 70 years.
  • For an all-inclusive vacation with the girls full of highly-praised gourmet meals, experienced hiking guides, horseback riding tours, equestrian lessons, live music and roaring campfires at night, The Home Ranch is the perfect dude ranch for you. Don’t lift a finger from when you leave the airport to when you arrive with lodging, activities and delicious meals all in one place for you to enjoy.

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Photo: White Stallion Ranch

  • Another gem in Montana for an unforgettable girlfriend getaway is the Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch with their “Cowgirl Retreats.” Running from June to September, Bonanza Creek’s Cowgirl Retreats are the perfect way to bond with your girls as you travel along the countryside on horseback together. The day is started with a good hearty breakfast, followed by a spectacular ride through the countryside. After a long day on the saddle, a massage and dinner awaits you and your girlfriends, ending your day relaxed and rejuvenated for another fun-filled day riding.
  • Located east of Yellowstone National park in Shell, Wyo., The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch has state-of-the-art girlfriend getaways that guarantee a fun-filled, adventure-packed week with the girls. For an all-inclusive vacation, lodge, dine and experience all of what Wyoming has to offer with the numerous activities available at your disposal at the Hideout. Start your day learning from the in-house expert cowgirls and kick up your heels with your girls as you ride through the countryside and end your day sipping cocktails and enjoying gourmet meals with a spectacular backdrop of the Wyoming countryside.

 

Skip Vegas and plan a girlfriend getaway that’s anything but ordinary at the original all-inclusive vacation destination: the dude ranch. Enjoy spa treatments, horseback riding, mountaintop yoga classes, outdoor adventure, wine tastings and, of course, girl talk in some of the most spectacular areas in the country.

Dude Ranches: Activities and Programs for Millennials

Millennials are the world traveling generation; they crave excitement and unique experiences that cannot be satisfied with just any vacation. According to a recent study done by MMGY Global, millennials travel more often than any other generational group. With an influence forecasted to grow even more over the coming decades, millennials are looking for destinations that provide them with one-of-a-kind, authentic activities along with “green” and sustainable travel experiences.

With the DRA representing more than 100 dude and guest ranches that offer an abundance of unique activities to satisfy any millennial’s adventurous spirit, we think we are the perfect fit for them. From sunup to sundown, millennials can go horseback riding, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, cattle roping, ATV riding and much more.

A dude ranch is an all-inclusive, one-stop shop with a variety of offerings that cater to the millennial set, from accommodations and scenery to lessons and excursions. Additionally, DRA-accredited guest ranches have been the pioneers of green living and sustainable vacations for decades. From growing organic food and using energy-efficient appliances to making their own biodegradable fuel, dude ranches offer guests the ability to enjoy travel while reducing their “footprint.”

Below please find a sampling of unique programs and experiences available at DRA member ranches that appeal to millennials.

Dude Ranches: Activities and Programs for Millennials

• Many DRA-accredited dude ranches like Rainbow Trout Ranch and the Bar W Ranch have whitewaterrafting expeditions for guests to enjoy. Experience whitewater rafting dude ranch-style at the Bar W Ranch in Montana or at Rainbow Trout Ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and challenge yourself to an adventure through the wild rapids. Take in the scenic backdrops of the beautiful Rockies or rolling ridges that adorn the Montana countryside while working together as a team.

Horseshoe Canyon activities Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is offered at multiple dude ranches like Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas. Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is known in the climbing community for some of the finest sandstone sport climbing in the world. Come experience it for yourself as you scale large cliffs and peer over the breathtaking terrain.

• Celebrating farm-to-table cuisine is an important part of Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford, Colo. The ranch’s own farmstead garden cultivates over 80 varieties of herbs, fruits and vegetables without the use of synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. Additionally, with access to 1.3 million acres of the Gunnison National Forest and West Elk Wilderness, the ranch has a nearly unlimited and untouched outdoor kingdom right outside its doorstep.

• Situated in the heart of the Salmon River Mountains in Stanley, Idaho, Diamond D Ranch is completely off the power grid as electricity is provided by the ranch’s very own hydro-electric generator. The ranch features an endless variety of country and wildlife to see, streams to fish, and mountains to hike or horseback ride.

• Dude ranches like Gros Ventre River Ranch and the Home Ranch offer diverse horseback riding programs. At Gros Venre River Ranch, choose between a scenic walking ride or a challenging excursion into the surrounding hills. For a different take on horseback riding, visit The Home Ranch in Clark, Colo., for a unique luxurious week of health, wellness and relaxation with its “Experience Yoga and Horses Retreat” that takes place during exclusive weeks in late May and October.

 

Dude Ranches: Activities and Programs for Millenials

With the DRA representing more than 100 dude and guest ranches that offer an abundance of unique activities to satisfy any millennial’s adventurous spirit, we think dude ranches are the perfect fit for them. From sunup to sundown, millennials can go horseback riding, fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, cattle roping, ATV riding and much more.

Spring Break is Upon Us - Let's Go!

What is your family doing for Spring Break? Stormy weather is upon us and for many, the passing of Valentine’s Day and the shortest month of the year means more than candied hearts and roses. For many, the passing of January and February signal the perfect excuse to plan your next big break and welcome a spring vacation. Luckily, as the country’s original all-inclusive adventure vacation, guest ranches offer effortless options to satisfy any taste this spring. Whether it’s a warm family getaway that breaks the cliché of bikinis, tequila and crowds or a ski trip with friends, guest ranches can handle any request. Guest 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 while you enjoy your stay. Ranches located in warmer climates like Arizona allow guests to escape the winter cold and bask in the sun while horseback riding or enjoying luxury spa services. Vacationers wishing to cozy up to the fire can enjoy ranches located in cooler climates, like Colorado and Montana, where guests get the opportunity to bundle up and have one more romp in the snow before spring.

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Warm Escapes

  • Under the Tucson SunTanque Verde Ranch, located in Tucson, Ariz., offers an abundance of activities for all ages. Whether you’re seeking to explore the desert and mountains, relax and reconnect with yourself, satisfy a creative craving, or burn up some energy with a challenging game, Tanque Verde offers a variety of activities to help you make the most of your guest ranch vacation. Spring break activities include horseback riding, guided hiking and biking, swimming, dancing, fishing or relaxing at the spa.
  • Western Adventure – Treat yourself to an historic Wild West adventure while enjoying all of the comforts and conveniences of the modern world at Tombstone Monument Ranch. Set up like an 1880’s Western frontier town, this guest ranch is situated amidst ancient bolder formations and the Dragoon Mountains, located three miles outside of Tombstone, Ariz. in the heart of Cochise County. Ride miles of trails where historic cowboys rode in the Tombstone hills, along old, abandoned railroad grade, in and out of dry gulches and washes, and along old dirt roads. Afterward, guests can step back in time through the swinging doors of an Old West-style bar and enjoy fun evening entertainment after a hearty dinner. Or, get to know the West’s most iconic town, Tombstone, which is home to more history of cowboys, Indians, silver mining and gunfights than any other destination in the West.  Tombstone is owned by the same operators as White Stallion Ranch – another warm-weather ranch in Tuscon, Ariz., featuring unspoiled desert mountains and cactus that have brought Hollywood filmmakers and generations of visitors to the ranch for more than 70 years.
  • Home Ranch

Winter Weather Getaways

  • Family Style – Taking a spring break at The Home Ranch is a perfect idea for families that want to truly unwind, play in the snow, and still get all the sunshine a spring break vacation requires. Located just outside Steamboat Springs in Clark, Colo., visitors enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding in the snow, sleigh rides, cooking classes and more. This guest ranch is known for its cuisine, offered family-style at long ranch tables. Rates include all meals, ranch activities, equipment, lessons, guides, and transportation to the Steamboat ski area and Hayden airport.
  • Snow on the RangeThe Medicine Bow Lodge And Guest Ranch is located in the Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains set within the Medicine Bow National Forest. While the closest town is about 22 miles West, in Saratoga, Colorado, guests will find plenty of bustling activity during their stay. The Snowy Range, with its alpine terrain, is unique in its beauty and splendor. Old mining and logging towns can be seen on horseback rides within just a few miles of the lodge, along with the hundreds of lakes, ponds, and streams that fill the valleys. Snowmobiling is at its all-time best here, where guests can enjoy trails painted with fresh, untouched powder along the back country. Afterward, guests can enjoy cross country skiing or snow shoeing, then cozy up by the huge stone fireplace in the lodge to await their homemade meal.

       

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