Low Altitude Spring Break Vacation in the South West

For many travelers staying at a low altitude destination is a must, especially if you only have a week to get acclimated to your destination. Fortunately, there are many dude ranches located below 5,000′ that would be a great South Western haven for spring break. Each ranch is a unique destination ranging from the type of activities offered to the particular family and ranch history. Don't just visit one, visit them all!  

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is a low altitude working cattle and sheep ranch in Roswell, New Mexico

Burnt Well Guest Ranch

Profile        Website Lodge Altitude: 4,200' Nearest Airport: Roswell Nightly Price Range: $239 - $301 About: Burnt Well Ranch is a working cattle/sheep ranch. They take a few guests to supplement their ranching income and are open year round. Whether you are an avid rider wanting to participate in actual ranch work, a beginner wanting to work on your riding or anything in-between this ranch can accommodate.  

Circle Z Ranch is a low altitude dude ranch in Patagonia, Arizona

Circle Z Ranch

Profile        Website Lodge Altitude: 4,000' Nearest Airport: Tucson Nightly Price Ranch: $195 - $265 About: The Circle Z Ranch offers all inclusive vacations; 3 delicious meals/day, horseback riding, heated pool, hiking, bird watching, nature walks and guided star gazing. Relax in one of our seven adobe cottages, meticulously detailed for your stay.  

 

 

Flying E Ranch for the Holiday

Flying E Ranch

Profile      Website Lodge Altitude: 2,400' Nearest Airport: Phoenix Nightly Price Ranch: $192 - $252 About: With 20,000 acres to ride and roam the Flying E Ranch is the ideal place to take a step back in time at a working cattle ranch.  Your stay here will fill your heart with memories.  

Elkhorn Ranch is a low altitude ranch in Tucson, Arizona

Elkhorn Ranch

Profile        Website Lodge Altitude: 3,700' Nearest Airport: Tucson Nightly Price Ranch: $264 - $415 About: Elkhorn Ranch is a sunny winter season Sonoran Desert guest ranch in scenic Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson, Arizona. Family owned and operated since 1946. Comfortable living and excellent horseback riding for singles, couples and families of all ages and abilities. Adventure, relaxation and friendship await you at Elkhorn Ranch.  

 

Rancho de los Caballeros is a low altitude dude ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona

Rancho de los Caballeros

Profile       Website Lodge Altitude: 2,500' Nearest Airport: Phoenix Nightly Price Ranch: $202 - $232 About: Saddle up and make a perfect getaway to the warm heart of the Old Southwest! Rancho de los Caballeros is the resort with the soul of a bed and breakfast offering full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear. It's the kind of place where everyone knows your name.  

 

Tombstone Monument Ranch

Profile         Website Lodge Altitude: 4,541' Nearest Airport: Tucson Nightly Price Ranch: $332 - $470 About: Tombstone Monument Ranch is surrounded by miles of rugged, open country, with views of the Dragoon Mountains. This was Apache territory and is rich in history. We are just 3 miles from downtown Tombstone, the Town Too Tough To Die. Walk the streets that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and outlaw Curly Bill Brocius once walked. It has been said that our guests don’t just feel like they got away, they feel like they traveled back in time.


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Sun and saddles in Southern Arizona

'Sun and saddles in southern Arizona' By Larissa Milne, originally posted on Philly.com If you're looking for a midwinter break with a twist, consider a dude ranch in southern Arizona. With sunny days and cool clear nights, the area offers glimpses into the Arizona Territory of years gone by, when the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were becoming legends. Dude ranches have evolved from the days when working cattle ranches hosted a few paying guests from back East to help with ropin' and ridin'. Modern guest ranches still raise cattle, but they offer comfortable lodging, gourmet meals, and as much (or little) horseback riding as you want. southern Arizona

Photo Credit - Larissa Milne

Read more here to find out about the Tombstone Monument RanchWhite Stallion Ranch, and how the Dude Ranchers' Association can help plan your Western dude ranch vacation at the other great Arizona ranches.    

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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.

Tombstone Monument Ranch  

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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