Beginner to Advanced: Horseback Riding Lessons and Clinics Across North America

Horseback riding lessons and clinics are the quickest way to better your skills in riding, your safety and understanding of horses. The Dude Ranchers’ Association offers the best options for a vacation experience designed around your skills and abilities with horses. Are you a novice with very little experience? A seasoned horse person? There’s a dude or guest ranch with the most proficient of instructors ready to share their areas of expertise. Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli and Chris Cox are a few of the styles of horsemanship taught at the ranches below. These teaching styles aren’t just big names, but with small class settings and personal attention, you’ll feel right at home and get the direct attention you deserve. A knowing eye can identify areas of improvement for every rider and most importantly, you’ll be spending time with the horse - the best instructor of them all. From Wyoming and Montana to British Columbia these are great locations to book a few day's or a week's worth of horseback riding lessons and or clinics. 

Horseback Riding Lessons and Clinics

 

McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch - Montana

Style of Horsemanship

McGinnis Meadows Ranch in Montana offers an immersive experience for those who are looking to study the Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship. Their head trainer Shayne has ridden in over 400 clinics with Buck over the last 20 years and is very knowledgeable, and most importantly a great teacher. Their entire program and staff consistently engages the thoughts and style of Buck, Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. Each guest is challenged according to each situation and their own ability. From the beginner to the advanced rider, you will get exactly the instruction you would need in a small class environment. 

Setting

McGinnis Meadows does the majority of their horsemanship clinics in a heated indoor arena during the winter time, from the fall until the weather turns in the spring. The fun and learning do not stop there. The ranch also runs a cow/calf operation and you’re invited to practice horsemanship in every situation at the ranch. And every horse here is gentle, patient and well trained in very advanced horsemanship movements. You are welcome to ride one of the ranch’s horses or bring your own horse. 

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McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch - Libby, MT

Rocking Z Ranch - Montana

Style of Horsemanship 

The Rocking Z Ranch in Montana invites guests to experience Parelli Natural horsemanship put to a purpose. From the first introduction to horses to the highly experienced rider, each person will have the opportunity to expand their skills at the ranch. You can work cattle, ride long trails or play at liberty in a round pen. You can have your own private and/or semi-private horsemanship lesson with no extra charge. The Wirth family shares their very own special lifestyle and incredible herd of horses to meet every rider’s goals. 

Setting

By hosting small groups of guests, the ranch can cater to each family’s needs individually. Horse-crazy teens and the excited novice will have fun here. There are also fun activities to do in the evenings, such as playing pool or soaking in the hot tub. With spacious en-suite rooms with fireplaces and super comfortable beds, you and your family can have a blast at the Rocking Z anytime of the year. 

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Rocking Z Ranch - Wolf Creek, MT

Triangle C Ranch - Wyoming

Style of Horsemanship 

The Triangle C Ranch in Wyoming is home to Chris Cox, a well known horseman and clinician from Australia. With a practical and straightforward approach him and his staff invite guests to study a style of horsemanship with horses that gets proven results. You can learn from the group lessons and also receive personal instruction with Chris to gain an understanding of how the horse thinks and why. Communication is key and you will get to learn about the best tools to accomplish whatever you desire with horses. 

Setting

The Triangle C Ranch is only an hour from Jackson Hole and surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain views in the world. You’ll stay in some beautifully designed cabins with western furnishings and all the accommodations needed for that perfect cowboy vacation. The ranch offers 3- and 6-day clinics and has horsemanship leadership youth camps - one for boys and one for girls. 

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Triangle C Ranch - Dubois, WY 

Laramie River Ranch - Colorado

Style of Horsemanship 

Laramie River Ranch says that having a relationship of trust with your horse is key to a safe and enjoyable experience. Using natural horsemanship methods, you can have the vacation of a lifetime. You will be able to see this in action at the ranch with weekly demonstrations on how young horses are trained to be accustomed to humans, grooming and saddling. These sessions are followed by opportunities for you to do some ground work with your horse. 

Setting

Jelm, Colorado is only a few miles from the Wyoming border and it is here that the Laramie River Ranch offers guests a glimpse of time standing still. Not much has changed over the last hundred years and your time at the ranch with your family will receive genuine western hospitality. You can fish, push cows between pastures, ride out into the open meadows or kick back on the porch with a glass of tea. 

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Laramie River Ranch - Jelm WY/CO

Campbell Hills Guest Ranch - British Columbia

Style of Horsemanship 

The Campbell Hills Guest Ranch has natural horsemanship packages suitable for the beginner and the advanced. The ranch owner, Bernadette, has a great passion and focus on building trust and harmony between the horse and rider. You’ll be in a group of 5 people at the most during your Horse Communication Course and work on energy use, rapport, connection and communication with the horse in an arena setting. When you ride here, you’ll leave the bit at the barn and get to know the ranch’s happy horses.

Setting

Located in the sunny interior of Canada in the heart of cattle country, mountains, forests and lakes the Campbell Hills Guest Ranch offers a relaxing experience. With rooms in the main lodge or your own intimate and rustic cabins you’ll be comfortable and given ample opportunity to relax. You'll even be able to look out into the forest from your cabin!

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Campbell Hills Guest Ranch - Kamloops, BC

 

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Horseback riding lessons and clinics are the quickest way to better your skills in riding, your safety and your understanding of horses. The Dude Ranchers’ Association offers the best options for a vacation experience designed around your skills and abilities with horses.

13 Best Dude Ranches for Families

The ultimate family vacation has grown exponentially in terms of options and accommodations — and dude ranch vacations are no exception. In fact, there are very few resorts that emulate the offerings of the dude ranch community. “Activity options have skyrocketed. From ropes courses and ziplines to rock climbing, cooking classes, and more, some dude ranches now have more than 100 activities,” says Colleen Hudson, Executive Director of The Dude Ranchers’ Association.

The diversity and abundance of activities for families, along with stunning resort locations near national parks and public lands, solidify the Western dude ranch as one of the best family vacation experiences on the planet. These are the best of the best.

13 Best Dude Ranches for Families 

 

1. The Home Ranch – Clark, CO

Best For: Cuisine and Cooking

The Home Ranch does many things exceptionally well, including innovative cuisine and cocktails, luxury accommodations and extraordinary programming. Nestled in Clark, Colorado, a 30-minute drive from Steamboat Springs, the ranch is one of the few Rocky Mountain dude ranches that offers four-season activities and family options for children ages 6 and over. Bonus: All meals, lodging, local transportation, fishing gear, guide services, and on-ranch activities and adventures are included in the price of your stay.

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2. Rainbow Trout Ranch – Antonito, CO

Best For: Authentic High Mountain Experience

We love the focus on disconnecting from technology at the Rainbow Trout Ranch. None of the 16 log cabins onsite offer TVs, and the Wi-Fi isn’t strong — and that’s on purpose. They do offer cozy fireplaces, though, and some of the cabins can sleep up to eight guests. The ranch is nestled on 600 acres at 9,000 feet and surrounded by national forest lands, providing abundant terrain for riding and spectacular views. Fly-fishers enjoy the ranch’s private 1.5-mile stretch of the Conejos River, ripe with supreme-size rainbow trout. Aside from delicious meals, accommodations, and onsite activities galore, a weekly whitewater rafting trip is included in the cost of your stay.

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3. White Stallion Ranch – Tucson, AZ

Best For: Evening Entertainment

White Stallion is one of the two largest dude ranches in the nation; yet it remains family-owned and family-focused. The True family actually has a trifecta of ranches under their Arizona chaps (White Stallion, Tombstone Monument and Ranch de la Osa). But it’s their home base and incredible Tucson property that is one of the best family dude ranches in the world! The horse program is stellar, with various riding options, educational opportunities, family-specific rides, a weekly ranch rodeo and more. The resort also does a great job with nightly entertainment, with options such as astronomy classes with telescopes, country and western line dancing and lessons, and water color lessons with the resident artist, Ute Vaughn. And if you like shopping, you’ll be glad to know this dude ranch has one of the largest onsite gift shops of any dude ranch in the nation.

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4. Circle Z Ranch – Patagonia, AZ

Best For: Old West Experience

If your family wants an authentic Western experience, complete with Hollywood-esque desert moonscapes, rolling hills of cacti with Southwest accommodations, fabulous cuisine, and an even better atmosphere, Circle Z Ranch is for you. Open late-October through early-May each year, Circle Z is the oldest continually operating guest ranch in the state of Arizona.

Originally a sheep ranch, Circle Z was transformed into a dude ranch in the 1920s.  Numerous generations of families have connected here ever since. Movie buffs — study up on “Broken Lance” with Spencer Tracy, “Monte Walsh” with Lee Marvin, “El Dorado” with John Wayne, and the final episode of “Gunsmoke” — all were filmed on this property.

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5. Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch – Martinsdale, MT

Best For: Riding in the Wide Open Country  

This dude ranch is not for the wee ones; the focus is riding and cattle work. Bonanza Creek has a maximum allowance of 12 guests at a time, but usually averages around eight people — making this one of the most intimate guest dude ranches in the nation. There are 40 guest horses on the ranch, who welcome families into their lifestyle and incredible landscape.

Guests are matched with their horses for the half-week to week-long stay. Each stay includes lodging, three meals a day, horseback riding, herding cattle, team penning, hiking, private lake fishing, wildlife watching, a breakfast ride and cookout, campfires, and wagon rides with a team of horses.

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6. Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort – Solvang, CA

Best For: Wine Country and Activities

Easily accessible from Santa Barbara, California, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is a family-owned working dude ranch. The 10,500-acre ranch is consistently awarded as best luxury dude ranch for numerous reasons.

The upscale ranch offers 73 cottages, all with working, wood burning fireplaces, and all without phones or televisions. Horseback riders can access 50-plus miles of riding trails; a 100-acre, spring-fed lake; two 18-hole championship golf courses; tennis courts; a pool; and spa.

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7. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, ID

Best For: Off-Season Vacations

Many dude ranches in colder climates close for the season come late autumn. And while Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in northern Idaho certainly welcomes visitors year-round, it’s their off-season that’s a standout. Families will be charmed by the four hand-hewn log cabins at the ranch, each one authentically decorated and super cozy. Or, guests can choose Grandma or Grandpa’s room on the main level of the lodge, or a suite on the second level.

The ranch is located on 1,100 acres in the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain ranges. The spectacular and changing scenery of the seasons varies the activities — enjoy horseback rides in the fall (ages 8 and up), fat bike rides in the winter, and skiing and snowmobiling in the spring! What’s also unique is the cabins can be booked without meals — a rarity at dude ranches.

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8. Paradise Guest Ranch – Buffalo, WY

Best for: Water Activities

Come summer, it’s the child in all of us who yearns to be by water. At Paradise Guest Ranch, families can participate in an extensive fly-fishing program – either on French Creek or one of the stocked, nearby trout ponds. There’s also an onsite swimming pool.

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9. Bar W Guest Ranch – Whitefish, MT

Best For: On-Trend Vacations

The Bar W Guest Ranch, outside of Glacier National Park, recognizes the needs of millennial families. Their traditional summer offerings have exploded in recent years, with new activities and adventures for all ages. Trail rides, wagon rides and a cultural kids’ program keep families busy on the ranch. The resort is also popular for its glamping in canvas tents with wood floors and luxurious bedding. And the resort’s location in Whitefish means you’re close to cute shops and kid-friendly restaurants and breweries.

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10. Medicine Bow Lodge Adventure Guest Ranch – Saratoga, WY

Best For: Best-Kept Riding Secret  

The Medicine Bow Lodge Adventure Guest Ranch is nestled into the Snowy Range, about 20 miles from Saratoga, Wyoming, and two hours from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Operating since 1917, the resort was most recently purchased by new owners in 2002, who truly enhanced the horsemanship of the ranch and riding possibilities. The maximum guest count is 15.

Families will especially love the summer program, with all-day rides, breakfast rides, overnight pack trips, sunset trip rides, fish and ride scenic trips (one of the only ones in the nation!) and other options. Guests can also participate in horse grooming and feeding, or just watch or photograph.

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11. Triangle C Dude Ranch, Dubois, WY

Best For: Getting a True Sense of Working Cattle

Featuring an 8,000-square-foot, rustic log remodeled to include a full-service spa, home theatre, library, pool and fine dining, Triangle C Dude Ranch provides a home-away-from-home while enjoying the ranch. But, forget the luxury and enjoy the ranch’s Pack Trips that provide a true sense of the working cattle in the Rockies. Following wranglers on trails on horseback, days end at campsites where you’ll gather around the fire for dinner. Back at the resort, kids may prefer the programs geared for ages 2 to 12, including nature-based crafts, sleeping in a tepee and learning the ropes in a junior wrangler program.

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12. Three Bars Guest Ranch – British Columbia, Canada

Best For: Private Cabins and Communal Meals

Three Bars Guest Ranch, a family-owned and operated dude ranch, is located in British Columbia, just a stone’s throw from Montana and Banff National Park. Families will enjoy private cabins and daily meals in a communal setting, where guests enjoy week-long visits together and fast become friends before the trip comes to an end. Daily horseback rides for all levels are available, as well as guided and non-guided hikes, mountain biking, river rafting and more. Each night, guests gather for drinks and dinner with the staff and enjoy games and entertainment as the stars come out and bonfires glow.

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13. Drowsy Water Ranch – Granby, CO

Best For: Young Children

Less than two hours outside of Denver, Drowsy Water Ranch has been in business since the 1920’s. About 100 head of horses, primarily quarter horses and paints, make their home at the Drowsy Water. Nine individual cabins snuggled beside the creek offer lodging for families.

The 700-acre Drowsy Water Ranch welcomes children of all ages, even infants. The children’s program is unstructured, but comprehensive. Children ages 5 and under in the Buckaroos program are led on smaller horses in a pen. For children ages 6 to 13 in the Range Riders program, rides are held twice a day. The kids are allowed to walk, lope and trot according to trail conditions and their comfort level on the horses.

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Dude Ranch Vacations for Vegetarians and Dietary Restrictions

Venturing to a new place and experiencing the culture of its food is one of the great pleasures of traveling. But if you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have any dietary limitations, you know it can also be a challenge if you don't select the right location. At these Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches the chefs delight in providing ranch cuisine for your whole family - regardless of any special dietary needs. With enough notice the ranches creatively and effectively cater for meatless diets, gluten free, dairy free and most food allergies. Foodies will even enjoy the culinary adventures on dude ranches where family style meals can be not only enjoyed by the whole family but also savored until the last bite. And what’s even more special than this? Some ranches are able to offer farm to table cuisine straight from ranch gardens. 

Here are some great dude ranch vacations for vegetarians and vegans.

 

Triangle C Dude Ranch for Vegetarians

Hors d'oeuvres at the Triangle C Ranch 

Black Mountain Ranch

McCoy, Colorado

Located just a few hours West of Denver, Colorado the Black Mountain Ranch is a family operated and a family oriented dude ranch. With a week long program you and your family will get to venture into the western lifestyle of horseback riding and outdoor adventures. And at meal times? The meals vary from gourmet dining in the lodge to cookouts in the wilderness (watch out for their killer Margaritas at Pack Camp). The chef will tempt you with hearty breakfasts featuring fresh home cooking and made from scratch baked goods. Dinner fare varies nightly, with several entree choices each night. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten free? Not a problem! And the Black Mountain Ranch always serves complimentary wine with dinner.

 

Circle Z Ranch

Patagonia, Arizona

At just an hour South of Tucson, Arizona the Circle Z Ranch offers a unique ranch vacation for guests of all ages and horseback riding abilities. You’ll get to ride on thousands of acres of the most scenic horseback riding trails in Arizona. One of the grand traditions at the Circle Z Ranch is the commitment to the highest standards for their food, and the ranch is positive you will be satisfied. In the ranch gardens, many of the vegetables served at mealtime are grown, and Circle Z honey bees are always busy making the sweetest honeys for the ranch use. Creative alternatives are available for those guests on strict gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose-free and vegan diets.  Open the end of October through the beginning of May.

 

Paradise Guest Ranch

Buffalo, Wyoming

Tucked away into the beautiful Big Horn Mountains - just 20 minutes from Buffalo, Wyoming the Paradise Guest Ranch offers luxury log cabins with personal fireplaces, outdoor decks and spacious livings rooms. And that’s just the accommodations! The ranch offers a long list of activities in their week long program including horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, kids program and more. Can the kitchen accommodate special dietary requirements? Absolutely. Ranch staff will send you a questionnaire before you arrive at the ranch on which you can describe any special dietary needs that you might have. The ranch can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and most all food allergies for their hearty meals with a gourmet flair. 

 

Laramie River Ranch

Jelm, Colorado

In Colorado’s Rocky Mountains near the border of Wyoming and Colorado the Laramie River Ranch offers genuine western hospitality far from the tension of city life. And with their small size (capacity of 25) you’ll get the attention you deserve on your vacation. On top of all the expected dude ranch activities you can enjoy the summer rodeo season or bring out the cowboy or cowgirl in you on their annual cattle drive. These outdoor activities and fresh mountain air encourage healthy appetites. Whether it's on the trail or at the ranch, meals are an event! In keeping with informal, western tradition, meals are served family style with delicious entrees, fresh salads, ranch baked breads, fruits and vegetables, and desserts which keep you coming back for more. They are happy to accommodate special diets with advance notice and vegetarian alternatives are available at every meal.

 

Triangle C Ranch

Dubois, Wyoming

Nestled between Jackson Hole and Dubois, Wyoming the Triangle C Ranch prides themselves as a true Wyoming Ranch - where a handshake is their bond and the coffee pot is always on! The ranch offers adventure packed programs for families, adults and singles throughout the summer months. Folks up here spend all day working up mountain-sized appetites! Sooner or later it leads them back to the Wind River Dining Room, where the chefs serve up fresh & healthy ranch delicacies. They have been cooking homemade goodness for years – presented in true cowboy style. Let the staff know in advance if there are any special dietary needs and they'll do their very best to make sure you have a wonderful dining experience. 

 

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If you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have any dietary limitations the chefs at these dude ranches delight in providing ranch cuisine for your family. With notice the ranches creatively and effectively cater for meatless diets, gluten free, dairy free and most food allergies. Foodies will even enjoy culinary adventures where family style meals can be enjoyed by all. And what’s even more special? Some dude ranches are able to offer farm to table cuisine straight from ranch gardens.

Northwest Wyoming Dude Ranch Vacations

The beauty and wonder of Wyoming is undeniable: with mountains lakes, forests and prairies, the state has a lot going for it. That’s just the start of a naturally awesome place. Wyoming is also home to Yellowstone National Park in the Northwest corner. When you find yourself planning your next trip to the greater Yellowstone area or Jackson Hole in Northwest Wyoming here are some truly special hidden dude ranch vacations that are worth the trip alone. 

Although Wyoming ranches focus on horseback riding, guests can experience a wide range of activities which include; hiking, fishing, shooting, archery, rafting, and camping. Whether you are looking for a family adventure vacation, a family reunion location, a corporate retreat getaway, or a unique wedding destination, these ranches are what you have been looking for.

 

 

R Lazy S Ranch

 

Good Old Fashioned Hospitality, Excellent Food and Casual Living at Its Best

The R Lazy S Ranch specializes in the real meaning of vacation: You can be as active or inactive as you please at this Jackson Hole dude ranch. Go horseback riding for an hour or two, all day, or take an afternoon riding lesson. Fish in America’s top trout streams, take a scenic or whitewater river float trip, or see an authentic Western Rodeo.

Life at this dude ranch goes back to simpler times. The R Lazy S Ranch provides good, old fashioned hospitality, excellent food, and casual living at its best.

 

 

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A Family Friendly Atmosphere with a Unique Charm

The CM Ranch is a friendly, casual establishment with various generations and age ranges attending. The ranch is run much like it was back in 1927 – passionate management hosting an array of lovely guests that have set out to partake in simple pleasures and commune with the wilderness.

Your host's love for the outdoors and quality time with friends and family is, without a doubt, infectious. The beautiful environment, activities, and infrastructure provided allow all of our out-of-towners to build fond, long-lasting memories. It is truly an unforgettable homeland.

 

Lost Creek Ranch View

 

The Best of a Western Guest Ranch and World-Class Resort

Lost Creek Ranch combines the best of a western guest ranch with a world-class resort. Every aspect of the buildings, log cabins, corrals, spa, and other facilities ensures your comfort, safety and enjoyment. The most important and noticeable feature of our Wyoming dude ranch lies not in its structures but in its people. The ranch is dedicated to personal service and with over 50 years of great service Lost Creek Ranch is committed to bridging the gap between today and the way things used to be.

 

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Visit the Wind River Mountain Range and the Largest Active Glaciers in the Lower 48

Allens 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. As the ranch's backdrop the Wind River Mountain Range boasts the largest active glaciers in the lower 48 states, hundreds of alpine lakes teeming with wild trout, abundant wildlife and world class fly fishing and mountain climbing. The unique setting of the Diamond 4 Ranch in Dickinson Park gives you access to 100,000 spectacular acres. Saddle up and join them for a real western adventure!

 

 

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A Place for Solitude and Beauty on a Grand Scale

Here in the West, very few places remain that offer both solitude and beauty on a grand scale. The Absaroka Ranch, located at the headwaters of Wyoming's Wind River and at the base of the spectacular Absaroka mountain range, is such a place.

The ranch welcomes all people and families looking for a true western experience. With the Absaroka Mountain Range as the backdrop there are endless opportunities to enjoy beautiful scenery, see unique wildlife and make meaningful memories.

 

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Enjoy Family, Friends and Horsemanship

Triangle C Ranch is the perfect place to enjoy family, friends and horsemanship all while being surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain views in the world. Chris and Barbara Cox, along with their dedicated staff, share a passion to educate and motivate all ages through their horsemanship journey right here at Triangle C Ranch. Chris has implemented a safe and effective Horsemanship Program for every skill level and is offering several 3 and 6 day horsemanship clinics during the summer months.

 

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Northwest Wyoming Dude Ranch Vacations

When you find yourself planning your next trip to the greater Yellowstone area or Jackson Hole in Northwest Wyoming here are some truly special hidden dude ranch vacations that are worth the trip alone. Whether you are looking for a family adventure vacation, a family reunion location, a corporate retreat getaway, or a unique wedding destination, these ranches are what you have been looking for.

Ranch Activities - So Much to Do, So Little Time

A Western ranch vacation is your one stop shop for a vacation where you and your travel companions (young or old) can safely scatter into the mountains on your adventure of choice.


Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, etc.


And by "etc." we mean there are so many ranch activities you will be hard pressed to get all the exploring and experiencing done in just one week. While you’re there you'll get into the rhythm of the western way of life specific to each family operation.  You’ll certainly get to "get Local” at these ranches. But, it's not roughing it like you might imagine. It's living it. It's an experience that is high class, polished and refined. There is so much to do in a week that every minute will seem important to get the most of the experience. Time flows from one adventure to the next, with only as much, or as little free time as you like.

 

 

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Eatons' Ranch offers a family game of softball on the ranch lawns for an afternoon actvity.

 

So Much to Do


There is so much to do and so little time it makes one week seem so short. It’s like trying to jam pack a whole summer into a week. The cabins are well appointed with your own private bathrooms, or the lodge has your own personal room with shared living spaces to meet and really connect with other travelers looking to experience the same thing as you. For some, this might be the bucket list trip, for others it’s going to be your next great adventure.

 

 The High Lonesome Wild Horses

The High Lonesome Ranch offers a half day trip with a picnic lunch to go visit the wild horses, decendants of Native American and Spanish horses.

 

Ranch Safari


You might think of it as a ranch safari - because you’re riding out into the wilderness, into the mountains, or into the plains. This is where the wildlife lives. But this is also where the ranchers live. Where the summer cowboys and girls live. Where you’ll live for a week. It’s not kind of immersive, it’s fully immersive. You’ll be squeezing and jamming so many memories into one week you’ll leave feeling like a week was just the start. This is one of the reasons our ranches have so much repeat buisness.

 

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With Western Pleasure Ranch's summer dude ranch package you'll get an opportunity to do some cattle sorting.


Trust me, you can stay still in one location and experience a wide variety of things on the ranch. You'll have a home base to launch into the wild, to explore trails, learn about horses, about each other and find away to turn off your phone for a little while. You won't miss it. Each day you’ll see something different for the first time. You might see a bald eagle, or hear an elk bugle for the first time, or i don't know, get on top of the continental divide.

 

Get Going


So what am I saying? Get going! Go do something that has a week full of activities. Something you can sit around in the evening and swap sorties, so many stories, with other guests, with the employees, with your family. Where you will eat great food and drink great wine with great company. I am not even kidding, on a ranch vacation there are so many things to do and so little time.

 

Triangle C Ranch Gather

 After your trail ride at the Triangle C Ranch you can stick around for horsemanship demonstrations to learn to better connect with your horse.

 

Ever wonder if there are enough ranch activities to entertain on a ranch vacation? Yes! Actually there are too many activities for just one week.

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Ranch Vacation Retreats & Specialty Weeks for 2017

Ladies and Gentleman! Youth of [most] all ages! Step right up and get hooked on your next ranch vacation! We are here to offer you the most wonderful of specialty weeks for this summer!

 

From 7AM to midnight, Scrapbooking Retreat

 

Poker games, whiskey tasting & wagon rides, Cowboy Games Week

 

Chris Cox instruction & ranch responsibilities, Youth Camp

 


Rankin Ranch Scrapbooking Specialty Week

Ladies Scrapbooking Retreat ~ Caliente, California

 

March 16-19, 2017 March 23-26, 2017 You'll love this weekend getaway at Rankin Ranch with scrapbooking from 7 a.m. to midnight without any distractions!  The ranch offers a unique and beautiful atmosphere for a unique getaway.  Enjoy gorgeous views of the ranch outside the windows and the lingering aromas from our  kitchen where home cooked meals are being prepared. The century old Rankin family home is the setting for this weekend of fun and relaxation.  The guest ranch dining room is transformed into the scrapbooking room where each lady has her own personal table.  Meals will be served in the family dining room for an intimate group of 12. Looking for more crafty events? Check out some basket weaving or quilting.

Goosewing Ranch Specialty Weeks Cowboy Games

Cowboy Games ~ Jackson, Wyoming

 

September 10-17, 2017 ~ Cowboy Games Goosewing Ranch has four special weeks in 2017 set aside for just adults with a special theme.  Take for example the Cowboy Games week - from team penning to poker games, and whiskey tasting to wagon rides there is something for every cowboy or cowgirl to enjoy during the Cowboy Games week at Goosewing Ranch. When the horseback rides return, the outdoor heated pool, hot tub, brand new sauna and massage room provide excellent relaxation before the daily scheduled activities begin. Target shooting, archery, roping, horse games, wagon rides, skeet shooting, hatchet throwing, team penning, and arts and crafts are only a few of the afternoon activities. Evening activities include line dancing, campfires, cookouts, UTV sunset rides, star gazing, and more.  

 

Traingle C Ranch Specialty Weeks Ranch Vacation

Not Your Average Youth Camp ~Dubois, Wyoming

 

 June 4-10, 2017 ~ Boys     (ages 11 -17):
 June 11-17, 2017  ~ Girls     (ages 11-17):

The Triangle C Ranch will be hosting a camp to teach your youth to understand the mentality of the horse, how the horse thinks and how the horse reacts. This week of leadership and communication are as much cornerstones of being successful in life as being successful with the horse. During this week of development your youth will be engaged in many activities - horsemanship instruction from world renowned horseman Chris Cox, fly fishing, teepee camping, cattle driving, and even handling various responsibilities related to ranch life. Qualified counselors, instructors, and special guest speakers ensure a remarkable week of development for our future leaders.     Save Save Save

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The One and Only Wyoming

When you think about traveling in mountains, on rivers or wide open spaces think about Wyoming. Out here the air is fresh, the scenery spectacular and the people have a western hospitality about them you won’t find anywhere else. There are ranches, dude ranches, cattle operations and cowboys of all sorts... professional rodeo cowboys, ranch hands on hundreds of thousands of acres and cowboys that pack horses into places like the Thorofare, the most remote location in the lower 48, located in the greater area Yellowstone National Park. This wonderful state is home to recreation of all kinds, not just ones on horseback.  Yellowstone National Park anyone? Yes, that is here in Wyoming and the state is very proud of it. Let your compass take you in all the cardinal directions and you will find vast amounts of beautiful lonely highways leading to historical places and clear, crisp streams packed with trout waiting to take your fly. You could be on your way to the Big Horn Mountains, Devil’s Tower, Cheyenne Frontier Days, the high and mighty Tetons or the next small western town with a population of 200 or less. Winter is a great time to be here as well. Trust me. It truly is. The quiet snow is ready to be disturbed by snowshoeing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, and snowmobiling. There are ice climbing festivals, ice fishing derbies or your winter recreation of choice. If you’re not yet convinced that Wyoming is the place to be, consider this; whether you are an avid participant in one type of recreation or a general adventurer a dude ranch just might be the right fit. Each ranch listed below has a general list of activities that will accommodate your wants for a week long break. With a closer look each individual ranch has its own flair of personality and specialty. Find the one that matches you and your travel companions. If it is not on the list below, don't fret. There are more Wyoming Ranches than these. Pick up the phone and call the Dude Ranchers' Association to inquire about the extent of ranches in the state.  

R Lazy S Wyoming Vacation Trail Ride Family

R Lazy S Ranch, Teton Village, Wyoming

R Lazy S Ranch specializes in the real meaning of vacation: You can be as active or inactive as you please.

 


Red Rock Ranch Vacation Wyoming

The Red Rock Ranch, Kelly, Wyoming

The Red Rock Ranch takes great pride in serving excellent food, whether on a cook-out BBQ, lunch ride or in our main dining room. The food is a fabulous mix of ranch cuisine with a gourmet flare.


Triangle C Ranch Wyoming Vacation

Triangle C Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming

The Triangle C Ranch takes pride in being a true Wyoming Ranch- where their handshake is our bond and the coffee pot is always on!

 


Vee Bar Ranch Wyoming Vacation

Vee Bar Ranch, Laramie, Wyoming

The Vee Bar Guest and Dude Ranch specializes in small Wyoming conferences and retreats, with space for up to 40 guests for day conferences and 25-30 guests for overnight retreats.

 


Lazy L&B Ranch Wyoming Vacation

Lazy L & B Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming

The Lazy L & B Ranch offers a great kids program. Aside from the riding program kids love the petting zoo, the tree house and the freedom to go wherever they want, whenever they want.

 


Rimrock Ranch Wyoming

Rimrock Ranch, Cody Wyoming

Rimrock Ranch is nestled on the banks of Canyon Creek, 24 miles west of Cody and 27 miles east of the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.


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