Kids and Dude Ranches go hand in hand

A dude ranch vacation offers a variety of programming for kids of all ages, with daily schedules that are so engaging kids won’t realize they’re learning along the way. Kids programs and activities, many of which are overseen by dedicated wranglers and staff members, are designed to educate and entertain with activities ranging from ropes courses, scavenger hunts, horseback riding, panning for gold, wildlife excursions, overnight camping trips, campfire sing-a-longs, capture the flag, hay rides and much more. Give your kids the gift of a vacation where they can learn while having the time of their lives!!

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Loveland, Colorado

Discover your Inner Cowboy at Sylvan Dale Ranch!  On the edge of the wild, with protected lands, our historic horse and cattle ranch has been in operation since the 1920’s. It's a little piece of heaven tucked on the quiet side of Eagle Ridge, on the banks of the Big Thompson River. With 3,000 acres of riding country, comfy cabins, great food, and a ranch raised horse for your mount, you can't go wrong! Our morning youth program gives ages 3-12 a real bonding experience with their horse: ranch chores, horse care, trail riding, and horsemanship lessons too!

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Nine Quarter Circle Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

So many things to do and experiences to remember!

We love and welcome the little ones at Nine Quarter Circle, and give them plenty to do and see so parents can enjoy their own activities. Kids get to meet new friends (both equine and human!), learn new things, and have our own dedicated staff to keep them entertained. Horses are still the focus even in the kids program we just add a little twist to keep them wanting more! A couple of the favorite activities at the ranch for the kids are below

Saturday at the corral, parents and kids can participate in gymkhana, or games on horseback. It’s a fun way for kids to try out their new riding skills, and get to spend more time with parents along with their horse buddies.

Square Dance
Some kids jump right in, some are a little shy at first, but soon they’re all boot scootin’ away, and typically busting into spontaneous giggles.
Check out our kids program for more information.

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Greenhorn Ranch

Quincy, California

Guests ages 6 years old and up can participate in our progressive riding program, all levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. We provide daily riding and instruction to develop your riding skills and confidence. We also have one of the few programs encouraging trotting and loping. We have activities that appeal to everyone in the family including fishing, swimming, games, team sports, dancing, karaoke, even frog catching and racing. We pay special attention to kids and teens; including them in activities and doing everything possible to make sure they are having fun as well as providing a safe place for them to experience personal independence.   Imagine spending an entire day laughing, talking and enjoying each other's company free of the distractions of the telephone, TV or computer without camping or roughing it.

For children ages 3-5, we provide our Kiddie corral program with fun games, pony rides, arts and crafts and other activities - even a petting zoo. As you can see we all bases covered for the perfect family getaway!!

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Wind River Christian Guest Ranch

Estes Park, Colorado

Kid-Friendly Vacations With A Family-Friendly Focus!

Our Children’s Program Is Designed For Every Stage Of Your Child’s Life – And Yours!  {Yes, We Take Care of Your Babies and Toddlers Too!}

At Wind River Ranch, we take the care of your entire family’s needs and desires seriously. We know that kids and teens need the time and space to play and explore with kids of their own ages and interests, that infants need to be coddled and swooned, and that everyone in your family needs a chance to experience spiritual rejuvenation and unplugged happy downtime in Nature.

We know that parents need this time and space more than ever ~ and we’ve designed our kids programs to rejuvenate your spirit and give your kids the rare freedom of experiencing ranch life in a safe and satisfying Christian Vacation Environment.

Our Ministry Is Dedicated To Giving Families Time To Reconnect

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Marble Mountain Ranch

Somes Bar, California

Best rated kid friendly dude ranches, or family friendly guest ranches are going to do one thing very well, they will keep the kids engaged in a variety of exciting events. In the words of the kids, “boring is the worst!” To this end, we at Marble Mountain Ranch go to great lengths to provide a non-stop itinerary of exciting and changing activities that are based on traditional Western frontier experiences. We have programs for the little ones so that they can safely enjoy the outdoors. The little ones can enjoy nature walks, arts and crafts, feeding small animals, harvesting chicken eggs that are still warm, and more.

Find out more about our kids programs here

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Colorado Trails Ranch

Durango, Colorado

Our children's program divides kids aged 5 through 17 into compatible groups, each with their own counselor and plenty of activities. The program is geared around what the chidren want to do and their abilities, keeping it age specific. In addition to many of the above mentioned activities, the two older kid's groups have a chance to do some power tubing at nearby, beautiful Vallecito Lake. You can be assured that your children will experience new, fun and safe activities and, more importantly, form lasting friendships with the other kids they meet at the ranch. Please let us know if you'll need a babysitter for children younger than 5.

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C Lazy U Ranch

Granby, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch is known as a world-class destination that combines luxury accommodations with fine dining and limitless activities but what really makes it stand out is the Kids Program.  It is at the forefront of every award the ranch wins and is certainly the one attribute that keeps families coming back year after year.  Counselors accompany, supervise and instruct kids as they learn how to horseback ride and enjoy non-stop wholesome activities while the adults get to relax and enjoy vacation.  There are three different age groups and plenty of family time for a well-rounded program. The ranch truly has something for everyone and your kids will love you for it.

For additional information, visit, or call (970) 887-3344.

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Goosewing Ranch

Jackson, Wyoming

Goosewing Ranch is a great place for kids and teenagers to roam free and explore their sense of adventure in the Wild West.  There is a wide range of activities, experiences, and adventures to keep the truly young or the young at heart well entertained.  The children’s program is offered from mid-June through the end of August when there will be a kids wrangler staffed. The program runs for about 2 to 4 hours daily, and is best suited for children 6 years and older, children ages 3 – 6 will be accommodated in the young buckaroo’s program. We also have a tepee that can be reserved for a family or kids night under the stars.  We have a Kids Town with Foosball, shuffle board, and ping pong tables. Many more activities await your kiddos at Goosewing Ranch find out more here!!!

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Elk Mountain Ranch

Buena Vista, Colorado

Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with off-the-beaten path charm. Adjacent the Brown's Canyon National Monument. A pleasant two-hour drive from Denver (shuttle service available). A horse to call your own, full-day whitewater raft trip, marksmanship, archery, trapshooting, excursion to Ropes & Adventure Park, van trip to Aspen, mountain biking, square-dancing, hayride, evening entertainment. Massage available for additional cost. Families encouraged to ride and raft together. Excellent program for our little buckaroos. Unique for its spectacular location, horseback rides of unmatched beauty, variety of activities, superb menu, and intimate capacity. Murphy family's home and passion since 1985.

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Drowsy Water Ranch

Granby, Colorado

At Drowsy Water Ranch, summers are meant to be celebrated.  We welcome all aged children to enjoy and explore Colorado’s Rocky Mountains from the back of a four-legged best-friend.  From infants to teens, we offer a program to meet their needs.  When the kids aren’t on horses, we focus on outdoor fun: from rafting, to outdoor crafts, to archery and swimming, the kids will hit their pillow each night with a fulfilled yet tired smile.  Kids have plenty of quality time with the rest of the family, too.  Don’t pass up the chance to celebrate summer with us!

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Hunewill Circle H Guest Ranch

Bridgeport, California

Be a hero in your child’s eyes by taking them on a vacation to the Hunewill Ranch.  Parents and grandparents love bringing children & teens to the ranch because it is a simple vacation to plan and kids love it!  The horseback riding is great fun and builds confidence in riders of all ages and skill levels.   Other attractions for kids at Hunewill Ranch are the evening activities.   Talent night,  "colt gentling," bingo, making s’mores, roping practice, sing-a- long, hay ride, and outdoor barbeques on Robinson Creek add to the fun.  For children under age 6, we provide childcare during riding hours.  Pony rides, engaging play time, crafts, and games, are some of the activities provided.  HUNEWILL GUEST RANCH is located northeast of Yosemite National Park in the beautiful Bridgeport Valley in California. Family owned and operated since 1861.  

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Diamond D Ranch

Stanley, Idaho

Being in the wild west is a very exciting adventure for children. Our staff tries to make everyday fun and memorable for the children by offering western lore of the area, a variety of crafts, nature walks, gold panning and other adventures. Some of our staff members have even been known to strap on a head lamp and take the kids in search of Night Crawlers in the moonlight. Children six years and older may participate in the above activities (under recreation). For children under six, there are supervised games, swimming, pony rides, etc. For the very young, three and under, there is baby-sitting available.

If that is not enough we do have many other activities for eveyone include gold panning, horseshoe pits, volleyball, archery, target and skeet shooting, barbecues, campfires, swimming in our pool, or relaxing in our hot tub, wonderful wildlife viewing, scenic trips, fly fishing packages, and NEW wilderness photography tours.

Give you kiddos the gift of freedom and memories this summer!!!!

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Bar W Guest Ranch

Whitefish, Montana

For the small fries, under three, we offer limited babysitting upon request so the adults can enjoy the trails together. At the Bar W, our trail riding age limit is seven years old. Cowboys and cowgirls under seven can become official Bar W Cowpokes. Our Cowpoke program allows kids to enjoy horseback riding and experience a variety of Montana oriented activities. Cowpokes will enjoy pony rides, arena games on horseback, horsemanship lessons, scavenger hunts, Montana bingo, arts & crafts, and even can become a “Montana Picasso” as they paint a horse!

Junior Cowpokes, age seven to eleven, will enjoy rides with adults as well as special Junior Cowpokes Rides for any child that does not want to do longer rides with their parents. Junior Cowpokes will enjoy miles of trail rides and games in the arena. Lead by counselors, each cowpoke team will experience great adventures including horseback riding, swimming, fishing, and exploring Montana country. Parents will have the opportunity to participate with their kids in some of these activities, as well as enjoying adults only rides and activities.

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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Solvang, California

The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is a perfect getaway for Spring Break and to get into family travel. The Alisal offers the challenge of two 18-hole golf courses and the natural wonders of a historic 10,000-acre working cattle ranch. Beyond the fairways enjoy horseback rides, horseback lead-arounds in the corral for the younger ones, hikes, and fishing to name a few. The Alisal also offers fine dining and first class accommodations. The children’s programs runs throughout the year. It includes arts and crafts, tie-dye shirt making, candle making and a great variety of arts and crafts for all ages. During the evening The Alisal offers a host of children’s programs suited just for their ages including teen night at the lake, dinner and a  movie, pizza making and assorted games. The Alisal is a perfect resort to create your family memories.

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Eatons' Ranch

Wolf, Wyoming

Our Ranch Holidays for Families Includes a Children’s Program

We will have recreational staff on duty during scheduled riding times to offer supervision for children three years and older. Supervisors must see a parent or guardian before the child will be allowed to leave the recreation area. We also have organized activities every afternoon, Monday through Saturday, at Howard Hall. There is bingo on Sunday nights, which has always been popular for kids and adults alike. Activities will range from arts and crafts to scavenger hunts to afternoons at the pool. We will also have nature hikes, tie-dying, and movie-and-popcorn nights.
Babysitting Services

We will attempt to have babysitters available for children two years and under from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for an additional charge of $8/hour for the first child and $2/hour for each additional child. Evening babysitting services can be arranged individually with the Ranch staff.

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