Traditional Dude and Guest Ranch Vacations for families

A dude ranch is one of the best options for your next family vacation. With programs centered around horseback riding and western lifestyle activities, you’ll have more fun with your family than you ever thought possible! Parents and children will get to relax and enjoy their vacation in a way that, even though your day is full of activities and outdoor adventures, the mental exhaustion of traveling is not there. Best of all, parents are free from planning entertaining activities for the kids, the only decision making you’ll have to do will be whether to lounge by the pool, go for a horseback ride or hike up to a scenic vista for the afternoon. All the details are taken care of by your ranch hosts, such as meals, activities and housekeeping. With ranches offering family centered activities or an all-day supervised kids program, you’ll be able to find the ranch that is tailored to fit exactly what you are looking for in your family vacation. So what are you waiting for, choose from the below ranches for the perfect western vacation for your family!!

Cherokee Park Ranch

Livermore, Colorado

Sometimes you feel a call: a restlessness, disoriented, or an overwhelming desire to escape the stresses of modern life. All it takes is a moment in the wilderness, a stroll atop a gentle horse, or a night under the ethereal splendor of the stars. At Cherokee Park Ranch, you can find all that and more. Let the bubbling of the river and the splash of a trout wash your worries away. Feel the wind as you race across a meadow on your favorite horse. Come to our little slice of heaven and answer the call.

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Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

Shell, Wyoming

We are located East of Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park at the foot of The Big Horn Mountains in the hamlet of Shell, Wyoming.

This upscale riding, horsemanship and adventure guest ranch is limited to approximately 25 guests per week to assure an authentic, personal and fun experience. 

With 650,000 acres to ride in a seldom seen variety of scenery, and elevations ranging from 4,200 to 13,100 feet, this is the ultimate adventure destination.


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Colorado Trails Ranch

Durango, Colorado

At Colorado Trails Ranch, the vacation experience is all-inclusive from the accommodations, to the meals, to virtually all the activities and the gratuity. This makes it the perfect place for family reunions. Everyone has a chance to get together and bond between activities, even share activities. Plus everyone has a chance to do their own thing with a wide variety of activities.

In addition to a horseback riding program for all ages and all skill levels, we have a comprehensive fly fishing program for beginners and experienced fishermen alike. Guests will enjoy our brand new heated pool and hot tub, river rafting, guided hikes, trap-shooting, riflery and archery. We also offer square dancing, a hayride with campfire sing-along, an ice cream social and kid’s camp-out. Come join in the fun and reunite with your family!!!


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CM Ranch

Dubois, Wyoming

Family Reunions are a CM Ranch specialty. Charlie Moore built the CM in 1927 specifically for multi-generational families to enjoy one another and the lifestyle out west. 

We are 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. Our guest capacity tops out at only fifty, an ideal size for generating good humor and personable interactions among guests and crew…just the way we like it. 

These days it is hard to get together with everyone's crazy schedules. If you can decide on the date, then let us do the rest! Come and reconnect, relax, ride, and enjoy one another’s company in this natural and serene environment.  Call us today to inquire more about bringing your family for a reunion that creates special memories that last a lifetime!


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Elkhorn Ranch - AZ

Tucson, Arizona

Since 1946, Elkhorn Ranch has attracted families to sunny Arizona for a traditional guest ranch experience.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, plus the February and spring school breaks, are family time at Elkhorn Ranch!  Elkhorn becomes a home away from home where everyone enjoys the outdoors, riding, friendship, and the ease of a family friendly vacation where ordering breakfast is the big decision of the day.  Everyone has the chance to relax and enjoy time together, as well as time apart. A perfect week long family vacation or gathering place for multi-generation reunions.

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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Solvang, California

Bring the entire family and escape to the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort and create memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you enjoy a morning horseback ride and a pancake breakfast on the trail, or you choose to fish on our private lake and watch sunset from the shore, you’ll be creating stories you’ll want to share and experiences to treasure for years to come.

Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway for two, a family reunion, or a corporate retreat, come discover the magic of Alisal. This is far more than just a dude ranch. With a temperate climate year-round and ever-changing seasonal activities, any time of year is the perfect time to visit us.


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Blacktail Ranch

Wolf Creek, Montana

The Blacktail Ranch is a Historic 8,000 acre jewel, located where the prairie meets the Rockies in Wolf Creek Montana. Our Grandfather first came this valley back in the late 1800's and our family has lived and worked here ever since. We have been operating as a guest ranch since the 1950's.

A few of the things our guests enjoy are an exceptionally beautiful mountain ranch, daily unlimited horseback riding, cattle drives, first class accommodations, three healthy and wholesome meals a day and of course great fishing.

A Horseback riding lovers dream! We offer unlimited riding every day. There is no better way to explore the Blacktail, see wildlife and enjoy the great outdoors than on horseback. Come see what we are all about!!

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Latigo Ranch

Kremmling, Colorado

Fond of creature comforts? No problem! Here at Latigo Ranch, we are known for our cozy cabins, friendly atmosphere, and high-quality, personalized cuisine.

Our adventure-driven riding programs are for all ages and experience levels— from children to adults and beginners to experts.

And there’s plenty to keep everyone busy: a lesson in cowboy skills, rifle and shotgun shooting, fly-fishing, river rafting, kids camp-out, 3-5s program, rock-climbing, an interactive wine tasting, and plenty of time to relax in the pool or hot tub, or enjoy the view from the porch.  Have a real adventure this vacation. Bring everyone to Latigo Ranch!!


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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch

Sandpoint, Idaho

At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, experience the spirit of the west on an All Inclusive Guest Ranch Adventure Vacation. The warm, western hospitality, country gourmet dining, and the beauty of Idaho’s wilderness will make your guest ranch stay not just a vacation, but an authentic western experience with memories that last a lifetime.

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s quality ranch raised horses are perfect for the beginner or the experienced rider.  When you’re looking for a fantastic family guest ranch adventure vacation look no further than Western Pleasure Guest Ranch!


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Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Winston, New Mexico

Explore the breathtaking, untouched Gila National Forest by horseback: Ride through incredible 500 foot deep canyons with crystal clear spring fed streams, through Ponderosa forests, across open meadows and to high mountain overlooks. Enjoy our well-trained, responsive, well cared for horses and comfortable tack. 

Learn about the people who lived here over 1,000 years ago (Mimbres 200-1150 AD) while standing in the caves and cliff dwellings they made their home! View the pictographs and pottery shards they left behind!  

Enjoy time together as a family at our small ranch: ride horses, eat delicious meals, relax around a campfire, explore, swim in the creek, play games, reconnect and make memories together that will last a lifetime! 


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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. 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. Unbridle your spirit; rein in the memories.

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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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C Lazy U Ranch

Granby, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch is Colorado’s premier luxury guest ranch getaway located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Known for its unmatched service and easily accessible from Denver, C Lazy U is one of the few remaining places where family reunions can reunite and experience a vacation far from the stresses of everyday life, filled with the rich traditions of the American West.

C Lazy U Ranch is perfect for large families of all ages.  There truly is something for everyone and every generation.  The property features a collection of luxury cabin accommodations, fine dining, a full-service “Lazy You” spa, and 8,500 acres of adventure. Limitless activities include horseback riding, a second-to-none children’s program, swimming, tennis, guided mountain biking, guided hiking, Orvis endorsed fly fishing, yoga, a zip line and ropes course, trap shooting and archery.  Or you can simply relax by the pool and enjoy the majesty of the spectacular views.  No matter the size of your family we should have something to accommodate everyone and groups of 10 or more qualify for a group discount and the ranch is able to accommodate large families up to 95.


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Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

Yucca, Arizona

Stagecoach Trails Guest ranch is dedicated to providing you with the best all inclusive family reunion experience you can imagine. For groups of 30 to 40 guests you can book the entire ranch exclusively for your reunion.  No strangers walking around, just you and your family members.  What better way to reunite with friends and family than in an Old West environment.

Enjoy campfires at night, gorgeous hikes into the desert mountains, family fun for all ages like mountain bikes, swimming pool, hot tub, archery, shooting, ATV's, petting zoo and even an authentic wagon ride. Of course the best time will be riding in the beautiful Arizona desert with our friendly wranglers.

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Red Reflet Guest Ranch

Ten Sleep, Wyoming

At an altitude of 5,000’, and upper ranch at 8,300’, guests will be hard-pressed to find another ranch experience this close to the night skies. Owned by Bob and Laurence Kaplan, pilots, world travelers, and philanthropists, the Red Reflet Ranch reflects the kaleidoscopic personalities of these welcoming hosts. The Ranch offers a unique middle ground between life on a cattle and alfalfa hay production ranch, and a catered experience with luxuries and customer service that only the finest “Dude” ranches in the country provide. Guests can learn the ranching business from expert wranglers and ranch hands, taking part in cattle drives, or up-close animal husbandry! Yet, they also have exclusive access to guided rides, skeet shooting, ATV & Dirt Bike adventures, zip lines, Cowboy Water Park and visits to local treasures from touring experts. This untouched wilderness offers an opportunity to see a wild and diverse ecosystem untouched by modern society.

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Red Rock Ranch

Kelly, Wyoming

The Red Rock Ranch encompasses family. So many guests have left here saying “I felt like family from the first moment I stepped on the ranch.”  The Kid’s Program is the center of what we do. The freedom and growth the kids experience here is remarkable!  The numerous return guests we have year after year says it all.  Creative riding options, 2 miles of private fly fishing water, family cabins, creative and delicious food, kid’s program are all waiting for you. Coupled with our core family culture makes The Red Rock Ranch a true Family Destination.

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Majestic Dude Ranch

Mancos, Colorado

Nestled high in the pristine wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, the Majestic Dude Ranch is the ideal location for outdoor adventures. Surrounded by federal land on all sides, we provide ease of access for trail riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and more! Our guides will show you to some of the best hidden spots in the southwest. While staying here is certainly relaxing, you will be kept busy participating in our broad assortment of activities that extend well into the evening. You will spend your days exploring true wilderness as your ride through the aspens, summit enormous peaks, and race through some of the best bike trails in the nation. The combination of world-class facilities coupled with our dedication to customer service set us apart from the rest. Regardless of your group size, we have great accommodations to match your wants and needs - whether you would like to stay in a luxury suite for two, luxury cabin for ten, or anything in between. If you are looking for something more than just a vacation, the Majestic Dude Ranch is the place for you. We will make sure you leave as family

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Klondike Ranch

Buffalo, Wyoming

The Klondike Ranch is an historical, working cattle ranch, nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains of north central Wyoming, and has been in our family since the 1920's.

We invite you to take part in our way of life, and experience the thrill of a real Western ranch in the beautiful atmosphere of the Old West.

Our guests become a part of our family and we take great lengths to ensure you are comfortable, well fed, taken care of and get as much riding in as you can handle. At Klondike, we enjoy welcoming our guests into our way of life and believe it is our duty to make your stay here as memorable and enjoyable as it should be.

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Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Jasper, Arkansas

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, nestled under large sandstone bluffs is the perfect place for your next family adventure.  Great horses, great food and a wide variety of activities, ensure that everyone will have experiences that they will always remember.  Rock Climbing, River trips, and one of the finest ziplines in the country are just some of the reasons HCR stands out from the rest.  The main lodge and newly remodeled cabins are clean, comfortable with great views of the canyon.  The pool is great for warm summer days and the hot tub sure feels good after a hard day of fun.

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Lazy L&B Ranch

Dubois, Wyoming

At the Lazy L&B Ranch there’s nothing we like better than seeing grandparents hanging with grandkids, siblings catching up with each other and cousins exploring that special relationship that friends just can't compete with.

We offer something for everyone of every age. It’s a throwback to a time when kids could run free all day long. They’re never at a loss for something to do whether it be horseback riding, swimming, hanging out at the petting zoo, playing in the tree house or eating s’mores at the wrangler cookout. The relaxed pace of the ranch gives families a chance to catch up and hang out without the distractions and worries of everyday life. Whether it's horseback riding, fishing, hiking, swimming or relaxing, there's something for everyone to enjoy at the ranch. We’d love to welcome your family to join ours for a vacation like no other. The time you spend together in the saddle, at family meals and around the campfire will never be forgotten.

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Goosewing Ranch

Jackson, Wyoming

A place to disconnect from your daily struggles and reconnect with what is really important: Family, friends, nature, and inner self.

Here at Goosewing Ranch, we combine the lifestyle of ranching in the Wyoming wilderness with many of the modern refinements that make your visit with us especially enjoyable.

At 7,400 feet, the valley is the host to some of North America’s most spectacular game: elk, moose, mountain sheep, antelope, bear, eagles, geese, cranes, and much more, not to mention fantastic scenery. The Gros Ventre River, home to native cutthroat trout, runs through the meadows of our historic ranch.

We invite you to come share this corner of North America’s wildest country just as it has been for over a  hundred years – a working ranch reborn as an isolated retreat deep in the Gros Ventre River Valley.

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White Stallion Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

Here, the personal touch and hospitality of a traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and amenities of your favorite resort. The True family welcomes you to the ranch that has been their home for over 50 years. Reconnect with nature, family, friends and serenity. Ride through the unspoiled desert, hike and rock climb the Tucson Mountains on ranch property, swim, play tennis, basketball and badminton. Recognized internationally for excellence in service and value, the ranch has been voted #1 property in Tucson on TripAdvisor for the last 6 years. Summer specials include discounted family packages and family reunion specials.



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Drowsy Water Ranch

Granby, Colorado

At Drowsy Water Ranch, family vacations 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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