Traditional Dude Ranch Vacations are Perfect Any Time of Year! Even During the Holidays!

A dude ranch is one of the best options for your next family vacation! The best part? Dude and guest ranches are a great vacation destination any time of year! With programs centered around horseback riding and Western lifestyle activities, you’ll have more fun with your family than you ever thought possible! 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.

Searching for a special travel destination for an upcoming holiday? Don't overlook the idea of a dude or guest ranch! All of the planning is done for you, activities, meals, maybe even decorating and more. Give the kids and everyone else in the family a gift that keeps on giving. The time at the ranch may seem too short when it is time to leave, but the memories will last a lifetime! With ranches offering family centered activities and special holiday programs during the most magical times of the year, you’ll be able to find the ranch that is tailored to fit exactly what you are looking for. So what are you waiting for? Choose from the below ranches for the perfect Western vacation or holiday vacation for your family!!

Gros Ventre River Ranch

Moose, Wyoming

Get together with your loved ones at the Gros Ventre River Ranch! We are a family-owned, all-inclusive ranch located in Jackson Hole, WY. Our guest season runs from mid-June to mid-September, and all stays run Sunday-Saturday. Come enjoy delicious food, complimentary wine, and beer, horseback riding and fly fishing with gorgeous views. We are proud to host families, couples, singles, and groups of friends every year. We also have Adults Only Weeks to finish out our season. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Trip Advisor, and Google. We hope to see you in 2020!

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CM Ranch

Dubois, Wyoming

The CM Ranch is an ideal traditional dude ranch! Charlie Moore built the CM in 1927 specifically for multi-generational families to enjoy one another and the lifestyle out west. The traditions here are strong and long-lived, make these traditions part of your history too!

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 50, 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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Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch

Yucca, Arizona

Fall and winter holidays spent here are something you and your family will never forget! Escape the cold and come enjoy sunny 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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Klondike Ranch

Buffalo, Wyoming

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

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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Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Harrison, Idaho

Red Horse Mountain Ranch is located on 560 acres, bordering the beautiful Idaho Panhandle National Forest, with over 100,000 acres of permitted outfitter area. All-inclusive dude ranch vacations are available from May through October. Along with the full schedule of beginner to advanced western horseback riding, the ranch includes a famous Kids Program packed with adventure. Rates include a private cabin or suite, guided outdoor activities, chef prepared meals, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, daily cocktail hour, guest laundry services, and housekeeping service. 

Guided adventures include advanced horseback riding, scenic and all-day horseback rides, horseback riding lessons, fly fishing lessons, archery, sporting clays, high element challenge course, ziplines, climbing wall, kayaking, mountain biking, and a lengthy list of self-guided adventures. Airport shuttles are available. Start your family traditions with RHMR this season, where there is truly something for everyone!

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JJJ Wilderness Ranch

Augusta, Montana

Tucked in Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front between Yellowstone & Glacier National Park, the Triple J Ranch overlooks the beautiful Sun River Canyon. The roadless, million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness is just out the back door. Our family believes in western hospitality with gracious service to offer an authentic ranch experience emphasizing horseback riding, trout fishing, and hiking.  Perfect for singles, couple or families.  Cozy log cabins nestled between the aspen are modern and unique. Our beautiful log lodge features wholesome home-style meals with home-made goodies, local produce and cowboy cookouts with Montana beef or other options.  Outstanding Kid’s Program. Relaxing Adult weeks. Evening firesides of cowboy poetry, singing and tall tale-telling…experience the peace and beauty of Montana by horseback as only a cowboy can.

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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 especially in the fall and winter around the holidays! 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 children’s program, 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. 

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Latigo Ranch

Kremmling, Colorado

Small, secluded, scenic – if you have been looking for a perfect getaway for you and your family, Latigo is it! Our horse program is focused on natural horsemanship and riding through beautiful and remote mountains, with options for both beginning and advanced riders. The facilities offer a comfortable, rustic feel without compromising quality. And, at Latigo, “all-inclusive” means we include quality service, excellent food, and unforgettable experiences without any hidden fees or charges. Whether you want a gourmet dinner shared with newfound friends in our historic log lodge or the chance for your kids to experience horses, the West, and living life freely in the mountains, you can find exactly what you need most at Latigo Ranch. 

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White Stallion Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

How often have you wished you could take your kids back in time, before the age of digital diversions? When childhood memories were made of wonder, imagination, and discoveries in nature… of warm sunny days filled with sports, games friends and freedom. 

Family Ranch Vacations are rare opportunities to leave the demands of your everyday life behind, relax, regroup and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. Family meals, games, conversations and activities create meaningful moments.

This is the perfect place for kids to take their hands off the keyboard, grab the reins and discover a whole new sense of freedom. Give your children a vacation that will expand their world, pique their curiosity, build their confidence and create lasting memories.

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Elkhorn Ranch - AZ

Tucson, Arizona

Holidays and school vacations are family time at Elkhorn Ranch in Arizona! Since 1946, Elkhorn Ranch has attracted families to sunny Arizona for a traditional guest ranch experience in fall, winter or spring.  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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Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Winston, New Mexico

Escape, Unwind and Reconnect with family, friends, and nature on a horseback riding vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Explore incredible 500ft deep canyons with crystal clear spring-fed streams, Ponderosa forests and open meadows. Take in the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest from mountain overlooks. Take a step back in time and experience 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings and pictographs! Enjoy well-trained, responsive, well cared for horses and comfortable tack. Delicious scratch meals with fresh ingredients, campfires with fantastic stargazing, warm hospitality, and a personal catered experience. Escape and enjoy the extraordinary peacefulness our small ranch offers. 

Open March through mid-November. Turquoise blue New Mexico skies, sunny days and lovely temperate weather throughout our season! 

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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Loveland, Colorado

Named "Best Family Vacation" by Frommer's Colorado guidebook and rated among the "Top Ten Colorado Dude Ranches" by True West Magazine, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offers year-round outdoor adventure. Discover Your Inner Cowboy!

Our 3200-acre Ranch in the scenic Colorado foothills is an easy hour's drive from Denver. Conveniently situated near Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Sylvan Dale's Dude Ranch and Retreat Center are nestled along the banks of Colorado's beautiful Big Thompson River. Trophy trout fly fishing, nature experiences, tennis, swimming, and many other outdoor adventure activities await you.

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Tumbling River Ranch

Grant, Colorado

"We just returned from the best family vacation ever; a family dude ranch in Colorado. It is my goal to make sure each of you takes your family to this ranch before the kids are too old." This is from a past Tumbling River Ranch guest and a President of a worldwide travel company! Tumbling River Ranch is a second-generation, family-run and owned, central CO dude ranch. Started in 1940, the ranch is full of history, tradition, and excitement!

What are you waiting for grab your family and head to Tumbling River Ranch for that family vacation of a lifetime! Tumbling River Ranch is the perfect setting to host an unforgettable family trip. We offer the best in multigenerational travel paired with the highest level of service, hospitality, and comfort.

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Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

Shell, Wyoming

Located in Shell, Wyoming, East of Cody and Yellowstone National Park at the foot of The Big Horn Mountains.

This upscale riding, horsemanship and working cattle ranch are limited to approximately 25 guests weekly 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 riding and adventure destination. 

Repeat guests and riders from all over the world. 

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Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

Wickenburg, Arizona

Well before Wickenburg, Arizona became known as “The Dude Ranching Capital of the World,” Kay El Bar was welcoming guests­­—in fact, it was the first dude ranch in the state. Kay El Bar has offered an authentic dude ranch experience for over 100 years. There is a hominess about the ranch that allows guests to settle in easily. Riding is our focus and we have horses and trails for every level of rider. While there are also other activities, like swimming in our heated pool, horseshoes, and hiking, our guests visit us for the same reason they came 100 years ago, to get a taste of the West, hone their riding skills, and simply get away and relax.

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Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Imagine your Colorado family dude ranch vacation spending your days horseback riding as a family, taking in the scenery of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and above all, creating lifelong memories together as a family. Sundance Trail Guest Ranch is perfect any time of year. Escape in the summertime with your family for the perfect summer vacation the kids will never forget! Or, take some time for yourselves and spend a shorter time at the ranch in the Spring, Fall or Winter! Great packages are available all year long and the memories created here will be endless! A wonderful Colorado vacation at reasonable prices! 

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