Welcome to DudeRanch.com

bootsmedsmWe’re the online home of the Dude Ranch vacation industry. If you’re researching a dude ranch as a possible vacation destination, you’ve come to the right place. Start your search by selecting a state, then sort by price, city, or months of operation.

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For those researching, dude ranches are typically broken down into three different categories, those being: Working Ranches, Recreational Ranches, and Resort/Luxury Ranches. A few points on each type of Ranch:

Working Dude Ranch

A working dude ranch tends to focus on an authentic ranch experience, immersing visitors into daily life as a cowboy. Daily responsibilities include everything from cattle drives, tending horses, and ranch upkeep. Some level of horseback riding experience is typically suggested, as guests work side-by-side with wranglers on a daily basis. [view sample Working Dude Ranches]

Recreational Dude Ranch

A recreational dude ranch gravitates more towards sporting activities & relaxation. Hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, trap/skeet shooting, tennis, and swimming are just a sampling of daily activities typically available. Horseback riding remains a strong focus at these type ranches, although riding is by no means required for visiting guests.

Resort/Luxury Dude Ranch

At the final end of the spectrum are the resort/luxury dude ranches. These are boutique destinations which are Relais & Châteaux rated, Condé Nast Johansens selected, or Orvis Fly Fishing endorsed. On-site activities tend to include everything from a recreational ranch plus yoga, spas, golf, big game hunting, and meals prepared by nationally recognized chefs. Accommodations rival most 4 and 5 star destinations, as does the level of service. [view sample Luxury Dude Ranches]

In conclusion, dude ranch vacation options run the gamut, and offer vacationing guests a world of options not typically found at other destinations.

Ride, Roam, Relax, and Re-connect is what we like to say. Here’s hoping we see you on the trail!

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