DudeRanch.com is home to the largest collection of dude ranch vacation destinations on the web. So if you’re researching a dude ranch as a possible vacation destination, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a dude ranch aficionado, or new to this vacation niche, we encourage you to browse around and compare ranches based on location, price, or months of operation.
If this is your first dude ranch vacation:
Your choices run the gamut, from rustic/working dude ranches with cattle drives, to 5-star luxury dude ranches with spas on-site & award winning dining options. Dude ranches are the ultimate outdoor adventure for families and couples alike. ‘Summer camp for grownups ‘, we sometimes say. But always, an authentic, genuine experience you will never forget.
To start, search our map above, or click ‘Find a Ranch’ in the header menu. Alternatively, you can scroll below to read a brief overview on specific types of ranches you can visit, from Working, to Recreation, to Luxury.
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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!