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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]
Featured Ranch: Paradise Guest Ranch in Wyoming
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!