While it has never been a better time to be a dude ranch, and the industry is seeing more and more ranches fully booked for the season, there are still some ranches that have openings for you to join in on the fun!
All Dude Ranchers’ Association member ranches are all-inclusive, meaning that your lodging, meals, and most activities are included in one cost. Your only worry is getting to the ranch – once you’ve made it to the welcome gate, we’ll take care of the rest.
So come spend some time with us on the ranch! Learn to ride from true cowboys and cowgirls, fly fish in pristine waters, hit the range for some trap shooting or archery, and enjoy catered meals (and most importantly – dessert!)
If you’re just now starting to plan for your summer 2022 vacation – here are some great ranches to start calling!
Parade Rest Ranch – West Yellowstone, Montana
Parade Rest Ranch, located in West Yellowstone, MT, is a dude ranch offering that memorable Montana guest ranch experience. Located just 15 minutes from the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Parade Rest Ranch is the closest of all the Montana guest ranches to the park. The ranch also is located within 30 miles of world-renowned fly-fishing rivers and streams. They are committed to providing an experience that will renew, refresh and reinvigorate those who want to ‘get away from it all’. Horses, water, cabins, beautiful scenery and great food are all restorative in nature. Experienced wranglers and gentle horses will ensure everyone enjoys their family ranch vacation, from novice to seasoned riders. The ranch offers corral rides to children, western horseback riding lessons to everyone, and mountain trail rides ranging from one to four hours.
Goosewing Ranch – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Goosewing Ranch in Jackson Hole Wyoming is a guest ranch deep in the Gros Ventre valley near Jackson Hole. Goosewing marks the entry point to a protected, pristine wilderness. At 7,400 feet, the valley is host to some of North America’s most spectacular game: deer, elk, moose, antelope, bear, and eagles, plus fantastic scenery. Horseback riding is the main focus, and they cater to all riding levels and match the appropriate horse to each guest. Novice and experienced riders will find the trails enjoyable with the right amount of adventure. Fly fishing is excellent in the area, and the ranch provides instruction on the stocked pond and section of the Gros Ventre River that flows through the property. Relax by the outdoor heated pool, sauna, or hot tub before afternoon activities like target shooting, archery, roping, horse care, horse painting, roping, and arts and crafts. Evening activities include line dancing, campfires, sunset UTV rides, family photos, and cookouts.
Majestic Dude Ranch – Mancos, Colorado
Majestic Dude Ranch in Mancos, Colorado is the ultimate adventure guest ranch! Swing up on horseback and ride among the shimmering aspens. Follow the gold panning streams to mining towns of yesteryear. Breathe in deeply of the fresh alpine air or settle in and watch the sunset over Sleeping Ute Mountain. Get in touch with nature in the heart of Mesa Verde Country. Majestic is only a 35-minute ride from the majestic town of Durango. Fish for trophy Colorado trout, share a horseback ride with your children and make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy cozy cabins with tempur-pedic beds and great hospitality this summer season.
Greenhorn Ranch – Quincy, California
Greenhorn Ranch is a guest ranch in California’s Lost Sierra. Horseback riding takes center stage on the ranch. The ranch’s goal is to get Greenhorns in the saddle safely. A home away from home, Greenhorn Ranch welcomes you as family. Wranglers and Greenhorns break bread at the same table. With 660 acres and access to 500,000 acres of public land for riding, 80 head of horses, our home is just more fun than yours. The wranglers will teach you how to ride a horse with confidence or help you improve your riding skills. Come and cultivate your cowboy, California-style. Explore Greenhorn Ranch. A ranch with a focus on horseback riding, outdoor adventures, western culture, and reconnecting with friends and family.
Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch – Yucca, Arizona
Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is located in a secluded wilderness area, 1 hour away from the nearest town. No crowds, no cities, just incredible nature. Only 2 hours south of Las Vegas and 2 hours from the Grand Canyon West Rim, the ranch family is dedicated to providing you with one of the best all-inclusive dude ranch vacations you can find. They have worked hard to create a special, friendly atmosphere where you can get a glimpse into the old west while enjoying the beautiful North West Arizona desert and all the peace and quiet one could hope for. Ride in the beautiful desert with friendly wranglers who have made dude ranches their home for years. For the beginner rider, we offer slow scenic rides among the cactus landscape. Unlike many other dude ranches, we offer the more experienced riders trotting and loping in the desert washes. The ranch borders over 360,000 acres of natural western desert beauty at the foot of the Mohave and Hualapai mountains. You can be assured of breathtaking views, constant sunny days, and a fantastic family ranch vacation.
Sundance Guest Ranch – Ashcroft, BC Canada
Sundance Guest Ranch is an easy four-hour drive from Vancouver, BC and accessible via 3 different scenic routes. It is located in one of the warmest, sunniest spots in Canada with sweeping, panoramic views of the wide-open Thompson River Valley that are so beautiful. Sundance Guest Ranch runs a herd of over 100 happy, well-cared-for horses with thousands of acres of spectacular and varied terrain to explore, and the horseback riding is truly wonderful, whether you’re looking for relaxing, instructive or exciting. When you’re not out riding, enjoy the many activities the ranch has to offer including a large heated outdoor swimming pool, BYO adult lounge with billiards tables, hiking trails, movie lounge, kids games room or book in for a relaxing massage.
Not sure where to start? Unsure of what ranch is right for you? That’s why we’re here to help! Contact us today to help you narrow down your destination options, so you can book your next vacation at a dude ranch!
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