52 Dude Ranches Where Hospitality Reigns

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 Dude ranch vacations provide an opportunity for families to enjoy an active getaway in a beautiful setting. Since every dude ranch is a direct reflection of the family operating it, there are no two ranches alike. Here are 52 places to consider: 

Arizona

1. Elkhorn Ranch, Tucson, AZ.  Sunny winter season Sonoran Desert guest ranch in scenic Baboquivari Mountains southwest of Tucson, Arizona. Family owned and operated since 1946. Comfortable living and excellent horseback riding for singles, couples and families of all ages and abilities. Adventure, relaxation, friendship.  www.elkhornranch.com  520-822-1040

2. Rancho de la Osa Guest Ranch, Sasabe/Tucson, AZ.  Rancho De La Osa is a special place that rejuvenates the spirit and invigorates the soul. The gracious lifestyle of the old Southwest is captured in the 1800′s era Hacienda and territorial-style guest quarters. Enjoy the serenity, friendly horses, fine wine, and delectable Southwest cuisine.  www.ranchodelaosa.com  800-872-6240

3. White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, AZ.  Immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of the Southwest. You will experience the aura of a real Western ranch combined with present-day comforts and conveniences. Varied riding program, guided hikes, full bar & excellent food. 41 rooms, heated pool, fitness center, gift shop & meeting room.  www.WhiteStallion.com  888-977-2624

4. Flying E Dude Ranch, Wickenburg, AZ.  With 20,000 acres to ride and roam there is seldom a day without sunshine. The Flying E Dude Ranch is a working cattle ranch and the ideal place to take a step back in time.Enjoy delicious home cooked meals, great horses and a comfortable place to relax at the end of the day.Open Nov 1 to April 30.  www.flyingeranch.com  888-684-2650. 

 British Columbia 

5. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Jesmond, BC, Canada.  Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is located in the pristine Cariboo region of British Columbia. Surrounded by wide open spaces and tranquil wilderness, Echo Valley offers horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, gold panning, bird watching, rafting, golf and a world class spa.  www.evranch.com  800-253-8831

6. Three Bars Cattle & Guest Ranch, Cranbrook, BC, Canada.  Three Bars GuestRanch, The Adventure Ranch of the Canadian Rockies, invites you to experience the ultimate horseback riding vacation. Located just south of Banff National Park, Three Bars Ranch offers the most diverse activities program available anywhere. Voted Canada’s #1 Dude Ranch 2011.  www.ThreeBarsRanch.com  877-426-5230 

California 

7. Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, Quincy, CA.  A truly all inclusive guest dude ranch vacation, we provide the perfect location for family vacations, reunions, weddings, corporate and business retreats, meetings, special events, equine guided education and so much more. Still serving up the best hospitality in the west!  www.greenhornranch.com  800-334-6939

8.Hunewill Circle “H” Guest Ranch, Bridgeport, CA.  Hunewill Ranch is a family owned and operated cattle and guest ranch located near Yosemite National Park in the beautiful Bridgeport Valley. Horseback riding and cattle work are our featured attractions for a vacation experience suited to families, singles, or couples.  www.hunewillranch.com  760-932-7710

Colorado

9. Black Mountain Ranch, McCoy, CO.  Unlimited horseback riding, over night pack trips, Longhorn cattle drives EVERY WEEK, white water rafting, fishing, kids’ program, rifle and trap shooting, archery and trip to the local rodeo is just the start. Come see why guests say “The most amazing vacation we have ever experienced! “  www.blackmtnranch.com  800-967-2401

10. C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, CO.  Serving guests since 1919, the C Lazy U Ranch is known for providing the highest level of personalized service, professional horsemanship programs, first-class amenities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet meals and upscale accommodations.  www.clazyu.com  970-887-3344

11.Colorado Cattle Company & Guest Ranch, New Raymer, CO.  Colorado Cattle Co. and Guest Ranch is located on 10,000 acres of grassland for cattle, rolling hills, canyons, streams and bluffs in Northeastern CO. This is not your typical Dude Ranch. This is a real working cattle ranch where the guests actually work cattle just as a real cowboy would.  www.coloradocattlecompany.com  970-437-5345

12. Colorado Trails Ranch, Durango, CO.  Fun and adventure in the San Juan Mountains near historic Durango include horseback riding, fly-fishing, rafting and shooting sports. Special programs for children, evening and other activities, freindly staff, excellent food, cozy cabins and spectacular location make this a vacation of a lifetime.  www.coloradotrails.com  800-323-3833

13. Elk Mountain Ranch, Buena Vista, CO.  Elk Mountain Ranch offers a complete 7-night package that includes the best activities that Colorado has to offer at a very reasonable all-inclusive price. The Ranch is unique for its spectacular location, horseback rides of unmatched beauty and variety, superb menu and intimate capacity.  www.elkmtn.com  800-432-8812

14. Laramie River Ranch, Jelm, WY.  LRR offers genuine western hospitality far from the tension of city life. Horseback riding is our specialty but we also have exceptional private fly fishing, unique naturalist-led adventures, and a full children’s program. Our small size allows us to give you the personal attention you deserve.  www.LRRanch.com  800-551-5731

15. Latigo Ranch, Kremmling, CO.  Latigo was voted Colorado’s Best Dude Ranch by “Colorado’s Best: The Essential Guide to Favorite Places”. Why? Latigo guests rave about Latigo’s caring staff, solid horse program, fun activities, sumptious meals, and majestic scenery. It’s a family vacation filled with memories to last a lifetime.  www.latigotrails.com  800-227-9655

16. Lost Valley Ranch, Sedalia, CO.  For over 50 years, Lost Valley Ranch has provided an unforgettable guest ranch experience. As Colorado’s premier dude ranch, we’ve received AAA’s Four Diamond award for 36 consecutive years. We invite you to come create family memories of a lifetime and experience our “Brand of Western Hospitality”.  www.lostvalleyranch.com  303-647-2311

17. Magestic Dude Ranch, Macos, CO.  The ultimate dude ranch! Swing up 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.  www.majesticduderanch.com  800-325-9462

18. North Fork Ranch, Shawnee, CO.  Welcome to life at North Fork Ranch! One hour from Denver, in the majestic Rocky Mountains, you will find horseback riding, whitewater rafting, world class fly fishing (Orvis Endorsed), evening activities, intimate accommodations, dining with a gourmet flare and activities for all ages!  www.northforkranch.com  800-843-7895

19. Rainbow Trout Ranch, Antonito, CO.  Glorious riding. Superb fishing. Kids’ programs. Teen program. Evening activities that rock! Hiking. Historic Lodge. Quaint cabins. True western hospitality. Everyone comes back–come and see why. Come live the west with us!    www.rainbowtroutranch.com/duderanch.php  800-633-3397

20. Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, Red Feather Lakes, CO.  Family dude ranch vacation in the Colorado Mountains; Smallest smallest of the CO member ranches. Western Horseback Riding; NOT nose-to-tail; we love teaching beginners! A relaxed, stress-free, hassle free, easy going atmosphere that only a very small family dude ranch can enjoy.  www.sundancetrail.com  800-357-4930

21. Tarryall River Ranch, Lake George, CO.  Escape to fun and relaxation, and leave refreshed with a fantastic experience of the West! Make Tarryall your home-away-from-home and enjoy superb horseback riding on wonderfully varied terrain, excellent fishing, exceptional kids programs, delicious homemade cuisine, magnificent scenery, and more!  tarryallriverranch.com/colorado-dude-ranch-dra/  800-408-8407

22. The Home Ranch, Clark, CO.  Open summer, fall and winter, our staff welcomes you to our ranch. The Home Ranch is located in the picture perfect setting of Colorado’s Elk River Valley. We are a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux organization. Kids are a priority and they love it here.  www.homeranch.com  970-879-1780

23. Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs, CO.  Located just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Vista Verde Ranch offers a luxurious ranch vacation with a top notch riding program, but also so many other activities that it is much more than just a riding ranch. Adventures await both summer and winter.  www.vistaverde.com  800-526-7433

24. Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, Gunnison, CO.  Located at famous hot springs, ranch offers riding from flowered meadows to snow-ridged mountains, fishing, cookouts, square dancing, Western music show, hayride, kids’ program. All-you-can-eat meals. Family owned & operated for 50 summers!  www.waunita.com  970-641-1266

25. Wilderness Trails Ranch, Durango, CO.  Reconnect, Relax, Recharge! Experience the Best of the West with an exclusive vacation with Wilderness Trails, the Durango-Silverton Train, & famous Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado -a “Top 10 Town of the West”! World-class riding, hiking, fishing, dining, kids programs, adults-only weeks, & more!  www.wildernesstrails.com  800-527-2624

Montana

26. 63 Ranch, Livingston, MT.  “Montana’s Magic” happens to you on your 63 Ranch Vacation. A mountain ranch located 50 miles north of Yellowstone National Park at the foot of the magnificent Absaroka Mountain Range. Unmatched scenic grandeur. Owned and operated by original founding family since 1929.  www.sixtythree.com  888-395-5151

27. Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, MT.  The Bar W is open year round and treats you with true Western hospitality – from the moment you arrive until long after you have left. Beautiful vistas and rolling ridges adorn the Montana countryside of this cozy dude ranch. Located on Spencer Lake between two pine covered ridges, families, adults, singles and groups alike, have 3,000 acres to explore and 3.5 miles down the road from this serene wilderness is the vibrant resort town of Whitefish, offering up the finest in shopping, dining, theater, and nightlife. Friendly staff, scrumptious food, great riding and wonderful accommodations await you at the Bar W.  www.barwguestranch.com  866-828-2900

28. Broken Arrow Lodge, Alder, MT.  Located in southwest Montana with the Ruby River flowing through the lodge property.All ages are welcome, children’s activities for any age. Horses and mules to ride in western tack. Lessons and instruction provided for all activiites. Custom trail rides to fit your ability and satisfy your desire.  www.brokenarrowlodge.com  800-775-2928

29. Covered Wagon Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, MT.  The Covered Wagon Ranch has been operating as a guest ranch in the upper Gallatin since the mid-20′s, and continues to provide horseback riding experiences beyond compare into the surrounding National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. Our guests enjoy comfortably appointed historic log cabins.  www.coveredwagonranch.com  800-995-4237

30. Elkhorn Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, MT.  The Elkhorn Ranch is one of the few remaining traditional dude ranches where outdoor activities are the focus each day. We are a family-oriented guest ranch with guests of all ages enjoying time with their friends, new and old, without sacrificing the very special feeling of shared family time.  www.elkhornranchmontana.com  406-995-4291

31. G Bar M Ranch, Clyde Park, MT.  An Authentic Ranch Experience -AGRITOURISM G Bar M is a Working Ranch, which means we are an operating horse and cattle ranch that encourages guests to share in our lifestyle.  www.gbarm.com  406-686-4423

32. Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch, McLeod, MT.  Enjoy a Montana ranch vacation in a remote pristine wilderness north of Yellowstone. Small guest capacity and unique activities. Horseback riding; Fly fishing on private frontage along the Boulder River; Jeep ride to ghost town and historic gold mines; Hiking; Scenic raft float; Campfires/cookouts.  www.hawleymountain.com  877-496-7848

33. JJJ Wilderness Ranch, Augusta, MT.  Surrounded by spectacular unspoiled nature, the Triple J is ideally located between Yellowstone & Glacier National Park. Outstanding horseback riding. Wild trout streams. Fantastic kids program. Relaxing adult weeks. Discover breathtaking experiences by day and relaxed western hospitality at night.  www.triplejranch.com  406-562-3653

34. Nine Quarter Circle Ranch, Gallatin Gateway, MT.  The Nine Quarter Circle Ranch – the place where your family can rough it in comfort at an authentic dude ranch overlooking the northwest corner of Yellowstone Park on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide. We have a mixed assortment of riding and a select variety of unspoiled trout waters.  www.ninequartercircle.com  406-995-4276

35. Rich’s Montana Guest Ranch, Seeley Lake, MT.  Ride the Rockies at Montana’s Rich Ranch…..and make memories that will last a lifetime! “Let us help you plan for an unforgettable Montana vacation” Jack & Belinda Rich, Owners.  www.richranch.com  800-532-4350

36. Rocking Z Guest Ranch, Wolf Creek, MT.  We love our horses and share them with our guests. Enjoy great riding and horses as a beginner or long time rider. Be part of our family. Learn Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Delicious ranch style meals with out-standing desserts. Spacious rooms built new in 2000. Fishing & shooting too.  www.rockingz.com  406-458-3890

37. Seven Lazy P Guest Ranch, Choteau, MT.  Nestled in the Teton Canyon, our 1200 acre ranch offers a diversity of riding experiences.  www.sevenlazyp.com  406-466-2044

38. Sweet Grass Ranch, Big Timber, MT.  A sixth generation, family-owned and operated working cattle ranch and guest ranch. Secluded in the Crazy Mountains; property on the National Register of Historic Places. Unparalleled riding opportunities in mountains and rolling foothills. Hiking, fishing, cattle drives, photography.  www.sweetgrassranch.com  406-537-4477

New Mexico

39. Burnt Well Guest Ranch, Roswell, NM.  Working cattle/sheep ranch. We take a few guests to supplement our ranching income, don’t have a staff, open year round. Whether you are an avid rider wanting to participate in actual ranch work, a beginner wanting to work on your riding or anything in-between, when you’re here YOU are the focus!  www.burntwellguestranch.com  866-729-0974

40. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch, Winston, NM.  Real “Old West” adventure! Small family ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere. Located in the breathtaking untouched Gila National Forest of southwest New Mexico. Explore pithouses, cliff dwellings, rock art of the early Mimbres (750-1150 AD). The land Geronimo and the Apaches roamed.  www.geronimoranch.com  575-772-5157

Oregon

41. Long Hollow Ranch, Sisters, OR.  Looking for a truly memorable dude ranch vacation on a working ranch? A chance to ride with a cattle drive, fly fish on the ranch? Look no further! We have them all at Long Hollow, a working cattle ranch in beautiful central Oregon. Come spend a week us for the vacation you will never forget.  www.lhranch.com  877-923-1901

Washington

42. K Diamond K Guest Ranch, Republic, WA.  Here at the ranch we provide miles of safe and scenic acreage for our riders to enjoy. With more than 30 horses we’re sure to accommodate all types of rider and first timers; every guest will attend a fun orientation with our professional wranglers to guarantee safety & fun.  www.kdiamondk.com  888-345-5355

Wyoming

43. 7D Ranch, Cody, WY.  The 7D Ranch is Wyoming’s premier family guest ranch since 1958. Extensive trail riding in a pristine mountain setting. Fly-fishing with instruction. Supervised children’s program. Western cuisine. Hiking from the ranch as well as in the Beartooth Mountains. Weekly trips into Yellowstone NP.  www.7dranch.com  888-587-9885

44. Eaton’s Ranch, Wolf, WY.  Eatons’ offers our guests the unique opportunity to ride one of our 220 horses unescorted with the permission of the Ranch. This allows guests the remarkable freedom to fully explore this beautiful 7,000 acres of country.  www.eatonsranch.com  800-210-1049

45. Medicine Bow Lodge, Saratoga, WY.  The Medicine Bow Lodge And Guest Ranch is located at approximately 8500 feet in the Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains. The closest town is Saratoga, Wyoming which is about 22 miles to the west. The land on which the Guest Ranch sits is located in the Medicine Bow National Forest.  www.medicinebowlodge.net  800-409-5439

46. Moose Head Ranch, Moose, WY.  Moose Head is the last privately owned guest ranch completely within Grand Teton National Park. Guests enjoy lots of individual attention, small rides with abundant wildlife sightings, fly fishing in stocked ranch ponds, modern, well appointed log cabins, and delicious gourmet food. Come visit!  www.mooseheadranch.com  307-733-3141/850-877-1431

47. Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Ten Sleep, WY.  The Red Reflet is both Working Ranch and Luxury Resort where guests are treated like family. Super inclusive of ATV use, all riding, lessons, all beverages, snacks, stocked kitchen, all activities.  www.redrefletranch.com  866-766-2340

48. UXU Guest Ranch, Cody, WY.  The UXU Ranch is less than 20 minutes from the Yellowstone Park with the most spectacular scenery in the world. Something about this ranch brings out the adventurer in everyone who visits. Check us out to find out why. It’s time for your family to experience it and make memories that last a lifetime.  www.uxuranch.com  855-587-2143

49. Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Laramie, WY.  The Vee Bar, located near Laramie Wyoming, is a family-friendly vacation destination that is sure to please the horse loving cowboy or cowgirl in you. A variety of activities, ranging from horseback riding to river tubing, will suit each member of your group. Experience true western hospitality!  www.veebar.com  800-483-3227 

50. The Dude Ranchers’ Association, Cody, WY.  Our Dude Ranches offer all-inclusive vacations that are perfect for everyone, from the littlest rancher to Grandpa and Grandma.  Horseback riding, hiking, petting zoos, swimming holes, rodeos, fishing, games, skeet shooting, archery, art classes, cooking classes and more await your discovery on your next Dude Ranch Vacation.  Horses, Hats, History and Hospitality – they’re the foundation of every ranch.  http://www.duderanch.org 866-399-2339

51. Tip: All ranches have a very casual atmosphere, so leave the suits and ties at home. The following is a partial   packing list for your dude ranch vacation:

  • Cowboy/Riding Boots or shoe/boot with a smooth sole and heel (hiking boots/shoes with heavy lug soles are not safe to ride in). 
  •  Long-sleeved shirts
  • Jeans (Suggested for riding and are appropriate for all ranch activities including dinner and evening activities.)
  • Shorts (Hot, sunny afternoons)
  • Sweatshirt
  • Warm jacket (Cool mornings and evenings)
  • Socks
  • Cowboy Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Suntan lotion, sunscreen and chapstick
  • Sunglasses
  • Riding gloves  (Optional)

Be sure and check with the ranch you are going to for a more complete list.

52.  Tip: When making your reservations, discuss your travel plans with the ranch. They will gladly advise you. Most guests travel by commercial airlines and have the ranch pick them up at the nearest airport. Ranches are frequently located near regional airports which accommodate private aircraft. For those of you within reasonable distances or wishing to explore more of the West, driving is always an option. (Although, you won’t use your car once you get there.)