Coming in at No. 1 is the Vee Bar Guest Ranch near Laramie, just 2 ½ hours north of Denver, Colorado.
Vee Bar Guest Ranch has a colorful and interesting history. This 100 year-old landmark has served as a stagecoach shop, a boys’ school, a buffalo ranch and a cattle ranch. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a year-round guest ranch that has been carefully restored in order to preserve its western heritage. In the cabins and lodge you’ll find antique furnishings from the Vee Bar’s rich past as well as creative décor. The suites, cabins, and lodge rooms offer modern conveniences and all of the comforts of home. Since you’re vacationing with family, you’ll probably want to opt for a Riverside Suite or a multi-bedroom cabin. These accommodations have small refrigerators, coffeemakers, and private bathrooms. Made from scratch buffet meals are served three times a day in the John Wayne Saloon and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings guests can participate in the All-American picnic and campout. Family oriented activities include hayrides, trapshooting, river tubing, and much more. The highlight to your trip to Vee Bar has to be experiencing the horseback riding program. The ranch wranglers will work with you to make sure you are comfortable on your horse, and every rider will have the chance to progress as he or she becomes more comfortable on their mount. Cattle work is a highlight each week when guests help the wranglers move cattle from one pasture to another, sort, and doctor cattle. Pack your boots and discover this historic Wyoming destination for yourself!
38 Vee Bar Ranch Road, Laramie, Wyoming 82070
Vee Bar Ranch is open in the winter months so you can come experience skiing and snowmobiling in the beautiful Snowy Range Mountains.
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The ranch's Kid's Program welcomes children of all ages with open arms! From playing with the animals themselves to campfire games, live music, and s'more roasting, the youngsters in your group are sure to have a good time!
You know what they say, “Go big or go home.” Our No. 2 destination will give your family the “big” Wyoming vacation you're looking for. Experience Spring Creek Ranch, a window to the grandeur of the West.
This ranch isn’t your average family vacation destination. It’s not a massive resort with 13 pools and a waterpark. Spring Creek is a place where your family can experience activities and sights you won’t find anywhere else. In the summer months, horseback riding is a must. You are in Wyoming, after all. Wildlife safaris and guided hiking trips are a great way to see all of the area’s wildlife. For a highflying thrill, take a hot air balloon tour of Jackson Hole and the Teton Mountains. Fishing, float trips, and boating are also near the ranch. Spring Creek Ranch even offers Geocaching, which is a great activity for the whole family. Or go on a Chuckwagon Dinner for a true Western adventure! But the fun doesn’t stop once the snow falls. Winters at Spring Creek Ranch are packed with action, too. Enjoy a cozy sleigh ride, go on a snowshoe tour, learn how to drive a dog sled, or just find a good hill to tube down. And you can’t forget about the world-class skiing in Jackson Hole! The accommodations at the ranch are just as unique and varied as the activities. No mater what your family’s budget or preference is, you’ll find the combination that’s right for you. The most basic accommodations are the Inn Rooms, located in nine rustic cabins. If you’re looking for something more spacious and luxurious, there are condominiums and Mountain Villas available. The four-bedroom villas are uniquely furnished and have a cozy, western atmosphere. Featuring a full kitchen, dining room, and living room, they’re great for families. Spring Creek Ranch is so overflowing with activities and amenities that it would take us days to tell you about it all. Instead, book your family a trip to the west and discover it all for yourself!
1800 Spirit Dance Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83001
Spring Creek Ranch has two amazing dining options, one of which is the award-winning Granary Restaurant.
Moose Head Ranch transforms family trips into lifelong memories.
There's no escaping the magic of Moose Head Ranch. From warming your toes before the roaring lodge fireplace, Snake river fishing, and horseback riding for ages 6 and up through small group, wrangler-led rides in the Grand Tetons, Moose Head Ranch has planned out your next unforgettable ranch experience. Wyoming mountains, fishing, horseback riding, and swimming are on-site activities, but there are also incredible opportunities just beyond the Moose Head gates. Nearby you'll find photographic opportunities at Yellowstone's geysers and waterfalls or in Grand Teton National Park's mountains, lakes, and hiking trails. And don't miss the Moose Head meals worthy of Gourmet Magazine mention, cozy log cabin experiences past the trout-stocked ponds, or the chance to see elk, buffalo, moose, eagles, beaver, bear, and even more critters in the wild outback of Wyoming at Moose Head Ranch.
Moose Head Ranch 21255 Hwy 89 N Moose, WY 83012
Saddle up and go for a morning, afternoon or an all day ride. Moose Head’s minimum riding age is 6. Families and couples ride in small groups always accompanied by a wrangler.
The more experienced angler may want to fish the Snake River, which is easily accessible from the Ranch.
Coming in at No. 4 is a western style bed and breakfast just 10 minutes from downtown Cody, but you won’t find tons asphalt here. The K3 Guest Ranch offers a wonderful blend of old and new.
Get out of the box and into the great outdoors. K3 Guest Ranch is surrounded by open spaces and gardens. Three of the ranch’s main rooms are located in the lodge building. You won’t find accommodations like these anywhere else. For example, the Chuck Wagon Room features a vintage 19th century Chuck Wagon that is fitted with a pillow-top queen mattress and the Rocky Mountain Room has a fun hay wagon bed. Each of these rooms can sleep up to 6, making them great for families. If you want a truly “western” experience, sleep in The Family Tent. Back at the lodge building you’ll find a beautiful Great Room where you can relax and the Dining Room and Kitchen where breakfast is served every morning. After a hearty breakfast, gear up for a day of ranch activities, outdoor family recreation, or a trip into Cody. Meet the ranch’s trick horses, Stormy and Zip or join a wild mustang tour. You will also have the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park, only 52 miles from the ranch. Come find out what day ranching in Cody, Wyoming is all about at K3 Guest Ranch!
1901 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, Wyoming, 82414
Relax and watch the wildlife in The K3 Guest Ranch Tipi Patio!
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K3 Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place to host a fun family reunion!
Discover one of the oldest dude ranches in Wyoming. What started as The Dewey Riddle Ranch was renamed in the 1950’s and is now known as the 7D Ranch, Wyoming’s premier family guest ranch since 1958.
You will find the 7D Ranch in the scenic and remote Sunlight Basin, which is located 50 miles northwest of Cody in the heart of the Absaroka Mountains. With only 10 rustic cabins, the ranch is smaller than most, but you will find that this allows for each guest to receive individual care. Families will find comfortable accommodations in 7D Ranch’s two, three, and four-bedroom cabins. The décor and furnishings will remind you of how the west once was – simple, cozy, and comfortable. Every cabin has a private bathroom for your convenience. If you want to reinforce your family’s connection with the natural world, 7D Ranch is the place to go. Their children’s program allows young people to experience ranch life and learn about ecological relationships on daily hikes and rides. A wrangler will match every guest with a horse and start off with riding basics. If it’s your first time on a horse, lessons are available! If you’re looking to fish, the Sunlight Basin is home to some of the country’s best fly fishing and 7D Ranch has a full-time fishing guide. Every night ends with fun entertainment like lawn games, cowboy singers, storytellers and campfires. Much of the West may be evolving, but 7D Ranch holds fast to its roots, giving you a true ranch experience!
774 Sunlight Rd, Shoshone National Forest, Cody, WY 82414
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7D Ranch offers custom-tailored horseback adventures that can last anywhere from 3 to 14 days.
The ranch has a herd of eighty horses, and they are constantly training, shoeing, upgrading, doctoring, learning and teaching.
Bring your family ranch vacation to the only authentic working guest ranch in the National Park system.
North of Jackson and south of Yellowstone, Triangle X Ranch is embedded into the heart of Wyoming's mountains: Grand Teton National Park. An alpine terrain monument to the Western way of life, Grand Teton National Park lends authenticity to an already-Western staple: Triangle X Ranch. Unparalleled horseback riding experiences and one of the most complete outdoor recreation packages in the Mountain West makes Triangle X Ranch more than a favorite; it's part of the family.
Triangle X Ranch 2 Triangle X Ranch Rd. Moose, Wyoming 83012
Everything is planned to make your vacation truly memorable and relaxed Located in the heart of spectacular Jackson Hole country, in the shadow of the magnificent Grand Teton range, the Triangle X offers you superb mountain scenery, abundant wildlife, warm hospitality and a quiet, country pace.
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Triangle X Ranch also specializes in scenic float trips, guided fishing trips, wilderness pack trips, and big game hunting.
Tucked between Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons is this hundred-year-old Big Horn Mountains hideout.
The vast Old West stretches out before you in an incredible, jagged array of the most famous mountain ranges in the Western United States. The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch grants you a 300,000-acre advantage, a hundred years of horsemanship, and the upscale riding experience of a riding, horsemanship, and working cattle guest ranch. All levels of riders are welcome to saddle-up to The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch. Learn the right way to ride with low-stress Authentic Horsemanship methods and adopt the 3 c's of the cowboy code: Character, Conduct, and Competence. The scene is set: past the Hideout arch, a Western-style log lodge and cabins, casitas, Hideout Homes, fly fishing, horseback riding, cattle drives, and fine dining of a authentic Western Hideout!
The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch 3170 Road 40 ½ Shell, WY 82441
Elevations range from 4,200 feet to 13,100 feet in Cloud Peak Wilderness.
While vacationing at, The Hideout guests have the opportunity to ride and work with our AH Trainers on their horsemanship, riding and stockmanship skills. Stockmanship is all about learning how to handle cattle and livestock from horseback in a low-stress manner.
During your stay you can ride through half desert, rocky and green canyons, alpine forest, mountain pastures, and lake country!
Just outside Jackson Hole, you’ll find another authentic Wyoming dude ranch that has been alive with tradition since 1916.
At The Red Rock Ranch, you’ll have the chance to experience an outstanding and flexible horseback riding program that is geared to your enjoyment and safety. Your kids will have a blast participating in the fun and engaging activities offered by the ranch’s Children’s Program. Scavenger hunts on horseback, Team Penning, and fly-fishing clinics are just a glimpse into what they’ll be doing during this vacation. For adults, you can spend your days riding, fishing, hiking and trap shooting. Boredom doesn’t exist at The Red Rock Ranch, so get ready to stay busy! Each of the ranch’s private log cabins is named after a Native American tribe. Inside you’ll find a beautiful space that is richly furnished with Western décor. Every cabin features a large sitting room, private bathroom, refrigerator, wood stove, and an inviting sun porch. Meals are served in the main lodge, where you’ll dine on an excellent mix of traditional western BBQ and gourmet dinners. Come to The Red Rock Ranch, where scenic rides through the Jackson Hole terrain will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time.
17760 E Upper Gros Ventre Rd, Kelly, WY 83011
Massage services are available at the middle to end of the week!
Resident experts guarantee you a guided Yellowstone National Park vacation in Wyoming's mountain country.
UXU Ranch's historic, natural cabins in the Shoshone National Forest offer more than just a unique Yellowstone land lodging option. UXU Ranch is also a bed & breakfast and authentic Western mecca for old fashioned family fun! Family-friendly horseback riding, rafting trips, and dummy roping come with conveniences like play areas, staff for the children, childcare, family time and child-friendly meals. So kids can keep up with the fly fishing trips, horseback pack trips in backcountry, rafting adventures, and real ranching experiences at this Western ranch and b&b!
The Historic UXU Ranch, 1710 Yellowstone Highway, Wapiti, WY 82450
With horses chosen just for you for the week and rides focused on what you would like, be it walking through a mountain meadow to cresting the high ridges, UXU Ranch can deliver!
Non-inclusive ranch extras are also available at additional cost and from nearby venues. These include: full-service Cowboy Saloon, children activities and free meals for 7 and up, blue ribbon trout streams, transportation to and from the ranch, offsite activities like whitewater rafting, mountain biking, guided hiking, rock climbing, and overnight pack trips.
Well partner, here we are at the end of our list of Top 10 Wyoming Family Dude Ranches. Hopefully you’ve been inspired to saddle up and head out west. Before we ride off into the sunset, we’re going to leave you with one last destination – T Cross Ranch inside Shoshone National Forest.
Here, you’ll be surrounded by pristine wilderness, made up of untouched pine forests, open meadows, streams and small lakes, and magnificent vistas. The atmosphere at T Cross Ranch blends Western hospitality and all the comforts of home. Since as early as 1918, the ranch has offered generations of families an unforgettable experience. Get up on your well-trained horse and set off to discover a myriad of wildlife that includes moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and wolves. Ride for a full day or choose to start off with a quick half-day ride. When you want to take a break from your horse, other activities include fly fishing, hiking, cow-cutting, and tubing down Horse Creek. Nights at the ranch are full of fun for the whole family. On Friday nights you can watch the rodeo and Tuesday night square dancing is always a good ole’ time! Your accommodations at T Cross Ranch will be a historic log cabin. Each one has a unique story and some of them date back to the 1920’s! The cabins may be rustic, but they aren’t short on modern conveniences. Every building has a bathroom with a shower and comfortable furnishings. So pack up your family and step back to the Old West. Find your frontier at the T Cross Ranch!
82 Parque Creek Rd, Dubois, Wyoming 82513
The lodge at T Cross Ranch is a designated historic treasure built by hand in 1930 with indigenous materials.
The T Cross Ranch has been on a conservation easement since 1978 to ensure that its beautiful location always stays in its original setting.