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Best Dude Ranches
When the words “dude ranch” are uttered, one is apt to picture a cactus-scattered desert in rural Texas or Colorado. But, as the following list will prove, the Southwest is more than just a place - it’s a state of mind. With dude ranches stretching from Utah to Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, the spirit of the Old West lives on throughout the country. Explore red rock cliffs, sprawling prairies, and ruggedly beautiful deserts on horseback. If you’d prefer to stay on your own two feet, trek through the diverse array of landscapes, which offer fishing, mountain climbing, and even vibrant downtown nightlife. And, with a host of luxurious amenities, these ranches offer authentic cowboy adventures on which you don’t necessarily have to rough it. What are you waiting for? Lasso up the family and mosey on down.

Rocking Horse Ranch Resort

Highland, New York

+1 (866) 980 - 7688

Supplying luxurious amenities for the adults and a cavalcade of kids activities, this ranch is a rootin’ tootin’ good time for all ages.

Saddle up, partner, and embark on a horseback riding expedition through the tree-lined trails. After a Wild West adventure, feast your eyes on the exotic wildlife exhibit, which features plains zebras, miniature donkeys, and a host of reptiles. Make a splash at the Big Splash Indoor Water Park, home to the 250-foot long Gold Rush Flume. Once the little ones have had their fun, it’s time for the adults to relax at the onsite spa with a deep tissue massage and a soak in the sprawling indoor pool.


Red Horse Mountain Ranch

Harrison, Idaho

View +1 (208) 689 - 9110

One of Idaho's best kept secrets, come discover why folks love coming back to Red Horse Mountain Ranch!

Located deep in the heart of heart of Idaho, Red Horse Mountain Ranch is known for it's inclusive dude ranch family vacations. Tucked away on 300,000 acres of land, guests enjoy horseback riding, famous kids programs and outdoor adventures such as fly fishing, white water rafting and much more! End your evening 'round the campfire singing tunes and roasting marshmallows. There is always something to do at this Western Family escape!


Colorado Trails Ranch

Durango, Colorado

+1 (855) 750 - 2166

Though Colorado Trails does offer an authentic Old West experience, you’ll be far from roughing it at this all-inclusive dude ranch.

Located on a creek-side meadow, cradled by the San Juan Mountains, this ranch offers plenty of space for outdoor exploration. Tackle the terrain on horseback or on foot, either embarking on a guided horseback tour or trekking through the peak-lined hiking trails. For an aquatic adventure, try some fly fishing on the Florida River, which is renowned for its trophy trout. After an action-packed day, return to your cozy cabin, which is decorated with a rustic elegance.


Latigo Ranch

Kremmling, Colorado

+1 (888) 328 - 1703

Dude ranches can often feel intimidating, especially if you come with no experience. Latigo Ranch, on the other hand, welcomes novices!

Allow Latigo's wealth of expert staff coach you to the ins and outs of riding, from stepping into the saddle to full gallop! When you aren't hitting the dusty trail, you'll be relaxing in the lodge's rustic accommodations. Whatever you happen to be doing, you'll love doing it in the presence of the majestic Rocky Mountains! As you ride the trail, you'll enjoy spectacular views, beautiful flora and fauna, and more memories than you know what to do with.


Rocking Z Ranch

Wolf Creek, Montana

+1 (866) 452 - 9461

Whether you’re new to horses or a highly experienced rider, Rocking Z Ranch’s experienced staff will make sure you have a fantastic time.

Ever wanted to know how to work cattle from the back of a horse, learn the difference between a trot and a walk, or give a horse verbal commands? Well even if you haven’t, you’re gonna learn, and you’re gonna love it! It’s not ALL horses though. If you want to do something else, there’s plenty more that Rocking Z offers. Swim in the pool or relax in the hot tub, or just enjoy your cozy accommodations, featuring natural gas fireplaces, air-conditioning, and all the modern amenities you’d expect.

+1 (866) 940 - 1286

Colorado Cattle Company Ranch invites aspiring cowboys and cowgirls to take a rustic step back in time!

Regardless of your level of expertise riding horses when you arrive, you'll be a pro in no time! Multiple levels of riding experience are handled on a daily basis, and your seasoned guide will help you select from the over 80 extremely well trained and well-mannered quarter horses. Explore stunning Raymer on horseback, then return for a cozy night in your spacious room! You'll soon be asking yourself "Is this a guest ranch or a five-star resort?"


Silver Spur Guest Ranch

Bandera, Texas

View +1 (830) 796 - 3037

With nearly 300 acres of Southwestern landscape to explore on horseback, this ranch proves that everything truly is bigger in Texas.

Situated on a sea of rolling hills, this ranch offers Southwestern seclusion and oodles of outdoor adventures. Explore the breathtaking landscape on horseback or hike through the scenic nature trails. Connect with your inner cowboy on a hay wagon ride, making a pit stop to feed the longhorns. Once it’s time to hang up your hat, take a refreshing dip in the sparkling pool and watch the Texas sun dip below the horizon from the front porch.


Cataloochee Ranch

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

View +1 (828) 926 - 1401

From horseback riding to downhill skiing, this ranch offers four seasons of fun!

Cradled by the Great Smoky Mountains, Cataloochee Ranch is a wildflower-dotted oasis with sweeping scenery and an avalanche of alpine adventures. Saddle up and ride horseback through the lush North Carolina wilderness or explore the snow-capped peaks on foot. If you aspire for high-altitude activities, carve up the ski slopes at the Cataloochee Ski Area. Return to the ranch, where your interest will be piqued by the bubbling Jacuzzis and stone fireplaces.


320 Guest Ranch

Gallatin Gateway, Montana

+1 (866) 452 - 4604

Steeped in history, this ranch celebrates the past and embraces the present.

Come experience that timeless traditions of 320 Guest Ranch. Saddle up and explore the vast Montana wilderness on your trusty steed, the snow-capped mountains painting the horizon. Try your hand at fly fishing in the trout-teeming waters of the Blue Ribbon Gallatin River or explore the natural splendor of the infamous Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, enjoy some of the country’s best alpine skiing before returning to your spacious cottage and warming your fingers by the cozy fireplace.


Tanque Verde Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

View +1 (800) 234 - 3833

Surrounded by the ruggedly beautiful Arizona desert and mountains, this oasis offers luxurious accommodations and Old West adventures.

Featuring traditional adobe walls and Southwestern decor, you’ll feel like a real cowboy at Tanque Verde Ranch. Lasso your family and set out on a horseback riding expedition through the cactus-dotted dessert. If you’d prefer a different mode of transportation, hike or bike through the mountain trails. After exploring the desert heat, cool off in the sprawling outdoor swimming pool and say sayonara to stress at La Sonora Spa.


Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Jasper, Arkansas

View +1 (870) 446 - 2577

Combining Old West adventures and modern amenities, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch offers the ultimate in leisure and luxury.

Cradled by the Ozark Mountains and just a stone’s throw from the Buffalo National River, this ranch features a wealth of outdoor activities on land and water. Saddle up for a horseback riding excursion through the rocky, tree-dotted terrain. If it’s water-fueled fun you seek, commandeer a canoe down the crystal clear waters of the river. Once you’re done paddling, enjoy some pampering at the ranch, which includes a shimmering swimming pool, a soothing hot tub, and a sprawling front porch.


Rancho Cortez

Bandera, Texas

View +1 (866) 797 - 9339

Located just 10 miles from the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” this ranch is steeped in Southwestern culture.

Surrounding by the rolling landscape of Texas Hill Country, Rancho Cortez Dude Ranch is the perfect place to explore the ruggedly beautiful Southwestern land on horseback. Mosey on over to the Hill Country State Natural Area, which features 5,500 acres of natural splendor, which includes 40 miles of hiking and bike riding trails. Experience the Old West onsite with roaring campfires, exciting hayrides, and knotty pine guest rooms.


Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch, Oregon

+1 (888) 405 - 3004

Interweaving the past and present, this Oregon ranch offers timeless mountain adventures and modern accommodations.

Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Black Butte Ranch offers 1,800 acres of outdoor adventures. Climb your trusty steed for a horseback riding adventure or climb the stunning mountain trails. Swing away at the onsite, Ponderosa pine-dotted golf course or take a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool. After a fun-filled day, replenish your weary soul at the soothing spa.


Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort

Mount Carmel, Utah

+1 (866) 306 - 8249

Set amidst the red rock canyons of Zion National Park, this ranch is a horseback riding hub with a rustic aura and luxurious amenities.

The jagged red peaks beckoning just outside your doorstep, the Southwest awaits at Zion National Park. Traverse the rocky terrain on horseback, soaking in the breathtaking scenery as you ride along the resort’s 4,000 acres. If you’d prefer to stay on foot, hike through the dusty mountain trails. After exploring the natural splendor, your muscles could use a massage. No problem, partner. Enjoy a soothing session in the Jacuzzi and then head to the onsite spa for a host of relaxing treatments.


Clear Creek Family Ranch

Orderville, Utah

View +1 (800) 414 - 5710

Tucked away in Utah’s Color Country, this ranch offers the full spectrum of activities, from red cliff climbing to blue pond fishing.

Just a couple miles from Zion National Park, Clear Creek Family Ranch serves as a gateway to Southwest adventures. Saddle up and explore the jagged, wildflower-speckled countryside on horseback or tear through the lush Dixie National Forest trails on an ATV. Cool off with a refreshing swim in Fish Lake before returning to the rustic yet elegant ranch to hang up your hat for the day. Lounge on the deck with a cold drink, the red rock cliffs rising over the horizon.


Zion Mountain Ranch

Mount Carmel, Utah

+1 (866) 944 - 9140

Featuring an onsite restaurant and a host of red rock adventures, Zion Mountain Ranch offers a feast for your stomach and your eyes.

With the Old West attractions of Zion National Park awaiting just outside your door, you’ll want to set out for the old dusty trail as soon a possible. But you must build your strength up first. Enjoy an all-organic Southwestern breakfast at Chez Bison before horseback riding or canyoneering through the jagged red landscape. Allow the Southwest to come to you, as a herd of buffalo can be seen roaming the property’s hundreds of acres.