Dude ranches are a popular family getaway: kids love horses, and so do many parents. Plus there's the beautiful settings, the myth of the Wild West, the home-cooked meals, the cookout under the stars... and maybe a massage and a spa treatment. Dude Ranch vacations these days range from rustic stays at a working ranch to resort-style luxuries. Many dude ranches have kids' programs.
Price at dude ranches typically includes meals, but doesn't necessarily include activities: if you want horse-riding, make sure to check whether it's included or not!
Arizona is classic "dude ranch" land, especially around the town of Wickenburg. Note that due to high temperatures, dude ranches here typically close during the summer months.
Families who hanker after "wide open spaces" terrain might try Montana, or head to Canada to BC's Cariboo region. Colorado is also a good state for dude ranches, though the scenery will be mountainous rather than that of the open range.
By the way, you don't necessarily have to go "out west" to find a dude ranch: have a look at Rocking Horse Ranch in New York state.
See tips about visiting dude ranches: typical pricing, what amenities to expect, and a few points to keep in mind when considering a dude ranch getaway.
More Articles about Dude Ranches:
- A review of Rancho de los Caballeros, long-standing dude ranch in Arizona that's added golf and spa
- "Luxury and Dude Ranches Do Mix", a guest article about Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado
- Vista Verde Dude Ranch for the Holidays: activities include horse-riding, sleigh-rides, programs for kids and teens, and skiing at nearby Steamboat ski resort
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