When I think of a Dude Ranch, I instantly go back to the 90’s and Hey Dude. A place I always wished I lived because it seriously looked like so much fun. Swimming, hiking, horseback riding, great food, hanging out around the fire, and lots of fun. A Dude Ranch is the original all-inclusive vacation destination where adventure and fitness go hand in hand, and the Dude Ranchers’ Association has a host of out-of-the-box ideas if you are seeking an active family vacation!
5 Dude Ranch Family Vacations to Experience
#1 Guided Adventures
Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana offers a comprehensive lineup of outdoor excursions, ranging from fly-fishing to whitewater rafting. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out Northern Lights Laser Tag, the world’s most advanced laser tag with ranges of up to 20,000 feet (that’s three football fields in length!). You’ll find yourself climbing in trees, hiding behind boulders and even creating makeshift camouflage to bring home a win.
#2 Experience Yoga and Horses
The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado offers the ultimate girlfriend getaway in the beautiful Elk River Valley. Cowgirls of all ages are invited to join this all-inclusive, luxurious week of health, wellness and relaxation centered on horseback riding, yoga and deep relaxation on the Home Ranch property. Previous yoga and riding experience are not required to enjoy this retreat.
#3 Rock Climbing
Horseshoe Canyon Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas is known in the climbing community as a top destination for experienced climbers and novices alike. With more than 300 routes on the property, on-site climbing guides will help you lace up your shoes for the first time or take your climbing to the next level.
#4 Outdoor Adventures
Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Arizona has the space and scenic location to enjoy your favorite sports activities – whether it’s tennis, swimming or perfecting your shooting skills. When you want to cover a lot of territory, hop in a Jeep, all-terrain vehicle or hot air balloon to experience the property in a completely new way.
#5 Cowgirl Retreats
Bonanza Creek Country Ranch in Martinsdale, Montana, are the perfect hybrid of empowering your mind and body. Your days will begin with a hearty breakfast, followed by a morning with the horses and an afternoon ride through the Montana countryside. Guests are encouraged to wind down with a massage or continue exploring on a hike or fishing excursion.
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Photo Credits: Dude Ranchers’ Association