Our Top 8 Dude Ranches

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Howdy all! Today we’re talkin’ dude ranches…so get your cowboy boots on and let’s giddy up!

Kidding…sort of.

For the past couple of weeks we’ve covered a lot of different topics about living, and specifically traveling, in the altered state the world is in.

One of those topics was RVs (catch up on those articles here and here), which have found a lot of popularity as people look to safely travel with their friends and families.

In that same vain, we wanted to talk about dude ranches, as we know this is a great type of destination (specifically for those road-trippers and RV-ers like me).

So today we’ve selected our eight favorite dude ranches in the US to highlight. Keep reading, and let us know where you’re traveling next!

OUR TOP 8 DUDE RANCHES

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Photo credit: Red Reflet Ranch

Red Reflet Ranch  Dude Ranch (Wyoming)

Red Reflet is a 28,000+ acre luxury resort and working ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming.

Activities include equestrian programs, mountain biking and hiking on 100+ miles of private trails, ATV tours, shooting ranges, fly fishing, family-friendly activities (climbing wall, natural water park, zip-line), cooking classes, cattle branding, farm-to-table cuisine and more. Guests stay in fully-stocked, private cabins at the all-inclusive luxury ranch.

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Photo credit: Wildcatter Ranch

Wildcatter Ranch Dude Ranch (Texas)

Just ninety minutes from DFW International Airport and right around the corner from Possum Kingdom Lake, you’ll find Wildcatter Ranch and Resort.

These upscale western accommodations include guided activities with local Texas cowboys, horseback riding, clay shooting, archery, and a gun range. And did we mention, a steakhouse on the property? Wildcatter Ranch is an unforgettable destination and a true gem of the North Texas Hill Country.

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The High Lonesome Ranch (Colorado)

This property sits along the Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies. With a national park-scale landscape perfectly situated to help connect large ecosystems, High Lonesome Ranch is located on a key habitat corridor.

Fly-fishing for five species of trout, wing-shooting for upland game birds in pristine coverts, dude ranch weeks where families and friends can participate in real cattle drives, glamorous camping in safari-style tents, family reunions, weddings, corporate group retreats, big game hunting, and personal getaways beckon.

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Photo credit: The Ranch at Rock Creek

The Ranch at Rock Creek (Montana)

This ranch is located in the heart of Western Montana. Originally a working ranch homesteaded in the early 1900’s, owner Jim Manley opened it as an all-inclusive guest ranch in 2010.

Set among 10 square miles of rugged Montana ranchland, the ranch offers guests over 30 outdoor recreational activities, and dozens of unique accommodations featuring four different styles (lodge rooms, canvas cabins, historic barn and luxury homes), memorable ranch cuisine, and a full-service spa.

Families, couples, and friends will discover that The Ranch at Rock Creek is a special place that offers the best of America’s “True West” without sacrificing true comfort.

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Photo credit: Tanque Verde Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch DUDE RANCH (Arizona)

Located in Tucson, Arizona: Tanque Verde Ranch offers more than just the STUNNING landscape. Rich in a southwestern style, the lodging at this ranch gives you a real taste of Arizona. Traditional adobe walls and Santa Fe style architecture perfectly complement the beauty of the natural surroundings.

This ranch also offers an abundance of activities for all ages: including horseback riding, guided hiking and biking, swimming, dancing and fishing. Tanque Verde also has several tennis and basketball courts for guests to take advantage of, PLUS all of the off-site activities available in the beautiful city of Tucson.

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Photo credit: Dude Ranchers’ Association

The Bar W Ranch  (Montana)

The Bar W is a traditional, western-style ranch resort on Spencer Lake in Montana. The 3,000-acre property is a year-round dude ranch that treats guests with true Montana hospitality. 

All meals are included, as are activities such as horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting, archery, and fishing. There are picnic areas, BBQs and lawn games, plus a hot tub. Glamping at the Bar W offers a luxury camping resort experience combined with a true cowboy vacation only 23 miles from Glacier National Park

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Photo credit: Alisai Ranch and Resort

The Alisai Ranch and Resort (California)

So maybe, like me, you have a tendency to prefer…stationary activities. Well good news–this is your place!

A secluded jewel tucked into California’s famed Santa Ynez Valley, The Alisai is a 10,000-acre ranch 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara. The property includes 50 miles of riding trails, a 100-acre spring-fed lake, two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, a pool, a spa, fine dining, and countless other ways to unplug and unwind. And of course, some beautiful western accommodations. Plus, this ranch neighbors over 75 renowned vineyards and wineries and the charming Danish village of Solvang.

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Sorrel River Ranch (Utah)

Sorrel River Ranch is an exclusive 240-acre riverside oasis surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Utah’s iconic arches, canyon-lands, and red rock mesas.

The space has 59 guest rooms including eight balcony studios, eight family suites, and a ranch house set amidst Utah ranch land–so you can choose from something more private to a larger cabin for the whole family. Besides the spa and farm to table restaurant, Sorrel has plenty of activities for you and your guests. These activities include horseback riding, off-roading, nightly bonfires, a petting zoo, and even live music some nights.

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