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Dude and guest ranches offer an all-inclusive vacation experience like no other destination.

When you vacation at a Dude Ranchers’ Association member ranch, you can be sure of a quality vacation. Member ranches endure a rigorous inspection and approval process that ensures guests are treated to genuine western hospitality combined with the lodging industry’s highest standards.

Dude ranches offer vacation destinations perfect for every traveler, including solo travelers, multi-generational families, corporate events, and more.

Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, swimming, zip-lining, white water rafting, rodeos, cattle drives, western dancing, fine dining, and so much more await your discovery on your next dude ranch vacation.

Take a look at these select Dude and Guest ranches:

Hunewill Circle H Guest Ranch
Bridgeport, CA
www.hunewillranch.com

Hunewill Guest Ranch is located in Bridgeport, California on the eastern slope of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering Yosemite National Park. This historic ranch is a working cattle and guest ranch. With over a hundred well-trained horses and a vast expanse of lush green meadows and scenic mountain trails, Hunewill Guest Ranch creates memories that last a lifetime. As their guest, you can participate in the timeless traditional ranch life of the American West.
There is something for everyone at the ranch, whether you come with your family, friends, or on your own. If you want wide open spaces, great riding, great food, and lasting friendships, then Hunewill Guest Ranch has the vacation for you.

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
Shell, Wyoming
www.thehideout.com

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is all-inclusive, upscale, and focused on riding, horsemanship, and working cattle. Limited to approximately 25 riders weekly, the ranch is in the tiny hamlet of Shell, Wyoming, east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park at the foot of the little-known Big Horn Mountains and National Forest. With a backyard of 650,000 acres in an area with a tremendous diversity of scenery and altitudes ranging from 4,200 to 13,100 feet, you will seldom see the same trail twice. Since its beginnings, The Hideout has always been a clean, organized, and well-maintained guest ranch.

Klondike Ranch
Buffalo, Wyoming
www.klondikeranch.com

More than a Wyoming dude ranch, join in the activities of this historical, working cattle ranch. You’ll get to enjoy riding, working cattle, and camping out under brilliant Wyoming skies, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and taking in the vast beauty of the Bighorn Mountains.
If you like trail riding, you’ll love riding for a purpose. At Klondike, 90% of their spring, summer, and fall work is spent horseback and working cattle every day. Klondike Ranch also offers amazing Historical Tours, top-notch Fishing & experiences like you’ve never imagined. Yep, every day is a new adventure.
While you help Klondike Ranch get the job done, you also get to experience beautiful Wyoming scenery with the amenities of a guest ranch, without riding in single-file lines. Every time there is a job to do, you will be our “right-hand man”, helping gather and trail cattle.

Bar W Guest Ranch
Whitefish, Montana
www.thebarw.com

The Bar W is a small ranch that can host up to 40 guests per week. Being a smaller ranch gives Bar W the ability to tailor their riding and activities each week to the interests and skill levels of guests. Horseback riding is the main activity and with their proximity to public land, you are able to ride on close to a million acres. You’ll find a variety of terrain, from prairies and wide-open spaces to mountain trails. In addition to trail rides, you can test your horsemanship skills with barrel racing and working cows during team penning and sorting.

Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch
Martinsdale, Montana
www.bonanzacreekcountry.com

Bonanza Creek is a small guest ranch, with just 8 – 12 guests at a time. This guest ranch caters to those who love good horses, good riding, adventure, and personal attention. Bonanza Creek is best known for its riding, cattle work, life-enhancing Cowgirl Retreats, and western hospitality. The ranch features adult-only weeks, intermediate, and advanced rider weeks, as well as life coaching Retreats. “We treat you like family – – real people on a real cattle ranch. Hearty home cooking and lots of it, and cozy comfortable cabins to call home.”

C Lazy U Ranch
Granby, Colorado
www.clazyu.com

Located in the heart of Colorado’s stunning Rocky Mountains, C Lazy U Ranch is Colorado’s Premier Guest Ranch since 1919. The ranch is known for its impeccable service, luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, and limitless activities. C Lazy U is one of the few remaining places where guests can experience a luxury retreat filled with the rich traditions of the American West. The property features a collection of newly renovated luxury cabin accommodations, fine dining, a full-service Spa, and 8,500 acres of adventure. Limitless year-round activities include horseback riding, guided hiking, guided mountain biking, hatchet throwing, archery, zip line, ropes course, trap shooting, Orvis-endorsed fly fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more.

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch
Winston, New Mexico
www.geronimoranch.com

Friendly, family-owned New Mexico guest ranch! You’ll find Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch tucked away in southwest New Mexico, in the heart of the 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest. Here, the mountains are boundless, and the open meadows and deep canyons with crystal clear spring-fed creeks are enough to soothe even the busiest of minds.
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch offers a relaxed and personal atmosphere. This New Mexico dude ranch has four cabins and a capacity of 12 to 16 guests. Open from March through mid-November. With beautiful temperate weather, it is always the perfect time to pack your bags, saddle up, and experience an authentic New Mexico dude ranch.

Circle Z Ranch
Patagonia, Arizona
www.circlez.com

The crackle of a campfire. The creak of a leather saddle. Rugged vistas without end. Welcome to Circle Z Ranch, a vacation experience that will envelop you in a time and place when days were spent on horseback and nights under a blaze of stars. This historic ranch is nestled in Southern Arizona’s Sky Islands, known for its vast grasslands and vaulting mountain ranges. Guided by expert wranglers, you will explore trails across thousands of acres ­so scenic they’ve been the setting for many Western movies. Back at the ranch you can partake in other outdoor activities or join guests, fireside, in the rustic lodge. Meals are cooked from scratch using locally grown ingredients. This is ranch life at its best. An experience that keeps guests coming back time and time again.

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Embark on your next greatest adventure at a DRA member dude ranch. It truly is the vacation that will keep you coming back. For more information or to book your next dude ranch vacation visit duderanch.org now.