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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch - Shell, WY.……

It’s time to saddle up and take a trip to a dude ranch! There’s nothing like the experience of riding in the great outdoors with some of the most breathtaking views. Dude ranches are a great opportunity for everyday folks to experience life on a ranch. Whether you’re looking for something more luxurious or rustic, there’s something out there for everyone! We’ve compiled the ultimate guide of some of the best places to visit around the country (and Canada) for your one-stop vacation guide:


Shoshone Lodge & Guest Ranch – Cody, WY

Shoshone Lodge is a historic lodge treating modern visitors right, only 3 miles from Yellowstone’s East Entrance. It’s a place where you feel vigor seep into you as you breathe in the mountain air, take in stunning views, and relish true Western hospitality and adventure. Enjoy horseback riding, camp cook-outs, trips to Yellowstone, the Cody Nite Rodeo, rafting, and more during your week-long stay.

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch – Shell, WY

The Hideout is in beautiful Shell, Wyoming East of Cody, and Yellowstone National Park at the foot of The Big Horn Mountains. With a backyard of 650,000 acres in an area with tremendous diversity of scenery and altitudes ranging from 4,200 to 13,100 feet, you will seldom see the same trail twice.

Klondike Ranch – Buffalo, WY

More than a Wyoming dude ranch, Klondike invites you to join in the activities of their 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.


Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, ID

At Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, experience the spirit of the west on an All Inclusive Guest Ranch Adventure Vacation. Summer packages include lodging in one of our cozy lodge rooms or log cabins, daily horseback rides, three country gourmet meals daily, evening entertainment, and access to all ranch amenities.

New Mexico

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch – Winston, NM

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.


Rawah Ranch – Glendevey, CO

Experience Colorado’s finest at Rawah Guest Ranch—an authentic, all-American western luxury guest ranch and fly fishing lodge nestled in Northern Colorado’s spectacular Laramie River Valley.

Elk Mountain Ranch – Buena Vista, CO

The Elk Mountain Ranch experience is a one-week adventure encompassing the best dude ranch experience at very reasonable, all-inclusive vacation prices. Days at our ranch are filled with horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking, riflery, fishing, mountain biking and other activities set against a backdrop of unending vistas.

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch – Red Feather Lakes, CO

Sundance Trail is the smallest guest ranch in the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association. Their smaller size allows them to be relaxed, flexible, and to truly connect with all the guests who visit. And the best part? They’re open year-round!

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch – Loveland, CO

At the 3,200-acre “world beyond the ridge,” you can plan for an exclusive company retreat, have a fabulous wedding, experience a Dude Ranch family vacation, enjoy a holiday party or a summer picnic, and much much more.


Rancho De Los Caballeros -Wickenburg, AZ

Their sanctuary of 13,300 rideable acres offers private accommodations and endless outdoor spaces to explore, unwind, and create life-long memories. They’re thrilled to welcome folks back and have made arrangements to ensure safety whilst preserving the traditions guests know and love.

Elkhorn Ranch – Tucson, AZ

This conservation minded working ranch raises horses, alongside neighboring cattle ranches, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and Baboquivari Peak Wilderness. Curious Sonoran desert flora and fauna, wide open country, Arizona’s famous sunshine and blue skies, and personalized hospitality provide an ideal setting for outdoor adventure, rejuvenation and camaraderie.

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch – Yucca, AZ

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch is located in Northwest Arizona in the Mohave desert, one hour away from the nearest town. In other words, no crowds and lots of open land that is perfect for the nature lover. They welcome travelers from all over the world to come and experience our guest ranch where the Old West blends with the new.


Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort – Solvang, CA

A legendary hideaway set in the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal Ranch features every exceptional comfort. 10,500 acres of pure inspiration, a short 30-minute drive north of Santa Barbara and a world away. Where nature welcomes you to explore, adventure, unwind and renew.


Upper Canyon Outfitters & Guest Ranch – Alder, MT

Since 1981, they’ve been proud to welcome guests to their ranch and share the lands they call home. Come and join for some authentic western hospitality, unforgettable scenery, and comfortable accommodations when you’re planning your fly fishing, hunting, riding or exploring Montana adventure.

Bar W Guest Ranch – Whitefish, MT

The Bar W Guest Ranch is a dude ranch near Glacier National Park, ready to treat you to true Montana hospitality from the moment you arrive until long after the sun sets. Nestled between two pine-covered ridges in an idyllic setting at the base of Spencer Mountain, the Bar W Guest Ranch is located just a stone’s throw from the town of Whitefish, Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

British Columbia, Canada

Sundance Guest Ranch – British Columbia, Canada

This is it – this is your ranch, only four hours from Vancouver, British Columbia! When you’ve just got back from a ride, and you’re sitting on the lounge deck with your favorite drink in your hand, watching the herd gallop out to the field for the night, and laughing with someone you’ve known ten minutes like you’ve known them ten years… lean back, put a foot up on the railing and look around.

Adventure awaits!