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Spring break is here! Do you hear the waves crashing? How about hooves beating? Get the best of both worlds by taking a dude ranch vacation for spring break! From riding horses to hiking to swimming, The Dude Ranchers’ Association is here to help plan your next trip.

Greenhorn Ranch

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Based in Quincy, California, this dude ranch offers 660 acres to ride with access to 500,000 acres and your pick from 80 horses.

“Our wranglers will teach you how to ride a horse with confidence or help you improve your riding skills. Come and cultivate your cowboy, California-style. Explore Greenhorn Ranch. A ranch with a focus on horseback riding, outdoor adventures, western culture, and reconnecting with friends and family.”

Marble Mountain Ranch

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The Marble Mountain Ranch is based out of Somes Bar, California. They offer a “Raft and Ride” Vacation package.

“Our signature all-inclusive ‘saddle and paddle’ or raft and ride vacation joins our superb dining experience and our youth buckaroo program to create the best and most complete family dude ranch vacation. Marble Mountain dude ranch vacations meet the diverse interests and needs of your entire family or group. Our horseback trail riding and equestrian programs are spectacular, but our defining feature is our ability to keep whole families engaged with our variety of outdoor Western adventures. No other ranch can duplicate our all inclusive summit to sea experience with breathtaking mountain trail riding, white water rafting, steelhead fly fishing, or jet boat tours to the Pacific Ocean!”

Blackwater Creek Ranch

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Based in Cody, Wyoming.

“If you want a real western experience, look no further than Blackwater Creek Ranch where the trails lead thru the Shoshone National Forest to breathtaking views.  Just 15 miles east of Yellowstone National Park, the Ranch was permitted as a tourist camp in the early 1900s and is one of the oldest ranches on the North Fork of the Shoshone River.  Our week-long all-inclusive vacation is packed with adventures for the young and old.  We keep our numbers small to maintain that family feeling. There are no ‘frills’ here just plain old-time family fun.”

Vista Verde Ranch

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“Just north of the renowned ski resort town of Steamboat Springs, CO in the Elk River valley lies Vista Verde Ranch. A luxury ranch by definition, we take pride in the upscale accommodations and facilities, the amazing culinary experience our chefs offer guests, and the variety of activities that guests can choose from during their stay in summer, fall, or winter. However, it is the relationships between the staff and the guests that make the VVR experience so memorable, and the people are the heart and soul of this place. Coming to Vista Verde is like coming home…..but with a staff of engaging folks taking care of your every need!”

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