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Great Western Ranch Vacations

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   


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Whether you're seeking the ultimate fly fishing experience, the most authentic cattle drive, or a haven for your children and family to run free, a dude ranch vacation may be your best connection to the great outdoors. Browse through these ten ranches to find your perfect dude ranch.

 About Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge

Averills Flathead lake lodge

Flathead Lake Lodge is a third generation family run and operated Dude Ranch located in Northwest Montana on the shores of Flathead Lake. The Lodge offers the ultimate family vacation with unlimited horse & water activities and is located only 35 miles from Glacier National Park and the famous Going to the Sun Highway. At the Lodge your family will enjoy a rustic ranch atmosphere, endless recreational activities, and unmatched hospitality by the Averill family and staff. Flathead Lake Lodge is the ultimate family vacation…Montana style.

 About the White Stallion Ranch

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Experience the welcoming atmosphere of the Southwest. This authentic working cattle ranch with 3,000 acres of lush desert adjoins the Saguaro National Park. Scenic trail rides meander across the desert terrain and up into the saguaro studded foothills. Or you can enjoy the exhilaration of a brisk canter along the desert trails or the competition of team cattle penning. Both are unforgettable. Amenities include a heated pool, rodeos, tennis & sports court, a fitness center with exercise room, sauna and massage therapist. Evening programs include nature shows, cowboy singer, country/western dance lessons, etc. 

 About Triangle X Ranch

Triangle x Ranch

Located north of Jackson, Wyoming in the heart of Grand Teton National Park - Triangle X Ranch offers one of the most complete outdoor recreation packages of any facility in the mountain west. In the shadows of the magnificent Grand Teton range, Triangle X offers you unparalleled horseback riding, superb mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a quiet country pace. Experience a way of life four generations of the Turner family have been sharing since 1926. Whatever your outdoor challenge, your outdoor dream you'll find it at the Triangle X Ranch.

 About the Three Bars Ranch

Three Bars Ranch

Located just south of Banff, Canada, in the valley of 1000 peaks, Three Bars offers the most diverse activity program in Canada, including a world class horse program, in-house rafting trips, natural stone fly fishing, hiking, biking, skeet shooting, and a fun filled evening program. Facilities include heated pool, hot tub, tennis court, gym, indoor riding arena, petting zoo, and all located within 15 minutes of 5 world class golf courses. Awarded Canada's #1 Dude ranch for 2009 & Canada's Best Family Ranch for 2010, by Rustic Vacations.

 About the Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

Hideout Ranch

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is located 55 miles from Cody at the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. We offer a blend of upscale pampering & personal attention with a 100-year old real working cattle ranch experience and great trail riding. Our key staff is year-around employed so they are genuine, safe, passionate, professional and knowledgeable. Our wranglers are real cowboys with excellent natural horsemanship & stockman ship instruction and riding skills. The Hideout is Not a nose to tail ranch.

 About the Tanque Verde Ranch – Tucson, AZ

tanque verde ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch is nestled among the majestic natural beauty of the Rincon Mountains between Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest just east of Tucson, Arizona. An Arizona guest ranch since 1868, this family ranch is comprised of more than sixty thousand acres of unspoiled southwest landscape. Plush accommodations, unparalleled amenities, and a diverse menu of daily rides and activities provide guests with a memorable ranch vacation sure to revive the spirit of the Old West!

 About the Rainbow Trout Ranch 

Rainbow Trout Ranch

Rainbow Trout Ranch is the perfect Colorado dude ranch for adults, families, singles, couples, groups and anyone else who wants a western getaway. Offering exceptional Colorado horseback riding, superb Colorado fly fishing, awesome children's programs and a fun teen ranch program, trapshooting, swimming, day trips to Taos, white water rafting and the chance to ride America's highest and longest narrow-gauge steam train, the dude ranch brings timeless simpler pleasures to life all in a spectacular setting.

 About The Paradise Guest Ranch


For 100 years now, folks have been coming to our Wyoming guest ranch for 100 different reasons—for some, it's the horseback riding across sage meadows, fishing for native cutthroat trout, or hiking among wildflowers and meadowlarks. For others, it's the family time, the fun, and campfire stories beneath a snowstorm of stars. Maybe it's realizing just how much all that's worth, that keeps folks coming back to our guest ranch year after year. And maybe it’s time you found your own reasons to come experience Paradise Guest Ranch.

 About the Lost Valley Ranch

Lost Valley ranch

Over 100 years of ranching history allow Lost Valley Ranch the unique opportunity to provide our guests the experience of the Rocky Mountain West through hiking, fishing, and on the back of a horse. Come and stay as our guest, but leave as friends and family. Lost Valley Ranch is your ranch home in Colorado.

 About Hunewill Ranch

Hunewill ranch

Established in 1861, Hunewill Ranch, is the oldest working Guest Ranch in California and one of the oldest continuously owned family cattle ranches in the American West. Located on the Northeastern edge of Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Hunewill Ranch is known for world class horsebackriding and breathtaking scenery. Breakfast rides, cattle work, all-day rides, historic rides, and a wonderful kids program make for an unforgettable vacation experience. Top that off with fun-filled evening activities, western hospitality and breathtaking scenery and you begin to understand the magic of Hunewill Ranch.

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