Adventurers come from all over the world for an authentic dude ranch vacation looking to experience the North American wild west on horseback while enjoying the best in luxury accommodations and some of the best food you’ll find west of the Atlantic.
Did you know, however, that a dude or guest ranch experience isn’t necessarily about life on the ranch. It can also mean world-class fishing in some of the most iconic lakes and rivers North America has to offer. If you’re in search of the western adventure of a lifetime offering an authentic ranch experience but also the opportunity for some of the best fishing on the continent, look no further!
As the school year is winding up and summer just around the corner, ideas for the perfect family vacation are now coming into focus. It isn’t too late and we’ve got the best suggestion to provide your little dudes the fun and adventure vacation of a lifetime!
You’ve probably thought that a Dude Ranch vacation might not be a good fit for families with young kids. Think again! Here are several exceptional ranch experiences from our Spur Alliance family of Dude Ranches that provide not only tons of fun and wonderful adventure, but valuable learning as well.
When you think about the state of Wyoming, wide open space and adventure are really the descriptors that first come to mind. And rightfully so.
Expansive, untouched natural beauty, incredibly friendly people and wild, western adventure define the Wyoming experience. Wyoming ranches truly embody the range of adventures, activities and relaxation that is available in the rugged, western state. It’s easy to imagine the vacation of a lifetime hoofing in cowboy boots around one of these incredible dude ranches.
You really MUST add one of these outstanding Wyoming ranch experiences to your bucket list if it isn’t already!
Time spent on a Dude Ranch is a great way to get away from it all, enjoy plenty of time outdoors, and meet wonderful new people often from many other parts of the world. With the abundance of beautiful scenery, delicious food and the most incredible sleep you’ll ever have in the peace and quiet of the countryside, it’s simply the perfect way to unwind.
We sincerely believe in the value of family time and offer a wide variety of activities for all ages.
From May 27-June 2nd, Three Bars Guest and Cattle Ranch will be hosting Ryan Courson for an equine photography workshop.
Looking for a trip of a lifetime in Colorado? Two of our Spur Alliance ranches are based in Colorado, each with their own distinct flavours.
Our Tucson Mountain backdrop and border with Saguaro National Park makes White Stallion Ranch a supreme location for high desert hiking.
We offer several guided hikes weekly: from a family friendly, informative, nature walk to increasingly challenging hikes up Mesa Vista and to the top of Panther Peak. Guests may hike without our guides, directions and suggestions are available at the Front Desk and from our guides.
MAY 27ST-JUNE 2ND 2018
Join us and Photographer Ryan Courson for a week long equine photography workshop. With the Canadian Rockies as your backdrop, and a heard of 80 horses as your subjects, you will have all of the opportunities and assistance that you may need in capturing some incredible equine images. In between customized shoots, you can enjoy all the amenities and activities offered here at Three Bars Ranch.
March 9 – April 21
Spring Break should be spent in the warm sun, soaking up the rays, and embracing a luxurious vacation. Tanque Verde Ranch is top of the game for family getaways, especially during this time of the year. In April, The Ranch is in its most coveted season. Perfectly warm days, perfectly cool temperatures at night and the perfect time to be down in Arizona. Join us for this all-inclusive package and enjoy Spring Break Tucson-style!
You don’t have to walk very far to see natural beauty around Paradise! For some, taking in the views from the front porch of the cabins is enough. For others, a hike is a great way to take a break from riding and enjoy the scenery of guest ranch hiking the Bighorn Mountains. Surrounded by over a million acres of the Bighorn National Forest, the hiking opportunities at Paradise are endless. Join us for a Wyoming hiking vacation.
We have a wide variety of hikes for all difficulty levels.
Fall is Montana’s most colorful and quiet season. Combine the fall colors with fewer visitors and wide-open spaces and autumn is perhaps one of our loveliest seasons. Flathead has plenty of leaf peeping options coupled with a charming Montana Dude Ranch and friendly folks. All working together to create the perfect backdrop for your fall getaway.
May 25th through 28th, 2018 – Body, Mind, Equine is a unique men’s and women’s retreat and a great way to spend Memorial Day Weekend. Participants are led on a journey of awareness, growth, fun and adventure. This 3-night retreat offers daily yoga and meditation sessions, as well as arena and trail time with horses. […]
Vacationers seeking the perfect combination of outdoor adventure, exciting experiences, spectacular scenery and family fun should make plans to stay at a Spur Alliance guest ranch this year. Set in some of North America’s most beautiful locations, these ten top-tier guest ranches provide a wide variety of multi-sport and outdoor activities that are sure to please adventure vacationers of all ages. Dude ranch guests can enjoy all levels of horseback riding, swimming, guided hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, riding ATV tours, archery, trap shooting and more. Some ranches offer day-long rides and multi-day pack trips as well.
Spur Alliance guest ranches offer a wide array of adventures, making them excellent choices for active adults, multigenerational vacations and family vacations with kids of all ages. Read more
Fall is a wonderful time to take a dude ranch vacation. Temperatures are cooler, making the weather perfect for horseback riding, hiking and other active sports. Non-holiday periods during the fall months can also be an excellent time to find good deals on airfares and rental cars as well.
Couples and solo travelers often enjoy taking their ranch vacations during the fall. Families generally take their guest ranch vacations during the summer and school holiday periods. Other than these time periods, guests at dude ranches are typically couples, solo travelers, and adults-only groups. This atmosphere can be a bit more conducive to relaxing and dinners filled with lively conversations.
Since fall is often a shoulder season period for many ranches, some Spur Alliance dude ranches feature special packages and deals during this time period. These fall specials run from early September through mid-November and represent a significant savings. Here are some great deals for fall vacations at three Spur Alliance guest ranches: Read more
Giving back and helping others are two of life’s most important values. Representing ten of America’s top dude ranches, the Spur Alliance ranches have joined forces to help support a wide variety of worthy causes and provide vacations for special needs families. The Spur Alliance is comprised of like-minded guest ranch owners are passionate about making a difference, supporting philanthropic causes and creating lasting memories for those who otherwise may never have the opportunity to enjoy a dream vacation.
Steeped in history and authenticity, the Spur Alliance ranches are among the “best of the best” in providing dream vacations. The natural beauty of the West, combined with the values inherent in the cowboy lifestyle, provides inspiration and motivation to those who are in a fight of their life or have special needs. A key characteristic of Spur Alliance dude ranch vacations is creating life-changing experiences and indelible memories for all of their guests. Read more
Dude ranch vacations are perfect for people who love active adventures and being outdoors. At a dude ranch, guests can enjoy the great outdoors while horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, river rafting and other kinds of active adventures. Each ranch is different, so it’s important to find the guest ranch that’s right for you.
Picking the right ranch can often depend on who’s going on the trip. The first thing to remember is that it’s important to plan your vacation together. It’s easier to have a great time when everyone is involved and fully invested in having a great vacation. Read more
This summer marks a very special celebration for Spur Alliance member Triangle X Ranch. Located in Grand Teton National Park, family-owned Triangle X Ranch is celebrating its 90th Anniversary this year. This historic dude ranch opened in 1926 and has been operated by five generations of the Turner family. This iconic Wyoming dude ranch is known for its authentic American Western vacation experience and has been hosting guests from all over the world. Read more
Spring is a fantastic time for dude ranch vacations. Whether it’s a spring break escape with the family in Arizona or a late May or early June guest ranch vacation further north, the Spur Alliance has the right options to match your vacation interests. Some dude ranches feature special packages and deals during the spring season as well.
Spring’s gorgeous weather is perfect for the kinds of vacation activities that guest ranches offer. Those seeking a warm weather spring dude ranch vacation should head for the Spur Alliance’s dude ranches in Arizona. Both White Stallion Ranch and Tanque Verde Ranch offer exceptional horseback riding for guests, with rides to match a wide variety of abilities and age ranges.
Spring is a great time to take a dude ranch vacation. The weather is gorgeous and temperatures are perfect for horseback riding, hiking and other active sports. Non-holiday periods during the spring can also be an excellent time to find good deals on airfares and rental cars as well.
Families generally take their spring guest ranch vacations during school holiday periods in March and April. Some schools finish up in late May, allowing parents and kids to head out on vacation during the first two weeks of June. Other than these time periods, guests at dude ranches are typically couples, solo travelers, and adults-only groups.