Rainbow Trout Ranch dude ranch fishing adventure

Dude & Guest Ranch Vacations: Your Ultimate Fishing Adventure!

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!

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Support the ‘Bridle Up Hope’ Foundation at Rainbow Trout Ranch this June

For the month of June, 10% of all proceeds (approx $250) will go directly to the Bridle Up Hope Foundation for young women struggling with depression. Read more

Spring Break at Tanque Verde 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!

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Hiking program at Paradise Guest Ranch

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.

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A couple of reasons why we love Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge

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.

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Body, Mind Equine – A Unique Experience at Flathead Lake Lodge

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. […]

Dude Ranches Are Awesome for Multi-Sport Adventure Vacations

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

Spur Alliance Ranches Give Back

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

How To Choose The Right Dude Ranch


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