Saddle up! 5 Dude Ranches for the perfect 2024 family vacation
Wide open spaces, unforgettable sunsets, and a taste of the Wild West. Does it get better than that?
Are you dreaming of the perfect family vacation for 2024? Saddle up and join us for a ride through wide open spaces, unforgettable sunsets, and a true taste of the Wild West. We’ve rounded up five of the Dude Ranchers Association member ranches that promise a blend of tradition, nature and hospitality…each with their own distinct personalities.
This article is sponsored by the Dude Ranchers Association.
From Wyoming’s Lazy L&B Ranch, with its vibrant landscape, to the charm of Idaho’s all-inclusive Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, there’s a getaway for every family. Colorado’s historic Cherokee Park Ranch takes in the Rocky Mountains and all they have to offer, while Wyoming’s CM Ranch brings you closer to the beauty of the Shoshone National Forest. And for those looking for the perfect mix between past and present? Arizona’s Rancho de los Caballeros awaits. One of the best parts? These all-inclusive ranches, all members of the Dude Ranchers Association, include three meals a day! Cowboys rejoice.
Let one of these farms turn your 2024 vacation into an unforgettable family memory.
Lazy Farm L&B
Indulge yourself in the Lazy L&B Ranch experience! Nestled among 80,000 acres of stunning scenery, from lush cottonwood riverbeds to alpine views and painted mesas, this family-run ranch promises unique horseback riding and endless adventures. Families can enjoy the petting zoo, go fishing, or even participate in square dancing and the local rodeo in DuBois!
Craving some downtime? Relax in the historic inn at Lazy L&B Ranch with a book or game and enjoy homemade meals. And yes, for the modern cowboy, there is Wi-Fi! It’s a holiday designed just for you.
the Livestock Breeders Association
These five ranches are members of the Dude Ranchers Association. If you are looking for a reputable farm to choose for a family vacation, Be sure to start at the Dude Ranchers Association website! This nearly 100-year-old organization remains committed to the same principles on which it was founded: horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty, and heart. These principles are the heart and soul of every member ranch of the Dude Ranchers Association.
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is located in the scenic Idaho wilderness. Enjoy the ranch’s grand lodge or find peace in a secluded log cabin. Saddle up and traverse the historic landscape of a fifth-generation ranch, admire the local wildlife, and even take a refreshing swim at Grouse Creek Falls.
Plus, you’ll enjoy Chef Kelly’s delicious meals, made with local, organic ingredients, including farm-raised beef. Comfort and authentic Western hospitality await you at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.
Cherokee Park Ranch
Nestled in the stunning Rocky Mountains of Livermore, Colorado, Cherokee Park Ranch has been promising unforgettable family vacations, vacations, reunions, and honeymoons since 1886. The ranch’s motto is “Come as a stranger, leave as a family”—which is evident on approximately 86% of Visitors are back!
Your family can enjoy many activities, such as horseback riding, fishing, skeet shooting, art classes, and even river tubing. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals that will suit any cowboy’s appetite. Stay in Cherokee Park Ranch’s historic log lodge suites or choose a cabin where you can relax in hammocks, with the peaceful river and local wildlife like elk, bald eagles and coyotes as your backdrop. Perfection.
Located adjacent to the Shoshone National Forest and not far from Yellowstone National Park, CM Ranch promises tradition and excitement for families, from breakfast horseback riding through the vast landscape to relaxed evening arena dances. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional horseback rider, there’s a horse for everyone. During the day you can ride, fish, hike, swim, picnic, participate in activities, or relax with your book as you please. Evenings can be spent at a local rodeo, a cookout, or playing softball, horseshoes, or volleyball in the park.
You’ll enjoy specially prepared meals overlooking scenic Jakeys Fork Creek and relax after your day in creekfront cabins. A mix of experienced ranchers and lively students ensures a warm and inclusive atmosphere.
It was established in 1948 and extends over an area of 20,000 acres of the high Sonoran Desert. Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg offers timeless charm. Stunning views and exemplifies Southwest hospitality. With a history rich in tradition, Rancho de los Caballeros blends the allure of the past with modern luxuries. Guests can enjoy golfing, cycling, spa sessions and dinner under the stars. Whether you’re in a rustic farmhouse room or a luxurious Maricopa Suite, every stay is infused with tradition, nature and unparalleled personal service. On this farm, you are not just a guest. You are family.
Are you ready to spend your 2024 family vacation in a western paradise? Get ready to enjoy picturesque locations, comprehensive facilities, horse riding and delicious meals. Find out more and book your 2024 family holiday now …and let the authentic American West become an unforgettable part of your family’s traditions and memories.
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