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Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation

Put your cowboy (or cowgirl) boots on and hitch up your britches, because you’re going on a dude ranch vacation!

What is a dude ranch vacation, you ask? Touted as the “original Western vacation,” a dude ranch vacation is the dream of many horse people and non-horse people alike. Never has there been a greater time to visit your dream dude ranch than today. Dude ranches come in many shapes and sizes, so if you’re in the market for good mountain horseback riding, or a child-friendly dude ranch with a supervised children’s program, there are dude ranch vacations that’ll accommodate every family and budget.

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And dude ranch vacations don’t have to all be about ranch work. Whether you’re a beginner or expert rider, want an authentic working ranch experience or would just prefer some rest and relaxation, there’s a dude ranch vacation waiting for you.

Learn more about cattle ranch and dude ranch vacations in our free guide, Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation.

Time to embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl with that dude ranch vacation of your dreams.

Hat: check! Boots: check! Now to decide on the location for your dude ranch vacation?

Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your  Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation

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What is a dude ranch?

The term “dude,” which first appeared in print in 1870, originally referred to a person unfamiliar with the rural way of life. Not surprisingly, the concept of the “dude ranch” as a horse travel destination emerged soon afterwards.

Popular of dude ranches grew in the early 20th century as more and more ranchers started opening their homes and barns to paying guests. Dude ranch vacations allow you to enjoy amazing scenery, explore that nearby ghost town, sample gourmet ranch fare, and assist in the day-to-day working duties that keep a ranch operating.

At a dude ranch you’ll be able to indulge in horseback riding, be a part of cattle drives (even branding!) and get that hands-on experience that is just as much fun as it is rewarding work.

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Can anyone go to a dude ranch or cattle ranch?

Absolutely! Whether you’re a greenhorn or an expert rider, dude ranches and cattle ranches can accommodate different levels and ages. It’s important to remember, though, that you might pack in several hours of horseback riding a week. Avoid burning out after the first day by getting fit before you go—activities like swimming, walking and running are a great way to up your fitness levels and muscle endurance.

Experience the Picturesque West on the Back of a Horse

Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your  Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation

From historical locales to the hottest spots west of the Mississippi, our experts help you plan your western vacation in our FREE guide Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation.

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How do I plan a dude ranch vacation?

Which country? Which state? Mountains or desert? You’ll want to ask yourself these questions as you begin your search for the perfect dude ranch vacation.

According to the Dude Ranchers’ Association, there are three basic types of dude ranch and cattle ranch facilities:
The Traditional Dude Ranch: Riding, complemented by a variety of outdoor activities, is the primary focus of most traditional dude ranches.
The Working Dude Ranch: At working cattle or sheep operations, saddle time is oriented toward livestock-related work.
The Resort Dude Ranch: Though riding is also featured at these higher-end ranches, they are generally larger, more luxurious spreads that offer a diverse array of activities and onsite facilities.

You’ll find that there’s a dude ranch vacation to accommodate any skill level or budget. The Traditional Dude Ranch vacation or the Working Dude Ranch vacation are perfect options for those looking for authentic, “immersion-style” activities like cattle drives (complete with branding) or pack trips to overnight trail rides.

Or maybe you’re just looking to escape the rat race and explore gorgeous scenery with non-equestrian activities as well. From yoga to golf, fishing to archery, and even a little wine-tasting, there are activities for every member of the family, making the Resort Dude Ranch vacation the perfect fit for those that need a little R&R.

Our free guide, Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation, will help you sort through all of your dude ranch vacation options to find the best pick for you and your family.

Broaden Your Equestrian Horizons with a Trip to a Dude Ranch

Dude Ranch 101: What You Need to Play Cowboy (or Cowgirl) on Your  Cattle-Driving, Horseback-Riding Vacation

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