Dude Ranch - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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For families, nothing quite beats the Dude Ranch experience. You get all the perks of living out your wild west fantasies without the pitfalls of mucking out stalls. There are tons of activities geared toward kids, where they will be supervised, allowing adults a chance to relax, play a round of golf, or just enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda of your private bungalow.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
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Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Raft & Ranch: Ultimate Western Vacation

ROW Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 248 / day
$ 1,738
From : $ 2,346
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Nez Perce National Historical Park in Spalding
  • Visit the world’s largest fish hatchery at the Dworshak Dam
  • Enjoy a ride in the Clearwater National Forest
  • Enjoy drive about two hours to our put-in on the Salmon River
  • Visit an ancient Chinese rock house
Visits:
Idaho, Lewiston, United States
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Grand Canyon Rafting -- Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch

O.A.R.S
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 368 / day
$ 2,578
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Grand Canyon Rafting on the Colorado River
  • Explore Redwall Cavern & Nautiloid Canyon
  • Hike to Nankoweep & explore Native American ruins
  • Raft 19 major rapids like Unkar, Hance, Sockdolager & Grapevine
  • Lees Ferry rafting to Phantom Ranch ends with a hike out on Bright Angel Trail
Visits:
Grand Canyon, United States
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All Inclusive Ranch Vacations

6 days
$ 348 / day
$ 2,085
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Work with cattle under the guidance of experienced cowboys
  • Ride horses with experienced and skilled wranglers
  • Learn how to fly-fish
  • Enjoy canoeing and kayaking
  • Hike in the Big Horn Mountains
Visits:
United States
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Fly Fishing Vacation

5 days
$ 1,000 / day
$ 5,000
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Learn the art of fly-tying 
  • Receive personalized casting lessons and riverside instruction from outstanding guides
  • Pull up your waders and venture into the stream for a one or two-hour fishing adventure on Rock Creek.
  • Explore Montana waterways
  • Enjoy solitary
Visits:
Montana, United States
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Stoney Creek

6 days
$ 234 / day
$ 1,403
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Banff National Park, Canada
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Northern Lights Adventure at Muktuk Ranch

4 days
$ 350 / day
$ 1,401
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore and relax in the unique setting of Muktuk Ranch
  • Three nights of spectacular outdoor Aurora viewing
  • Get outside with dog sledding and snowmobiling adventures
  • Try out snowshoeing and ice fishing
Visits:
Whitehorse, Canada
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Montana Dude Ranch Vacation

7 days
$ 571 / day
$ 3,998
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a seven-day vacation with abundance of recreation
  • Experience Family style western cuisine
  • Spend your family vacation in cozy lodge atmosphere
Visits:
Glacier National Park, Montana, United States
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Sundance Explorer

3 days
$ 250 / day
$ 750
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Visits:
Banff National Park, Canada
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3-Day Las Vegas New Year's Eve Holiday W/ Overnig ...

3 days
$ 268
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • NYE countdown and fireworks on the Las Vegas strip<br/>
  • One night stay in Grand Canyon West<br/>
  • BBQ Ribs Dinner Included
Visits:
Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, United States
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Ultimate Old West: The White Stallion Ranch With ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 192 / day
$ 1,149
From : $ 1,551
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Set out on gentle horseback trail rides amid your striking surroundings
    • Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and see more than 300 live animal species and 1,300 species of plants in their natural habitats
    • Gaze at the stars with a local expert and sing cowboy songs around a bonfire
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    Magic of the Mexican Highlands

    13 days
    $ 261 / day
    $ 3,390
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Visits:
    Mexico
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    Art Week

    7 days
    $ 371 / day
    $ 2,600
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Enjoy special week’s art focus with a wonderful instructor
    • Discover the vast mountain ranges, ride alongside a creek, or lope across a meadow
    • Take guided nature hikes in the mountains and forests
    • Try your hand at archery
    • Shop at Durango’s many charming boutiques and galleries
    Visits:
    United States
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    A Rocky Mountain Escape

    7 days
    $ 500 / day
    $ 3,500
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Visits:
    United States
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    US - Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Hiking Tour

    4 days
    $ 324 / day
    $ 1,295
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Guided trek
    • Spectacular scenery; unique on Earth
    • Hike takes you along the Colorado River
    • Enjoy hiking the beautiful Clear Creek and River Trails
    • Ascent the Bright Angel Trail to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village
    Visits:
    Arizona, Grand Canyon, United States
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    Top Dude Ranch Experiences and Attractions

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    Riding horses through classic American west landscapes

    Golfing in the warm summer sun

    Gourmet meals after a long day of activity

    Attending an authentic rodeo with events like barrel racing and calf roping

    Trying your hand at handling a lasso

    Learning how to take care of horses and spending time around the stable

    Attending a ranch wide BBQ and learning how to line dance

    Taking a western-style jumping class

    Getting up early for a “breakfast ride” where a classic western breakfast awaits after a beautiful horse ride in the sunrise

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    For families, nothing quite beats the Dude Ranch experience. You get all the perks of living out your wild west fantasies without the pitfalls of mucking out stalls. There are tons of activities geared toward kids, where they will be supervised, allowing adults a chance to relax, play a round of golf, or just enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda of your private bungalow.

    Dude Ranch or Guest Ranch - What’s the Difference?

    While the lines are fairly blurred, the main difference to be aware of when searching for a ranch trip is that Guest Ranch typically implies more luxury and more varied activities available - both for kids and adults. A Dude Ranch tends to be more heavily focused on horse and ranch activities, accommodations will be nice but on the more rustic side.

    The Experience of the American West

    Dude Ranches are not just the most fun a kid (or adult) could ask for - they are a window into the old west - albeit a romantic one. Many ranches will put on rodeos, featuring classic events like barrel racing, herding and lasso contests, and bucking broncos.

    Many ranches have historical roots - having hosted cowboys, visitors, and travelers making the proverbial and legendary “move west” since the 1800s. This dose of authenticity contributes to the entire aura when you stay at a Dude Ranch. Line dancing, BBQs, cowboy poetry, and classic western country music may also play a role during your visit. On trail rides, guides will point out local wildlife, and provide historical context to the ranch.

    Popular Dude Ranch Destinations

    California: While many may not think of California when they think of the stereotypical American West, there is a wealth of cowboy heritage to be found. California attracted the seekers of manifest destiny as well as experienced the boom of gold seekers in the 1880s. It is the pinnacle of “west” being that it’s the furthest west these explores could venture (on the mainland at least).

    Colorado: The truly intrepid faced the Rocky Mountains and decided they could be climbed. But a fast majority (understandably!) settled in the lands east of the imposing mountain range. A rich cowboy heritage is alive and well in Colorado, where you can ride in view of the mountains.

    Wyoming: Wyoming is one of the only states that still seems largely untouched. It’s somewhere to go to really get a sense of what the landscape would have looked and felt like for travelers across the plains. Perhaps a few less buffalo graze there today, but other than that, you’re sure to get a very authentic glimpse into the historic American West lifestyle.

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