Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US


While honeymoon sites are attractive, real men usually look for high quality-guy-time. What better way to spend these moments than in one of Americas homiest dude ranches? Imagine riding on horseback through the damp Colorado meadow. Its just a little past sunrise and youre looking at the purple shades of distant mountains. Soon enough, you see the Continental Divide and the vast Western wilderness sits right in front of you.

Later, you ride back to your lodgings and you dismount your steed to a sizzling, wholesome breakfast cooked over charcoal fire. For city slickers such as yourself and the rest of the gang, nothing spells “icon Western” better than that.

The Dude Ranchers Association lists the best manly-man ranches you can visit across the country. Go ahead and line up fly-fishing, horseback riding, and spa activities to your liking with these top-notch relaxation sites. Theyre for real city cowboys, of course.

A Bar A Ranch

If you ever find yourself in Wyoming, A Bar A is definitely worth a visit. This ranch was founded in the 1920s and its one of Americas oldest and biggest dude ranches. It sits on 140,000 acres of rolling hills, valleys, rich pastures, and well-preserved woods. The places insurance policy also doesnt require you to ride with a wrangler. That is, as long as you know exactly what youre doing.

As dude ranches go, the property is a nice fusion of every serious horsemans haven, and a city-slickers private deluxe resort. Aside from all that nature, A Bar A keeps a well-maintained tennis court, an impressive golf course, and even a spa. For dinner, youre sure to be gastronomically pleased with the house-chef who fixes Grade A Cordon-Bleu and more.

The property can accommodate up to 100 guests and keeps 130 horses. Your horse will be matched with your built and your temperament. You can choose to ride twice a day with or without your little kids. You can also go for a trek so you can explore the Savage Run Wilderness.

Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

Driving down Solvang, California, youll find Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. This is one of the most secluded vacation spots for Hollywood royalties. It opened in 1946, and has been luring city slickers since then. The ranch has two 18-hole golf courses, a private fishing pond, tennis courts, a natural body of water for boating, a high-end spa, and enough activities for serious fishers.

There are no television sets in their rooms so you wont get distracted from enjoying your nature retreat. The property has 50 miles-worth of trails so you can enjoy horseback rides through hills and gorgeous sycamore groves. You have to pack a lot of formal clothing here because youll need to dress properly for meals, in this property.

Whats special about these digs is that you can ride as much as you want. Youll also be given a cowboy per person so you can enjoy trail rides, wildlife viewing and sunset rides without worrying about your safety. The property can accept 230 guests and it keeps 100 horses.

Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

Clear Creek Guest Ranch

If you just happen to be in North Carolina, consider staying at Clear Creek Guest Ranch. This property sits at the Smoky Mountains and is right next door to Pisgah National Forest. This means that its perfect for trail rides. The owners of the ranch also provide western staples like rodeos and outdoor stake cookouts which are bound to make you forget that youre actually on the East of Mississippi.

The riding experience here isnt one-on-one, but youre definitely not going to share your guide with more than seven other guests. Kids who are older than five-years-old are allowed to ride. You can go on trail rides twice a day. The property is pretty cozy and smaller than most dude ranches. It can accommodate up to 68 guests and maintains a total of 70 horses.

Hideout at Flitner Ranch

Another ranch worth visiting in Wyoming is the Hideout at Flitner Ranch. This secluded property sits on 150,000 acres of natural Western terrain. What makes it unusual compared to other dude ranches is that it welcomes families, but it has no activities lined up for the children. In summer, its a genuine cattle ranch which is run widely by the guests themselves. Youre definitely asking for the real cowboy experience here.

Despite the rougher activity lineups, though, you can still enjoy fine dining and top-notch spa services. Rides in this property vary, depending on your preferences. You can ask for a guided ride through quasi-desert terrain, a trail ride through an Alpine forest, or a ride through craggy canyons.

Skilled guests can also choose to do cattle work for a day or two, which includes moving the cattle to summer pasture and maybe even branding. Despite the vastness of the property, the ranch only accepts 25 guests. There are plenty of horses, though: eighty as of the latest count.

Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

Latigo Ranch

Of course, this list wont be complete if we fail to mention one of the best ranches in Kremmling, Colorado. The Latigo Ranch offers a specialized riding experience for all of its guests. Surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest, you can enjoy trail rides through aspen groves, sage brushes, open meadows, and pine forests. You can bring your kids and enjoy a well-balanced time with the family, and separate activities for adults only.

Breakfast and dinner are usually coupled with family trail rides. During lunchtime, adults pack trips and leave their kids under the careful supervision of the ranchs staff who fixes safe and entertaining outings for them. The riding experience in this ranch is perfect for beginners because it focuses on instruction. The program is directed at making each guest an independent rider.

Ideally, student-guests will be able to lope by the end of the week. Of course, this is still voluntary. Youre encourages to take the leap but you wont be forced to do so. The ranch accommodates a maximum of 35 guests and owns between 70 and 90 horses.

Top 5 Most Impressive Dude Ranches in the US

By Journey ETC



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