Dude Ranches for Family Vacations

Dude RanchesWhile many of our spring break picks have involved beaches and warm weather, there are lots of other spring break ideas that may work better for your family.  One of the family vacations that I’m hoping to do one year is a dude ranch family vacation.  Most of them are located in gorgeous areas of the United States, and include lots of different activities including horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting, yoga, and cooking classes.  Events, meals, and activities are generally included in the cost of your spring break dude ranch family vacation!

If you are interested in trying out one of the more than 100 dude ranches for your family vacation, the Dude Ranchers’ Association is where you want to start.  Ranches accredited by the DRA uphold a high standard of services and you’ll know that you are staying at a quality ranch.

The Dude Ranchers’ Association provided us with information on some great deals at family-friendly dude ranches.

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Sylvan Dale’s Spring Break Ranch Camp continues the tradition of outdoor adventure and fun for the whole family. Ranch Camp offers kids a variety of ranch activities that allow them to learn and gain a greater appreciation for the natural world and the Western way of life. Camp activities at this Colorado dude ranch include horseback riding lessons, trail rides, trail hikes, scavenger hunts, fishing and ranch chores.

Ranch camp is available for kids ages 8 to 12 and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost per child is $398 for the full week, including all activities and morning snacks. Families can join their campers by adding a special B&B stay of two, three or four nights in one of Sylvan Dale’s cozy cabins along the Big Thompson River. Special family-friendly pricing is available upon request. Space is limited.

The Home Ranch
Spring break at The Home Ranch in Colorado is all about unwinding, enjoying the snow, and soaking in the sunshine a spring break vacation requires. Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding in the snow, sleigh rides, cooking classes and more. This guest ranch is known for cuisine, offered family-style at long ranch tables. Rates include all meals, ranch activities, equipment, lessons, guides, and transportation to the Steamboat ski area and Hayden airport.

Hidden Meadow Ranch
Children 11 and under get to stay free during the month of March in honor of spring break at this Arizona ranch! Take advantage of the last opportunity to enjoy winter activities like sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, powder horseback riding and, of course, plenty of snowballs, snowmen and snow angels. Surrounded by majestic national forest, Hidden Meadow Ranch has been recognized as the “Most Excellent Ranch” multiple times by Condé Nast Johansen’s Guide.

To learn more, visit the Dude Ranchers Association website.

Photo credit: Dude Ranchers Association

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About Jodi Grundig

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She started blogging in 2007 on her popular review site Mom's Favorite Stuff and after doing quite a bit of family traveling, decided to launch her own travel blog. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, eight-year old son, ten-year old daughter, and Havanese dog.

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