Family Dude Ranch Vacations.

Of all the family travel holidays there are out there. A family Dude Ranch Vacation is probably more traditional than most. What got me looking into this type of holiday package was the TV.  I was flicking through the Channel Guide on my TV, and came across a few old Western Movies, that were showing throughout the weekend.
Winchester ’73 – 1950.
The Big Country – 1958.
The Magnificent Seven – 1960.

I did say old, the point is, it was those movies that got me thinking about, Dude Ranch Vacations for families.  Because those Old Westerns were all about “The “Family” and “The “Land”.

I’ve been doing some research into vacations held on a ranch.  I don’t mind saying that I was happily surprised at the number of dude ranch vacation packages available. There are dozens, from working ranches to luxury ranch life. I found information on ranches in more than 27+ US States from Arkansas to Wyoming, plus Alberta and British Columbia in Canada.  If you’ve never thought about this type of family vacation before, here’s some information that might be worth looking into as an alternative to your usual holiday break.

Sticking with the family theme, I checked out a number of different sources and choose three ranches that would suit most families. The vacations I picked out will also suit families with young children. The three US States I chose, were based on some of the old Western Movies I use to watch and where those movies were said to be located. I am seriously thinking a bout putting a dude ranch vacation on my list of places to go.

My Dude Ranch Picks.

1. Arizona – White Stallion Ranch.

Singles, couples, families and small corporate groups are welcomed at this Arizona Guest Ranch. Located in Sonoran desert, this ranch is 3,000 acres opposite Saguaro Nat’l. Monument West.

Amenities & Activities:
Airport Transportation, Internet Connection, Hot Tub, Massages, Indoor & Outdoor Games, Hiking, Trail Rides, Horseback Instruction, Tennis, Swimming, Fitness Center, Bar, Conference Facilities, Petting Zoo, Laundry Facilities, Gift Shop & more.

Operating Months:
All Year-Round, 12 months of the year.

Rates: Depending on the time of the year.

Single $198 – $276 per day – $1316 – $1878 weekly rates
Double $164 – $248 per day – $1,092 – $1,652 weekly rates
Deluxe Singles, Deluxe Doubles & Deluxe Suite for families differ.
Tax & gratuity apply.


2. California – Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch.

This ranch is located in Plumas County, close to Quincy, California, Set in the High Sierra, and welcomes families, couples & singles.

Amenities & Activities:
Children’s Programs, Fishing, Hiking, Dancing, Swimming Pool, Horseback Riding, Wagon Rides, Rodeos, Roping, Hay Rides, Bar, Bird Watching, Massages & Weddings. The accommodations are various size Lodges or Cabins.

Operating Months:
May – November.

Full Week Summer Packages – Lower rates in the Spring an other Seasons. Family Dude Ranch Vacations.2
Adult Aged 16+ – $1,811 – $1,630
Junior Aged 6-15 years – $1,377 – $1,239
Child (3-5 years)     N/A     $905
No cost for children under 3 years old.            
Tax & gratuity apply.

3. Texas – Mayan Dude Ranch Bandera.

Located 47 miles of San Antonio, the Ranch has retained the old west style of ranch life, but has added luxury accommodations and plenty of amenities. It is owned for over 50 years by the Hicks family, and covers 348 acres of land.

Amenities & Activities:
Dancing, Roping, Horseback Riding, Trail Rides, Hay Rides, Hiking, Fishing, Swimming, Tennis, Laundry Facilities, Internet Connection, Group Facilities, Conference Facilities.  Lodges or Cabins, plus the Guest House which is non-Smoking.

Operating Months:
All Year-Round, 12 months of the year.

Adults – Rock cottages &  Lodge rooms with adjoining twin room – $160 per day.
Children Aged 12 years and under – $80 per day.
Children Aged 13 – 17 years – $100 per day.
Tax & gratuity apply.

All these dude ranches sound like great fun. It would be hard for me to say which ranches would make the best family travel destination. I have yet to visit any of them. Far more useful to you, is for me to re-direct you a fabulous website I found with all the information you need. Including the ranches mentioned above.

For flights to any of these US States See: Expedia, Virgin Atlantic or Opodo are promoting cheap flights to the USA.

Photo 1 By: Samantha Villagran; Photo 2 By: Linnell Esler, Photo 3 By: Gayle Lindgren.