Inexpensive Dude Ranch Vacation Ideas

Inexpensive Dude Ranch Vacations #1:

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, in northwest Arkansas, is a great place for the family to enjoy the dude ranch experience. Their rates are all-inclusive making it easy to plan the vacation budget. Plus they have special rates for families and non-horseback-riders. You can save even more by scheduling your trip off-season. Their log cabin accommodations are comfortable and roomy for families up to seven members.

You get an excellent selection of kids programs, western-style home cooking, scenic trail rides through the Ozark Mountains, evening campfires, ice-cream socials plus a wide variety of other activities to choose from.

There’s a cool rock climbing spot at the ranch that’s good for beginners as well as more experienced climbers.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch has the longest zip-line in the state. You can swim, target shoot, and play Frisbee golf….and so much more. Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is more than just a dude ranch for horseback riding; it’s an adventure vacation for the whole family.

Inexpensive Dude Ranch Vacations #2:

The Circle Z Ranch has been providing guest ranch vacations since 1926. They have a great location along the Sonoita Creek in the Santa Rita Mountains near the Mexico & Arizona border. The 6,500 acre ranch has loads of trails underneath the surrounding cottonwood and sycamore trees.

The nearby Patagonia-Sonoita Nature Reserve is home to many bird species so the ranch is popular with bird watchers.

The accommodations are colorful adobe cottages that are full of Southwest charm. The main lodge has a great panoramic view of the mountains. The rides are on gentle ranch-trained western horses. You pick your horse right away keep the same horse throughout the week.

Inexpensive Dude Ranch Vacations #3:

The Vee Bar Guest Ranch is a family-friendly dude ranch near Laramie, Wyoming. Their rates are reasonable, especially in the winter when they operate as a bed and breakfast. Plus they have special rate packages such as the Ski’n Stay Package which includes discounts to the Snowy Range Ski Area.

Some of the fun activities at the Vee Bar include fly fishing, hayrides, trap shooting, camping, herding cattle, and river tubing.

The ranch sits at the foot of the Snowy Range Mountains so the view is great and there are lots of scenic hiking and riding trails. You can have fun fly fishing either on the ranch or in the mountains.

They have cozy comfortable cabins and informal western-style home cooked meals. The Vee Bar ranch makes a great romantic vacation spot as well as a week-long family horseback riding adventure.

Inexpensive Dude Ranch Vacations #4:

Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort is one of the more reasonably priced dude ranches around. It is located in the Catskill Mountains of New York so east coast residents can save the cost of a plane trip out west. They run seasonal all-inclusive family specials that also help make this an affordable ranch vacation destination.

Pinegrove Ranch is big on families. Their riding programs are designed to accommodate all ages and skill levels. They even have guided pony rides for the younger children. This also includes the other non-horseback riding activities.

The ranch has children's programs that allow everyone to get involved and have fun. Some of these activities include the cattle calling, campfire marshmallow roasts, rock climbing wall, baby animal farm, arts & crafts, swimming, fishing, paddle boating, nature hikes, tractor rides and hayrides.

Inexpensive Dude Ranch Vacations #5:

Paradise Guest Ranch, in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, is all about affordable family fun. Each person is matched with an appropriate horse your skill level. There are horseback riding day trips and overnight pack trips.

The kids have their own special overnight trip for their age group. You will stay in comfortable rustic western style cabins each with an outdoor deck.

Participate team cattle penning events. Fish for brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout in nearby Rock Creek. Rides up into the 13,000 foot high mountains provide superb photo opportunities and places to hike. Just 3 hours a way is Old faithful at Yellowstone Park. Buffalo Golf Club offers excellent golfing nearby.

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