Top50's pick of the best packages and offers
The High Lonesome Dude Ranch's Tenderfoot package is ideal for those with limited time and budgets. The 4-night vacation includes 3 days of activities, with fly fishing, wild horse tours, winery tours, mountain biking and more to choose from. $1,695 for adults and $995 for kids – under 3s go free! Rates exclude taxes, service fee and transfers
Ladies, listen up! High Lonesome's All Ladies week on 18–24 August is the perfect way for moms, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and friends to reconnect.
Four and six-night packages available.
For a long, lazy August weekend, head to Tod Mountain Ranch in BC, Canada, on 5 August. Arrive on Friday to a sumptuous dinner, ride to your heart's content on Saturday and Sunday, and saddle up one last time on Monday morning.
$845/person, all-inclusive rate, excludes taxes
Short on time? All you need is a weekend at Colorado's C Lazy U Ranch! For August 20–23 and 25–30, and 30–Sept 1 only, these 3-night short packages include a kids' program, nightly entertainment, luxury lodging, gourmet meals, horseback riding and a host of ranch activities. Prices vary according to date, enquire on booking.
If you like it hot, you'll love Rancho Las Cascadas' amazing 50% discount for children*. The Mexico luxury dude ranch lets kids be kids, whether it's in the pool, on horseback on at the barnyard – and all at a great price!
*Offer valid until December 2013, for ages 14 and under sharing with 2 full paying adults.
Save upto 35% from August 31–September 28! Lone Mountain Guest Ranch in Montana, USA, is slashing up to 35% of its ranch vacations*. These adults/teens only months include horseback riding, Yellowstone tours, BBQs and live music, making these 4–7 night all-inclusive stays great value.
*From $310pp/pn, discount depends on number of guests/length of stay, enquire for details
Got the bottle? Arrive an enthusiast and leave a connoisseur, with Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch's Wine Week on Aug 25 to Sept 1 (from $2,380 per couple) and August to Sept 1 (from $1,110 per couple). Sip and chat on the porch with 'The Wine Heretic' John Alonge as you enjoy tastings, seminars and ranch activities on these all-inclusive packages.
Saddle Up and Celebrate!
Great ways to spend the holidays – western style!
Triple Creek Ranch's Montana Thanksgiving from Nov 21–Dec 1 combines a great American tradition with western cowboy culture. Enjoy an epic feast in Big Sky country, alongside cowboy lore and hands-on fun. Fine food and wine, the scent of pine forests and majestic mountains await, for a truly special Thanksgiving weekend.
Head to Echo Valley Ranch and Spa in Canada for BC Day Long Weekend on August 3–5. Relax or get active, with your choice of either a half-day horseback ride and fly fishnig lesson, OR a 30-min Thai Herbal Steam Bath and 30-min Scalp Massage included in this all-inclusive 2-night break. Did we mention the bottomless cookie jar?
Celebrate Canada Day from June 28–July 1 at BC's Tod Mountain Ranch. At just $745 per person (excluding taxes), Canada Day Weekend offers 3 nights of all-inclusive ranch fun, from the moment you arrive at dinner on Friday until lunch on Monday after one last morning ride.
Spend Labor Day weekend at Tod Mountain and enjoy the annual Barriere Fall Fair & Rodeo - its all-inclusive 3-night package includes a trip to Saturday's rodeo and dinner at a local restaurant, and a full day's riding on the Sunday – all for just $845* per person!
*Rate excludes taxes
For a great family Labor Day, head to C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado, USA, and spend the last long weekend of the summer together on its exclusive 3-night package (normally minimum 7-night stay), complete with the ranch's renowned children's program.
To your arts content
Unleash your artistic side with these cultural specials
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, USA, introduces its Wilderness Workshops. Drum Circle Madness, from July 8–20, will see renowned musicians Scott Besaw and Scott Schaefer conduct drum circles and sing-a-long activities for kids and adults alike. And from August 5–10, Yarn Antics and Bombing will see Suzanne Tidwell teaching her amazing art of yarn bombing. Join her for a knit-in by campsfire or for crafts at the Kids Corps of Discovery – all among majestic pines on a stunning 37,000 acre ranch.
Local author John Rember will visit Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch on June 18, July 19 and 23, August 20 and September 10, to sit around the fire and offer ranch guests his perspective on the area and its rich culture and history. Listen to John's fireside readings during your horseback riding vacation at this authentic Idaho ranch.