Cattle Drive Vacations

Cattle drive vacations are a real highlight at dude ranches, offering you the opportunity to submerse into true cowboy culture. Whether you're a beginner, novice or advanced rider, cattle drives are the ultimate and most authentic way to experience the western lifestyle on your dude ranch vacation and horseback riding holiday.

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Badger Creek Ranch
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Adults
  • Capacity

    6
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Bed & Breakfast
  • Open

    May-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    90 miles
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Bar W Guest Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    42
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    Jan-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    16 miles
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Bitterroot Ranch
Wyoming, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    30
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    May-Sep
  • Nearest Airport

    81 miles
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Bonanza Creek
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Adults
  • Capacity

    12
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Bed & Breakfast
  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nearest Airport

    100 miles
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Brush Creek Ranch
Wyoming, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    150
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Jun-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    13 miles
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Burnt Well Guest Ranch
New Mexico, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    10
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Self-catering vacation rental
  • Open

    All year
  • Nearest Airport

    30 miles
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C Lazy U Ranch
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    100
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    10 miles
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Chico Basin Ranch
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    6
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    Jan-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    35 miles
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Double Rafter Cattle Drives
Wyoming, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    20
  • Ranch Type

    Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nearest Airport

    30 miles
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Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
British Columbia, Canada

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    50
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Open

    Jan, Apr-Oct, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    0 miles
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Estancia Ranquilco
Neuquen, Argentina

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    8
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Apr, Nov-Dec
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High Lonesome Ranch
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    45
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Dec
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Latigo Ranch
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Kids - all ages
  • Capacity

    35
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Mar, Jun-Sep, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    65 miles
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Los Banos Ranch
Arizona, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    14
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Bed & Breakfast
  • Open

    Jan-May, Aug-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    55 miles
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Malibu Dude Ranch
Pennsylvania, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    200
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    All year
  • Nearest Airport

    47 miles
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McGinnis Meadows
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Adults
  • Capacity

    20
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Apr-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    70 miles
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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Pampering, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    85
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Open

    May-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    41 miles
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Rancho Las Cascadas
Mexico, Mexico

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    28
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Open

    All year
  • Nearest Airport

    50 miles
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Rowse's 1+1 Ranch
Nebraska, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Adults
  • Capacity

    10
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On
  • Open

    May-Oct, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    90 miles
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Siwash Lake Ranch
British Columbia, Canada

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    28
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Safari Ranch
  • Open

    May-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    140 miles
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Sweet Grass Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    22
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nearest Airport

    130 miles
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The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch
Wyoming, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    25
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Open

    Feb-Nov
  • Nearest Airport

    55 miles
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The Resort at Paws Up
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    225
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Open

    Jan, Apr-Oct, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    35 miles
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Triple Creek Ranch
Montana, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, Kids - age 16+
  • Capacity

    60
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Safari Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Feb, May-Oct, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    40 miles
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Vista Verde
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Pampering, Kids - age 6+
  • Capacity

    45
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Mar, Jun-Sep, Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    40 miles
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White Stallion Ranch
Arizona, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    75
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Open

    Jan-Dec
  • Nearest Airport

    28 miles
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Zapata Ranch
Colorado, USA

  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, People of all ages
  • Capacity

    30
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch, Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Safari Ranch, Bed & Breakfast
  • Open

    Mar-Oct
  • Nearest Airport

    28 miles
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If looking for the true cowboy experience that is geared towards all experience levels, a cattle drive vacation might just be what was ordered. This vacation will offer a rider the perfect opportunity to experience the western type of lifestyle while being on a ranch.

Working ranch vacations are a sure bet when it comes to cattle drives, as cattle work is an everyday part of ranch life for these working operations. For a real cattle drive experience, take your ranch vacation on a working ranch's annual fall roundup, which normally takes place in the October. Many guest ranches, too, run cattle over their ranches to offer guests the chance to take part in real cattle drives on their guest ranch vacations. Dude ranch vacations are less cattle-oriented, although some Top50 dude ranches do offer more than just horse trekking or trail riding, running small cattle herds over the ranch to allow guests to experience the thrill of a cattle drive.

Although some guest ranches and dude ranches don't offer cattle drives, many offer the opportunity to do cattle work in the arena - such as team penning and cutting lessons. And some ranches offer more advanced horseback riders the thrilling opportunity to ride with bison, making for unique, fast and furious cattle drives.

Top50 can offer you several different ranches to select from while at the same time letting the vacationer build the vacation of a lifetime while sticking with the experience level that is needed and recommended.

By Jody Dahl