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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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