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California Ranch Vacations

California dude ranches combine incredible western horseback riding with foods, languages and traditions from across the globe. Top50 has selected the best California dude ranch vacations and guest ranch vacations for you to peruse.

Coined the 'Golden State', California is the perfect destination if you're looking for somewhere sunny, year-round and want to explore oceans, deserts and mountains during your western California ranch vacation.

Although the first thing that might spring to mind when you think of the US state of California is sun-kissed beaches, Hollywood entertainment and Napa Valley vineyards, it's actually a very diverse state. California is home to expansive redwood forests, arid deserts (including the famous Death Valley), long stretches of coastal countryside, and mountain ranges including the Cascade Mountains, the Tehachapi Mountains and the Sierra Nevadas. This all make for excellect horseback riding opportunities on a dude ranch vacation in California.


Rankin Ranch

There’s a wonderful supervised children’s program

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Mar-Oct
  • 50
  • 45 miles

Alisal Ranch

10,000 acres of privately-owned land in the beautiful California countryside

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 250
  • 30 miles