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Top50’s Dude Ranchers’ Association Ranches

What Makes Dude Ranchers’ Association Ranches So Special?

The Dude Ranchers’ Association represents over 100 of the best Dude Ranch and Guest Ranch vacations in the Western USA.

The Dude Ranchers’ Association was formed in 1926 to preserve this special way of life and the wonderful environment in which dude ranching takes place. When you vacation at a Dude Ranchers’ Association Dude Ranch, you can be sure of a quality vacation.

Membership in the Association is a rigorous two-year inspection and approval process, to ensure that guests are treated to genuine Western hospitality combined with the lodging industry’s highest standards.

Dude Ranchers’ Association ranches offer all-inclusive vacations that are perfect for everyone; from the littlest rancher to Grandpa and Grandma. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, swimming, cycling, zip-lining, white-water rafting, rodeos, campfire sing-a-longs, Western dancing, fine dining and more await your discovery on your next Dude Ranch Vacation.

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Alisal Ranch

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

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 200
  • 30 miles

Badger Creek Ranch

Ideal for those looking for a working cattle ranch experience. The horses are their partners and horsemanship is the main focus. Instruction in all aspects of horsemanship (groundwork and riding) is provided by skilled and experienced horsemen

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • May-Oct
  • 10
  • 90 miles

Bonanza Creek

Real ranchers on a 250,000-acre ranch in a beautiful Montana mountainous setting. The landscape of the area is diverse, dramatic and expansive – from large valleys and open country, to steep peaks, to rushing rivers, to heavily timbered mountain sides

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jun-Sep
  • 12
  • 100 miles

Burnt Well Guest Ranch

The hospitality of the owners Kim and Patricia is unparalleled – fun warm and low-key

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 10
  • 30 miles

C Lazy U Ranch 

Excellent children's program. The Young Presidents Organization awarded C Lazy U the 'Best Parent-Child Program' award

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 95
  • 10 miles

Deep Canyon Guest Ranch 

If you are looking for a smaller ranch with a more intimate environment and awe-inspiring landscape, this is the ranch for you

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • May-Sep
  • 20
  • 85 miles

Elk Mountain Ranch

It's the highest guest ranch in Colorado sitting in the largest collection of peaks over 14,000 feet in the lower 48 states

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • May-Sep
  • 30
  • 100 miles

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Owners Meris and Seth have excellent horsemanship skills and their hospitality is impeccable!'

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Mar-Nov
  • 16
  • 214 miles

Gros Ventre River Ranch

The scenery is breathtaking: Located in the Grand Teton National Park, you can see the spectacular Tetons from the deck of the main lodge and the Gros Ventre River runs right through the property

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jun-Sep
  • 40
  • 12 miles

Latigo Ranch 

Offers guests a genuine and relaxing experience with horses and nature

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jan-Mar, Jun-Sep, Dec
  • 35
  • 65 miles

Lazy L&B Ranch

This ranch is ideal for families; there’s a safe, supervised children's riding program and activities – children are encouraged to get involved in the horse program from the first night of arrival. Kids love the natural freedom – they don’t want to come in at night!

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jun-Sep
  • 30
  • 60 miles

Lone Mountain Ranch 

This ranch really has synergy, the staff enjoy working together, and that transfers over to their relationship and care for each guest – they care about every aspect of your stay

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jan-Oct, Dec
  • 80
  • 48 miles

North Fork Ranch

Great location – just over 1 hour from Denver International Airport

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Apr-Oct
  • 30
  • 70 miles

Rainbow Trout Ranch

The perfect Colorado dude ranch vacation for adults, families, singles, couples, groups and anyone else who wants a family ranch vacation

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • May-Sep
  • 30 miles

Red Horse Mountain Ranch

The ranch embraces high adrenaline, adventure-based activities; from horseback riding and zip-lining, to their signature climbing wall, all set on a 300,000 acre playground. They also offer endless adventure opportunities for children: kayak, archery, horse riding, bike riding and even plinking – horseback riding for three-year-olds

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • May-Oct
  • 60
  • 30 miles

The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch  

The staff at The Hideout will make your stay memorable; they are detail-oriented, down-to-earth and service-driven

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Apr-Oct
  • 25
  • 65 miles

The Home Ranch 

Open year-round, you can enjoy the best of every season in stunning Colorado

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jan-Mar, Jun-Oct, Dec
  • 45
  • 50 miles

Tombstone Monument Ranch

Unique Old West decor and atmosphere – you feel as if you are in another place and time

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 36
  • 70 miles

Vista Verde 

Outstanding riding facilities, including an indoor heated arena for winter riding, lessons and clinics geared toward all riding levels, and their high-end horse program means you know you're riding top horses

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • Jan-Mar, Jun-Sep, Dec
  • 52
  • 40 miles

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch 

Authentic hospitality: Guests have commented on how welcome and at home they feel. Being family owned and operated means the family is involved in the daily operation of the ranch. There are no corporate holdings or off-ranch owners, just a true, family-owned and operated facility.

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 20
  • 90 miles

White Stallion Ranch

Stunning desert location offers diverse riding and hiking terrain, amidst mountains and towering cacti

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • All year
  • 85
  • 28 miles