For a truly American adventure, try a ranch holiday which gives you the opportunity to experience life as a cowboy! From horse riding and bird watching, to campfires and barbecues, you’re in for a truly authentic stay. Have a look below at the different types of ranch you can choose to experience.

WHICH RANCHING HOLIDAY IS RIGHT FOR YOU

WORKING RANCH

Working ranches are the most basic of ranches, and offer the most authentic ranch experience. Guests will be required to take part in the day-to-day running of the ranch such as raising the livestock, driving the cattle and horses, and carrying out any ‘chores’ that need to take place during your stay. Lodging is basic with essential amenities, and very comfortable. Meal times are plentiful and are taken with the rest of the ranch employees.

Recommended stay: 5-7 nights

DUDE RANCH

Dude ranches are a place where you get to learn all about life on the ranch. You will be taught how to ride and care for horses as well as taking part in a range of activities from hiking and fishing to country dancing, BBQ’s and much more. Dude ranches are perfect for a family get away, with a fun and full weekly programme of activities. Accommodation is usually in spacious lodges or cabins.

Recommended stay: 3-5 nights

Click on the links below to explore Dude Ranches.

4.5* DIXIE DUDE RANCH

3* MAYAN DUDE RANCH

GUEST RANCH

Guest ranches are designed primarily to care for guests and offer a ranch atmosphere combined with a little more luxury than a typical dude ranch. Horse riding is the main focus at most guest ranches and any level whether novice or pro can take part. There is a more relaxed atmosphere at a guest ranch without a hectic activities programme. Simply relax by the pool during the day or take part in various activates as and when you please. Accommodation ranges from hotel style rooms, lodges and cabins.

Recommended stay: 2-6 nights

Click on the links below to explore Guest Ranches.

4* ROCKIN’ R RANCH

4.5* BAR W RANCH

RESORT RANCH

Resort ranches are a combination of dude and guest ranches and are the most luxurious. They are large resorts and offer all of the comforts and amenities you would expect a hotel to have. Some have tennis courts, hot tubs, spas and even fitness facilities. Daily activities will include horse riding, biking and fishing as well as a fully supervised children’s programme. Resort ranches are an ideal choice for families and provide lots of activities to keep everyone busy. Accommodation is superior in hotel-style rooms and suites.

Recommended stay: 2-7 nights

Click on the links below to explore Resort Ranches.

4* TANQUE VERDE RANCH

5* ZAPATA RANCH

 

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR SELECTION OF RANCH HOLIDAYS

4.5* DIXIE DUDE RANCH - Bandera, Texas



This traditional style guest and working ranch is located in the Texas Hill Country, outside of San Antonio. Lodging is rustic, but very comfortable with lots of modern amenities and facilities. Here at Dixie Dude, you can set your own pace, explore the Ranch on hiking trails and hunt for fossils and arrowheads. Other daily activities include horseback riding, swimming, hayrides, camp fire sing-a-longs, dancing and lots of Western fun. After a busy day, when the Chow bell rings, you’ll come running to savour one of the amazing home-cooked Texan meals. This Texas Ranch is the perfect Western getaway to share with family and friends and will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.

LOCATION – 725 acres near Bandera, nestled in the Texas Hill Country. Approx. 1 hr drive from San Antonio Int’l Airport.

ACCOMMODATION – Guest rooms (sleep up to 4) with private bath and air conditioning. Deluxe Cabins (sleep up to 4) with more floor space, television, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, private bath and air conditioning.

FACILITIES – 20 rooms • Dining room • Swimming pool • Hot tub • Fishing pond • Gift shop • Free parking • Volleyball • Horseback riding • Camp fire • BBQ’s • Evening entertainment

INCLUDED IN YOU DIXIE DUDE RANCH STAY

  • Ranch accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking trails
  • On-site ranch activities
  • Taxes, fees and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN YOU DIXIE DUDE RANCH STAY

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional activities that incur a fee.
  • No horseback riding on Sundays or on the day of check-in.

 

3* MAYAN DUDE RANCH - Bandera, Texas



Saddle up, head out into the hills, and experience the very best of ranching at the Mayan Dude Ranch. Sprawled across 340 acres of picturesque lowlands, this family run, working ranch is ideal for families or couples looking to experience life as a Texan Cowboy. Every morning starts with the heartiest breakfast you will have ever seen – Texas style. The days will then be spent moseying on down to the corral for a trail ride and enjoying cookouts with the cowboys in the wilderness. After a busy day, you can relax by the swimming pool, listening to some Country-Western music. The fun doesn’t stop at sundown, as there will be country dancing, campfires, cowboy tales and much more to keep you entertained throughout the evening.

LOCATION – North of San Antonio, set in the Hill Country of Central Texas. Approx. 1 hr drive from San Antonio Int’l Airport.

ACCOMMODATION – Lodge rooms (sleep up to 3) with one king bed, air conditioning and hairdryer. All lodge rooms sit atop the ranch’s highest areas, offering beautiful views of Bandera and the Hills.

FACILITIES – 68 rooms • Swimming pool • Dining room • Tennis • Campfires • Hayrides • Horseback riding • Fishing treks • BBQs • Basketball • Volleyball • Ping pong • Evening entertainment

INCLUDED IN YOU MAYAN DUDE RANCH STAY

  • Ranch accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking trails
  • On-site ranch activities
  • Beer & Wine
  • Taxes, fees and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN YOU MAYAN DUDE RANCH STAY

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Additional activities that incur a fee.
  • No horseback riding on Sundays or on the day of check-in.

 

4* ROCKIN’ R RANCH - Antimony, Utah



Surrounded by rolling hills, meadows and creeks, this 1,000-acre guest ranch by the East Fork Canal is a 2-mile drive from Otter Creek State Park in Utah. Here, cowboys brand cattle, grow and harvest crops, and now how to have fun at the end of the working day. Included in your stay are daily horse rides, activities like hay wagon rides, archery and inner tubing down the river, nightly entertainment, buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner.

LOCATION – On the east edge of Tucson, near the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. Approx. 45 mins drive from Tucson Int’l Airport.

ACCOMMODATION – Rooms (sleep up to 4) with ensuite facilities, wooden beds and free Wi-Fi. Suites add living areas with pull-out sofas, microwaves and mini fridges

FACILITIES – 41 rooms • Horse riding • Swimming pond • Games room • Dance hall • Children’s playground • Restaurant • Ice cream parlour • Archery range • Tennis/Basketball court • Fire pit • Bucking barrel • Volleyball • Gift shop

INCLUDED IN YOU ROCKIN’ R RANCH STAY

  • Ranch accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • Daily horseback riding
  • Arena activities (roping, barrel racing etc.)
  • Hay wagon Riding
  • Other on-site activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Taxes, fees and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN YOU ROCKIN’ R RANCH STAY

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Some advance trail rides
  • Skeet shooting
  • ATV rentals
  • No activities on a Sunday

 

4.5* BAR W RANCH - Whitefish, Montana


Set at the base of Spencer Mountain between two pine-covered ridges, the Bar W ranch offers a unique cowboy experience near Glacier National Park. Explore over 3000 acres of stunning landscape on horseback or take part in the many ranch activities. After a busy day relax and enjoy a home-cooked meal in the rustic lodge.

LOCATION – At the base of Spencer Mountain on Spencer Lake, Whitefish. Approx. 30 mins drive from Kalispell City Airport.

ACCOMMODATION – Standard rooms (sleep up to 2) are warmly decorated in a unique ranch style with private bathrooms.

FACILITIES – Restaurant • Bar • Games room • Horseback activities • Evening entertainment • Outdoor BBQ • Badminton • Mountain biking • Hiking • 3 daily meals • Free Wi-Fi

INCLUDED IN YOU BAR W RANCH STAY

  • Ranch accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking Trails
  • On-site ranch activities
  • Taxes, fees and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN YOU BAR W RANCH STAY

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional activities may incur a fee
  • No activities on a Sunday or on the day of check-in

 

4* TANQUE VERDE RANCH - Tucson, Arizona



Tanque Verde offers a unique ranch experience in the heart of Southern Arizona, nestled beneath the majestic Rincon Mountains. Explore the 60,000 acres of breathtaking desert landscape on horseback, enjoy a breakfast trek in the foothills and take advantage of the many outdoor activities this Resort Ranch has to offer. In the evening, you can dine on Southwestern cuisine and enjoy a prickly pear margarita in the Doghouse Saloon.

LOCATION – On the east edge of Tucson, near the foothills of the Rincon Mountains. Approx. 45 mins drive from Tucson Int’l Airport.

ACCOMMODATION – Salas rooms (sleep up to 4) are warmly decorated with Southwestern furnishings and private bathrooms.

FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES - 74 rooms • Restaurant • Bar • Swimming pools • Spa • Exercise room • Tennis • Kids’ program • Horseback activities • Mountain biking • Hiking • Outdoor BBQ • Fishing • 3 daily meals • Taxes & gratuities included

INCLUDED IN YOU TANQUE VERDE RANCH STAY

  • Ranch accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • On-site ranch activities
  • Fitness centre
  • Children’s program
  • Evening entertainment
  • Taxes, fees and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN YOU TANQUE VERDE RANCH STAY

  • Flights
  • Transfers

 

5* ZAPATA RANCH - Mosca, Colorado



The Zapata Ranch is a 103,000-acre ranch at the base of Southern Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains and shares a border with the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Guests can ride through the mountains and sand dunes to encounter and learn about the ranches free-roaming herd of 2,000 bison. At Zapata Ranch the activities are endless, making it easy to find fun for all of the family. You’re even welcome to participate in the day-to-day running of the ranch, such as fixing the fences to monitoring the herd’s health! From bird watching to hiking and camping under the stars among the bison, you won’t want to leave this authentic working ranch.

LOCATION – In the heart of Mosca, bordering the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Approx. 3 hrs 40 mins drive from Denver Int’l Airport.

ACCOMMODATION – Lodge rooms (sleep up to 4) with a bathroom, alarm clock and hairdryer. The Bunkhouse rooms (sleep up to 4) have a private entrance and full bath, alarm clock and hairdryer. The Stewart House (sleeps up to 10) with 5 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, alarm clocks, hairdryer. Fully-equipped kitchen, separate living room with fireplace and pool table.

FACILITIES – 15 rooms • Daily maid service • Dining room • Spa facilities • Games room • Gift shop • Picnic area • Babysitting services • Outdoor BBQ • Camp fire • Fishing • Whitewater rafting • Mountain biking • Horseback activities

INCLUDED IN YOU ZAPATA RANCH STAY

  • Ranch accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking Trails
  • Selected daily activities
  • Taxes, fees and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN YOU ZAPATA RANCH STAY

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional activities that incur a fee
  • No activities on a Sunday or on the day of check-in