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Dude ranch vacations for non-riders

The best dude ranch vacations might be great for keen horseback riders, but drag your other half along with you to your chosen dude ranch, guest ranch or working ranch and you might not have the same level of enthusiasm when it comes to western horseback riding. But even if your travel buddy has never gotten on a horse and has no intention of doing so, these dude ranch vacations offer an incredible non-riding activities that might even tempt you out of the saddle…

Hot air balloon

From hot-air ballooning to white-water rafting, The Resort at Paws Up offers activities like no other ranch. This luxury Montana dude ranch caters for chilled-out guests (think yoga, campouts, hot tub and fishing) and adventurers alike (think climbing, water sports, ATV tours, zorbing and backcountry camping). A dude ranch vacation where you might choose not to ride!

whale watching

Those looking to reconnect with nature will love Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in BC, Canada, a tented safari camp on Vancouver Island. Guided wildlife safari tours will lead you to black bears, birdlife, wolves, cougars, elk and deer, and take whale-watching trips where you’ll also spot sea lions, harbour seals and sea otters in the ocean. The Canada dude ranch’s seafront location also makes it ideal for water sports enthusiasts.

Echo valley ranch and spa

If your partner’s idea of a dude ranch vacation is being pampered from head to toe, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa will tick all the boxes. While you head out on horseback, your partner can indulge in Baan Thai massages, spa treatments, dips in the hot tub, and use of the indoor pool. And if they do fancy braving the saddle, you can rest safe in the knowledge that Echo Valley was selected by the BBC’s ‘Holiday’ programme as the ‘Best Place to Learn to Ride’.

fly fishing

Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, USA, invites the guys to join ranch owner Craig Barrett in kicking off the spring fishing season, on the Craig Barrett Skwala Hatch Celebration from April 5-9, 2012. Celebrate the skwala stonefly hatch on the Bitterroot River, one of the nation’s most famous dry-fly fishing experiences. This four day men’s outdoor sporting event, created and led by Craig, combines trap shooting, sporting clays and guided fly fishing. All levels of experience are welcome. While the men partake in sport shooting and fly fishing during the day, their wives, girlfriends and traveling companions are encouraged to enjoy the luxurious accommodations and exciting activities offered at Triple Creek Ranch.

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Ranch Vacation for the Kids

Water-based activities

The family dude ranch's Children's Program is perfect for children aged four and over, providing supervised, age-appropriate games and activities including:

  • Horseback riding (pony rides, arena riding and trail riding)
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Nature education
  • Wrangler activities
  • Wildlife appreciation
  • Scavenger/treasure hunts
  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Pool
  • Animal care
  • Horse care

The Paws Up “Kids Corps of Discovery” is held seven days a week, will full- and half-day programs available for children aged five to 12. Think trips to a local ghost town, fun in the sun at the Paws Up lake house, authentic ranch vacation experiences and more!

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Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch located 35 minutes south east of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Chico Basin Ranch is managed under a one-of-a-kind lease by the Duke and Janet Phillips family, third-generation ranchers. The ranch is one of Colorado’s largest historical cattle ranches where, in the late 1800s, Charles Goodnight grazed his cattle herds and a branch of the Santa Fe Trail traversed. In-keeping with its rich cultural history, the ranch uses traditional, time-honored methods to complement innovative management programs that sustain the business and the ranch’s natural resources.
Ranch type: Guest Ranch Vacations, Working Ranch Vacations

Chico Basin Ranch is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch located 35 minutes south east of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Chico Basin Ranch is managed under a one-of-a-kind lease by the Duke and Janet Phillips family, third-generation ranchers. The ranch is one of Colorado’s largest historical cattle ranches where, in the late 1800s, Charles Goodnight grazed his cattle herds and a branch of the Santa Fe Trail traversed. In-keeping with its rich cultural history, the ranch uses traditional, time-honored methods to complement innovative management programs that sustain the business and the ranch’s natural resources.

Ranch type: Guest Ranch Vacations, Working Ranch Vacations

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New and unique experiences at Tod Mountain Ranch
We know that when it comes to your guest ranch vacation, you have a lot of great ranches to choose from. So you’re probably asking what makes us unique, and why should you choose this ranch? Most of our guests come for the opportunity to experience western riding and horsemanship in a stunning location and a calm, peaceful environment that gives them space to think, learn and to just be.
Our sole focus is on horseback riding and horsemanship. We do not offer any other organised activities at the ranch so you can be sure that you get to spend as much time as you would like with the horses and the people who care for them.

New and unique experiences at Tod Mountain Ranch

We know that when it comes to your guest ranch vacation, you have a lot of great ranches to choose from. So you’re probably asking what makes us unique, and why should you choose this ranch? Most of our guests come for the opportunity to experience western riding and horsemanship in a stunning location and a calm, peaceful environment that gives them space to think, learn and to just be.

Our sole focus is on horseback riding and horsemanship. We do not offer any other organised activities at the ranch so you can be sure that you get to spend as much time as you would like with the horses and the people who care for them.

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Burnt Well Guest Ranch

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is a small, family-owned and operated ranch in the warm, sunny climate of New Mexico. With two Chesser generations raised on the ranch. This is not a dude ranches but an actual working cattle and sheep ranch.

Burnt Well guest ranchIn 1950, Ivan Chesser bought the Burnt Well ranch. In 1957, he added another homestead called “The Frazier Place”, to his holdings. This is what comprises the current Chesser Ranch Vacation.

Ivan’s son, Kim, is a lifelong cowboy from a long, family ranching tradition. He was born and raised on this ranch and not only has a love of this way of life but a greater love of people. His wife, Patricia, is also a native of New Mexico, who is ready to see that your comforts are taken care of. She rides when she has time, cooks good ole country food and provides sweet fiddle music around the evening campfire.

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