Dude Ranches

Dude Ranches have been a part of the Wyoming landscape for over 100 years. The high demand for a nostalgic frontier experience offered first at Wyoming ranches, and then more throughout the region, led to the founding of the Dude Ranchers Association in Cody, Wyo. in 1926.  Whether your readers are searching for a relaxing vacation meandering Wyoming’s sweeping countryside from horseback or something a bit more rustic with a true ranch hand experience roping cattle, Wyoming’s Dude Ranches offer an authentic western experience for every comfort level.

Eaton’s Ranch

As America’s oldest dude ranch, Eaton’s Ranch has been treating guests to idyllic western vacations complete with horseback riding, sweeping mountain views and home cooked western cuisine for 125 years. Located near Sheridan, occupying 7,000 acres on the eastern slopes of the Bighorn Mountains, guests can take one of the ranch’s 220 horses out unaccompanied to explore the beautiful open country at their leisure. Rolling hills, grassy meadows, hidden valleys and a rambling parade of cottonwood and pine trees make up the scenery sure to delight travelers from their saddles.  Media Contact: Jeff Way: 307-655-9285 or jeffway@eatonsranch.com or visit: http://www.eatonsranch.com

Triangle X 

With a rich history, Triangle X Ranch is the only ranch in Grand Teton National Park and the entire National Park system today. Five generations of Turners have called the ranch home over the past 87 years, opening the ranch to guests in the 1930’s. The ranch offers horseback riding, fishing, square dancing and float trips on the Snake River for summer visitors as well as skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing for winter guests. If that’s not enough, Triangle X Ranch also boasts 4-star dining ensuring there will be something for every guest to enjoy. Media Contact: John Turner: 307-733-8685 or TheRanch@Trianglex.com or visit: http://www.trianglex.com

Guest Ranches

Guest ranches in Wyoming offer a frontier experience without all the brow sweat. Visitors at these ranch resorts can enjoy an array of outdoor activities or retire to the spa for some western R&R. Catering to girls’ getaways, family vacations, corporate retreats, and wedding parties, these ranches offer the luxury of a 4-star resort with the traditional rustic ranch experience. Some examples of Wyoming’s offerings include:

•    Paradise Guest Ranch http://www.paradiseranch.com/ -- Located near Buffalo, operating for 100 years, Paradise Guest Ranch provides a wide range of guest centric and family fun experiences from hors d’oeuvres at the saloon to potato sack races in the pasture.  Media Contact: Clay Miller: 307-684-7876 or wyowaddie@yahoo.com

•    Brush Creek Ranch http://www.brushcreekranch.com/ -- Located near Saratoga, this in Wyoming’s newest all-inclusive ranch resort featuring a luxury spa and accommodations in lavish cabin suites. Media Contact: Alana Morris (VOCA PR) 303-962-9162 or Alana@vocapr.com

•    T Cross Ranch http://www.tcross.com/ -- Located in Dubois, T Cross Ranch aims to “blend the colors of the West with the comforts of home,” and they offer “Adults Only” and “Ladies Getaway” packages. Media Contact: Gretchen Neal-Cardell: 307-455-2206 or tcrossranch@wyoming.com

Working Ranches

If folks are looking for a more hands-on western vacation, Wyoming is home to several working dude ranches where guests can assist with day-to-day activities of managing a herd. At genuine cow camps, visitors are invited to assist with branding, riding fence, roping, moving cattle, and sleeping with their horses under a canopy of stars. For the true ranch hand experience, check out Wyoming’s many offerings:

•    Focus Ranch http://focusranch.com/ -- Located on the border of Wyoming and Colorado, Focus Ranch invites guests to participate in the day to day activities of managing a herd. They also offer workshops in painting and photography in addition to a fly-fishing clinic and birding opportunities.  Media Contact: Maureen & Terry Reidy: 970-583-2410 or info@focusranch.com

•    The New Haven Ranch http://www.thenewhavenranch.com/  -- Located in Hulett, near Devils Tower, riding and moving cattle from pasture to pasture are the main duties of staff and guests at this ranch, so visitors must be able to sit in the saddle for up to three hours at a time and ride in all three gaits. This authentic ranching experience caters to both international and domestic would-be cowboys.  Media Contact: Nick Bohl & Doerte Marks: 307-467-5663 or info@thenewhavenranch.com

•    Padlock Ranch http://www.padlockranch.com/ --   Located in Ranchester, Padlock Ranch has a dual focus on adventure and sustainability and is the winner of the 2013 Leopold Conservation award for its efforts. Here you can theme your vacation from working ranch, sports, photography, or lodge focused trips.  Media Contact: Wayne Fahsholtz: 307-655-2264 or wayne@padlockranch.com

Visit the Wyoming Dude Ranchers Association for a complete list of ranches: http://wyomingdra.com/

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