A Wyoming dude ranch vacation is a quintessential Western experience
that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime. The most
thing to remember when choosing a dude ranch is that no two
are the same.
WORKING DUDE RANCH
These are working cattle or sheep operations. Your horseback riding
adventures will be determined by the ranch's livestock and the work
related to them. Be prepared to experience these activities first hand.
TRADITIONAL DUDE RANCH
Horseback riding is central to these ranches. The cowboy in you will
experience Western riding and a variety of outdoor activities including but not limited to fishing, hiking, nightly entertainment, and kid's programs designed to reconnect kid's to the great outdoors.
RESORT DUDE RANCH
Horseback riding is featured, and these ranches offer an array of
diverse activities and onsite facilities. These are apt to be the larger ranches and many include spa facilities.
Some are working ranches where guests participate in cattle drives and perform daily chores — great for people who’ve dreamed of being cowboys or cowgirls. Others provide a completely different experience, one with less labor involved and every bit as memorable. No matter what type of dude ranch you choose, there is sure to be a range of fun activities. Horses are ubiquitous, and people of all abilities are invited to ride. And, you can be sure you’ll have plenty of other things to keep you entertained. You could take an overnight fishing trip to a secluded, trout-filled mountain lake, spend the afternoon getting pampered with a massage, take a swim in the pool or discover a hidden talent in archery.
Besides horses and other outdoor activities, Wyoming dude ranches are about family, friendships and long-standing tradition. Many dude ranches have roots extending back 100 years or more, a proud history evident not just in the faded black-and-white photos on the walls, but in the people, too. All guests say the same thing: A Wyoming dude ranch just grabs hold of you. And when you visit one, don’t be surprised if it grabs hold of you, too.
To find the right ranch for you or your group, see the business listings below or contact the
Wyoming Dude Ranchers’ Association.