Resort-style guest ranches combine the adventure of dude ranch vacations with the luxury of all-inclusive resorts. The Dude Ranchers Association has over 100 member ranches across the western U.S. and Canada with many hosting special programs and activities for kids. All the below ranches have been inspected and approved by The Dude Ranchers Association. To get started here are a few resort ranches and their kid and teen programs:
At Colorado’s Tumbling River Ranch kids from age 3 to teen find adventure and independence. Kids are split into groups by age and spend their days going on scavenger hunts, hay rides, campouts, horseback rides, hikes, and more. Teens love hanging out with the college-aged counselors while rock climbing, rafting, fly fishing, playing capture the flag, and going on an overnight pack trip.
From morning until bedtime, Montana’s Mountain Sky Guest Ranch offers a variety of fun children’s activities that will entertain and delight all ages – like horseback rides, games in the heated swimming pool, fishing in the ranch pond, sing a longs, arts and crafts, nature walks, rodeos, tennis, and fun surprises cooked up by the creative staff .
Wyoming’s Lost Creek Ranch and Spa, made famous last fall as the setting for Modern Family’s season premiere, lets kids leave their “boring parents” relaxing at the spa, playing golf, or exploring Grand Teton National park. Special kids-only activities are tailored to the interests and abilities of participants.
British Columbia: Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, The Echo Valley experience begins in British Columbia’s pristine Cariboo region. Long known for its rugged terrain and inspiring mountain vistas, there is no better place to explore, relax, reflect or reconnect to what really matters to you. Surrounded by wide open spaces and tranquil wilderness, Echo Valley offers horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, gold panning, bird watching, rafting, golf and a world class spa. Fresh mountain air, wide open fields, pure spring water, magnificent canyon walls, alpine meadows, endless forests, shimmering lakes and golden sunsets will fill you with wonder. And that’s what nature provides! Back at the ranch, the Echo Valley team works to attend to everything else. From first class home-like accommodations, gourmet meals, endless activities and services, we do everything to ensure your experience is exceptional.
Additional resort-style Dude and Guest Ranches with special activities for kids include:
Montana: Lone Mountain Ranch,
Wyoming: Red Reflet Ranch
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