Top 10 Dude Ranch Vacations

by Janna Graber Subscribe to Janna Graber's posts Posted Mar 22nd 2011 07:00 AM

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Horseback riding, gorgeous scenery, downtime and tasty meals are all part of a dude ranch vacation. There are no TVs, phones or other distractions at most ranches, but ah heck, you won't miss them anyway. You'll be too busy having fun.

Ranches vary in style, size and amenities, but generally fall into one of three categories: dude ranches, which focus on riding; working cattle ranches, where guests work alongside ranch hands; and resort dude ranches, which offer an array of upscale amenities in addition to riding. Dude ranches can be found all over the U.S. and Canada; most are in the west. The Dude Ranchers Association lists more than 100 member ranches, but here are some of our favorites: