When planning for your dude ranch vacation, your prep list should include making sure you pack appropriate, comfortable clothing along with the other essentials you’ll need to have an enjoyable stay, making arrangement for time off work…oh, and don’t forget this handy list of ‘come backs’ for the friends that might mock your zest for adventure. The following are 10 facts about dude ranches that will without fail impress your friends, and have them blazing the trail to www.ranchseeker.com to search out dude ranches for themselves!
1. A shower and comfortable bed are optional.
Yes, dude ranch vacations come in all different styles for all types of travelers. Some prefer an expedition style, multi-day trip with nights spent sleeping under the stars - while others want to feel the enjoyment of trail riding, with a rewarding spa treatment and comfortable bed to close out the day.
2. There is a dude ranch vacation to fit everyone!
Seniors, families, people traveling alone, corporate groups, couples reconnecting, weddings - and the list goes on! Dude ranches accommodate all types of travelers, and with a little research anyone can find the perfect ranch for their needs and interests.
Dude ranches at any age
3. Dude ranches offer more than horseback riding
The common connection that dude ranches have is a love of nature and riding horses out on the trail and it is a great way to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the land. However, most dude ranches offer other activities as well such as observing wildlife, outdoor bbq’s and campfire nights, swimming, tennis, spa treatments and much more.
Spa at Echo Valley Ranch
4. Wine and gourmet food is also available
Most think ‘cowboy food’ is synonymous with dude ranches. A very mistaken belief as we now see five star dining and extensive wine lists available at some of the dude ranches in North America.
Dining at Vista Verde Ranch
5. Dude ranch vacations are not just for warm climate / summer holidays
Another myth, as more and more ranches are inviting travelers during off season to enjoy cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and other wintertime activities
Winter at Lone Mountain Ranch
6. Dude ranches are in Texas – and a lot of other places too!
From Texas to Montana, across North America - and even as far as South Africa you’ll find dude ranches accommodating people with a love of horseback riding, and connecting with the natural environment.
7. Dude ranches host weddings and team building events
More than just a holiday destination, many couples have celebrated their wedding in the romantic setting of a dude ranch. It can also be a great place to host corporate functions and plan activities that strengthen team communication and employee relationships.
8. Kids are welcome
Most dude ranches have plenty of activities to offer kids. It’s a great place to spend time together as a family, and reconnect with each other.
Dude ranches are for kids
9. A dude ranch is a great place for beginners to learn to horseback ride.
Experience at horseback riding is not a prerequisite for all dude ranches. There are often beginner programs that safely introduce horses to riders, and give them the confidence to give longer rides a try.
Learn Horseback Riding
10. Dude ranch vacations can fit into any budget
While some dude ranches are designed to appeal to travelers seeking luxurious accommodations, which means you need a bigger budget – other ranches rely on the simplicity of their surroundings, and offer affordable vacations that fit into any well planned budget.
When you announce your holiday plans to your friends and co-workers, keep in mind that there are a lot of preconceived ideas about dude ranches. Have a few of these details mentioned in mind before you drive off into the sunset on your way to your fabulous dude ranch vacation.