Upcoming Family Dude Ranch Vacation Specials

Published: 5/14/2015 8:52:41 AM


Summertime is fast approaching and that means it’s time to start planning a family vacation that ideally everyone will enjoy. Perhaps in the past that has always meant a beach destination or some sort of RV or camp-site . But there are many more fun and adventurous options to choose from. A dude ranch vacation offers something different from the usual family vacation fare. Many dude ranches provide the opportunity for families to spend time together in the outdoors and to get back to the basics. Imagine visiting a place where iPads, cell phones and laptops are left in the room in favour of learning how to ride or bond with farm animals or simply re-connect with family members over a board game at night or a sing-a-long at a camp-fire  while making s’mores.

The summer is an ideal time to visit a dude ranch with your family since many guest ranches offer child orientated programs with activities specifically tailored for your children. This means that Mom and Dad can also enjoy the various activities that are available while their kids are being entertained by responsible care-givers. It’s a win-win situation for all! Are you ready to learn more about a family orientated dude ranch vacation? These guest ranches excel at providing you and your family with the ideal summer vacation and they promise to create long-lasting memories while offering something new and different from the norm.

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, Rifle, Colorado   

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch is an ideal vacation spot for a family vacation. It is a place where you can leave the responsibilities and stresses of everyday life behind and experience the greatness of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The ranch is situated directly on the shores of a pristine mountain lake surrounded by beautiful aspens. Guests enjoy fantastic trail rides, swimming in the lake, boating, white water rafting, and much more while vacationing here.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

Pay half price for each youth package when accompanied by at least one full fare adult!  Kids between 4 and 14 receive a 50% discount on their all-inclusive packages.  Minimum 3 night stays.  E-mail us at info@coulterlake.com  Offer available from June 1st to August 15th and is based on availability. Please mention RanchSeeker when making a reservation!

"Guest ranches offer great family vacations.  There is nothing like spending quality time with your family watching everyone enjoy being outdoors and together.  There is something special about riding horses through the aspen, swimming in the lake, catching a trout, or relaxing on the deck watching the kids play.  You are truly creating memories that will last a lifetime!"—Jack Allard, owner/operator

Come bond with your family at Coulter Lake Guest Ranch

Coffee Creek Ranch, Trinity Center, California   

If it’s a guest ranch vacation that you are wanting to experience this summer, then the staff at Coffee Creek Ranch will make sure your stay is one that you will truly enjoy and remember. From their International children’s counselors, “perky” wait staff to their Western wranglers you and your family will be well taken care of while on vacation.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

For the weeks of June 13th, July 11th, August 15th and 28th the cost for kids is 50% off. There is also a 4 night $1175 per person package from July 1-5th.

Supervised summer youth programs are specially designed by age groups:

  •  Bronc Busters for 13-17 years old
  • Junior Wranglers for ages 6 to 12
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls for ages 3 to 5

Kids enjoy a fun-filled schedule of pony rides, nature walks, crafts, panning for gold and much, much more!

Kids love making new friends at Coffee Creek Guest Ranch!

Marble Mountain Ranch, Somes Bar, California       

Dude ranch vacations at Marble Mountain Ranch have an American cowboy's trail riding theme. We Horseback trail riding vacations are combined with thrilling guest ranch activities such as white-water rafting, kayaking, sporting clays, fly fishing, jet boat adventures on the Lower Klamath and traditional American ranch events.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

“Youth under the age of 14 and "buckaroos" ages 3 & 4 enjoy a discounted fare at Marble Mountain Ranch.  While adult fares for an all-inclusive 5 night package are $1700, youth are discounted to $1560 and buckaroos to $1200 for our 5 night / 6 day program.  Youth are fully engaged in the adult programs with their parents, to enable whole family bonding through shared activities.  The younger buckaroos will join in feeding our small animals, swimming, nature walks, ranch arts and crafts and more. Hands-on involvement in child oriented ranch activities like picking garden strawberries, harvesting a warm chicken egg, or hand feeding a bunny will create memories never to be forgotten. Most of our visiting buckaroos have never experienced the joy of transplanting a berry from vine to mouth without first opening a plastic container! Other activities include picnics & campfire sing-a longs, treasure hunts and orienteering, ranch crafts such as weaving lavender wands, collecting blackberries and fruits and authentic pioneer games.  As much as possible, we try to keep the family unit together during our full spectrum of activities.”- Doug Cole, owner/operator

It's fun to spend time with the horses at Marble Mountain Guest Ranch

Laramie River Ranch, Glendevey, Colorado  

Laramie River Dude Ranch offers genuine western hospitality for you and your family. The timeless beauty of the valley and the majestic Rockies provide a beautiful backdrop for your family guest ranch vacation.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

There are 2 programs featured for kids one for those below the age of 6 and one for those above the age of 6. There are lots of fun options to choose from as well as plenty of time to spend time together as a family.

“Laramie River Ranch is a vacation for the whole family.  Kids over the age of six can participate in all our activities with their family members or with kids that they meet on the ranch.  Children under six are entertained with outdoor focused activities with animals in our petting zoo and adventures with their counselors.”—Bill Burleigh, owner/operator

Come learn how to ride a horse this summer at Laramie River Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch, Bridge Lake, British Columbia    

Free Rein Guest Ranch is a small family ranch business that offers an intimate and hands on experience with the horses and the great outdoors. It’s your ideal home away from home for those seeking a Canadian adventure in Super Natural British Columbia.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

“We are one of the few ranches that offers the opportunity of experiencing our equine programme even as young as 5 years old. We don’t want the little ones to miss out in any way and so we aim to educate and empower our younger visitors to become great horsemen and women at an early age. From age 5 upwards we involve the children in all aspects of our daily life, they learn to approach, handle, groom, feed, saddle and indeed ride their own horses during their time with us. We believe that great horse people begin their journey early and we hope instil great instinct and common sense in our younger guests to keep them safe around horses. They certainly don’t miss out on the action here at Free Rein and we will always be right there to hold their hand, teach them, lead them and support them while they learn the ropes of basic horse handling, safety techniques and riding skills. “ –Debbie Atha, owner/operator

Kids have so much fun learning to ride at Free Rein Guest Ranch!

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton, British Columbia  

At Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, summers are for quality family time. Their beautiful valley provides the perfect backdrop for you to play together, go on adventures, and reconnect as a family.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

During your stay you will be part of the extended Echo Valley Family and enjoy all amenities that are offered, including farm fresh gourmet meals (healthy and delicious - the kids will love it!), fly fishing in their stocked pond, exploring the nature trails around the ranch with their Border Collies, arts, crafts and indoor games, their wonderful pool and exciting scavenger hunts. Of course no family vacation is complete without sharing stories by a campfire and roasting s'mores, so they make sure that you spend some evenings around the campfire, after a delicious BBQ!

A fun activity at the ranch is learning how to fly-fish for trout in our ponds!

“The whole family will find it easy to quit looking down, at their devices - and start looking up to enjoy every moment together. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a truly magical place - and the transition from digital to real has never been easier”—Kerstin Auer/head of marketing  

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado      

Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, Vista Verde is a truly unique ranch experience for all seasons but summertime is an especially fun time of year to visit with your family.

Summer Family Vacation Special:

Visit Vista Verde Ranch during the week of May 31-June 7 to kick off their summer season with some fun events. It’s spring time, and that means branding season.  Jump in on the excitement of a traditional branding, and get your hands dirty while you help out.  This is your chance to channel your inner cowboy and cowgirl to be a part of a long standing tradition in the ranching world.  Kids will have a blast learning how to vaccinate, trying their hand at branding, and learning about how things are done on a working ranch.  The first two weeks of the season are discounted off their regular summer rates, so enjoy a savings of up to $600/person to come early in the summer.

Come channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl at Vista Verde Ranch!

“Opening week is one of my favourite weeks of the summer.  The staff have been waiting to have guests here for weeks, and we have inundated them with information, practice, and more practice.  They just want to start doing it, and that enthusiasm is so contagious!  The horses are freshly tuned up and ready to hit the trail.  The whole valley is brilliant green, the rivers rushing, and the wild-flowers popping out all over the place.  It really is a magical time here at Vista Verde.”-Stephanie Wilson,manager

Red Reflet, Ten Sleep, Wyoming  

Red Reflet ranch offers a unique Wyoming Ranch Experience. Set in a beautiful natural setting with outstanding facilities superb food, and experienced staff. Your western experience will far exceed expectations for you and everyone in your family.

Kids and adults love to drive our ATVs at Red Reflet Ranch!

Summer Family Vacation Special:

“The Red Reflet Ranch believes strongly in the family vacation.  We offer a variety of special pricing for families with children: reduced rates for children ages 3 to 17, and there is no charge for children under age 3.  The last week of June, July & August is our Family Week Special which offers 20% off children’s rates with a 6 night minimum stay.  We are a great destination for family reunions and guests may rent the entire ranch, call for special pricing.  Our activities are developed so that the entire family can participate together.”-Laurence Kaplan,owner

So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on your guest ranch vacation this summer at one of these ranches that go out of their way to make summer vacations fun and exciting for the whole family!

Happy Trails!


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