Let’s discuss about the best vacations at dude ranches. Mixing nature, horse riding and relaxation in to the perfect holiday. This are the top places for a horse riding vacation, most of them are from the US but there are some other cool places outside the US.
The Medicine Bow Lodge Adventure Guest Ranch is nestled into the Snowy Range, about 20 miles from Saratoga, Wyoming, and two hours from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Operating since 1917, the resort was most recently purchased by new owners in 2002, who truly enhanced the horsemanship of the ranch and riding possibilities. The maximum guest count is 15. Families will especially love the summer program, with all-day rides, breakfast rides, overnight pack trips, sunset trip rides, fish and ride scenic trips (one of the only ones in the nation!) and other options. Guests can also participate in horse grooming and feeding, or just watch or photograph.
The Cherokee Park Ranch is a family owned dude ranch nestled in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. They cater to families with kids of all ages, horseback riding, river rafting, rodeos, fishing, music, dancing, cow wrangling, swimming, ropes/challenge course, skeet shooting and mountain biking. Your kids will have a full day’s worth of counseled activities should parents desire “time off!” For young ones under two, this family ranch offers a unique opportunity: bring your own full-time baby-sitter, free of charge.
Sugar and Spice Ranch in Texas, USA, offers mother-daughter horseback vacations at bargain prices. Moms pay from just $100 per night (from $50 non-rider) and daughters just $50 per night for a summer dude ranch vacation devoted to bonding mothers and daughters through horses. Each gal will ‘own’ their own horse and get involved in feeding, grooming, tacking up, cleaning tack, bathing and, of course, riding. These bargain rates include all meals, riding*, activities, lodging, tax and evening entertainment, with round-trip shuttle to and from San Antonio airport available at just $100. *Horse riding not included for non-rider rate.
A few things about horse ranches. Expect to eat well! “Guests will discover that dining at a dude ranch will be one of the most memorable parts of their vacation,” says Hodson. Imagine dining around a campfire under the stars or enjoying a pool-side barbecue. Or sitting at an elegant candle-lit table. Food is a big part of any dude ranch. The fare will range from home-style cooking to the finest western cuisine. Most ranches have a chef and a baker on staff. Plus, fresh fruits and vegetables are often grown right on the ranch. Most ranches can also meet special dietary needs when needed. Since ranches are located in mountains, and by rivers and prairies, their location can be remote. Find out the proximity of a ranch to the closest airport and available flights from your hometown. Ranch location determines the type of riding activities offered. These include overnight pack trips, hunting trips, and all-day rides. In addition, ranches may offer breakfast or lunch rides, cattle drives, team penning, cutting, and guest rodeos.
If you liked your dude ranch vacation you may think at starting with horse riding as a normal daily activity. Getting in to horse riding is not as expensive as it was before. Horses for sale are becoming less expensive and the maintenance is not very high compared to the past.
Horses for sale is a trending search on Google, more and more people find out that riding a horse every week or day is no longer something very expensive or an “aristocracy only” activity. Here is the top tip if you plan on purchasing a horse. Your number one priority should be your personal safety. It does not matter how good looking a horse is if it’s not well trained, well-mannered and with a steady temperament.
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