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A Country Vacation Extreme At A Dude Ranch

Updated on April 10, 2011

A Glimpse of What You Could See There

Definitely Not What You Imagined

Relaxing with a spa treatment and pedicure with heated WHOA STOP Wait a dog gone minute, a spa treatment at a dude ranch? Yeppar, yes indeed spa treatments, skiing (water or snow), luxurious 2 bedroom cabins with remote control fireplaces, cocktail parties, snow skiing, white water rafting, just to name a few. Are you kidding me? Nope.

I know when you think of a dude ranch I’m sure that spa treatments or a two bedroom cabin with a remote control fireplace and hot tub, was not what you had imagined. But that’s exactly what some of them offer. Some even have a Cowgirl Up Week with nothing but the ladies. I’m sure some of you guys would like to be there to, but that’s a big old country Naaaah. But they have adult weeks just for you (well if you qualify as an adult/kidding??:)
Of course there are still the usual horse back riding excursions from:a one hour just getting started lesson, to an all day riding and pack a sleeping bag because were sleeping with the bears, (kidding/well maybe). Then you you’ve got your choice of everything from indoor water parks, hayrides, fishing trips, trap & skeet, and rodeos. The main reasoning behind all this is so that those that want to go on vacation as a family but don’t want to ride a horse all day (and take 2 days to recover) don’t have to, with a multitude of other options.

I mean come on when most people think about a dude ranch you can’t help but think of the movie City Slickers. Which believe me if that’s what your up for, there are plenty that offer cattle drives from four hours, to a day or two, to a week. OK listen I have horses and you couldn’t get me out there for a week, no thank you and neither would a lot of other horse people, but it’s all about everybody having fun. Speaking of fun some have a saloon with line dancing or square dancing lessons available,YeeeeHaw  If you are fortunate enough to have horses of your own, some ranches will let you bring your own, you just pay for the stall rentals, and you can ride anytime you want, and how you want, (walk,trot, and go baby go).

Can You Imagine
Can You Imagine
Better Luck Next Time Cowboy
Better Luck Next Time Cowboy

Now For The Kids Activities

Now, lets talk about the kids. Most dude ranches have an activity list that will not only keep them busy all day, but have them telling their friends and classmates about it for ages. Don’t be surprised if they start having a few friends that don’t want to come over as much. Why? You know how it is when your buddies want you to come over and see the vacation videos and pictures for about the third or fourth time, and they go on, and on, and you get the idea. So if their old enough let them take some of their own pictures, they’ll love you and thank you for it later.
The kids can do everything from petting zoos (check out the video It’s a girl) to making crafts, pony or horse rides and lessons, fishing contests, calf roping lessons, egg races, archery, and we already talked about the indoor water park (which is not to hard to get them away from when your at a dude ranch). Believe me they will go there wanting to be a doctor, lawyer, nurse, engineer, and leave wanting to be a bull rider, barrel racer, calf roper, trail guide, and if you get lucky a vet. There is one, and only one sure fire cure for this situation and that’s to let them help clean out stalls for the day, and chase after goats or pigs that have gotten loose. I assure you they will be sleeping before their head hit’s the pillow. If you don’t think that’s enough, they will be telling your grandchildren about it and wanting to take them. Vacations are presents that last a lifetime, actually longer, don’t believe me just click on last a lifetime and you’ll understand

Don't Forget About 4 Wheeling and Dog Sledding


Huge Miconceptions About Dude Ranches

Probably the BIGGEST misconception about dude ranches is that you have to go all the way to Texas, or Colorado, etc. to go to one. Hey, I’m not knocking Texas or the Midwest I was born there. But when you think of the cost of getting there and getting back, and vacation time, yadda, yadda, it just doesn’t seem feasible if you live in Miami, or a thousand miles away. The reality is there are dude ranches in Florida, Tennessee, in New York (that’s right New York), the Carolinas, California, Massachusetts, Ohio, and of course all over Texas and the Midwest. I mean I could go on but you get the idea. The greatest part about this is it doesn’t matter what time of the year you want to go. Depending on the activities you want to do you can go snow skiing and horseback riding in some states, or go horseback riding, for a swamp buggy ride, and hit the beach at others, (that’s what I’m talking about).

Then the next misconception is the cost of staying there for a week, or that you even have to stay there that long. Most people think they are all- all inclusive (which some have packages that are), but most all of them have hotels, or units you can just rent for the night and you only pay for the activities you choose, of which some are FREE. So for a couple hundred dollars you can go (depending on how many people there are) spend the night, eat, go see a rodeo, do some fishing, hiking, visit the petting zoo and check out the babies (one of my favorites) and have a blast without spending a fortune.
Plus as some of us know those little quick trips are sometimes the best vacations ever (just click on best vacations ever and you’ll get it).

Everybody Wants To Go Somewhere Different

So if your one of those families who have the usual problem of deciding where you want to go on vacation or take that quick little getaway, because one wants to go hunting, and one wants to go fishing, and one wants to go to the beach or a water park, and the other wants to go for a spa treatment.  Just tell them you have the whole thing under control, that your going to a dude ranch.  I’m sure the initial response will be WWHAAAT!!! But just let them take a look at all they have to offer and before you know it they’ll be asking, “When are we leaving?”

There is one other little minor issue and that is when you get back, all you’ll here is “When are we going back”

Have an incredible and safe trip no matter where your going and don’t forget the camera.  In fact send me some pictures, I LOVE pictures.

See ya in the funny papers:)


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      I am so with you on the paying for it today. It seems no matter how old I get sometimes I forget that my muscles and bones aren't what they used to be.

      Dude ranches are awesome even though I can't ride or do other activities like I used to. I just love the animals, shows, rodeos, music, country people and atmosphere, etc.

      Thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments. Take care and don't work to hard

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wish I had gone to some dude ranches for a vacation when I was younger. It would have been fun to pitch right in and truly experience life as it is for the workers on a dude ranch. Afraid I would not be quite as active if I went to one now...but still would be fun. I did some major gardening yesterday...trimming shrubs, etc. in 100 degree heat. Today I can hardly move! Ha! 20 or 30 years ago it would not have fazed me.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank ya for dropping in Peggy. Dude ranches are a blast and have almost everything to offer you can think of depending on where they are. Thanks for the votes, comment, and ya'll com back now ya here.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have never checked into a dude ranch vacation and had no idea that some of them offer so many other things to do. City Slickers...that was a funny movie! Thanks for the information. YeeHawww...where do we sign up? Up, useful and interesting votes.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      What an amazing hub and I cannot believe I haven't come accross it before now.

      Take care and have a great day.


    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks It is definitely something to be remembered. I take that as a great compliment coming from you.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my gosh, this sounds AWESOME!!! Sign me up!!


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