If you’ve found yourself missing the carefree days of your childhood summer camp, you should consider a dude ranch vacation. Horseback riding under the shadow of the Teton Range, fly-fishing in bubbling creeks, and participating in cattle drives; you can expect all this and more at Wyoming’s dude ranches.
Dude ranches are Western guest ranches that offer all-inclusive vacation packages. While some dude ranches cater just to visitors, others are still working cattle ranches where you can participate in authentic cowboy activities. They’re the perfect destinations for adults looking for a fun, kid-free vacation.
So come spend your days exploring or relaxing with your partner or friends while staying in authentic yet luxurious accommodations. No matter what activities you choose, you’ll experience the cowboy lifestyle in style at these Wyoming dude ranches.
Triangle C Ranch
Triangle C Ranch is about as idyllic as it gets. With classic wooden cabins set amongst the pines and expansive mountain views, this ranch lets you experience Western life at its finest. During the day, hop on your horse and ride along the winding Wind River and into wildflower-filled meadows. At night, head over to the ranch for a steak cookout and campfire. It’s perfect for vacationers who love to pack their days with fun.
Moose Head Ranch
Heading to Jackson Hole? Consider staying at Moose Head Ranch. This family-owned ranch specializes in small group rides so you can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Teton Range without a crowd. Or, you can try your hand at fly fishing in one of their stocked ponds. Once you spend a few days here, you’ll leave feeling like family.
If you’d prefer a more intimate experience, this working cattle ranch near the Big Horn Mountains hosts up to 10 people at one time. Whether you want to unwind in an outdoor hot tub or camp under the stars like cowboys, Klondike Ranch offers the perfect mix of both relaxation and adventure.
Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
Hideout is an upscale dude ranch that prioritizes the riding experience. They offer all-inclusive packages for groups, whether you’re hosting a girls’ weekend or planning a vacation with your crew of experienced riders. But Hideout doesn’t stop at horses; they serve up gourmet hearty food in a classic Western setting.
Flat Creek Ranch
Flat Creek Ranch offers a true wilderness experience for those looking to get away from the hum of city life. After you journey 15 miles along a bumpy jeep road, you’ll arrive at a pristine lake-side ranch. Settle in: you can sit on the porch and watch for wildlife or take a canoe out on the lake. Flat Creek Ranch offers an array of activities, but their hiking and fly-fishing opportunities are top-notch.
Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch
This Wind River Range is home to jagged peaks and jewel-colored lakes, but despite its grandeur, it doesn’t get the attention of the Tetons. This remote nature is what makes it a great location for a dude ranch. Diamond 4 Ranch offers unique backcountry experiences, day rides, and guided hunts among some of Wyoming’s most impressive mountain terrain.
The Absaroka Ranch is a small ranch with big scenery. Set in the Dunoir Valley, this ranch has some of the most accessible riding opportunities. You’ll ride through fields of sagebrush as the blocky peaks of the Absaroka dominate the horizon. Stay in quaint cabins surrounded by white aspens, and soak in the serenity of this quiet property.
Whether you’re looking for jam-packed days and group activities or you’re seeking relaxation and solitude, you can find a dude ranch to suit your needs. Come and experience the beauty and wild of Wyoming at these unique destinations.
BOOK BEFORE YOU GO
No matter where you stay, be sure to make reservations. It’s recommended you book a dude ranch stay six to nine months in advance. Don’t miss out on having the Wyoming experience of a lifetime; plan and book well ahead of when you plan to travel.