Why visit a ranch
A ranch holiday offers a place to stay surrounded by acres of outdoor space with endless activities. It is not only about the cowboy experience, but also about the surrounding wilderness, learning new skills, the history of the ranches and having fun. If you like horse riding then a ranch holiday is a must. There is the opportunity to explore remote regions on horseback or on foot, in the company of people that are passionate and knowledgeable about the landscape they live. A ranch holiday is perfect for families, a safe environment with plenty to keep everyone occupied and entertained. If that all sounds exhausting, it is also a place to relax, unwind and take in the vastness of the surrounding landscapes.
About ranches in the USA
Ranches fall into different categories, however the lines often blur and they can fall into more than one. Understanding the differences between them is important to get the most out of your ranch holiday.
Resort Ranches are properties that are built to offer a ranch experience whilst offering the highest quality accommodation. These ranches are high end properties in stunning locations, offering exquisite food and wine. Spa, swimming pool and sports facilities are often on offer at the ranch as well as a vast range of activities like horse riding, white water rafting, fishing and helicopter trips. Resort ranches compete with the best properties in the country.
Dude Ranches are for those looking for a whole heap of activities and plenty of hands on events. Dude ranches often include a full programme of activities for the whole family, from riding, rodeos, dances, fishing and barbecues.
Guest Ranches are established ranches and homes that have now opened their doors to guests. There is often an intimate feel with owners relaxing with guests sharing their knowledge and passion for their region. Horses and riding are one of the main activities at guest ranches although other activities are often available.
Working Ranches are as the name suggests, ranches that continue to operate raising cattle and crops. Accommodation tends to be more basic but there is the option to get hands on and help out around the lodge, these ranches are more suited to experienced riders.