The perfect combination of relaxing getaway and family oriented vacation can be found at any of the many family dude ranches. These unique getaways offer plenty for kids to do, all while in a safe environment. Kids can learn new skills while having fun around the ranch. Parents can relax on their own or have quality family time around the campfire. A dude ranch vacation is fun for the whole family.
Dude ranches are family run working ranches that host guests and offer unique experiences that you will only find on a western ranch. Your family will have the opportunity to help out around the ranch, learn new skills, and explore the wilderness around them. Ranchers are always around for activities to keep everyone in the family entertained.
There are plenty of family oriented activities to participate in throughout the day. Everyone in the family can learn how to ride a horse, an essential skill for any rancher. Once everyone is comfortable, you can head out on the trails to experience nature at its finest. If your kids are a bit competitive, some family dude ranches offer just-for-fun kids rodeos so they can show off their skills. When they’re done riding, kids can help groom the horses and learn what it takes to care for horses.
Other than horses, kids can also participate in activities such as archery or rock climbing. If you want to rest and relax, but want to let the kids run around, you can always head to the local swimming hole. At the Bull Hill Guest Ranch, the lake on the property is perfect for relaxing in the sun, going for a swim, or taking some time out of your day to go fishing. Some ranches also include canoes, paddleboats, and row boats as part of your stay.
Of course, at the end of an eventful day, the best part of staying at a family dude ranch is being able to spend some time together around a campfire. You can look up at the stars, reflect of the adventures of the day, and share stories. You can connect with other guests, make friends. And, of course, roast some marshmallows.
The next time you are looking to book a family vacation, be sure to consider one of the many family dude ranches dotted across the West. Spend your summer in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better place suited for fun and adventure for the whole family.