Dude Ranch Vacations in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico

Quality family time can be found in the Old West

Looking for a way to bring your family together?  Look no further because we have fantastic suggestions for a dude ranch vacation your family will remember for years to come.  Whether you prefer to have resort-style amenities at the tips of your fingers or rough it in the outdoors, there is a dude ranch to suit any preferences.

Hit the trail with your family
Photo courtesy of Tanque Verde Ranch Resort

If the desert is calling your name, Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona is the place for you.  Providing a taste of the Old West since 1868, Tanque Verde is the largest guest ranch with resort amenities in North America. 

Offering a more luxurious ranch experience, the dining here is superb.  In addition to the gourmet southwestern cuisine that is served daily in the dining room, the ranch holds several specialty events throughout the week that include live entertainment.

And, if you’ve hit the trail too hard with the kids, La Sonora Spa can provide some relief with one of their massage treatments.  Then, you'll be ready to take on the next family activity like hiking, basketball, or fishing.  No matter how you spend your time here, know that it will be quality time that will create cherished memories.

Trade stories around a campfire
Photo courtesy of Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Situated in the Black Range Mountains of Winston, New Mexico, Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch offers your family a way to commune with nature.  This working ranch offers two cabins for lodging, creating a family-style experience that allows your group to have the full attention of the staff. 

You can even take in the gorgeous views of Gila National Forest on an overnight horseback ride that follows the same trails that Geronimo once traveled.  Finish the day by sleeping under the stars in New Mexico’s wilderness.

Take in the beautiful Colorado views
Photo courtesy of Lost Valley Ranch

Just an hour and a half outside of Denver is a different world filled with dirt roads and adventure.  Lost Valley Ranch of Sedalia, Colorado has received AAA’s Four Diamond Award for 37 years in a row, and is more than prepared to accommodate families large and small. 

With several cabins that range from one to three-bedroom suites dispersed throughout the ranch property, your family will feel quite at home.  Quality time is around each bend with several family activities to choose from that include cattle round-ups, fishing, hiking, crafts, hay rides, tennis, horseback riding, and more.  Don’t forget to break out the camera here; the scenery is breathtaking.


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