5 Reasons to visit a Dude Ranch during shoulder season
Steals and Deals: As with many vacation destinations, the summer is peak season for dude ranches. However, as the air cools down and the days become shorter on a dude ranch, travellers can take advantage of fewer crowds and discounted rates.
Budget friendly offers can range from money off standard rates, such as Colorado Trails Ranch’s 25 per cent discount during the fall, to special packages like Circle Z Ranch’s Lone Star Long Weekend, where guests may receive a discount on a 4 day/3 nights stay.
Adult-Only Weeks: Many dude ranches offer special adult-only weeks and packages in the fall. This allows couples, groups and solo travellers the opportunity to experience a unique vacation and store memories that will last a life-time.
Pleasure Guest Ranch offers an Adult Horsemanship Week. This package provides a hands-on approach where guests experience the true pleasure of caring for and learning about these beautiful animals. Alternatively, guests can enjoy some pampering, a little adventure and much girl talk (and maybe some wine!) with a girlfriend’s getaway to Red Horse Mountain Ranch.
Cattle Drives: For working ranches, fall means cattle drives, and guests are often invited to join in these memorable and interactive experiences. Hunewill Ranch will embark on its 105th cattle drive this fall as guests are invited to take part in the ultimate Old West experience by riding with the Hunewill family for five days. This trek covers 60 miles from Bridgeport, Calif. to Smith Valley, Nev.: participants herd 600 cows as they are driven to their winter range.
Fall Foliage: Imagine horseback riding under a canopy of technicolour fall foliage in glorious reds, bright yellows and vivid oranges. Some of the nation’s most spectacular leaf peeping can only be found when you head off the beaten path. Choose from guest ranches in Arizona or Colorado where fall changes the Aspen leaves. Alternatively, book a getaway to a dude ranch located near a National Park such as Triangle X Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, or Horseshoe Canyon Ranch which borders Buffalo River National Park.
Escape the cold: People who live up north will be pulling out their jackets, but if you are looking to bask in the sun one last time, a long weekend getaway at one of the DRA’s accredited ranches located in the Southwest are perfect. Why not try Flying E Ranch, or Circle Z Ranch? Once the holiday season is here, you will find winter is a special time of the year to experience everything a dude ranch offers, with holiday and winter themed events and packages offered.
For a wide variety of outdoor winter activities, ranches located in cooler climes, such as Lone Mountain Ranch, are the ultimate spots for winter adventure. However, if you are looking for warmer weather, maybe try Tanque Verde Ranch and White Stallion Ranch which are ideal.
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