5 Best Reasons to Take a Family Dude Ranch Vacation


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A family dude ranch vacation offers guests much more than a summer camp-like experience. Open year-round, seasonal adventures await visitors too. From snow tubing to river rafting, visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, entertainment, and adventures. Along with gourmet family style dining, campfire cuisine and amenities like beauty treatment spas beckon adults and children alike to join in the fun.

Although off-ranch excursions are often included, the convenience of a one-stop, all-inclusive vacation stay makes a dude ranch a popular vacation destination for families. Here are the top five reasons why family dude ranch vacations are so popular:

1. Fun for All Ages and Interests

While horseback riding often lures equestrian lovers to take a family dude ranch vacation, horses are not the only thing going on at the ranch. A variety of activities like biking, fly-fishing, swimming, or trail walking provides fun for all. Kids of all ages enjoy supervised activities just for them such as cookouts, hayrides, carnivals, arts and crafts, and games - just like a summer camp, but with parents around in the mornings and evenings. Guests just wanting rest and relaxation can take it easy by lounging poolside, indulging in spa services, soaking in the hot tub, or taking a yoga class.

Family Dude Ranch Vacation

2. No Experience Required

The main feature of a family dude ranch vacation is the horseback riding, but guests do not need to have any experience riding horses. Along with easy riding trails, friendly teaching staff and mellow horses make horseback riding fun for beginners. Younger children can join in the fun too with gentle pony rides.

3. Get Back to Nature in Style and Convenience

A family dude ranch vacation is not a "Survivor eating bugs for lunch" style of vacation. While some family dude ranch vacations offer "working ranch hand" types of vacation packages with herd wrangling and such, like the "City Slickers" movie series, families explore all the beauty of nature without roughing it. Guests enjoy lodgings with western rustic decor along with most modern amenities.

4. Year-Round, All-Season, All-Inclusive Vacation Package Activities and Adventures

Not just for summer, a family dude ranch vacation offers plenty of winter, spring, and fall activities too. Ice skating, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and even cross-country skiing can be enjoyed during winter. Look for special seasonal packages for shorter duration, getaway package rates. Summers usually need a minimum seven-day stay, but the all-inclusive lodgings, dining, horseback riding and other activities and amenities make the adventure and convenience well worth it.

5. Green Vacations are In

Besides getting back to nature, family dude ranch vacations support the environment. Dude ranch owners were green before being green was cool. Deemed the original green vacation by the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association (http://www.coloradoranch.com/about-us/press/dude-ranches-2013-the-original-201cgreen201d-vacation ), a dude ranch vacation supports nature conservation, preservation, and protection. Moreover, dude ranch owners gravitate to eco-friendly initiatives. Incorporating energy-efficient lighting and fixtures, recycling, water use reduction, and more are just second nature for owners.

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About the Author:

Slobac is aware of the many family ranch resorts that are a great getaways to bring your family to. Slobac visits The C Lazy U Guest Ranch & Resort when in need of a great family vacation.

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