Ranch holidays are when your dream of becoming a cowboy or girl can finally come true. There is a vast number of ranches available in the USA, Canada, Mexico and South America, catering from the beginner rider through to the experienced wrangler, and offering daily trail riding, pack trips, cattle work and even horse drives. Guests can get involved in the cowboy way of life, riding the land before tucking into hearty barbecues or ranch feasts, and the traditions of rodeos, team penning competitions and hay rides can all be experienced. Western tack is the order of the day and provides a comfortable and practical way to travel whilst also requiring great skill when trying your hand at barrel racing or driving a herd of horses to their new pasture.
We find that ranch holidays in America appeal to all kinds of travellers, be it single riders looking for an adventure, families wanting to spend some quality time together somewhere special or even couples and groups of friends who want to experience ranch life at its best. You can choose between dude ranches (typical guest ranches offering trail rides) or traditional working ranches where cattle work has often been a family tradition for decades. Those who wish to explore the countryside are welcome on pack trips where you can become one with the wilderness and the aspiring cowboy can get to know his ranch brothers and join them branding, vaccinating and checking the cattle or moving them between pastures.
Whatever your hopes for a ranch riding holiday, get in touch and we will help you to find the right place. Please bear in mind when shopping around that many ranch holidays incur state taxes and gratuities - we include these in all our ranch prices so that there are no hidden costs.
Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming), USA
A Wyoming ranch with some of the best and most diverse horse riding in North America. Located in a remote valley, this ranch offers tuition with certified instructors, a cross country course, team sorting, herding cows, cattle drives, roundups, pack trips and trail rides. Excellent cuisine and outstanding fishing opportunities, along with their Arabian horse breeding programme, make this an exceptional ranch to visit.
British Columbia Ranch, Canada
This guest and cattle ranch offers guests the ultimate outdoor adventure holiday in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Guests are offered a complete range of horse back riding as well as hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing and tennis. The ranch is family owned and operated and caters to the needs of the most discerning guests. Its world class riding programme makes this ranch outstanding with options available to suit every rider. No other location in the world offers such a superb combination of great horses, beautiful riding terrain and the seasoned experience of world class horsemen.
Canadian Rockies, Canada
This ride allows you to explore the Banff National Park and get close to nature, spotting wildlife in its natural habitat. This trail leads deep into the back country and you will stay in comfortable lodges along the way. You will be accompanied by experienced guides who will lead you to one spectacular view after another and take you to the prime wildlife spotting locations.
Colorado Cattle Ranch, USA
These ranching holidays are based on a genuine working cattle ranch, where you are able to join in with the ranch work, as well as learning about the things cowboys like to do for fun. The Colorado Cattle ranch was set up by a farmer named Leonard Briggs, as a homestead in the 1880s. He soon realised the land was no good for farming crops and invested in cattle instead - this was cattle country after all! By the end of the century he had set up a business welcoming guests and trading in horses, food and water, with travellers on the great stagecoach route to Chicago - the Stagecoach Bunkhouse is still known as such to this day.
Colorado Creek Ranch, USA
This 600 acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has been offering authentic western holidays for more than 70 years. With a herd of over 100 homebred and raised horses and a host of ranch facilities, all within walking distance from each other, this is the ideal ranch for a true western adventure. The ranch is designed to suit adults and children alike and is recognised as an unforgettable family hotspot where guests of any age and any ability can come for a dream ranch vacation.
Colours of Mexico, Mexico
This beautiful Mexican ranch is a haven for all levels of rider and non-riders alike, providing guests with a taste of Mexican vibrancy, fantastic cuisine, superb facilities and a stable of responsive trail horses. The majority of the staff are Mexican, including most of the wranglers, but the ranch itself is owned by an experienced Swiss lady who brings a warmth and enthusiasm which makes the destination a delight for guests from all over. The ranch is great for single travellers looking to make friends, couples wanting a romantic getaway, families or even large groups of friends or colleagues. Single lady travellers will also be made to feel welcome and secure here, just one of the reasons why many guests look to return.
Georgia Ranch, USA
A beautiful year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland. With more than 200 quality Paint and Quarter Horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional horse riding programme, unguided riding opportunities and peaceful setting. The ranch offers an all-inclusive riding package during which you can experience the delightful accommodation, exceptional cuisine and southern hospitality.
Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails), USA
This is a comfortable ranch, set in tens of thousands of acres, which has a riding programme second to none. You are always offered a gentle slow walking ride or an exciting fast trotting/loping ride.
The novice rider can enjoy a slow scenic ride and the experienced rider is offered challenging mountain rides, and fast paced loping rides through sandy washes. Disabled riders are able to enjoy this wonderful ranch experience.
Idaho Ranch, USA
This is a rustic ranch destination offering horse moving rides. This is the place to become a real cowboy as you ride ranch-raised quarter horses through this large expanse of Idaho country.
New Mexico Ranch, USA
This destination is a small family run ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere in the magnificent Gila National Forest in south west New Mexico. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows, tall Ponderosa forests, up to the heights where the views go on forever, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliff walls and crystal clear streams. Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America. Ride the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and visit Native ruins where the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, and later Geronimo and the Apaches once roamed.
White Stallion Ranch, USA
The ranch, adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, Arizona, is set in nearly five square miles of lush desert. Longhorn cattle come in for water every day but with the timeless aura of a working western cattle ranch, you also have the benefits and comforts associated with a top quality destination.
Whether horseback riding is new to you or you are an experienced rider, the varied riding programme will fit your needs. There are slow scenic rides through the Saguaro cactus, to brisk fast rides and exciting trail rides over the mountains. There is something for everyone here.
Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch, USA
This authentic working dude ranch combines a touch of luxury with fantastic horse riding, horsemanship and cattle working opportunities. Situated in Shell Valley, Wyoming, the ranch focuses primarily on horse riding and provides excellent horses for all levels of rider - those just starting out are treated with patience and given the help of professional trainers, whilst the seasoned rider will be matched to a responsive mount and can enjoy the company of experienced guides and talented cowboys. Approximately 250,000 acres provide spectacular scenery for trail rides whilst the 1200 head of Black Angus cattle mean that there is plenty of cattle work and drives to be done. This is genuine cattle work required to keep the ranch in operation!