Have you ever wanted to be a cowboy for a day – or just see what it’s like to live on a ranch? Well, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 best Ranch Resorts in the USA for you to visit! From real-life ranch hand experiences to relaxation on historic ranch property, we’ve got you covered.
Chosen carefully based upon TripAdvisor.com reviews of 4 ½ to 5 Stars – these all-inclusive ranch resorts are sure to fit your style. Check out our Top 12 Ranches in the slideshow below.
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White Stallion Ranch, Tuscon, ArizonaOne of two remaining dude ranches in the Tucson area, White Stallion Ranch is an all-inclusive resort offering an Old West atmosphere coupled with modern comforts such as a heated pool and hot tub, bar, petting zoo, movie theater, fitness center and much more. A member of Historic Hotels of America, this historic ranch is also rated the #1 hotel in Tucson on Trip Advisor. With over 165 horses on their property, White Stallion Ranch has one of the largest private herds of horses in Arizona and provides a rich and authentic frontier experience for its guests.Image Courtesy White Stallion Ranch
Drowsy Water Ranch, Granby, ColoradoVoted one of the 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the World by Parents Magazine and TripAdvisor, Drowsy Water Ranch in Colorado is sure to delight the whole family with ranch activities, kid’s programs, swimming and more! Nestled in the wilderness of Granby, Colorado, this 640-acre ranch sits 8,200 ft. high offering gorgeous views of the valley. Visitors can partake in activities such as; zip-lining over the ranch, trout fishing in the Colorado River, river rafting, mountain biking, hiking in the Rockies and golfing.Image Courtesy Drowsy Water Ranch
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Zion National Park, UtahPerched atop Zion National Park in the middle of a Ponderosa pine forest in Utah, Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort offers 7 different kinds of lodging experiences. Zion Ponderosa gives guests the chance to “see Zion National Park from the top down” at their elevation of 6500 ft. on 4,000 acres. This ranch resort boasts a two-tiered Gravity Edge swimming pool complete with water slides and Jacuzzis, horseback riding, wagon rides, zip-lining, massage, various sports and jeep tours to name a few. During the Summer months, they also offer a Saturday night rodeo and barn dance.Image Courtesy Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
Rocking Horse Ranch, Highlands, New YorkAn all-inclusive vacation for the whole family? You got it. Rocking Horse Ranch features horseback riding, lake sports, skiing, mini-golf, tennis, basketball and more. Kids and adults can enjoy the indoor water park, fun center and archery range. Live entertainment is available, and parents can enjoy a trip to the spa. Children’s crafts and activities are also available, as well as a babysitting service. Plus, during special months kids can stay for free! With all of these amenities, it’s no wonder Rocking Horse Ranch Resort was also given a 2016 Travelers’ Choice Award from TripAdvisor.Image Courtesy Rocking Horse Ranch
Shangrila Guest Ranch, South Boston, VirginiaA ranch resort located in historic South Boston, Virginia; Shangrila Guest Ranch offers lots to do for the horse enthusiast. Activities include horseback riding, various sports, walking trails, assisting with animal feeding and farm chores. After a day of ranch activities guests are invited to roast marshmallows around the campfire. Of special note is the Cowgirl Retreat Week popular for women’s birthday parties and reunions. This retreat is offered only twice a year and features horseback riding, wine tasting, shooting, archery, fishing and massage.Image Courtesy Shangrila Guest Ranch
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, Quincy, CaliforniaHave you ever wanted to be in a rodeo? Then Greenhorn’s Guest Rodeo Games might be for you. Afterward, relax your sore muscles in the heated pool right next door to the saloon. And, don’t worry if you have kids who are too young to ride the trails with you, the Kiddie Corral for ages 3-5 offers games, crafts, and a petting zoo to give mom and dad a chance to enjoy the ranch amenities. With so much to do, including a dance hall, it’s no wonder Greenhorn Creek Ranch was voted one of Gene Kilgore’s 2015 World’s Best Ranches.Image Courtesy Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Zapata Ranch, Mosca, ColoradoBordered by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Ranch offers up something for everyone from real ranch-hand experience to birding, to relaxation and massage. Managed by Ranchlands, this preserved ranch offers scenic experiences with nature, horseback riding, naturalist tours, fly fishing, whitewater rafting and more. Of special note are their special weeks including branding experiences, Sandhill crane photography workshops, birding adventures, horsemanship clinics and overnight pack trips.Image Courtesy Zapata Ranch
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jasper, ArkansasA true family ranch atmosphere, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch offers fun and adventure for everyone. Whether you want to go horseback riding, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing or zip-lining – you can do it here at Horseshoe Canyon. If need be, babysitting is offered for the younger kids if a more rigorous hike or ride is on your agenda. Horseshoe Canyon ranch offers a western experience with Southern hospitality at an Arkansas family dude ranch. This resort also welcomes family reunions and retreats!Image Courtesy Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Puakea Ranch, Hawi, HawaiiDid you know that one of the longest-sustained industries in Hawaii is cattle ranching? Cowpokes, called paniolo have been tending the ranches and handling the livestock in Hawaii since 1793. With separate bungalows, swimming pools, hot tubs, and lava-rock swimming pool – Puakea Ranch makes a particularly peaceful environment for weddings. Horseback riding and lessons are available, and the resort is located about 10 minutes from the beach. Of special note is the organic vegetable garden and orchard, and the fresh eggs from the chicken coop – all available for guests to use.Image Courtesy Puakea Ranch
Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch, Burwell, NebraskaRowse's 1+1 Ranch is a real working cattle ranch. Located in the Nebraska Sandhills, 1+1 Ranch allows guests to experience the cowboy life (on well-trained quarter horses) while sorting cattle, gathering and driving cattle and bulls, and other day-to-day real-life ranch activities. There are no head-to-tail trail rides here! Guests can expect 6+ hours of riding daily, so Tammy makes sure they are well-fed with three family-style home-cooked meals each day shared with the family. Relax at night in comfortable, private cabins. Become a real cowboy today as you learn the lifestyle and experience western heritage.Image Courtesy Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch
McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch, Libby, MontanaIf you’re looking to bring your horse on vacation to learn new skills, or just experience an authentic working cattle ranch – look no further than McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch in Montana. Serious ranchers or horse enthusiasts can learn the Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship during daily clinics, available for beginners to advanced riders. You can also explore the country side, participate in cattle working and assist with cattle drives! For those who may not want the full-on ranch experience, McGinnis Meadows also offers comfortable lodging with queen-sized beds, robes, complimentary slippers, a hot tub and a reading loft filled with over 500 Western-themed novels.Image Courtesy McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch
Dixie Dude Ranch, Bandera, TexasThree home-cooked meals a day, followed by a nice, cool drink on the porch…what more could you ask for if you’re looking to enjoy the ranch life in Texas! Guests at Dixie Dude Ranch can expect campfires, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, entertainment and more, along with swimming or relaxing in the hot tub. Featured in Southern Living, and CNN Travel, Dixie Dude Ranch offers a unique experience since it’s still a working ranch raising longhorn cattle, Spanish goats, and pigs. This is a popular site for summer family vacations, honeymoons, school trips and family reunions.Image Courtesy Dixie Dude Ranch