Giddy Up! Escape to a Wyoming Dude or Guest Ranch
Even the staunchest city slicker has an inner cowboy buried deep inside of him. The benefits of getting in touch with that fella go way beyond bragging rights and photo ops. What you’ll discover on a dude or guest ranch in Wyoming is most likely a transformative experience that you’ll never forget — all amid incredible mountain and prairie scenery, beside new lifelong friends and with a smile that makes your face hurt.
Wyoming ranch experiences are famously great escapes for families with children of any age, from toddlers to teenagers. Parents can also look forward to stress-free trip planning, as many ranches operate on an all-inclusive basis, offering meals, lodging and activities as packages. More importantly, the family bonding that happens during a guest or dude ranch visit is incomparable to any other vacation. At many working ranches, guests of all ages can pitch in on the ranching operations, pulling together to get the job done. Even on ranches designed for a more carefree stay, horseback rides, songs around the campfire, square dancing — maybe even an impromptu game of softball — are the perfect vehicles for creating a new set of unforgettable family memories.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway won’t be disappointed. Many ranches offer unexpected luxuries, such as spa treatments and gourmet food-and-wine packages. A getaway to a guest ranch is the perfect excuse to unplug, soak up stunning scenery and ride off into the sunset together.
Activities can quite literally fill every day of your stay at a dude or guest ranch — any time of year. If you want to get your hands dirty, pitch in on the cattle operations. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing or photography get you up close to the ruggedly beautiful surroundings. Or get the blood pumping with a snowmobiling, four-wheeling, whitewater rafting or hiking outing — or maybe even archery