Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family members, rest assured that your dude ranch vacation is one you’ll remember for as long as you live. In addition to offering traditional activities such as horseback riding and hiking, some allow you to wind down and relax through spa treatments and yoga classes. Besides, you won’t be able to resist the natural beauty surrounding you, be it in the form of mountains, plains or even the desert itself. If you’re finally heading to a dude ranch this year, remember the following three steps to get the best value for money and enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
Step 1) Decide When You’ll Go
While a very few dude ranches are open all year round, expect most to be available between May and July and then September to October. Some are even available during Christmas, offering singles and families alike with a memorable holiday. So determine when you plan to go as that will be an important factor in deciding which ranch you’ll vacation at.
Step 2) Decide on a Ranch
Once you decide on a season to visit the ranch in, you need to pick a ranch style. Choose between ranches that offer an authentic Western experience, a working cattle ranch, and a luxury ranch resort that comes with a spa and fitness center. You should also plan whether to head to an intimate, boutique ranch or one which entertains a larger number of guests.
Next, take into consideration the activities and amenities of the ranch. You should find out about onsite and nearby offerings, such as fly-fishing, horse riding, spa treatments and even children’s programs. You should especially find out how close to the grid the ranch you intend to visit really is. Some tend to disconnect you from the world (and telecommunication channels) to allow you to bond with your family instead.
Now that you’ve shortlisted a few ranches, it’s time for you to run the numbers. Don’t be shocked at a week’s price because the number you see usually includes all meals, lodging and, at times, activities. Also find out if the price you’re paying includes transportation to and from the ranch. You may need to set money on the side for renting a car or shuttle service. Finally, remember that you may have to pay additional taxes and tip the ranches, so estimate another 10-30% more to your tab.
If you want to be more thorough during your selection, call up the ranch or email them asking the following questions:
Step 3) Pack Your Bags
In addition to several pairs of jeans, you’ll need to pack the following things to ensure your comfort and protection during your stay:
So now that you know how to plan your dude ranch vacation, get ready to start your journey. Tell your boss and your friends that you’re off and get ready to ride, relax and have fun the cowboy way.