Visit a Dude Ranch

Even the biggest cityslickers will enjoy saddling up to visit a dude ranch. Dude ranches offer so many activities besides horseback riding. Families will love the beautiful natural surroundings, as well as hiking, fishing and just taking in life on a ranch.

Many ranches have kids programs that will create wranglers out of your children by the end of your stay. The friendly atmosphere will make you feel like part of the family in just a few days. Ranch accommodations range from a simple room in the main ranch house to elegantly appointed cabins with fireplaces. It helps to decide on what your family will enjoy most before making reservations. We've rounded up the most family-friendly dude ranches for your view:

Rocking Horse Ranch brings the Wild West to New York. This family-owned ranch has won many awards and they cater to the family market. While horseback riding is the main event here, you'll find a wide variety of other activities for your family to enjoy. "C Lazy U Ranch" in Colorado (website is: ) is a luxury ranch that has a great kids' program.

Dude Ranches of North America lists hundreds of dude and guest ranches across the country, as does the The Dude Ranchers' Association. Gordon's Guide Dude Ranches & Guest Ranches - Western Horseback Riding Vacations is also an excellent source of information. To read about the dude ranch experience, take a look at this article: The Family Travel Network.

If you want to go horseback riding, cattle driving, square dancing or just relax under a blue sky, there is a ranch that can meet your needs. So, here's wishing you "happy trails" as you ride off to create some family memories!

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