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Working Dude Ranches

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Professional working ranches have been in the past closely guarded communities of people living off the land and savoring a "way of life" that has been handed down through generations. Many are still private ranches, but a handful are beginning to open their gates to travelers around the world. 

For many guests, staying at a working ranch will be a once in a lifetime opportunity in which they get to learn about what it takes to run and care for the livestock and land. While soaking up the rhythm of ranch life you will acquire horsemanship skills, gather livestock from pastures, drive herds of cattle, and maybe even experience a cow or horse giving birth. You will truly learn what a ranch looks like, smells like, and how it tastes and feels. It is often an experience that truly touches ones heart and soul.


Colorado Cattle Company and Guest Ranch — New Raymer, CO USA

Season: First Sunday in May to mid-October
Capacity: 26, with normally about 14-16 guests.
Rates: Cabins: $2,099 per week ; Couples bunk house room: $2,199.00 per week ; VIP cabin suites: $2,399 per week
Activities: (more)
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Blacktail Ranch — Wolf Creek, MT USA

Season: June 1- October 1
Capacity: 30
Rates: $1,600.00 $2,600.00 / weekly $250.00 - $385.00 daily
Activities:

Horseback Riding,Fishing and River Adventures are our... (more)

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McGarry Ranches — Rexburg, ID USA

Season: May - November
Capacity: 10
Rates: $1595.00, per week, plus taxes
Activities:

We are a working cattle ranch. We do our work with the cattle... (more)

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Bar H Bar Ranch — Soda Springs, ID USA

Season: May 1st to Oct 1st for ranch vacation. December to March for snow activities.
Capacity: 4 to 6 guests.
Rates: $900 for five days Monday to Saturday or $180 perday
Activities:

Horseback riding, calving, branding, mending fences, moving... (more)

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McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch — Libby, MT USA

Season: Year round
Capacity: 15 to 19 guests
Rates: $2000.50 to $2178.75 per person per week, plus Montana accommodations tax and transportation fee. Off peak in the spring $1298.00 to $1688.50 per person plus tax and transportation fee. Off peak...
Activities:

People are saying they've ridden more than they could... (more)

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Chico Basin Ranch — Colorado Springs, CO USA

Season: January - December
Capacity: 2 rooms (6 people)
Rates: $1995 per week (6 night stay) American Plan
Activities:

Guests participate in the day-to-day operations on the... (more)

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Rowse's 1+1 Ranch LLC — Burwell, NE USA

Season: Year round
Capacity: 10
Rates: $250 per person per day
Activities:

You can expect at least 6 hours of riding a day. A wide... (more)

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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch — Shell, WY USA

Season: Year-round
Capacity: 25
Rates: $1,845 (4 nights) - $2,745 (6 nights) - $5,345(13 nights)
Activities:

The Hideout is not your typical nose-to-tail guest ranch. A... (more)

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New Haven Working Cattle & Guest Ranch — Hulett, WY USA

Season: mid May to mid October
Capacity: 8
Rates: $1365 per week based on double occupancy, $1515 single occupancy, lower rates for non-riders and in October
Activities:

Having just 8 guests at a time allows us to offer everyone a... (more)

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Silver Spur Ranch — Dubois, ID USA

Season: May-September
Capacity: 12
Rates: $1350.00 + 6% Tax
Activities:

Sumer Horse Drive: 

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Cottonwood Ranch — Wells, NV USA

Season: May through September
Capacity: 20
Rates: $275 a day- all inclusive for Ranch visit, $1750 6 day Horse drive, $1700 Wilderness Pack trips, Pack Trip over the Jarbidge Wilderness into the town of Jarbidge, Fall Elk Bugle Pack Trip,...
Activities:

Unlimited side by side real western horseback riding, riding... (more)

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Zapata Ranch — Mosca, CO USA

Season: March 1-November 1
Capacity: In order to provide a more personal experience, we try to limit our number of guests to 15 per week
Rates: $2300 all inclusive weekly rate
Activities:

Join us at any time of the year and immerse yourself into... (more)

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