All of us at Ciao Bambino are major family dude ranch vacation fans! In our hyper-connected world, they provide a welcome chance to unplug and get off the grid — instead, the focus is on old-fashioned outdoor fun and reconnecting as a family. It’s just like summer camp, if summer camp included spacious cabins loaded with creature comforts, extra-special adventures and gourmet dining amid the scenery.
Our wonderful partners at the Dude Ranchers’ Association have collaborated with us to present nine outstanding offers that give you a little added incentive to get a dude ranch trip on the calendar for the coming year. From the Arizona desert to the mountains of Wyoming, you’ll find a perfect location for every age and ability. Note, many of these deals expire by January 15, 2020. If you haven’t nailed down your #TimetoTravel2020 plans yet, let this be your first step — reach out to us to book!
Special Offer: 10 percent off weekly stay for families of 4 or more. Good from June 14-July 25 and August 16-29.
Sprucedale Guest Ranch is a glimpse of heaven on earth. This family-owned working ranch provides all the ingredients for good old-fashioned family time. Pull on your boots and mount a horse for a thrilling ride through pine-covered mountains laced with trout-filled streams. Gather your children and friends to play games, learn a new western dance and sing around the bonfire as you roast marshmallows and swap stories. When the dinner bell rings, sit down together to home cooked, country-style meals that will make you smile inside and out. And when your belly is full and you’re worn out from having fun, circle the chairs on your cabin porch, stretch out your legs and watch a million stars flicker their approval on a day spent reconnecting with those you love. Welcome to Sprucedale!
Special Offer: Make a deposit for a 2020 all-inclusive family summer vacation by January 31, 2020, and we’ll double the preseason discount ($200 off per person).
Red Horse Mountain Ranch provides all-inclusive dude ranch vacations each season from May through October. Our secluded property is located on 560 acres, bordering the beautiful Idaho Panhandle National Forest, with more than 100,000 acres of permitted outfitter area. Along with a full schedule of beginner to advanced Western horseback riding, the ranch includes an impressive lineup of adventures for the whole family. Archery, sporting clays, a challenge course, ziplines, a climbing wall, kayaking, mountain biking and a lengthy list of self-guided adventures are available — not to mention our famous kids’ program, packed with exciting activities for ages 3-10. Rates include cozy western accommodations, guided activities, daily chef-prepared meals, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, daily cocktail hour, guest laundry services and housekeeping service.
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Special Offer: 5 percent discount for any available dates in the 2020 season. Offer expires January 15, 2020.
Elk Mountain Ranch is located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with off-the-beaten-path charm. It’s a pleasant 2-hour drive from Denver (shuttle service is available) and adjacent to Browns Canyon National Monument. The Murphy family’s home and passion since 1985, Elk Mountain Ranch is unique for its spectacular location, horseback rides of unmatched beauty, variety of activities, superb menu and intimate capacity. You’ll have a horse to call your own, enjoy a full-day whitewater rafting trip, try marksmanship, archery, trapshooting and more. Families are encouraged to ride and raft together! Other activities include an excursion to a local ropes and adventure Park, a van trip to Aspen, mountain biking, square dancing, hayrides and evening entertainment. Massages are available for an additional cost. Unbridle your spirit and rein in the memories.
Special Offer: For the first time ever, August 23-29, 2020, is being offered at a 20 percent discount off the regular family season rate, with the very same authentic Western family season treatment.
Our third-generation dude ranch founded in 1945 will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this summer. Our founder, Les Averill, believed that everyone who puts their spurs on the ground in Bigfork, Montana, should get the same Montana hospitality as the “dude” next to them. Our Western heritage and pedigree is second to none — we offer horseback riding for every skill level on our 2,000-plus acres of property. The ranch includes 100 acres of pristine Flathead Lake shorefront with 1920s Q Class wooden sailboats and classic wooden powerboats that navigate the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. But if wild and scenic are your cup of tea, we have 2,000 acres of forested Montana property in which you can lose yourself (mentally — we won’t let you get lost in real life). Take a horseback ride through our own private herd of Rocky Mountain elk, then enjoy happy hour and gourmet dining on the shores of the lake, all the while being made to feel like part of the Averill family.
Special Offer: Book your family spring break or summer vacation by January 15 and receive 10 percent off.
Escape, unwind and reconnect with family, friends and nature in one of the most beautiful places in the world: the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest! Our ranch is unique because of our small size and flexible schedule. Explore incredible 500-foot-deep canyons with crystal-clear streams, Ponderosa forests, open meadows and mountain overlooks. You’ll enjoy responsive, well cared-for and well-trained horses, and comfortable tack. On horseback, spot abundant wildlife, including elk, mule deer and javelina, then take a step back in time and experience 1,000-year-old pit houses and cliff dwellings. Search for pottery shards and view pictographs still remaining from these ancient people. This is also the birthplace of the famous Apache warrior Geronimo and the homeland of the Chiricahua Apaches. Round out your stay with delicious meals, s’mores around a campfire, swimming in the creek, playing games and making memories together that will last a lifetime. The ranch is open March through mid-November, with turquoise blue New Mexico skies, sunny days and lovely temperate weather throughout the season here at our 6,500-foot elevation in the mountains.
Special Offer: Stay 6 nights and get the 7th free. Reservations must be made between December 15, 2020, and January 15, 2020, on a space-available basis for any dates within 2020 (no blackout dates).
At Arizona’s award-winning White Stallion Ranch, the personal touch and hospitality of a traditional dude ranch is carefully blended with the service and amenities of a fine resort. The True family welcomes you to the ranch that has been their home for more than 50 years. Reconnect with nature, family, friends and serenity. Ride through the unspoiled desert, rugged mountains and cactus that have brought Hollywood filmmakers to the area for 70-plus years. The ranch is recognized nationally for excellence in service and value.
Special Offer: 10 percent discount for full-week stays the weeks of July 12-19 and our adult-only weeks, August 23-30 and August 30-September 6. Offer expires January 15, 2020.
Nine Quarter Circle Ranch is a family-owned and operated dude ranch just miles from the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Our remote location provides easy access to incredible scenery and excellent riding opportunities. We breed, raise and train our own horses, making our herd an important part of the Nine Quarter experience. Our family-oriented vacations feature riding for all ages and levels of horsemanship while incredible blue-ribbon fly-fishing can be found onsite and in nearby rivers. Traditional activities such as campfires, cookouts, hayrides and more are a big hit, as is our dedicated children’s program. Come to the place where “Time Stands Still,” just south of the beautiful resort town of Big Sky and just north of West Yellowstone and Yellowstone Park!
Special Offer: Plan a 6-night visit the week of May 31 or June 7 to receive a 20 percent discount off our regular rates. This offer is for new reservations only and can’t be combined with any other discounts. Book now and save up to $460 per person!
Early June is springtime in Wind River Country, which means the wildflowers are blooming, there are opportunities to see wildlife with their young and deer and elk antler sheds wait to be discovered. Near both Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park, Lazy L&B features simple but comfortable log cabins with private bathrooms, refrigerators, outdoor sitting areas and other amenities. Riders are grouped according to age and ability for daily horseback rides that cover a broad sweep of Wyoming’s beautiful terrain. Back at the ranch you’ll find hiking, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, a shooting gallery and more. All meals are included. Come and kick off the 2020 season with us!
Special Offer: Book a 6-night summer stay at Latigo Ranch by January 15, 2020, and receive our sommelier package at no additional charge. The sommelier package provides wine paired with your dinner each night, up to a $400 value per adult.
Latigo Ranch is a family-friendly source of adventure and delight to everyone who spends their vacation with us. There’s nothing more authentic and immersive in nature than spending your time at this small, scenic and secluded ranch. With trails that suit a variety of riding styles and experiences, overnight pack trips in the high meadows, hands-on cattle work, an onsite pool and hot tub, and age-specific children’s programming, the ranch represents active family fun at its best. Get your kids to Latigo: We do all the work, but you get all the credit for the best vacation your family could ask for!
Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy of the individual ranches pictured.
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