There's plenty of places to visit across the United States, from the beaches of Florida, to the skyscrapers of New York City, to Hollywood Boulevard in California. But between these typical tourist destinations lie the dude ranches of inner America. These ranch resorts, scattered throughout the core of the country, offer beautiful sights, adventurous activities, and all the luxuries a typical resort offers. When planning your next vacation, consider the following three dude ranches to visit.
The Resort at Paws Up: Montana - If you're interested in playing cowboy and going horseback riding for miles, this 37,000-acre resort is for you. This resort offers a full ranch experience, including fly fishing, whitewater rafting, and ATVs if you're tired of sitting in a saddle. If you're feeling adventurous and want to sleep outdoors, camping along the banks of the famous Blackfoot River is always an option. The Resort at Paws Up features two restaurants, an exceptional choice of wines, and outdoor barbeques. Whether exploring the wilderness or relaxing in a jetted spa tub, the resort's amenities are sure to cater to your every need.
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Paradise Guest Ranch: Wyoming - The Paradise Guest Ranch has been accommodating guests for more than 100 years. Known for its luxury log cabins and incredible trout fishing, this property sits along the Bighorn National Forest. If you've never ridden a horse, this ranch has you covered. With a horseback riding program -- one that features team penning, instruction, and clinics -- you'll be off and bouncing in your saddle in no time. Like The Resort at Paws Up, this ranch includes indoor and outdoor accommodations, depending on how much adventure or luxury you're up for. If you're interested in mingling and having fun with other resort guests, the French Creek Saloon also offers nightly activities including sing-a-longs, live music, and square dancing.
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Elkorn Ranch: Arizona - This ranch, owned and operated the Miller family since 1946, is located 50 miles southwest of Tucson, Ariz. You'll definitely want to get your western tack ready for this resort, as it offers some of the best horseback riding the country has to offer. The resort's 10,000 acres are home to 120 horses, which range from Thoroughbred, Percheron, and Quarter horses. No matter the kind of horse you need to comfortably ride in the Sonoran desert, Elkorn Ranch caters to all riders of varying riding abilities.
Aside from the horseback riding opportunities, the ranch also features an abundance of bird-watching opportunities, wildlife, and a beautiful view of the Bobaquivari Mountains. If you're in the mood to explore beyond the ranch's borders, the old Spanish missions at San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori, the Kitt Peak National Observatory, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are all located nearby.
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Whether you consider yourself a cowboy (or cowgirl), or just want to get away with the family for a week or two, these dude ranch resort offer many amenities to help you escape reality. From wildlife to luxury, you're sure to find something that will suit your needs and make you feel like you're on the best vacation of your life.