Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: in a mystical, magical place called Pennsylvania, USA
Anyone know of any good Dude Ranches?
My dad and brothers are going to Philmont for Boy Scouts this year, so my mom decided us horse ladies (me, mom, and my friend) are going to go to a dude ranch for a few days. But we cannot find any that really suit our needs. First of all, I want an actually dude ranch that is centered around horses. I don't care if they have an Olympic-sized swimming pool and French cuisine. A deep creek and a chicken barbeque will do just as great . Second, we really want to have unlimited riding, where they assign you a horse and you ride when you want, without needing a guide or anything, because I don't want to have to set up my rides days in advance. Just go when we feel like it. And lastly, it can't be uber expensive. Most of the ones I have seen have been about $300+ at the cheapest per night! We did find one that is about $600 for 5 days, $120 a night, and that is pretty good. Anything around that.
And, this may go without saying, but I don't want to be stuck nose-to-tail walking along a dusty road. I want to actually go where I want at what pace I want. We are all good riders, so we don't need pushbutton ponies.
I have been Googling for days, and amazingly, found nothing! Except for that one, but that does have guided rides and they are all planned in advance.
Oh, and I would really love somewhere out West, like Colorado, Texas, Montana, ect. ect. Not anywhere in the east or south. I live in the east, I've seen enough of that, and the south too, been there.