Few vacations are more all-American than one that involves riding horses in the great open spaces of the American West. But if an adult-acquired fear of actually riding a horse compromises your willingness to fulfill your children's vacation dreams of being a cowboy or cowgirl for a week, do not fear. There's plenty for mom and dad and the entire family to do at many dude ranches other than ride horse. Think swimming holes or swimming pools, hikes in the woods, fishing, square dances, star gazing, bird watching, or just sitting in a lawn chair reading a good book.
Dude ranches, often called a guest ranch, as diverse as they serve customers and those who use them. Many of them are located in some of the most intriguing parts of the country, adjacent to national parks, the historic pioneer trails and near a charming little community where the Old West is not so far in the past.
Although rough version of it, with overnight trail rides and cooking on an open fire, recreation Dude Ranch could just as easily include a full-service spa, culinary seminars, round or two of golf-and five-star accommodation.
In any case, the quality of family and memorable holiday available without fear of horses on a family vacation ranch.
Unlike the more common, everyday slang that can be muttered out of the mouth of your child more than you prefer, "dude" in the context of dude ranching is a term of respect for those who have life, they would not otherwise know or understand.
There are two main types of dude ranches. First working dude ranch. Here is where you get out there and really get your dirty guys working with cattle, sheep and other domestic animals. You may be able to throw a lasso to haul hay or feed scoop.