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Introduction to Farm and Ranch Vacations

Farms and Ranches

Try a relaxing vacation down on the farm or kick up your heels at a dude ranch. A great idea if you want to go, have fun, pay for it in advance, and then just enjoy! In this area you will find listings around the United States and Canada for both. Happy Trails!

Down on the Ranch

If your kids love horses or are enthralled by Westerns, a ranch vacation may be for you. But even if they show no inclination to wear cowboy boots and yodel around the campfire, if blue jeans and flannel shirts are your kind of dress code, a week on a ranch may surprise you. Today's ranch resorts offer a variety of activities for all ages, including hiking, tennis, golf, fishing, swimming, white-water rafting, or just lazing by the pool with a good book.

While rates may seem high, remember when you're shopping around that they generally include all your meals and activities. Some resorts offer special children's programs including overnight camp-outs and arts and crafts projects, and can help you arrange for a baby-sitter. So, if evenings spent watching for shooting stars and listening for owls and coyotes around a blazing camp fire are tempting, the following guide to ranch resorts in the U.S. and Canada should help in your search for the perfect ranch.

Listings in our database area were provided by the Dude Rancher's Association and the British Columbia Guest Ranch Association. The Dude Rancher's Association publishes an annual directory called "The Dude Rancher," which lists and describes their 110 member ranches, located in 12 Western states and two Canadian provinces. The directory is available for free from:

The Dude Rancher's Association
PO Box 471
LaPorte, CO 80535
(970) 223-8440
(970) 223-0201 Fax
duderanches@compuserve.com Email

The British Columbia Guest Ranch Association can be reached at:

PO Box 2560
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 4P2 Canada
(604) 398-7755
(604) 398-7738 Fax

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