If you want to give your family the kind of adventure they’ll never forget, consider going on a ranching holiday in the style of the Wild West. Discover the wide-open spaces and jagged peaks from cattle country just like they were meant to be experienced- on top of a sturdy steed. These holidays cater for all levels of riding experience with a number of different rides available, including lessons for complete beginners and group rides for the kids. Even if you don’t plan on saddling up, you won’t be starved of action as they’re plenty to entertain everyone, with activities including watching a rodeo, biking, archery, hayrides, roping, and guided hikes. Whether you intend on staying at a working ranch, a spa resort, or a rustic farm, anywhere with people who have a passion for wrangling and its way of life is the best place to ride in.
One of the most important aspects of creating your ideal cowboy experience is knowing when to visit. The best time to visit Texas or Arizona races is any time between January and April or October to December. While open throughout the year, horses are restricted as to how much work they can manage in a day during the summer peak, and with 40-degree temperatures, you’d likely be just fine with that. Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado are more temperate than other states so align your ranching holiday with dates between May and September to experience the wonderful American summer. There are various season dates for these dates. If you want a racing holiday with a twist, there are few establishments that open their doors in the winter and include such activities as snow tubing, fat biking, snowshoeing, and skiing.
Living the American dream – Dixie Dude Ranch, Texas
If you want somewhere that offers a family-friendly atmosphere, with home-cooked food and homemade lemonade to boot, this Texas Hill Country ranch with stunning vistas is the answer. Dixie Dude Ranch offers horse trail rides twice a day that are suitable for riders of all levels, from beginner to advanced.
While there’s not technically a children’s programme, kids are very definitely welcome here. Children under 2 years of age can stay for free and there are also discounts for children aged between 2 and 16. They can also be entertained in the kids’ pool, and children under 6 can team up with adults for a ride. Bandera is just 10 minutes away, with attractions including the Frontier Times Museum.
The über-luxurious Ranch at Rock Creek is set on 10-square miles of rolling foothills and rugged meadows. The resort, with its numerous facilities, caters for the entire family. Adults can enjoy some quality relaxation time in the Granite Spa while children aged between four and 12 are entertained by the Little Grizzlies Kids Club, with its creative morning and afternoon activities based on different themes: plants and rocks, cowboys and horses, and rivers and ponds.