Elevate Your Ranch Holiday With Our Exclusive 2024 List Of Thrilling Western Hideaways

Choose to stay at a ranch near Cody, Wyoming, “the Rodeo Capital of the World” and savour cowboy culture at the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo and Cody Nite Rodeo!

Your 2024 guide to embarking on an extraordinary adventure through Frontier America and the Wild West, our expert-led list includes the best ranches for families, friends and incurable romantics. Get ready to immerse yourself in a land of rugged landscapes, legendary outlaws and endless horizons, on a tailor-made holiday.  

From the perfect ranch week to a longer journey where you can experience more of the USA, talk to our friendly team of specialists about your interests, and even your dreams, as we are here to make it happen. By including all your necessary transfers and upgrades, and with your special experiences and tours all pre-booked, you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride.

Scroll down, and you’ll also find our Family Reunion “Kids Ranch FREE” summer offer and our best picks for October half term.

BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RANCH HOLIDAYS

Rimrock Ranch: A True Home-Away-From-Home

Since 1955, Wyoming’s Rimrock Dude Ranch has warmly embraced guests seeking an authentic ranch experience. Originally purchased by Glen and Alice Fales, the property remains a cherished family legacy. Nestled along the tranquil banks of Canyon Creek, the ranch boasts breathtaking vistas of Wapiti Valley and the majestic Absaroka Range, and it’s ideally located midway between the captivating town of Cody and the stunning Yellowstone National Park, both roughly 25 miles apart. 

Rimrock Dude Ranch is located 25 miles west of Cody, Wyoming and 27 miles east of the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park ©Rimrock Dude Ranch

Immerse yourself in its historic charms with rustic cabins, savour hearty family-style meals, and embark on exhilarating horseback adventures guided by seasoned cowboys. For thrill-seekers, the rapids of whitewater rafting beckon, while the vibrant Cody Nite Rodeo runs all summer long. Revel in the delights of a breakfast ride, a captivating day tour of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil art of fly-fishing in a pond teeming with cutthroat trout. A relaxing place to do the dude, there is also a heated swimming pool, a soothing hot tub, and a games room.

“The ideal home away from home for families, we love the larger cabins. With a maximum capacity of 30 guests, it’s an ideal choice for parents seeking a social yet intimate atmosphere.”  

Sweet Grass Ranch: A Timeless Taste of the Old West

Tucked away in Montana’s serene Crazy Mountains and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sweet Grass Ranch has been a family-owned working cattle operation for six generations. What began as a camp for kids and teens eventually evolved into a summer haven for families, offering stunning vistas and unforgettable adventures for all ages.

Sweet Grass Ranch is a magical destination; a place where wild horses run free and open space is endless ©Sweet Grass Ranch

Today, young and old have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the heart of the Big Sky State’s remote beauty, the property lying close to Gallatin National Forest and the Boulder River. Enjoy hearty home-cooked meals, exhilarating horseback rides, cattle work, and the unique experience of swimming with horses. Choose from atmospheric cosy cabins, some nestled beside the babbling creek, or stay in the main lodge.

“We love the wealth of authentic activities on offer at the Sweet Grass Ranch. The cattle weeks and overnight pack trips are perfect for horse-crazy teens, and nearby Big Timber is a welcoming small town with a genuine Old West atmosphere rooted in the history of the Northern Pacific Railroad.”  

White Stallion Ranch: Where Little Ones Ride The Range

Indulge in a luxurious family retreat at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, renowned for its picturesque mountain and desert landscapes, many of which graced the silver screen. Relax in charming traditional accommodations, pamper yourself with rejuvenating massages, savour home-cooked meals, and create unforgettable memories on leisurely trail rides. 

Arizona’s White Stallion Ranch carefully blends the personal touch and hospitality with the amenities and service of a fine resort ©White Stallion Ranch

With one of Arizona’s largest private horse herds, riders of all levels can enjoy guided adventures, from lead-line rides for little ones to exhilarating fast rides and mountain excursions for the more experienced. Out of the saddle, embrace thrilling activities such as rock climbing, e-biking, hiking, and archery, or kick back by the pool. In the evenings, there’s plenty of captivating entertainment, including Loop Rawlins’ Wild West Show, moonlit bonfires with cowboy singers, and awe-inspiring astronomy lessons beneath the stars.

“We love the inclusive nature of the White Stallion Ranch, where all ages from tiny tots through to seniors are able to saddle up. That makes it a great choice for larger groups bringing extended family, and with an almost endless list of activities on offer, there are so many more ways to explore the enchanting desert scenery.”  

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Tombstone Monument Ranch: Stay A Wild West Town

Nestled in the heart of southeastern Arizona, the surrounds of Tombstone Monument Ranch & Cattle Company are steeped in Western lore, making the property a haven for families seeking a timeless wild west experience. Immerse yourself in the days of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and prepare to be transported to an era of cowboys and outlaws as you wander past the meticulously designed Old West frontage replicating the nearby town that was, famously, too tough to die.

Step back in time with your family and stay at Tombstone Monument Ranch — just 2.5 miles from the West’s most iconic town ©Bob Miller Photo.com

Each guest room is cleverly concealed behind facades resembling a post office, a blacksmith shop, and a bordello. And, in keeping with the landscape’s notorious past, the ranch even has its own saloon. From live music and cowboy cookouts to trail rides and UTV safaris, there’s no shortage of fun to be had: a private dining room, a pool and hot tub, and guided horseback riding for ages five and above, making this the perfect family ranch retreat.

“We love this ranch as it’s a truly magical experience for children where the whole family can get into character. The ranch’s proximity to Tombstone, one of the frontier era’s iconic towns, makes it an even more special place to visit!”

CONTACT US for more information on our summer Family Reunion “Kid’s Ranch FREE” offer and October half-term ranch holidays at the Tombstone Monument Ranch…

ULTIMATE ESCAPES FOR ROMANTICS

Triple Creek Resort Ranch: Tailored To Romantic Indulgence

Escape to the renowned Triple Creek Ranch, an idyllic resort nestled in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range. Perfect for couples seeking a romantic getaway, this luxurious Relais & Châteaux property offers an irresistible blend of sophistication and rustic charm. An all-inclusive ranch, every moment is taken care of, from exquisite gourmet candlelit dinners and fine wines to a plethora of activities designed to ignite your sense of adventure.

The ideal choice for incurable romantics, Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, is a legendary Relais & Chateaux ranch offering five-star food, wine, and service ©Pam Voth

Explore picturesque trails on horseback, cast your line, or immerse yourselves in the wonders of nature on guided safaris. For an extra thrill, try your hand at archery or embark on scenic hikes. Should your special date or anniversary fall in the winter season, the year-round ranch offers skiing, the unique experience of “skijoring,” and, when possible, even horse riding over a fresh blanket of snow. At the end of the trail, take a refreshing dip in the inviting swimming pool or relax in the soothing embrace of the sauna before retiring to your charming log cabin or spacious ranch home.

“We love the idea of sapphire mining for that special someone. Just one of the many unique adventures on offer, it is the ranch’s ability to personalise experiences down to the very last detail that makes this an enchanting escape tailored for romantic indulgence.”  

The Ranch At Rock Creek: Romantic 5-Star Glamping

Indulge in a truly delightful Montana retreat at The Ranch at Rock Creek. Nestled in the picturesque Phillipsburg, this all-inclusive luxury property sprawls across more than 6,000 acres. Surrounded by the majestic Sapphire, John Long, and Pintler Mountains, the views are breathtaking from every direction. For equine enthusiasts, a stay here is a dream come true, as the working stables house a herd of 73 magnificent horses. But that’s not all. Whether you crave exhilarating hikes, the thrill of fly fishing, rejuvenating yoga, or the freedom of mountain biking, adventure awaits to fulfil your every whim.

Tucked away on the banks of Rock Creek is Trapper, an idyllic cabin that exudes romance ©The Ranch At Rock Creek

After a day of exploration, retreat to the embrace of five-star dining in the Granite Lodge, your culinary journey featuring tantalising dishes including succulent grass-fed beef, and delectable coho salmon, and after dinner drinks in the Silver Dollar Saloon. Finally, unwind in secluded, rustic-chic glamping cabins adorned with king-sized beds, cosy gas stoves, luxurious Frette linens, and inviting creek-facing porches that offer added seclusion for couples. A fabulous retreat for larger groups too, if the ranch finds a special place in your heart, why not return with your extended family to celebrate milestone anniversaries?

“We love the ranch’s oh so luxurious glamping. For a truly unforgettable romantic experience, book the Trapper Cabin, the property’s most hidden-away accommodation, a hybrid wood, stone, and canvas glamping tent with its own cedar soaking tub on the banks of the bubbling Rock Creek.”

OUR FAVOURITE AUTHENTIC WORKING RANCHES

Lonesome Spur Working Ranch: Experience The Authentic Western Lifestyle

Embark on an authentic Western adventure at Montana’s Lonesome Spur. Located near Yellowstone in the magical Clarks Fork Valley, between the Pryor Mountains and the Beartooth Mountains, this working cattle ranch (famously known as the “Home of the Horse Whisperer”) offers ample opportunities to embrace your inner cowboy spirit.

Experience the authentic Western lifestyle on a working cattle ranch set in the heart of Montana’s Pryor Mountains ©Lonesome Spur Ranch

Learn to catch and saddle your own steed (under supervision) and earn your spurs on the range as you help to gather and move the herd to new pastures. A more leisurely trail, head up into the majestic Pryor Mountains on horseback for the weekly campout and encounter magnificent wildlife such as bears, deer, antelope, and the area’s remarkable wild horses—Montana’s only wild horse herd. To add to the excitement, the Cody Nite Rodeo runs from June through August, offering the chance to witness thrilling rodeo performances and explore the historic town of Cody. Founded by the legendary Buffalo Bill, Cody will transport you back to the frontier days.

“The friendly feel of this ranch, makes it a popular choice for singles and small groups of friends and family who want to book the entire ranch. It’s also a wonderful destination wedding location with the recent addition of the Legacy Barn.

Kara Creek Working Ranch: Hone Your Cowboy Skills In Wyoming

An authentic working ranch, Kara Creek runs between 2,500 and 3,000 head of mainly Black Angus cattle. The best times to visit are usually in early May, when the cowhands are busy branding, and June for the annual cattle drive. There’s also the expectation of being able to lend a hand with various cowboy chores over the course of the summer. In September, the cattle are spread across 30,000 acres, and it will be your job to go out each day, find the cattle, bring them together, and take them back to the ranch headquarters, where they will be overwintered. 

Kara Creek Ranch is an authentic working ranch, with the cattle run on over 70,000 acres ©Kara Creek Ranch

Perfectly positioned for Western history buffs, the ranch is only 16 miles shy of the historic town of Sundance, the property lying alongside the banks of the Inyan Kara Creek, the crystal-clear mountain stream discovered in 1874 by General Custer’s expedition. Horse riding experience is required, as you could be spending up to eight hours a day in the saddle.

“A rewarding holiday if you’re keen on challenging yourself in the saddle, this is a truly authentic cowboy experience.”  

For more information on the ranch holidays we offer at Frontier America, and to book, call our specialists on 020 8776 8709 or email us at America@frontier-travel.co.uk. ATOL PROTECTED No 5405 ABTA W3207.