6 dude ranches, farms and barndominiums to cowboy up your vacation

Make your wildest Western dreams come true with a vacation on a real guest ranch! From actual working dude ranches with horseback riding and cattle drives to beautifully restored barns and cowboy-themed family escapes, there’s a place for everyone to hang their Stetson.

Authentic dude ranch in Red Lodge, Montana

Pack your best chaps! This working horse and cattle ranch at the base of Beartooth Mountain is the real deal. Just outside the cowboy town of Red Lodge, Volney Creek Ranch has room for 10, two fireplaces and stunning scenic views from the wraparound porch. Horseback riding, world-class fly fishing and Big Sky–stargazing required. 

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Luxury guest ranch in Sedona, Arizona

Get a taste of the wild Southwest at this functioning ranch outside Sedona. A swank outpost with cutting-edge amenities, a fire pit and a sprawling wraparound deck, Willow Tree Ranch is home to all walks of cute wildlife. Think friendly alpacas, llamas, goats and cows. It’s also surrounded by wineries if you’re plumb parched after a long day.

Wind down at Willow Tree Ranch > 

Real cattle farm in Twin Falls, Idaho

The great outdoors can be all yours! Roam free for miles and miles at a real working cattle ranch outside Twin Falls. This secluded chalet at the foot of Elk Mountain sleeps nine and is a rustic retreat-lover’s dream. Enjoy amazing views and easy access to top areas for hiking, mountain biking, skiing and spaces to mosey. 

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Working hacienda in Las Cruces, New Mexico 

Round up your posse and ride out to this casita on a real cattle ranch. These authentic high-desert digs near Kilbourne Hole, a National Natural Landmark, have everything you need to feel like real caballeros. Breathe in the fresh air and be on the lookout for herdsmen on horseback corralling calves over at the stables. 

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Sprawling barndominium in Waelder, Texas 

The Barndominium is home to 600 wild animals! 4D Guest Ranch sits on 400 acres bordering the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The sprawling grounds also include three stocked fishing ponds, perfect for you and 13 of your best wranglers. Bonus: The modern living space is considered “elegant rustic” for those who also enjoy creature comforts. 

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Beautiful restored barn in Lenox, Massachusetts 

Want to blaze your own trail? Then head east! This ridiculously gorgeous restored barn in the Berkshires may seem “all hat and no cattle” to the more rustically inclined, but the Playhouse has a pretty bona fide history. Besides, there’s plenty to see ‘round these parts.  

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