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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Down-home guest ranch in Nashville, Tennessee

Get a taste of Southern cowboy comfort at this rockin’ Tennessee ranch. A sprawling 10-acre stay with excellent views of the countryside, a hot tub, hammocks, campfires, riding lessons, roping lessons, a barn, and much more, Twin Oaks has everything a horse-loving family could ask for. One of its coolest features is an actual saloon with saddle seats! Perfect if you’re plumb parched after a long day.

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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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Historic lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Want to blaze your own trail? Go rustic on the range at Black Powder Ranch outside Jackson Hole. No one could call your family “all hat and no cattle” at this Wyoming outpost on the banks of the Hoback River. There’s plenty of room for all your kin in an 1800s lodge, complete with a commercial-grade kitchen, a fireplace, a bar/game room, and two porches. Not to mention all of the nature to see ‘round these parts.  

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