1. Hartley Ranch, New Mexico
A cattle ranch by design it is over 25,000 acres in size. There are mesas, canyons and rim rock with 200 miles of trails through dense forests of juniper, oak and ponderosa pine. The Hartley Ranch has an outstanding stock of thoroughbred and quarter horses. There are all day cattle round-ups to move cattle to different pastures, although you can also take a gallop across one of the many trails that are available for guests.
2. Blue Mountain Ranch, Utah
This is the absolute cream of the crop as far as ranch vacations go. For anyone who wants to experience the wild west, this is where the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy came from. In fact there are descendants of the famous outlaw working this dude ranch. Participate in authentic cattle drive adventures, other local dude ranches, and horse back riding trips. Lodging includes meals, trail rides, cattle drives, camaraderie and ranch chores that will give you a real taste of the old west. The following activities are available for you to enjoy; Horse back riding, campfire singing, cattle driving, western entertainment, cattle roping, and wildlife viewing.
3. Grapevine Canyon Ranch, Arizona
This is known as a dude ranch, a ranch for working men and women and working cattle ranch, offers horseback riding vacations, pack trips and adventure horse treks, in the prettiest part of Arizona. The Dragoon Mountains, rich in western history as well as Indian history, were once the home of Apache Chief Cochise and infamous Geronimo. The terrain varies from wooded rolling hills to mountains, with plenty of birds and wildlife. Here you will find over seventy horses for all levels of experience, beautiful trails, and much more.