Dude Ranches

Below is the most complete list of Dude Ranch Directories ever compiled.Their styles vary greatly so be sure to visit more than one.

A Little Dude Ranch History!

Dude Ranches are an American tradition, much romanticized by the adventures of Theodore Roosevelt.

It was after the turn of the century, around 1920, when the first western ranches began accommodating paying guests. These "dudes", "tenderfoots" or "greenhorns" were mainly from cities in the east. During the early part of the century, the transcontinental railroad brought easterners to a western railroad depot, where they would be picked up by a ranch hand driving a wagon or buggy. In other cases, vacationers arrived driving their own wagons, buggys, and Model T Fords.

Accommodations varied greatly, often plain and primitive, but as time passed more luxurious versions of the dude ranch became available. Hunting and fishing activities were often a highlight as were home cooked meals.

In developing this page of our site, we cannot help but refer to the writings of Emily Zimmerman.

Ms. Zimmerman has written an engrossing and complete story of the history of dude ranches beginning in the 1920's and continuing through current times.

It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the American west or for anyone who is contemplating a ranch vacation. You can explore Ms. Zimmerman's writings at Emily Zimmerman's Writings

Dude Ranch Directories

Dude Ranch.com
The online home of the Dude Ranch vacation industry featuring over 200 dude ranch resorts throughout the USA & Canada!

Dude Ranchers Association
Representing over 100 of the best Dude Ranch and Guest Ranch vacations in the West since 1926

Equestrian Vacations
Hundreds of incredible equestrian vacations all over the world

Horse Riding.net
Worldwide horseback riding stables and riding vacations directory

Horse and Travel
The most complete Horse and Travel Directory for the United States of America

Horseback Holidays
Unusual riding adventures in the Indian Sub Continent and other exotic locations around the world

Guest Ranches of North America
Family Dude Ranches in USA, Canada and Mexico

O Horse
An International horse directory with an impressive number of listings and sub-categories with over 13,000 sites listed

Ranch Seeker
Dude Ranch & Guest Ranch Vacation Source. Affordable prices in some of the most accessible and spectacular wilderness areas anywhere in the world

Top 50 Dude Ranches
The World's Top Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch & Working Ranch Vacations all over the world

Horseback Riding Guide