Four Luxury Guest Ranches for a Dude Ranch Vacation

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If your client is seeking a luxury vacation in an atypical setting, consider a Dude Ranchers' Association (DRA) - accredited guest ranch. Here are four luxury guest ranches:

Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Wyoming

At the Red Reflet Guest Ranch, guests wake up in their own luxury cabins surrounded by the Chugwater formation sandstone cliffs and peaks of Bighorn National Forest. For dining, Red Reflet uses almost all ranch-grown and raised ingredients. Guests can even cook their own dinner with the resident chef in a group cooking class. For no additional cost, guests can take a horseback riding lesson with an expert horse trainer, ATV tour, scenic yoga class, and participate in various cattle activities. 

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Montana

For guests seeking outdoor adventure, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch sits on 10,000 acres of property with plenty of space for horseback riding, hiking, fly-fishing, and golfing on the nine-hole course. Afterwards, guests can unwind at Mountain Sky's spa with a massage treatment or relax by the spa's heated pool, sauna or outdoor hot tub. The ranch also offers yoga classes led by an expert instruction. For dinning, guests can take advantage of buffet breakfasts, multi-course meals and snacks in the saloon. As an added incentive, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch is a 30-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park. 

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Smith Fork Ranch, Colorado

Surrounded by the Rocky Mountain ranges, Smith Fork Ranch offers many 'dude ranch' activities including horseback riding, fly-fishing, biking and hiking. In the cabin's bedrooms, guests will find fine linens and handmade soaps; and in the dining room, wines from the ranch's private cellar and wines from wineries in France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. The onsite chef uses fresh ingredients in all of his cooking and will help guests pair the right wine with their meal. Additionally, guests have access to the Smith Fork Ranch Spa, offering facials, massages and more. 

The Home Ranch, Colorado 

The Home Ranch is located in Colorado's Elk River Valley. Since 1986, The Home Ranch has been affiliated with Relais & Chateaux, offering guests a luxury destination combined with a Western experience. The main lodge and cabins can accommodate everyone from couples to large groups. The Home Ranch serves as a guest ranch in the summer and fall and a cross-country ski resort in the winter and spring, making it a year-round destination. Guests can enjoy classic dude ranch activities including horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking and more, while also taking advantage of the ranch's spa and yoga studio. The Home Ranch also has an all-inclusive children and teen program. 

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