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Dude Ranch Experience?

Downingtown, PA
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Dude Ranch Experience?

Hi I am thinking of forgoing our carribean vacation next year and heading out west, something we have always wanted to do.

We will have our 8 year old daugher with us and really are looking for some suggestions for a dude ranch experience...horseback riding, outdoor activities, campfires, good food(the whole 9 yards!)

Can anyone offer any suggestions? I have been doing some searching and am feeling a little over whelmed!!


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1. Re: Dude Ranch Experience?


Try putting "dude ranch" into the search box within this Montana forum. You will find loads of posts about this topic.

You will need to do your homework on this vacation....first of all, Montana is a huge state, so there is lots to chose from over a wide geographic area. Second, there is a huge range of accommodations, and what seems "normal" for Montanans might be downright "funky" for your family. Check the reviews on as many travel sites as you can.

For example, our local dude ranch is the famous Flathead Lake Lodge, just outside of the quaint town of Bigfork. This place has families returning for generations, it has hosted numerous dignitaries and famous people, yet it also has reviews of the cabins being old and worn. I've not stayed there, only visited the grounds and eaten in the dining hall. It's a gorgeous setting, but for the money people spend on this experience I am a little puzzled that they don't upgrade the cabins. Anyway, it does come with all the ammenities you've listed above (the exception being "good food" as my multiple experiences with the food have all been "good average food".)

I commend you for stepping out to try an altogether different sort of vacation, and I wish you the best in finding just the right place.

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Check out Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. Just north of Yellowstone Park. It's wonderful. Lots of families, lots of activities.

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