California Dude Ranch Vacations

Horseback riding @ Alisal

Alisal Ranch

Solvang, California

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country, Alisal Ranch offers guests a modern taste of the old west. Under the open sky, our 10,500 acres provide endless inspiration for family-driven adventures, romantic getaways, special events, and more. We invite you to learn about the history of this timeless place, then get ready to unwind and embrace your own sense of wanderlust.

  • Open: Year Round

  • Nearby Airport: Los Angeles Intl (LAX)

  • Min Stay: 3 Nights

  • Capacity: 250

Horseback riding @ Hunewill Guest Ranch

Hunewill Guest Ranch

Bridgeport, California

Hunewill Guest Ranch is located in Bridgeport, California on the eastern slope of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering Yosemite National Park. Our historic ranch is a working cattle and guest ranch. With over a hundred well-trained horses and a vast expanse of lush green meadows and scenic mountain trails, we create memories that last a lifetime. As our guest, you can participate in the timeless traditional ranch life of the American West. There is something for everyone at the ranch, whether you come with your family, friends, or on your own. You'll love riding your horse through 26,000 acres of alpine meadows and fragrant sage bordered by timbered peaks. Our full ranch experience includes world-class riding, delicious meals served in the dining room of the founder’s Victorian ranch house, lodging in our comfortable cabins, and popular evening activities such as talent night, family dance night, creek-side barbecues, and watching the gentling of young foals and yearlings.

  • Open: May - Nov

  • Nearby Airport: Reno-Tahoe Intl (RNO)

  • Min Stay: 3 Nights

  • Capacity: 45

Horseback riding @ Rankin Ranch

Rankin Ranch

Caliente, California

Rankin Ranch knows about quality time: the 31,000-acre ranch has been family-owned and operated since 1863. They opened their picturesque property to the public in 1965 and have been warmly welcoming guests ever since. Today, the fourth, fifth, and sixth Rankin generations are the heart of the operations. Ranch headquarters are located in the beautiful little valley of Walker’s Basin. Our mountain valley is deep in the heart of California’s Tehachapi Mountains and at the southern end of the Sequoia National Forest. We have been a working cattle ranch for 160 years and know you will enjoy our tasty Rankin Ranch beef during your stay. The guest ranch celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2020 and continues to attract guests from around the world. 

  • Open: March - Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Los Angeles Intl (LAX)

  • Min Stay: 3 Nights

  • Capacity: 45

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Marble Mountain Ranch

Somes Bar, California

Dude Ranch Vacations at Marble Mountain Ranch have an American cowboy’s trail riding theme. We combine our horseback trail riding vacations with thrilling guest ranch activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, sporting clays and shooting sports, ATV rides, paint ball, Fall fly fishing, and traditional American ranch events.

Our signature all inclusive “saddle and paddle” or “raft and ride” vacation joins our superb dining experience and our youth buckaroo program to create the best and most complete family dude ranch vacation. Marble Mountain dude ranch vacations meet the diverse interests and needs of your entire family or group. Our horseback trail riding and equestrian programs are spectacular, but our defining feature is our ability to keep whole families engaged with our variety of outdoor Western adventures. No other ranch can duplicate our all inclusive experience with breathtaking mountain trail riding, white water rafting, and Fall season steelhead fly fishing! Come join the adventure!

  • Open: June - Sept

  • Nearby Airport: Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV)

  • Min Stay: 3-6 Nights

  • Capacity: 24

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