Dude ranch vacations have been popular destinations for American families for decades. It allows “dudes,” a term used by the settlers in the west to refer to folks back east, to understand what it is like to live the life of a cowboy. It is a place where people can relive the glory days of the old west and participate in many of the same activities as their cowboy heroes of yesteryear.
Television shows and movies, such as City Slickers, Hey, Dude, and even a few episodes of Happy Days have their characters heading west and partaking in all of the fun and adventure that a ranch has to offer.
However, dude ranch vacations are no longer just an attraction for so-called “city slickers” to come and learn the ropes (no pun intended) of riding, roping, and moving cattle. Today’s dude ranch vacations have activities that the entire family can participate in and enjoy – and you don’t even have to get your hands dirty if you don’t want to!
Relaxation is the key to many peoples’ vacations, and this is something that you can do at many dude ranches around the United States. Many offer massages and spa treatments, not to mention golfing. Nature hikes, barbecues, barn dances, and horseback riding help to round out the activities at many contemporary dude ranches. Of course, you can still learn to live like a cowboy if you choose.
Modern ranches still manage to retain a very authentic, Old West feel, while still allowing guests similar accommodations they would find in many luxury hotels, including swimming pools and cable television. Cowboys never had it as good as they do now.
Dude ranch vacations appeal to the adventurer in all of us. To find out more, visit www.WestgateReservations.com.