Horseback Riding Vacations

Horseback riding vacations are a great way to go if you’ve got a love of horses and enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of locations and packages available, not only in the United States, but internationally as well.

Dude ranches offer beautiful settings with accommodations available for just about any size group from one or two people to six or more. You can choose to stay in a rustic style cabin or bunkhouse with many equipped with modern conveniences including a private bathroom, refrigerator and even air conditioning and heating. Most ranches provide a variety of riding options to choose from and some even allow you to bring your own horse as they provide boarding in covered stalls. Packages can also meals and many places allow you can also cook up a hearty meal of your own in an outdoor bar-b-que pit. For a great place to relax after a full day of riding and fun, set a spell on the nice, old-fashioned front porch. Or maybe you’ll feel mingling with some of the other guests at the main lodge or taking a refreshing dip in the pool. Most guest lodges also offer restaurants and game rooms equipped with professional pool tables. Prices vary depending on the accommodations and options you choose, but are reasonable considering everything these types of vacations have to offer.

If you’re really adventurous, you might want to try an authentic, old-west cattle drive or round-up. Upon arrival, you get an orientation and afterwards, head out with your team for an exciting, week-long experience into the great, wide-open. After setting up camp, your days will consist of between five to eight hours in the saddle rounding up the cattle or horses. You can also get in some fishing or hiking while you’re at it. Then later on, sit beside the campfire and soak in all the sounds and sights of the territory around you – talk about a peaceful and relaxing setting. These packages include all of your food and camping needs and are really an awesome choice for seeing how the real cowboys live and what the early pioneers experienced. Additionally, ranchers say another great part of this is the unique ‘partnership’ and bond that builds between you and your horse.

Horseback riding vacations are a wonderful way to experience the unspoiled beauty of the land. With so many options and amazing locations to choose from, nationally and internationally, how could you go wrong with a trip like this? Think about the excitement and adventure it will bring, along with all of the memories you’ll take away with you. It just might turn out to be the experience of a lifetime!