Dude Ranch Vacation?
HorseWorks – not a dude ranch vacation.
Guest Ranch Vacation
Unlike a dude ranch vacation, you may join us from one to three weeks for your Western holiday, or extend your stay by renting a cabin as a base for off-ranch sightseeing. Between March and October, the price is as little as $600/week in the spring and $833/week in the summer and fall (definitely not dude ranch vacation prices) and decreases to $250/week after four weeks. Many guests return over the years!
We call it a Guest Ranch Vacation or Gap Year Holiday rather than a “dude ranch vacation” to emphasize our focus on Western riding and horsemanship rather than fancy amenities! Whether here for a week, three weeks or touring the Western US for three months, all guests participate in trail rides, overnight camping, observe Western horsemanship and training, and enjoy many on- and off-ranch activities in our Wyoming paradise.
Opportunities abound to experience the local flavor of our area of Wyoming before, during and after your vacation at HorseWorks. Arrive in Cody early or stay after for a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Between on-ranch activities, we'll help you plan time to enjoy Cody shopping, dinner and the Nite Rodeo, soak those saddle-sore muscles in the Hot Springs in Thermopolis, go white water rafter, float the river and other local activities that are close by the ranch!
Prices All-inclusive of On-ranch Activities
Prices include airport transfer when you arrive Sunday and at the end of your stay, horses, tack and unlimited riding, cabin accommodations, 24/7 access to the Lodge, delicious meals and snacks, beautiful Wyoming scenery, and an optional overnight stay at cow camp under star-filled Wyoming skies! Create your dream vacation, not an endurance contest! No experience is necessary as we have horses to match our riders' abilities and can teach you what you need to know to enjoy your riding vacation!
I could not imagine how relaxed and beautiful this vacation would be
During the week, take long and short horseback rides over scenic terrain that varies from sagebrush flats to grassy slopes with canyon views. There's no need for nose-to-tail riding! Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ride side-by-side, visiting with new friends, or in calm solitude, quietly taking it all in! The variety of daily rides includes treks to the cow camp where homesteader cabins were built at the turn of the century, tracking the elusive herds of elk, spotting other wildlife, and rounding up a few cattle to try your hand at cutting and team penning!
Emphasis on Safety
Our emphasis is on safety (see helmet policy) and matching horses to appropriate riders. Some rides may be divided into smaller groups to ensure that all riders can go at a pace and distance within their comfort level. We invite riders to bond with the same horse for the week, or try out horses of various breeds and personalities. Our guest ranch vacations and gap year holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy riding a variety of horses.
Find Your Perfect Horse
You might even find the perfect horse partner to take home. Our horses have found homes from Florida to Maine on the East Coast, along the West Coast, as well as in England and Scotland. International riders may purchase horses and board with us year-round to ride upon returning to Wyoming for subsequent vacations. Read about our Buy & Board.