Working Ranch Vacations
& Gap Year Holidays
Multi-Week Ranch Vacations are intense.
Less than an hour from Cody, Wyoming, Working Guest Ranch Vacations give participants from around the world an opportunity to really enjoy horses and riding regardless of your age, background or horseback riding experience. Working Guest ranch vacations may last one to three weeks between March and September and may be extended weekly. What distinguishes your Working Guest Ranch Vacation is the focus on horses, riding, and experiencing livestock in the ranch setting. Our full-immersion, hands-on ranch experience is not a “Dude Ranch Vacation” with fancy amenities.
Extended Stay Discounts
The price is right! Beside significantly discounted spring prices for the budget-minded, the price of a Working Guest Ranch Vacation decreases with the duration of stay to $500/week, then $250/week and discounts are cumulative over the years, enabling participants to return year after year! There is no upper age limit, but participants must be over 18 or accompanied by an adult. No particular background or riding experience is necessary - we have horses to match your riding levels. Looking for the ultimate souvenir? Additional discounts are available to participants who find their horse soulmate to take home from among our fine string of ranch-raised horses.
Typical Ranch Days
Typical ranch days may include long and short trail rides, wrangling the horses from pasture before the morning rides, rounding up cows and team penning in the arena. Try your horse at barrel racing. Stay overnight at cow camp and cook out around the campfire. Sleep under star-filled Wyoming night skies. Observe our work with foals and horses to see how our natural horsemanship training methods shape the great horses you ride during your stay,
We work with you to schedule off-ranch activities to round out your special Wyoming experience. Enjoy the Cody Nite Rodeo, a soak at the hot springs, an overnight trip to Yellowstone National Park and other opportunities unique to Wyoming! Take it all in during your stay! (Off-ranch activities are not included in the price.)
When to Come
Spring Sessions are significantly discounted ($600 off) due to the variability of Wyoming spring weather. These sessions provide a great opportunity for people on a tight budget to get hands-on experience with horses and cattle, as well as enjoy off-ranch activities in Cody, Thermopolis, and Yellowstone. Spring Session participants benefit from the same extended stay discounts are Summer and Fall Session participants.
A complete list of dates, prices, testimonials, and other useful information are on this website. The Vacation Application and Booking Form help us understand your expectations for joining us on the ranch and your riding ability so that we can match you with appropriate horses during your stay. Fill these out, photograph/scan them and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have dates in mind, let us know and we will get back with you right away about availability.
See schedules for session dates in April, May, June and September.
Guests should be 18 years of age or older and submit an Application and Booking Form sharing your goals and why HorseWorks' Ranch Vacation is right for you. This is not a test! Just a way of making sure that our working ranch is the right destination for your vacation!
- Rustic horse & cattle ranch setting.
- A great selection of seasoned horses, yearlings and foals.
- Cattle to work your horses.
- Western tack.
- Horsemanship instruction is available.
- Delicious meals.
- Rustic cabin accommodations.
- Mandatory orientation to ranch and horse safety, policies, and procedures.
- Opportunity to extend your stay (see Pricing).