If you are taking a vacation with your buddies this summer, consider a trip to a dude ranch. Though it won’t be exactly like City Slickers, a dude ranch vacation could be the perfect getaway for you and your bros.
Don’t knock it ’til you try it
Manly vacations don’t have to be all about getting drunk or playing poker. A dude ranch vacation allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while enjoying nature, meeting people, and maybe even learning some new skills.
“If you’ve ever wanted to be a cowboy, a dude ranch offers you the chance. The wide open spaces, the campfire, the cattle — at a dude ranch, you can channel your inner-John Wayne. It doesn’t get much manlier than that,” says a Colorado Cattle Company representative.
Bonding with the boys, riding horses, and learning about ranching — what more could you want in a manly vacation?
If the idea of sleeping on the hard ground underneath the stars every night doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. Most dude ranches, such as Colorado Cattle Company, offer awesome accommodations, from nice rooms in bunkhouses to fully-appointed but rustic cabins.
Some dude ranches feature pools and hot tubs on-site where you can relax and play, as well as mini fridges and coffee makers in the rooms. So though you’ll be enjoying the Great Outdoors, you won’t be uncomfortable or inconvenienced.
Of course, the primary activity on a dude ranch vacation is horseback riding while experiencing a taste of life on a genuine working ranch. However, the best dude ranches offer other activities as well.
“You’ll get a ton of saddle time and riding a horse is about as manly as it gets,” explains a rep from Colorado Cattle Company. “You’ll also get to work cattle and learn how to rope and lasso. Many ranches have a full complement of drinks for after-hours. Some ranches even offer hunting and shooting. Our dude ranch has a Cowboy School, where you’ll receive special instruction on the cowboy lifestyle and learn how to be a valuable ranch hand. It’s manliness personified.”
The activities offered at a dude ranch are incredible, but this is a vacation after all, and it’s the perfect opportunity to relax too. Take some time to enjoy the clear blue skies, the fresh air and the sound of silence. At a dude ranch, you can take a deep breath, slow down and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Be that guy napping in a hammock with a cowboy hat over your face — you deserve it.