Walk on the wild side

The best ranches to visit this summer

The best ranches to visit this summer

For a longer adventure, dude ranch resorts are great for a two or three-night getaway. Here, the emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors together as a family. Horseback riding, bonfire sing-alongs, and hearty meals in a charmingly rustic setting make for a memorable stay. You can find four ranch resorts within the Hudson Valley and further north.

At the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, families are the main customer base, so there’s never a lack of children’s activities. While traditional horseback riding is offered, an impressive range of programs ensures fun for everyone. There’s an indoor water park and outdoor pool, shooting gallery and archery range, game room, scavenger hunts, arcade, mountain tubing, bungee jumping, nightly shows and more. Check website for rates and special deals. Rates include all meals and activities. 600 Rte. 44/55, Highland. 800-647-2624. 


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Also in the Hudson Valley is Pine Ridge Dude Ranch. Established in 2018, the new Pine Ridge Dude Ranch continues the tradition of the former, Pinegrove Ranch as a premiere, “all-inclusive,” affordable, family vacation destination. Whether you are looking for a fun weekend getaway close to New York City or the perfect place for a reunion of family or friends, there is something for everyone! 30 Cherrytown Rd., Kerhonkson. 800-346-4626.


Since 1942, the Arehart family has been welcoming families to the 1000 Acres Ranch Resort, a dude ranch just 15 minutes from Lake George, on the northernmost banks of the Hudson River. Horseback riding is the main event here, an activity which is supplemented by non-stop activities like fishing, boating, scavenger hunts and bonfires. The property also has three swimming pools. Different packages are offered in a variety of lodging choices. 465 Warrensburg Rd., Stony Creek. 518-696-2444. 

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Three generations of the Beadnell family have welcomed guests to Ridin-Hy Ranch since 1950. Back then, guests were mainly single women, and the accommodations were rustic. Now a family-oriented resort located in Adirondack State Park near Lake George, Ridin-Hy makes full use of its magnificent outdoors. In addition to its horseback riding program and frequent rodeos, there is boating, water skiing, fishing and swimming in the private lake. Special activities include paintball, bingo, horse shoe tournaments, outdoor movie nights, campfires, and more. Check the website for rates and special deals. 95 Ridin-Hy Ranch Rd.,Warrensburg. 518-494-2742. 


Traci L. Suppa is a family travel writer living in Dutchess County.