Tour operator, Ranch Rider is an independent specialist offering authentic western riding holidays. September and October are key months for cattle drives, so the travel company suggests booking an autumn horseback adventure if you want to earn your spurs as a real cowboy!
According to the Weather Channel, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming are just some of the many states set to experience higher-than-average temperatures in September, the unusual hot weather lasting through November.
Tony Daly, Managing Director of Ranch Rider comments, "One of the best times to saddle up, riding holidays are more affordable, especially for solo travellers, many ranches waiving the single supplement."
SAVE £418pp: Saddle up at Wyoming's New Haven Working Ranch and enjoy a 20% discount. Good news for greenhorns who are going solo, there is no single supplement on the 07 October departure. Insta-worthy territory, Devil’s Tower is visible on many of the rides. Seven nights from only £1,120pp (no single supplement) including accommodation, meals, ranch activities (including riding), use of ranch facilities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes transfers from Rapid city at £132pp and return flight from £889pp. Full ranch stay price £1,538pp.
SAVE £170pp at the Colorado Cattle Company and combine daily cattle work with western games and instruction in roping, cutting and sorting the herd at the Cowboy School. Six nights from £1,645pp (no single supplement) including accommodation, meals, ranch activities (including riding), taxes and return transfers from Denver. Excludes gratuities as left to discretion and return flight from £865pp. Offer valid on all weekly departures from now through 31 October. Discounted price includes FREE transfers worth £170pp.
Arizona’s Rancho de la Osa is one of the most historic properties in the west, the colourful guest ranch reopening earlier this year. NEW cattle drives along the Mexico border will begin in October. Dates to be announced. Seven nights from £1,569pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities, taxes, transfers and gratuities. Excludes return flight from £879pp.
SAVE £250pp at Montana’s Lonesome Spur Working Guest Ranch. Gather the cattle and ride across challenging mountain terrain - the ranch lying in the Clarks Fork Valley, between the Pryor Mountains and the Beartooth Mountains. At the end of the day soak your saddle sores in the Catalina spa hot tub. Six nights from £1,215pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, ranch activities (including riding), use of ranch facilities, taxes, gratuities and transfers. Excludes return flight from £935pp. Offer valid on all October departures. Full ranch stay price £1,465pp.
A favourite with greenhorns who want to live out their Western dreams, Montana’s Dryhead Working Ranch’s fall cattle drive is a must for city slickers. Departing 22 October. If you already have experience in the saddle why not up the pace of your adventure and join the wranglers on the Dryhead's fall horse drive, the team taking the herd back to Wyoming for the winter. Departing 29 October. Six night cattle drive or horse drive from £1,616pp (no single supplement) including ranch accommodation, meals, horses, tack, activities and taxes. Excludes transfers of £100pp from Billings, gratuities as left to discretion and return flight from £889pp.
Perfect for wannabe cowgirls, Montana’s Bar W Working Guest Ranch runs women only weeks. Cattle work is combined with instruction in horsemanship, team penning, barrel racing, roping, skeet shooting, archery, fly-fishing and line dancing. A two hour massage and private vintners presentation complete the stay. Six nights from £1,989pp (two sharing) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes transfers of £100 (up to three people) from Glacier Park International Airport and return flight from £889pp. Departing 01 and 15 October.
Once described as “heaven for horse people,” Montana’s McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch’s Fall Gather runs from mid-September through early October. On the seven night holiday you’ll learn about tracking cattle, and get the low down on “horse whispering” as Buck Brannaman has close ties to the ranch. Six nights from £1,871pp (no single supplement) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities and taxes. Excludes transfers of £100pp from Glacier Park International Airport, gratuities as left to discretion and return flight from £889pp. Last departure 01 October.
Ranch Rider (01509 618 811; ranchrider.com) ATOL PROTECTED No 4660 ABTA 96395/V9150.