More and more parents are realising the value of a digital detox. A chance to uplug from our interconnected world and get back in touch with nature, these holidays are also a win win when it comes to spending quality time with the kids. Ranch stays offer unrivalled opportunities to live life in the slow lane, cattle drives, team penning, teepee camp outs and guest rodeos ideal for families who want to follow the rhythm of the herds. Tour operator, Ranch Rider has rounded up a list of six fun weeks where all ages can get acquainted with the west.


There's an adventure for everyone at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Trail rides lead to hidden waterfalls ripe for a quick dip; and bear, deer and Red Tailed Hawks are often spotted along the way.  Blue Ribbon trout fishing, kayaking (on Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho’s largest), skeet shooting, cattle sorting competitions and the children's guest rodeo appeal to families who want to go cowboy up in the Gem state.


Siwash Lake Ranch is surrounded by 80,000 acres of pristine British Columbia wilderness. Totally off grid and aiming to work in harmony with nature, the eco-friendly property is entirely self-sustained and generates electricity on-site from solar power. Its ethical stance also translates to the ranches activities; animal tracking, horse care, nature walks and pony rides on the list of pursuits. 


America’s first national park is just begging to be explored, and at Lone Mountain, an upscale guest ranch in Montana, you can choose to saddle up or hike in Yellowstone. A holiday that is made for all the family, everyone will find an activity to enjoy.  Try a day of leisurely fly fishing, saddle up for a wildlife safari or book a “Vinyassa” style yoga class. In the evening treat your “teen” to an overnight camp out while you enjoy an "adult only" gourmet dining experience. 


At Wyoming’s Vee Bar Ranch families can participate in the weekly cattle drives. Little ones also have the opportunity to practice sheep herding as part of the kid's programme, and there is a teepee camp out for parents and kids. A dip in the hot tub and visit to the John Wayne Saloon, are popular options at the end of the trail.  


If your family is one that craves adventure, Idaho's Red Horse Mountain Guest Ranch will definitely deliver.  Attempt to zip-line across 1,100 metres, search for hidden treasure on a geo-caching trek, or shoot your bow and arrow at a life size mountain lion on the 3D archery course. And, not forgetting the opportunity to schedule family rides across the ranch’s stunning 300,000 acres. Where city slickers meet modern day luxury, you'll also be indulging in gourmet dining and appreciating fine wines. 


With fossil hunts, roping lessons and a Cowboy & Indian adventure day there’s always something new to learn out west. The children's program at Montana's Triple J Guest Ranch is packed full of exciting activities, and on request the owners will also organise a full day of guided fly-fishing for the whole family. Perfect for the brood who love the outdoors the ranch adjoins the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the jewel in America's back country crown. 
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