logo Office du tourisme des USA

From the cool pines of northeastern Arizona to the saguaro forests of southern Arizona, dude ranches sprawl among thousands of acres in every corner of the state.

In the late 19th century, the transcontinental railroad expanded and brought people westward in search of an authentic taste of the Wild West. At that time, ranchers were struggling due to a sluggish cattle industry and looking for ways to increase their income. Enter dude ranches. Family-operated working ranches opened up to the public and invited guests to eat, sleep, learn and play on their properties. This gave owners a chance to share their uniquely Western way of life—and their uniquely welcoming spirit.

Today’s dude ranch experience typically includes an all-inclusive rate which covers lodging, meals and some activities. It is a family-friendly vacation packed with as much activity, or solitude, as you desire.

Never ridden a horse before? No problem. The trained cowboys and cowgirls will teach you everything. Many ranches still feature the cowboy staples and include an evening cookout, where guests can gather over an open fire and swap stories under the stars.

For more information : AZ Dude Ranches: A Glimpse into Wild West History | Visit Arizona

Contact: B World Communication, Arizona Representative in France, Nelly Gaulier, Email: nelly@bworldcom.com