Dude Ranch Vacations For Singles

Although a dude ranch is not typically associated with singles activities, a healthy, invigorating outing somewhere in the big-sky country of the American west can bring people together just like any other shared interest. Dude ranches also foster social activity with amenities such as trail rides, a hot tub, sauna or community-style meals. Although most dude ranches cater to families, there are a number that reserve special weeks for adults only or singles.

Laughing Water and Rocking Z in Montana

Laughing Water Ranch, in Fortine, Montana, offers two singles-only weeks each year–in May and September. A typical group numbers about 25 to 30 singles. Activities include a cattle drive and overnight pack trip, as well as roping, branding and hayrides. Amenities include a hot tub and a recreation room with pool and poker tables.

Laughing Water Ranch

926 Curtiss Rd.

Fortine, MT 59918

800-847-5095

lwranch.com

About one-fourth of the guests at Rocking Z Guest Ranch, in Wolf Creek, Montana, are singles, according to owner Patty Wirth—even though she offers no specific programs or activities for singles. Opened in 2000, Rocking Z’s amenities encourage socialization on trail rides, in the hot tub and at community-style meals. Wirth also teaches guests horsemanship.

Rocking Z Guest Ranch

2020 Chevallier Dr.

Wolf Creek, MT 59648

406-458-3890

rockingz.com

Rancho De La Osa in Arizona

Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch, located 65 miles from Tucson in Sasabe, Arizona, also features a singles week each year–the first week of May. Typical group size is 12 to 14 singles, according to owner Veronica Schultz. Established as a guest ranch in 1923 in the rolling hills of the Sonoran Desert, the 300-year-old property features “one of the last great haciendas in the country,” says Schultz. Amenities include a hot tub, sauna and massage.

Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch

1 La Osa Rd.

Sasabe, AZ 85633

800-872-6240

ranchodelaosa.com

Heart Six in Wyoming

Heart Six Ranch, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, features adults-only weeks in June and August that attract singles, according to reservations specialist Joy Miller. A typical group includes 12 to 15 singles, says Miller. Heart Six offers views of the spectacular Grand Tetons. Its reputation has been built on “comfortable lodging, hearty meals and plenty of western hospitality,” its website says. Activities include horseback riding, guided tours of Yellowstone National Park, white-water rafting and fishing. Amenities include a hot tub, sauna and massage.

Heart Six Ranch

PO Box 70

Jackson Hole, WY 83013

888-543-2477

heartsix.com

Tumbling River in Colorado

Although its offers no singles week, Tumbling River Ranch, 62 miles southwest of Denver in Grant, Colorado, features an adults-only week that attract singles, according to co-owner Megan Dugan. Adults-only week is either the last week in August or one of the first two weeks of September. Opened in 1940 and owned by the Dugan family since 1975, Tumbling River features accommodations with fireplaces, private bathrooms and outdoor balconies. Activities include horseback riding, pack trips and white-water rafting. Amenities include a hot tub and sauna.

Tumbling River Ranch

PO Box 30

Grant, CO 80448

800-654-8770

tumblingriver.com

The Dude Ranchers’ Association

The Dude Ranchers’ Association provides free services to anyone looking for a ranch that matches their tastes and preferences. “Quite a few dude ranches do singles weeks, but it varies from year to year,” says Dude Ranchers‘ Association spokesperson Katie Krasselt. “By our estimate, there are about 80 ranches that host adults-only weeks, which attract a lot of singles. My guess is that there are about 18 to 20 that are currently doing real singles weeks.” If you’re interested in their help, contact them via their website.

Dude Ranchers’ Association

PO Box 2307

Cody, WY 82414

duderanch.org