2023 Guest Ranch Vacation Rates At California’s Family Dude Ranch
For ranch guests who want to sample everything, this is the way to go. This reduced-fare package is all inclusive of lodging, meals, and ALL activities as outlined below. Please note! Unlike many other guest ranches, NONE of our activities have any additional surcharges. “All Inclusive” means that other than voluntary gratuities, therapeutic massage, and gift shop purchases everything we do and all we offer is included in your California dude ranch vacation. After you arrive, you can lock your wallet in your car. We promise not to nickel and dime you during your stay.
ALERT! Do you need a shorter stay to accommodate your family’s busy summer schedule? We are now accepting short stay bookings (3 night minimums) on a space available basis within 30 days of any prime season start date, as well as in all of our Fall and Spring shoulder seasons. Call for details and space checks at 800-552-6284.
Guest Ranch Rate Schedule for 2023 – Prime Season 5 night all inclusive package rates for June 6 – Aug 27, 2023
Adults: $2475 for 2023 (We do not up-charge for single bookings)
Youth (5-13 years): $2375
Non-participating seniors: $1700
“young buckaroos” aged 3 & 4 years: $1950 (buckaroos should be potty trained)
non-participant children 2 and younger: free lodging & meals but you will need to arrange to parent share any non-participant children. If you have “Young Buckaroos“, your child will be involved in ranch arts and crafts, feeding the small animals, swimming, and nature walks during the times that you are scheduled for activities that are inappropriate for your buckaroo.
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Gift shop purchases, therapeutic massage, airport shuttles and gratuities are the only things not included in your fare. Gratuities (ranging from 5-15% on average) are voluntary, and divided equally among all staff including housekeeping staff.
ITINERARY: There are three separate scheduled events during each morning of your stay along with some free time to relax. Each day’s schedule includes a morning schedule block for trail rides and a second schedule block for arena games / “trail-kana” / lessons. You will also have a third morning schedule block for the shooting sports and frontier sports such as archery and tomahawk throwing before we break for lunch.
After lunch we raft/kayak a new stretch of the river on each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday afternoons we also offer exciting ranch events like branding, cider pressing, gold panning, ATV rides and more.
Each day we trail ride a new section of the wilderness and play new and exciting riding games in the arena. Our rafting/ kayaking events also cover a different stretch of the river on each trip.
Please note: riders must be cleared by our wrangling staff prior to joining the adventure rides that mix faster gates such as the trot and the lope. You mus be able to mount and dismount unassisted and you must be able to que your horse for a controlled start and stop at each of the faster gates.
Monday – arrival and check-in after 2:00 P.M., horse riding orientation, pool swimming, campfire games, hors d’oeuvres and dinner
Tuesday – Mornings offer trail-rides, arena games, and shooting sports. Afternoon events include a choice of either class II -III rafting and kayaking.
Wednesday -Morning horseback trail rides, more arena games, and shooting sports – afternoon class III kayak & raft trip with a thrilling hike to Ukanom Falls as part of the rafting excursion.
Thursday – Mornings on Thursday offer more new trail rides, arena games, and shooting sports at the range and new for 2017 paintball target shooting! How cool is that! Thursday afternoon ranch events include ATV rides (for participants 16 and older holding a valid drivers license) gold panning, fly casting lessons, cider pressing, branding activity (branding to make cedar signs), weaving lavender wands and more. Thursday’s afternoon events are scheduled as a sign-up activity since there is not enough time to do all activity offerings.
Friday – morning trail rides, barrel racing and arena games, shooting range, afternoon class III rafting on the “rattle snake” run.
Saturday – A.M trail rides, shooting range “free shoot”, departure after lunch.
If you have “Young Buckaroos“, your child will be involved in wrangler led horse rides, ranch arts and crafts, feeding the small animals, swimming, and nature walks during the times that you are scheduled for activities that are not age appropriate for your buckaroo.
Can’t stay for the full 5 night/6 days? Try a 3 or 4 night night stay in Spring or Fall! These 3-4 night packages begin Mondays and end Thursday or Friday at lunch. Stays of any length can also be booked prior to June 6, or after August 27 in our “shoulder seasons.” As usual, trip fares cover all scheduled activities, meals, private lodging, and taxes. If you have a desire for a custom itinerary or non-packaged vacation duration during a shoulder season, please call our office for a price quote and space check. (800-552-6284)
2023 Three night short stay package pricing
Adults – $1645/three nights/four days
Youth – $1545/three nights/four days
Buckaroos – not available
Non-participating adult – $1060/three nights/four days
2023 Four night short stay package pricing
Adults – $2193/four nights/five days
Youth – $2060/three four/five days
Buckaroos – not available
Non-participating adult – $1413/four nights/five days
Before the Memorial Day holiday and after the Labor Day Holiday (shoulder seasons)
We can rent our cabins a-la-carte without our all inclusive full service packages. All inclusive packages are still available in these shoulder seasons, but they are not required as in our prime season. If you need an a-la carte cabin rental during our “all inclusive” summer season, we suggest you consider our neighbors at Sandy Bar, they will take good care of you.
- Standard cabin : $165/night double occupancy plus $20/additional occupants. If you arrange your meals in our dining lodge and do not cook in your cabin, you may reduce your cabin fare to $145/night plus $20/ additional occupants
A-la-carte meals in the dining lodge are $40/dinner (all you can eat, with dessert and drinks included), breakfasts and lunches are $20/person.
Some of our guests are reducing air-fare by flying to San Francisco California or Grants Pass Oregon and building a Pacific Coast driving vacation onto their Guest Ranch stay. We are happy to suggest interesting vacation targets and California driving tours for those doing the scenic drive in.