2017 Guest Ranch Vacation Rates At California’s Family Dude Ranch
RANCH OPENING DATE FOR 2017: APRIL 10 2017
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.
Guest Ranch Rate Schedule for 2017 – 5 night/6 day all inclusive package rates
Adults: $1850 (We do not up-charge for single bookings)
Youth (5-13 years): $1775
Non-participating seniors: $1250
“young buckaroos” aged 3 & 4 years: $1500 (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.
Dude Ranch Vacation Extras
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.
Guest Ranch Itinerary
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. Twice weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) we offer adventure trail rides in the afternoon as an alternative to the rafting or ranch activities of the day. On Thursday afternoons we also offer exciting ranch events like branding, cider pressing, gold panning and more for those that are not on the trail.
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: When you choose the Tuesday adventure trail ride, you will miss that day’s afternoon rafting trip. When you choose the Thursday advanced trail ride, you will be on the trail during much of the afternoon “ranch” events. Again, riders must be cleared by our wrangling staff prior to joining the adventure rides and be able to mount and dismount unassisted.
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 or adventure trail riding (adventure rides are about 2 hours in length and incorporate gate changes to the trot and lope). Advanced ride participants must be cleared by our wrangling staff during Tuesday’s arena events.
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 offer more new trail rides, arena games, and shooting sports at the range Thursday afternoon ranch events include our second scheduled adventure trail ride, gold panning, fly casting lessons, cider pressing, branding activity (branding to make cedar signs), swimming hole visit, weaving lavender wands, optional handgun overview at the range (must be 13 years old) and more. Thursday’s afternoon events are scheduled as a sign-up activity since there is not enough time to do all activity offerings. The adventure trail ride will also exclude more of the activity offerings due to it’s extended and overlapping time requirements.
Friday – morning trail rides, arena games, and shooting range, afternoon class III rafting.
Saturday – A.M trail rides, shooting range “free shoot”, departure after lunch.
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 not age appropriate for your buckaroo.
Guest Ranch Short Stays for 2017 (3 night stays)- limited availability
Can’t stay for the full 5 night/6 days? Try a 3 night stay in Spring or Fall! Three night packages begin Mondays and end Thursday at lunch. Stays of any length can also be booked prior to June 1, or after August 31 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 vacation duration during a shoulder season, please call our office for a price quote and space check. (800-552-6284)
2017 Three night short stay package pricing (available prior to June 1 and after August 31)
Adults – $1175/three nights/four days
Youth – $1100/three nights/four days
Buckaroos ages 3 & 4 – $975/three nights/four days
Non-participating adult – $850/three nights/four days
Guest Ranch Rate Schedule For Stand-Alone Cabin Rentals
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
- Quail’s nest Deluxe home: $275/night (less $20/night if meals are arranged in our lodge and you do not use the cabin kitchen) with a queen, full and bunk bed (would sleep 4 individuals in private beds or a family of 6-7) and has two full baths. Also includes lower level grandmother unit with one queen bed and one twin bed, and full ADA compliant bathroom.
- Sleepy Hollow Deluxe Home: $200/night (again, less $20/ night if the cabin kitchen is not used and you are arranging meals in our dining lodge) with a queen, and two twin beds.
A-la-carte meals in the dining lodge are $35/dinner (all you can eat, with dessert and drinks included), breakfasts and lunches are $18/person
Airport Suggestions For Planning Guest Ranch Travel Itineraries
For our guests who prefer to fly in, the nearest airport is a two-hour drive from the ranch and we suggest either the California Arcata/Mckinleyville airport (ACV) or the Medford Oregon airport (MDF). Shuttle service is available at $250 / party for each shuttle direction and can be arranged for either airport or the hotels near the airports. Shuttles depart Mondays between 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. from either Medford or Arcata. For return trips, the shuttles depart from the ranch at noon after lunch on Saturdays. We can carry up to 6 people with reasonable luggage at this flat rate. Group sizes exceeding 6 persons will require additional shuttle fees. If you are unable to arrange flights to match our 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. pick-up limits please consider flying in the previous evening and staying in one of the local hotels. We would then pick you up at the arranged times at your hotel on the following Monday.
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.