Ranch Holidays Popular With Families In Search Of A Digital Detox

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rarc1More 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.  Tour operator, Ranch Rider has rounded up eight  exciting weeks where all ages can trade technology for a taste of the  cowboy lifestyle.

Tony Daly, Managing Director of Ranch Rider comments “Ranch stays  offer unrivalled opportunities to reignite our passion for the  outdoors; cattle drives, team penning, trail rides and guest rodeos  ideal for families who want a change of pace, and a chance to  experience the beauty of the natural world from the back of a horse.”

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 pursuits, and on  request the owners will organise a 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. 6-  nights with Ranch Rider from £1,235pp (two sharing), from £1,335pp  (13-17 years) and from £1,223pp (6-12 years) including accommodation, meals, most  ranch activities, taxes, transfers and gratuities. Excludes return  flight from £879pp and from £765pp (under 12 years). Departures 15  June to 16 August.

At Wyoming’s Vee Bar Guest & Working Ranch families can participate in  the weekly cattle drives and little ones also have the opportunity to  practice sheep herding. A holiday where guests can kick back at the  end of the trail, the ranch features a hot tub and saloon.  6- nights  with Ranch Rider from £1,349pp (two sharing) and from £1,180pp (6-13 years) including accommodation, meals, ranch activities  (including riding), use of ranch facilities, taxes and gratuities.  Excludes car hire from £243 and return flight from £789pp and from  £687pp (under 12 years). Departures 08 June to 30 August.

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Siwash Lake is a luxury guest ranch 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 its own electricity from solar power. Its ethical stance also translates to the ranch’s activities  including, animal tracking, horse care, nature walks and pony rides. 6-nights with Ranch Rider from £3,560pp (two sharing), from £2,665pp (13-18 years) and from £2,219pp (4-12 years) including accommodation,  meals, most ranch activities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes car hire  from £289 and return flight from £859pp and from £748pp (under 12 years).  Departures 15 June to 30 August.

America’s first national park is just begging to be explored, and at  Lone Mountain, an upscale guest ranch, guided horseback rides and  nature hikes are available within Yellowstone’s boundaries. Families  can also experience a day of leisurely fly fishing, saddle up for a  wildlife safari or book a “Vinyassa” style yoga class. In the evening  teens have the option to head off on an overnight camp out while the  adults enjoy a gourmet dining experience. 7-nights with Ranch Rider  from £1,799 (no single supplement), from £1,625pp (13-17 years) and  from £1,349pp (6-12 years) including, accommodation, meals, house wine  and draught beer, most ranch activities (including riding), use of  ranch facilities, taxes and transfers. Excludes gratuities and return flight from £899pp and from £783pp (under 12  years). Departures 31 May to 18 October.

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The Ranch At Rock Creek in Montana was once a billionaire’s home.  Now a luxury resort, the ranch is home to the “Little Grizzlies” kids club. Children from four to 12 years can participate, the schedule of themed  activities including; Rivers & Ponds, Cowboys & Horses and Plants &  Rocks. The accommodation brings a whole new meaning to the term “glamping,”  the four family canvas cabins furnished in a rustic camp style. 6-nights with Ranch Rider from £3,995pp (two sharing) and from £3,225pp  (6-12 years) including accommodation, meals, most ranch  activites,  taxes. Excludes car hire from £243, gratuities and return flight from £879pp and from  £765pp (under 12 years). Departures year round.   The Colorado Trails Guest Ranch offers a wide range of horseback  adventures from family breakfast rides to cattle drives for the more  experienced. Complete with it’s own western town parents and kids can stroll down  “Main Street,” which features a trading post, soda fountain, jail,  saloon, and an opera house for live evening entertainment. 7-nights  with Ranch Rider from £1,355pp (two sharing) and from £1,219pp (5-12  years) including accommodation, meals, most ranch activities, taxes  and gratuities. Excludes car hire from £243 and return flight from £849pp and from £739pp  (under 12 years). Departures 01 June to 21 September.

The Red Horse Mountain Guest Ranch tops the list when it comes to  adventure.  Families have the option of zip-lining across 1,100 metres, searching  for hidden treasure on a geo-caching trek, or shooting their 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, gourmet dining and  fine wines are on offer to guests. 6-nights with Ranch Rider from  £1,819pp (two sharing) and from £1,620pp (6-12 years) including accommodation, all  meals, ranch based activities, taxes and gratuities. Excludes  transfers from £60pp and return flight from £869pp and from £757pp  (under 12 years). Departures 08 June to 23 August.

There’s an adventure for all ages at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.  Horseback rides lead to hidden waterfalls ripe for a quick dip, and   bear, deer and Red Tailed hawks are often spotted out on the trail.  Blue Ribbon trout fishing, kayaking (on Lake Pend Orielle, Idaho’s  largest), skeet shooting, cattle sorting competitions and the  children’s guest rodeo have genuine appeal for wannabe cowboys.  6-nights with Ranch Rider from £1,295pp (no single supplement) and from £1,020pp (6-12 years) including accommodation,  all meals, ranch activities, gratuities and taxes. Excludes car hire  from £243 and return flight from £869pp and from £757pp (under 12  years). Departures 01 June to 13 September.

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