Are you a “city slicker” who has always wondered what life was like on a ranch? Did you grow up in the country and want to show your kids what country life is all about? Why not take a vacation this year to a working ranch? Here’s a look at three of the most popular working ranches in Wyoming.

Lozier’s Box “R” Ranch

Box R RanchLozier’s Box “R” Ranch is located in Cora, Wyoming, just sixty miles south of Jackson Hole, and borders the 880,000 acre Bridger Wilderness Area, which surrounds the ranch on three sides. The ranch has been around since 1900, and has a return guest ratio of forty-six percent.

The ranch offers a variety of western ranch vacations from June through September. Guests can choose from Cowboy Camps, Spring Cattle Drives, Summer Horseback Riding Vacations, Fall Round Ups, Aspen Color Rides, and Pack Trips. They offer eleven weeks throughout the year when only adult guests can visit the ranch, and also offer Special Family Vacation Weeks.

The ranch wants guests to feel like part of their “cowboy crew” and assign each guest a horse and tack upon arrival. Guests will spend the week caring for their horse, participating in rides, participating in ranch chores, and helping tend to the ranch’s cattle herds.

The ranch offers lush private cabins and lodges designed to fit your accommodation needs. All accommodations feature private baths, porches, reading rooms, and refrigerators, there are no televisions or phones. During the warmer months a week long stay at the Box “R” Ranch costs approximately $1,295 to $1,975 per person. For more information on the ranch you can visit their website.

The Bucking S Working Cattle & Guest Ranch

The Bucking S Working Cattle & Guest RanchThe Bucking S Working Cattle & Guest Ranch is located in Hanna, Wyoming along the Seminoe-Alcova Scenic Backway and is surrounded by the Seminoe and Shirley Mountains. With their neighbor’s cattle ranch the ranch is home to about 1,000 head of cattle on 40,000 acres.

While the ranch does offer adult only weeks, they are a family friendly ranch that limits itself to only ten guests per week. Guests can participate in as much or as little of the ranch chores as they choose, and horseback riding is a part of daily life with horses to fit every level of rider.

The ranch is associated with Wyoming Dude Ranchers Association, and the Dude Ranchers Association. In the warmer months a week long stay at the ranch is $966 to $1,500 per person. You can visit the ranch’s website for more information.

Klondike Ranch

Klondike RanchThe Klondike Ranch is located in Buffalo, Wyoming and is a 8,500 acre ranch with forty horses and six hundred head of cattle that has been run by the Tass family since the 1920’s. The ranch has a much longer history though, and has been around since 1886.

At the ranch guests are free to set their own schedules and can go fishing, horseback riding, going on a historic tour, or helping out with ranch chores such as mending fences, cutting and baling hay, herd cattle, and irrigate pastures.

A week at Klondike Ranch during the warmer months is approximately $1,325 per person. For more information on the ranch you can visit their website.

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