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The Rustic Charm of a California Dude Ranch Vacation
With coastline, forests, mountains and deserts, California is among the most geographically diverse states in the country. At any one of many California dude ranches, guests can experience the parts of the Golden State that beautifully contrast the hustle and bustle of the major cities.

Many California dude ranches are working cattle ranches that have existed for generations. Over the years, they’ve added modern amenities to cater to guests looking to experience life on a cattle ranch. Some are luxurious, others are simple and unpolished. The “right” ranch depends entirely on what the guest is looking for. The more rustic accommodations can provide an authentic feel for ranching in the early days, while lavish resorts offer a mix of the old west with the indulgence of being pampered.

At many California dude ranches, guests are encouraged to participate in the chores of the ranch. Feeding livestock, roping cattle, and tending horses all allow a visitor to directly experience the daily life of a cowboy. Family members preferring to watch from the sidelines are, of course, welcome to as well.

In addition to horseback riding, the key element in all dude ranches, guests may find that fishing, swimming, golf and tennis are also available. Wagon rides, campfires, square dances, and nightly entertainment can bring families together in a safe and wholesome environment.

California has a long-established history in ranching. That history can be seen and experienced on the acres and acres of California dude ranches that continue to thrive today.

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