Pet Friendly Dude Ranches & Horseback Riding Resorts

June 4, 2013

Bring all your family members on vacation at these dog friendly dude ranches and horseback riding resorts for a pet friendly family vacation.

As avid animal lovers, we here at Equitrekking know that pets are members of your family, too, and that many of us want to bring our dogs with us on our travels. Dude ranches and horseback riding resorts are catching on and providing added perks for pets, like doggie room service menus, doggie spas, tennis balls for playing outside, pet sitters and more.

Many destinations charge a pet fee, ranging anywhere from $15 a night and upwards, though some do not. Make sure to ask about fees and other rules of conduct to make sure the ranch or resort is a good fit for you and your pooch.

Below are three good dude ranches and horseback riding resorts that are pet friendly.

the resort at paws up

A dog's life at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana.
 

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont

Pets are welcome at The Mountain Top Inn in Vermont, just 11 miles from Killington. This Vermont horseback riding resort offers riding lessons, trail rides and other equestrian activities, as well as pontoon boat rides on the lake, clay bird shooting, fly fishing, tennis, yoga, sand volley ball, and other activities.

Your dog can stay wtih you in one of five mountain cabins or select vacation rentals. Special canine perks of this horseback riding resort include a dog bed, bowls for food and water and a healthy welcome treat. If your dog is not used to being left alone during the day while you head out to horseback ride, canoe or go shopping, the resort can help find you a pet sitter with a few days notice.

Though pets are not allowed in certain indoor areas of the resort and must be on a leash outside of your cabin or vacation rental, they are allowed on designated cross-country ski trails and hiking trails. Having experienced these trails ourselves, we can tell you, the Green Mountain surroundings are pretty special. 

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Dogs welcome guests to The Mountain Top Inn.


The Resort at Paws Up
in Greenough, Montana

The name of thie Montana luxury ranch resort says it all. The Resort at Paws Up has fun perks for your canine companion, including locally made treats, a doggie spa menu, doggie room service, hiking trails maps, tennis balls and a welcome card from the owner's dogs: Zena and Fenway. Your dog may not want to leave this Montana vacation destination!

There are also plenty of year-round activities for horse lovers and adventurers, including summer trail rides, a sporting clays course, paintball, rafting, kayaking, rappelling, swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking. Winter bound guests may try skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and sleigh rides. 

resort at paws up dog friendly

A doggie massage- Pet Friendly taken to a whole new level at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana.
 

Sundance Trail Ranch in Colorado

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch in Red Feather Lakes is a Western pet-friendly ranch and one in which well behaved dogs do not have to be on a leash. This pet friendly guest ranch charges no pet fee and welcomes dogs during the summer dude ranch season and the fall, winter, spring bed & breakfast country inn season.

Enjoy nature at this 140-acre dude ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with 880,000 acres of Roosevelt National Forest in the backyard. Since this is a family ranch vacation destination, expect to have small children and also ranch animals around your pet. If your dog isn't great around kids, this may not be the ranch for you. If you both want to enjoy the freedom of the great Colorado outdoors together, it may be perfect!

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Dog friendly sing-a-long at Sundance Trail Ranch in Coloradol
 

Good luck choosing the best vacation destination for you and your pet! 

Learn more about great ranches, horseback riding resorts and vacation destinations in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide and at Top20Ranches.com.

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