Photo of two people fly fishing: a popular dude ranch activities in Wyoming

When many folks picture a dude ranch vacation, the first thing that comes to mind is horseback riding. And, of course, horseback riding is part of every ranch experience, but what else happens at a Wyoming ranch? Every ranch offers something different, whether you are interested in backcountry camping, fly fishing, or wrangling cattle. At Wyoming Dude Rancher’s Association, we provide helpful information about our member ranches, so you can find a Western experience that caters to your interests. Read on to learn more about some of the most popular dude ranch activities that embrace the best of the west.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is the quintessential western activity available at all of our Wyoming ranches. Saddle up and explore the backcountry with a wide range of locales and ride types based on your skill level.


Fly fishing is one of the most popular dude ranch activities in Wyoming. Beginners can learn to fly-fish for the first time with an expert guide, and seasoned anglers can enjoy the privacy of casting on a private stretch of river. And the best part is that the equipment will already be there waiting for you upon arrival!

National Park Trips

With seven picturesque National Parks in Wyoming, some member ranches offer national park trips right from the ranch. Explore the wonder of Yellowstone, Bridger Teton, or Grand Teton National Parks.

Cattle Drives

Several types of Wyoming ranches offer an authentic western experience, including working cattle ranches. Unleash your inner cowboy or cowgirl and learn how to drive cattle across the range.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting and scenic float trips are a fantastic way for guests to experience the wild west from a different perspective. Rafting offers an exhilarating adventure, while float trips allow you to sit back and relax while enjoying the gorgeous scenery.

Wyoming Rodeos

Seeing as Cody, Wyoming is the rodeo capital of the world, many of our member ranches provide off-property rodeo adventures. Watch competitions like saddle bronc, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. 


Explore the vast mountain wilderness on scenic hiking trails and spend your vacation connecting with nature. Many ranches offer guided hikes where you can customize the trek to your fitness level. Hiking also allows prime wildlife viewing for elk, bison, antelope, and bears.

Wyoming Ranch Activities for Everyone!

With WDRA, you and your family can experience these dude ranch activities and more. After exploring the ranch, you can unwind with delicious home-cooked meals before retiring to your cozy western-inspired cabin or lodge. There is a Wyoming ranch for everyone, whether you are looking for a rustic retreat or a luxury getaway. Browse our complete list of Wyoming ranches and discover the western adventure of your dreams today!