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The Best New York Dude Ranches

Discover the top New York dude ranches.

Surprisingly there are some very good ranches with great scenery and wilderness trails just a few hours from the bright lights of New York City and Buffalo.

New York Dude Ranch

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While there are a number of places that advertise themselves as dude ranches in New York, most if them are full scale resorts with some horseback riding and western events as secondary activities to round out there full program of resort activities. Our top picks for New York Dude Ranches only includes those venues with dude ranch activities as their primary attraction.

The Top Dude Ranches in New York State

Hilltop Ranch
Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, they are a working ranch with cattle where you can choose to help move and herd cattle, or practice your roping skills. Here you can experience authentic western hospitality with many dude ranch activities including riding lessons, wilderness trail rides, 2 & 3 day overnight horseback trips, roping lessons, cattle drives and cowboy cookouts with meals served over an open fire. They are also more than a dude ranch with activities that include fishing, nature hikes, hay rides, archery, target shooting, and relaxing in a hot tub after a day in the saddle. There is also winter snowmobiling, cross country, and nearby downhill skiing..

Pinegrove Dude Ranch
An authentic western style dude ranch with horseback riding, cattle drives, and your typical dude ranch activities. Located in the Catskill Mountains, they are open year round and have many activities that cater to the family with kids, including, swimming, laser tag, a fitness center and spa, tennis, basketball, skiing, rock climbing, nature walks, and more. For the dude ranch enthusiast they also have riding lessons and trails rides for all abilities, cattle calling, campfires, cow milking, and for the kids 12-16, there is the "Barn Brats" program where you can rise early and work as a stable hand helping out in the barn with typical ranch chores. They also have a Junior Wrangler program for the younger kids where they receive personal riding lessons in the Buckaroo Coral.

R & R Dude Ranch
Located one hour from Buffalo, in the Allegheny Mountains, they are a 300 acre working horse ranch . Here you can bring your own horse along and board them during your stay. The also feature a summer horse camp for kids. They are also open year round and have facilities and activities to for the whole family with trail riding, swimming, camping, hunting, fishing and skiing.

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