Trail ride

Holiday types

USA Ranch holidays

Live out your cowboy dreams in the Wild West

Nothing gives you a truer taste of cowboy country like a USA ranch holiday. Saddle up and canter through the countryside of wide open plains and rollercoaster hills on a guided horse-riding trail. Then, sit back and savour the taste of freshly-toasted s’mores beside the crackle of an open fire, and beneath the glitter of a starry sky.

On a USA ranch holiday, the great outdoors takes centre stage – wherever you choose to stay. Utah & Arizona’s Wild West landscape of dusty deserts and cactus-spiked mountains is yours for the taking. Head to The Rockies and find yourself in awe at the breath-taking beauty of the surroundings - rich forests, flowing rivers and intriguing rock formations. 

California will give you a different style of ranch holiday. At the Carmel Valley Ranch you can explore the huge vineyard and taste some of the sticky honey that comes courtesy of the bee apiary as well as a range of farmstead experiences. Plus, like many of our USA ranch holidays, this ranch has a first-rate kids’ club, which means the whole family can live out their cowboy dreams together.

And of course let’s not forget that when you think of a USA cowboy or cowgirl, Texas comes to mind. See the beautiful Texas Hills Country on a trail ride or watch a wrangling demonstration at The Mayan Dude or Wildcatter ranches.

Try these ranch holidays

If you have something else in mind, speak to our Destination Specialists to find the ranch holiday that is right for you

Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch


H&J Rating
Carmel Valley Ranch
Trail ride

Wildcatter Ranch

Texas Ranches

H&J Rating
Wildcatter Ranch
Mountain Adventure Ride

Horse riding

No trip to a ranch would be complete without spending some time in the saddle. Join the group for an educational trail ride through the stunning scenery around the ranch with a knowledgeable guide. If you’re not already an accomplished rider, you can take a lesson or two to improve your skills and confidence. Get up early and take a morning breakfast ride into the scenery, before filling up on a freshly cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, freshly squeezed juice and even pancakes.

Roasting marshmallows

Ranch entertainment

A ranch holiday is all about experiencing life as a cowboy or cowgirl on a working ranch, and combining that with fun and games to create a truly memorable stay. During the day you can watch the wranglers demonstrate their impressive skills, or even have a go yourself, and join in with games like Western Bingo. Then you’ll spend evenings gathered round a campfire listening to the cowboys tell stories and joining in with their songs while toasting s’mores on the fire, or head inside for a evening of country dancing.

Kids Camp

Kids clubs

Ranch holidays aren’t just for adults. Take the kids along too and they can enjoy activities tailored just to them based on their skills and abilities. You’ll know they are in safe hands while they are learning all about the Ranch horses and how to take care of them, before venturing out on a horse riding adventure, taking a morning stroll with a knowledgeable guide learning about the wildlife while trying to spot native animals, and playing interactive games including horse roping.

Dining at the Tanque Verde Ranch

Ranch food

During your time at the ranch you’re sure to be served some traditional, Western specialties. Most ranches offer a full board basis, so your stay will include three delicious and filling meals a day. Barbeques aren’t your typical get together round the grill; better known as cowboy cookouts, you will feast on steak, brisket, ribs, homemade cornbread, southern grits and an array of salads, all served up with authentic entertainment and incredible scenery. Sitting round a campfire must be accompanied by the smell of marshmallows (s'mores) toasting on the fire, before they’re squashed between two pieces of graham cracker with a layer of chocolate. Delicious!


Spending time on a ranch is the perfect way to appreciate the great outdoors and explore the spectacular scenery around you. Put on your walking shoes and take an early morning mountain stroll, or a more adventurous day time hike. If you’re looking for a little more speed, explore the canyon trails on a mountain bike. Many Ranches offer nature walks, where the knowledgeable guides can introduce you to the local flora and fauna. Or spend a relaxing afternoon by the lake honing your fly fishing skills with one of the helpful guides. Looking for a little luxury? Then head to a ranch and spa resort, where you can ride horses one day, then indulge and be pampered in the spa the next.

Why choose Hayes & Jarvis for…USA Ranch Holidays?

• Our ranch holidays will let you live like a cowboy, horse riding, fishing, and driving cattle • We offer a wide range of experiences, from luxury resorts to authentic working ranches • We’ll tailor make you a perfect ranch holiday as part of a greater American adventure • Our ranch holidays are family friendly, with activities to match your children’s abilities.