What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation

A dude ranch vacation is unlike any other vacation your family has taken before.


The opportunity to make lifetime memories with your loved ones are endless. Horseback riding, fishing, hiking, stargazing, and swapping stories around the campfire are just some of the activities to look forward to when you book your vacation. But before you come to a dude ranch, your best bet for an unforgettable experience is to come prepared. We often get asked what to pack for a dude ranch vacation and we have a few general guidelines that may help you get a better idea of what to bring with you. Here are some recommendations on what you should pack in your suitcase for your dude ranch vacation.


General Items:

Cowboy/cowgirl boots

Cowboy/cowgirl hat

Lightweight jeans/pants*

Lightweight shirts*

Rain jacket or fleece jacket (during the colder months)

Scarf, gloves, and hat (during colder months)


Lip balm with sunscreen


Camera/phone chargers


Insect repellant


Hair ties

A good book (enjoy while laying by the pool or cozied up by the fireplace)

* It is important to remember that the temperature varies from day to night in the mountains so

packing layers is good to keep in mind.


Horseback Riding:

Riding boots

Lightweight jacket

Long socks

Keep in mind that many dude ranches allow you to borrow gear for horseback riding such as

riding helmets and riding boots. If you do not have these items, and before you purchase them,

give the ranch a call to ask if they have the option to borrow or rent the gear.



Hiking boots



Compass or watch

Proper socks for hiking

Reusable water bottle, such as a Hydroflask to stay hydrated during the day.



Comfortable and lightweight clothing

Fishing is typically included in your stay at a dude ranch so they will provide poles and the bait.



Many dude ranches have golf courses nearby. At Greenhorn Ranch we have golf courses within

a 10 minute drive of the ranch. Bringing the proper clothing and gear with you will be helpful so

that you don’t have to rent the items.

If you’re traveling by plane to your dude ranch vacation, it is best practice to wear your heaviest

or bulkiest items of clothing. Don’t be afraid to rock those boots and cowboy hat on your flight!

Also keep in mind that many dude ranches have laundry facilities which will allow you to pack

less. Your dude ranch vacation is one that your family will remember for a lifetime. Make sure to

come prepared so that you can relax, enjoy, and spend time outdoors with your family.

Alli Phillips