Ranch Photos to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Bright lights, snowy landscapes, evergreen trees, and horse drawn sleigh rides make us think of the holiday season. Whether you’re planning to celebrate at home or are thinking about getting away, these photos of holiday traditions and decorations at ranches across the U.S. will help inspire you for the upcoming season!

by Jocelyn Pierce

Ranch at Rock Creek Holiday Tree

Festive lights and decorations at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, where the preferred tree topper is a cowboy hat.

Rancho de los Caballeros Horse Wagon Santa

No reindeer for Santa at Rancho de los Caballeros in Arizona! Arriving by horse drawn wagon to deliver Christmas cheer to guests.

Resort at Paws Up Fireside Hearth

This hearth with wreath, stockings, lights, and of course Christmas cookies, is a cozy place to curl up with a book. Relax inside, or enjoy the winter wonderland at The Resort at Paws Up.

Lone Mountain Ranch Christmas Carols

Cowboy Christmas carols at Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana helps everyone get in the holiday spirit.

The Hideout Ranch Dogs in Santa Hats

Even the ranch dogs are dressed for the occasion in their holiday best at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Wyoming.

Horse Sleigh Ride Sylvan Dale

Can’t help but hear "Jingle Bells" on a snowy sleigh ride at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Colorado.

The Home Ranch Santa Cookies

One of the best parts of celebrating the holidays at a ranch is all the great food! Adorable cookies from the Home Ranch taste just as good as they look.

Resort at Paws Up Ice Skating Rink

Skating on the outdoor rink and sleigh rides through frosty forests at The Resort at Paws Up are just a few outdoor activities to enjoy the winter season.

Vista Verde Ranch Christmas Tree

Elegant trees and decorations in the lodge at Vista Verde Guest Ranch.

Tanque Verde Cactus Cookies

New to Tanque Verde's Christmas celebrations this year is a "Cactus Cookie Decorating Contest"

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch Christmas Sleigh Ride

Amos and Andy take guests on an old-fashioned sleigh ride at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Idaho, which offers a sleigh ride, dinner, and concert series.

Check out more great ranches and horseback riding vacations for winter travel and year-round vacations in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide and top ranches at Top20Ranches.com. For upcoming travel discounts, including on winter vacations, check out Equitrekking Travel Deals.