Thanksgiving Ranch Vacations

After eating lots of coma-inducing turkey, why not saddle up? It's possible on a Thanksgiving ranch vacation. Guest Ranches in Colorado and Montana offer traditional Thanksgiving meals created by top chefs, as well as a myriad of activities for families, couples and groups looking to spend Thanksgiving away.

Below are a few guest ranches offering special Thanksgiving weekends and packages. 

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The elegant table setting at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana.

C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado- Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Weekend at the C Lazy U guest ranch is a special time of year when guests, owners and members gather together for good times and great food. It’s a traditional time of year here at the ranch, and in keeping with the rest of C Lazy U Ranch's traditions, a full Thanksgiving dinner is served with turkey and all the trimmings. It’s a time for celebrating family, catching up with old friends and making new friends. Leave the cooking and hard work to the ranch staff– relax and enjoy your family vacation in beautiful Colorado!

The all-inclusive weekend package includes a gourmet feast on Thanksgiving Day, plus all your meals the rest of the weekend, lodging and most activities. 

Learn more by calling 970-887-3344 or">emailing C Lazy U or visiting the C Lazy U Ranch website

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Colorado- Thanksgiving Mountain Ranch Getaway Package - November 27th-30th, 2014

Sylvan Dale Ranch is a 3200 acre horse and cattle ranch in the Rocky mountain foothills that's been welcoming guests since 1946. Their Thanksgiving Ranch Package includes three nights’ lodging and 8 ranch-style meals and caters to the whole family.

After check-in on Thursday, guests head to the Jessup Lodge for a complimentary beverage before sitting down to a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast with the ranch family. Days are spent with horse-drawn wagon-rides, hikes, trail rides, ranch chores, a draft horse workshop, fly-casting clinic, tour of the cattle ranching facilities, natural history and geology tours, and pond fishing.

The ranch promises lots to do, but no pressure to do it. Guests who want to relax can grab a cup of hot cider for football couch time, or snuggle in for a fireside chat with family and newly-made friends. Don’t miss the traditional showing of "The Wizard of Oz," for kids of all ages, complete with popcorn and sodas!

Learn more by calling 970-667-3915 or">emailing Sylvan Dale Ranch or visiting the Sylvan Dale website.

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Fall colors on a cattle drive at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch.

Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana- Celebrate Thanksgiving November 26-30, 2014

This luxury Montana guest ranch in Western Montana, near Philipsburg offers a traditional culinary experience with creations by Chef Josh Drage for Thanksgiving. Luxury accommodations, all gourmet meals, snacks, premium wine, beer and spirits (excluding reserve wines and liquor), on-ranch activities, daily children's activities, guides and gear are included. Guests may go horseback riding, mountain biking, try archery, fly fishing, ropes courses, hiking or relax in the Granite Spa. With a capacity of 86 guests, this ranch can accommodate groups of various sizes, including large family reunions.

Learn more by calling 877-786-1545 or">emailing Ranch at Rock Creek or visiting the Ranch at Rock Creek website.

Elkhorn Ranch, Arizona- Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Sun

Thanksgiving is a very family oriented week at Elkhorn Ranch, located approximately 50 miles southwest of Tucson in secluded Sabino Canyon. Elkhorn Ranch has been continuously owned and operated by the Miller family since 1945, when Grace and Ernest Miller ventured south from Montana to find a sunny winter guest ranch location. This family-owned ranch celebrates Thanksgiving day with a mid-day party at noon followed by a traditional turkey feast. Riders and horses take the afternoon off to snooze or hike or play. 

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Photo of the Temple family from Steamboat Springs,CO who rendezvous with siblings and cousins from New England every year at Elkhorn Ranch. The boys have grown up at Elkhorn and know the place inside and out!

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