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Nebraska Ranch Vacations

Home to the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States and once considered part of the Great American Desert, Nebraska is now a leading farming and ranching state, as well as a popular horse riding vacation destination.

Western riding opportunities are endless here, although the horseback riding terrain and scenery will depend on the location of your chosen dude ranches: Nebraska’s two major land regions are the Dissected Till Plains, a region of gently rolling hills, and the Great Plains to the west, which consists of several smaller, diverse land regions.

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Rowse's 1+1 Ranch

As an adults-only ranch, it's the vacation where you can really get away and enjoy time with your partner, friends or family with no distractions!

  • Open
  • Max Guests
  • Nearest Airport
  • May-Oct, Dec
  • 10
  • 90 miles

Nebraska is true cowboy country and is home to the Cowboy Trail State Recreation Trail. The opportunities for a western horseback riding vacation in Nebraska are many and varied, whether you are looking for a working ranch experience, an authentic ranch vacation at a guest ranch, or a little more luxury at a dude ranch. Whenever you decide to visit, there will be plenty of chances to visit a real western rodeo! Although rodeos are mainly held throughout the state of Nebraska on weekends in the spring, summer and fall, people taking their best ranch vacation in winter will be pleased to know that some rough-stock rodeos are held indoors during this colder season. Or maybe you prefer to get on board a horse and do it yourself than watching the cowboy tricks? Then mount up on your ranch horse and retrace one of Nebraska’s historic trails, which include the Oregon Trail, Pony Express Trail, Mormon Trail, Overland Trail, Deadwood Trail and the Lewis and Clark Trail.

If you want to visit a National Historic Site during your US ranch visit, head to Chimney Rock, where thousands of covered-wagon emigrants climbed up the base to carve their names on the tower. Today, the column towers 500 feet above the nearby North Platte River. Or take a break from the ranch and visit the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, and see fossil beds with bones of animals formed 19 million years ago. Or for a cowboy-themed visit, head to the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, home of famed showman-scout William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. The Buffalo Bill Ranch recaptures the life and career of the famed Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo-hunter-turned-showman. Ride in real cowboy country, and saddle up your mount for horseback trail rides in the adjacent 233-acre state recreation area.