Try an Arizona dude ranch vacation

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Arizona's Dude Ranches
Looking for an active, family-friendly activity? Try a dude ranch. Even if you don't know a horse from your elbow, dude ranches range from basic working cattle farms to ultraluxurious properties. And, best of all, fall is prime travel season in Arizona—in fact, many ranches in the West don't even open for the season until mid-October.

Peter's seven reasons to choose a family ranch vacation.

One of the top options in Arizona is Rancho de los Caballeros, one of the Historic Hotels of America located about an hour north of Phoenix. Although it may sound pricey with fall rates starting from $405, the price includes three gourmet meals a day and ranch activities—including desert hikes, kids' camps and campfire cookouts—making it one of the more value-driven luxury vacations out there. Check the Dude Ranchers' Association for other guest ranches throughout the country.

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