What to Look For When Purchasing a Guest Ranch

A luxury ranch is not only a wonderful way to find peace, solitude, and relaxing beauty, but it can be a savvy business investment as well. Ranch vacations are soaring in popularity. The clientele for working ranch getaways and dude ranch experiences are usually affluent, upscale, and discriminating. Taking advantage of the opportunities in the ranch hospitality industry first requires that you own an appropriate ranch for a vacation destination.

What to Look For When Purchasing a Guest Ranch

Choosing a guest ranch to purchase from the many luxury ranches for sale can seem a bit daunting. There are many options when it comes to location and features. However, keeping in mind the several tips below will help to greatly simplify the process.

Location, Location, Location

The location mantra is well-known in real estate and holds true when it comes to picking a guest ranch from the plethora of luxury ranches for sale. First and foremost, you’ll want a ranch that’s convenient for guests but still gives a feeling of secluded wilderness. The ranch should be somewhat close to an airport, public or private, and not too far from a major roadway. Your new guest ranch won’t be receiving much business if your guests can’t find it.

While proximity to a large city is not a major concern, there should be a least a small town nearby for supplies and emergencies. Also, keep in mind the nearest distance to hospitals, police stations, and other attractions and services that your guests might need or desire.

Finally, your location should have natural beauty. Fortunately, this is not difficult to find in the American West. Inspect your potential purchase carefully and try to see it through the eyes of a vacationer. Is it relaxing? Aweinspiring? Are there majestic views? Keep in mind how landscape photographs will look on your ranch website or brochure.


Of course, your ranch won’t be able to attract many guests without some important features. The first step is deciding what type of guest ranch you want to offer. You have many options to choose from. A working dude ranch is a popular choice, but a sporting ranch offers unique vacation opportunities as well. Equestrian ranches also attract guests with an avid love for horseback riding and show horses.

If you decide to go the dude ranch route, you’ll need to make sure that you have a true working ranch. This means you’ll need knowledgeable and friendly staff, livestock, and all the supplies that go with that. A good dude ranch will need barns, fields for grazing, corrals, and, of course, cowboys.

A sporting ranch can be a huge draw and attract a particularly wealthy clientele. If hunting is your interest, be sure to choose a ranch with a good supply of wild game and a mix of forested and open areas. Don’t neglect to check any applicable state and federal laws to be certain you’ll be able to offer your guests plenty of good hunting opportunities. For fishing experiences, you’ll need to make sure your ranch has the appropriate bodies of water and the fishing rights to go with them.


Posted on July 28, 2016, in Ranches for Sale. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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