East Coast dude ranches? You bet. If you are looking for something a little different than your average Adirondack cabin stay, explore the southeastern Adirondacks between Lake George and Chimney Mountain's caves. You'll quickly discover this rugged country holds a storied wrangling tradition.
In the early 1920s, hunters used logging roads to access their remote camps. As the timber business waned, those outposts were remodeled into lodges and the rustic thoroughfares became popular horse trails. Operators even recruited Western Cowboys clad in leather chaps and bolo ties to lead horseback rides.
Experience the open range today at Ridin-Hy Ranch, established in 1940, where wranglers teach basics and lead rides on a 700-acre property. They even offer a free rodeo every week. Perfect your equestrian form at Roaring Brook Ranch, where tennis courts and pools keep you busy out of the saddle too. At Stony Creek Ranch Resort, tour trails on horseback or join a cattle drive for a unique horseback adventure.
Then dine at the chuck wagon and head for the bonfire, where cowboys spin yarns as pint-sized pony riders toast s'mores.