Multisport Dude Ranching
The New Dude: At Colorado's Sundance Trail Guest Ranch, the horse might take a backseat to rafting, fishing, or hiking.
Hidden Creek Ranch
CAPACITY – 40 guests
SADDLE UP – This is touchy-feely ranching: Guests learn "centered riding," an awareness technique to improve body language on a horse. Ride the foothills of the Bitterroot Range surrounding the ranch, 28 miles southeast of Coeur d'Alene. Stargaze on evening rides.
OUT OF THE SADDLE – Pontoon boat tours float you up the Coeur d'Alene River into Blue Lake for swimming, or practice moves on the 58-foot outdoor climbing wall. There's yoga daily and a weekly session at a sweat lodge.
LODGING – Each of the six log cabins has two to four bedrooms and a bathroom and overlooks the horse stables in the Hidden Creek valley.
GRUB HIGHLIGHT – The dark-chocolate-mousse napoleon.
KIDS – Free program covers educational topics, like animal care and plant identification, and gets kids (ages three to 11) out on a ropes course.
COST – $2,165 per adult per week; $1,776 per child three to 11; kids under three stay free.
CONTACT – 800-446-3833, www.hiddencreek.com