A premier Florida dude ranch.
The largest dude ranch in Florida features luxe teepees, glamping, cabins, hotel rooms and duplexes. Westgate River Ranch is an all-inclusive resort near Lake Wales offering airboat tours, golf, archery and more.
Come discover what a dude ranch in Florida is!
If you’re on the hunt for a unique vacation experience, one that allows you to “unplug” and partake in a wealth of fun outdoor activities while still remaining in a resort setting, look no further than Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Lake Wales, Florida.
Luxury Glamping Resort
Experience a a vacation that allows you get closer to friends, family and the great outdoors while still having access to all of the amenities of a resort. Spread out over 1,700-acres near Lake Wales, FL, surrounded by more than 400,000-acres of state and federally protected wetlands, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo provides a sense of seclusion and luxury glamping, which are just two reasons families love vacationing here. Scroll down for more.
If you’re interested in the outdoor living experience without giving up the comforts of a cottage room or cabin, be sure to look into glamping sites at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo.
Luxe Conestoga Wagons and Luxe Glamping Tents
In 2021, the Resort opened its newest luxury glamping accommodations – 10 Luxe Conestoga Wagons and 10 Luxury Glamping Tents.
Luxe Contstoga Wagons
Each 495-square foot wagon features bespoke luxury décor and sleeps up to 6 guests providing the pinnacle of Florida luxury living in the middle of a 1,700-acre Old Florida dude ranch. The Wagons feature a king bed, twin bunk beds, a queen sleeper sofa, private en suite luxury bathroom, microwave, kitchenette sink, mini refrigerator, electrical outlets, heating and air conditioning, plus a private porch with patio furnishings. A stay in a Luxe Conestoga Wagon includes private VIP concierge services and all-inclusive and unlimited activities throughout the ranch, such as horseback riding, trap and skeet shooting, archery, airboat rides, VIP access to the Saturday night rodeo and much more. Each Wagon also comes with a complimentary 6-person golf cart to explore the ranch in comfort and style.
Luxury Glamping Tents
Nestled in an exclusive and majestic oak hammock, the new 505-square-feet Luxury Glamping Tents feature an experience that elevates Glamping to an entirely new standard. The new Luxury Glamping Tents provide guests with enhanced luxury living space, in addition to a full en suite bathroom with walk-in shower along with a double-sink vanity, king bed, queen sleeper sofa, microwave, mini refrigerator, electrical outlets and heating and air conditioning. All Luxury Glamping Tents feature a complimentary golf cart for use while on property. The Luxury Glamping Tents also feature personal Glamping Concierge services
Luxe Teepees & Glamping Sites – Glamorous Camping
Located around a campfire circle, the glamorous camping sites and teepee rentals offer fully furnished (beds, dressers, mirrors, table and chairs), air-conditioned accommodations. Bathrooms are located inside Luxe Teepee while Glamping sites include access to private washroom with showers and linens. Nightly campfires provide the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the resort-provided S’mores kit to cap the night off with a sweet treat.
Hotel Rooms, Cabins and More
Luxe Conestoga Wagons and Luxury Glamping Tents are just the latest accommodation addition at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, which also offers RV and Tent Camping, Lodge
Suites, Lodge Guest Rooms, Deluxe Lodge Suites, Premium Lodge Suites, Saddle Club Studio Cabins, Saddle Club Rail Cars, Lodge One-Bedroom Cottages, Saddle Club One-Bedroom Grand Cabins, Lodge Two-Bedroom Cottages and Saddle Club Two-Bedroom Cabins.
Airboat Rides at River Ranch
With their ability to navigate very shallow water and glide over vegetation, airboats provide the perfect opportunity to get some up close glimpses of native bald eagles, alligators, osprey, herons and more.
Fishing at River Ranch
Can you really have an outdoor adventure without a little fishing action? You can cast a line off the docks adjacent to the full-service marina or kids can try their luck in the catch and release pond, which is stocked with an assortment of fish that will keep them hooked for hours. Poles are complimentary and bait is sold at their shop, so there’s no need to pack your gear and tackle. For those looking to venture out on one of the top lakes in the “Largemouth Bass Capitol of the World,” bass fishing excursions with local guides can be reserved through staff at the Marina.
Horseback Riding at River Ranch
If you’re not ready to push cattle across open plains by horseback, you can’t still experience the relaxation and accomplishment that comes with horseback riding. An experienced horseman will show you the ropes and then hand you the reins for a 60–minute ride on a winding nature trail. For more experienced riders, a two-hour trail ride is offered.
Fun Fact: Some of the horses you’ll be riding are the same ones used during the Saturday night Westgate River Ranch Rodeo.
Camping, RV Fun and The General Store
Camping under the stars is the ultimate outdoor experience. In addition to a cowboy themed lodge, cabins, cottages and “rail car” cabins, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers camping options that allow you to stay true to the outdoor vacation that you’ve envisioned. On-site camping options include tent camping and RV sites with full water and electrical hookups. The General Store carries charcoal, firewood, ice and other camping supplies.
Swamp Buggy Rides at River Ranch
The saddle isn’t the only place you can ride tall, as swamp buggies can provide an elevated view of Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo’s 1,700-acres. A 60-minute swamp buggy ride takes you through wooded trails where you’ll spot a variety of wildlife and some of the bad-to-the-bone bucking bulls used in the weekly rodeo.
Westgate River Ranch Golf Course is a 9 hole regulation golf course open to resort guests and the general public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily (weather permitting). Rates include access to the driving range and putting green. Lessons, golf balls, concessions and club rentals are available.
Archery, plus Trap and Skeet at River Ranch
Firearms can be intimidating, but target shooting can also be an engaging and rewarding experience. Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo’s trap and skeet range is your opportunity to learn how to properly handle and shoot a firearm in a controlled environment. The knowledgeable range officers will have you hitting your mark in no time.
Hunger Games fans can get in touch with their inner Katniss and let their arrows fly at the archery range. Instructors are on hand to teach you the proper form and bow safety. It’s best $8.00 you’ll spend.
Kid Friendly Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, and Mini Golf
Kids love Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo’s pony rides, petting zoo, archery range, rock climbing, zip lines, mini golf and the Saturday night calf scramble.
Insider Tip: Save money by purchasing Westgate’s Adventure Park Package. It includes unlimited access to the zip line, rock wall, mini golf and bungee trampoline.
Saturday Night Rodeo at River Ranch
Saturday nights at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo allow you to be immersed in the ultimate dude ranch experience. You can participate in a series of events that begin with an afternoon hay ride, complete with a singing cowboy, which leads you to a family-style cookout buffet (depending on the season). Then it’s off to the championship rodeo where you’ll watch professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in trick riding, barrel racing and bull riding. The kids in the audience can even take part in the rodeo’s calf scramble and win a prize.
Following the rodeo is the Saturday night street party held out in front of the River Ranch Saloon. Enjoy live music, a DJ, fun games and dancing. For the more adventurous, you can try staying on the mechanical bull for eight seconds. If you can’t “Yeehaw” now, it’ll surely come natural by the end of the night.