If earth were a convenience store, the sign on the front door would read “Sorry, we’re closed” right now. For those of us in the market for a ranch, that dream of owning a wide open plane sounds mighty fun right about now.

The last few weeks have been a wild ride for us all. I won’t bore you by repeating the details of the COVID-19 outbreak; you can happily tune back in to your Facebook feed for that info. Instead, I want to share the fun benefits of owning a ranch – so you know what kind of activities to look forward to when you make your purchase.

Scenic and seperate from… well, everything.

The wide open plains, fresh clean air, and oftentimes enormous distances between you and other human beings make for an underappreciated destination.

Imagine yourself waking up to the sweet sound of peace. Not the stressful self-isolation of a world in panic, or the uncertainty of how a paused economy will temporarily affect your life. No, instead, you find yourself surrounded by nature and quiet, with people you love, as the stress of the world melts away.

Nature never goes out of style. And ranches provide us an unmatched appreciation for nature; a feeling we can’t get anywhere else. Here are a few experiences a ranch will give you that few other places (if any) can.

(NOTE: not all of these activities are available at every ranch. Some have more, some have less, and some offer nothing but the peace that only nature can bring. Now keep scrolling.)

Horseback riding.

Ride a horse at sunset with your family, or learn to ride in a local arena.

Hunting.

Perhaps you’re a hunter. You’re looking for a ranch that provides the space and game for endless hunting excursions. If that’s you, click here to learn what you need to know when buying a hunting ranch.

Serene hikes.

Have you ever gone on a walk just for the sake of walking? Or had that deep conversation you didn’t know you needed while strolling with a loved one? This is one of the prime benefits of owning on a ranch: the chance to just walk.

Take a challenging hike or an easy one. Go to get your steps in or just to relax. Scenic and serene hikes are in large supply at ranches around the United States.

Intimate family time.

Turn off the phones, gather around a fire or on the porch of a spacious ranch and be together. That’s what we all need right now anyway, isn’t it?

On a psychological level, the intimate human connection you can have with your family is incredibly beneficial. Serotonin and oxytocin, the chemicals that bond us to others and create a feeling of trust and unity, surge when we spend quality time with the ones we love.

If the stress of being self-quarantined and unable to associate with other human beings is getting to you, the spacious yet intimate experience of being on a ranch is something you should look to with eager anticipation.

Archery.

Some ranches are great for developing new skills, like archery. Wide open plains and archery ranges are fun opportunities for everyone to try something.

Good ol’ fashioned line dancing.

It’s time for the hoedown. There are plenty of ranches that arrange line dancing and country music for people to have fun with. And they’re usually enough to get your quiet son Timmy to come out of his shell. Stories abound of shy kids and teenagers that surprised everyone with their enthusiasm during some ol’ fashioned line dancing.

Rock climbing and repelling.

Some ranches are close to mountain ranges and popular climbing destinations. Usually, you can hire a guide to go with you and your family to enjoy climbing and repelling.

Cattle drives.

In a world where everyone is looking for a little more control of their lives, cattle driving may be the thing you’re looking for.

Cattle driving is a unique experience of moving a herd of cattle from one place to another while horseback riding. Give yourself some control and something truly memorable by investing in a ranch where you can herd cattle.

You’ve got options.

The fun abounds on a ranch. Where can you find the right one, though? Check out these listings to begin or continue your search for the perfect ranch, so you can enjoy the fun that comes with it.


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