Latigo Ranch , Kremmling, Colorado, USA
Latigo is renowned for its fine riding programme, personalised attention and "nouveau ranch" menu. The Arapaho National Forest surrounds it on three sides, and trails take you through an array of aspen groves, pine forest, sagebrush, and open meadows.
With its brilliant emphasis on instruction, encouraging independence every step of the way, this style of programme means virtually every rider will be able to lope by the end of their stay. It's a place that also strikes a well-thought-out balance between family time and those times when youngsters and parents part company, with adults-only pack trips, separate orientations, and an excellent kids' programme.