Embrace Western Harmony on a North Dakota Ranch or Farm Vacation

Get in harmony with the authentic West on a North Dakota ranch and farm

Ranch owner Josh Ketchum had this advice for visiting businesswoman Alex McKenna in the Hallmark movie "Under the Autumn Sun": Lose the phone. Embrace the nighttime skies.

If you’re looking for fictional Harmony Ranch from “Under the Autumn Moon,” you’ve found the right state – North Dakota. While Harmony Ranch is a fictional place, others like Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie and Logging Camp Ranch near Amidon let visitors experience ranching, nights in comfortable cabins and the darkest, starriest skies you will ever see.

These aren’t “dude” ranches, but actual working ranches. They’re like those stars you’re looking at, whose light you see took many light years to get here. You’re actually looking at history, much like the ranch life you can experience. You’ve never truly stargazed until you have done so in North Dakota.

In the Hallmark flick, Harmony Ranch was celebrating 100 years. That pales next to Black Leg Ranch near McKenzie, which was founded in 1882, before North Dakota was a state. Guests can ride horses along wagon trails and stay in modern lodges on the ranch.

Logging Camp Ranch in southwest North Dakota was founded in the 1880s and is still a working ranch, where guests get the full treatment, including stays in ponderosa pine cabins.

Those who have horses, or friends of those who have horses, can settle in for an extended stay and unique riding experiences at Sheyenne Oak Horse Camp at Leonard. There, man, horse and nature are in harmony with 70,000 acres of public land. Or a few days in a cabin and horseback riding in the scenic Badlands at Little Missouri State Park and Eastview Campgrounds near Killdeer is an amazing experience

If you’re more into crops than horses, several farms provide access to activities on the north 40, or south 40 or the full 160 acres – and more … much more.

Crooked Lane Farm at Colfax is a chance to enjoy rural life and engage in activities while learning what it’s like on a small farm. Others like gardendwellers FARM at Esmond or Slavic Heritage Farm near Rugby take guests through the day-to-day operations and jobs required to keep a working farm operational and “feeding the world.”

North Dakota is often known as the place to visit for a "Real American" experience. In fact, it's why North Dakota is frequently ranked in the Top Five for U.S. destinations by international guests. In North Dakota, you can spend the day in the saddle, or gather 'round the campfire at a powwow or modern western ranch.

You may not find “Harmony” here. But you will harmony.