Club Med; www.clubmed.com or 800-CLUB-MED
Club Med has six villages with specialized Teen Clubs (13-17 years old) in Florida, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Mexico (two) and Colorado (with a ski option).
Dude ranches offer more than horseback riding. A ranch that will appeal to teens should have lots of other activities, such as water skiing, tubing, tennis, archery, riflery, fishing and river rafting. Last summer at Colorado Trails Ranch near Durango, my kids and I sampled all the activities, from river rafting to riflery. They rode horses and went tubing (with other kids their age and a counselor) while I read my book in the hot tub. They remember their new friends and getting crazy -- plastering the counselors with flour during the "kids rodeo." I relished the rest, relaxation and superb food, as well as the varied activities. It was a perfect family vacation for bonding. Other guests at the ranch included single parents with their kids, and folks treating their grandchildren to a Western adventure.
Look for a ranch that separates kids into age groups so teens can interact with their peers. They need their own activities as well as a separate place, such as a game room where they can hang out and play pingpong or shoot pool.
Colorado Trails Ranch; 800/323-3833. www.colotrails.com
American Wilderness Experience; 800/444-0099. www.gorp.com/oldwest Provides information about many ranches and outfitters in several Western states.