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Sun and saddles in southern Arizona

January 27th, 2016
By Leah Bright

southern Arizona

‘Sun and saddles in southern Arizona’ By Larissa Milne, originally posted on If you’re looking for a midwinter break with a twist, consider a dude ranch in southern Arizona. With sunny days and cool clear nights, the area offers glimpses into the Arizona Territory of years gone by, when the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were becoming legends. Dude ranches have evolved from the days when working cattle ranches hosted a few paying guests from back East to help with ropin’ and ridin’. Modern guest ranches still raise cattle, but they offer comfortable lodging, gourmet meals, and… Read More

Dude Ranchers’ Association Kicks Off 90th Anniversary Celebration with Annual Convention in Cody

January 15th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Cowboy Rope Western Wear Dude Ranch

More than 60 member ranches to attend four-day event CODY, WYOMING – January 20, 2016 – More than 60 member ranches from across the Western United States and Canada, as well as many associate members and vendors, are expected to ride into Cody, Wyo., to attend the 90th annual convention of the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) on January 20-23, 2016. The DRA was founded in Cody in 1926 and has since grown to more than 100 members. The Convention will kick off a yearlong celebration of the DRA’s 90th anniversary. Guest and dude ranches have played a significant role in… Read More

The Western dude ranch rejuvenates & boosts health

January 1st, 2016
By Leah Bright

The Home Dude Ranch Yoga Retreat

According to experts, taking a vacation is good for your health.  Despite this fact, Americans and Canadians tend to shortchange their vacation time, often leaving earned time on the table or taking a day here and a day there instead of a week or more at one stretch.  Since 1926 the Dude Ranchers’ Association shaped and established the highest quality standards in the guest ranch industry.  A DRA (as it’s known,) guest ranch is the epitome of a Western holiday and providing both the time and environment to foster good health. Surrounded by spectacular beauty, far from the noise and… Read More

Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar

December 25th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch Best Value

Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar in These Budget-Stretched Times.    With the current economic situation  a vacation to any destination may seem like a “pipe dream.” But don’t rule out a summer getaway completely until you’ve considered a stay at a Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranch.  These quintessential Western getaways have always offered exceptional value for the money.  Only authentic ranches of high quality are granted entrance to the DRA. In fact, only a portion of ranches that apply make it through the rigorous 2 year process.   Consider why a Western dude ranch displaying a DRA logo… Read More

Book before January!

December 18th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Book a Stay at the Sweet Grass Cattle Ranch

As families get together for the holidays and consider past celebrations, vacations and shared moments, the conversations often move to the topic of “Where are we going to book our next family holiday destination?” The Thanksgiving through New Years holiday season is a busy time of vacation inquiries for dude and guest ranches. That being said, most small venue dude ranches have a guest capacity under 50 persons. An extended family group that incorporates 2-4 family units might mean that an inquiring party is looking at reserving greater than half of the ranch capacity. This means that you must select… Read More

Dude Ranches During the Winter: Here’s Where and Why

December 10th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Bar W Winter Sleigh

Freshly-fallen snow, sleigh rides and skiing make these dude ranches a magical winter getaway By Lyn Mettler Travel Expert December 7, 2015 Originally Posted on Set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the American West and covered in blankets of snow for months, these dude ranches offer a secluded yet active winter getaway for all ages. Whether for skiing or enjoying seasonal activities like sleigh rides and snowmobiling, these ranches have it all when the weather turns cold.C Lazy U Ranch | Granby, Colorado While the ground might be covered in white, count on plentiful sunshine and… Read More

Travelers can Practice Healthy Lifestyles or Explore New Ones at DRA Member Ranches

December 1st, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Travelers committed to practicing their own version of a healthy lifestyle can do so at a number of traditional Western dude ranches. Many ranches cater to modern guests with spa services and treatments, yet some are going further by adopting holistic menu plans or adding spiritual elements to their activity menus. Guests can find a ranch compatible with their own lifestyle through The Dude Rancher’s Association, or DRA. The organization provides details of each of its’ more than 100 members in the Western US and Canada, details like those associated with The Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in British Columbia’s… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 27th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

At the National Dude Ranchers’ Association we are so thankful this Thanksgiving to be a part of such a wonderful organization that dates back to 1926.   We are proud to be  supported by our member ranches, clients in search of a dude ranch and all of the associate members who make commerce and networking successful. On a day such as this we are reminded of Theodore Roosevelt when he said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the… Read More