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Winter Weddings, Sleigh Rides and Skiing

September 16th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Has that summer lovin’ turned into something more serious? Sundance Trails Ranch specializes in making your winter weddings and elopements both beautiful and memorable. Honeymoons here are complete with Colorado snowy vistas and warm fireplaces in your own private log cabin. Stargazing from the jacuzzi completes the dream stay. Who knows, you one night stay may turn into two or a full week. Meet Larry and Curly. They are 6 year old Percherons at the Lone Mountain Ranch in the famous Big Sky, Montana. After two years in their sleigh ride program Curly is known to be full of energy… Read More


Head South for the Winter

September 10th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

If you’re planning a getaway or full-fledged vacation during the heart of the winter, consider heading South. There is wide range of options available from the member ranches of The Dude Ranchers’ Association. Winter provides an ideal opportunity in the warmer climates of the Southwest for a traditional dude ranch vacation. Across Arizona, for instance, ranches operate either year-round or seasonally from fall through spring. Horseback rides through inspiring stretches of the desert or on stunning mountain trails are just the beginning. Hiking, mountain biking, swimming, scrumptious meals, and plenty of time to kick back and relax amidst the region’s… Read More


5 Reasons to Visit in the Fall

September 10th, 2014
By Leah Bright

With the kids back in school, Labor Day behind us and the days getting shorter, it can only mean one thing; fall is quickly approaching and will give you 5 good reasons to visit a dude ranch. Whether you’re looking for fall break travel ideas, a long weekend away without the kids or an extended vacation, a dude ranch is an ideal destination to enjoy the fall. Steals and Deals: As with many vacation destinations, summer is peak season for dude ranches. However, as the air cools down travelers can take advantage of less crowds and discounted rates. Budget-friendly offers… Read More


Fall Adult-Only Getaways a Growing Trend at Dude Ranches

August 29th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Dude and guest ranches are ever – popular as family vacation destinations, but members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association recognize that adults also value time to themselves. When the kids get back on the bus it’s time for parents to get back in the saddle for a classic Western getaway. From the latter part of August through October, dude ranches are a couples’ best bet to rekindle romance and replenish the spirit. And the price is right too! The height of summer finds most ranches filled to capacity with families. In fall couples have their pick of dude ranches with… Read More


5 Cattle Drives Not to Miss

August 22nd, 2014
By Leah Bright

‘I should’ve been a Cowboy I should’ve learned to rope and ride Wearing my six-shooter riding my pony on a cattle drive Stealing the young girl’s hearts Just like Gene and Roy Singing those campfire songs I should’ve been a cowboy’ Well, unlike the song says, you still can. Take your next vacation to another level. Be that cowboy on a cattle drive. 55,000 acres is the amount of land at the McGarry Ranches. That’s more than a few miles of fence line to monitor and maintain for 2,000 head of cattle. Here the cattle are organized in units and… Read More


Hollywood Meets the Wild West

August 15th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Forget Hollywood: many dude ranches have had Hollywood come to them to film some of the most notable classic Western movies ever to hit the big screen over the years. Take for example, White Stallion Ranch. This family-owned 3,000-acre dude ranch located outside of Tucson, Ariz., has been attracting Hollywood filmmakers to its unspoiled desert and rugged mountain landscape for more than 70 years. Notable Western movies filmed on-site include the 1939 legendary film, “Arizona,” as well as “Winchester 73,” “Apache Ambush” and “Backlash.” And the list doesn’t stop at just Western films. Scenes from “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”… Read More


5 Ways the DRA Facilitates Your Travel Planning Experience

August 8th, 2014
By Leah Bright

We are often asked how The Dude Ranchers Association can help the potential guest with the planning stages of their dude ranch vacation. Below are 5 real ways that either the DRA web site or the DRA office can help in your search. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or need any help. Customized Searchability The DRA’s advanced search capabilities eliminate the stress of having to research and compare hundreds of ranches individually. With the click of a button, you’re able to refine your search by selecting the activities and amenities on your… Read More


Find Your Frontier at a Classic DRA Dude Ranch

July 28th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Find you frontier at this classic Wyoming Dude Ranch, the T Cross Ranch, with a timeless magic. The T Cross Dude Ranch lies inside the Shoshone National Forest at an elevation of 7,800 feet. Surrounded by an untouched country of pine forests and open meadows, trout-rich streams and small lakes, with endless vistas rising well over 11,000 feet – it is scenically magical. Through the T Cross gate you will discover a pristine wilderness. In the backyard, the Washakie Wilderness Area of Wyoming covers 704,274 acres, adjoining the southeastern boundary of Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Wilderness in one… Read More



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