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Spring Break is Upon Us – Let’s Go!

February 27th, 2015
By Leah Bright

What is your family doing for Spring Break? Stormy weather is upon us and for many, the passing of Valentine’s Day and the shortest month of the year means more than candied hearts and roses. For many, the passing of January and February signal the perfect excuse to plan your next big break and welcome a spring vacation. Luckily, as the country’s original all-inclusive adventure vacation, guest ranches offer effortless options to satisfy any taste this spring. Whether it’s a warm family getaway that breaks the cliché of bikinis, tequila and crowds or a ski trip with friends, guest ranches… Read More

The Dude Ranchers’ Association

February 20th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Marble Mountain Dude Ranch

The Trade Association Promoting Dude Ranches Why should prospective dude ranch vacationers give priority consideration to ranches accredited by the Dude Ranchers Association (DRA)? The answers are in the education and training for higher levels of hospitality, and higher standards of safety that are afforded to association members. DRA members have access to training and professional growth courses available through the association. The Dude Ranch Association offers a key path to gain ongoing training of ranch members who constantly improve their levels of service. Secondly, entrance into the association itself requires that applicant ranches are inspected and verified as meeting… Read More

10 Surprising Dude Ranch Activities

February 13th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Does “dude ranch” conjure images of office workers doffing their Dockers in favor of denim? Do you envision time in the saddle, or sleeping under the stars, and think it might be fun for a day or two … but you’re not sure about an entire vacation? There’s good news for travelers who would like a taste of the dude ranch experience blended with a heaping serving of other vacation-type activities. Today’s dude ranches cater to a diverse crowd – from families to couples to singles – with activities, attractions and services that travel far beyond the trail. “While dude… Read More

Head West for Your Next Meeting or Convention

February 5th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Tanque Verde Guest Ranch

Tired of holding corporate meetings and conventions at run-of-the-mill hotels and banquet halls? Make your next annual meeting an unforgettable experience complete with adventure and good old-fashioned Western hospitality at a dude or guest ranch. The Dude Ranchers’ Association just concluded our 89th Annual Convention at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.  Made complete by the type of star treatment that is typical of Western hospitality. From pickup service at the airport, to personally assisted check-in, bag delivery and homemade cuisine, every guest was treated to feel right at home. The DRA is able to help meeting planners and groups… Read More


January 30th, 2015
By Leah Bright

By Samantha Cook To spend a summer in the pristine mountain wilderness of Southern Colorado is a beautiful gift denied to most. I, however, was given that privilege. There are no words that will be able to adequately describe the adventures I had, the landscapes I saw, or the relationships I formed—but what are words for if not to make a feeble attempt at such a thing? About 30 of us showed up at Rainbow Trout Ranch in the middle of May, ready for a brag-worthy summer job. I was one of two that was lucky enough to receive college… Read More

4 Types of Dude Ranch Vacations

January 24th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Whether you’re a staunch horseman who loves being in the saddle, or a rider that prefers activities to choose from in addition to riding, one of the members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association will fit the bill. All of the member ranches uphold the highest standards in the industry and are committed to preserving the Western way of life. The below sampling of ranches is sure to appeal to a variety of travelers: Working Ranches Located at the base of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains, Klondike Ranch can accommodate six to 10 guests at a time. Guests are encouraged to work… Read More

Don’t Squat with Your Spurs On

January 16th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

By Danielle Ottis Some of our guests ask, and many more wonder in anxious silence, “How do I answer the call of nature while on a trail ride?” Here are a few tips from a seasoned trail guide and trail rider. #1 Go before you leave. Remember that time when you were a kid, headed out on a road trip with the family, only minutes after departing and you declare “I gotta go!” Likely Dad’s response was, “Why didn’t you go before we left?” This is a good scenario to learn from when preparing to head out on a long… Read More

Life on a Jackson Hole Dude Ranch

January 10th, 2015
By Leah Bright

By Adriene Henderson Photo Credits – Tom Rafalovich Three years ago I made the decision to pack up my life and move to a Jackson Hole Dude Ranch. It was the best decision I have ever made! I knew I would have fun, make new friends, and try new things during a summer adventure. However, what I didn’t know was that I would have the most amazing summer of my life, make lifelong best friends, learn countless new skills, and my summer adventure would quickly become a permanent lifestyle change. After three summers—and one winter!—working on the ranch, I am… Read More