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Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 27th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

At the National Dude Ranchers’ Association we are so thankful 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 lips, and… Read More

5 Extraordinary Dude Ranches for Families

November 21st, 2015
By Leah Bright

A Bar A Dude Ranch for Families

There’s one vacation category where extraordinary families can simply park the car, unpack their bags and settle in for a week of jam-packed action. It’s the Western dude ranch, a place where folks don’t have to think about what comes next because all the details are in place to let the good times roll!  Sure, the horse and riding are paramount to any Western dude ranch experience. The Dude Ranchers’ Association is the first to confirm riding is at the heart of any ranch getaway. But, according to DRA Executive Director, Colleen Hodson, there are folks who wouldn’t dream of… Read More

There’s a Dude Ranch for Everyone

November 14th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Triangle X Grand Teton National Park

Enjoy a taste of the authentic American West where horses, hats, history and hospitality abound. With over 100 carefully chosen member ranches, the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) has one to match your dream vacation – perfectly, all while protecting lands, parks, forests and wildlife. Our Dude, Resort and Working Ranches are in the most picturesque regions of the USA and Canada near historic sites and national parks for a photographer’s heyday! Each has its own unique history, incredible horseback riding tailored to the rider’s age and ability, and exciting outdoor adventures like white water rafting, paradise fishing on scenic rivers,… Read More

Dude Ranch Gardens ~ From Farm to Table

November 6th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Smithfork Garden Dude Ranch `

This year’s growing season has nearly drawn to a close for many locations for many while others are just getting started. As we at the National Dude Ranchers’ Association reminisce about the warmer, growing days of summer we would like to share a few ranches who spend their long, summer days planting and harvesting. The importance and fulfillment gained by growing your own produce is understood. At these accredited dude ranches they garden not only for themselves, but also to share what they reap with you.  So, after a day of enjoying horseback riding, hiking, fishing and every other adventure… Read More

Yellowstone Dude Ranch Vacation

October 30th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Yellowstone is proud to be the nations first National Park founded in 1872. This was even before Montana, Wyoming and Idaho were granted statehood. President Teddy Roosevelt legally protected this rich, 2.2 million acres of mountains, wildlife and famous geological monuments. This is a place for seeking adventure and exploration that’s truly a living  American history. In your travels to Yellowstone National Park consider staying at a historical dude ranch, with an industry heritage starting in the early 1900’s.  Dude rancher’s were authentic western settlers of the west and operate today to share the charismatic personality of the ‘true’ West…. Read More

Perfect Winter Holiday ~ Arizona & New Mexico Dude Ranches

October 23rd, 2015
By Leah Bright

Rancho de los Caballeros Arizona Dude Ranch

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Painted Desert. There are high ponderosa pine forest, rolling grasslands, and stark desert landscapes. In New Mexico there is the wondrous Carlsbad Caverns, the Black Range Mountains and the brilliant gypsum of the White Sands National Monument. Between the Cottonwoods, the Oak trees and the many various grasses, sage and vines the brilliant colors of autumn will take your breath away. The Dude and Guest ranches of Arizona and New Mexico take advantage of their spectacular surroundings; horseback riding outings explore the canyons and forested ridges. What a great… Read More

Splash into Summer with a Dude Ranch for Teenagers

October 17th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Sweet Grass Teenager

When the kids are little you try to make sure the parents have their space, but as teenagers, they would like some activities geared towards them. Plan a dude ranch vacation next summer where everyone has an equally great time. Each family member, regardless of age can experience a little bit of freedom and a chance to do something unique at the ranch. There is plenty of flexibility at a dude ranch to appreciate things individually, as a family or with new friends you meet along your stay. As an all – inclusive destination you might find yourself doing any… Read More

Adventures in Living ~ Idaho Dude Ranches

October 13th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Diamond D Chapel

Idaho is more than just potatoes. It is also home to your next mountain adventure. Whether this state is your next vacation destination or you are just passing through, it is worth an extra moment to enjoy. For a top quality ranch experience, stay at one of these Idaho sweet spots. A destination wedding, some ‘ranch-y’ cattle work or a guided hunt into the wilderness is just the beginning. Find more Idaho family or horsemanship locations here. Happily Ever After Say your vows in the chapel built by hand, to create some of your most incredible memories at the Diamond… Read More