Ranch Vacations

Dude Ranchers’ Association Welcomes Four New Accredited Ranches

May 26th, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

Creek Ranch Dude Ranchers Association New Member

Newest members all receive seal of approval for upholding the highest standards in the industry We added four new ranches to our impressive list of accredited ranches: The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in California, Creek Ranch in New Mexico, Badger Creek Cattle and Guest Ranch in Colorado, and Rancho De La Osa in Arizona. All four ranches went through a rigorous inspection and approval process and were found to meet the highest standards in the dude ranch industry. We represent a broad spectrum of guest ranches across North America, ranging from luxury ranches with five-star cuisine and spas to… Read More

Pet & Dog Friendly Ranch Vacations

May 19th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Black Mountain Dog Friendly Ranch Fall

A ranch is your next adventure vacation and there is no way your “best friend” can stay with your neighbor or at a boarding facility for a week or more. So, take your dog with you to a dog friendly ranch vacation! If your dog is fit for long distance mountain traveling, doesn’t chase anything but toys and stays off the furniture, he or she may be a great fit on a dude ranch. Even if your have an older dog whose running days are drifting away, he or she can relax at the ranch while you’re trail riding and… Read More

Available Ranch Vacations for the Great American Eclipse

May 12th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Flat Creek Ranch to view the Great American Eclipse

The first total eclipse to span the United States in nearly four decades – The Great American Eclipse – will take place on August 21, 2017. The center of the eclipse path – where the moon completely blocks out the sun, creating a few minutes of night in the middle of the day – will pass over Northwestern Wyoming and Central Idaho. The most dramatic scenery for the eclipse can be found here. Countless visitors will no doubt flock to the area to try and find a prime viewing spot. The BEST destination for eclipse viewers is one of the… Read More

4 Honeymoon Trends at a Ranch Vacation

May 5th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Rawah Ranch Romance for your Honeymoon Ranch Vacation

Get inspired for your 2017 honeymoon with a ranch vacation experience you won’t soon forget. Think outside the sand box of a beach destination and go for adventure recreation at one of these honeymoon paradise. These DRA accredited ranch vacations will exceed your expectations and make many opportunities to creatively start your journey together. 1. 9:00 AM to 6 PM Spa Treatment The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is a 10,000-acre, working cattle ranch and full-service resort in Solvang, California. Alisal offers 73  cottages with wood burning fireplaces and a host of outdoor activities. Honeymoon ranch activities include two golf… Read More

Ranch Vacation for your Rodeo loving, Barrel Racing Children

April 28th, 2017
By Leah Bright

CM Ranch Rodeo and Barrel Racing

Your children have gone absolutely horse crazy and all you hear about is horseback riding camps and more riding lessons. So, how can you compromise on a family vacation and have lots of horsing around and barrel racing for your children and moderate amounts of all types of adventure  recreation for the rest of your family? Well, a dude ranch vacation of course! For your barrel racing enthusiasts there will be some type of barrel racing throughout the week with authentic cowgirl staff. You might have the arena set up to “turn and burn” with some ladies (and gentleman) who… Read More

Bob Marshall Wilderness Adventures

April 21st, 2017
By Leah Bright

RIch Ranch offers Bob Marshall Wilderness Adventures

The Bob Marshall Wilderness, named after Bob Marshall himself, is located in western Montana as the fifth-largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. It extends for 60 miles along the Continental Divide and consists of over 1 million acres and remains road-less, with the only permanent structures being some old ranger stations and horse bridges. You might see some of these structures while riding out with the JJJ Wilderness Ranch or the Rich’s Montana Guest Ranch. Sounds like a great location for your next horseback riding vacation, right? Wait, there’s more. You’ll have a chance to ride to a long… Read More

Specials near the Border for Cinco de Mayo

April 13th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Rancho de los Caballeros Giddy-up Cowgirl for Cinco de Mayo

Arrrrribaa!! Cinco de Mayo is less than a month away! If Taco Tuesdays are a weekly celebration at your house than heading south for Cinco de Mayo may be something of interest. Did you know, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces back in 1862? Nowadays the date has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture. This year celebrate big by going to a South Western dude ranch vacation close to the Mexican border. At these ranches decorations are up year round, but it’s called interior design. Horses (and possibly donkeys) are ready for you to… Read More

Experience Luxury the Wild West Way!

April 7th, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

Experience Luxury & Romance at Mountain Sky Ranch

When most people envision a dude ranch, they picture hard work, cattle and rustic cabins. But many dude ranches actually offer plush amenities, top-of-the-line spas, world-class golf courses, five-star cuisine and more. If you’re seeking to experience luxury in a breathtaking setting, check out these four member ranches where you can have it all. Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Wyoming Red Reflet Guest Ranch identifies itself as “a ranch for the senses,” and there’s no question why. The staff has mastered the art of luxury hospitality while showcasing the best recreational activities and most breathtaking scenery in Wyoming. The location of… Read More

Mother May I… Go on a Ranch Vacation for Mother’s Day?

March 31st, 2017
By Leah Bright

Medicine Bow Lodge Mother's Day

Mom stands facing away from a line of kids. She then chooses a child and announces, “Brian, you may take 3 giant baby steps forward.” The child responds, “Mother may I?” Mom then states, “Yes” or “No,” depending on her whim, and the child complies. If, however, the child forgets to ask “Mother may I?” he goes back to the starting line. First one to touch Mother wins, or in this case, first one to take Mother on a ranch vacation wins.   There are a lot of games to play on a ranch vacation for this special holiday, “Mother… Read More

Put Your Vacation Days to Use in 2017

March 23rd, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

Did you know more than half of American workers end the year with unused vacation time? In fact, in 2015, Americans wasted a total of 658 million vacation days – more wasted days than ever before. Whether it’s work stress, financial stress or the fear of leaving someone else to our tasks, there’s always something holding back working people from well-deserved breaks. But most people don’t realize the power of a plan. When you plan vacations in advance, you can make sure to maximize vacation time without feeling pressured at the last minute when you realize you never broke free… Read More

Down at the Ranch

March 16th, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

California's Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

In an age of digital overload, polarized politics, and the overwhelming rush of modern life, there’s a place you can go to recharge, rejuvenate, reconnect, and embrace a more simple time. There’s a dude ranch waiting for you out there, and more than likely it’s close to a national park if you want the best of both worlds (ranch and park worlds, that is). Whether it’s the high mountain range or vast desert valleys, grab your boots and hat and spend the morning in the saddle, the afternoon with a drink by the pool, and a quiet evening of reflection… Read More