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Where to Have an All-American Vacation Experience

January 18th, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

‘Made in America’ continues to surge in popularity for not only domestic-minded shoppers in the U.S., but also for travelers. For those searching for an authentic getaway that stays true to your roots, consider exploring the Wild West. It doesn’t get any more authentic than the original all-inclusive, All-American experience: a dude ranch vacation – think cattle drives, hiking, rodeos, campfires and fishing. A dude ranch vacation allows people of all ages to spend quality time in some of the country’s most beautiful, awe-inspiring settings. They are rooted in American tradition and principles – horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and… Read More


Secrets to the Best Family Reunion

January 12th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Family Reunion

Family reunion planning can be tricky. Just picking a reunion destination spot can take time. I myself come from a large family and we’re lucky to have several amazing planners who handle our family reunions. Planning can be stressful and trying to find a perfect location which everyone will enjoy is a daunting task. Working at Red Horse Mountain Ranch for over a decade, I’ve come to know many of the challenges with family reunion planning. However, it is a small price to pay for some of life’s most enduring memories. Sadly, I think ranches are not normally on a… Read More


Family Travel and Dude Ranches

January 6th, 2017
By Rainer Jenns

R Lazy S Ranch Family Travel

One of the most meaningful comments we’ve read about family travel and dude ranches is this: Dude ranches reconnect adults to a simple and innocent part of their childhood and introduce their children to these same experiences. There’s something uplifting and joyful about that. Like when parents momentarily forget themselves and regress with their kids – revisiting beloved animated cartoons from their youth, or unabashedly belting out favorite ballads from bygone (to their kids) times. Now picture horses and corrals, Stetson hats and western boots, cookouts and wide open landscapes straight out of cowboy movies and novels. Your heart goes… Read More


Merry Christmas Dude Ranch Style

December 22nd, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

A Bar A Christmas Dude Ranch

Best wishes for your Christmas Is all you get from me, ‘Cause I aint no Santa Claus— Don’t own no Christmas tree. But if wishes was health and money, I’d fill your buck-skin poke, Your doctor would go hungry An’ you never would be broke. -From Charlie Russell’s 1914  Christmas Card   May you all have a safe and happy holiday season and bring in 2017 for the best year yet. From the Dude Ranchers’ Association, your dude ranch planning resource since 1926. Here is a great article on the History of Dude Ranching for some light reading during the… Read More


6 Outstanding Summer Travel Destinations

December 14th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Hawley Mountain Ranch Summer Travel Destination

“I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler, ’bout working all summer, just trying earn a dollar…” Summer Time Blues by Eddie Cochran isn’t the only one who’s ” gonna take two weeks gonna have a fine vacation.”  If you are like me trying to figure out what to do on those two weeks of vacation that starts over in January, you are probably overwhelmed with so many summer travel destinations. Should I fly away to a distant country? Take a road trip from coast to coast? Find an all-inclusive adventure wonderland? I get dizzy spinning all the… Read More


Corporate Meeting Trends for 2017

December 9th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Red Reflet Meeting Space

With winter in full swing, it’s now every event organizer’s “most wonderful time of the year” scheduling conferences!  If you are in charge of planning a conference or corporate meeting for your company, consider the 2017 trends shaping today’s corporate events. In regards to these trends, consider an accredited dude ranch to fit the bill. With capacities varying from ranch to ranch you might find one intimate enough for your board of directors or large enough to take the entire enterprise. Strong WiFi Connection Even when you are planning an event in the mountains access to highly effective WiFi can… Read More


DRA celebrates 91st convention and welcomes new members

November 30th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Tanque Verde Ranch 91st Convention Location

Many member ranches from across the Western U.S. and Canada, along with associate members and vendors, are expected to attend the Dude Ranchers’ Association’s (DRA) 91st convention at Tanque Verde Ranch on Jan. 18-21, 2017. The DRA is also proud to welcome three new members to its existing roster of ranches: Bull Hill Guest Ranch in Kettle Falls, Wash.; Horses N Courage in Judith Gap, Mont.; and Rankin Ranch in Caliente, Calif. Each year, convention attendees come together to exchange ideas about how to continue exceeding the highest standards within the dude ranching industry; promoting the Western ranch vacation experience;… Read More


Pass the #TravelSauce While Vacation Planning During the Holidays

November 23rd, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Cherokee Park Ranch #travelSauce Family Living at the Cabin

Take the time this holiday season – when bellies are full, spirits are high and good will is in abundance – to sit with family and pass the #travelsauce, by planning next year’s perfect family vacation to a dude ranch. This Thanksgiving and through Christmas is the designated time every year for family’s to come together and share not only a meal, but also experiences from the past year and hopes for the year to come. Take this opportunity and seize the moment to plan your family’s next Western adventure vacation at a dude ranch. Here’s the perfect way to… Read More



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