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Small Dude Ranches Offer Big Experiences

June 25th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Deep Canyon Small Dude Ranches

This summer make some memories you won’t soon forget down at a small dude ranch.  Here you will find one of the most intimate vacation settings in Western America.  Please note, small does not mean they are short on experiences or activities. It means they only host a handful guests in order to offer you a very personal and tailored horseback riding vacation.  In the list of small dude ranches below you will find your perfect cowboy place, great for making genuine connections with the land, horses and your hosts. Earn Your Spurs at this Cowboy Ranch Lonesome Spur Ranch,… Read More

The White Grass Ranch Lives On

June 19th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

White Grass Ranch

This week in the Dude Ranch History Museum I had the privilege of meeting Mike Jackoboice and reminiscing with him over his dude ranch years. Mike worked at the White Grass Ranch in Moose, Wyoming in the 1980’s. After his time there the land rights returned to the Forest Service and the dude ranch facilities shut down and were left in stillness for many years. Recently Mike went back for a visit, and as he says ‘My how things have changed.’ Where the main driveway once was there are now 15 year old pine trees. As his story goes, Mike… Read More

Staycation in Colorado This Summer at Your Local Dude Ranch

June 12th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Wind River Ranch Staycation

Have you already explored many local Colorado locations by hiking, mountain climbing, bouldering or cycling? What about by horseback riding? Journey into the old west, to a time before chacos and mountain bikes. A time when wagon wheels and horses were your means of transportation. A dude ranch vacation is themed in Western tradition. Don’t worry, they won’t make you wear a dress to ride, and suspenders are optional. The only requirements are cowboy boots and a desire to explore a new piece of country by a living means of transportation (horses). The below ranches are all located within driving… Read More

5 Pack Trips in the Untamed Wilderness of the West

June 5th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Broke Arrow Pack Trip View

True or False? Taking a wilderness pack trip is just taking a weekend camping trip with the family. False. A wilderness pack trip is easier and more adventurous. On a pack trip you can expect to have all the fun of camping minus all the camp set up, cooking, cleaning and caring for the animals. Leave all that to the professionals. Out there all you have to do is enjoy the freedom and solitude the mountains can offer.  Let your imagination run wild with all the things you can do and discover during the day when you are hours and… Read More

Get Lost in These Hidden Montana Dude Ranch Sweet Spots

June 1st, 2015
By Leah Bright

Bonanza Creek Hidden Lodge

Have you been wanting to find that local dive off of the beaten path?  Let yourself get lost for a few days at one of these hidden Montana dude ranches. With very small capacities you are sure to have a very personal and interactive experience with your cowboy hosts on your next vacation.  Pack up your cowboy boots, demin jeans, and your camera, but leave your cell phone and stress at home.  Out here Montana’s natural wilderness experienced by horseback will bring you back to your connection with Mother Nature. So, go ahead and get lost for a few days…. Read More

What Type of Dude Ranch Fits you?

May 22nd, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Colorado Cattle

Are you planning a dude ranch vacation for the first time? When it comes to vacation options, there are lots of questions to ask yourself and those traveling with you. One of the ones you might not have considered before is, “What type of dude ranch fits me?” The Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) represents more than 100 guest ranches in North America (two in Canada), ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches. From valleys complete with untouched Rocky Mountain backdrops to desert sunsets across the Southwest, you can find DRA-accredited ranches throughout the Western U.S., as well… Read More

Horses, Hats, Hospitality, Heritage, Honesty & Heart

May 15th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Dude ranches are the original Western vacation.  Our first ranchers introduced the unique beauty of the American West to “dudes” from all over.  All this happened in the best way possible: from the back of a horse.  This horseback adventure was surrounded by honest and real Western hospitality that these dude ranch pioneers considered a part of the code of the west. The Dude Ranchers’ Association was founded to preserve, protect, and promote their unique vacation experience and its identity.  Though guest expectations have changed and ranchers have had to change with them, the core principles of dude ranching remain… Read More

Plan Your Dude Ranch Family Reunion

May 8th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Sylvan Dale Reunion

When asking yourself how to plan your dude ranch family reunion it may be helpful to follow this question guide. The ranches listed here are great examples of places to take your family for your next family reunion. They are all accredited members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association. As such they are held to the highest industry standards and are kept accountable to provide unforgettable destination vacations. Find your ranch today. Let us help. A Sylvan Dale Ranch Reunion When would you like to go? Planning ahead is essential. We recommend that the larger size the group the farther in… Read More