Blog ~ Western Adventure Vacations

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

Ranch Vacation Retreats & Specialty Weeks for 2017

March 9th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Triangle C Ranch Specialty Weeks

Ladies and Gentleman! Youth of [most] all ages! Step right up and get hooked on your next ranch vacation! We are here to offer you the most wonderful of specialty weeks for this summer! From 7AM to midnight, Scrapbooking Retreat Poker games, whiskey tasting & wagon rides, Cowboy Games Week Chris Cox instruction & ranch responsibilities, Youth Camp Ladies Scrapbooking Retreat ~ Caliente, California March 16-19, 2017 March 23-26, 2017 You’ll love this weekend getaway at Rankin Ranch with scrapbooking from 7 a.m. to midnight without any distractions!  The ranch offers a unique and beautiful atmosphere for a unique getaway. … Read More

10 Awe-Inspiring Panoramas That Define Rustic Luxury

March 1st, 2017
By Smith Fork Ranch

Smith Fork Ranch Camping Glamping

  Let’s face it: there are few places in the world as beautiful as Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. And there are few places better to enjoy the spectacular sights here than Smith Fork Ranch, where we’ve perfected the “rustic luxury” approach to an all-inclusive guest ranch vacation. We could tell you what we mean by “rustic luxury” … but it’s probably easier to show you.   Smith Fork Ranch — where the rainbow ends?   “Rustic Luxury” — historic buildings, lovingly restored with a painstaking eye for detail.   Smith Fork Ranch’s equestrian program offers the perfect way to explore. Whether you’re… Read More

Kids and Cattle Drives on a Family Vacation

February 23rd, 2017
By Leah Bright

Bull Hill Cattle Drive Kids

Take your family this summer to experience a ranch vacation and maybe a cattle drive (or 2).  On this vacation you will develop a deeper appreciation for cattle and cowboys.  Your question might be “Can I take my children on a cattle drive too?” The answer to that question is a very big yes, yes you can. Adults are not the only ones able to go on such adventures, your kids can too. The DRA accredited ranches below will get your kids and cattle drives together for a unique ranch vacation. Take a look at the different ages, riding abilities… Read More

Love Letters to the Ranch

February 14th, 2017
By Drowsy Water Ranch

Drowsy Water Horse Love Letter to Patches

When did you last write a love letter?  Was it to a cute boy in second grade?  That one girl across the street in fifth grade?  Maybe is was to your husband or to your wife.  Here at Drowsy Water, we get a lot of love letters.  They float into the mailbox occasionally and we save them for ages, keeping them in a special envelope and bringing them out to read when we’re feeling sentimental. Sure, Ken is a great singer when you put him next to a fire under the stars, but the letters aren’t to him.  Randy Sue… Read More

Low Altitude Spring Break Vacation in the South West

February 9th, 2017
By Leah Bright

Flying E Ranch is a low altitude dude ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona

For many travelers staying at a low altitude destination is a must, especially if you only have a week to get acclimated to your destination. Fortunately, there are many dude ranches located below 5,000′ that would be a great South Western haven for spring break. Each ranch is a unique destination ranging from the type of activities offered to the particular family and ranch history. Don’t just visit one, visit them all!   Burnt Well Guest Ranch Profile        Website Lodge Altitude: 4,200′ Nearest Airport: Roswell Nightly Price Range: $239 – $301 About: Burnt Well Ranch is a working cattle/sheep ranch…. Read More

The Retiring [Dude] Rancher

February 3rd, 2017
By Leah Bright

Dick Elder Author of The Retiring Rancher

Dick Elder, former owner of the Colorado Trails Ranch and Dude Ranch Hall of Fame Inductee wrote many poems about life as a dude rancher: He shared one at the annual convention this year and we would like to share it with you. Please comment below on this page on what dude ranching means to you. The Retiring Rancher by Dick Elder © 1996 Sold my ranch out in the county, And we moved down in to town. Lost a thousand feet of elevation, A thousand acres of grazing ground. Thought I’d like to take it easy, Drink coffee at… Read More

Namaste on the Ranch

January 30th, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

Whereas it used to be a time to simply kick back and relax, many of today’s travelers are using vacations as a time to continue their normal health and fitness routines, or perhaps even try something new. Yoga, in particular, has never been more popular: since 2012, the number of practitioners in the U.S. has increased by 50 percent to over 36 million. More and more people are realizing the benefits of yoga, which range from stress relief to flexibility to overall well-being. Whether you are one of the 80 Americans that say they are likely to try yoga for… Read More

Where to Have an All-American Vacation Experience

January 18th, 2017
By Colleen Hodson

McGarry Ranches

‘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 Red Horse Ranch

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