Here is a great article from the Travel section of the Los Angeles Times written by Rosemary McClure.
The story posted 2010.08.08 at 11:37 AM PDT
Reporting from Philipsburg, Mont.– Nearly two decades have passed since tough-as- nails trail boss Curly Washburn hurled insults at the three “City Slickers” who invaded his turf, a Colorado cattle ranch, in search of a Wild West adventure.
The 1991 movie, which earned Jack Palance a supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of Curly, the crusty cattleman, spurred an increase in dude ranch vacations as urban and suburban cowboys tried their hands at riding, roping and herding cattle.
I thought I might like riding the range too. But my interest waned when I realized I’d have to sleep in the dirt — and pay for the privilege.
Fast-forward to 2010: Dude ranches have come a long way. READ MORE…