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Archive for 2011

Summary of Dude Ranching’s Core Principles

October 11th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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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


Dude Ranches CAN Make a Difference!

September 21st, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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We recently received a letter, here at The Dude Ranchers’ Association office, from a family expressing thanks for the wonderful trip they had received as a gift from Colorado Trails Ranch and The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.  The Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation is a national resource providing WOW! Experiences for children and families who have a Mom or Dad with late stage, limited life expectancy cancer. The Foundation was inspired by Jill and Jon Albert’s real life story. With years of executive experience in the corporate world, Jon found himself, his wife, Jill, and… Read More


Justin Boots Salutes: September 2011

September 14th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Justin Boots is one of The Dude Ranchers’ Association Alliance Partners. September 6, 2011 Randi McCook is the 20-year-old daughter of Sandy and Chuck McCook of Winfield, Alberta, Canada. She just completed her first year of college at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, where she carries a 4.0 GPA while studying to be a medical lab technician. Randi is a goal-oriented young woman, who personifies the term “all-around cowgirl.” Her commitment to her horses began at an early age and has paid dividends. From being honored as an all-around Alberta High School Rodeo athlete to earning World and Reserve World… Read More


City Slicker Tries to Feel at Home on the Range

September 6th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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By Les MacPherson, The StarPhoenix August 27, 2011 Last week, while city folk toiled in their grim cubicles, I was in Montana. On horseback. Driving cattle. Yippie ki-yay . The place was the historic 63 Ranch, a vast spread of pastures and pine trees and mountain meadows, nestled up against the Absaroka Mountain Range, just north of Yellowstone Park. Beyond the forested Absarokas looms the jagged, sawtooth ridge of the Crazy Mountains, with nearly vertical peaks reaching almost two miles high from the Yellowstone River valley. To try to go over them, you would have to be crazy. The 63… Read More


Why Dude Ranches?

September 2nd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Another great article from Travel Savvy News… Dress Me Once More in a Sombrero that Flaps – Spurs, Flannel Shirt, Slicker and Chaps – Out Where the Sagebrush is Dusty and Gray – Make me a Cowboy Again for a Day – What is it that attracts so many of us to the allure of the West? Is it the cowboys, horses, cattle, wide-open spaces or just good old Western Hospitality? All of these things and more can be found on a Dude Ranch. Not only do today’s dude ranches supply guests with the real western experience, but they can… Read More


Dude Ranches: An Eco-Friendly American Tradition

August 31st, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Colleen was interviewed for this article written by Brendan Pringle, a staff writer for Green Living Press.  Brendan was kind enough to send me the link so we could share it with you.  Enjoy!   To the average, technology-obsessed teenager, this seems like an OMG scenerio. So why should a family ditch the theme parks and car trips, and head over to a dude ranch instead? Simply put, it makes for the perfect family vacation. And it’s green. As Gene Kilgore of RanchWeb.com explains, dude ranches are one of the few “all-inclusive vacations available.” Vacationers don’t have to worry about… Read More


Horses or Golf? Why Not Both!

August 29th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Do you Love Horses?  Do you Love Golf?  Well…at Rancho de los Caballeros you have the opportunity to enjoy both in the beautiful Arizona desert! The Ranch Experience  at Rancho de los Caballeros For those who want to experience much of what the Ranch has to offer, but still want to have time to savor the peace and quiet of the desert, this package includes some time on a horse, at the spa and on the links. Package includes: Luxurious casita accommodations Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily Unlimited green fees with cart Unlimited scheduled horseback rides (there are two scheduled… Read More


I’m Dreaming of a Cowboy Christmas

August 25th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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CODY, Wyo.- Deck the holidays, Cowboy style this year. Dude ranches, the original all-inclusive destination, take care of the holiday chores while providing seasonal adventures. Winter ranches from Colorado to Canada provide everything for a classic, carol-worthy white Christmas. In British Columbia, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa has put together a Cariboo Christmas package with all the trimmings. This includes a welcoming glass of mulled wine, visit from Santa (with presents for everyone), traditional Christmas dinner and entertainment, Boxing Day champagne breakfast, and a cookie jar that’s always stocked. Ranches across the southwest, such as Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson,… Read More


Children need nature. Nature needs children.

August 23rd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Great article from the The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds about how being outdoors helps children in all areas of their life’s. The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment.  After reading I thought what better way to do just that than spending a week on a dude ranch.  So what are you waiting for grab your kids and saddle up…..   Over the last decade, a large amount of research has been carried out into the diverse benefits for children of contact with nature and outdoor experiences. These benefits include… Read More


How To Have the Best Horseback Riding Vacations

August 18th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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I thought this was a great post from Colorado Trails Ranch…so I am posting it for all of you to read.  Enjoy! 08.18.2011 Colorado Trails Digest Did you know that you and your horse are supposed to work as a team? That’s the secret to a truly enjoyable experience on any type of horseback riding vacations. Here at Colorado Trails guest ranch, we understand that spending a week in the saddle having a great time begins by matching each guest to the right mount. A mismatched team is always a problem. This is true of married couples, poorly chosen sports… Read More


Go West, Young (or Old) Man

August 3rd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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I enjoyed this article so much that I wanted to share it.  by Ron Loretti of The Skinnie Magazine   A little change of pace this time: I took a break from profiling active and former military men and women and headed west. I drove my car across the country and back, stopping to play cowboy a bit along the way. My two favorite western states are Oregon and Wyoming, for different reasons. Oregon: My daughter, Leslie, lives there, and 28 months ago she and her husband, Eddie, became the proud parents of little Rudy, our only grandson. What makes… Read More



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