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Archive for 2011

How to Select the Perfect Ranch for Your Dude Ranch Vacation

November 2nd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs


Now is the time to start planning your next Dude Ranch Vacation!  We thought it might be helpful to provide some information on how to find the perfect ranch for you.  Everyone has different ideas and visions on what that ideal ranch vacation should be like, so here are some suggestions to help you weed your way through all of the options.  While you are on your quest for that ultimate ranch experience, don’t hesitate to call us here at the office for help!  We would love to talk to you!  You can reach us at 1-866-399-2339 or 1-307-587-2339. How… Read More

Guest Ranch and Dude Ranch Vacations

November 1st, 2011
By Kim Jacobs


Posted on October 26, 2011, 2:48 pm, by Miranda Young Sometimes the hustle and bustle of city life becomes simply too complacent.  The constant busyness seems to continue night and day and one activity just runs into the next.  Taking a vacation and merely relaxing often is little more than a pause from the daily race before starting it up again.  Instead, consider taking an opportunity to reset, renew and experience a little adventure and a unique piece of American heritage on a guest ranch. The guest ranch, or dude ranch, has been a part of American culture since… Read More

Horsemanship 101 – Preparing for your Equestrian Vacation – Part One

October 27th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs


by Carol Moore Part One: On top of Ole Smokey….now what? You’ve finally committed yourself to that wonderful vacation the whole family has clamored for . . . a trip to a dude ranch! And now you’re starting to get the jitters just thinking about climbing on board that horse for the first time. Well, calm down. We’re going to give you a little “horsemanship 101”, just enough to help you arrive at your destination with a feeling of confidence and desire. Picking the ranch that’s right for you If this is your first riding experience, select your ranch carefully…. Read More

Summary of Dude Ranching’s Core Principles

October 11th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs


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


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


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


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


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