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Hosting Guests Helps Ranchers Endure Lean Times

August 2nd, 2012
By Colleen Hodson

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Fount this article at Capital Press and thought you might enjoy it! By JOHN O’CONNELL Capital Press When cattle and sheep prices dipped eight years ago, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, rancher Ken Andrus and his family supplemented their income by opening their home to visitors. The customers still come from throughout the world to ride horses and experience the open space and cowboy life at the Andrus Guest Ranch. Andrus, the Republican chair of Idaho’s House Agricultural Affairs Committee, enjoys the stable revenue the side business generates and the opportunity to employ his children on the ranch, which he runs… Read More


Ride Horses Off Into the Sunset at These Great Family-Friendly Dude Ranches

July 18th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs

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I came across this great article from May 2010 issue of Travel & Leisure Magazine  and wanted to share it with you! From May 2010 By Lee Magill It’s a little past dawn as you and your family lead horses through a still-damp Colorado meadow, the awakening sun turning distant mountains a gorgeous shade of purple. The Continental Divide appears, and soon you arrive at a dramatic overlook, the Western wilderness stretched out before you. You dismount to find breakfast sizzling over a charcoal fire, and chow down in awestruck wonder. Riding horses at a dude ranch is one of… Read More


10 Great Dude Ranches for Families

June 4th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson

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Saddle up at one of these dude ranches for families by:  www.travelsavvymom.com Of all the many trips I’ve taken with my family, I get the most questions about our horse back riding vacations.  It turns out I’m not the only one who with a cowgirl fantasy. When I planned our first dude ranch vacation, I used the Dude Rancher’s Association website (full disclosure: they are now an advertiser of ours). Using their search tool, I was able to browse their 100 member properties by amenity and then compare them side by side.  Here are ten that stood out: Averill’s Flathead… Read More


Dude Ranch Family Vacations

May 21st, 2012
By Kim Jacobs

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 Written by Diana Lambdin Meyer www.familyvacationcritic.com Few vacations are more all-American than one that involves riding horses in the great open spaces of the American West. But if an adult-acquired fear of actually riding a horse compromises your willingness to fulfill your children’s vacation dreams of being a cowboy or cowgirl for a week, do not fear. There’s plenty for mom and dad and the entire family to do at many dude ranches other than ride horse. Think swimming holes or swimming pools, hikes in the woods, fishing, square dances, star gazing, bird watching, or just sitting in a lawn… Read More


The Horse We Shared at the Colorado Dude Ranch

May 14th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson

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Posted on May 7, 2012 via rainbowtroutranch.com A TRIBUTE TO CD, The Horse We Shared By Andrea Hansell      Our family first came to Rainbow Trout Ranch in July of 1997.   Before we arrived, I spent a good deal of time discussing horse choices with Jane on the phone.  I had enough riding experience to want a horse with some spunk, but being afraid of heights, I also wanted a horse that I could absolutely rely on to be cautious and sure-footed on steep trails.   Jane decided that the best horse for me was CD, short for Coupe DeVille.   On… Read More


Saddle up! – Group Adventure Travel

April 6th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs

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March 28, 2012 Looking for a unique, authentic way to enjoy the best of Arizona? Consider a visit to a dude ranch. At one of the nine ranches affiliated with Arizona Dude Ranch Association, it is possible to savor the real western lifestyle, where the world moves at a more relaxed pace and where horseback riding is an everyday treat. A girlfriends getaway, an intergenerational adventure or any other group outing can be enjoyed. The ranches are as diverse as the state, “ranging from the more traditional smaller, remote ranches, where horseback riding and ranching are the primary focus, to… Read More


Ranch Histories – White Stallion Ranch

December 9th, 2011
By Kim Jacobs

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Another great Arizona ranch compliments of the Arizona Dude Ranch Association. White Stallion Ranch was originally built in the early 1900’s and like most guest ranches, began its life as a cattle ranch. In 1940, Max Zimmerman of Chicago decided to move West and become part of the guest ranch industry in Tucson, which had over 100 ranches at the time. Max named the ranch MZ Bar Ranch and constructed 6 buildings for guests – complete with kitchenettes. The ranch changed hands again in 1948, when a governess to the Dupont family bought it and continued the ranch operation as… 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



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