Ranch Adventure Vacations

Archive for the ‘Family Vacations & Reunions’ Category

The Horse We Shared at the Colorado Dude Ranch

May 14th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Posted on May 7, 2012 via 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


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


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


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

Cowboy Vacation

June 22nd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs


Ranches in the Dude Ranchers’ Association offer all-inclusive vacations that are perfect for everyone, from the littlest rancher to Grandpa and Grandma. Horseback riding, hiking, petting zoos, swimming holes, rodeos, fishing, games, skeet shooting, archery, art classes, cooking classes and more await your discovery on your next Dude Ranch Vacation. Horses, Hats, History and Hospitality – they’re the foundation of every ranch. There is a little cowboy in all of us… come find yours…  

Family Dude Ranches in Colorado

May 23rd, 2011
By Colleen Hodson


Colorado dude ranches offer many different styles of family vacations ranging from rustic to luxurious. While the classic dude ranch vacation has always revolved around cattle drives and bunkhouse accommodations, many modern dude ranches also offer family-oriented activities, gourmet meals and lavish accommodations. Most dude ranches are only open during summer, though a handful of Colorado’s dude ranch proprietors offer big-game hunting expeditions during winter for more-adventurous families. Northern Colorado The Wind River Christian Dude Ranch ( welcomes families to embrace their spiritual heritage while experiencing Colorado’s frontier lifestyle. This large, 80-year-old resort is close to Rocky Mountain National Park… Read More

Arizona’s Tanque Verde Ranch offers activities for whole family

May 20th, 2011
By Colleen Hodson


By Sharyn Alden, Special to the Journal Sentinel May 13, 2011 What’s on your wish list for a terrific family vacation? Chances are it includes perfect weather, plenty of activities for all ages, great food, a picture-postcard setting, and probably interesting educational opportunities. If that’s your idea of a great family retreat, I’ve got a place for you: the distinctive Tanque Verde Ranch in the foothills of Arizona’s Rincon and Catalina Mountains. The ranch has been named one of the top 10 family destinations in North America by The Travel Channel as well as the best family getaway for spring… Read More

Tracks, trails and tails in Colorado

May 12th, 2011
By Colleen Hodson

597 9th May 2011 For over a hundred years Colorado has been welcoming visitors to experience one of the oldest western traditions of ranching. This legacy has been passed down from generation to generation with carefully cherished rituals that are shared with privileged visitors to the state. Over the years the ranching holiday experience has evolved depending on your requirements; the authentic experiences can start with a 5am wakeup call with a hard morning’s work herding up the cattle, doctoring and branding; or alternatively enjoy a restful lie in before hitting the spa and tucking into the gourmet fresh lunch… Read More

Spring showers bring much beauty in Montana

May 10th, 2011
By Colleen Hodson


I saw this on the Laughing Water Ranch blog and wanted to share it with you.  This is just one example of the amazing experiences to be found at Dude Ranchers’ Association ranches this summer…enjoy! Posted On : 2011-04-27 This season has definitely brought a lot of rain showers to many across the nation.  Although it has brought some unfortunate disasters to parts of the country, we also can see soon how it helps bring the ecosystem around to full circle.  Many new colors will start showing all over Montana mountains and valleys with lush green grasses, a variety of… Read More

A Memorable Place to Book a Family Reunion

April 3rd, 2011
By Colleen Hodson


Wyoming Office of Tourism April 2011 by: Heather Lee Look no further than Wyoming’s dude ranches for a memorable family reunion. The opportunities are endless. Featuring abundant grasslands, spectacular mountains, canyons and deserts, Wyoming’s natural beauty is picture-perfect and world-renowned. The state is home to two national parks and two national monuments that draw tourists by the millions. Yellowstone National Park is known around the world for its hot springs, geyser activity and glacial ice forms. Grand Teton National Park boasts the jagged Teton Range Mountains with some peaks soaring over a mile and a half. Devils Tower National… Read More

Top 10 Dude Ranch Vacations

March 23rd, 2011
By Kim Jacobs


Janna Graber wrote this great piece for AOL Travel and was kind enough to allow us to share it with you. Horseback riding, gorgeous scenery, downtime and tasty meals are all part of a dude ranch vacation. There are no TVs, phones or other distractions at most ranches, but ah heck, you won’t miss them anyway. You’ll be too busy having fun. Ranches vary in style, size and amenities, but generally fall into one of three categories: dude ranches, which focus on riding; working cattle ranches, where guests work alongside ranch hands; and resort dude ranches, which offer an array… Read More