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Dude Ranch Family Vacations

May 21st, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


 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


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


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…  

The All-American and All-Inclusive Destination

May 31st, 2011
By Colleen Hodson


CODY, Wyo.- Plan your all-American vacation this July with the help of the Dude Ranchers Association. The western dude ranch is the original all-inclusive destination with activities for the young and young at heart. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to explore part of the west’s tranquil and expansive frontier on horseback or an action packed vacation with everything from whitewater rafting to rock climbing, the modern dude ranch has it all. The Dude Ranchers Association helps travelers find their perfect ranch vacation by narrowing down their list of over 100 member ranches by preferred destination, activities and amenities, style… Read More

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 (windriverranch.com) 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