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

July 18th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


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

Dude Ranches: The Affordable Family Vacation

June 29th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


Have you ever dreamed of going to a place where you can experience the beauty of the outdoors and leave “real life” behind for a while.  The noises of construction and sirens…and your boss…are left at home and replaced with the sounds of a gurgling stream, birds chirping, children laughing and even silence.  If you have ever fantasized about leaving commute traffic  behind and replacing it with horses on the trail or cattle being guided to summer pasture…then…a Dude Ranch is the place for you! Lots of people have this dream but think it’s too expensive for them.  Many of… Read More

Packing List for a Summer Dude Ranch Vacation

June 26th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


Choosing what to pack for your dude ranch vacation can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it is your first time visiting one of these great ranches.  Most ranches are very laid back and casual attire is the name of the game.  Occasionally you will find a ranch that has a dress code for the dining room, so make sure you look into this as you pack. Whether you are going to Arizona in January or Montana in July, jeans and comfortable shirts are absolute essentials on a ranch.  Temperatures can vary, so make sure you bring a variety of… Read More

White Stallion Ranch – Tucson, Arizona

June 19th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


I read this article on AZCentral.com and thought I would share it with you! Submitted by Jennifer Hutchison, @jenniferhu Monday, June 18th, 2012, 12:18pm I’m stepping outside of the Chandler area for this entry, but not going too far – just to a little place outside of Tucson called White Stallion Ranch.  My daughter’s Chandler area Girl Scout troop raised money all year to spend a few days at this guest ranch and well, I was so taken by the place I felt inspired to write about it. It was my first trip to a dude ranch, and it definitely… Read More

Hidden Meadow Ranch Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Escape Tucson Contest

June 15th, 2012
By Kim Jacobs


Contestants vie for a two-night luxurious Weekend Getaway   To celebrate 10 amazing years at one of Arizona’s finest luxury guest ranches, Hidden Meadow Ranch in Greer Arizona will be giving away a two night stay for up to four people in one of its 900-square-foot private log cabins. The Rancher’s Package, which is valued at $2,400 for four people will include a two-night stay, 3 gourmet meals a day for each guest and endless ranch activities including fly-fishing, horseback riding, archery, hiking, leather working, woodworking and many others. For a chance to win this summer getaway, contestants must be… Read More

Brush Creek Ranch 4th of July 2012 Celebration

June 11th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Bring family and friends together for a July 4th vacation celebration of a lifetime at The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in beautiful Saratoga Wyoming. Our authentic western fun includes something for everyone including our 3rd annual Brush Creek Ranch professional rodeo, a barn dance in the loft of our historic barn, July 4th fireworks, a ropes course tournament, a complimentary scenic float trip, nightly live entertainment and much more. This 4th of July Dude Ranch Vacation Package includes all of these additional July 4th activites & adventures!: •  July 4th Fireworks display •  Third annual Brush Creek… Read More

10 Great Dude Ranches for Families

June 4th, 2012
By Colleen Hodson


Saddle up at one of these family friendly guest ranches 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


 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