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Dude Ranches and National Parks

April 29th, 2013 by Colleen Hodson

In honor of National Parks Week, I wanted to share with you a great summer vacation idea located nearby some of most visited national parks in America, according to a recent study released by the National Park Service: a dude ranch vacation.

As ecotourism is becoming more popular than ever, the Dude Ranchers’ Association’s dude and guest ranches have been the pioneers of green living and green vacations for decades. At a guest ranch you can reconnect with nature in some of the most tranquil, pristine areas of the country and learn to “live off the land” with fishing trips, bird watching, hikes, wildlife viewing and more. Below, please find a sample of DRA-accredited ranches located right in the heart of or near some of the country’s top national parks.

  • Glacier National Park in Montana is one of the 20 Bar-W-Sunrise-HDR-Mlargest national parks in the United States. There are two DRA ranches located within an easy drive of the park, which is known for its abundance of wildlife and more than 700 miles of hiking trails. A day trip to Glacier National Park from Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch and Bar W Guest Ranch is highly recommended.
  • Several DRA-accredited guest ranches are either located in or bordered by national parks. Both Moose Head Ranch and Triangle X Ranch are located completely within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park, a location that attracts nearly four million visitors per year to northwestern Wyoming. White Stallion Ranch borders Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, while Tanque Verde Ranch – the largest DRA-accredited ranch in terms of acreage – is less than a 10-mile drive. The Buffalo National River – America’s First National River – runs through Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, which borders Buffalo River National Park in the Ozark region of Arkansas.
  • White Stallion All InclusiveMany dude and guest ranches are located within an easy day trip from national parks. Located in the north-central region of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a short, scenic drive away from not one but four DRA-accredited ranches: Drowsy Water Ranch, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch and C Lazy U Ranch. Pikes Peak – a mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains – is within an hour drive of Tarryall River Ranch. Dude ranch guests can drive to the top, take the Pikes Peak Cog Rail (the world’s highest cog railroad), or enjoy a panoramic view of Pikes Peak from one of Tarryall’s trail rides.

Dude Ranches for Family Vacations – Spring Break

February 18th, 2013 by Kim Jacobs

Family Travel Magazine wrote a great article about Dude Ranches being a great option for Spring Break.  Enjoy the article and know that there is a ranch for every occasion!

While many of our spring break picks have involved beaches and warm weather, there are lots of other spring break ideas that may work better for your family.  One of the family vacations that I’m hoping to do one year is a dude ranch family vacation.  Most of them are located in gorgeous areas of the United States, and include lots of different activities including horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting, yoga, and cooking classes.  Events, meals, and activities are generally included in the cost of your spring break dude ranch family vacation!

If you are interested in trying out one of the more than 100 dude ranches for your family vacation, the Dude Ranchers’ Association is where you want to start.  Ranches accredited by the DRA uphold a high standard of services and you’ll know that you are staying at a quality ranch. (read more)

Kids Stay, Ski Free at a Rustic Ranch Near Winter Park

January 22nd, 2013 by Kim Jacobs

It’s winter at C Lazy U! This means that all your favorite winter activities are in full swing. The pond is frozen, people are sledding down the driveway “luge” run and the Snowcat is fueled up for you to do some private skiing. Sleigh rides, snowtubing, snowmobiling and even horseback riding are all waiting for you too!

The C Lazy U Guest Ranch is a five-star experience. This popular getaway, near Winter Park and Ski Granby Ranch, is a ranch that sits on 8,500 acres with 38 rustically decorated, yet elegant cabins.

C Lazy U is offering something completely new this winter. Kids can stay and ski for free. It’s a 27-percent discount based on a family of four. The offer includes your cabin, three gourmet meals per day, and all of the activities sponsored on the ranch. Children 17 and under can stay, eat, play, and ski free with a paying adult.

“We thought it would be a fun promotion to offer to guests. It’s great value and a deal we have not offered in the past,” said Brady Johnson, director of sales and marketing for C Lazy U.

Activities are geared towards families and the kids will love it. The fun includes horseback riding, snowcat excursions, sledding, snow tubing, ice hockey and skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. Skating is on the pond on property that has its own Zamboni.  (read more)

Since 1919 The C Lazy U luxury guest ranch has been celebrated around the world for its rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-SPUR SERVICE™. There is something (and then some) for everyone who enjoys our dude ranch vacations. Kids enjoy adventure & discovery while adults do everything they want, or nothing at all. Corporations & groups enjoy this all inclusive ranch as a simple and secluded retreat destination.

For more information please call 970-887-3344 or visit www.clazyu.com

Enjoy Every Opportunity for Family Fun at White Stallion Ranch

January 17th, 2013 by Colleen Hodson

Michelle McCoy is a blogger for Trekaroo.  Michelle was kind enough to share her latest blog about her family’s wonderful trip to White Stallion Ranch with us and I wanted to make sure to pass it on for you to enjoy as well.

Going on an all-inclusive guest ranch vacation is now at the top of my family’s list of All-Time Fun Vacations! For the kids, they were absolutely thrilled to eat cookies out of the bottomless jar, drink lemonade, ride horses, swim in the pool, play air-hockey, and shoot pool in the game room all day long. For us parents, there was nothing better than feeling the freedom to enjoy all those things with our kids. There was no worry about where we were going to eat next, what we were going to do with our time, and how we would get there. I so enjoyed playing a game of chess with my boys while hanging out in the cozy lodge waiting for dinner that I knew would be spectacularly delicious. White Stallion Ranch did everything with excellence. The food was amazing and healthy. The horses were well cared for and the wranglers were gentle and helpful. Our kids were never bored and had an abundance of fun things to enjoy. The True family has established a guest ranch with a personal touch that made every guest we talked to feel welcomed and happy. We can’t wait to go back!  (Read More)


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