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Yoga on your Vacation at the Ranch

July 6th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Vista Verde Yoga

“I expected to do some yoga and horseback riding. What I did not expect was the opportunity to connect with other women, with the horses, the physical place and with my self. All this has been a wonderful surprise…”~  Paula N., Austin, TX Like many other individuals Paula experienced something special on her ranch vacation that involved more than just a class. Being submerged in Western ranch culture for a week will take you on a journey of geographically beauty and connection with yourself and other guests.  Some of this will start in an instructor lead yoga class and continue… Read More

A Week in the Wide Open Spaces

June 29th, 2016
By Ellen Clark

Those of us living in urban areas… …are frequently glamorized by the idea of wide open spaces, which explains why I found myself in Sheridan, Wyoming last month. With an itinerary that would have been hard to resist, I booked my airline reservations and pulled out my Western wear. It would be an eclectic trip, including everything from horseback riding to a spin in a 2016 Rolls Royce. Personally I was happy to forgo anything that involved getting on a horse, but I was chomping at the bit, you should pardon the pun, for a ride in a Rolls.  Other… Read More

Low Altitude Ranch Vacations Out West

June 17th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Rowses Low Altitude

For many travelers staying at a low altitude is a must. Fortunately, at the Dude Ranchers’ Association there are many member ranches located below 5,000′.  The ranches in New Mexico and Arizona are all nearly sea level destinations.  You can find out more information on these ranches on our website with an interactive map. Although there are many low altitude ranches in the North Western US they are not grouped together for an easy search.  That’s where this list comes in handy.  Below the ranches are listed by state and linked to their profile page for more information. This list… Read More

Drive West to Montana

June 10th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Sweet Grass Ranch Montana Frontier

Variously known as “The Big Sky State” and “The Last Best Place,” Montana is truly a state of vast open spaces, incredible wilderness, and stunning scenery. It seems the proper place for a dude ranch vacation; and Montana vacation ranches do take advantage of their spectacular surroundings, leading guests into national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, and across the prairie land of the northern Great Plains. Glacier National Park lies in the northwest corner of the state, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. It draws millions of visitors annually, and with good reason. The park is home… Read More

Hollywood Meets the Wild West

June 3rd, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Circle Z Dude Ranch Cat Post Historical

Forget Hollywood: many dude ranches have had Hollywood come to them to film some of the most notable classic Western movies ever to hit the big screen over the years. Take for example, White Stallion Ranch. This family-owned 3,000-acre dude ranch located outside of Tucson, Ariz., has been attracting Hollywood filmmakers to its unspoiled desert and rugged mountain landscape for more than 70 years. Notable Western movies filmed on-site include the 1939 legendary film, “Arizona,” as well as “Winchester 73,” “Apache Ambush” and “Backlash.” And the list doesn’t stop at just Western films. Scenes from “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”… Read More

All-American Dude Ranches in the West

May 27th, 2016
By Leah Bright

At the more than 100 dude ranches that make up the Dude Ranchers’ Association, guests are sure to find the All-American Western vacation they have been dreaming of—days spent in the saddle, enjoying stunning scenery and breathing fresh country air, and evenings enjoying tasty down-home cooking and ranch entertainment. Today, as it did over a century ago, the western dude ranch experience offers relief for both the body and spirit of those seeking refuge from the pressures and routine of modern life. Dude ranch vacations are based on a lifestyle that stretches back more than a century. By the end… Read More

Colorado Ranch Vacation – Horses & Much More

May 20th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Laramie River Colorado Vacation Ranch

Colorado is famous for being the center of the Rocky Mountains. It is also a central destination of Western travelers with the ease of access and number of flights to and from the Denver International Airport and connections to the Aspen, Durango and Colorado Springs airports. While you are making your travel plans you might also consider slipping into any corner of the state on highways and byways. Once you arrive you will soon feel the warm invitation of a vacation oasis. There are things to do year round here that can be found at the most convenient of destinations… Read More

2017 Eclipse – View from a Dude Ranch

May 13th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Moose Head Tetons to View the Eclipse

The first total eclipse to span the United States in nearly four decades – The Great American Eclipse – will take place on August 21, 2017. The center of the eclipse path – where the moon completely blocks out the sun, creating a few minutes of night in the middle of the day – will pass slightly south of Dubois, Wyo. The most dramatic scenery for the eclipse can be found in Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park is squarely centered in the eclipse path. Countless visitors will no doubt flock to the area to try and find a prime viewing… Read More