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Short on Cash and Time off From Work?

August 7th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Cherokee Park Swimming Creek

Dog days of summer got you down?  Had enough of summer’s whirlwind social scene?  Oh, oh. Broke the budget at fabulous July swimwear sales and shunned the office for showing off your fabulous finds?  Take heart!  Western dude ranches typically offer lower rates mid August through September as well as a shorter duration of stay.  There are hundreds of cool mountain retreats to choose from, courtesy of The Dude Rancher’s Association.  Since 1926, the organization has worked to maintain the authenticity of the Western ranch vacation.  Each DRA ranch has its’ own special activities and services, and each meets the… Read More

3 Cattle Drive Vacations Out West

July 31st, 2015
By Leah Bright

For those looking for that working ranch experience of a cattle drive, there are certain weeks working cattle ranches invite guests to experience the original cowboy life. At these ranches guests have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the challenges and joys of caring for a herd of grass-fed, range cattle, monitoring their health and moving them to new grazing grounds as water and grass vitality dictates. Each ranch is unique, with different breeds of cattle, size of the herd and the terrain. Because each one is so unique, when you experience one ranch you might end up on a… Read More

Celebrating 90 Years of Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Western Way of Life

July 24th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Historic Dude Ranch

Created in 1926, the National Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) was founded to preserve, protect and promote the unique experience and identity of a dude ranch vacation. And 90 years later, the association has stayed true to its mission – while also evolving to offer guests the ultimate, all-inclusive Western vacation experience. While its core values and emphasis on horsemanship have remained the same, the DRA has continued to strengthen its presence and purpose each year through promoting new member experiences and innovative ideas within the industry. Nearly a century ago, the DRA was created as the official governing body of… Read More

Navigating Your Dude Ranch Search

July 17th, 2015
By Leah Bright

At the National Dude Ranchers’ Association we are proud of everyone of our members and their commitment to cleanliness, hospitality and wonderful horseback riding adventures. Ride the West with the Best and make sure you book your vacation with an accredited member of the National Dude Ranchers’ Association. Find out more about our standards here. When planning your (or your clients) vacation it can be a momentous task to navigate you search of all the available dude ranches in North America. Let us help make your planning a breeze. Take some time to brain storm about your trip and ask… Read More

The Comfort of Luxury at the Finest of Dude Ranches

July 10th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Cm Ranch Luxury Dude Ranch

The National Dude Ranchers’ Association would like to offer you and yours luxury vacation opportunities fit for a king. I mean, our Past President Teddy Roosevelt loved his dude ranches and we would like to connect you to the finest of them all. The alluring nature of these vacation destinations couples very nicely with the culture and hospitality of the American West. You will ride horses, see the beautiful countryside and fill your soul with the warmth and kindness of your cowboy hosts.  These ranches are spick-and-span. So take out your white gloves for a quality inspection. You won’t be… Read More

Red White and Blue ~ 4th of July at a Dude Ranch

July 7th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Black Mountain Ranch Red White and Blue

The 4th of July is all about family, BBQ’s, Rodeos, Parades and our Freedom. Why not celebrate in 4th of July style every day of the week with  a vacation that involves riding horses in the great open spaces of the American West and the Canadian Rockies. Dude Ranches are located in some of the most breathtaking areas of the U.S. (and Canada), dude ranches can handle any request, from horseback riding and fly fishing to yoga and cooking classes to zip lining and hiking, campfire cookouts, BBQ’s, line dancing and much more. The term ‘dude ranch’ typically brings to… Read More

Small Dude Ranches Offer Big Experiences

June 25th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Deep Canyon Small Dude Ranches

This summer make some memories you won’t soon forget down at a small dude ranch.  Here you will find one of the most intimate vacation settings in Western America.  Please note, small does not mean they are short on experiences or activities. It means they only host a handful guests in order to offer you a very personal and tailored horseback riding vacation.  In the list of small dude ranches below you will find your perfect cowboy place, great for making genuine connections with the land, horses and your hosts. Earn Your Spurs at this Cowboy Ranch Lonesome Spur Ranch,… Read More

The White Grass Ranch Lives On

June 19th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

White Grass Ranch

This week in the Dude Ranch History Museum I had the privilege of meeting Mike Jackoboice and reminiscing with him over his dude ranch years. Mike worked at the White Grass Ranch in Moose, Wyoming in 1979. After his time there the land rights returned to Grand Teton National Park and the dude ranch facilities shut down and were left in stillness for many years. Recently Mike went back for a visit, and as he says ‘My how things have changed.’ Where the main driveway once was there are now 15 year old pine trees. As his story goes, Mike… Read More