Ranch Adventure Vacations

Working Cattle Ranches Are Great For Young Adults

November 17th, 2016
By KristinShawd

As your kids grow into adulthood (17 to early 20s) their individual interests begin to branch off into new and different directions.  As parents you long to plan trips that will fully engage them and create long-lasting memories.  But how?  How do parents get their burgeoning young adults to fully abandon their pocket technology and other distractions and simply hang out as a family…and love it? These questions popped up regularly in our house as my husband and I considered where to spend our family vacations.  We wondered if a dude ranch might hold some answers but, as a family… Read More

An Equine Photographer’s Paradise

November 11th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Three Bars Guest Ranch Photography

Three Bars Ranch is home to over 100 head of horses, 1000 acres of land and an incredible backdrop with the Rocky Mountain Range to our East and Purcell Mountain range to the West, making the ranch the most incredible equine photographer’s paradise. Last Spring we hosted a group of photographers for a week long seminar on Equine Photography and it was such a success, that we are offering another week of fun, excitement and learning. This year’s instructor is Professional Equine Photographer, Ryan Courson (Horse and Hound Photography ) An award winning Canadian equine photographer, Ryan’s images grace… Read More

Riding Lessons Before My Ranch Stay?

November 3rd, 2016
By Leah Bright

Sundance Trail Ranch Riding Lesson

This week at the Dude Ranchers’ Association I received an inquiry about riding lessons before headed to the ranch not uncommon here at the office. Philip W asked, “Should I attend a Western riding school here in England before? Or, would it be better to wait till I am at the ranch in case the teaching here is not as good as (or would conflict with) that which I would receive on the ranch?” In short, I responded “I think it would be a great idea to take riding lessons before you go.” The long explanation below has a little… Read More

From Babies to Teens – Bring Your Children to the Ranch

October 27th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Wind River Ranch Babies on Vacation

Traveling is one of many wonderful things a parent can do for a child’s education and early experiences. Many families may be come dismayed while searching for a destination to take their young ones. That being said, here is a great solution for families with babies as new as one month can find suitable- or rather an amazing – ranch vacation. The Wind River and Tumbling River Ranches are just those type of spots. Although you may be looking for a baby friendly place the fun doesn’t stop there. Nope, it continues on to great times for small children through… Read More

Dude? Dude! Dude.

October 21st, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Western Pleasure Dude Ranch

Recently, I was asked an interesting question by an individual who had never heard of a dude ranch. The question was, “is a “dude ranch” just for men or can anyone come?” I have to admit, I laughed a little when I first heard the question. After more thought, I am surprised that given the modern use of the word “dude,” I don’t get this question more often. The urban dictionary defines “dude” as “A word that Americans use to address each other. Particularly stoners, surfers and skaters.” Merriam Webster dictionary, when asked to define the term for kids, defines… Read More

First Impressions of the Sylvan Dale and Vee Bar Dude Ranches

October 14th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Sylvan Dale Ranch Clint the Donkey

This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of going to Sylvan Dale Ranch and Vee Bar Ranch.  At the Dude Ranchers’ Association there are a number of reasons to visit a ranch, including an inspection that is done every five years and to return a display from the Dude Ranchers’ Museum. This was also an opportunity to get to know the ranches on a personal level. Sylvan Dale Ranch Visit I arrived at Sylvan Dale in the early afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how well the ranch is situated off the road in it’s own valley. The more of… Read More

Dude Ranch Seasonal Changes

October 7th, 2016
By Doug Cole

The changing of season always ushers in a sense of excitement. The start or end of a school year, a shift in the climate, the grandeur of nature as it blossoms and matures. For most people, new seasons bring certain inevitable changes. We brace for the cold of winter, or relax into the cozy climate of Fall. For dude ranchers, changing seasons mean more than decorations or change of apparel. A changing season means transitioning into a different business model, or perhaps shutting down the business for a season of rest. Geography is the largest factor in determining how severe… Read More

Dude Ranches Guarantee an Unforgettable Family Vacation Experience

September 28th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Dude ranches are the original, all-inclusive destination for families. 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. The Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) can help you plan the perfect family vacation to one of its 100+ accredited guest ranches. The term ‘dude ranch’ typically brings to mind images of cowboys and cattle drives, a la the popular 1991 comedy, “City Slickers.” While dude ranches still evoke those same memories and are rooted in American… Read More

So you want to work at a Dude Ranch

September 21st, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Bar Lazy J Work at a dude ranch

Dude ranches. Guest ranches. Whatever you call them, they offer incredible experiences with potentially life-changing benefits. And we’re not just talking about for the guests. For the people who come to work, there are tremendous opportunities and experiences as well. If you’re doing it right, being a part of a guest ranch staff is being part of a whole new family—a RANCH family—who share a common goal of providing an unforgettable vacation for others, while having an unimaginable adventure of their own. Can you picture it? Waking up on a cool morning to the sounds of horse feet (unless you’re… Read More

PureBioenergy for Horses at the White Stallion Ranch

September 14th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

White Stallion All Inclusive PureBioenergy

Experience the gentle power of horses and the healing power of PUREBIOENERGY for HORSES White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona October 19 – 23, 2016 The nature of this retreat allows the horse lover the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the equine world for in depth training on both PureBioenergy technique as it applies to horses, as well as Horse Etiquette and Communication; along with a multitude of horse ranch activities and rides to choose from. With PureBioenergy Equine Training, all students, whether new to PureBioenergy or previously trained, will learn all of the aspects and nuances that go into utilizing… Read More

Lone Mountain Ranch Hosts Family with the Jack & Jill Foundation

September 9th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Lone Mountain Dude Ranch Best Value

“The best part of memories is making them” – Jon Albert, Founder of the Jack & Jill Foundation The Dude Ranchers’ Association and the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation shares a partnership, connecting families to ranches across the West. Please take a look at the video below to see how a ranch vacation at Lone Mountain Ranch was a great way to spend final moments with loved ones. If you would like to know more about the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and how you can get involved, please contact Jon Albert at, 404.537.5253 or… Read More