Just 'Dude' It Blog
Helping People Find Quality Dude Ranches and Guest Ranch Vacations Since 1926

Cody, Wyoming Dude Ranches

May 28th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Yesterday I had the pleasure of getting out of the office to visit Crossed Sabres, a Cody, Wyoming Dude Ranch. We took a drive down the North Fork Highway that leads right to the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. We passed the famous Buffalo Bill Damn and the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. There are some good pictures to be taken at these scenic outlooks! At just 10 miles from the East gate we pulled into the Cross Sabres Ranch. This ranch has been there for many, many years, but recently ranch ownership has changed hands. The cabins and facilities enjoyed… Read More


Western Adventure Vacation

May 15th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Whether you are looking to get your family to unplug and reconnect or to challenge and revive your body, spirit and mind in breathtaking off-the-beaten path locales, an all-inclusive dude ranch is the perfect vacation destination – paired with thrilling adventures, opportunities to recharge and a chance to explore the “Wild West.” Think horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart. And that’s just the beginning.  As the original all-inclusive vacation, dude ranches offer value and numerous advantages over other all-inclusive vacation options including no planning once you arrive, flexibility to customize your itinerary, and no additional costs once you arrive… Read More


Ecotourism and sustainable practices happen year-round at Dude Ranches

May 2nd, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Did you know that the UN World Tourism organization predicts that there will be a whopping 1.6 billion eco-inspired trips taken by 2020? While ecotourism is an up-and-coming trend, DRA-accredited guest ranches have been the pioneers of green living and sustainable vacations for decades. From growing organic food and using energy-efficient appliances to making their own biodegradable fuel, dude ranches offer guests the ability to enjoy travel while reducing their “footprint.”  Besides offering green living, a dude ranch vacation provides you with the ability to reconnect with nature in some of the most tranquil and pristine areas of the country…. Read More


Dude Ranches Pioneer Educational Travel

March 27th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

The Travel Effect Campaign reports that adults who took educational trips as kids are 12 percent more likely to graduate from college and earn more than those who didn’t. Statistics  have more parents searching for family vacation options that make learning fun. Filled with experiences rooted in local culture and history, two items that 77 percent of respondents in the Travel Effect Campaign cited as having a lasting impact, we are dedicated to preserving and promoting the genuine western way of life. By offering kids the ability to experience this way of life, dude ranches are helping future generations appreciate… Read More


Vacation of a Lifetime at a Dude Ranch

March 24th, 2014
By Kim Jacobs

A Dude Ranch Vacation is all about YOU, the guest. All member ranches of The Dude Ranchers’ Association are committed to making sure you have the vacation of a life time.  With our warm Western Hospitality, outstanding horses, great food,  inviting accommodations and our spectacular locations, we guarantee a vacation you and your loved ones will not soon forget. Dude ranches are ideal places for kids, families and couples to re-discover each other, without the typical distractions of this fast paced world we live in. Families spend time together enjoying horseback riding, hiking, fishing, river rafting, working cattle, children’s programs,… Read More


Spring Break and Dude Ranches, the Perfect Match

February 28th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Take a break from the norm this spring and treat yourself or your family to a one-of-a-kind authentic adventure at a dude or guest ranch. Cliché spring break traditions like bikinis, tequila and crowds are out and horseback riding, skiing and miles of serene terrain are in. With ranches located in both warm climates like Arizona and cold climates like Colorado and Washington, spring breakers can choose to experience the “Old West” while basking in the sun or bundle up for one more romp in the snow. No matter which option you choose, we can help you find the perfect… Read More


An Authentic Experience at a Working Dude Ranch

February 17th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Agritourism – otherwise known as agriculture-related tourism – is a growing trend in a variety of destinations. These rustic getaways allow tourists to sample the day-to-day lifestyle of the people who work in these unique, hands-on vacation spots. The idea of relaxing in awe-inspiring locales while assimilating into a different kind of life regimen is part of the appeal for vacationers looking for a rewarding getaway. In fact, Travelmarketreport.com, recently reported that “creative tourism” is one of the growing travel trends in 2014 as many people are looking for authentic experiences.  So where can agritourists go to find this one-of-a-kind… Read More


Making Memories at a Dude Ranch

February 11th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and create some memories that will last forever a Dude Ranch Vacation is just what you are looking for.  Bryan Tighe of  Budgetyourtravel.com wrote a great blog about just that. Below is a snippet but you can see full blog article at http://www.budgetyourtrip.com/blog/2014/02/making-memories-at-a-dude-ranch/ Enjoy. What a Dude Ranch is All About The pace at all dude ranches can be as leisurely or as active as you would like it to be. While unlimited Horseback riding is a main focus of many ranches, the other activities… Read More



»