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Women of the Wild West

December 10th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Sweeping view after sweeping view, Montana is rightly referred to as The Treasure State. Mountain Sky Ranch sits perfectly perched just above Yellowstone River, extending across Paradise Valley and up the surrounding foothills. Take one step onto the ranch, and you feel like you’ve time-traveled to the days of the Wild West. It’s no wonder. The ranch dates back to the late 1800s as a stopping point on the Lonesome Dove cattle drive trail all the way from Texas.                       Meghaan Lieber and Julie Tate, wranglers at Mountain Sky, ride… Read More

The Gift of Memories – Holidays at the Ranch

November 26th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Lone Mountain Winter Sleigh Ride Snow

The best holiday gifts don’t sport a designer logo. Nor do they come from a big box store. The best gifts are meaningful, lasting long after the credit card bills are due. This season enjoy the gift of family time on a Western dude ranch vacation. Gather your loved ones and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of a Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) member ranch. A DRA ranch promises families an exceptional retreat far from the madness of holiday commercialism. There are more than 100 DRA ranches, found in the deserts and mountains of the American West and Canada.  Your family… Read More

The Dude Ranchers’ 89th Annual Convention

November 14th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Tanque Verde Food 247

We are excited to announce that its 89th annual convention will be held January 21-25, 2015 in Tucson, Az. at Tanque Verde Ranch, one of the association’s accredited member ranches. More than 60 member ranches, as well as many associate members and vendors, are expected to attend this year’s event to exchange ideas about how to continue exceeding the highest standards within the dude ranching industry, promoting the Western ranch vacation and preserving parks, forests and wildlife. Dude Ranch History The Dude Ranchers’ Association was created in 1926, as the official governing body of the West’s Dude Ranch industry. It… Read More

4 Reasons to Host Your Next Corporate Meeting at a Dude Ranch

November 8th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

With the participants sequestered in remote locations, wrapped in spectacular scenery, and free from distractions, Western dude ranches are becoming an increasingly attractive venue for corporate meetings and conferences. Not just any ranch, but a member of The Dude Ranchers’ Association. For anyone assigned the task of finding a place to hold a company event, be assured a DRA membership guarantees the ranch is a superior ranch, maintaining the highest standards of quality in the industry. There are more than 100 DRA Ranches in the Western US and Canada. They are only granted membership after a rigorous inspection and trial… Read More

Fishing + Dude Ranches = A Great Family Getaway

October 30th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Casting a line through a baby-blue sky scattered with cotton-puff clouds, then watching it settle into the crisp-cold babble of a mountain stream somehow symbolizes an ideal vacation for almost anyone—especially when Dad knows that his family is relishing the trip as well. Members of The Dude Ranchers’ Association offer a wonderful combination of plenty of pristine fishing moments for avid fishermen along with captivating activities for every other family member as well. Since DRA dude ranches are far from big crowds, located in gorgeous natural settings, and mostly on private land, the rivers, lakes and streams on these properties… Read More

5 Ways a Dude Ranch Vacation Can Heal You

October 17th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

The U.S. Travel Association reports a strong correlation between leisure and a person’s overall well-being and even attributes annual vacations to improved health. With that in mind, it makes sense that a trip solely planned around healing would yield powerful restorative results. While the term ‘dude ranch’ usually brings to mind images of cowboys and cattle drives, dude ranches are surprisingly perfect destinations for reviving your mind, body and spirit. Below, please find an overview to help you discover the healing power of dude ranches on your next vacation. In keeping with the belief that wellness starts from within, many… Read More

10 Reasons to Host a Reunion at a Dude Ranch

October 10th, 2014
By Leah Bright

When it comes to planning a reunion, there’s a lot to consider. A gathering at a dude ranch guarantees the experience will be remembered fondly for years to come. Located in some of the most scenic, pristine areas of the Western U.S. and Canada, dude and guest ranches have been treating guests to their special brand of Western hospitality for decades. Read on for a list of reasons to host your next reunion at a dude ranch. Personalized Attention – Dedicated and knowledgeable staff at dude ranches are there to make sure every facet of your stay goes off without… Read More

Never Too Late To Be a Cowgirl

October 1st, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

By Jay Wright I have spent my adult years raising children and working a full-time rewarding office job. The kids were very active and participated in rodeo events; everything from barrel racing to bull riding. Life was full of driving across the state, spending time with my kids, feeding horses and of course those occasional trips to the emergency room. Such a bonding experience to spend time together getting stitches or a cast! My tribe grew up, went off to college and became very responsible adults. My job was still good but I was just tired of the same ol’… Read More