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4 Types of Dude Ranch Vacations

January 24th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Whether you’re a staunch horseman who loves being in the saddle, or a rider that prefers activities to choose from in addition to riding, one of the members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association will fit the bill. All of the member ranches uphold the highest standards in the industry and are committed to preserving the Western way of life. The below sampling of ranches is sure to appeal to a variety of travelers: Working Ranches Located at the base of Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains, Klondike Ranch can accommodate six to 10 guests at a time. Guests are encouraged to work… Read More

Don’t Squat with Your Spurs On

January 16th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

By Danielle Ottis Some of our guests ask, and many more wonder in anxious silence, “How do I answer the call of nature while on a trail ride?” Here are a few tips from a seasoned trail guide and trail rider. #1 Go before you leave. Remember that time when you were a kid, headed out on a road trip with the family, only minutes after departing and you declare “I gotta go!” Likely Dad’s response was, “Why didn’t you go before we left?” This is a good scenario to learn from when preparing to head out on a long… Read More

Life on a Jackson Hole Dude Ranch

January 10th, 2015
By Leah Bright

By Adriene Henderson Photo Credits – Tom Rafalovich Three years ago I made the decision to pack up my life and move to a Jackson Hole Dude Ranch. It was the best decision I have ever made! I knew I would have fun, make new friends, and try new things during a summer adventure. However, what I didn’t know was that I would have the most amazing summer of my life, make lifelong best friends, learn countless new skills, and my summer adventure would quickly become a permanent lifestyle change. After three summers—and one winter!—working on the ranch, I am… Read More

Love is in the Air

January 5th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Vista Verde Dude Ranch Snow Trail Ride

Love is in the air! Well, maybe not quite yet, but Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it. Make this year truly special by surprising your significant other with a planned romantic getaway and giving the gift of shared memories that he or she will treasure for years to come. The below ranchers, offer effortless planning with all-inclusive vacations located in some of the most awe-inspiring areas of the Western U.S. and Canada. Savor an Adults-Only Romantic Retreat. Fall in love all over again at Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado. Couples can enjoy a mix of relaxing time… Read More

3 ways Dude Ranches Offer Best Value for Travel Dollar

December 29th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Due to the cost of travel a vacation to any destination may seem like a “pipe dream.” But don’t rule out a summer getaway completely until you’ve considered a stay at a Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranch. These quintessential Western getaways have always offered tremendous value for the money. Below are 3 ways Dude Ranches offer best bang for your buck. Your Dollar Buys More at Home – To keep cost down many travelers are looking for vacation destinations within the USA. For the same reason, so are many European and other foreign travelers. The dude ranch has always… Read More

Luxury and Kids Go Together at Resort Guest Ranches

December 22nd, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Tumbling River Thumbs Up Kid

Resort-style guest ranches combine the adventure of dude ranch vacations with the luxury of all-inclusive resorts for your kids and yourself. The Dude Ranchers Association has over 100 member ranches across the western U.S. and Canada with many hosting special programs and activities for kids. Below are a few ranches that do Luxury and kids like no other destination vacation spot. At Colorado’s Tumbling River Ranch kids from age 3 to teen find adventure and independence. Kids are split into groups by age and spend their days going on scavenger hunts, hay rides, camp outs, horseback rides, hikes, and more…. Read More

Blog Contest ~ $400.00 Prize

December 15th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

The Dude Ranchers Association is hosting a drawing for blog posts submitted by staff members. By submitting a post, your name will be put into a drawing for a Visa card worth $400.00. Your blog posts may be used on our social media outlets including, but not limited to, Just Dude It Blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ with your personal by-line. Please send the text and pictures to info@duderanch.org by December 31st, 2014 to be included in the drawing held on January 1st, 2015. Requirements Approximately 300 words Has to be written about your experience in general and cannot be… Read More

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