Blog ~ Western Adventure Vacations

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

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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

Labor Day Dude Ranch Stays

August 31st, 2016
By Leah Bright

4UR All-American Cowgirl Labor Day Dude Ranch Stay

Last minute Labor Day dude ranch stays are nearly always available. With over 100 ranches in the Dude Ranchers’ Association no matter where you are trying to go or what time of year, give us a call and we will help you find a ranch to suite your personality and time line. Reach someone directly at 307.587.2339 or browse the ranches below for this year’s labor day trip. All-Inclusive Stay Lost Valley Ranch is an all-inclusive AAA Four Diamond Resort located just approximately 90 minutes from Colorado Springs in the front range of Colorado. This all-inclusive dude ranch rates cover… Read More

Specialty Retreats – Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat

August 24th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Nine Quarter Circle Quilt Retreat

Piecing together inspiration and friendship at the Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat Quilting was both an essential skill and form of art on the frontier. That’s why, starting more than 20 years ago, the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch  celebrates with the annual Montana Cowgirl Quilt Retreat.  For a week each fall, the ranch is open to quilters to join international artists who teach techniques while sharing new patterns and ideas. Each year the instructors design a pattern associated with the ranch and its surrounding beauty.You can quilt to your heart’s content, drawing inspiration from the retreat classes as well as from… Read More

If the Horse Fits

August 17th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

G Bar M Ranch Montana if the Horse Fits

More and more people are seeking to use their vacation time to explore new, unique hobbies and sports that can’t be found in their own backyards. A guest ranch is the perfect destination for visitors to discover new pastimes like horseback riding, a popular activity among guests at the more than 100 dude ranches that make up the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA). Saddling up can be intimidating to first-time riders. Just like shoes, it’s important for guests to find the horse and riding style that is their “perfect fit.” The DRA is an expert when it comes to matching dude… Read More

Team Work Makes the Dream Work – Ranch Team Building

August 10th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Staying on a dude ranch will offer tons and tons of activities in addition to horseback riding. At an Idaho ranch you can take your family and/or your coworkers for a week long, adventure filled vacation with activities designed for team building. For starters, there are challenge courses, zip lines, climbing walls, cattle work and river rafting. Then, once the team work is completed you can enjoy some solitude in the mountains.  Take a look at the different specialties offered.   Challenge Course At the Red Horse Mountain Ranch the challenge course is unlike any other experience you will have…. Read More

This Summer’s Best Fishing Trip: Colorado Fly Fishing

August 3rd, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

C Lazy U Ranch Fly Fishing

For so many anglers, both amateur and pro, there’s nothing quite like Colorado in the summertime. Colorado fly fishing is some of the best to be had. For a fly fishing vacation with exclusive access to private territory and trained guides, C Lazy U is ready with an Orvis-certified experience for all skill levels – even the kids! Fly fishing 101 While fly fishing has a reputation of taking a lifetime to master, first-timers are often charmed by its intuitiveness. After some practice, the cast begins to feel even more natural than casting with a spinning reel. So what is… Read More

4 Different Horsemanship Clinics

July 27th, 2016
By Leah Bright

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The Dude Ranchers’ Association is home to many ranches who offer many specialty experiences. Horsemanship clinics are one of those specialties. All of the ranches have their lively hood invested in their horse program for their guests. Ranging from a mighty few horses to herds over two hundred, each horse is well known and cared for as an individual.  There are a few ranches listed that would love to bring you into, or take you deeper into your understanding of how horses operate and how we can effectively communicate with them.  Often times you might realize and understand just as… Read More