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Dude Ranches: Activities and Programs for Millennials

March 18th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Home Ranch Trail Ride for Millenials

Millennials are the world traveling generation; they crave excitement and unique experiences that cannot be satisfied with just any vacation. According to a recent study done by MMGY Global, millennials travel more often than any other generational group. With an influence forecasted to grow even more over the coming decades, millennials are looking for destinations that provide them with one-of-a-kind, authentic activities along with “green” and sustainable travel experiences. With the DRA representing more than 100 dude and guest ranches that offer an abundance of unique activities to satisfy any millennial’s adventurous spirit, we think we are the perfect fit… Read More


Family Bonding – Dude Ranch Style

March 11th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Colorado Trails Family Bonding

There is much to be said about children getting too much screen time in today’s tech-saturated world. But look around most playgrounds and you will see that parents are just as guilty. Too often, we’re reaching for our phones rather than focusing on what’s truly important – strengthening family bonds and making memories that will carry us well into the future. As the original all-inclusive destination for families, a ranch vacation guarantees plenty of time to bond and spend time as a family sans technology, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Try a warm family getaway that breaks the… Read More


All Aboard! Amtrak Train Rides to Dude Ranches

March 4th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Northern_Pacific_Railway Train Travel

Train travel and dude ranches go way back in their relationship. In fact, the historical Northern Pacific Railway influenced early western expansion and the beginnings of leisure travel to Western States. Early dude ranchers, as in Larry Larom and his peers, founded the Dude Ranchers’ Association in 1926. From the start the organization promoted leisure travel to dude ranches via train and established industry standards. Traveling to a dude ranch today is still possible. Amtrak is now the modern train travel company. They offer trips from the East coast of the United States to the West Coast and many places… Read More


So Many Things to Do

February 26th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Hawley Mountain Ranch - Things to do - Hiking Summit

“I had no idea there would be so many things to do ” or “There just isn’t enough time to do everything” are two common comments heard on dude ranches throughout the West. Most folks think of horses when they think of a dude ranch which is natural since horses are the primary focus. What many people don’t realize is that ranches offer a wide variety of activities for those who want more than riding. Like hiking, for instance? Ranches are usually located in the most beautiful, natural areas of the western states and typically offer fantastic hiking opportunities in… Read More


7 Ranches for your 2016 Hunting Trip

February 20th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

JJJ WIlderness Hunting & PackTrip

It is time to start planning for your 2016 hunting trip. The Dude Ranchers’ Association is here to help you find the personalized hunting trip for you and your family this fall. Below we have gathered some of the most exciting places available. Don’t forget to book early, as ranches only have a limited number of trips available. For more information on planning your trips please contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association office at 307.587.2339. Hunting Trips Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT JJJ Wilderness Ranch Join us for the hunt of a lifetime in Montana’s 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex…. Read More


Romance & Horses, Your Dude Ranch Vacation

February 12th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Eatons Gather Sunset Romance

‘A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.’ – definition of romance Riding horses with your partner is, surely, full of excitement and mystery. Consider a ranch stay to put some extra special romance into your relationship. It is as easy as picking out your geographic setting(mountain range of choice) and paring your personalities with a ranch. Then, hop on a plane and arrive at your secluded cabin for an ‘all-inclusive’ destination experience. Don’t worry, there are plenty of activities to inspire other than saddling up and riding into the sunset at a dude ranch; morning fishing trips, spa… Read More


Take a Break – A Spring Break at a Dude Ranch

February 9th, 2016
By Leah Bright

Hideout Mountain Spring Break

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 Wyoming and Oregon, 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


Sun and saddles in southern Arizona

January 27th, 2016
By Leah Bright

southern Arizona

‘Sun and saddles in southern Arizona’ By Larissa Milne, originally posted on Philly.com If you’re looking for a midwinter break with a twist, consider a dude ranch in southern Arizona. With sunny days and cool clear nights, the area offers glimpses into the Arizona Territory of years gone by, when the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were becoming legends. Dude ranches have evolved from the days when working cattle ranches hosted a few paying guests from back East to help with ropin’ and ridin’. Modern guest ranches still raise cattle, but they offer comfortable lodging, gourmet meals, and… Read More



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