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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

Dude Ranchers’ Association Kicks Off 90th Anniversary Celebration with Annual Convention in Cody

January 15th, 2016
By Colleen Hodson

Cowboy Rope Western Wear Dude Ranch

More than 60 member ranches to attend four-day event CODY, WYOMING – January 20, 2016 – More than 60 member ranches from across the Western United States and Canada, as well as many associate members and vendors, are expected to ride into Cody, Wyo., to attend the 90th annual convention of the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) on January 20-23, 2016. The DRA was founded in Cody in 1926 and has since grown to more than 100 members. The Convention will kick off a yearlong celebration of the DRA’s 90th anniversary. Guest and dude ranches have played a significant role in… Read More

The Western dude ranch rejuvenates & boosts health

January 1st, 2016
By Leah Bright

The Home Dude Ranch Yoga Retreat

According to experts, taking a vacation is good for your health.  Despite this fact, Americans and Canadians tend to shortchange their vacation time, often leaving earned time on the table or taking a day here and a day there instead of a week or more at one stretch.  Since 1926 the Dude Ranchers’ Association shaped and established the highest quality standards in the guest ranch industry.  A DRA (as it’s known,) guest ranch is the epitome of a Western holiday and providing both the time and environment to foster good health. Surrounded by spectacular beauty, far from the noise and… Read More

Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar

December 25th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Bonanza Creek Guest Ranch Best Value

Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar in These Budget-Stretched Times.    With the current economic situation  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 exceptional value for the money.  Only authentic ranches of high quality are granted entrance to the DRA. In fact, only a portion of ranches that apply make it through the rigorous 2 year process.   Consider why a Western dude ranch displaying a DRA logo… Read More

Book before January!

December 18th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Book a Stay at the Sweet Grass Cattle Ranch

As families get together for the holidays and consider past celebrations, vacations and shared moments, the conversations often move to the topic of “Where are we going to book our next family holiday destination?” The Thanksgiving through New Years holiday season is a busy time of vacation inquiries for dude and guest ranches. That being said, most small venue dude ranches have a guest capacity under 50 persons. An extended family group that incorporates 2-4 family units might mean that an inquiring party is looking at reserving greater than half of the ranch capacity. This means that you must select… Read More