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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


Dude Ranches During the Winter: Here’s Where and Why

December 10th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Bar W Winter Sleigh

Freshly-fallen snow, sleigh rides and skiing make these dude ranches a magical winter getaway By Lyn Mettler Travel Expert December 7, 2015 Originally Posted on 10Best.com Set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the American West and covered in blankets of snow for months, these dude ranches offer a secluded yet active winter getaway for all ages. Whether for skiing or enjoying seasonal activities like sleigh rides and snowmobiling, these ranches have it all when the weather turns cold.C Lazy U Ranch | Granby, Colorado While the ground might be covered in white, count on plentiful sunshine and… Read More


Travelers can Practice Healthy Lifestyles or Explore New Ones at DRA Member Ranches

December 1st, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Travelers committed to practicing their own version of a healthy lifestyle can do so at a number of traditional Western dude ranches. Many ranches cater to modern guests with spa services and treatments, yet some are going further by adopting holistic menu plans or adding spiritual elements to their activity menus. Guests can find a ranch compatible with their own lifestyle through The Dude Rancher’s Association, or DRA. The organization provides details of each of its’ more than 100 members in the Western US and Canada, details like those associated with The Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in British Columbia’s… Read More


Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 27th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

At the National Dude Ranchers’ Association we are so thankful this Thanksgiving to be a part of such a wonderful organization that dates back to 1926.   We are proud to be  supported by our member ranches, clients in search of a dude ranch and all of the associate members who make commerce and networking successful. On a day such as this we are reminded of Theodore Roosevelt when he said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the… Read More


5 Extraordinary Dude Ranches for Families

November 21st, 2015
By Leah Bright

A Bar A Dude Ranch for Family Bonding

There’s one vacation category where extraordinary families can simply park the car, unpack their bags and settle in for a week of jam-packed action. It’s the Western dude ranch, a place where folks don’t have to think about what comes next because all the details are in place to let the good times roll!  Sure, the horse and riding are paramount to any Western dude ranch experience. The Dude Ranchers’ Association is the first to confirm riding is at the heart of any ranch getaway. But, according to DRA Executive Director, Colleen Hodson, there are folks who wouldn’t dream of… Read More


There’s a Dude Ranch for Everyone

November 14th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Triangle X Grand Teton National Park

Enjoy a taste of the authentic American West where horses, hats, history and hospitality abound. With over 100 carefully chosen member ranches, the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) has one to match your dream vacation – perfectly, all while protecting lands, parks, forests and wildlife. Our Dude, Resort and Working Ranches are in the most picturesque regions of the USA and Canada near historic sites and national parks for a photographer’s heyday! Each has its own unique history, incredible horseback riding tailored to the rider’s age and ability, and exciting outdoor adventures like white water rafting, paradise fishing on scenic rivers,… Read More


Dude Ranch Gardens ~ From Farm to Table

November 6th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Smithfork Garden Dude Ranch `

This year’s growing season has nearly drawn to a close for many locations for many while others are just getting started. As we at the National Dude Ranchers’ Association reminisce about the warmer, growing days of summer we would like to share a few ranches who spend their long, summer days planting and harvesting. The importance and fulfillment gained by growing your own produce is understood. At these accredited dude ranches they garden not only for themselves, but also to share what they reap with you.  So, after a day of enjoying horseback riding, hiking, fishing and every other adventure… Read More


Yellowstone Dude Ranch Vacation

October 30th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Yellowstone is proud to be the nations first National Park founded in 1872. This was even before Montana, Wyoming and Idaho were granted statehood. President Teddy Roosevelt legally protected this rich, 2.2 million acres of mountains, wildlife and famous geological monuments. This is a place for seeking adventure and exploration that’s truly a living  American history. In your travels to Yellowstone National Park consider staying at a historical dude ranch, with an industry heritage starting in the early 1900’s.  Dude rancher’s were authentic western settlers of the west and operate today to share the charismatic personality of the ‘true’ West…. Read More



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