Just 'Dude' It Blog
Helping People Find Quality Dude Ranches and Guest Ranch Vacations Since 1926

Staycation in Colorado This Summer at Your Local Dude Ranch

June 12th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Wind River Ranch Staycation

Have you already explored many local Colorado locations by hiking, mountain climbing, bouldering or cycling? What about by horseback riding? Journey into the old west, to a time before chacos and mountain bikes. A time when wagon wheels and horses were your means of transportation. A dude ranch vacation is themed in Western tradition. Don’t worry, they won’t make you wear a dress to ride, and suspenders are optional. The only requirements are cowboy boots and a desire to explore a new piece of country by a living means of transportation (horses). The below ranches are all located within driving… Read More

5 Pack Trips in the Untamed Wilderness of the West

June 5th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Broke Arrow Pack Trip View

True or False? Taking a wilderness pack trip is just taking a weekend camping trip with the family. False. A wilderness pack trip is easier and more adventurous. On a pack trip you can expect to have all the fun of camping minus all the camp set up, cooking, cleaning and caring for the animals. Leave all that to the professionals. Out there all you have to do is enjoy the freedom and solitude the mountains can offer.  Let your imagination run wild with all the things you can do and discover during the day when you are hours and… Read More

Get Lost in These Hidden Montana Dude Ranch Sweet Spots

June 1st, 2015
By Leah Bright

Bonanza Creek Hidden Lodge

Have you been wanting to find that local dive off of the beaten path?  Let yourself get lost for a few days at one of these hidden Montana dude ranches. With very small capacities you are sure to have a very personal and interactive experience with your cowboy hosts on your next vacation.  Pack up your cowboy boots, demin jeans, and your camera, but leave your cell phone and stress at home.  Out here Montana’s natural wilderness experienced by horseback will bring you back to your connection with Mother Nature. So, go ahead and get lost for a few days…. Read More

What Type of Dude Ranch Fits you?

May 22nd, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Colorado Cattle

Are you planning a dude ranch vacation for the first time? When it comes to vacation options, there are lots of questions to ask yourself and those traveling with you. One of the ones you might not have considered before is, “What type of dude ranch fits me?” The Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) represents more than 100 guest ranches in North America (two in Canada), ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches. From valleys complete with untouched Rocky Mountain backdrops to desert sunsets across the Southwest, you can find DRA-accredited ranches throughout the Western U.S., as well… Read More

Horses, Hats, Hospitality, Heritage, Honesty & Heart

May 15th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Dude ranches are the original Western vacation.  Our first ranchers introduced the unique beauty of the American West to “dudes” from all over.  All this happened in the best way possible: from the back of a horse.  This horseback adventure was surrounded by honest and real Western hospitality that these dude ranch pioneers considered a part of the code of the west. The Dude Ranchers’ Association was founded to preserve, protect, and promote their unique vacation experience and its identity.  Though guest expectations have changed and ranchers have had to change with them, the core principles of dude ranching remain… Read More

Plan Your Dude Ranch Family Reunion

May 8th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Sylvan Dale Reunion

When asking yourself how to plan your dude ranch family reunion it may be helpful to follow this question guide. The ranches listed here are great examples of places to take your family for your next family reunion. They are all accredited members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association. As such they are held to the highest industry standards and are kept accountable to provide unforgettable destination vacations. Find your ranch today. Let us help. A Sylvan Dale Ranch Reunion When would you like to go? Planning ahead is essential. We recommend that the larger size the group the farther in… Read More

Give Mom and Dad the Gift of Memories this Year

April 30th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Most Moms and Dads have more than enough “stuff,” and if asked, they may confess they haven’t even opened last year’s gift. This year, how about thinking a little outside the box when it comes to their special day? Why not consider sending Mom and Dad on a Western adventure vacation to a dude ranch? It’s surely a gift they will never forget. Whether they are traveling with or without the kids there’s the right ranch to fit all vacation plans. Deals for the Parents Elk Mountain Ranch is offering a complementary airport transfer (a savings of $375) and a… Read More

National Parks Week on a Dude Ranch

April 20th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Moosehead Grand Teton National Park

In honor of National Parks Week we wanted to share with you two great travel story ideas about the best ways to experience some of the awe-inspiring National Parks in America: through a dude ranch vacation. 1.    Great news for road trip lovers this summer! Road trips will be cheaper than they’ve been in six years, according to a new government report that predicted lowgas prices over the summer. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that a gallon of gasoline will cost an average of 32% lower than last year nationwide. With that in mind, may we suggest a piece… Read More