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3 ways Dude Ranches Offer Best Value for Travel Dollar

December 29th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Due to the cost of travel 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 tremendous value for the money. Below are 3 ways Dude Ranches offer best bang for your buck. Your Dollar Buys More at Home – To keep cost down many travelers are looking for vacation destinations within the USA. For the same reason, so are many European and other foreign travelers. The dude ranch has always… Read More

Luxury and Kids Go Together at Resort Guest Ranches

December 22nd, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Tumbling River Thumbs Up Kid

Resort-style guest ranches combine the adventure of dude ranch vacations with the luxury of all-inclusive resorts for your kids and yourself. The Dude Ranchers Association has over 100 member ranches across the western U.S. and Canada with many hosting special programs and activities for kids. Below are a few ranches that do Luxury and kids like no other destination vacation spot. At Colorado’s Tumbling River Ranch kids from age 3 to teen find adventure and independence. Kids are split into groups by age and spend their days going on scavenger hunts, hay rides, camp outs, horseback rides, hikes, and more…. Read More

Blog Contest ~ $400.00 Prize

December 15th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

The Dude Ranchers Association is hosting a drawing for blog posts submitted by staff members. By submitting a post, your name will be put into a drawing for a Visa card worth $400.00. Your blog posts may be used on our social media outlets including, but not limited to, Just Dude It Blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ with your personal by-line. Please send the text and pictures to info@duderanch.org by December 31st, 2014 to be included in the drawing held on January 1st, 2015. Requirements Approximately 300 words Has to be written about your experience in general and cannot be… Read More

Women of the Wild West

December 10th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Sweeping view after sweeping view, Montana is rightly referred to as The Treasure State. Mountain Sky Ranch sits perfectly perched just above Yellowstone River, extending across Paradise Valley and up the surrounding foothills. Take one step onto the ranch, and you feel like you’ve time-traveled to the days of the Wild West. It’s no wonder. The ranch dates back to the late 1800s as a stopping point on the Lonesome Dove cattle drive trail all the way from Texas.                       Meghaan Lieber and Julie Tate, wranglers at Mountain Sky, ride… Read More

The Gift of Memories – Holidays at the Ranch

November 26th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

Lone Mountain Winter Sleigh Ride Snow

The best holiday gifts don’t sport a designer logo. Nor do they come from a big box store. The best gifts are meaningful, lasting long after the credit card bills are due. This season enjoy the gift of family time on a Western dude ranch vacation. Gather your loved ones and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of a Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) member ranch. A DRA ranch promises families an exceptional retreat far from the madness of holiday commercialism. There are more than 100 DRA ranches, found in the deserts and mountains of the American West and Canada.  Your family… Read More

The Dude Ranchers’ 89th Annual Convention

November 14th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Tanque Verde Food 247

We are excited to announce that its 89th annual convention will be held January 21-25, 2015 in Tucson, Az. at Tanque Verde Ranch, one of the association’s accredited member ranches. More than 60 member ranches, as well as many associate members and vendors, are expected to attend this year’s event to exchange ideas about how to continue exceeding the highest standards within the dude ranching industry, promoting the Western ranch vacation and preserving parks, forests and wildlife. Dude Ranch History The Dude Ranchers’ Association was created in 1926, as the official governing body of the West’s Dude Ranch industry. It… Read More

4 Reasons to Host Your Next Corporate Meeting at a Dude Ranch

November 8th, 2014
By Colleen Hodson

With the participants sequestered in remote locations, wrapped in spectacular scenery, and free from distractions, Western dude ranches are becoming an increasingly attractive venue for corporate meetings and conferences. Not just any ranch, but a member of The Dude Ranchers’ Association. For anyone assigned the task of finding a place to hold a company event, be assured a DRA membership guarantees the ranch is a superior ranch, maintaining the highest standards of quality in the industry. There are more than 100 DRA Ranches in the Western US and Canada. They are only granted membership after a rigorous inspection and trial… Read More

Fishing + Dude Ranches = A Great Family Getaway

October 30th, 2014
By Leah Bright

Casting a line through a baby-blue sky scattered with cotton-puff clouds, then watching it settle into the crisp-cold babble of a mountain stream somehow symbolizes an ideal vacation for almost anyone—especially when Dad knows that his family is relishing the trip as well. Members of The Dude Ranchers’ Association offer a wonderful combination of plenty of pristine fishing moments for avid fishermen along with captivating activities for every other family member as well. Since DRA dude ranches are far from big crowds, located in gorgeous natural settings, and mostly on private land, the rivers, lakes and streams on these properties… Read More