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Anytime is the Best Time to Go to a Dude Ranch

October 5th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Vista Verde Drive Cattle

Dude Ranches are the original western adventure vacation. They are locations in the wilderness that ‘haven’t had all the rough ridden off of it.’  While at the same time still being the perfect vacation spot will all the amenities you could need or want. Often clients of the Dude Ranchers’ Association ask when is the best time of year to go to a dude ranch. The answer is always, ‘Anytime you would like.’ In all four seasons there are ranch destinations available to meet your expectations. Even if your are traveling through the holidays!  There are ranches open year round… Read More


7 Things You May Not Know About Dude Ranches

September 25th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Three Bars Horses Mountains Wranglers

What comes to mind when you think of a dude ranch? Putting on cowboy boots and saddling up your steed for a trail ride? You’re halfway there. Now picture this: indulging in a luxurious spa treatment and eating a gourmet cuisine after an action-packed day of whitewater rafting and archery. While dude ranches (also known as guest ranches) are known for providing guests with authentic, one-of-a-kind Western adventures, many have also expanded their offerings to cater to a diverse crowd of travelers – from families to couples to singles – with activities, attractions and services that extend far beyond the… Read More


Relax in the Spa at these Dude Ranch Locations

September 21st, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Rancho de los caballerso Spa

Western dude ranches are typically located in rural areas far from the events of today. For over a century weary city-dwellers have been seeking to escape the pressures of urban life and to find spiritual relief in the beauty and simplicity of the American West. Returning to nature and a 100 year old, simple, honest ranch way of life seems to wash away those unsavory layers of stress that have become an accepted part of modern life. A natural process of unwinding starts when guests first set foot on a dude ranch. It helps them to slow down and to… Read More


Bring Your Own Horse to these Dramatic Dude Ranch Spaces

September 11th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Zapata Cattle Drive

Do you take your four legged, 1,000 pound equine family member on vacation with you?  Why not make your next trip to a nationally accredited dude ranch where you can bring your own horse?  Members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association invite you and your horse to experience the ‘Original Western Vacation.’ Be sure to bring the proper ‘foot wear’ for your horse (you’ll most likely be in the mountains) and the proper vet papers, especially if you are crossing state lines. But, most importantly, make sure your trusty steed can is in shape and can handle the extra hours under… Read More


For A Holiday Wrapped in Western Hospitality, Make Your Dude Ranch Reservation Today!

September 4th, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

For many, holiday’s come wrapped with “to-do lists.” Extra chores without additional time can seriously dampen what’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s why more and more families are tossing out the lists and giving each other the very special gift of time. It seems travelers are discovering a DRA guest ranch an ideal place to give thanks and make merry with friends and family. Some ranches you might consider for that perfect stress free holiday are listed below: Flying E Ranch in Arizona brings families together for a good old fashioned cowboy Christmas complete… Read More


What are you doing this fall for your vacation?

August 26th, 2015
By Leah Bright

Paradise Guest Ranch Fall

Dude and guest ranches are well known as popular family vacation destinations, but the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) recognizes that adults also value time to themselves from time to time. When the kids get back on the bus, it’s time for parents to get back in the saddle for a classic Western getaway. Even if you don’t have children, it sounds tempting, doesn’t it? Imagine a trip to the Wild West, with spectacular scenery, abundant activities, and top-notch accommodations and amenities for couples, solo travelers or even groups of friends. Starting at the end of August and continuing through October,… Read More


A New Twist on an Old Trend Seen By Dude Ranch Owners

August 21st, 2015
By Colleen Hodson

Upper Canyon Outfitters

“Same time, same place next year,” is a promise often heard on the trail and around the campfire of a dude ranch.   The remote, peaceful setting lends itself to easy camaraderie, so it’s not uncommon for lifetime friendships to develop during a ranch vacation.   Statistics bear out this phenomenon with dude ranch owners reporting more than a third of all reservations each season made by repeat visitors. Colleen Hodson reports a similar yet different pattern among the daily inquiries she receives at the headquarters of the Dude Rancher’s Association in Cody, Wyoming. Hodson, Executive Director of the DRA, as it’s… Read More


Live your Western Vacation Dream in Wyoming

August 17th, 2015
By Leah Bright

7D Couple Trail

Think all inclusive holidays are an invention of the big tour operators? Then think again. The Dude Ranch Association (DRA) has been leading the way for years. There is a broad spectrum of DRA-accredited guest ranches across North America, 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 US, as well as in California, Arkansas and Canada. If ever a state lends itself to this type of vacation, it’s Wyoming. This is where the Rocky Mountains meet… Read More



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