Dude Ranch Foundation

 
History of the Dude Ranch Foundation The Dude Ranch Foundation began in 1988 by Mark Grubbs. Mark and his wife, Amy, had a rich background in dude ranching and were determined to keep the industry and heritage alive. Mark’s dream was to establish a fund to give scholarships to young people who wanted to be in the Dude Ranch industry.  Funding was to be obtained from an annual auction held during the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) Convention. In 2016 The Educational Trust Board of Directors voted to expand their mission and change the name to the Dude Ranch Foundation.  Dude Ranch Foundation Mission - Keeping the Real West Alive. To protect and preserve the history of Dude Ranching by maintaining a museum and archives for educating the public on the historical nature of the dude ranching industry. Additionally, our mission is to financially assist in the educations of persons wishing to pursue employment or... Read More

Dude Ranch Vacations for Vegetarians and Dietary Restrictions

 
Venturing to a new place and experiencing the culture of its food is one of the great pleasures of traveling. But if you’re a vegan, vegetarian or have any dietary limitations, you know it can also be a challenge if you don't select the right location. At these Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches the chefs delight in providing ranch cuisine for your whole family - regardless of any special dietary needs. With enough notice the ranches creatively and effectively cater for meatless diets, gluten free, dairy free and most food allergies. Foodies will even enjoy the culinary adventures on dude ranches where family style meals can be not only enjoyed by the whole family but also savored until the last bite. And what’s even more special than this? Some ranches are able to offer farm to table cuisine straight from ranch gardens.  Here are some great dude ranch vacations for... Read More

6 Dude Ranch Vacations to Take this Summer

 
With great weather, longer days and the kids out of school it's time to pack up and go on vacation. An extended, relaxed trip with the kids to a dude ranch is a great way to experience something unique and authentic. This summer you can bond with your family while riding horses, fishing, hiking and water sports at one of the best dude ranches in the country as a Dude Ranchers' Association member. Here are 6 places you should put at the top of your list for this summer.    6 Dude Ranch Vacations to Take this Summer   WIND RIVER RANCH Airport: Denver Are you tired of being tired after your summer vacation?  Where to eat, what to do, how do we get there, the decisions are endless and exhausting!  At Wind River Ranch they take care of all the details for you.  The executive chef will prepare your meals, the wranglers will guide you... Read More

The Wildest Trail Rides of 2018

 
The National Dude Ranch Association (DRA) has over 10,000 trail rides throughout the Western United States and Canada. Travel across National Forest, BLM, private acreage and hundreds of miles of waterways that traverse high and low altitude, valley and mountain, desert and coast, with the wranglers of the DRA. However, of all these options, which is truly the wildest in 2018? Border Ride—THE WILDEST TRAIL RIDE Rancho de la Osa, Sasbe, Arizona It’s both scenery and the current political state of the country that makes this trail ride at the remarkable ranch, quite possibly, the wildest ride in the West! Rancho de la Osa houses Arizona’s oldest continually used building, constructed in an Indian village around 1720 by Jesuit missionaries. In 1812, the ranch was part of the Ortiz Brothers Spanish land grant and with Mexican independence from Spain, the ranch became part of Mexico. In 1916, Pancho Villa raided and attempted to take... Read More

Discover Western Dude Ranches as your next Corporate Meeting Site

 
With dude ranches located in some of the most unique and private locations in the West, it’s no wonder they continue to be ever popular destinations for groups and corporate meetings. Dude ranches are perfect for conference planners who are looking for a location to appreciate the great outdoors via horseback riding, fishing, hiking and other adventures while meeting in high-tech spaces with Wi-Fi and all the technology standard to modern meeting facilities. Some ranches can accommodate large groups of more than 100 people, while others offer a more intimate environment to enjoy with your group. All ranches offer the highest standards of the hospitality industry with lodges and cabins and luxury amenities. And fine dining? These ranches will cook up some of the best meals you've had with professionally trained chefs, fine wine lists and farm to table cuisine. So why not head up into the mountains, forests or wide-open... Read More

Shoulder Season Offers Discount Ranch Vacations with Added Value

 
When it comes to deciding when to go on a dude ranch vacation, it pays to find the discount pricing and added value of going during the shoulder season. For these ranches in Wyoming and Montana the next shoulder season will be this fall, starting in September. There are typically less people on the ranch, more flexibility in your schedule and a relaxed environment when prices drop. What more could you ask for when planning your trip? Well, take a look at the “extras” you can add to your trip this fall.    Customize Your Experience Do you have a special group of like-minded people to travel with? The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Shell, Wyoming has the resources to customize your own experience while you are at the ranch. Whether it’s a group of friends, countrymen who speak the same language, colleagues, photographers or any other group the Hideout staff will... Read More

A Dude Ranch Family Vacation - Fun for All Ages

 
A dude ranch is one of the best options for your next family vacation. With programs centered around horseback riding and western lifestyle activities, you’ll have more fun with your family than you ever thought possible! Parents and children will get to relax and enjoy their vacation in a way that, even though your day is full of activities and outdoor adventures, the mental exhaustion of traveling is not there. Best of all, parents are free from planning entertaining activities for the kids, the only decision making you’ll have to do will be whether to lounge by the pool, go for a horseback ride or hike up to a scenic vista for the afternoon. All the details are taken care of by your ranch hosts, such as meals, activities and housekeeping. With ranches offering family centered activities or an all-day supervised kids program, you’ll be able to find the ranch... Read More

The Best Idaho Dude Ranch Vacations

 
Here is the ultimate guide for Idaho dude ranch, guest ranch and working cattle ranch vacations. These Idaho dude ranches offer all-inclusive vacation packages for families with activities centered around horseback riding and adventure outdoor experiences like whitewater rafting, hiking and fishing. Some offer a full program of kid-centric activities and others offer adult-oriented immersive cowboy & cattle ranch activities. And what’s more, you’ll be extremely satisfied with the quality of the food and the accommodations at an Idaho dude ranch. The living history of the Old West is infused and celebrated in every facet on these Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches. With a culture that dates back to the pioneer days of the United States, Idaho is much more than just potatoes. If you are looking for big valleys, big views and spectacular rivers than this is the state for you. And, although the Grand Tetons are actually in... Read More

What is the Dude Ranch Foundation?

 
The mission of the Dude Ranch Foundation is: To protect and preserve the history of dude ranching by maintaining a museum (heritage center) and archives for educating the public on the historical nature of the dude ranching industry. Additionally, our mission is to financially assist in the educations of persons wishing to pursue employment or careers in the dude ranch industry and supporting industries. The Foundation began in 1988 by Mark Grubbs. Mark and his wife, Amy, were co-executive directors and former dude ranch owners. Mark’s dream was to establish a fund to give scholarships to young people who wanted to be in the dude ranch industry. Funding was to be obtained from an annual auction held during the Dude Ranchers' Association Convention. His vision was to retain a fund large enough that the interest would be used for scholarships. The scholarship fund has been administered by our Executive Director (s)... Read More
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