Hideout-Horses-Running-SquareTwo of the DRA's dude ranches were recently showcased in an article in Parade.com and in the Sunday paper.  What an honor it is to have two of the 100+ ranches in our association chosen to represent the quality and authenticity that is so important in a ranch stay. Following is a little of what what said:

Most Luxurious Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Jesmond, B.C.  “Luxury” may not be the first thing that comes to mind with a dude ranch, but then again, neither does Thailand—yet Echo Valley offers both. The ranch exhibits clear Thai influences, from the spa treatments to the Thai silk accents in the rooms. Even the restaurant offers “Traditional Thai Night” every Thursday, spotlighting—what else?--authentic Thai cuisine.

Most Authentic  The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, Shell, Wyoming  While the Hideout offers activities like fly-fishing and trapshooting, it readily admits that most of it's guests come for the cattle work. That means branding, gathering and wrangling the thousands of cows, calves and yearlings on the ranch. You will not, however, have to cook your own franks and beans in a pot over a fire. The Hideout's fine dining from its Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef has earned rave reviews from its guests.   To read the full article please go to http://www.parade.com/news/2012/07/22-national-day-of-the-cowboy.html For more information about dude ranches please visit www.duderanch.org or call 866-399-2339