Category: Affordable Vacation

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

Dude Ranch Vacations offer Affordable Discounts for June

 
If you are looking for a dude ranch vacation with affordable discounts for this June look at these specials from the member ranches of the Dude Ranchers’ Association. With all inclusive rates that include lodging, horseback riding, fishing, kids programs and three meals a day you’re getting a deal on an adventure vacation. On top of being a budget and cost effective vacation, the dude ranches listed here are offering special discounts for June. Don’t forget to ask about additional savings for large groups and military families. And tell them the Dude Ranchers' Association sent ya!       10% off a Saddle and Paddle Vacation the week of June 18, 2018  MARBLE MOUNTAIN RANCH Somes Bar, CA guestranch@marblemountainranch.com The Marble Mountain Ranch in Northwestern California offers an exclusive dude ranch program called the "Saddle and Paddle" theme. They combine horseback mountain trail riding vacations and thrilling white water rafting and kayaking with other outdoor activities. Give Doug a... Read More

Dude Ranch Short Stays - 3 Night Ranch Vacations

 
Dude Ranch Vacations are famous for the traditional week long experiences for trail riding and western lifestyle activities, but with travelers having less time to stay many ranches offer dude ranch short stays of 3 nights. On these short stays you’ll get to experience all the highlighted activities, view the spectacular scenery and refresh your mind in the wide open spaces. While some ranches offer these short stays during the off-season, other ranches offer flexible packages every week they are open. Find some great dude ranch short stays listed below. For the complete list of ranches select “3 nights” on the Search by Activity and Amenity page.  You can also read about spectacular discounts during the shoulder season.   Colorado Dude Ranch Short Stays Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado - 3 night minimum short stay, open June through October Elk River Guest Ranch, Colorado - 3 to 5 night stays are available upon request, open June... Read More

Affordable Ranch Vacations for Your Family

 
Seeking an affordable and inexpensive dude ranch vacation across the West? Ranches of the DRA offer unmatched value in dude ranch vacations for families on a budget and for those who want to save money by getting all the adventure of twice daily riding, fishing, kids programs and 3 meals a day all for one price. Imagine how much more you would pay to piece together these activities in a Western town. On top of all the excursions, these all-inclusive vacations offer a little something extra by becoming a part of the family. Here are some of the DRA picks for the best budget and cost effective ranch holidays. Want even more of a discount? Ask these ranches about rates for less traveled times, large groups and military. 1.     The Red Rock Ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a family owned western dude ranch with polished amenities. Head to this authentic Wyoming... Read More

Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar

 
With the current economic situation  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 exceptional value for the money. Only authentic ranches of high quality are granted entrance to the DRA. In fact, only a portion of ranches that apply make it through the rigorous 2 year process. Consider why a Western dude ranch displaying a DRA logo is your best bet for an affordable and budget friendly vacation.   Budget Friendly Dude Ranches Offer Best Value For Travel Dollar   Cattle drive at the Bonanaza Creek Guest Ranch, Montana   * 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... Read More

3 ways Dude Ranches Offer Best Value for Travel Dollar

 
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 been popular overseas for its quintessential American flavor. So, even if you forgo a British Isles trip this season, your kids may very well get the opportunity to mingle with kids from another country at a Western DRA member dude ranch. When you are ready, head out to the Cowboy State... Read More

This year, give the gift of shared adventure to your other half

 
The season of love is fast approaching and couples will begin to ask themselves two questions: Is it time to get engaged? And what am I going to get my other half for the holidays or Valentine’s Day? While the traditional gift ideas of jewelry, roses and candy may make for a touching token of love, we challenge you to think outside the box and consider some stats. According to The Knot, 39 percent of couples get engaged during the “season of love,” the time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Regardless of whether you’re ready to propose – or to be proposed to – statistics like this put pressure on men and women to find the perfect gift to stand out from the crowd. According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, the gift of travel may be the perfect solution as 63 percent of couples think a getaway is... Read More

Dude and Guest Ranches: The Affordable Family Vacation

 
 Have you ever dreamed of going to a place where you can experience the beauty of the outdoors and leave “real life” behind? Do you dream of an affordable family vacation destination where you can take the whole family and feel confident that there will be something that appeals to everyone? You need not look any further than then a Dude Ranch Vacation. Many people have this dream but are often under the assumption that a unique Dude Ranch getaway for the whole gang is too expensive and not doable. Another misconceived notion is that all-inclusive Dude Ranch vacations often have hidden fees and that paying for items a la carte is a more affordable option. While that may be the case for some vacation options, you can rest assured that an all-inclusive stay at a DRA-accredited  Dude or Guest ranch is truly all-inclusive, and there are no hidden fees.... Read More

Live the American Dream Vacation at the West’s Best Dude Ranches

 
At the more than 100 dude ranches that make up The Dude Ranchers’ Association, guests are sure to find the All-American Western vacation they have been dreaming of—days spent in the saddle, enjoying stunning scenery and breathing fresh country air, and evenings enjoying tasty down-home cooking and ranch entertainment. Today, as it did over a century ago, the western dude ranch experience offers relief for both the body and spirit of those seeking refuge from the pressures and routine of modern life. Dude ranch vacations are based on a lifestyle that stretches back more than a century. By the end of the 1800s, most of the American West had been explored and the stories of its natural wonders had spread throughout the Eastern portion of the country as well as Europe. Lured by the promise of awesome beauty, a spirit of romance and adventure, and the honest simplicity of the... Read More

Many Dude and Guest Ranches are Offering Spectacular Savings During their Shoulder Guest Seasons

 
Shoulder seasons are the weeks before and after the main season begins and ends.  A ranch will sometimes offer added values like a massage, private riding lessons or a fine bottle of wine upon check-in etc. They may offer a repeat guest discount, a group of more than 20 people discount or an early bird booking discount.  Some ranches will  offer special packages during these times as well like fishing packages, riding only packages, horse clinic packages, shorter stay packages,  pack trips packages,  overnight camping and much more. We know finding the perfect ranch match for your family can sometimes be hard so The Dude Ranchers Association wants to help, give us a call at 866-399-2339 or shoot us an e-mail and we will do all we can to help you find that perfect ranch for your family. Any time is a great time to make memories with your family... Read More

Dude Ranches: The Affordable Family Vacation

 
Have you ever dreamed of going to an affordable family vacation where you can experience the beauty of the outdoors and leave “real life” behind for a while?  The noises of construction and sirens…and your boss…are left at home and replaced with the sounds of a gurgling stream, birds chirping, children laughing and even silence.  If you have ever fantasized about leaving commute traffic behind and replacing it with horses on the trail or cattle being guided to summer pasture, then a Dude Ranch is the place for you! Lots of people have this dream but think it’s too expensive for them.  Many of these same people have the misconceived notion that a cruise or a trip where they pay for items a la carte will be more affordable.  The one thing you can be assured of is that when our DRA ranches state all-inclusive it means just that.  The rate... Read More
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