Category: Holidays

It is Never to Early to Book a Dude Ranch Holiday Vacation the Entire Family Will be Amazed By!

 
It may seem too early to start thinking about holiday gifts and it probably is if you are just going to give “stuff” again this year. Here at the Dude Ranchers’ Association, we think the best holiday gifts don’t support designer logos nor do they come from big box stores. We feel one of the true meanings of the holidays is families spending time together, away from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded shopping malls and there is no better place to spend time with your family than on a dude ranch holiday vacation. This year we challenge you all to think outside the pretty wrapped boxes and consider giving you and your loved ones the gift of time spent together. The members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association have long believed that family time is the most important time and what better time of year for that then the holiday... Read More

The Best Holiday Gift - A Dude Ranch Experience!

 
The best holiday gift does not often sport a designer logo, nor does it come from a big box store.  Some of the most celebrated gifts are experiences that provide long-lasting, meaningful memories. This season, gather your loved ones and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of a Western dude ranch. Skip the long shopping lines and enjoy the gift of family time with an all-inclusive vacation at an accredited Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) member ranch. Whether your dream getaway is a warm weather paradise that lets you escape from the cold, or a snowy wonderland that helps you embrace the magic of the season, DRA ranches have you covered. With over 100-member ranches, found in the deserts and mountains of the American West and Canada, your family can spend the holidays at a ranch best suited to your interests and lifestyle.   What’s more, many of the DRA’s all-inclusive ranches offer special holiday... Read More

Love Letters to the Ranch

 
When did you last write a love letter?  Was it to a cute boy in second grade?  That one girl across the street in fifth grade?  Maybe is was to your husband or to your wife.  Here at Drowsy Water, we get a lot of love letters.  They float into the mailbox occasionally and we save them for ages, keeping them in a special envelope and bringing them out to read when we're feeling sentimental. Sure, Ken is a great singer when you put him next to a fire under the stars, but the letters aren't to him.  Randy Sue can sure tell her flowers while simultaneously hiking up a mountainside and cooking a turkey, but the letters aren't to her for her super-powers either.  Nope, Justin and Ryan, sorry to break it to you, but you aren't that cute and Peyton and Chase, thankfully, you're still too young.... Read More

Where to Have an All-American Vacation Experience

 
‘Made in America’ continues to surge in popularity for not only domestic-minded shoppers in the U.S., but also for travelers. For those searching for an authentic getaway that stays true to your roots, consider exploring the Wild West. It doesn’t get any more authentic than the original all-inclusive, All-American experience: a dude ranch vacation – think cattle drives, hiking, rodeos, campfires and fishing. A dude ranch vacation allows people of all ages to spend quality time in some of the country’s most beautiful, awe-inspiring settings. They are rooted in American tradition and principles – horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart – and that’s just the beginning. Below are 8 All-American Dude Ranch Experiences: Saddle Up, Like a Cowboy: Overseer Theron McGarry, a lifelong cowboy and fourth generation rancher, sees to it that guests at McGarry Ranches get the complete Western experience on these fully operational cattle ranches in Rexburg, Idaho.... Read More

Merry Christmas Dude Ranch Style

 
Best wishes for your Christmas Is all you get from me, 'Cause I aint no Santa Claus— Don't own no Christmas tree. But if wishes was health and money, I'd fill your buck-skin poke, Your doctor would go hungry An' you never would be broke. -From Charlie Russell's 1914  Christmas Card A Bar A Ranch's Barn in the Snow  May you all have a safe and happy holiday season and bring in 2017 for the best year yet. From the Dude Ranchers' Association, your dude ranch planning resource since 1926. Here is a great article on the History of Dude Ranching for some light reading during the holidays for a Merry Christmas Dude Ranch Style Dude ranches sometimes get short shrift in history because they’re seen as contrived, Hollywood-derived entertainment, distant from the real work of Wyoming’s agricultural and resource-based industries. In its 1920s heyday, however, dude ranching was a common and respected way for... Read More

Dude Ranches Guarantee an Unforgettable Family Vacation Experience

 
California in particular is known for its beauty and geographical diversity. In the mountains of remote northern California, the weather boasts a balanced diet of four complete seasons. The Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) can help you plan the perfect family vacation to one of its 100+ accredited guest ranches. The term ‘dude ranch’ typically brings to mind images of cowboys and cattle drives, a la the popular 1991 comedy, “City Slickers.” While dude ranches still evoke those same memories and are rooted in American tradition, they are much, much more. There is a broad spectrum of 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 U.S. in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as... Read More

Labor Day Dude Ranch Stays

 
Last minute Labor Day dude ranch stays are nearly always available. With over 100 ranches in the Dude Ranchers' Association no matter where you are trying to go or what time of year, give us a call and we will help you find a ranch to suite your personality and time line. Reach someone directly at 307.587.2339 or browse the ranches below for this year's labor day trip. All-Inclusive Stay Lost Valley Ranch is an all-inclusive AAA Four Diamond Resort located just approximately 90 minutes from Colorado Springs in the front range of Colorado. This all-inclusive dude ranch rates cover your lodging, all of your meals at the ranch, guided horseback riding, use of all our facilities (swimming pool, tennis courts, etc.), children's and teen supervision, special evening programming and access to 26,000 acres of Pike National Forest. The only additional costs you may encounter are optional activities and purchases, including Fly... Read More

Drive West to Montana

 
Variously known as "The Big Sky State" and "The Last Best Place," Montana is truly a state of vast open spaces, incredible wilderness, and stunning scenery. It seems the proper place for a dude ranch vacation; and Montana vacation ranches do take advantage of their spectacular surroundings, leading guests into national parks, through the Rocky Mountains, and across the prairie land of the northern Great Plains. Glacier National Park lies in the northwest corner of the state, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. It draws millions of visitors annually, and with good reason. The park is home to wilderness and wildlife, over 700 miles of trails, and countless opportunities for all kinds of outdoor recreation, from horseback riding to boating. Three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park are located in the state of Montana. A place long believed to be a figment of imagination or delirium, the... Read More

Hollywood Meets the Wild West

 
Forget Hollywood: many dude ranches have had Hollywood come to them to film some of the most notable classic Western movies ever to hit the big screen over the years. Take for example, White Stallion Ranch. This family-owned 3,000-acre dude ranch located outside of Tucson, Ariz., has been attracting Hollywood filmmakers to its unspoiled desert and rugged mountain landscape for more than 70 years. Notable Western movies filmed on-site include the 1939 legendary film, “Arizona,” as well as “Winchester 73,” “Apache Ambush” and “Backlash.” And the list doesn’t stop at just Western films. Scenes from “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” starring George Clooney were filmed on the ranch. The 2007 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue even used this desert setting for its hugely popular annual photo shoot! White Stallion Ranch Another guest ranch known for its movie history is Circle Z Ranch. Also located in Arizona, Circle Z Ranch is the oldest continuously... Read More

Colorado Ranch Vacation - Horses & Much More

 
Colorado is famous for being the center of the Rocky Mountains. It is also a central destination of Western travelers with the ease of access and number of flights to and from the Denver International Airport and connections to the Aspen, Durango and Colorado Springs airports. While you are making your travel plans you might also consider slipping into any corner of the state on highways and byways. Once you arrive you will soon feel the warm invitation of a vacation oasis. There are things to do year round here that can be found at the most convenient of destinations - a dude ranch. Not only a destination for horse enthusiast, but also for the most specific of recreational fun. Fisherman can enjoy the North Fork of the South Platte River when they are not rafting, back-country hiking or trapshooting at the North Fork Ranch. Rock Climbers can take a break from... Read More

The One and Only Wyoming

 
When you think about traveling in mountains, on rivers or wide open spaces think about Wyoming. Out here the air is fresh, the scenery spectacular and the people have a western hospitality about them you won’t find anywhere else. There are ranches, dude ranches, cattle operations and cowboys of all sorts... professional rodeo cowboys, ranch hands on hundreds of thousands of acres and cowboys that pack horses into places like the Thorofare, the most remote location in the lower 48, located in the greater area Yellowstone National Park. This wonderful state is home to recreation of all kinds, not just ones on horseback.  Yellowstone National Park anyone? Yes, that is here in Wyoming and the state is very proud of it. Let your compass take you in all the cardinal directions and you will find vast amounts of beautiful lonely highways leading to historical places and clear, crisp streams packed with... Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 
At the National Dude Ranchers' Association we are so thankful this Thanksgiving to be a part of such a wonderful organization that dates back to 1926.   We are proud to be  supported by our member ranches, clients in search of a dude ranch and all of the associate members who make commerce and networking successful. On a day such as this we are reminded of Theodore Roosevelt when he said, "Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds." As we embark on the next 90 years for the association we would like to promise our continued perseverance in promoting and protecting the dude ranch industry.  In pursuit of this we are launching a new website in 2016 as well as enhancing our... Read More

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

 
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: Warm Arizona Holiday at the Flying E Ranch Flying E Ranch in Arizona brings families together for a good old fashioned cowboy Christmas complete with making ornaments for the tree, caroling by the fire, and a Christmas morning breakfast ride. Chef Sergio and the kitchen crew at Tanque Verde Ranch are already planning the Christmas dinner. The pastry kitchen crew is also busy preparing all those holiday treats... Read More

Live your Western Vacation Dream in Wyoming

 
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 the High Plains, true cowboy country, with few people and vast, open spaces. It is a land that inspires dreams of riding horseback across the plains and Wyoming luxury Dude Ranch vacations help guests realize that dream. Yellowstone National Park The bulk of Yellowstone National Park is in Northwest Wyoming and the Grand... Read More

Red White and Blue ~ 4th of July at a Dude Ranch

 
The 4th of July is all about family, BBQ’s, Rodeos, Parades and our Freedom. Why not celebrate in 4th of July style every day of the week with  a vacation that involves riding horses in the great open spaces of the American West and the Canadian Rockies. Dude Ranches are located in some of the most breathtaking areas of the U.S. (and Canada), dude ranches can handle any request, from horseback riding and fly fishing to yoga and cooking classes to zip lining and hiking, campfire cookouts, BBQ's, line dancing and much more. The term ‘dude ranch’ typically brings to mind images of cowboys and cattle drives, a la the popular 1991 comedy, “City Slickers.” While dude ranches still evoke those same memories and are rooted in American tradition, they are much, much more. There is a broad spectrum of guest ranches across North America, ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches... Read More

Get Lost in These Hidden Montana Dude Ranch Sweet Spots

 
Have you been wanting to find that local dive off of the beaten path?  Let yourself get lost for a few days at a hidden Montana dude ranch. With very small capacities you are sure to have a very personal and interactive experience with your cowboy hosts on your next vacation.  Pack up your cowboy boots, demin jeans, and your camera, but leave your cell phone and stress at home.  Out here Montana's natural wilderness experienced by horseback will bring you back to your connection with Mother Nature. So, go ahead and get lost for a few days. Its the vacation you'll never want to come back from. Montana Dude Ranch Get to the Heart of Ranching at the G Bar M Ranch The camaraderie that guests share with the ranch family and crew at the end of the day is made even better by the delicious meals that Maria serves.  You... Read More

Give Mom and Dad the Gift of Memories this Year

 
Most Moms and Dads have more than enough “stuff,” and if asked, they may confess they haven’t even opened last year’s gift. This year, how about thinking a little outside the box when it comes to their special day? Why not consider sending Mom and Dad on a Western adventure vacation to a dude ranch? It’s surely a gift they will never forget. Whether they are traveling with or without the kids there’s the right ranch to fit all vacation plans. Deals for the Parents Elk Mountain Ranch is offering a complementary airport transfer (a savings of $375) and a complimentary cowboy hat for Dad during the weeks of June 21 - 28. Goosewing Ranch is offering a 40% discount special off the peak season rates for any package if you book your 2015 summer vacation before Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. Let Mom enjoy her vacation; They will handle the cooking,... Read More

4th of July Dude Ranch Celebrations

 
 With the 4th of July fast approaching what could be more American than a cowboy vacation at a Dude Ranch.  With all our dude ranches located “out west” you can be assured of an old fashioned 4th of July celebration. Barbeques, parades and rodeos are just the beginning. Hay rides, cattle drives, river rafting and sightseeing at a national park such as Yellowstone or Glacier would put you well on your way to independence day. The night might end with fireworks, bonfires and maybe even traditional Western street dancing.   Dude ranches are ideal places for kids and families to re-discover each other. Without the typical distractions of TV, phones, computers and electronic games, families spend time together recharging and re-connecting. Days are 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... Read More

Top 8 Reasons to Take Your Family to a Guest Ranch for the Holidays

 
 By: PJ Wirchansky Did you know that Guest Ranches offer similar amenities and benefits to all-inclusive resorts and hotels? Whether your family is looking for a working dude ranch, luxury ranch, or spending the holidays at a Guest Ranch, there is likely a ranch that fits your needs. As the holiday season approaches, many families are looking for different and unique ways to spend time with their loved ones. Here are the top 8 reasons to take your family to a Guest Ranch this holiday season. You know the price up front. Most Guest Ranches are all-inclusive so you know the price before your arrival. Typically holiday ranch packages include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. Most ranches include holiday festivities such as tree trimming, a kid’s holiday program, sleigh rides, cookie decorating, visits from Santa, and caroling with crew and other guests. Knowing what is included in your... Read More

Dude Ranchers' Association Holidays

 
CODY, Wyo.- This holiday season travelers are trading stress for spurs while enjoying all-inclusive dude ranch stays. Everything from decorations and activities to cooking and cleaning are taken care of so guests can kick back by the fire or tackle new adventures. The Dude Ranchers Association can help travelers choose a ranch based on location, amenities, activities, and riding style. A few ideas to help get in the holiday spirit:  Flying E Ranch in Arizona brings families together for a good old fashioned cowboy Christmas complete with making ornaments for the tree, caroling by the fire, and a Christmas morning breakfast ride. Families can find holiday luxury including their own personal Christmas tree, Santa arriving by horse-drawn sleigh, gourmet Christmas dinner, and lots of snowy adventures at Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch. Couples looking for a romantic escape have warm and cold holiday options. At Arizona’s Rancho de la Osa, couples can... Read More
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