Have you looked at the calendar lately and thought “oh man, spring is here, summer is right around the corner and we have no plans for an incredible 2019 vacation”? Don’t you worry, the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) has you covered and can help organize a great last-minute vacation! With over 100 ranches scattered throughout the Western United States and Canada, you are sure to find a ranch with availability to make your 2019 vacation one you will never forget. Have you considered taking an early summer vacation or perhaps an early fall vacation? There are many ranches in the Association that are still taking reservations for the 2019 season and are even offering some great discounts, read all about them here.
Gros Ventre River Ranch – Wyoming
What is the best time to visit a dude ranch you may ask? Personally, the folks at the DRA believe anytime is the best time to visit a dude ranch, but in reality, it comes down to what you are looking for in a vacation. You may be looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation with crisp mornings, warm days and campfire nights, or maybe you are looking for a high-energy and action-packed vacation with more activities than you could ever imagine. Whatever kind of vacation you are looking for, an all-inclusive dude ranch is a great destination.
The DRA has ranches in Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, so the options are in a sense, endless! Most dude ranches in the North West are open from the end of May until the middle of September; of course, each ranch has its own dates of operation, but they are roughly the same. Memories will be made on a dude ranch vacation no matter when or where you decide to go, but to enhance your experience, choosing the right time is key.
If you are looking for a “kid-free”, quieter vacation at a dude ranch, the ideal time to visit would be in early June or at the end of August/September. In June, the kids are usually still in school and the big families have not started vacation season quite yet. The end of August/September is also a great time because kids have gone back to school and the ranches are starting to wind down for the summer. Ranches usually designate adult-only or specialty weeks during these times to ensure that guests looking for a “kid-free” or relaxing and tranquil vacation get what they are looking for. Early summer and fall are some of the most picturesque times in the West. In the early summer, the wildflowers are in full bloom and fill the landscape with bright, vibrant colors. In the late summer and fall the leaves are starting to change and the ranches glow with shades of yellow, orange and red. The sunrises and sunsets are exquisite and watching them from the porch of the lodge or your cabin in something you will always remember. The temperatures are a bit cooler and more enjoyable to be out in during the day; you will truly be able to take in all that the mountains, streams and animals have to offer.
Elkhorn Ranch – Montana
If you are looking for a vacation to take the entire family on, experience all of the great activities a ranch has to offer and reconnect as a family, then the ideal time is during the peak season of the summer, July and August. During the peak season, you will find big families from all over the world joining in on the dude ranch fun! The kids’ programs for the ranches are in full swing and all ages will be engaged in different activities. The kids and adults alike will make new friendships and will create ever-lasting memories together at the ranch. We can promise there is nothing quite like watching your kids play on a big, green lawn with nothing more than their imaginations and new friends to entertain them.
Lost Valley Ranch – Colorado
Now, you might be a little more open to considering a dude ranch vacation and have thought about when you want to experience this adventure. Why is it a good idea to plan this big of a vacation at the last minute? There are three main benefits to last-minute vacations. The first being that it is exciting and spontaneous. The best adventures seem to always be the most spontaneous ones! The second is that you are saving time. You are not wasting weeks and months trying to plan a vacation, by the time you get to the vacation it may not be as fun as you would like because the planning was draining. The third benefit is that you could save money! Who doesn’t like to save money? It was mentioned above that several ranches are currently running some stellar deals and discounts on their vacation packages, you do not want to miss out. (Read about them here.)
Although it may seem a little rushed, dude ranches make it easy to plan a quick last-minute vacation with their all-inclusive packages. All meals, lodging, and most ranch activities are all included in one price at a dude ranch. No planning meals, planning activities to make everyone happy or having to research and plan lodging accommodations for the whole vacation, the ranch takes care of everything for you (besides travel arrangements.)The biggest worry you will have is deciding whether to go on a breathtaking horseback ride or relax and read a book by the pool.
Rancho de la Osa – Arizona
All-inclusive packages, minimal planning, discounts and a vacation you will never forget, are you ready? Enjoy horseback riding, fly fishing, shooting sports, zip-lining, river rafting, swimming and so much more on a dude ranch vacation. Most importantly though, you will enjoy a vacation creating memories that you will never forget. Contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association today and plan your last-minute vacation in 2019 to a dude ranch, embark on an adventure like you never have before, you will be pleasantly surprised!