4 Great Ways to Help Your Favorite Dude Ranch!

4 Great Ways to Help Your Favorite Dude Ranch!

If you have had the incredible opportunity to experience a dude ranch vacation at one of the Dude Ranchers’ Association’s almost 100 member dude and guest ranches, you know that after your vacation you are much more than just a guest, you have joined a special family that few people truly understand. You may think of your favorite ranch as your second home and probably hold your that ranch near and dear to your heart. During the uncertainty that fills the world right now and these hard times, you may be wondering how you can help your favorite ranch. Since you are unable to jump on a plane, or even in the car for that matter, there are some simple ways you can support your favorite dude ranch! Keep reading and you will find four great ways you can help your most cherished guest ranch!  

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Follow and Engage with your Favorite Ranch on Social Media

Social media seems to be the lifeline for many folks these days. If you did not see it or post it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, did it really happen? All joking aside though, if you interact, engage and most importantly follow your favorite ranch on all social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and even YouTube, it helps the business rank higher in the social media algorithms and it is fun! Stay up to date with recent news, photos, videos, history and more about the ranch. Post your own photos, like and comment on posts and share your story so others can learn just how amazing your favorite ranch is! This is so simple and can make a big difference, so while you are spending time on your phone, laptop or tablet, be sure to double-check that you are following and most importantly supporting one of your favorite businesses! A little can go a long way in the world of social media!

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Purchase a Gift Certificate

Do you want to share your love of your favorite dude ranch with friends, family or loved ones? You can purchase a gift certificate to your favorite ranch so they can tag along and experience the magic! Many of the DRA’s member ranches are currently offering the opportunity to buy a gift certificate to be used at a later date (some restrictions apply). Whether you purchase this for yourself to be used for future travel or if you purchase it for a loved one, a locked-in price with this gift certificate will allow you, or a loved one, to better plan financially for the great vacation that lies ahead! Gift certificates may seem a bit unconventional any more, but they are a hot commodity for dude ranches right now! Some ranches are even offering special discount pricing, take a look here to see those offers. You don’t want to miss out!

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Leave a Positive Review on Google

Another great way to support your favorite ranch is by heading over to Google to leave a review. It doesn’t take any time at all! Go onto Google, type in your favorite ranch and wait for their business profile to load. Scroll down to the “Review” section, click “Write a Review”, fill out the form and submit the review.  It is that simple! In a matter of fewer than five minutes, you have helped your favorite ranch by posting a positive review that has the ability to be seen by millions of people. The best part is, your positive review may encourage someone to visit the ranch and you have helped them even more by sending a referral indirectly! You can add photos too if you wish, and this is just another way to help showcase the ranch and encourage people to visit. You know how great the ranch is, help other people experience a vacation of a lifetime and all of the magic you find at a ranch.

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Purchase your Favorite Ranch Memorabilia from the Gift Shop

If you are longing for your favorite ranch, reminiscing precious memories, and maybe missing that coffee mug that just made the mornings a little sweeter, contact your favorite ranch! Some ranches have online gift shops that host all different kinds of ranch memorabilia, from coffee mugs to key chains, t-shirts to baseball caps, you will find something to help you remember the ranch by. Some retail therapy might be just what you need to lift your spirits! Also, if you are having a hard time finding the perfect gift for friends or family, a piece of ranch memorabilia makes the perfect gift! If your favorite ranch does not have an online gift shop, give them a call or send them an email, they might be able to find just what you are looking for. Plus, they will be happy to hear from you and catch up, it is all part of being a part of that special family we talked about in the beginning!

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Grab your computer, phone, tablet or any other device of choice and head over to your social media accounts, Google and your favorite ranch’s website to help them out! Your support will mean the world to them and your comments or reviews may just help someone to experience the unforgettable vacations that ensue at dude and guest ranches!

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The Dude Ranchers’ Association Welcomes 5 New Members

The Dude Ranchers’ Association is the premier membership-based organization for dude ranches and has welcomed five new ranches in 2018: V6 Ranch, Kay El Bar Ranch, Parade Rest Guest Ranch, Campbell Hills Guest Ranch and Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch. As a non-profit association, membership is not a pay to play process but a mark of the highest quality. Acceptance requires a rigorous two-year application process and distinguishes a ranch as one that guests can trust to provide excellent customer care and a horseback riding vacation of a lifetime. 

Guests looking to experience something new and exciting can look into the unique and individual offerings of each of these new members. Each of these ranches are located in a different Western state, from Arizona up to British Columbia and offers their own dude ranch niche experience. 

 

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V6 Ranch, California

Nestled in the Cholame Valley, the V6 Ranch envelops 20,000 acres of the most diverse and alluring country in the heart of central California. Conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the ranch is just a four-hour drive from either city. The V6 Ranch offers the delight of bygone days in a world where fast is the average speed.

About V6 Ranch

This beautiful ranch offers activities to tickle the fancy of any person that seeks peace and quiet. The clean air and warm nights are ideal for laying out under the stars. The ranch offers trail rides, cattle drives, and horse camping. The V6 Ranch offers over 50 scenic miles of trails to explore with maps and trail markers to show the way. They also offers hiking, photography, over 200 varieties of wildflowers, wildlife and bird watching.

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Kay El Bar Ranch, Arizona

The Kay El Bar Guest Ranch is a historic dude ranch listed on the National and State Historical landmark registers and is located in the Old West town of Wickenburg, AZ. Nestled in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains on the banks of the Hassaymapa River, Kay El Bar is a desert oasis ranch where warm hospitality has been a tradition since 1926. The ranch offers an authentic and casual western vacation experience suitable for guests of all ages. Special occasion groups and team retreats are welcome. Their America Plan rate includes lodging, all meals, horseback riding and use of all ranch facilities.

About Kay El Bar Ranch

Kay El Bar is a winter ranch, open from November until May. The climate includes bi-seasonal rainfall, making it one of the lushest deserts, with giant cacti, short trees and a great variety of shrubbery and animal life. There are thousands of acres of desert hills and canyons to explore on horseback. The charming adobe ranch was built in the late 1800s, and, like all the early dude ranches, began as a working cattle outfit. The building's adobe walls are built of sun-dried brick 12 to 18 inches thick; each brick was made by hand by the Maricopa Indians who lived on the nearby reservation. The ranch is completely up to date in its comforts, including modern bathrooms, a pool, and a whirlpool spa.

Activities at the ranch center around the riding program, with rides twice a day except for Sunday when there is long morning ride and a trail-side cookout. The wranglers love introducing children (minimum age 7) and adult first-time riders to the pleasures of riding the trail on a trusty mount. Experienced riders find many delights in riding the Arizona hills. Non-riders and younger children can enjoy the ranch pool, spa, evening group activities, hiking, and exploring the western town of Wickenburg. Local golf courses welcome visitors.

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Parade Rest Guest Ranch, Montana

Parade Rest Guest Ranch is a true Montana dude ranch offering that memorable Montana guest ranch experience, located just 15 minutes from the west entrance, it is the closest of all the Montana guest ranches to Yellowstone National Park. Their all-inclusive vacation packages combine log cabin lodging, all your meals, unlimited horseback trail rides, world-class fly-fishing and an unforgettable outdoor mountain cookout.

About Parade Rest Ranch 

The ranch has 15 log cabins of various sizes, beds, bedrooms and bathrooms are spread across the ranch.  Some sit next to the Grayling Creek which runs thru the ranch which is a great fly-fishing stream. The sound of the creek is a favorite to many. Other cabins sit on a lower bluff overlooking the horses, ranch creek, Hebgen lake, Gallatin Mountain Range and awesome sunrises and sunsets. Parade Rest Ranch is a great place to call home while in the Yellowstone area.

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Campbell Hills Guest Ranch, British Columbia Canada

Ride a horse on the alpine meadows, observe unique birds in their natural habitat and discover the many hidden fishing spots right in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia. Campbell Hills Guest Ranch offers exceptional horseback riding in mountainous terrain.

About Campbell Hills Guest Ranch

When guests arrive at the ranch worries drift away as they settle into perfect harmony with the rhythms of nature. British Columbia is known for its beautiful landscape, relaxed atmosphere, and high-quality living, and this guest ranch is no exception.  The ranch uses a technique called natural horsemanship, which is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse's natural instincts and methods of communication. Here the horses are ridden without bits in their mouths and without metal shoes on the trails.

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Allen’s Diamond 4, Wyoming

Allen's Diamond 4 Ranch is located in the rugged Wind River Mountain Range and is Wyoming's highest wilderness guest ranch offering log cabins, mountain trail riding, fly fishing, wilderness pack trips, and hunting in the Shoshone National Forest. The ranch has access to the Wind Rivers from the Dickinson Park Trailhead, the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie and Worthen Meadows.

About Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch

The Wind River Mountain Range boasts the largest active glaciers in the lower 48 states, hundreds of alpine lakes teeming with wild trout, abundant wildlife and world class fly fishing and mountain climbing. The unique setting of the Diamond 4 Ranch in Dickinson Park gives you access to 100,000 spectacular acres. Guests saddle up and join a real western adventure! There is something for everyone - families, groups and individuals are welcome.

The ranch owner Jim Allen carries on the family tradition of hosting visitors in the spectacular Wind River Mountain Range like his grandfather did in the 1920's. Jim & his wife Mary love packing in the "Winds" and are dedicated to using the land wisely with minimum impact camping practices. The Diamond 4 Ranch gets its name from the Allen's horse brand which has a history from the days of the open range. 

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The Dude Ranchers’ Association is the premier membership-based organization for dude ranches and has welcomed five new ranches in 2018. As a non-profit association, membership is not a pay to play process but a mark of the highest quality. Acceptance requires a rigorous two-year application process and distinguishes a ranch as one that guests can trust to provide excellent customer care and a horseback riding vacation of a lifetime.

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