2020 has been a wild year…and we’re not even halfway through it yet. Cruise lines are no longer operating, Disney is shut down, and there’s talk of keeping beach resorts closed. What happens when your vacation destination cancels on you? You have all your vacation days just waiting to be used and you love your annual family vacations - and the all-inclusive ones make it so much easier on you. Your family needs to get outdoors because being stuck inside doing one more online class, trying to teach this “new” math to your kids just might push you over the edge. So, what can you do? What’s a good (or better) alternative? The answer: a dude ranch.
Now hear me out! Some people don’t know what to think when they think of a “dude ranch.” The Dude Ranchers’ Association member ranches are all, for the most part, all-inclusive. This means meals, lodging, and most activities are all included in the weekly rate. We say “most activities” as spa services, alcohol, and some guided activities may not be covered. However, your all-day horseback ride, shooting sports, and *ehem* children’s programs are! That’s right - a lot of our ranches offer children’s programs for kids ages 3-17. The “kid wranglers” will keep the kids entertained and having fun while the adults can have fun on their own adventure. If you’d prefer hanging out as a whole family, that’s an option too! Go river rafting, explore the petting zoo, and splash around in the pool! The options for activities are almost endless at a dude ranch. To read more about dude ranch activities check out our Dude Ranch Activities blog.
If you’re wanting more of a romantic adventure experience, dude ranches cater to that as well! What’s dreamier than cowboys, rodeos, and wide-open spaces with mountain views? (We’ve all seen the show Yellowstone at this point). Grab your hunny and your cowboy boots and head out West. Spend the day soaking in a copper tub in the mountains of Colorado or exploring the Arizona desert by horseback or in an ATV. Rekindle the romance by going on a horseback picnic lunch and taking in the breathtaking views. There’s nothing like an adventure and experiencing new places to reignite the romance that four-plus weeks in quarantine may have dimmed.
Lodging accommodations differ at each ranch, but they all have the same comfy and homey feeling when you walk in the door. Some ranches have a more rustic, western-chic decor and some have an adobe design and structure. DRA member ranches offer lodge rooms or private cabins for their guests, a few ranches even offer glamping tents and converted wagons. Relax and recharge in comfortable beds and beautiful bathrooms and enjoy a glass of wine with your envious views from your room or cabin. You are sure to feel right at home and get a good night’s sleep after a day full of adventures!
Dude ranches are known for making people feel like they’re in a whole other world and helping them forget their worries. If you wanted to relax and find some peace of mind laying on a beach, we assure you, there’s nothing more awe-inspiring than riding through a green valley with the mountains stretched out above you. Become more grounded by taking a once in a lifetime yoga class with views that your friends will never believe. Let your mind become quiet as you listen to the trickling river while you fly-fish with the birds chirping above you. Learn a new skill besides horseback riding and take one of the amazing gourmet cooking classes some of our ranches offer or learn how to rope!
Still not convinced an all-inclusive dude ranch vacation is for you? Take into account that if you were to choose a destination vacation that is not all-inclusive you have quite a long list of planning to do. You would need to budget and plan for at least three meals a day, lodging accommodations for each night, activities that are diverse enough to please everyone in your group and the list goes on. Save yourself the headache and time and honestly consider an all-inclusive dude ranch vacation, it may be the best vacation you ever take! The hardest part of booking a dude ranch all-inclusive vacation is deciding which ranch to go to! Don’t worry, if you are having a hard time choosing between all of the great options, contact the ranch experts at the Dude Ranchers’ Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-587-2339 to make the process of choosing a destination much easier.