Winter Vacations – Take a Magical Sleigh Ride at a Dude Ranch

Winter is quickly approaching in the Western U.S. and we are trying to stay positive about the snow and cold that we know is coming very quickly! We have been thinking about some of our favorite parts of wintertime, like snuggling up and watching Christmas movies! We have all seen the Hallmark Christmas movies where the people take the magical horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful white snow with cozy blankets, hot chocolate, and breath-taking scenery all around. Every romantic has dreamt of this scenario happening to them at one time or another, who wouldn’t want to go dashing through the snow with the one they love!? This scenario may be just a dream for many hopeless romantics because of one big obstacle, where do you go to take a sleigh ride like you see in the movies? We have the answer! A sleigh ride at a Dude Ranchers’ Association dude ranch in the mountains of the Western U.S. can provide you with that magical movie scene you have always dreamed of and can double as a great romantic getaway destination! 

The Dude Ranchers’ Association has some fantastic ranches that offer sleigh rides in the wintertime for their guests, and this activity pairs nicely with the other activities and amenities these ranches have to offer. These ranches are great destinations for a romantic getaway, but they are also wonderful for families in the wintertime as well! If you and your kids have never been sledding, you definitely need to go…it truly is an experience like no other! Take a look at a few of the DRA’s dude ranches below that offer sleigh rides in the wintertime to their guests and get ready embark on that magical sleigh ride! 

Bar W Guest Ranch – Whitefish, MT

Winter Sleigh Ride

Head to the mountains of Montana for a fantastic winter (or summer) getaway at the Bar W Guest Ranch. Every season provides magical opportunities for guests, like sleigh rides in the wintertime or wonderful trail rides in the summertime. If you choose the winter getaway, on these sleigh rides you will glide across Montana’s snow-blanketed landscape while cozied up under a plush blanket enjoying the company of other guests. Each sleigh ride winds through open fields and woodlands giving you the chance to take in the beauty of Montana in the wintertime. The sleigh rides last approximately 45 minutes and after your ride, you can warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and homemade cookies! Alcoholic beverages are not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you choose! Don’t forget to make your reservations, these popular sleigh rides fill up fast and you don’t want to miss out! At the Bar W in the wintertime, you will experience snow, horses, divine hospitality, delicious food, and cozy cabins or lodge rooms if you choose to stay a few days! Come back in the summertime for a longer stay and enjoy all of the summer activities the ranch has to offer! 

C Lazy U Ranch – Granby, CO

Winter Sleigh Ride

Experience one of Colorado’s most luxurious dude ranches this winter and take a sleigh ride while you are there! The C Lazy U Ranch is the perfect getaway for any couple or family looking for some winter and snowy fun! Their sleigh rides offer the opportunity to ride through the ranch’s 200 horses and see them up close. You might even see Petey, they miniature donkey who is mighty handsome! The sleighs can only hold up to 12 guests, so it is the perfect group of people to go dashing through the snow. Sleigh rides are not the only snow-related activities offered at C Lazy U, take the opportunity to go horseback riding through the snow, go ice skating or play ice hockey, go snowmobiling or even snow tubing/sledding. There are several other snow activities as well! If you would rather stay inside and stay warm, you can head on over to the ranch’s hot tub or take advantage of their award-winning spa. This is also a great option after your snow activities too because even though the snow is beautiful, it can be a little chilly. Along with all of these activities, you will experience beautiful lodging accommodations and gourmet meals prepared by the ranch’s chefs. Escape to Colorado for a romantic couple’s getaway or a family vacation that will create memories to last a lifetime! 

Lone Mountain Ranch – Big Sky, MT

Winter Sleigh Ride

The Lone Mountain Ranch in the famous ski town of Big Sky, Montana is calling your name! Experience their winter Discovery Package and all it has to offer. This ranch nestled in the mountains right above Big Sky is the perfect destination for your next winter getaway! The Discovery Package offers some great options, including a sleigh ride to the legendary North Fork Cabin where dinner will be waiting for you. You will also get the chance to do some cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, and listen to live Western music while at Lone Mountain Ranch. This package includes three gourmet meals a day, luxurious Western-chic lodging accommodations, all of the previously mentioned activities, airport transfers to and from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and more. Grab your significant other, family or group and head to Montana for a fantastic winter adventure vacation. The memories and experiences will be unforgettable! 

Vista Verde Ranch – Steamboat Springs, CO

Winter Sleigh Ride

Enjoy the scenes of a winter wonderland and so much more at the luxurious Vista Verde Ranch located in Steamboat Springs. The Rocky Mountains provide the perfect blanket of snow for winter activities at Vista Verde, one of those activities being sleigh rides. There is an option for the sleigh rides at this ranch to be a little more unique if you choose. Of course, you still get the joys of gliding through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh, taking in the beautiful snow-covered landscape and scenery if would like. Or, you can take a more adventurous sleigh ride with some of the crew by helping them feed the ranch’s herd of horses on a horse-drawn sleigh! Each day the ranch hitches up their draft horse team to haul a very large load of hay out to the horse pasture to feed the horses. Guests are invited to jump on the sleigh and toss out hay or just enjoy the ride; it is quite the experience! Before tractors and machines, this is how ranchers used to feel their livestock in the old days, so this is a true Western tradition. Enjoy the sleigh rides, snow, other winter activities, fantastic food and beautiful accommodations at this ranch. It is a great romantic getaway or a vacation destination for the whole family. No matter what type of winter vacation you are looking for, Vista Verde Ranch might just be what you are looking for. 

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, ID 

Winter Sleigh Ride

The options for a magical, snowy sleigh ride at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Idaho are abundant. For a group sleigh ride, one of the ranch’s five teams of draft horses will gracefully take you and your loved ones dashing through the snow…literally! If you are looking for a more romantic, snow-filled adventure you can choose to take the sleigh pulled by one horse and enjoy the beauty of North Idaho with your significant other. This will make your Hallmark movie dream moment come true! After the sleigh ride, you can head over to the ranch’s lodge to warm up by the fire and enjoy warm beverages and freshly popped popcorn! If you are wanting more than just snacks, the ranch offers a sleigh ride and dinner package as well! The ranch also has a special offer that includes getting a Christmas tree while out on your sleigh ride. There is an additional cost for this, but what better way to go get a Christmas tree than on a horse-drawn sleigh, now that sounds like a winter dream! Western Pleasure Guest Ranch has lodging and meal accommodations available for guests who choose to live out the winter dream at the ranch for a few days. There are other activities available and it is a great getaway, especially for couples! No matter which sleigh ride adventure you choose to take, the folks at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch will be sure to take care of you and help you create memories to last a lifetime! 

Now that you have learned a little more about magical winter vacations that could include horse-drawn sleigh rides, skiing adventures, snow tubing/sledding and more, you can start planning your getaway! If you think a winter dude ranch vacation may be a bit too cold for your liking, look into a summer dude ranch vacation! If you need help in finding information about dude ranch vacations or need help on where to start planning this type of vacation, contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association, info@duderanch.org or 307-587-2339. 

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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 season.

DRA-member ranches in Arizona offer trail rides under the warm desert sun, as well as hiking, mountain biking, tennis and swimming. Northern ranches from Colorado to Canada entertain families with guided snowmobile tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, access to superb downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating and maybe even a little ski jorning. There is something to make everyone happy.

Below are several dude and guest ranch options to consider for your dude ranch holiday vacation!

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Western Pleasure Ranch - Idaho

As a blanket of white transforms, the Western Pleasure Ranch into a winter wonderland, you and your family can enjoy scenic horse-drawn sleigh rides powered by one of their many draft teams. You will feel like a child again as they jingle through a 2-mile loop trail of dense forests in the foothills of the Cabinet Mountains with amazing views of the Selkirk Mountain Ranch. With a wide variety of horse-drawn sleighs, including a five-passenger, three twelve passengers and a two-passenger, they have the right size sleigh to accommodate your family, friends and even that special someone for the romantic two passenger sleigh. 

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Circle Z Ranch - Arizona

At Circle Z Ranch their Thanksgiving festivities are legendary! They have been hosting families with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for more than 50 years. With amazing fall weather as a backdrop, your horseback rides will be a Thanksgiving memory your family will not soon forget. During the Christmas holiday season, it has been said that you will get to meet Santa Clause as he has been known to show up at the ranch in a horse-drawn sleigh, something the kiddos will talk about for years to come. 

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The Home Ranch – Colorado 

The beautiful Elk River Valley is known for its legendary snowfalls of powdery magnificent snow. When you stay at this ranch you can ski it all Backcountry, Classic, Skate, Steamboat, Telemark and never get behind the wheel of a car. With some of the best Nordic skiing in the world at your doorstep, deluxe cowboy chic accommodations, and exceptional cuisine this is one of the best winter getaways the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer. On top of all that during your Christmas holiday, a live Christmas tree will be provided in your room for you and your family to decorate and just think no un-decorating when you get back home.

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Lone Mountain Ranch – Montana 

Spending the Holidays at Lone Mountain Ranch near Big Sky ski resort in Montana sounds like heaven to us. What’s so great about this ranch…Nordic skiing over 85Km of trails, snowboarding, candlelit dinners in their historic North Fork Cabin, moonlight skiing just to mention a few. Add in gingerbread house making and a quick ski with Santa and you and your family will have had the very merriest of holidays.

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C Lazy U Ranch – Colorado 

If going away for the Thanksgiving holiday seems a little odd since it is such a family-focused holiday know that taking a memorable family trip to C Lazy U Ranch during the holidays doesn’t have to mean forsaking traditions. The ranch hosts a Thanksgiving getaway that will quickly become the “new” family tradition. This ranch allows families to “power down” while still having fun in a family-friendly setting that harkens back to simpler days. With unique activities like daily horseback riding, winter sports, games and bonding time between your family and other guests this Thanksgiving at C Lazy U will be one for the books.

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Rich Ranch – Montana 

Snowmobile the Rocky Mountains and discover the scenic backwoods that this great state has to offer. This is an all service vacation spot that includes meals, lodging and use of ranch amenities and guide service to 1500+ miles of groomed mountain snowmobile trails right out your cabin door. You will enjoy awesome scenery abundant wildlife and no crowds. You will stay in cedar/log cabins with private baths, propane fireplaces and all the amenities you could want. This is such a great place to unwind and reconnect after a full day of play in the fresh Montana air.

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As you can, see best of all, a DRA dude ranch offers families something one can’t find in a shopping mall; precious time spent together making memories to last a lifetime! Book now before they all fill up. For more information contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association at info2@duderanch.org or 307-587-2339.

 

 

Enjoy the Best of Dude Ranches in Winter

Even if it’s cold outside, you still have plenty of reasons to chose spending your vacation or weekend getaway at one of the best dude ranches. What can you do during winter at a ranch? Well, you won’t believe just how many amazing options are offered by dude ranches. They are prepared to receive guests throughout the year and offer them more than just outstanding accommodation options. So, even if temperatures are low, you can still enjoy an unforgettable vacation.

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Vista Verde Ranch - Colorado

Interested in finding out what the dude ranches have to offer? You will be surprised to see that you’ll have a varied offer of options when it comes to entertainment and exciting activities. Of course, the activities will depend based on the dude ranch you will choose. So, it is worth checking the offer of several dude ranches, making sure that your final offer will give you precisely the kind of vacation you are looking to enjoy. But, most of them offer the advantages listed below.

Exciting winter sports

Dude ranches are the ideal venues for winter sports enthusiasts, as they offer a wide range of outdoor activities that allow you to enjoy both the gorgeous winter scenery and powdery snow. Whether you like skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing, everything can be enjoyed at dude ranches. You can even opt for horseback riding and admire the landscape in a more relaxed and pleasant manner.

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Lone Mountain Ranch - Montana

Off-season deals

By simply choosing to enjoy your vacation after the winter holidays ended, you will end up saving a lot on your vacation. So, once you chose your preferred ranch and would like to book a vacation, make sure to ask for special offers first. You may find out when it’s the best time to visit in order to enjoy outstanding prices.

Warm rooms waiting for you

After spending hours outside, enjoying all kinds of fun activities, most certainly you will want to return to a place where it’s warm and comfortable. All the rooms and cabins offered by dude ranches are made to offer the highest degree of coziness. So, get ready to enjoy a warm fire and a cup of hot chocolate after your outdoor adventures.

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Vee Bar Guest Ranch - Wyoming

Your vacation will be calmer and more relaxing

The best part about taking a winter vacation, especially during the off-season, is the low number of visitors. In other words, the ranches will be quieter and you’ll have the chance to enjoy a truly relaxing vacation in the absence of crowds of visitors.

 

Which dude ranches are best to visit during winter? If you need help in making your selection, it is then worth taking a look at the ranches listed below. Any dude ranch you will choose, most certainly you will not be disappointed.

Wyoming Dude Ranches

For ski enthusiasts, the Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Wyoming is one of the best choices you can make. The ranch offers both exceptional lodging and the possibility to enjoy skiing in the Snowy Range Ski Area. Accommodation includes homemade breakfasts every morning and outdoor hot tubs for soothing your body after skiing. Even if you don’t ski, you can still come here and enjoy the games and entertainment offered by the John Wayne Saloon.

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Vee Bar Guest Ranch - Wyoming

Idaho Dude Ranches

The Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, located in Idaho, is great for those that wish to enjoy winter sports in a spectacular background. Once you’re done skiing or snowboarding for the day, a fire-warmed cabin is waiting for your return. Of course, you can also enjoy snowmobiling, a romantic stroll in a sled pulled by horses, cross-country skiing, biking with a fat-tire bicycle, and spa services. It is entirely up to you how you decide to spend your day.

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch - Idaho

Colorado Dude Ranches

There are so many things you can enjoy at the Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado that it is impossible not to enjoy a gorgeous winter vacation over here. From winter and outdoor activities for the most adventurous to yoga, massages, and cooking classes for those that want to spend more time indoors. There are even special activities for children, so families are more than welcome to the ranch, as there’s something to do for each member of the family.

Another great ranch in Colorado is the Latigo Ranch. If you come here, you will be able to enjoy cross-country skiing on trails that were perfectly groomed and prepared for you. Fat-biking is another outdoor activity available here. The thing is that there’s something to be enjoyed by the entire family. There is snow tubing and sledding for the young ones, and snowshoeing and hot tubs for the grown-ups, or indoor games for everyone.

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Latigo Ranch - Colorado

Montana Dude Ranches

The Lone Mountain Ranch in Montana received the Unique Lodges in the World distinction from National Geographic. This is due to its gorgeous position in the proximity of the Montana Rockies. During winter, you can ski here or even enjoy fly-fishing, an activity that is available at the ranch throughout the year. Horseback riding, sleds pulled by horses, country-cross skiing, and warm cabins are additional advantages of visiting this particular ranch.

There is another ranch in Montana that is worth taking into account. Rich’s Montana Guest Ranch also offers a wide range of opportunities during winter, besides excellent accommodation at a cozy ranch. Snowmobiling, trekking on gorgeous trails, and the possibility to spot the wildlife are among the things you can enjoy at this ranch.

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Rich's Montana Guest Ranch - Montana

As a conclusion, it is worth mentioning that the members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association enjoy the support of an entire community revolving about hospitality provided by genuine ranches. So, if you want high-quality services, you can be sure that you’ll find it at a ranch that is a member of this association. The association keeps its members informed about the latest trends and requirements in the industry so that the guests of these ranches will enjoy the best there is. A vacation at any of the dude ranches available in the US will definitely turn into an exciting and unforgettable experience. Try it once and most certainly you will want to return.

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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 packages, making them a smart holiday choice. 

But best of all, a DRA dude ranch offers your family something not found in a shopping mall: precious time spent together making memories that will last a lifetime. Give the gift of family-fun and adventures with these DRA ranches this holiday season! 

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Kay El Bar Guest Ranch – Wickenburg, AZ

Have the winter blues got you down? Kay El Bar Guest Ranch is a great winter getaway rich with history and character. Soak up the sun and loads of fun at this wonderful Arizona ranch! This ranch dates back to the early 1900’s and to the times of the Maricopa Indians who helped construct some of the buildings on the ranch. Open from mid-November until the end of April offers guests the opportunity to experience winter vacation or spring break in a whole new way! Ride through the desert on horseback, hike to beautiful destinations, head to town to see the great things Wickenburg has to offer or kick back and relax by the pool. Tailor this vacation to every person in your group and create memories to last a lifetime. 

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Kay El Bar Guest Ranch - Wickenburg, AZ

Circle Z Ranch – Patagonia, AZ

Circle Z Ranch is open from late October through early May. Located in the heart of Southern Arizona’s Sky Islands, this desert oasis treats guests to vistas dotted with grasslands, canyons and mountain ranges and more than 100 miles of trails spanning landscapes of Sonoran prickly pear and ocotillo, to oak and pine forests. In addition to horseback riding, activities include nature education programs, hiking and bird watching, as well as several great of photo ops and fine dining. Circle Z offers several packages tailored for winter travelers.

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Circle Z Ranch - Patagonia, AZ

Elkhorn Ranch - AZ – Tucson, AZ

Fifty miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the Elkhorn Ranch is nestled in secluded Sabino Canyon. At an elevation of 3,700 feet, the ranch is surrounded by the picturesque Baboquivari Mountains and the open Sonoran Desert country of the Altar Valley. From November through April, guests can enjoy a traditional winter season guest or dude ranch vacation experience, made complete with horseback riding suitable for riders of all ages and experience levels. Whether you travel solo, as a couple or with your family, you will find friendship, rest and adventure amidst miles of mountain and desert trails.

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Elkhorn Ranch - AZ - Tucson, AZ

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch – Sandpoint, ID

The first hint of snow means it is time for sleigh rides, skiing and snowmobiles at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Northern Idaho. Spend time with loved ones while enjoying a dinner and sleigh ride. Explore the ranch via snowshoes or cross-country skis. Or you can enjoy a bed and breakfast stay. Western Pleasure is located on 1,100 acres and adjacent to thousands of acres of land with breathtaking views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains. Winter specials include several ski packages, a snowmobile package and spa package.

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Western Pleasure Guest Ranch - Sandpoint, ID

Latigo Ranch – Kremmling, CO

Located approximately 130 miles west of Denver, Colorado, Latigo Ranch is situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth and offers a panoramic view of the Continental Divide. Guests can drink in the views, inhale the crisp mountain air and gaze in awe at some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery from the front porch of the ranch’s historic log lodge. Guests will experience warm hospitality and winter activities, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing that keep Latigo Ranch guests coming back year after year. Latigo was just voted into the Top 10 Best Cross-Country Ski Resorts by 10Best Choice Travel Awards.  The outdoor activities are as invigorating as the inside comforts are cozy. Winter rates and packages start just before Christmas and run through late March. 

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Latigo Ranch - Kremmling, CO

Lone Mountain Ranch – Big Sky, MT

For the ultimate Rocky Mountain winter adventure, visit Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. The ranch is perfectly situated just six miles from some of the best skiing in the country and was voted as the No. 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine. Winter activities include skiing (Nordic, downhill and backcountry), snowshoeing and sleigh ride dinners. Guests can even take a short shuttle ride to explore Yellowstone National Park or the Gallatin National Forest by skis or snowshoes. 

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Lone Mountain Ranch - Big Sky, MT

Rancho de la Osa – Sasabe, AZ

Experience the desert like never before at the quaint and peaceful Rancho de la Osa located in Sasabe, Arizona. While on vacation here you will have the chance to see some of Arizona’s most beautiful sunsets, ride or hike on trails that have been forged by legendary figures like Pancho Villa, relax by the stunning pool, participate in electric bike tours, shooting sports or go on a guided off-road tour in a UTV! The activities at Rancho de la Osa will appeal to all ages and interests. Escape the cold and head to Arizona for a wonderful vacation. Your family will be excited to open a present that includes a warm getaway! 

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Rancho de la Osa - Sasabe, AZ

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Luxury Dude Ranches for your Next Vacation

Are you looking for a fun and entertaining vacation for your family, but also want a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway at the same time? Luxury dude ranches are the vacation you have been searching for! Luxury dude ranches offer a great atmosphere of entertainment and relaxation all at the same time. You can go out for a horseback ride through beautiful landscapes and scenery in the morning, enjoy a wonderful afternoon at the spa or retreat peacefully to your room to read a book. It really is all up to you!

But what will the kids do you may ask? Most luxury dude ranches have a great kid’s program where the kids can interact with other children their age and make memories to last a lifetime. There is no doubt that the kids will talk about this vacation for years to come and that large amounts of fun will be had! Most families that have vacationed at dude ranches agree that kids sleep well while on a ranch vacation, they wear themselves out with all of the excitement, activities and fun!  Whatever activities you are looking to mark off the list, these luxury dude ranches, members of the Dude Ranchers' Association, will fit the bill of a fantastic vacation for the whole family. 

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Smith Fork Ranch - Colorado

Nestled in the valley of the West Elk Wilderness lies the Smith Fork Ranch, truly a hidden gem of Colorado. Smith Fork is a beautiful private luxury dude ranch that offers traditional western adventures, gracious hospitality, unique farm to table cuisine along with an award-winning wine list! If you are looking for a great family vacation and a highly rated luxurious, relaxing getaway you should definitely consider Smith Fork Ranch. Their farm to table cuisine program is like none other in the area and their spa is really fantastic. This ranch is rated at the top of many luxury dude ranch articles, so do not miss out on a wonderful ranch vacation at Smith Fork! 

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Smith Fork Ranch - Crawford, CO

Lost Valley Ranch - Colorado

An authentic Colorado dude ranch vacation with a little luxury mixed in waits for you at the Lost Valley Ranch. With an abundance of activities for the kids to enjoy, beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery on horseback rides and the option of an in-cabin massage after a fun-filled day, what else could you ask for in a dude ranch experience! Lost Valley is a very historic ranch with a special kind of charm, it holds qualities of a high-class resort, but also a family and kid friendly atmosphere. If you are searching for the perfect luxury dude ranch for a large family, take a look at Lost Valley Ranch. 

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Lost Valley Ranch - Sedalia, CO

Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Montana

Located just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park makes the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana a prime luxury dude ranch destination for families and couples. There is literally something for everyone to do at Mountain Sky. Whether you are an avid horseback rider, enjoy fly-fishing or hiking, want to play a round of golf at the on-site golf course or spend an incredible day in the ranch’s world-renowned spa, you will not be bored on this vacation! The kids will not be bored either, Mountain Sky has a truly unique and impressive kids’ program that is suitable for all ages. There will not be a thing you have to worry about while on this luxury dude ranch vacation; book the trip, pack your bags and prepare yourself for a vacation filled with excitement, relaxation and memories no one will soon forget! 

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Mountain Sky Guest Ranch - Emigrant, MT

The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley - Colorado

You may not get much more luxurious than the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. Just a short ride up the mountain from the Broadmoor sits the beautiful Ranch at Emerald Valley, a distinct western experience. This ranch is definitely in the high-end rustic retreat category. So, if you are in search of an extremely highly-rated luxury dude ranch for a romantic getaway or family vacation, don’t overlook this ranch. Here you can experience a variety of high-class activities along with a full-service spa. Your vacation to the Ranch at Emerald Valley will be the perfect mix of western charm and a fine resort. Tons of activities and great memories await you and your chosen travel partners at the Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley.

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The Broadmoor's Ranch at Emerald Valley - Colorado Springs, CO

Lone Mountain Ranch - Montana

Lone Mountain Ranch is big enough for any family reunion and will appeal to all families, traditional or luxury! It is also the perfect romantic getaway for couples too.  With high quality luxurious food options, beautiful western furnished cabins and activities for every guest, big or small, Lone Mountain has it all. Relax in your cabin or on the porch listening to the sounds of nature and the stream that flows right through the ranch. Maybe you would like to go for a long refreshing hike into the incredible surrounding Gallatin Mountains, take a horseback ride to the mountain tops and gaze over the stunning Gallatin canyon, or maybe you would like to sit and watch the kids laugh and play on the big front lawn. Whatever your definition of relaxation and rejuvenation may be, the luxury of Lone Mountain Ranch will help you escape reality and help you to truly enjoy your vacation and time away.

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Lone Mountain Ranch - Big Sky, MT

The High Lonesome Ranch - Colorado

A high-class dude ranch that offers many activities including working cattle; luxury mixed with a true western cowboy experience can be found at the High Lonesome Ranch in Colorado. With an upscale rustic charm, the High Lonesome provides a unique atmosphere perfect for both families and couples with their accommodations, exquisite food provided by a local farm-to-table program and many different activities, including cattle drives. Spa services are available on the ranch for those who are looking to reach full relaxation. Yoga and a swimming pool are also available so you can get a workout too! High in the mountains of Colorado lies this little slice of serenity. No matter the type of vacation you are looking for, you will not want to miss out on the High Lonesome Ranch. 

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The High Lonesome Ranch - DeBeque, CO

A Bar A Ranch - Wyoming

Experience a piece of history and luxury at the A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming! This ranch has been in operation since 1926 and is nearly 100,000 acres in size, all of these acres are available for you to explore and enjoy! With incredible cuisine, beautiful cabins and guest houses and so many activities for you to experience, you may have a hard time picking which ones to participate in. A Bar A is the perfect family vacation, the kids will have several ways to burn off that stored up energy, and mom and dad can kick back and relax. Play a round of golf, check out what the spa has to offer or lounge by the pool and hot tub. The amount of ways to relish in your vacation are endless at A Bar A. This Wyoming luxury dude ranch may just check all of the boxes on your wish list for the perfect vacation! 

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A Bar A Ranch - Encampment, WY

4UR Ranch - Colorado

Can you imagine a place more luxurious than a vacation with a natural hot spring right on location? The 4UR Ranch in Colorado is home to two historical natural hot springs that supply the warm water for their hot tub  and other pools. These natural wonders were first discovered by Ute tribe and the ranch was constructed around them to make sure no damage was made and to preserve history. The healing waters provide serene relaxation and many people believe they are a natural healer. The 4UR has much more to offer than just their top-notch spa, they have horseback rides, incredible cuisine for all ages, great fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking and much more! So, while mom and dad relax by the water, the kids will be entertained all day! Make it a wonderful family vacation and have luxury meet you at the door at the 4UR Ranch. 

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4UR Ranch - Creede, CO

The Home Ranch - Colorado 

Colorado’s only Relais & Chateaux affiliated luxury dude ranch awaits you! The Home Ranch is nestled at the end of the valley where the Elk River flows from the Sawtooth Mountain Range. This is the perfect destination for your family to enjoy time together and to unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax by the ranch’s outdoor heated pool, read a book, work on your tan or take in the clean mountain air. The kids will have plenty to keep them busy while being involved in the children’s program and making new friends around the ranch. Of course, there will be time for you to connect as a family, but when you want to truly relax there is an activity for everyone. Do not worry about the food either, the chefs at the Home Ranch are phenomenal and will provide great meals for everyone. Experience a high-class luxury dude ranch vacation and a trip the kids will always remember at the Home Ranch! 

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The Best Multi-Generational Dude Ranches

Family Reunions at Dude Ranches Offer Fun for Everyone. There is something for everyone to enjoy at a dude ranch and the best part is DRA dude ranches are all-inclusive. Meals, lodging, horseback riding and much more are included in one rate, making it simple to plan and budget for your next family reunion. Surrounded by spectacular beauty, far from the noise and crowds of fast-paced cities, serenity comes easy to each multi-generational family.

Private family time. If your family is just looking to spend time with each other where you can totally reconnect a small intimate ranch where you are the only guests might be just the ticket. Where you ride together as a family, have meals together as a family and just get to know each other again.

Dude Ranches Are Fun for Kids. Most ranches have daily activities offered for kiddos 3+ and many ranches can accommodate infants as well.

Teens Enjoy Dude Ranch Adventures. The teens in the family will have the time of their lives as they zip down a mountain zip line, tube down a rushing creek, or enjoy a ‘teens only’ ride up to a cookout lunch or an overnight camp out.

Adults Have Fun, Too. Adults will find they can do as much or as little as they would like. Unlimited horseback riding, river rafting, superb fishing, fine dining the list goes on and on.

So what are you waiting for? Book you next great multi-generational adventure today!

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Western Pleasure Multi-Generational Ranch Vacation

Wyoming

Eatons' Ranch - For over 137 years, our Wyoming dude ranch has offered guests a western experience and shared with them a way of life.

Lazy L&B Ranch - At the Lazy L&B Ranch there’s nothing we like better than seeing grandparents hanging with grandkids, siblings catching up with each other and cousins exploring that special relationship that friends just can't compete with.

Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch - The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch in Shell, WY (east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park).

California

Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch - Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a rustic western resort located in the High Sierra of northern California on 600-acres of pine forest and pasture land, creeks and ponds.

Marble Mountain Ranch - Our goal is to provide a battery of exciting interactive experiences that are based in western traditions, and in outdoor adventure sports.

Idaho

Western Pleasure Guest Ranch - Escape, explore and experience the beauty and wonder of the outdoors with your family at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.

Arizona

Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch - Our guest ranch is dedicated to providing you with the best family reunion experience you can imagine.

White Stallion Ranch - Family Vacations have become rare opportunities to leave the demands of your everyday life behind, relax, regroup and thoroughly enjoy each other’s company.

Colorado

High Lonesome Ranch - High Lonesome Dude Ranch Generations Experience – Exactly as wild as you. To help keep sporting traditions alive within family generations, we invite grandparents to come FREE while passing the torch to their next generation.

C Lazy U Ranch - Located in the heart of Colorado’s stunning Rocky Mountains, C Lazy U is the premier luxury guest ranch getaway.

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch - Named "Best Family Vacation" by Frommer's Colorado guidebook and rated among the "Top Ten Colorado Dude Ranches" by True West Magazine, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offers year-round outdoor adventure.

Colorado Trails Ranch - At Colorado Trails Ranch, the vacation experience is all-inclusive from the accommodations, to the meals, to virtually all the activities and the gratuity.

Elk Mountain Ranch - Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with off-the-beaten path charm.  Colorado’s Highest Guest Ranch at 9,600 feet.

Latigo Ranch - The best way to enjoy your family vacation is care-free, and that’s what Latigo is offering this season. Forget worrying about finding something for everyone to do or meals which suit every dietary restriction, Latigo has it all

Montana

Elkhorn Ranch - Located at the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park in the upper Gallatin Canyon, the Elkhorn has been a family oriented ranch since 1922.

Lone Mountain Ranch - Lone Mountain Ranch has set the standard for luxury ranch destinations in the West for over a century. Located a mere 18 miles from Yellowstone National Park, our ranch offers authentic accommodations in newly renovated private cabins featuring the finest modern amenities (and a few curated decor moments inspired by the old West).

 Bar W Guest Ranch - The Bar W is open year round and treats you with true Western hospitality - from the moment you arrive until long after you have left.

New Mexico

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch - Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small family run ranch. We have just 4 cabins and take a maximum of 12-16 guests.

Surrounded by spectacular beauty on a ranch vacation, far from the noise  of fast-paced cities, serenity comes easy to each multi-generational family.

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Two Ranches Make the 10Best USA Today Best Cross-Country Ski Resorts

Whereas it used to be a time to simply kick back and relax, many of today’s travelers are using vacations as a time to continue normal health and fitness routines, or perhaps even try something new. Two of the ranches in the Dude Ranchers Association have been nominated for the USA Today 10Best cross-country ski resorts.  Both these ranches have world class trails, accommodations and amazing food.

Latigo Trails Ranch Vacation Cross-Country Ski Resort


Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado has 50 kilometers of groomed trails & 200 miles of backcountry powder for a cross-country ski resort. Guests, who have skied all over the state, proclaim that Latigo Ranch offers some of the finest cross-country skiing available in Colorado. The ranch machine grooms 50 kilometers of trail, covering varied terrain from flat beginning track to challenging advanced. The entire cross country ski track is groomed for both classic and skate skiing. For backcountry or telemark aficionados, Latigo is surrounded by over 200 square miles of deep powder in the National Forest. Don’t want to lug your skis with you? No worries, just call ahead to reserve top-of-the-line equipment from the ranch.


The Latigo kitchen takes pride in crafting exceptional meals that satisfy and delight. You won’t have to worry about choosing restaurants every day; and at each meal there are options enough to please everyone. Those with dietary restrictions won’t be left out.  With some advance notice, Latigo can accommodate nearly anything.

 

Lone Mountain Ski and Horse Snow


Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana has 85 kilometers of carefully maintained woodland trails over phenomenal mountain terrain, it’s no wonder Lone Mountain Ranch has been voted Cross Country Skier magazine’s #1 Nordic ski destination in North America. Knowledgeable guides, dependable snow and wide range of trails offers something for beginners, experts, leisurely explorers and hardcore athletes. It is operated as a cross-country ski resport under a special permit with Custer Gallatin National Forest.


Besides the skiing one of the most exciting things about Lone Mountain Ranch is the food. Executive Chef Eric Gruber has made a name for himself in national culinary circles, now he oversees a deep commitment to locally sourced, farm-to-table menus that reflect true Montana heritage. Whether you join us at Big Sky’s favorite Horn & Cantle Restaurant, The Saloon or one of the signature Lone Mountain experiences, you’ll find a mix of Western favorites and modern originals.


To vote for your favorite go to http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cross-country-ski-resort/


For more information on both these ranches visit duderanch.org or give us a call at 866-399-2339. For more options at dude ranches during the winter visit our Winter Blogs.

 

10Best USA Today's Best Cross-Country Ski Resorts

 

Two of the ranches in the Dude Ranchers Association have been nominated for the USA Today 10Best cross-country ski resorts.  Both these ranches have world class trails, accommodations and amazing food.

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Favorite Dude Ranch Desserts (With Recipes)

 Medicine Bow Mud Pie from Medicine Bow Lodge

Favorite Dude Ranch Desserts

 

Move over campfire s'mores and simple scout camp recipes that your grandparents taught you, these promising dude ranch dessert recipes are sure to knock your socks off! We have compiled a list of dude ranch dessert favorites from four dude ranches across the United States and can't wait to see which one you like best.

 

The tradition of great cowboy cooking and how ranchers continue that tradition at dude ranch vacations is one of the big draws for visiting these majestic destinations across the country. The real pleasure lies in tasting - and making -- these delicious dude ranch food recipes.


Medicine Bow Mud Pie from Medicine Bow Lodge


Relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with loved ones at the Medicine Bow Lodge. 22 miles from Saratoga, Wyoming, in the Medicine Bow National Forest, sits this 100-year-old Ranch. The Medicine Bow Lodge is rustic with a touch of elegance.


Activities at this all inclusive resort include horseback riding, fishing, hiking, rock collecting, cooking lessons, archery, animal tracking, campfires with s'mores, star gazing, dancing, crafts, shopping, and birding. Tim and Deborah Bishop have created an experience that is perfect for beginners and expert riders.

Here is a heavenly frozen dude ranch dessert recipe Medicine Bow Lodge has shared that will compliment any meal. Bonus, it makes a wonderful presentation with the distinct layers.

 

Medicine Bow Mud Pie from Medicine Bow Lodge

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of chocolate wafers
  • 1/2 gallon of coffee ice cream
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of melted butter
  • 2 jars of marshmallow cream
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/2 cups whipped cream
  • 8-10 oz. chocolate chips (melted)
  • Chocolate shavings

Directions:

  1. Crush the chocolate wafers in a food processor and add the melted butter. Spread the crumbs in a baking pan. Bake in a 350° degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Spread ice cream carefully onto crust. Freeze 1 1/2 -2 hours or until solid. (The ice cream will spread easily when you let it thaw a little)
  3. Whip the heavy cream until light and fluffy. Add the marshmallow cream to the whipped cream.
  4. Place marshmallow cream mixture gently and quickly on top of ice cream layer.
  5. Place covered back in freezer.
  6. Pour melted chocolate over frozen dessert and spread gently to cover completely.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to freeze completely.
  8. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy.

 

3 Favorite Dude Ranch Desserts from Elk Mountain Ranch

 

The Elk Mountain Ranch is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, within the San Isabel National Forest, two hours from Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Ranch has a 30 guest maximum, allowing for a more intimate experience.

Enjoy your one week, all inclusive adventure with an array of activities including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, square-dancing, hayrides, campfires, and playing backgammon. Tom and Sue Murphy tailor visits based on their guests' needs and interests. Read on for their shared three decadent and impressive dude ranch desserts to make at home for your own family and friends.

 

Strawberry Shortcake from Elk Mountain Ranch

 

Strawberry Shortcake from Elk Mountain Ranch

 

Ingredients for shortcakes:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Directions for shortcakes:

  1. Gradually add sugar to butter, beating at high speed about 6 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition.
  4. Gradually add flour, baking powder, and nutmeg.
  5. Pour batter into floured and greased sheet pan.
  6. Bake in 325° oven for 25-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Should just be lightly golden.
  7. Cut into hearts with cookie cutters.
  8. Use for strawberry shortcake with sweetened sliced strawberries (1/4 cup sugar added to 6 cups sliced strawberries).
  9. Add homemade whipped topping.

Whipped Topping:

Whip heavy whipping cream (1 qt.) with sugar (1/2 cup) and vanilla (1 tsp.) and almond extract (1 tsp). Whip to desired consistency.  Whip too long and you will soon get butter!

 

Denver Cheesecake from Elk Mountain Ranch

 

Denver Cheesecake from Elk Mountain

 

Ingredients for batter:

  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon peel-grated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Ingredients for crust:

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese.
  2. Add sugar, flour, salt, lemon peel, and vanilla.
  3. Then add cream and set aside.
  4. Combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1/2 cup butter. Divide in 1/2 and press mixture into greased spring.form pan.
  5. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes.
  6. Place 1/2 cream mixture in each pan.
  7. Cover pans with aluminum foil.  Place pans in a water bath and bake at 500° for 10 minutes.
  8. Reduce temperature to 200° and bake for 70-80 more minutes (until firm).
  9. Remove foil and cover each pan with a metal bowl until cool.
  10. Place in walk in and cut when chilled.  (Can be baked a day ahead.)

Oreo Ice Cream from Elk Mountain Ranch

 

Oreo Ice Cream from Elk Mountain Ranch

 

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 – 13 oz. cans evaporated milk

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Pour into ice cream maker.
  3. Surround ice cream maker with ice and rock salt.
  4. Churn until thick.
  5. Pour into a storage container.
  6. Thoroughly add in crushed Oreo cookies.
  7. Freeze.

 

2 Favorite Dude Ranch Desserts from Vista Verde Ranch

 

Take a Luxury Colorado Ranch Vacation at the Vista Verde Ranch north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy AAA Four Diamond amenities plus Western hospitality at this all inclusive Ranch.

Activities and amenities include an indoor riding area, kids cabin, swimming pool, fitness center, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, paddle boarding, massages, white water rafting, cooking class, hot air ballooning, skiing, snow tubing, sleigh riding, and private hot tubs. Vista Verde Ranch offers designated times throughout the year for adults only.

Laura and Chris Jones make sure their guests have plenty to do no matter what time of year they visit! And with their two favorite dude ranch desserts, you can create a little dude ranch heaven at home.

 

Applesauce Gingerbread Cake from Vista Verde Ranch

 

This dude ranch dessert is perfect for cold weather, a warm fire, and a cozy evening. You can make the full dessert, or just enjoy the cake by itself!Applesauce and Gingerbread Cake from Vista Verde Ranch

 

 

Ingredients for cake:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup warm milk

Directions for cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar in stand mixer.
  3. Beat in eggs, applesauce, and molasses.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Slowly add to wet mixture.
  5. Mix in warmed milk.
  6. Bake in greased and floured 9×9 pan.

Ingredients for toffee sauce:

  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Directions for toffee sauce:

  1. Combine sugar, butter, molasses, and corn syrup in small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter is melted and the mixture is bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, heat cream in a separate saucepan.
  3. Add hot cream slowly to sugar mixture. Whisk continuously.
  4. Continue to cook, 3-5 minutes. Cool until slightly thickened. Serve.

 

Blueberry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake from Vista Verde Ranch

 

Blueberrry Upside Down Cake from the Vista Verde Ranch

(need 2-9" cast iron pans)

Ingredients for cake batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 pound butter, soft
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream

Directions for cake:

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In the mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  4. Add the vanilla and sour cream and combine until smooth.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and combine until incorporated. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Ingredients for berries:

  • 4 oz. butter, divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 6 cups fresh blueberries, divided

Directions:

  1. Melt half the butter in each of the cast iron pans, add the brown sugar and cook until it bubbles together.
  2. Divide the blueberries into each pan and remove from the stove. Top with half of the cornmeal batter and place on a sheet pan and then in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly for about 15 minutes, run a knife around the outer edge and invert the cake onto a cutting board for slicing. Top with vanilla whipped cream.

 

Alisal's Oatmeal Pie by Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

 

The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is in the heart of Santa Barbara, California Wine Country, minutes from 75 renowned vineyards and wineries. The Resort offers a 100-acre spring-fed lake, two 18 hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, pools, and a spa nestled in California's Santa Ynez Valley.

Choose from several packages, all offering something different: Sip Saddle Spa, Horseback Riding, Golf Getaway, BBQ Bootcamp, Cycling and Spa, Meetings, and Bird Golf Academy. There is truly something for everyone at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort. Since this is Alisal's most requested recipe, we thought you would enjoy a copy for your personal cookbook.

Alisal's Oatmeal Pie by Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups oats
  • 2 1/4 cups corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups melted butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups coconut
  • 3 Tbsp. vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 3 9" unbaked pie shells

Directions:

  1. Place pie shells on cookie sheet.
  2. Mix all ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shells.
  3. Bake in a 350  oven for 45-55 minutes.
  4. Makes 3 pies.

 

Old Fashioned Creme Brule from the Lone Mountain Ranch

 

The Lone Mountain Ranch sits in a small valley at the base of the mountains near Yellowstone National Park, in Big Sky, Montana. The Ranch has a 70 guest maximum, allowing for a variety of activities.

Enjoy your one week, all inclusive adventure with an array of activities including horseback riding, Yellowstone Excursions, hiking, fishing, yoga, and more. The Lone Mountain Ranch is open yearround, and offers sleigh rides, cross country skiing and winter activities. You're going to love their creme brule recipe.

Dude Ranch Food Old Fashioned Creme Brule Lone Mountain Ranch

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts cream
  • 14 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 oranges
  • 3 ounces of Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Brandied Cherry per serving

Directions:

  1. Zest oranges into cream and heat to boiling. Allow to steep for 10 minutes off the heat.
  2. Combine sugar with egg yolks
  3. Strain cream into egg misture to temper
  4. Mix in bourbon and bitters
  5. Allow to cool before baking
  6. Place a cherry in each ramekin (small mason jar)
  7. Fill with the creme brulee base to just about 1/2" below top
  8. Place in a 2" pan with water bath.
  9. Cover with Foil and bake at 300 until done (45 minutes to 1 hour)

 

Author: Melody Pittman, whereverimayroamblog.com

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7 easy and delicious dude ranch dessert recipes from the chefs at some of America's top all inclusive ranches. Bring the taste of campfire cooking home with a luxury twist with favorites like strawberry shortcake, oatmeal pie, blueberry cornmeal upside-down cake, and several more.

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Fishing and Family Ranch Vacations

Fishing is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your time while practicing the Art of Relaxation. It helps to clear your mind, but it also provides you with something on which you can focus. And it only becomes more enjoyable when you take your kids along with you.

Family vacations offer one of the best opportunities to introduce your child to fishing, and several of the dude ranch locations offer the perfect place to do so. Although the types of fish living on or near these ranches vary from one location to the next, most ranches will harbor at least one species that is a great target for young anglers.   

But, understand that kids rarely enjoy sitting on a dock all day, staring at a bobber – they want to catch fish. So, it is important to be successful on this initial fishing trip to ensure that your child comes away smiling. Fortunately, Outdoor Empire put together a comprehensive plan for fishing with your kids, that’ll help you maximize your chances of having a successful afternoon on the water.

Why not start your kiddo out fishing at one of these amazing DRA Dude Ranches:

 

Paradise Ranch Wyoming

Celebrating 100 years of FUN in 2007. Tucked away in the scenic Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Luxury log cabins with fireplaces, outdoor decks & spacious living rooms.

Hubbard’s Six Quarter Circle Ranch Montana

A working cattle ranch with upscale accomodations and food featuring a very personalized riding program that includes daily cattle drives, scenic trail rides, and the chance to canter through our alpine meadows.

Lone Mountain Ranch Montana

Endless recreational possibilities at this historic ranch offering horseback riding , hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, fly fishing and Outdoor Youth Adventures just 18 miles from Yellowstone National Park. Comfortable log cabins with western furnishings.

Red Horse Mountain Ranch Idaho

Located on 300,000 acres, the ranch is 1.5 hour drive from the Spokane International Airport, near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Full service, all-inclusive vacation is available from June through October.

4UR Colorado

The top choice of five generations of returning guests, the 4UR Ranch is one of the most outstanding guest ranch experiences in the Rocky Mountain west. With a personalized horsemanship program to fit any riding ability, complete children's program, and superior amenities, this 3000 acre ranch offers a great experience for the whole family.

Three Bars Ranch British Columbia, Canada

Three Bars Guest Ranch The adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies invites you to experience the ultimate horseback riding vacation. Located just south of Banff National Park, Three Bars Ranch offers the most diverse vacation activities available anywhere. Voted Canada's #1 Dude Ranch in 2012.

 

 

Family vacations offer one of the best opportunities to introduce your child to fishing, and several dude ranch locations offer the perfect place to do so.

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Lone Mountain Ranch Hosts Family with the Jack & Jill Foundation

"The best part of memories is making them" - Jon Albert, Founder of the Jack & Jill Foundation The Dude Ranchers' Association and the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation shares a partnership, connecting families to ranches across the West. Please take a look at the video below to see how a ranch vacation at Lone Mountain Ranch was a great way to spend final moments with loved ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnA01aFJi68 If you would like to know more about the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and how you can get involved, please contact Jon Albert at jalbert@jajf.org, 404.537.5253 or Colleen Hodson at colleen@duderanch.org, 307.587.2339

 

About the Jack & Jill Foundation

JAJF has become exceptionally—even profoundly important because of the lives we are ALL truly impacting across the United States. When a parent is diagnosed with late-stage cancer, a family’s world is immediately turned upside down. Our supporters appreciate these children who are facing the imminent loss of their Moms and or Dads deserve a timeout from cancer to create cherished, lasting (indispensable) memories as a family… while they can. For JAJF to be “prescribed” by Oncologists across the United States as part of the treatment process and protocol is extraordinary. JAJF has now treated families from 44 states. Sadly, it is just too easy for us to find young Moms and Dads in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s dying from cancer (despite the advances in research) leaving behind their children. We gain our families strictly from Oncologist referrals. See the JAJF Family Photo Gallery and enjoy a few of the thousands of family photos. There is no cancer in these images. Smile as you see the smiles and happy moments each JAJF family enjoyed on their WOW! Experience. Smile knowing your support provides directly for families to create lasting, cherished memories together… while they can. Dads and Moms passed away knowing their children will always have the fun, positive memories as their greatest inheritance. Thank you for helping JAJF be the only organization in the country: Treating the families; not the cancer®. The White Stallion Ranch, Colorado Trails Ranch and Tanque Verde Ranch have also hosted families with the Jack & Jill Foundation.

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Dude Ranches During the Winter: Here's Where and Why

Freshly-fallen snow, sleigh rides and skiing make these dude ranches a magical winter getaway By Lyn Mettler Travel Expert December 7, 2015 Originally Posted on 10Best.com Set in some of the most beautiful scenery in the American West and covered in blankets of snow for months, these dude ranches offer a secluded yet active winter getaway for all ages. Whether for skiing or enjoying seasonal activities like sleigh rides and snowmobiling, these ranches have it all when the weather turns cold.

 

C Lazy U Winter

C Lazy U Ranch | Granby, Colorado While the ground might be covered in white, count on plentiful sunshine and clear blue skies at C Lazy U Ranch. Take advantage of private skiing with no lift lines where the Snowcat delivers guests back up the hill or pop the kids on a tube or sled for a wild downhill ride. Other winter options include back country snowmobiling, horseback riding or snowshoeing, and there’s even ice hockey on the ranch's pond. C Lazy U also provides fine dining and luxury accommodations to refuel and recharge for the next day's adventure.

Latigo Winter

Latigo Dude Ranch | Kremmling, Colorado Located along the Continental Divide in Colorado, Latigo Dude Ranch caters to skiers during the winter months with some of the state's best snow conditions (about 18 feet every winter) and nearly 40 miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing. Other winter activities at the ranch, which is approaching 100 years old, include snowshoeing, tubing, biking on snow or simply taking in the quiet and seclusion from the front porch of the historic log lodge with panoramic mountain vistas.

Bar W Winter Sleigh

Bar W Guest Ranch | Whitefish, Montana The Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana gets up to 300 inches of snow every year. The ranch offers terrain for every level of skier, including cross-country, downhill and backcountry skiing. Kids love dog sledding, taking a sleigh ride with ranch horses Duke and Dutch, and ice skating or hockey on the ice rink. You can even try ice fishing for trout, perch and more in area lakes or joining in a square dance. End the day with down-home cooking Montana style.

Western Pleasure Winter

Western Pleasure Ranch | Sandpoint, Idaho A favorite activity of visitors to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in North Idaho is a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride by one of the ranch’s draft teams. A two-mile loop trail takes passengers through a forest and offers snow-covered views of the nearby Selkirk Mountains. There's also snowmobiling and plenty of scenic skiing for all levels. When the day is done, cozy up by the lodge fire and then head back to one of the ranch's log cabins or lodge rooms.

Home Ranch Winter

Home Ranch | Clark, Colorado Nestled in Colorado's Elk River Valley, just north of Steamboat Springs, the Home Ranch becomes a winter wonderland when its legendary snowfalls begin each season. Considered one of the most beautiful cross-country skiing resorts in Colorado, the ranch has top-notch Nordic skiing, a world-class chef and rustic accommodations. Guests can even help feed the ranch’s herd of more than 100 horses while visiting.

Lone Mountain Winter

Lone Mountain Ranch | Big Sky, Montana Voted the No. 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine, and located just six miles from some of the country's best skiing, Lone Mountain Ranch is a skier's paradise. Guests can also take a short shuttle ride to explore Yellowstone National Park or Gallatin National Forest by skis or snowshoes. If you're feeling daring, try out winter fly fishing too. Cap it all off with a sleigh ride under starlit skies to the North Fork cabin for a family-style prime rib dinner, lit by oil lanterns and warmed by a hundred-year-old cookstove.

Seven Devils Winter

Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch | Council, Idaho  Just south of the Seven Devils mountain range, Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch sits on 18,000 acres among canyons, high desert and mountains. A working ranch since the early 1900s, it is one of the most sought after destinations for backcountry snowmobiling ("boondocking") because of its widely varied terrain, which begins right out the front door. The lodge has six individually-themed bedroom suites and serves family-style ranch meals in the dining room.

Vista Verde Winter

Vista Verde | Steamboat Springs, Colorado Vista Verde offers guests an upscale, all-inclusive winter experience with plenty of activities for all interests. Spend days frolicking in the snow on skies, snowshoes, by sled or tube or even by fat tire bike. Enjoy a sleigh ride led by ranch horses or take a horseback ride through softly packed snow. There are even yoga classes and private hot tubs in guest cabins to soothe aching muscles after the day's snowy adventures.

Sundance Winter

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch | Red Feather Lakes, Colorado Head out on horseback into winter's crisp morning air for a ride through Roosevelt National Forest at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch. A small horse ranch with a lodge and cabin suites for accommodations, Sundance Trail even welcomes dogs to join owners during winter months. An outdoor Jacuzzi lets guests stay warm as the snow softly falls.

What can you expect at a dude ranch in winter? When the weather turns cold, dude ranch fun is just getting started. Snow sledding, skiing, sleigh rides, and other winter activities. Plus tips for winter vacation planning.


   

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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:

Flying E Ranch for the Holiday

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 we love to eat! Families can find 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. Another snowy option is in British Columbia at Echo Valley Guest Ranch’s Winter Getaway complete with mulled wine, cross country skiing, ice fishing, Thai yoga, spa treatments, and more. Perhaps the family would like to try a little skiing in Montana over the holidays. If so than Lone Mountain Ranch is the place for you. Always a guest favorite, the Discovery Package features an array of pursuits from robust to relaxing. It’s everything you and your family might want for an unforgettable getaway in the mountains of Montana. 4 night minimum.

Lone Mountain Winter Sleigh Ride Snow

Winter Sleigh Ride in the Snow at the Lone Mountain 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 packages, making them a smart holiday choice. But best of all, a DRA dude ranch offers your family something not found in a shopping mall: precious time spent together making memories that will last a lifetime. The Dude Ranchers Association


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