All-American Dude Ranches in the West

At the more than 100 dude ranches that make up the Dude Ranchers’ Association, guests are sure to find the All-American Western vacation they have been dreaming of—days spent in the saddle, enjoying stunning scenery and breathing fresh country air, and evenings enjoying tasty down-home cooking and ranch entertainment. Today, as it did over a century ago, the western dude ranch experience offers relief for both the body and spirit of those seeking refuge from the pressures and routine of modern life.

Dude ranch vacations are based on a lifestyle that stretches back more than a century. By the end of the 1800s, most of the American West had been explored and the stories of its natural wonders had spread throughout the Eastern portion of the country as well as Europe. Lured by the promise of awesome beauty, a spirit of romance and adventure, and the honest simplicity of the western way of life, travelers headed west in search of a respite from the crowded, noisy squalor of fast-paced cities.

Most dude ranch guests are looking for that same experience today—a chance to rejuvenate their souls and refresh their spirits. And with the impressive array of activities found at these dude ranches, everyone—Mom, Dad, kids, grandparents, couples or singles—can find something that interests them.

Dude ranches are ideal places for kids and families to re-discover each other. Without the typical distractions of TV, phones, computers and electronic games, families spend time together, riding, hiking, playing games or simply talking. And while dude ranches are a popular destination for families, couples, singles and groups of all types love this unique traveling option as well. Most ranches offer a wide variety of activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, river rafting, swimming pools, children’s programs, cattle drives, cookouts, line dancing and plain relaxing on the porch swing, so everyone in a group is sure to find something that appeals to them. And since the cooking, cleaning and planning is all taken care of, everyone enjoys a true vacation.

Cattle Ranches Dressed in the All-American Cowboy Tradition

Rowses All-American Cattle Ranch

Rowse’s 1+1, Burwell, Nebraska

Klondike Ranch, Buffalo, Wyoming


Family Owned and Operated - Generation after Generation

4UR All-American Cowgirl

McGarry Ranches, Rexburg, Idaho

4UR Ranch, Creede Colorado


Mount Rushmore - the All-American US Presidential Monument

Triple R Mount Rushmore USA

Triple R Ranch, Keystone, South Dakota


Rocky Mountain Range - Home of the Tetons

Moosehead Ranch in Rocky Mountains USA

Goosewing Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming

Moose Head Ranch, Moose, Wyoming

For more information about the unique experience of a dude ranch vacation or to request a brochure, call 1-866-399-2339 or visit www.duderanch.org.


 

The White Grass Ranch Lives On

This week in the Dude Ranch History Museum I had the privilege of meeting Mike Jackoboice and reminiscing with him over his dude ranch years. Mike worked at the White Grass Ranch in Moose, Wyoming in 1979. After his time there the land rights returned to Grand Teton National Park and the dude ranch facilities shut down and were left in stillness for many years. Recently Mike went back for a visit, and as he says 'My how things have changed.' Where the main driveway once was there are now 15 year old pine trees. As his story goes, Mike was hired on at the ranch to manage the irrigation systems. He fondly remembers asking the owner what hours he would be working, an 8 to 5?  His manager replied, 'You are finished when the work is done.'

White Grass Ranch

White Grass Ranch 1950s

Walking through the fields Mike could barely see where the irrigation ditches used to be. They are now filled almost completely with soil; however, the rock piles he had to move three times a day to hold down the irrigation tarps hadn't moved. They were a clear reminder of the good, honest work he put into the ranch.  And, like the manager said, Mike never left work until the job was finished. Sometimes that would be 7 or 8 o'clock at night. Nonetheless the White Grass Ranch wasn't just a place to work, Mike raved about the food. The morning biscuits and gravy gave him a full belly for the day and helped add on an extra few pounds in spite of all the hard work. Even after so many years of being away he still remembers working on the ranch as one of his fondest Western memories.

Mike was also pleasantly surprised to discover the ranch was rustled out of its stillness around 2006 to become the Western Center for Historic Preservation. It is now an education and resource center dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of cultural resources in the Western national parks. The center invites people from around the country to learn how to restore cabins and historical locations. The White Grass Ranch was lucky to become a place that encourages the preservation of western history and the history of dude ranching. Mike was able to see cabin #15 completely and sustainably restored and left the new White Grass Ranch with nostalgia and even a little hope. Do you have a story from your history with dude ranching? Please share it with me at: info@duderanch.org. Happy Trails! Leah Bright Moose, Wyoming Ranches Are you looking for active dude ranches in Moose, WY? Take a look at the Gros Ventre River Ranch, Moose Head Ranch, Lost Creek Ranch and the Triangle X Ranch.


         

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