5 Reasons Why Dude Ranches are the Best Destination Vacation in 2020

Best Destination Vacation in 2020

It is no secret that 2020 has turned the travel industry, and the world for that matter, upside down. Any kind of plans, especially for a vacation, more than likely changed more than once! As people are starting to get more and more interested in traveling again, finding the best destination that provides everything they are looking for and is taking the extra recommended precautions can be difficult. One industry that has seemed to “take the bull by the horns”, if you will, has been the dude ranch industry. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March, Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches immediately starting working to find ways to still give their guests an authentic Western experience that was safe and inviting for all travelers. If you are wondering why DRA dude ranches are the best destination vacation in 2020, see the top five reasons below!

Best Destination Vacation in 2020

Individual Cabins/Accommodations

Each dude ranch is different, but almost all of the DRA member ranches have individual cabins for each group of guests. Whether you have a family of five or are a solo traveler you will find cozy rustic-chic accommodations fit for any size group. In these cabins, you will find comfortable beds, individual bathrooms, beautiful western themed decorations, and more. Your cabin will be your home away from home for your stay; settling in and letting the stresses of the world melt away won’t be a problem. Kick back, relax, and make peace in knowing you do not have to share accommodations with anyone besides your group on your dude ranch vacation. Some ranches do have lodge rooms with their own bathrooms and lounging space if you do not want to share common areas with other folks. 

Budget-Friendly – All-Inclusive

Dude ranch vacations really are perfect for any traveler and that means even the travelers on a budget. Since DRA member ranches are all-inclusive (meals, lodging, and most activities) they are much more affordable, and much easier to plan, than a day-to-day vacation that is five to seven days long. DRA member ranches range in prices and are reasonably priced for everything that is included in the stay. Three meals a day, activities all day long (if you choose to do guided activities that can be an additional fee), and beautiful accommodations to come home to at the end of the day are built into the price. Plus, the memories and friends you make at a dude ranch are lifelong and priceless! 

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Top-Notch, Carefully Prepared Meals 

Great food is a guarantee at a dude ranch! Some ranches even have their own farm-to-table programs and serve some of the cleanest, healthiest, and most delicious food you will ever find at an all-inclusive destination. In addition, top-notch chefs prepare all meals carefully and great precaution, even more so this year. DRA member ranches want their guests to feel safe and comfortable, always, and through all of the uncertainties, one thing that is for certain is that dude ranches are providing their guest meals in the safest and cleanest environment possible. Extra sanitization, taking staff members temperatures before entering any food preparation areas, no buffet lines, families, and groups sitting together at the same table all week, and more precautions have been implemented. If you want to know the details of what extra steps a ranch is taking during these times, visit their websites or give them a call. They are happy to answer any questions folks have. 

Scenery and the Great Outdoors 

Breathtaking scenery and the great outdoors are just outside your cabin door at a dude ranch. Many folks have said that dude ranches were social distancing before it was even a “thing”, which is true! Being outside gives people a large space to spread out, but still enjoy each other’s company and all that nature has to offer. At a dude ranch, almost every activity available is offered outside. Whether you are on a horse or fishing the stunning stream that flows through the ranch, you will find plenty of wide-open spaces and social distancing on your dude ranch vacation. Did you know that if you are on a trail ride, the next closest person either in front or behind you is at least six feet away? While you are on a trail ride you will be surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and scenery. Many DRA member ranches are in very close proximity to national parks as well, you can get the beauty of a national park without all of the crowds or lines! Is there anything better than that? No matter what ranch you choose to visit, the views will be amazing and the air crisp and clean. 

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Rent out the Ranch

Still not sure about embarking on a destination vacation? Grab your best friends and their families and head out on a dude ranch vacation where you can have the ranch to yourselves! Many folks are concerned about coming into contact with people they do not know this year, but if you and your close family friends travel together that issue is eliminated. Several ranches are running specials this year for renting out the entire ranch. Special pricing could be applied and splitting the cost between the families could be the best way to vacation this year. Experience a vacation like never before at a dude ranch that is all yours for the week. Ride horses with your closest friends, watch the kids create even stronger friendships to take home and relax knowing that you are in a safe and clean environment. 

The list of reasons why dude ranches are the perfect vacation destination, especially in 2020, could go on for a while, but for now, we will leave it to these five great reasons! You can see all of the DRA member dude ranches here, and if you need help in finding the best ranch for your 2020 vacation, or any future vacation, contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association today! 307-587-2339 | info@duderanch.org 

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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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Unique Spring Break Adventure Destinations

Spring Break Adventure Destination

Spring is coming! That’s right, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and winter is going to come to an end…eventually! With the spring season comes spring break! Now, you could go the basic route and go to the beach and be surrounded by tons and tons of people while you fight for your spot in the sand OR you could spend your spring break at an all-inclusive dude ranch where things will be catered to you, you will find your peace and quiet AND your adventure! Keep scrolling on down to see some unique spring break adventure destinations for you, your friends, and your family!

Rancho de la Osa

unique spring break adventure destinations

Rancho De La Osa is a sportsman's paradise surrounded by 120,000 acres of National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, high in the Sonoran Desert along the Mexican Border. The ranch offers an unparalleled experience with exceptional food and wine, unmatched hospitality, and enough activities to keep you and your friends and family busy day and night. They offer horseback riding for all skill levels through the ranch's many sandy washes, over rocky terrain and past incredible rock formations. Explore the high desert grasslands, take a guided off-road tour to visit the U.S.-Mexico border or take a nearby ghost tour in an off-road vehicle, test your shooting and archery skills, or lounge by the pool and relax! If you want ADVENTURE for your spring break, this ranch may be one for you!

Burnt Well Guest Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is located in warm, sunny, southeastern New Mexico. They don't have set schedules; flexibility is the word there and YOU are the focus while you are at Burnt Well. Horseback riding, cattle work, cattle drives, and archery shooting sports will keep you busy during your days here. There is no nose to tail riding at Burnt Well! Their riding is in open pastures unless you opt for a mountain trail ride for your day trip. Go to Burnt Well, get dirty and have some fun, then kick your boots off and relax!

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Near the pristine Buffalo National River Wilderness near Jasper, Arkansas, your spring break includes wonderful food, lots of riding and rock climbing, and comfortable, rustic log cabins with spectacular views of rolling meadows and high cliffs. Other activities include campfires, hiking, elk viewing, cookouts, shooting, Via Ferrata, zip-lining, river swimming, petting zoo, cook-outs, fishing pond, lodge games and more. The ranch has a pool and a hot-tub too! Enjoy canoeing down Buffalo National River. Rock climbing is popular year-round, scale large cliffs and peer at breathtaking terrain that seems endless. After a full day of activities, you can relax on your porch, hit the hot tub, or just snuggle in and let your mind be at peace.

V6 Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

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. They’re conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, just a four-hour drive from either city, they offer the delight of bygone days in a world where fast is the average speed. This beautiful ranch offers activities to tickle the fancy of any person that seeks peace and quiet this spring. The clean air and warm nights are ideal for laying out under the stars. They offer trail rides, cattle drives, and horse camping with over 50 scenic miles of trails to explore with maps and trail markers to show the way. The ranch also offers hiking, photography, over 200 varieties of wildflowers, wildlife, and bird watching.

Elkhorn Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Fifty-one miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona, in its own valley where mountains and desert meet, lies the Elkhorn Ranch. Riding is the main interest with gentle or loping rides through the desert and more vigorous trips along the many mountain trails. There are 70 head of horses and the right horse can remain with each guest throughout the visit. We can’t forget to mention the roomy accommodations and good food. This spring break, go enjoy the sunshine, wintering birds, tennis and swimming! The company you endure at this ranch will be fantastic too! 

Kay El Bar Guest Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Kay El Bar Guest Ranch is a historic guest ranch in the heart of the Wild West on the outskirts of Wickenburg, Arizona. Activities at the ranch center around the riding program, with rides twice a day except for Sunday when they have one long morning ride and a trail-side cookout. The wranglers love introducing children (minimum age 7) and adult first-time riders to the joys of riding the trail on a trusty mount. Experienced riders find many delights in riding the Arizona hills. When you’re not riding, you can enjoy the ranch pool, whirlpool spa, evening group activities, hiking, and exploring the western town of Wickenburg. Local golf courses also welcome spring break visitors!

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Opening in March, Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small ranch located in the mountains in southwest New Mexico. Activities to be enjoyed include seeing 1,000-year-old archaeological sites near the ranch, campfires at night, fantastic stargazing, hiking, roping lessons, photography, and swimming in the creek. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows and tall ponderosa forests (often with elk and other wildlife!), up high hills where the views go on forever across the 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal-clear streams. The trails start at their back door and we have millions of acres to discover!

Rancho de los Caballeros

unique spring break adventure destinations

Do you dream of desert landscapes and a margarita in your hand lounging by the pool? Then saddle up and make a perfect spring break getaway to the warm heart of the Old Southwest! Rancho de los Caballeros is the kind of place where everyone knows your name and your favorite horse. Go ride the rugged trails, tee off at the golf courses or luxuriate in a spa treatment featuring local desert ingredients. Savor cookout feasts with old friends and old wines, or make new friends over fresh local fare in the nostalgic main lodge. At Rancho de los Caballeros there's always something to do, including doing nothing, preferably by the pool because it’s spring break after all! At Rancho de los Caballeros, you'll feel right at home on the range.

Circle Z Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Circle Z Ranch is located on thousands of acres and offers some of the most scenic horseback riding in Southern Arizona. They offer all-inclusive ranch vacations; three delicious meals a day, horseback riding, tennis, game room, outdoor pool, hiking, campfires, cookouts, nature walks and guided stargazing. You will explore lush riparian areas, beautiful canyons, high mountain tops and grass valleys. Experience the best of the Sky Islands of Arizona this spring break!

Tombstone Monument Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Tombstone Monument Ranch is Tombstone's only dude ranch and is styled as an Old West Town with 18 uniquely designed rooms, all high-end and individually furnished. You can ride miles of trails where historic cowboys rode in the Tombstone hills, along old, abandoned railroad grades, in and out of dry gulches and washes, and along old dirt roads. Burst through the swing doors and step back in time in the Old Western-style saloon and enjoy fun evening entertainment after a hearty dinner. Really get to know the West's most iconic town - Tombstone. Situated only three miles away from the ranch, the town boasts more history of cowboys, Indians, silver mining, and gunfights than any other destination in the West! The nearby turquoise mines are a big attraction too!

White Stallion Ranch

unique spring break adventure destinations

Welcome to the White Stallion Ranch, where the pavement ends and the West begins. The easiest ranch to get to in Arizona, just 1.5 hours from the Phoenix airport and 35 minutes from the Tucson airport, with over 300 days of sunshine every year. In addition to a riding program that offers you up to 6 hours a day in the saddle, their most popular riding event is team cattle penning. Young and old alike find this the most exhilarating activity on horseback and they offer it three times a week. For the non-riders, their shooting range, fat-tire e-bikes, rock climbing, hiking, tennis court, sports court, petting zoo, game room, movie theater, pool, hot tub, exercise room and spa offer a wide variety of activities for all ages. Go join the White Stallion Ranch family this spring!

No matter where you choose to go, you can be sure that your spring break at a dude ranch will be one you will not soon forget! If you need help finding the right dude ranch for your spring break vacation, contact the Dude Ranchers’ Association! With almost 100 years of experience and over 95 ranches to choose from, we will find the right ranch for you! 

info@duderanch.org ~ 307-587-2339

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The Best Dude Ranches in New Mexico

Discover the culture and beauty of the southwest at the best dude ranches in New Mexico. The area is rich in history to explore while you ride out on horseback on the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and the Apache warrior Geronimo. With this strong background of cowboy culture it only make sense that New Mexico is one of the most unique destinations for both working cattle ranch vacations and traditional dude ranches. You can participate in rugged cattle drives with campouts under the stars and then enjoy a nice long soak in a hot tub once you're back at the ranch.  Or spend as much time as you want in the saddle each day exploring the New Mexican desert, mountains and deep canyons with the exclusive perspective of your own personal guide. And, with a touch of luxury the best dude ranches in New Mexico are sure to offer one of your most memorable vacations yet. 

 

The Best Dude Ranches in New Mexico

 

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CREEK RANCH

Working Cattle Ranch in Santa Rosa, New Mexico

 

The Creek Ranch is located in the Pecos Valley South of Santa Rosa, NM in a small village called Puerto de Luna. The ranch raises cattle on a 8,200 acre ranch. The terrain out here is wild, rough and yet beautiful. You'll get the meaning of Land of Enchantment out here! The landscape on the ranch varies in many different ways: Green and supple along the infamous Pecos River or the Carizzo Creek. Bluffs and arroyos are present everywhere you look - this is the typical landscape of the Southwest. Chollas, Junipers and Mesquite complete the picture like in most western movies. 

This is the area, where Billy the Kid once roamed. Old homesteads and a cemetery are testimonials from the heydays of the Wild West and you can still feel the spirit. 

 

Geronimo Trail Ranch Best Dude Ranch Vacation in New Mexico

 

GERONIMO TRAIL GUEST RANCH

Traditional Ranch Vacation in Winston, New Mexico

 

Open March through mid November the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere, located in the mountains in the beautiful Gila National Forest of SW New Mexico. There are just 4 cabins and the maximum capacity is 16 guests. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows and tall ponderosa forests, up on high hills where the views go on forever across the 3.3 million acre National Forest, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliffs and crystal clear streams. Wonderful, gentle and responsive horses good for any ability are available to the guests. The trails start at the back door and there are millions of acres to discover!

Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America and learn about some incredible history here at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch! You can visit pit houses and cliff dwellings once occupied by the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, search for pottery shards and arrowheads left behind and see pictographs painted on the rock walls by these early people! This is also the land Geronimo was born and grew up in and where the Apaches once roamed.

 

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BURNT WELL GUEST RANCH

Working Cattle Ranch in Roswell, New Mexico

 

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is located in warm, sunny, southeastern New Mexico. The ranch is located on the 15,000 acres of the Chesser Ranch, open since 1950. The horses for you to ride at the ranch are ranch horses that cowboys can do a job on as well as put guests on. There is a wide range of horses to accommodate various riding levels. There is no nose to tail riding at Burnt Well. Riding is in open pasture unless you opt for a mountain trail ride for your day trip.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch is a simple ranch with simple pleasures such as; good food, good conversation, lots of storytelling and laughter, campfires and a night sky full of stars. Come to Burnt Well, get dirty and have some fun, then kick your boots off and relax a spell.

 

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Discover the culture and beauty of the southwest at the best dude ranches in New Mexico. With this strong background of cowboy culture it only make sense that New Mexico is one of the most unique destinations for both working cattle ranch vacations and traditional dude ranches. Participate in rugged cattle drives with campouts or spend hours in the saddle each day exploring the terrain with your own personal guide. And, with a touch of luxury the best dude ranches in New Mexico are sure to offer one of your most memorable vacations yet.

Beat the Winter Blues with a Getaway to a Southwestern Dude Ranch

Dreaming of warmth, sunshine and adventure? Leave the cold and dreary weather at home and embark on the original all-inclusive vacation at a   Southwestern dude ranch located in Arizona or New Mexico  There is a broad spectrum of DRA-accredited guest ranches across North America, ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches. From valleys complete with untouched Rocky Mountain backdrops to desert sunsets across the Southwest, you can find DRA-accredited ranches throughout the Western U.S., as well as in California, Arkansas and Canada. Flying E Barn Gather

If you’re dreaming of a warm vacation destination this season, the DRA can help plan the perfect winter escape to a Southwestern dude ranch where activities include horseback riding, swimming, fishing, nature walks, whitewater rafting and much more. If you’re looking for a luxury dude ranch experience, Arizona’s dude ranches might be the perfect fit. The breathtaking backdrop of extraordinary landscapes like the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and The Painted Desert is just the start to a memorable vacation.

Tanque Verde Ranch, located just east of Tucson, is one of the premier all-inclusive dude ranch resorts in the country. You will find the perfect blend of Western adventure, solitude and luxury amenities to make your vacation unforgettable. Or escape to the warm heart of the Southwest at Rancho de los Caballeros.  This resort has the soul of a bed and breakfast offering full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear. Additional ranches in Arizona that offer a wide range of activities and amenities include Circle Z Ranch, Elkhorn Ranch,  Ranch, Flying E Dude Ranch and White Stallion Ranch     

To experience the true cowboy life, select one of New Mexico’s dude ranches where evidence of the American Old West is visible at every turn. Explore the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid on horseback or head into the canyons that sheltered the great Apache warrior Geronimo in the 1800s. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is perfect for an “Old West” family adventure. This ranch is located in the untouched Gila National Forest of Southwestern New Mexico and offers a relaxed and personal atmosphere. New Mexico is also home to Burnt Well Ranch, a small family owned cattle and sheep ranch located in Southeastern New Mexico. Burnt Well Ranch is another great ranch to visit in the winter due to its mild winter temperatures ranging in the 60’s. As you can see there are plenty of options so let us help you find the perfect ranch for your winter getawy.  

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