Dude Ranches Offer the Best Destination for an All-Inclusive Vacation

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a vacation where no detailed planning was involved? What about a vacation where all the activities and meals are scheduled ahead of time? How about a vacation where you choose your itinerary and there is something for everyone in your group to enjoy? If this type of vacation sounds like a dream come true, you will definitely want to consider an all-inclusive vacation destination. Vacations with complete packages can make deciding on a setting that everyone is happy with less challenging and more fun. 

A very unique type of all-inclusive vacation can be found at one of the 100+ dude ranches that the Dude Ranchers’ Association represents.  Meals, lodging and most activities are all included in one price and make scheduling a vacation for any type of traveler a breeze. The hardest part of booking a dude ranch all-inclusive vacation is deciding which ranch to go to! Don’t worry, if you are having a hard time choosing between all of the great options, contact the ranch experts at the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) to make the process of choosing a destination much easier. To help you understand the deals dude ranches have to offer, continue reading to learn about some of the best detinations out there. 

What would it be like to take a vacation where no detailed planning was involved? Find out on a unique, all-inclusive vacation at a DRA dude ranch!

Photo provided by: Rainbow Trout Ranch, CO

What does all-inclusive vacation mean while on a dude ranch? 

The dude ranch industry has been around for over 100 years, and even starting 100 years ago the founders of these ranches thought it would be a great idea for the experiences they offered to be simple to plan and the best package deal available. Dude ranches that are members of the DRA still operate on an all-inclusive type structure. Meals, lodging and most activities are included in one price for each person attending the ranch.

Where and what will we eat? 

The meals are planned and prepared each day by top notch chefs who create dishes that are perfect for any taste pallet or picky eater. Several ranches operate farm-to-table food programs and offer the freshest ingredients around, like the Red Reflet Ranch in Wyoming. With a large farm greenhouse, ranch raised beef and poultry and a top-of-the-line kitchen, you will not be disappointed by the food here.  The designated dining areas are not always in a dining room. An abundance of ranches offer meals in an outdoor area like a campfire location or a chuckwagon type setting at least once a week. If you have never had a meal cooked over an open fire, you don’t know what you are missing!  

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Red Reflet Ranch, WY

Where will we sleep? 

Lodging accommodations differ at each ranch but they all have the same comfy and homey feeling when you walk in the door. Some ranches have a more rustic and western chic decor and some have an adobe design and structure. DRA dude ranches offer lodge rooms or private cabins for their guests, a few ranches even offer glamping tents and wagons. The Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Idaho definitely has a great Western and rustic charm to their lodging accommodations. Relax and rejuvenate with comfortable beds, beautiful bathrooms and great views. This ranch offers both lodge rooms and private cabins for different sized families or group travelers. At Rancho de la Osa in Arizona you will find private cozy rooms with an adobe design and structure. You will feel right at home in the comfort of this ranch and get a good night’s sleep after a day full of adventures!

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Rancho de la Osa, AZ

What is there to do at a ranch? 

The amount of activities at a dude ranch are endless. Dude ranches are centered around outdoor activities and encourage their guests to unplug from their everyday life and reconnect with nature, the outdoors and the people around them. Contrary to popular belief, to participate in horseback riding at a dude ranch you do not have to have previous experience. Dude and guest ranches are designed in a way that they can accommodate riding for absolute beginners, experienced riders and all levels in between. You will have the chance to see some incredible landscapes and scenery while riding and you will get to enjoy being outdoors with some fantastic people. Horseback riding is obviously the main activity on a dude ranch, but it is far from the only activity! Each ranch has their own unique set of activities available and there is something for everyone to do. 

Here's a list of activities you might find at a dude ranch:

• Fly Fishing                                                                   • ATV/UTV Riding

• Kid’s Programs                                                             • Rock Climbing

• River Rafting                                                                • Cattle Work

• Hiking / Nature Walks                                                   • Golf 

• Zip Lining                                                                    • Mountain Biking

Some ranches only have a few of these activities and others have all of these and more! When you decide what activities, you want to participate in, you are one step closer to choosing the right all-inclusive holiday package for your group. The Greenhorn Ranch in California has a great list of adventures for all ages to embark on. A wonderful fishing pond, mountain biking trails, bull frog catching and races and karaoke await you at this ranch! The bull frog catching and races are definitely a sight to see no doubt!

The Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas has incredible natural rocking climbing walls, swimming and canoeing opportunities and a zip lining course that you will not find anywhere else.

Averill’s Flathead Lake Ranch in Montana specializes in water-oriented activities. Located right on the banks of Flathead Lake, paddle boarding, sailing and jet skiing are just a few sports they have for guests to enjoy, the list is quite long! No matter what activities you decide to participate in, you and everyone in your group will create memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Greenhorn Ranch, CA                                                            Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR

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Averill's Flathead Lake Ranch, MT

There are some amenities at ranches that do cost extra and travel expenses are not included in the all-inclusive getaway prices. Dude ranches do their best to make it very clear as to what is included in the price and what is not, but if you have any questions you can always contact the ranches to ask!

Still not convinced on an all-inclusive package deal for your next vacation? Take into account that if you were to choose a destination vacation that is not all-inclusive you have quite a long list of planning to do. You would need to budget and plan for at least three meals a day, lodging accommodations for each night, activities that are diverse enough to please everyone in your group and the list goes on. Save yourself the headache and time and honestly consider an all-inclusive dude ranch vacation, it may be the best vacation you ever take! 

Find a full list of all-inclusive DRA Ranches here!

 

 

 

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Extraordinary gourmet cuisine is what Red Reflet Ranch and Tanque Verde Ranch do best, while at Sundance Trail Ranch it is not unusual to see the bride and groom ride off into the sunset. 

 

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Ranch Vacations for Experimental Travelers

More things to do than you have time for

Experiment for your next vacation and try a ranch vacation throughout North America. You may not label yourself as an experimental traveler, but wouldn't you like to try something new? Ranch vacations have become an alternative form of tourism with the tons of adventure activities offered, starting with horseback riding. Destinations on www.duderanch.org offer activities for your group that you might see as experimental. Ever ridden a horse to the top of a mountain in a National Park? You could do that. Ever tried a yoga class outside at sunrise? Your travel companion might try that. Either way, you could throw an arrow at the Western half of the United States and pick the ranch closest and head there for your next vacation. Trust me, or rather, trust the numerous reviews on the interwebs that you'll have great experimental travels. You might even want to come back the next year to the same ranch or throw another arrow.

You won't have to sit around bored in your cabin or lodge room, unless you want to. There are so many things to do outside with equestrian sports, water sports and adventures that you would get board if I listed them all here. The adventure profiles of the ranches below would be a good place to start experimenting with ranch vacations.

 

Majestic Dude Ranch, Colorado

Open: Year-round

Airport: Durango

Activities: Horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, paintball, laser tag, white water rafting, archery, skeet shooting, baseball, snowmobiles, and ATVS

Swing up horseback and ride among the shimmering aspens. Follow the gold panning streams to mining towns of yesteryear. Breathe in deeply of the fresh alpine air or settle in and watch the sunset over Sleeping Ute Mountain. Get in touch with nature in the heart of Mesa Verde Country. The Majestic Ranch is only a 35 minute ride from the majestic town of Durango. Fish for trophy Colorado trout, share a horseback ride with your children and make memories to last a lifetime. The Majestic Dude Ranch is now open year round! Enjoy cozy cabins with tempur-pedic beds and hospitality this summer season.

 

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas

Open: March 12 - October 29

Airport: Fayetteville

Activities: Horseback riding, rock climbing, indoor climbing wall, archery, skeet shooting, fishing, disc golf, ziplines, camp fires, swimming pool, canoeing, hot tub, rock outcroppings and cave exploration and wagon rides

The peaceful quiet of a beautiful Ozark mountain morning is interrupted by the sound of thundering hoof beats as horses gallop through the woods. The wranglers whoop and holler as they push the stock down to the day pen. The last pony is urged into the corral, the gate is pulled shut and another day at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch and an unforgettable family dude ranch vacation has begun.

 

Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Wyoming

Open: Year-round

Airport: Worland

Activities: Horseback riding on trails and in an indoor riding arena, swimming pool, tennis, climbing walls, zip lines, gym, personal hot tub and steam showers, ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, work cattle, fishing, yoga, hiking, skeet shooting, and rock climbing

Red Reflet is a ranch for the senses. It’s where a few hardworking individuals have mastered the art of hospitality to showcase some of Wyoming’s most breathtaking scenery and recreational offerings. Year round, guests can wake up in well-appointed luxury cabins surrounded by million dollar views of the red and coral-colored Chugwater formation sandstone cliffs and the contrasting blue and white snow-capped peaks of the Bighorn National Forest.

 

Averill's Flathead Lake Ranch, Montana

Open: May 1 - October 15

Airport: Kalispell

Activities: Horseback riding, sailing, water sports, lake cruises, swimming pool, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaks, canoes, fishing, laser tag, tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, white water rafting, golf, and hiking

For over 65 years, Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge has been the ultimate location for fun family vacations in Montana.  The ranch offers the widest selection of family fun and recreational activities for one all-inclusive rate. Each day offers an abundance of activities for every age. Whether you’re interested in spending the morning on horseback and the afternoon on the water, the day is yours and there are more than enough options for the whole family. Quite simply, Flathead Lake Lodge offers the ultimate, fun family vacation with unlimited horse and water recreation for kids and adults.

 Looking for something new? Ranch vacations have become an alternative form of tourism for experimental travelers with adventure activities offered, starting with horseback riding.

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Corporate Meeting Trends for 2017

With winter in full swing, it’s now every event organizer’s "most wonderful time of the year" scheduling conferences!  If you are in charge of planning a conference or corporate meeting for your company, consider the 2017 trends shaping today’s corporate events. In regards to these trends, consider an accredited dude ranch to fit the bill. With capacities varying from ranch to ranch you might find one intimate enough for your board of directors or large enough to take the entire enterprise.

Strong WiFi Connection Even when you are planning an event in the mountains access to highly effective WiFi can be a selected option. Business travelers want to stay connected now more than ever, and many attend conferences with multiple wireless devices. A meeting space that can provide sufficient bandwidth and free, fast and reliable WiFi capabilities is one you don’t want to overlook.

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Red Reflet Guest Ranch Offers WiFi in each Chalet 

Dining choices Food and beverages served throughout a meeting is instrumental to its success.  The diverse culinary offerings of a meeting space are very important. Now a days it starts with having a variety of meal options and continues with selections for those with dietary restrictions for meals and refreshment breaks.

 

Refreshing Breaks Yes, dining is important, but attendees also want to get moving.  Meeting trends are heading towards replacing traditional coffee/snack breaks with energy boosting sessions.  You might consider offering a 30 minuet yoga session or fly-fishing casting class within your day’s conference schedule. Planners and attendees want breaks that keep them energized for the day’s remaining sessions.

 

Team building activities Team building is a classic meeting trend and includes activities with unique ways to spark partnerships with colleagues. Choosing a location with a variety of scheduled team building exercises will enhance the satisfaction of attendees, especially if they have never done the activity before.

 

Entertaining Entertainment Make each event unique, so attendees will eagerly anticipate in the next one. Live entertainment not only helps you instigate conversation before your conference, but it can also help you retain attendance for future events. Recent trends in entertainment at conferences and corporate functions include added entertainment from the host and engaging themed activities with your group.

 

Increasing Demand According to the Dude Ranchers' Association annual survey of ranches reservations for ranch vacations are consistently on the rise. Though short-term bookings are still common, booking opportunities stretch into the next couple of years. For last minute events, choices can be very limited by availability, but you can contact the office for help finding a last minute location.  307.587.2339


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There's a Dude Ranch for Everyone

Enjoy a taste of the authentic American West where horses, hats, history and hospitality abound. With over 100 carefully chosen member ranches, the Dude Ranchers' Association (DRA) has one to match your dream vacation – perfectly, all while protecting lands, parks, forests and wildlife. Our Dude, Resort and Working Ranches are in the most picturesque regions of the USA and Canada near historic sites and national parks for a photographer’s heyday! Each has its own unique history, incredible horseback riding tailored to the rider’s age and ability, and exciting outdoor adventures like white water rafting, paradise fishing on scenic rivers, fun hay rides, hikes, golfing. Blue skies, starry nights and the sounds of silence are also included in your dude ranch vacation. Lounge in a hammock until the dinner bell rings and then breathe pure clean air as you rediscover the brightest shining stars peeking out from Heaven. Want to gaze into a crackling fire instead of a computer screen? Then, it’s time you discovered the majestic beauty of the land and got reacquainted with your family and friends. Join us any time of year for genuine western hospitality. Prices, programs and activities vary. We guarantee the lodging industry’s highest standards whether staying in a rustic cabin or top end ranch resort. Once you’ve had a taste of a dude ranch, you may never want to go anywhere else on vacation again. These ranches below offer unique, personalized experience. Find the one that fits you and yours below.


Elkhorn Family Reunion

Elkhorn Ranch - Montana

The Elkhorn Ranch is one of the few remaining traditional dude ranches where outdoor activities are the focus each day. We are a family-oriented guest ranch with guests of all ages enjoying time with their friends, new and old, without sacrificing the very special feeling of shared family time.    

Medicine Bow Western Family Vacation

Medicine Bow Lodge

The Medicine Bow Lodge And Guest Ranch is located at approximately 8500 feet in the Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains. The closest town is Saratoga, Wyoming which is about 22 miles to the west. The land on which the Guest Ranch sits is located in the Medicine Bow National Forest.    

Red Reflet Ranch Lodges

Red Reflet Ranch

The Red Reflet is both Working Ranch and Luxury Resort where guests are treated like family. Super inclusive of ATV use, all riding, lessons, all beverages, snacks, stocked kitchen, all activities.      

Triangle X Grand Teton National Park

Triangle X

Triangle X Ranch is an authentic working dude ranch located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Established in 1926 by the Turner family, Triangle X offers unparalleled horseback riding and one of the most complete outdoor recreational packages of any facility in the Mountain West.  


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