The Dude Ranchers Association was formed in 1926 to preserve this special way of lifeand the wonderful environment in which dude ranching takes place. When you vacation at a Dude Ranchers Association dude ranch, you can be sure of a quality vacation. Membership in the Association is a rigorous two year inspection and approval process, to assuring that guests are treated to genuine western hospitality combined with the lodging industry’s highest standards. Our dude ranches offer all-inclusive vacations that are perfect for everyone, from the littlest rancher to Grandpa and Grandma. Horseback riding, hiking, petting zoos, swimming holes, rodeos, fishing, games, skeet shooting, archery, art classes, cookingclasses and more await your discovery on your next Dude Ranch Vacation. Horses, Hats, History and Hospitality - theyre the foundation of every ranch.
Who Takes a Ranch VacationPeople from all walks of life enjoy ranch vacations.They are not only family -oriented, but also provide anintimate environment, perfect for people travelingalone. Staff and guests are quick to include you aspart of the group. Families enjoy ranch vacations forthe wholesome environment which fosters quality timeand valuable learning experiences. Childrenexperience an amazing sense of freedom on a ranch.Its a safe haven where the only people they will comein contact with are staff and guests. Active adultsenjoy ranch vacations for all the outdoor activities andthe unique socializing. The love of horses and thewilderness brings people together from all over theworld, to create a unique and diverse group of friends.
Why Choose a DRA RanchWith over 100 unique ranches in the Association, wehave one to match your dreams - perfectly. As younarrow your choices down to a couple of ranches,call and explain to us whats most important to you -well help you make the best choice.Since every ranch is a direct reflection of the familyoperating it, there are no two dude ranches alike. Forour first time guests, weve created a list of basicquestions. We encourage you to visit the ranch websites and refer to our comprehensive RanchDirectory.
Dream Ranch VacationsImagine yourself taking the best vacation of yourlife at a dude ranch. The cool, fresh mountain air,the open spaces, the feel of a steady horsebeneath you as you top the next rise... the flashof color from the dark pool as the monster troutrises to your offering...luxuriating in the warmth ofthe setting sun as you wait for the dinner bellscall ... shared time with family and friends.What to Consider:•Style of Riding•Accommodations•Time of Year•Ranch Size
Riding should be your first considerationChoose the riding environment that appeals to you; openmeadows, prairies, mountain trails or southwestern desert. Thelocation of the ranch determines the terrain.Then, choose the type of riding youd like. All ranches fall intoone of the following categories.•Working Dude Ranch: Your horseback riding adventures willbe determined by the ranchs livestock and the work related tothem.•Dude Ranch: Horseback riding is central to these ranches.•Resort Dude Ranch: Horseback riding is featured, and theseranches offer an array of diverse activities and onsite facilities.
Ranch AccommodationsRanch atmospheres range from rustic toluxurious, and everything in between. In NewMexico and Arizona try a Southwest-inspiredcasita while in northern states like Wyoming andMontana guests can sleep in a log cabin lodge orcottage. Some ranches even offer pre-constructed tents for camp outs and cattle drives.Ranches are always extremely clean andcomfortable, but if you need hair dryers, TVs,Jacuzzi tubs, a daily massage and wirelessInternet to make your dream vacation, justchoose your ranch accordingly.
All-InclusiveThe "all inclusive rate" concept originated at DudeRanches. Rooms, meals and activities have beenincluded in the rate since the late 1800s. For the mostpart, you will find that your rate includes a full day ofactivities as well as your meals and lodging. Ranchvacations are a great value and make it easy to staywithin a budget. Because of the high ratio of staff toguests, a gratuity is usually added to the final bill anddistributed to all employees. Rate cards for all ranchesclearly state what is included and any additionalcharges that may apply.
Horse Safety and First Aid for the TrailThe DRA’s Horse Safety and First Aid for the Trail is oneprogram provided to certified member ranches . Theprogram is a reflection of a proactive approach by the DRAto promote good SAFE horse programs that prepare staffto handle any emergencies that may occur on the trail andto be recognized as experts in the industry.This program is a reflection of the member ranches and ourresponsibility to give guest riders an enjoyable experiencealong with exercising the highest degree of care tosafeguard the lives and well-being of our riders. Eachcertified ranch must be recertified every three years. Theowner, operator or manager must attend both seminars tocomplete or update current certification.
Alternative Ranch ActivitiesModern Ranch Activities •River Rafting •Cooking Classes •Rock Climbing •Mountain BikingDude ranches have dramatically changed over •Yoga •Tai Chithe past few decades adding a wider range ofactivities, special programs for children, •Ziplining •Wine tastingsspecialty clinics and retreats, culinary •Sleigh Ridesprograms, and even spa services. Guests canchoose to enjoy a traditional western vacationcomplete with cattle drive and daily trail rides ormix in a bit of relaxation with morning yoga anda round of golf at sunset.
Media ContactsAmy ShadellAmy@adventuremedianews.com970.568.7423Colleen HodsonColleen@duderanch.org307.587.2339