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9 Great Ranches for Thanksgiving Celebrations

November 5, 2017
Leave work and worrries behind, and let a guest ranch take care of the Thanksgiving holiday magic. by Karen Braschayko With Halloween frolics past us and leaves falling rapidly, our thoughts turn to family time around cozy fires and glorious Thanksgiving feasts. Of course, Thanksgiving can be a lot of… Read more »

Dude Ranch Vacations Are Trending for Multi-Generational Families

September 24, 2017
With more active seniors and increasingly adaptable kids, families are hitting the road together and a favorite spot is the American dude ranch.  by Darley Newman More and more these days, multiple generations of families are getting together to take a vacation. According to travel marketing firm MMGY Global, 37%… Read more »

Luxury Dude Ranch Vacations

September 4, 2017
Interested in "roughing it" in style? Don't want to sacrifice comfort while communing with nature? Here's what to expect on a luxury dude ranch vacation. by Darley Newman If camping out under the stars isn't your thing, but you like to ride horses or want a very comfortable ranch vacation,… Read more »

9 Great Yellowstone National Park Ranch Vacations

September 4, 2017
Top dude ranches and guest ranches conveniently located near Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, so you can visit America's first national park before, after or during your next ranch vacation. by Darley Newman After featuring dude ranches near national parks, including in an Equitrekking PBS TV Special on… Read more »

Dude Ranch Resorts- Western Hospitality with Resort Amenities

September 2, 2017
Wish you could combine Western hospitality with modern resort amenities? Check out these five great dude ranch resorts in Montana, California, Colorado and Arizona. A dude ranch resort offers the traditional dude ranch activities with additional amenities like a spa, fitness center, golf, tennis courts, an ice cream bar and… Read more »

10 Things to Love About Montana Ranch Vacations

August 28, 2017
Why taking a ranch vacation in "Big Sky Country" is ohhh so good!  by Darley Newman With spectacular mountain ranges, lush valleys, rushing rivers with "blue-ribbon" trout fishing, protected open spaces and longtime dude ranches, the sparsely populated state of Montana is a great place to saddle up for a… Read more »

Adults-Only Dude Ranch Vacations Autumn 2017

August 20, 2017
by Karen Braschayko These ranch weeks offer fall fun tailored for adult guests. For grownups seeking a quiet break after a hot, busy summer, a dude ranch vacation in the cool mountains can be a refreshing diversion. Many guest ranches offer customized adults-only weeks once the kids are back in… Read more »

What Not to Pack for your Dude Ranch Vacation

August 13, 2017
There are some fairly trendy infusions into the travel industry lately. The simple relaxing vacations that once motivated people to temporarily abandon work stresses is giving way to an increasing emphasis on high-end luxury and upscale entertainment. In a lot of ways this has muddied up things for both guests… Read more »

Top Dude Ranch Sunsets

July 30, 2017
Stunning sunsets from dude ranches across the American West, including Arizona, Colorado and Montana. by Darley Newman There's something special about a beautiful sunset. It can add much to your travel memories, especially when seen in the beautiful American West at a dude ranch. Check out photos of top dude… Read more »

Air Out Your Spirits at the Laramie River Ranch

July 27, 2017
A vacation away from technology at Laramie River Ranch on the Colorado and Wyoming border, riding horses with Rocky Mountain National Park views. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.” John Muir  Guest ranches have provided a means… Read more »