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Spring Break Horseback Riding Vacations

February 4, 2018
Beat your winter blues and celebrate the return of warmer weather with a spring break horseback riding vacation.  By Mary Katherine Morris From breezy island getaways in the Dominican Republic to authentic ranch experiences in sunny Arizona, there's something for everyone on our list. Here are Equitrekking's favorite horseback riding… Read more »

Why Do They Call it a Dude Ranch?

January 23, 2018
Fourth-generation rancher Danielle Otis of Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, shares the history and meaning behind the term, "dude ranch."  Recently, I was asked an interesting question by an individual who had never heard of a dude ranch. The question was, is a “dude ranch” just for men or can anyone come? … Read more »

2018 Adult Only Ranch Weeks

December 21, 2017
Many dude ranches offer fall adult only riding weeks, mixing things like wine tasting with yoga with horseback riding and allowing you to leave the kiddos at home. From Colorado to Wyoming, check out some adult only weeks on offer in 2018 and make plans for your fall riding vacation.… Read more »

8 Reasons to Enjoy Christmas at a Guest Ranch

December 6, 2017
Why not live out a bit of the horsey holiday dream? Experience Christmas on a dude ranch. by Karen Braschayko I confess that I have a deep weakness for Christmas movies, especially the kind with snowy forests in the background and storylines that wrap up neatly with a sparkly bow.… Read more »

Dude Ranch Christmas Photos- Ideas for Festive Holiday Ranch Style

December 3, 2017
Get in the holiday spirit and get inspired to decorate by checking out some festive decorations at dude ranches across the USA. Why not add a little cowboy Christmas to your own decorations! Below are some ideas for holiday ranch style that you may want to emulate. by Darley Newman… Read more »

Ranch Photos to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

December 3, 2017
Bright lights, snowy landscapes, evergreen trees, and horse drawn sleigh rides make us think of the holiday season. Whether you’re planning to celebrate at home or are thinking about getting away, these photos of holiday traditions and decorations at ranches across the U.S. will help inspire you for the upcoming… Read more »

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 »