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Learn about the best dude ranch vacations. Read about the life of a dude ranch wrangler and get ranch vacation tips.


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 »

North Idaho Dude Ranches Photo Journey

July 3, 2017
Interested in taking a ranch vacation in Idaho? Travel with us on this photo journey through North Idaho’s scenic panhandle with Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Located on 1100 acres with tall pines and pretty views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain Ranges, Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is in Idaho's scenic… Read more »

Wyoming Dude Ranches Photo Journey

July 3, 2017
From mountains to buttes to canyons, take a photo journey with Wyoming dude ranches through diverse terrain in The Cowboy State. One of the great things about exploring the state of Wyoming on horseback is the variety of terrain for riding adventures. The least populated of the lower 48 states… Read more »

A Dubois Wrangler’s Story of Life Changing Ranch Work in Wyoming

July 2, 2017
A Minnesota raised cowgirl finds working at a Wyoming ranch to be much more than just a summer job. I was in awe of the mountains and of our horses. The snow was grazing the underside of their stout draft bellies. They flexed their powerful muscles pulling themselves along through… Read more »

Patriotic Dude Ranch Photo Journey- Happy 4th of July!

July 1, 2017
Whether it's fireworks, time away from the office, parades, concerts, family gatherings or barbecues, America celebrates Independence Day.  For many people, the Fourth of July means time to horseback ride and for dude ranch guests, this couldn't be more true.  Many dude ranches have special festivities on July 4th, like star… Read more »

Celebrate the Fourth of July at these USA Guest Ranches

July 1, 2017
You can't get much more all-American than by celebrating July 4th at a dude ranch. Get inspired with photos from ranches across the USA that welcome guests to join in their festivities during the Fourth of July.  While many ranches offer celebratory barbeques, parades and rodeos, horseback rides, hay rides… Read more »

Ten Ranch Vacations for Cowgirls

March 16, 2017
Gather up your female friends and family for these ladies-only ranch getaways. By Karen Braschayko Whether lifelong best friends, sisters or recently bonded coworkers, sharing a love of horses and a desire to retreat in nature is fertile ground for a great cowgirl getaway. These vacations are a chance to… Read more »

Six Guest Ranches with Photography Workshops in 2017

February 13, 2017
Enlarge your photography skills with beautiful horses, diverse natural settings and expert coaches by combining a dude ranch stay with a unique photography retreat. By Karen Braschayko When it comes to vacations, personal wishes fall on a spectrum. Where some want a pool chaise with a beautiful view, others seek… Read more »