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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.


Luxury Camping - What You Might Love About Glamping

August 20, 2012
Glamorous camping is a luxurious new option for connecting with nature and living outdoors on your next dude ranch vacation. by Karen Braschayko  The view from the glamping tents on the Ridge at Siwash Lake Ranch in British Columbia, Canada. Celebrities like Justin Bieber want to try it, the Real… Read more »

Roping: The Sport of Cowboys

August 2, 2012
Home Ranch guests and employees alike often spend their free time learning to rope, which has quickly caught on as the ranch's sport of choice. By Molly Murphy  On quiet afternoons around the barn at The Home Ranch, a guest ranch located in Clark, Colorado, the unmistakable swoosh of a good… Read more »

Photo Journey of my Favorite Trail at The Home Ranch

July 12, 2012
The Home Ranch has many scenic riding trails, one of which offers the best views around without ever having to leave the property. By Molly Murphy Although The Home Ranch, a Colorado dude ranch located just north of Steamboat Springs, is fortunate to back up to gorgeous Routt National Forest, offering endless… Read more »

Poncho the Wonder Donkey at The Home Ranch

July 1, 2012
The Home Ranch boasts its own special mascot, Poncho the donkey. By Molly Murphy Every great team has a great mascot behind it, and at The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado, we're no different. What our mascot lacks in physical stature, he certainly makes up for in charm and character,… Read more »

The Secrets to Successful Barn Vaccinating

June 28, 2012
What worming and vaccinating a herd of 100 horses can teach you about patience and life.  by Molly Murphy The weather's getting warm again, which means horse people everywhere are worming and vaccinating their herds. Vaccination day never really struck a chord with me when all I had to contend… Read more »

Fly-Fishing Ranch Vacations

June 13, 2012
Three great places where you can combine fly fishing with horse riding on a dude ranch vacation. by Darley Newman In addition to horseback riding, a favorite American outdoor pastime is fishing. According to some estimates, approximately 40 million people are considered "anglers". In recent years a slew of fishing… Read more »

Luxury Dude Ranch Vacations

June 4, 2012
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 »

Cattle Drive Vacations at TX Ranch

June 3, 2012
An authentic cattle drive vacation challenges teens, adults and seniors of all riding skill levels to head West!  I’ve driven cattle in New Mexico, Colorado, Uruguay, Texas and beyond, participating in everything from city slicker-type cattle drives–– put on for the benefit of us tourists–– to authentic cattle drives at… Read more »

My Introduction to Cattle Branding

May 31, 2012
For my summer vacation away from college, I'm working as a wrangler at The Home Ranch in Colorado. Read about my experience as a first-time calf brander! by Molly Murphy My Western education at The Home Ranch started almost immediately after I arrived for work on Friday afternoon. A CPR/First… Read more »

Finding the Perfect Cowboy Hat

May 22, 2012
My first immersion into the Western lifestyle as I chose my first "real" cowboy hat. by Molly Murphy Okay, so, full disclosure–– I am not a cowgirl. Yes, I am working as a wrangler for the Home Ranch, a dude ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the summer. Yes, I… Read more »