To plan the ultimate vacation that will allow you to fuel your adventurous spirit and explore America’s traditional roots, look no further than the Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA). The DRA represents a broad spectrum of more than 100 guest ranches across the U.S. (and two in Canada), all of which uphold the highest standards in the industry. While some of the DRA’s accredited ranches are luxury resort-style guest ranches, many of them continue to be rustic, no-frills working ranches perfect for guests in search of a traditional dude ranch experience. The DRA’s expert staff can help travelers select the perfect guest ranch to suit their needs and desires, as well as customize their entire vacation experience.
even Lazy P Ranch — Choteau, Montana
Nestled deep in the heart of Teton Canyon in the Rocky Mountains, 5,000 feet above sea level and totaling 1,200 acres, the Seven Lazy P, Deep Canyon Guest Ranch offers guests a true taste of what it’s like to roam a part of `The Last Best Place.’ There is a wealth of activities to enjoy while you’re there, and you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. The ranch’s main activity is the daily horseback ride but guests can also partake in hiking, fishing, swimming, tubing and bird watching.
T Cross Ranch — Dubois, Wyoming
T Cross Ranch has a timeless magic. The dude ranch lies inside the Shoshone National Forest at an elevation of 7,800 feet, surrounded by an untouched country of pine forests and open meadows, trout-rich streams and small lakes, with endless vistas rising well over 11,000 feet. As a guest, you will experience a wide range of accommodations and amenities. Open up your itinerary for all-day horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, gourmet ranch meals, blue skies, kids’ program, evening entertainment and new friends.
Waunita Hot Springs Ranch — Gunnison, Colorado
Located high up in the Colorado Rockies and surrounded by Gunnison National Forest, Waunita Hot Springs Ranch provides guests with a relaxing, laidback atmosphere. Whether you’re young or just young at heart or whether you want to “ride like the wind” or just unwind, there is plenty to do at Waunita such as rafting, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and much more.
Wilderness Trails Ranch — Durango, Colorado
Whether you’re seeking adventure or R&R, Wilderness Trails Ranch can customize a vacation for you, as they have something for everyone – from their exceptional horseback riding program and unsurpassed wilderness and lake access and phenomenal fishing; to their award-winning “Never Bored” kids program; to incredible mountain biking opportunities, overland tours, indulgent spa treatments, taste-bud tantalizing cuisine, specialty events and more.