Saturday, December 11, 2010
What are the different types of ranches?
Question: What are the different kinds
Working Dude Ranch
are working cattle ranches. Most of these ranches were cattle ranches before they became dude ranches. Historically ranchers
who needed to make more money started accepting boarders to help pay for their ranch operations. Guests get to participate
in the work related to the horses and cattle. If you are looking to really experience what cowboy life is then this
the kind of ranch for you.
Dude or Guest Ranch
ranches started as working ranches but moved their business to taking guests which became their main focus. Some still have
cattle and guest are encouraged to help work them. Horseback riding is their main focus but most offer a variety
of other activities including, kids programs, fishing, skeet shooting, evening activities and pack trips. In my career I have
heard countless guests at the end of their stay say that this was the best vacation they had ever been on.
Resort Dude Ranch
These ranches are more luxurious and offer fancier accommodations,
dining, and amenities. Tennis, golf, fine wines, spa and shopping are typical. They of course still have great horse
backriding. Resort ranches tend to have larger guest capacity and can handle large groups, weddings and corporate events.
Friday, December 10, 2010
When to make reservations for your next dude ranch vacation
Question: When should I make reservations
for my next dude ranch vacation?
Answer: It depends on the time of year, how big your group is
and how flexible you are with your dates. November through January most ranches will have availability for June through September.
If you have a large group or a family reunion, the sooner you make your reservations the better. On smaller ranches a big
family will often take up the whole ranch. If you have specific dates in mind you should also not wait to book.