There’s no greater Western tradition than that of the living the life of a cowboy. When you stay at a dude ranch, you’ll experience cowboy life firsthand. While riding horses is a given, there are all kinds of activities offered at dude ranches across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
If you’re a foodie, there are ranches with mind-blowing culinary experiences. If you’re interested in wildlife, one ranch in Wyoming will take you to see wild horses. Others have amazing kids’ programs complete with ziplining. One thing’s for certain – no matter which ranch you choose, you’ll really connect with the outdoors.
“Cowboys didn’t sit in front of TV’s,” The Dude Ranchers’ Association executive director Bryce Street muses.
And, neither will you. Whether you’re learning horsemanship, exploring on a long trail ride, enjoying dinner around a campfire or simply reading a book on the porch, you’ll feel connected to the land and history of the West. A history that’s entwined with that of our nation’s first national park. In the early 1900s, visitors flocked to Yellowstone on the railroads to see the storied wildlife and mysterious geysers. Dude ranches provided these visitors with places to stay and pack trips into the park, allowing Easterners to experience a taste of cowboy life.
The spirit of dude ranches remains the same over 100 years later, giving visitors a glimpse into the Western way of life.
“If it weren’t for dude ranching, I wouldn’t be here.” Street remarks. Her parents met while working on a dude ranch years ago and Street grew up on a dude ranch. Working on them through high school and college, she ended up at the Association to help visitors have those authentic experiences.
“It’s in my blood,” she says.
The Dude Ranchers’ Association has nearly 100 member ranches all over the United States, with many located within two hours of Yellowstone. Several ranches even lie within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. With so many dude ranches to choose from, the staff at The Dude Ranchers’ Association will help you find your perfect stay. All member ranches meet strict criteria. Horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart are the Association’s pillars, ensuring you have the experience of a lifetime.
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Dude Ranchers' Association
1122 12th Street, Cody, WY 82414