The Dude Ranchers’ AssociationGo to All Members
The Original Western Adventure Vacation
Created in 1926, the National Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) was founded to preserve, protect and promote the unique experience and identity of a dude ranch vacation. And 90 years later, the association has stayed true to its mission – while also evolving to offer guests the ultimate, all-inclusive Western Adventure vacation experience. Where as its core values and emphasis on horsemanship have remained the same, the DRA has continued to strengthen its presence and purpose each year through promoting new ranch experiences and innovative ideas within the industry.
Working Ranches to Luxury Resorts
The association is currently made up of more than 100 ranch members and over 150 affiliated members. Members represent a broad spectrum of guest ranches across North America, ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches offering five-star cuisine and spa treatments.
True to the spirit of authentic Western hospitality, today’s guest ranch experience includes plenty of opportunities for fun and entertainment for families of all sizes, ages, ability levels and interests. Our Dude Ranches offer all-inclusive vacations that are perfect for the littlest rancher to Grandpa and Grandma. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, swimming, cycling, zip lining, white water rafting, rodeos, western dancing, fine dining and more.
Beyond the Saddle
For those interested in activities beyond the saddle and cowboy boots, many guest ranches offer programs catered to photographers, foodies, artists, wine aficionados, etc. Guests can even mix their love for the outdoors with amenities such as massage services, hot tubs, and workout facilities and classes.
Horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart
Membership in the Association is not automatic. Dude ranches applying for membership go through a rigorous two year inspection and approval process. When you vacation at a member Dude Ranch, you can be assured of the 6H’s of dude ranching. Read more about them here.
Selecting a Ranch
The Association’s website offers many ways of searching and selecting ranches. It offers search features by state, activities and National Parks. Comparing ranches is easy using the ‘Saddle Bag’ to collect and compare your favorite ranches. You can even request information from the saddle bag to get competitive rates from your top ranches. For more information about navigating your dude ranch search take a look here or call the National Office in Cody, Wyoming.