Apparently the phrase “What is a dude ranch?” is one of the most googled phrases relating to dude and guest ranches. The Dude Ranchers’ Association answers this question on their blog and features the Lazy L&B Dude Ranch. Here’s the article. An excerpt of the text is below:
What is a dude ranch? Dude ranches are the original Western vacation! Back in the late 19th century, ranches allowed visitors from the East Coast and Midwest to escape the crowds of their suburban lives to experience the unique rejuvenation of spirit that ranches had become known for. Ranches quickly became a “home away from home” as returning guests became lifelong friends with the staff and guests. It’s a quality that still exists today, as ranch vacations continue to provide that special brand of western hospitality that nourishes body and soul.
For dude ranches who are members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association, this is an all-inclusive immersive vacation that includes lodging, meals, horseback riding, fishing, hiking and more. With almost 100 members in the DRA the experience is unique at every ranch with a specialty in horseback riding over unique terrain, cattle work and/or luxury amenities. From small, intimate ranches to large resort-style ranches there is a ranch to fit every budget and dream vacation.