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The Best Holiday Gifts Don't Sport a Designer Logo
by Colleen Hodson

Nor do the best gifts come from a big box store. The best gifts are meaningful, lasting long after the credit card bills come due. This season, enjoy the gift of family time at a Western dude ranch vacation. Gather your loved ones and retreat to the tranquil surroundings of a member ranch of the Dude Ranchers’ Association, or DRA.

A DRA ranch promises families a quality retreat far from the madness of holiday commercialism. With more than100 DRA ranches, found in the deserts and mountains of the American West and Canada, families can spend the holidays at a ranch best suited to their interests and lifestyle. Ranches come with all-inclusive rates and many offer special holiday rates and packages making them affordable as well.

Established in 1926, the Dude Ranchers’ Association ensures families of a quality ranch vacation by establishing and enforcing the highest standards in the industry. Each DRA ranch is accredited and inspected for safety, accommodations, care of horses, equipment and for providing an authentic Western experience.

DRA-member ranches in Arizona and New Mexico offer trail rides under the warm desert sun, as well as hiking, mountain biking, tennis and swimming. Northern ranches from Colorado to Canada entertain families with guided snowmobile tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, access to superb downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice-skating.
But best of all, a DRA dude ranch offers families something one can’t find in a shopping mall; precious time spent together making memories to last a lifetime.

To find the perfect ranch getaway for your family, or to request a free directory of member ranches visit http://www.duderanch.org/ or call 866-399-2339.

About the author:

Colleen Hodson, The Dude Ranchersapostrophe Association, (866) 399-2339 or (307) 587-2339, colleen@duderanch.org, http://www.duderanch.org/