To help find an enjoyable experience in the Old West for you and/or your family, we suggest that you consider a trip to a part of the Old West where you can do most of the things that will make you feel good about your time away from home. Go stay with a good old Western family. You’ll experience a portion of the way we used to live, staying in a real ranch cabin or ranch house. Eat good hearty home cooked meals morning, noon and night, ride a well behaved well trained horse(some are more spirited, and your wrangler will carefully choose one for you. So tell him the truth about your riding ability… (beginners are welcome.) You’ll ride through the great fresh air of the Old West, and wonder over the trees, flowers and animals. Since I have been visiting dude ranches since 1884(oops, I meant 1984) Yes, I am old, but not that old…yet!
A visit to a dude ranch is like visiting a real family, because that is who runs most ranches-families. Kids grow up courteous, well mannered and healthy. They have many of the qualities we try to influence in our child members, and those who attend the ”WWW Cowboy Camp for Kids”, opening in the summer of 2011 or 2012 depending on the support you decide to give it, through joining World Wide Westerners International Organization. There’ll be more about that on another page or on our magazine-“Spirit of the Old West,” or the WWW Travel Newsletter ”Views from the Old West Traveler" website email@example.com
Picking a good ranch at which to spend your time calls for a little thought, as there can be spoiled apples in any basket. To make your choice easier and more secure, the Dude ranchers have formed an association with rules that assure you fair treatment at any of their member ranches. Of course, there are variations between ranches that can affect your ultimate enjoyment - such as the geography- in the mountains or on the plains - the types of riding offered – those that offer side trips; such as shopping in the nearest Western town, rafting on a nearby river, visits to local rodeos and events, and the type of the accommodations, etc. Call or write one of the ranches, or for the DRA Catalog for some information on all the ranches, and if you are serious or have anxiety about the decision, give us a call at WWW 806-369-0221. (The Old West Traveler has been to, and reported on, quite a few ranches in the past 20 years.