June 21st, 2013 by Kaila
What sounds better than turning off your phone and rediscovering the beauty in nature around you? Nothing? Then start researching your trip to a mid-west dude ranch immediately. Ecotourism is a growing industry in the midst of the digital revolution because it gives travelers a slice of serenity to ease them of their busy, hectic lives. So, the Dude Rancher’s Association has brought together some of the country’s best dude ranches that offer a variety of activities, so there is something for everyone.
What is a dude ranch and what does it entail, you ask? Excellent question. A dude ranch is a ranch run specifically to entertain guests and give them an authentic ranching experience. Every dude ranch has their own unique activities to offer, but overall, there are some major attractions that one can expect at almost all dude ranches. Some of these activities include, “living off the land,” fishing, swimming, riding horses, hiking and viewing wildlife.
There are different types of dude ranches that can offer different activities depending on their locations. If one is looking for mountains, forests, rivers or valleys, there is a dude ranch in the perfect location to fit anyone’s needs. The Dude Rancher’s Association has a collection of ranches that cater to travelers’ different preference in activities, environments, sizes, budgets and length of stay. Read the rest of this entry »