Red Horse Mountain Ranch embraced the mission of the Dude Ranchers’ Association shortly after its first years in operation to provide returning guests and new guests with a guarantee of quality, safety, professionalism, and responsibility. All members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association must maintain a high quality of accommodations and services in a clean, friendly, safe, professional manner. Members must practice open and honest marketing and advertising when interacting with potential clientele. Members must adhere to all regulations, and provide information to clientele, concerning the responsible and sustainable use of resources. Members and the Association will work in cooperation with Federal and State land agencies to ensure the preservation of resources and habitat. Members must work together in an ethical manner in an effort to promote professional growth within the dude ranching industry.
The Dude Ranchers’ Association
When you book your vacation at a member ranch, you can be assured of genuine, western hospitality combined with the lodging industry’s latest standards.
The Dude Rancher’s Association is the governing body of the West’s Dude Ranch industry. Created in 1926, it provides an organized structure for members, in which they are able to exchange ideas and experiences in an effort to uphold the highest quality of services within the industry. The Association promotes the western ranch vacation, while continuing to build a strong working relationship with Federal and State land agencies in order to preserve and protect parks, forests and wildlife.
You will find that not all Dude Ranches are members of the DRA. There are a number of strict by-laws which must be followed in order to become (and remain) a member ranch. Approximately 70% of the ranches that apply meet the high standards of the association and go on to become members.Membership in the Association is not automatic. Dude ranches applying for membership go through a rigorous two year inspection and approval process. It includes an application fee, a detailed written application, references from former guests, an appearance before the board of directors and on-site inspections during operations. These inspections focus on safety, livestock management and hospitality industry standards for all aspects of the ranch.
Once accepted, ranches go through a year of probationary membership during which they undergo a second on-site inspection. Only after a satisfactory second inspection are they admitted to full membership. Once a full member, all ranches are accredited every five years.The Dude Ranchers’ Association has been preserving western ranch vacations by establishing and maintaining strict standards, while protecting the land and wildlife for over 80 years – We encourage you to “Ride the West with the Best!”
Discover the American wilderness that can only be seen by horseback. Discover the men and women who are the stewards of this land. These families open their homes to thousands of guests every year, committed to providing the best vacations possible. Dude ranching is much more than guest rooms and horses. It is a sharing, of the spirit of the West and the beauty of the wilderness.On a ranch, you’ll experience a world that is dictated by the seasons and cycles of life. It is a simple way of life that demands honesty, integrity, hard work and a strong spirit. Your appreciation of nature, family and friends will be renewed. You’ll find that good riding, good food and good friends will leave you peaceful and content. You’ll discover the luxuries of silence, the wind on your face and the stars shining brightly. More than just a day full of activities, the essence of a ranch vacation nourishes your heart and soul. It is unlike any vacation you have ever taken – one that you will return to time and again. It‘s “Horses, Hats and Hospitality” and friends serving friends. We suggest you take a look at all of the DRA members in finding the perfect ranch for you and your family.
HORSE SAFETY AND ADAPTIVE FIRST AID FOR THE TRAIL
This program has been established to certify member ranches in Horse Safety and First Aid for the Trail. The program is a reflection of a proactive approach by the DRA to promote good SAFE horse programs that prepare staff to handle any emergencies that may occur on the trail and to be recognized as experts in the industry. The program provides an educational opportunity through two seminars required for certification. These seminars promote continual evaluation of safety procedures and skills.
This program is a reflection of the member ranches and our responsibility to give guest riders an enjoyable experience along with exercising the highest degree of care to safeguard the lives and well-being of our riders. The DRA relies upon the integrity of its certified members to review their program based on the minimum safety standards of the certification program. Each certified ranch must be recertified every three years. The owner, operator or manager must attend both seminars to complete or update current certification. Be sure and look for the DRA Horse Safety Logo before you book your dude ranch vacation.