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September 15, 2009

Autumn Specials at the Finest Western Dude Ranches

Dude ranch The golden leaves of aspens aren’t the first to fall when autumn arrives in the Western mountains. The rates at Rocky Mountain dude ranches take a dip as early as mid-August. When kids return to school, and demand from families’ decreases, member ranches of the Dude Ranchers’ Association offer lower rates, shorter stays, and special weeks. Many ranchers reserve their western retreats for adults only, for time to kick back with no meetings, no schedules, and no worries.

At Southwest Colorado’s Wilderness Trails Ranch where the schedule of activities is same as summers, yet reservations are limited to 25 adults each week up until September 26th. Special weeks during October include “Ride the Colors of Fall Week,” September 27-October 6th, and Durango’s annual “Cowboy Gathering,” October 1st-4th.

"Cowgirl Up" is an all-inclusive woman's adventure presented in the simple yet elegant style of NW Montana’s Bar W Ranch. A horsemanship clinic for riders of all levels kicks off the getaways September 27th – October 3rd and October 11th – 17th. Girls let their hair down at night with cocktail receptions or a little “two-stepping” at the Blue Moon. Or, they may submit to the ultimate in pampering with spa treatments followed by stargazing from the hot tub.

Idaho’s Red Horse Mountain Ranch brings together unattached men and women September 27- October 3. During Single’s Week, folks can meet others who enjoy outdoor adventure in tranquil surroundings. The remote setting near the eastern shores of Coeur d'Alene Lake is a recreational nirvana for riding, swimming, kayaking and fly-fishing.

Culinary arts are the focus at Alberta’s Homeplace Ranch September 27-October 5, dates for the annual and ever-popular “Taste of Alberta.” All the meals this week feature the ranches own recipes using only Alberta grown and created ingredients, including the Big Rock Beer, Alberta’s finest adult beverage. The foothills of the Rockies locale provide a feast for the spirit while the menu serves up a feast for the body.

Assistance with planning your ideal fall dude ranch adventure is just a click away by going to the DRA website, or by phoning the organization to request a free catalog at 866-399-2339.

For more vacation ideas from RTM, visit our Adventure Travel section.

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