Montana Rolls Out the Welcome Mat June 1st

Montana will enter Phase II of COVID-19 on June 1. What does this mean for you? Let’s look at some facts and guidelines first. Montana has less hospitalized cases per capita in the USA with only 22 active cases (as of this writing). The number of cases is low, but the virus is still with […]

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Unlikely Discovery on a Montana Dude Ranch

A Montana dude ranch might not be the place you expect to find archaeological treasures, but there are pieces of Montana’s rich Native American history found on the property of one of our member ranches. These treasures remained untouched, or secret, for quite some time until discovered by Bill Jarrett in 1972. Bill was in […]

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Clark Canyon Reservoir

Hope Amidst Uncertainty

I can think of no better way to begin this blog than with the Facebook post by one of our member ranches, Bonanza Creek Ranch:  Thank you to Bonanza Creek Ranch for the very comforting and inspiring words. With all of us either in quarantine, self-quarantine or honoring social distance, it’s a new world […]

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Tip of the Hat

A Tip of the Hat

I bought my first cowboy hat in 1979. I am not a cowgirl, nor did I live on a ranch or a farm. My home was in a middle-class suburb of Cincinnati, nowhere near a dude ranch. But at the time, it was very cool to wear a cowboy hat, no matter where you grew […]

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Hey Dude! Where did the term "dude" come from?

Hey Dude!

I have often wondered – what is the strict definition of the word dude?  The term is used often and in various circumstances, but what does it really mean?  According to J.J. Gould, who in his 2013 article entitled “A Brief History of Dude” published in The Atlantic, a “dude” is one of the following as […]

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A Christmas Carol – Dude Ranch Style

When I was a kid, one of my fondest memories is of my family plunging headfirst into the Christmas season. Just about every room in the house was adorned with Christmas decorations; a fresh tree was purchased every year and was covered with tinsel, ornaments, and a star for a tree topper. Decorating the tree […]

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