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RAnCHo DE LoS CAbALLERoS home on the range This southwestern escape embodies everything that’s made dude ranch vacations a trend in travel: adventure and luxury, melded with authentic Americana. O ciara lavelle Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam, where the deer and the antelope play.... “Home on the Range” is a classic American cowboy song—and, increasingly, it’s also what clients in search of a unique American travel experience are asking their travel agents to book. Dude ranch vacations have become a bona fide travel trend in recent years, thanks to properties in the west like Rancho de los Caballeros, a historic guest ranch resort in southern Arizona that aims to give its guests a comfortable, unique and authentic American experience. cowboy up Dude ranches, or guest ranches, originated in the late-1800s, when industrialization gave many Americans a longing for a simpler, freer time—a feeling most travelers can empathize with today. Ever since, they’ve been offering guests an experience of America’s last frontier with added luxury. According to Rui Pereira, general manager at Rancho de los Caballeros, it’s no surprise that dude ranch vacations have come into vogue, particularly for families traveling together. “Dude ranches offer a family-friendly environment along with activities for the whole family,” he 40 july 2010 explains. “We offer family [horseback] rides, and our dinner cookouts are a great place for families to gather and enjoy spending time together by the fire.” Whether your clients are kids or just kids at heart, they can indulge their inner cowboy in a variety of ways throughout the property. Horseback riding is undoubtedly the main reason for visiting a dude ranch and there’s plenty of that here, with trails throughout 20,000 acres of untarnished Sonoran Desert landscape, with rolling hills and vast open spaces. Led by seasoned guides, riders learn about the grand tradition of the Spanish caballeros, the “gentlemen on horseback” who explored and settled this part of the country—and with so much wide open space to explore, they could feel like they’re discovering the territory for the first time. In fact, riders can trot across the desert for a full week without repeating a single trail, as well as develop a relationship with the horses during their rides. The ranch is home to 100 horses, and will try to pair riders with the same horse when possible throughout the course of their stay. Parents and kids ages 10 and older can try their hand at team penning, literally “rounding up” a dozen yearling steers and herding them

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2010

Cover: Experiential Travel
Editor’s Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Louis Cruises'
Shamwari Game Reserve
Las Vegas
Rancho De Los Caballeros
Calling Indiana Jones Types

Recommend July 2010