This is the Sundance Trail Guest Ranch Staff Orientation page of Articles for a Family Friendly Vacation Experience

With a single link to Summer Family Dude Ranch Vacations

In the “old days” we used to print these articles and mail them to all staff before their arrival. The paper used resulted in the deaths of many, many trees. The “pre-arrival pre-orientation” reading materials can now be found here. (The DRA Wrangler safety Certification Course will still use printed books.)

All Staff should study the following:

Dude Ranch Cowboy Rules.

The Dude Ranch 12 Basics of Employment

The Delighted Guest. What is Guest Satisfaction?

Staff Packing List – Things to Bring

Don’t Fence Me In Lyrics

Wrangler, Wrangler Intern and Wrangler-wanna-be Staff should study the following:

Developing and Maintaining a Safe and Sensible Riding Program

Horse Skills – Walking, Jogging, Loping

Planning Children’s Programming

Horse Vital Signs

Wrangler’s Guide to Colic

Wrangler’s Trail Stories

Sheath Cleaning without Fuss

Water Is Most Overlooked Item In Horse Ration & How To Figure Horse Weight

NOTE: You will be asked about this in your interview!


What Makes Us Different?

Size – We are a Small Dude Ranch
No name tags. No crowds. No lines.

Relaxed & Flexible
Take off your watch. You won’t need it. We keep riding groups small so we are able to be very flexible in our riding program and activities.

Adventure Vacation
In addition to horseback riding we offer Rafting, Rock Climbing, Shooting, Hiking, Mountain Biking and much more!

We Love to Teach
We believe that riding should be fun, should be safe, and that learning never ends.

Not a Nose-to-Tail Program
Our wranglers will never tell you to “get in line.” We don’t believe in lines!

Concern for Your Safety
We follow the standards of the American Association of Horsemanship Safety,and our wranglers are Safety Certified by the Dude Ranchers Association.

Concern for the Environment
We live the “No Trace” Ethic, which means that we do our best to leave a very small foot-print in our National Forest.

Pet Friendly
We are the only pet friendly dude ranch that we know! Your dog, if he/she is well mannered around children and other animals, is welcome!

Family Orientation
We enjoy sharing our lifestyle with people, especially families. We enjoy helping families play together.

Come Visit Us
This is our home, we live here and we’re open year-round.
You are very welcome to come visit us just give us a call!

More About What Makes Us Different!