The Dude Ranch Foundation Mission

The Mission and Purpose of the Dude Ranch Foundation is to preserve the history and expand the knowledge of America’s dude ranching industry through the Foundation’s Heritage Museum, research archives, educational programs, and support for workforce development and conservation.

Dude Ranch Foundation Membership

Student Level (with valid student ID) $35 – JOIN NOW

  • Access to DRF Research Archives
  • Invitation to private lectures
  • Foundation biannual newsletter
  • Receive one ticket for the free dude ranch vacation raffle

Individual Level $50 – JOIN NOW

  • Foundation biannual newsletter
  • Receive six tickets for the free dude ranch vacation raffle
  • Invitation to special member events

Family Level $100 – JOIN NOW

  • Foundation biannual newsletter
  • Nominate one student for a scholarship
  • Receive 12 tickets for the free dude ranch vacation raffle
  • Invitation to special member events

Corporate Supporter $300 – JOIN NOW

  • An invitation to DRA annual convention
  • Foundation biannual newsletter
  • Nominate two students for a scholarship
  • Receive 18 tickets for the free dude ranch vacation raffle
  • A Dude Ranch Foundation coffee mug
  • Invitation to special member events

Corporate Builder $600 – JOIN NOW

  • Two invitations to the DRA annual convention
  • Listing in Foundation biannual newsletter
  • Nominate three students for a scholarship
  • Receive 24 tickets for the free dude ranch vacation raffle
  • Two Dude Ranch Foundation coffee mugs

Corporate Sustainer $2000 – JOIN NOW

  • Three invitations to the DRA annual convention
  • Listing in Foundation biannual newsletter
  • Nominate four students for a scholarship
  • Receive 30 tickets for the free dude ranch vacation raffle
  • Four Dude Ranch Foundation coffee mugs
  • Complimentary one-time use of the Dude Ranch Foundation’s Heritage Museum
  • Guided tour of the museum for four

Additional Donation: ❒ $25 ❒ $50 ❒ Other $______ – CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW

A Non-Profit Organization – IRS Code 501 (c)3, TIN: 74-2519170

How Does Your Membership Help?

Scholarships – The Foundation provides a broad and flexible set of scholarships each year to students with the overall goal of supporting the future of the dude ranch industry. Over $350,000 awarded to students since inception.

Education – Through public relations, articles, speaker’s bureau and teaming up with authors and organizations the Foundation conducts outreach to educate the public about the rich history and vacation opportunities at dude ranches.

Horse Safety Program – In an effort to assist ranches in becoming safer the Foundation developed a horse safety program that has been wildly successful and has verified results. The foundation dispatches certified approved instructors to train ranch staff.

Dude Ranch Museum – Your support helps fund and outfit a Museum located in Cody Wyoming to present and display the rich history of the Dude Ranch Industry. It is open to the public all year long.

  • Foundation Endowment
  • Education
  • Scholarships
  • Horse Safety Program

For more information on the Dude Ranch Foundation please fill out the form on the contact us page or call the foundation at 307-587-2339.