The Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association (CDGRA) is comprised of about 30 ranches located throughout the mountains and mesas of Colorado. Formed in 1934, the Association serves as a member network, marketing, educational, and promotional organization for its members. Each ranch must meet strict standards of excellence in order to maintain membership in the Association and is regularly inspected to ensure that they meet Association standards. In addition, when a ranch changes ownership or management, it must be inspected promptly. All inspections occur during the peak of the season when guests are present so their input can be included in the evaluation.
CDGRA members are active in local charities, conservation and wildlife organizations, historical preservation, and their local communities. Members employ more than 1,000 seasonal employees, most of whom are college-age students who return each summer until graduation. CDGRA member ranches own 3,000 horses or 3% of all riding horses in Colorado.
CDGRA Pledge of Inspection Certification
For nearly 70 years, the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association has maintained high standards and strict qualification requirements for membership. Each ranch is regularly inspected for: cleanliness, facilities, hospitality, and honest representation in advertising messages.
In addition, CDGRA member ranches are inspected for the quality and safety of their horse programs. Ranch horse health, nutrition, and treatment are of utmost importance to ranch members. Horse standards are three-fold: to insure the safety of guests when around or riding guest ranch horses; to maintain the health and care of the animals on each ranch; and to insure that guests have “fun” riding horses. These standards extend to include the tack, barns, corrals, and riding trails.