Type of horses:
Mainly quarter horses but also draft and paints.
Nature of horses:
Homebred, raised and trained. There is a choice of horse to suit every rider!
Height of horses:
13hh - 16.2hh
Those weighing over 215 pounds may be limited to walking rides.
This 600 acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has been offering authentic western holidays for more than 70 years. With a herd of over 100 homebred and raised horses and a host of ranch facilities, all within walking distance from each other, this is the ideal ranch for a true western adventure. The ranch is designed to suit adults and children alike and is recognised as an unforgettable family hotspot where guests of any age and ability can come for a dream ranch vacation.
Of course, the horse riding programme here is their speciality and is geared to every riding ability and age group. Horses are selected to match your riding skills and you can keep this assigned horse for the duration of your stay, allowing you to bond with them. Daily instruction is available, both in the arena and out on trails, and the ranch family aim that everyone who comes will learn something from the experience, no matter how experienced they are. Advanced riders have many opportunities to explore and blaze trails whilst handling their horses from leisurely walks to smooth lopes and gallops.
In addition to the riding programme, there is a variety of other activities and these include swimming, playing horseshoes, steak fry-outs, trout fishing, western dancing, jeep trips, song fests, campfires, hayrides, carnivals, pack trips, staff entertainment, gymkhana rodeos, raft trips, children's programmes, nearby golf, hunting and much more. Children are especially well looked after with special itineraries to suit every age group (including those under 5). If you are looking for a family holiday then look no further! The family atmosphere is increased with big, family style meals where guests share tables with each other to enjoy a hearty western meal.
The outstanding programmes, entertaining activities and high level of service are why this ranch was voted tripadvisor.com's '#1 All Inclusive Resort in the World 2010' and again made the top 10 for 2011.
Accommodation is in guests rooms in the main lodge or in the guest cabins. Rooms are snug, comfortable and typically western styled, all remodeled and refurbished but still reminiscent of the real ranch lifestyle of days gone by. They have a historical cabin essence. There is a variety of cabins with one, two, three or four bedrooms. Several are ideal for larger families and groups of friends wanting to be near one another.
The accommodation is cleaned everyday and all cabins have coffee-makers (some also have refrigerators but not all).
The main lodge house has a communal living area where you can meet and socialise with other guests. Its doors are always open!
At this ranch you can have all you care to eat - and nothing but the best! They take great pride in their food, which is lovingly prepared from recipes handed down for generations. Sometimes gourmet and sometimes hearty western... but always delicious. "I've never had as many healthy, hearty and delicious meals in my life," we've heard folks say.
Most meals are served family style in the dining room (with several families sharing tables together) but outdoor meals are highlights. Breakfast on a mountain top. Open hearth barbecue. Chuckwagon lunches. Sometimes, right out of your saddlebag. Each day is different.
Your hosts aim to please. Even the breads and pastries are made from scratch. But not everyone can eat like a cowboy, so let us know in advance about your special diet and they will try their darndest to accommodate your needs.
For those not wishing to partake of the horseriding programme, there are many other opportunites for mini-adventures that complement the ranch vacation experience.
Guests can do as much or as little as they like from relaxing, refreshing and un-stressing to taking part in swimming, horseshoes, steak fries, trout fishing, western dancing, jeep trips, song fests, campfires, hayrides, carnival, pack trips, staff entertainment, raft trips, watching gymkhana, rodeos, nearby golf and much more.
The ranch staff make their own evening entertainment such as campfire sing-a-longs, country dancing, old fashioned melodramas, carnival night and more.
Apart from the ranch based activities, other attractions in the area include the Rocky Mountain National Park (25 miles away), four local golf courses, a Winter Park Ski area(with an Alpine slide, miniature golf and mountain bike trails), local Saturday night rodeos, a narrow gauge railroad, hiking and mountain climbing, and, of course, shopping in the nearby stores.
There are boutiques and outlet malls for western wear, antiques, souvenirs and more.
Health requirements: No special requirements.
Age limit: No age limit.
Tuition: Yes, if applicable.
Included: Accommodation (cabins or lodge guest rooms), all meals, your personal horse for the week, children's supervised programmes, fishing, use of heated pool and hot tub and all ranch based activities (hay rides, dancing, river float trip, carnival, staff shows, campfires, sing-alongs and more). We also include the state sales tax, Grand County lodging tax and staff gratuities in our rates.
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, airport transfer, car hire, activities off the ranch.
Fly from the the UK to Denver, Colorado. All major rental car companies are available in Denver and this is recommended as the best way to get from the airport to the ranch. There is also a possible taxi service (please contact us for suggested providers) or you can travel via Amtrak which stops in nearby Granby.
Airport: Denver International Airport
A flexible riding programme to suit all ages (inc. children under 5) and abilities. Guests can do as much or as little as they like, taking instruction in the arena or out on the trails, or simply enjoying the fabulous rides out. Daily rides are scheduled by age group and riding ability so that guests can make the most of these great riding opportunities. You ride on trails often travelled by deer and elk, each turn different, and can wind through the native aspen. Lope over rolling hills of sage brush and cactus or meander across lush meadows ablaze with wildflowers. You'll be surrounded by the endless vistas of the majestic Colorado Rockies, a simply spectacular sight.
A suitable horse is assigned to you for the duration of your stay and the large selection of homebred horses means that riders of every level, including the very experienced, will be satisfied with their selected mount. The professional wrangler-led rides are designed to meet your every expectation.
The Rangerider programme for the 6 to 13 year olds is built around an instruction-based horseback riding programme where they practise skills in the arena before setting out to the backcountry on their morning and afternoon trail rides. These young riders work up to loping and tackling all day rides as their abilities improve. Before and after the rides the counsellors have other group activities planned, such as an obstacle course, horse brushing, swimming, hiking, lassoing a steer head, and other group activities.
The Buckaroo programme is for the little children aged 5 and under and is the perfect way for parents to be able to enjoy their holiday. These young children are taken care of by the counsellors whilst their parents are taking part in the ranch activities. Their activities include horseback rides around the ranch, games, crafts, and picnic hikes. The counsellors can take care of any individual needs like naps, baby feeding, etc. Since the ranch is heavily family orientated, families eat meals together, parents can partake in any of the children's programmes and riding, and the evening entertainment is also family orientated.
Counsellors and programme supervisors are college students selected for their experience, attentiveness and interests in child development and recreation. All staff are personally selected for their friendliness, enthusiasm, personality, talent and a sincere desire to please. They participate in all activities and create much of the entertainment.
|Minimum group size:||1|
|Maximum group size:||8|
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|Type of ride:||Trail riding and instruction.|
|Total riding time:||Flexible to suit.|
2017: The ranch is open from 28 May - 9 September.
A week stay here is considered check-in on Sunday (after 3pm) and departure on Saturday after breakfast.
PLEASE NOTE: Our rates include a customary 15% gratuities, a 3.9% state sales tax and Grand County lodging tax ($12.50 per person). This is so that you experience no hidden costs during your holiday.
A weekly rate is considered 6 nights with arrival on Sunday (after 3pm) and departure on Saturday after breakfast.
Rates for 2017: 28 May - 9 September
Adults (18 and over): Weekly/Daily
Per person (single): £2130 / £417
Double Occupancy: £2084 / £388
Family rate per person (3 or more in same accommodation): Weekly/Daily
Adults (18 and over): £2037 / £370
Children (13 - 17): £1853 / £347
Children (6 -12): £1761 / £325
Children (2-5): £1024 / £186
Children (under 2): £563 / £140
Non riders deduct: £349 (weekly price)
Discount periods 2017:
15% off weekly stay 28 May - 3 June
5% off weekly stay 4 - 10 June
10% off weekly stay 20 - 26 August
15% off weekly stays 27 August - 2 September & 3 - 9 September (ADULT ONLY WEEKS).
Discounts for groups and special events are also available.
Prices do not include flights, travel insurance, airport transfers or car hire.