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Visiting the ranch is an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

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Bet the Ranch

When the Time of Your Life Lights Up Your Lifetime

Aching to travel, yet dreading the rigamarole of flying? Not sure how to entertain your summer visitors? Saddle up and head to the Colorado Trails Ranch, an all-inclusive dude ranch and resort surrounded by over two million scenic acres. For over six decades, this getaway has provided first-class hospitality.

“It’s not our job to help guests have a good time,” explains ranch co-manager Amanda Johnston. “Instead, our goal is to create positive interactions that each individual will find enriching and inspiring. It's our mission to leave guests feeling more refreshed, more self-aware, and more confident in themselves and the direction of their lives. Learning how to guide your horse, cast a fly rod, or just soak up nature gives us all a refreshing perspective that is truly transformational.”

Guests of the Colorado Trails Ranch rediscover their core authenticity—who they truly are at heart and what really matters. This pathway to authenticity is likely rooted in the site’s adherence to genuine ranch work. As Johnston notes, “We are a working ranch.” That means the ranch produces hay, manages a garden and greenhouse, breeds horses, and participates in forestry management. Guests should expect to encounter lots of animals, including horses, goats, rabbits, wild deer, chickens, cats, a ranch dog, and a tortoise!

“We want to preserve our land, provide the utmost care for our team, and animals, and we want to utilize our resources from the nature around us,” Johnston says.

Throughout July, Colorado Trails offers a Summer All-Inclusive Dude Ranch program with a 3-6 night experience complete with daily horseback rides, white-water rafting, fly-fishing, sports shooting, Durango rodeo, forest cookouts, chef-prepared meals, and unlimited access to trails, a heated pool, and hot tub. Packages are also available for the fall and offer a slower pace to drink in Colorado’s stunning colors!

  • Gourmet meals are locally sourced.
  • Visiting the ranch is an unforgettable experience for the entire family.
  • Families connect in new ways and on new levels.
  • Families focus on what really matters out on the ranch.
  • Hikes, cookouts, singalongs are only a few of the highlights offered.
  • Ranch staff are always nearby to help, coach, or encourage guests to go beyond their comfort zone.
  • Giddyup! Dash across the meadow feeling newfound confidence.
  • Hang on to your hats! Fun hits all new levels out at the Colorado Trails Dude Ranch.