To be honest, it’s hard to come up with any reasons NOT to choose a dude ranch experience like ours for your summer vacation. There is something truly special about making memories with friends and family in a setting that includes epic activities, unforgettable mountain views, and good ol’ fashioned Western hospitality.

Here are 10 reasons our dude ranch creates one of the best and most memorable travel experiences on the planet!

  1. Horseback Riding
  2. World Class Fly Fishing
  3. Hiking in the Mountains
  4. Family Activities
  5. Hearty Home-Cooked Meals
  6. All-Inclusive Packages
  7. Hospitality that makes you feel like Family
  8. Spending Quality Time in Nature
  9. Activities for All Ages
  10. Western Dancing and Music

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Horseback Riding

Imagine riding through endless meadows, vast mountains, and pristine creeks on our scenic private trails. This is what you can expect from our dude ranch summer vacation. Never ridden a horse in your life? No problem! Whether you’re a city slicker or a professional cowboy, you will have a fun, rewarding experience that fits your skill level.

You will be paired up with one of our professional Wranglers who will teach and guide you to feel comfortable with horses (and even pen a cow or two!)

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Fishing, like horseback riding, is an integral part of the cowboy and ranch lifestyle. Our expert fly-fishing guides have a dedication that goes beyond just the sport itself. They have a strong passion for teaching people and a deep love and respect for nature and the environment.

Enjoy our two miles of private water on the Florida River where our fly-fishing guides teach beginners of all ages. Already an accomplished angler? We have some challenging spots for you to battle the cagiest of trout!

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Hiking in the Mountains

Our dude ranch is nestled in the gorgeous San Juan Mountains, surrounded by breathtaking forest land. There are several trails of varying difficulty right outside your cabin door!

If you are looking to take on a challenging climb or a mountain stroll with the family, experienced ranch staff will happily accommodate you.


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Family Activities

While you will have an unforgettable dude ranch vacation with or without the kids, we are well-known for having activities everyone can participate in. This makes Colorado Trails Ranch the perfect vacation idea for the whole family!

Our vast number of amenities can be enjoyed by both parents and kids: go for a swim in our heated pool, or soak in our hot tub.

You can also take a scheduled trip into town for some whitewater rafting on the Animas River or to see the True West Rodeo. Both are great fun for everyone in the family!

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Hearty Home-Cooked Meals

Enjoy delicious home-cooked breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts created by our Chef Scott Sutton. Our slice of paradise offers filling, healthy and wholesome homemade meals that capture the heart of the Colorado mountains.

If you have any special dietary requirements, let us know in advance and our Chef will put together a special menu for you.

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All-Inclusive Packages

Planning a vacation can often be stressful and confusing. Trying to book the best deals for lodging, activities, and transportation is often an absolute nightmare. We have all been there!

When you book a vacation with us, you can expect an all-inclusive, hassle-free experience. No more choosing between fun activities due to budget concerns. Everything is included in one price for your convenience!

Stop stressing about exactly what activities are going to happen on which days and how to get from A to B. Our dude ranch vacation is about relaxation- from the booking process to kicking back with your feet in the creek.

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Hospitality that makes you feel like Family

What separates a dude ranch from all other all-inclusive vacations? Down-home hospitality.  At our Ranch, you are not just a room number- you’re family.

Our down-to-earth and welcoming staff will make you feel at home and taken care of during every moment of your dude ranch vacation.


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Spending Quality Time in Nature

Looking to ditch the smartphone, disconnect from everyday life, and spend some quality time in nature with your loved ones?

We understand how hard it can be to escape the daily grind and a dude ranch vacation is a perfect way to unplug from everything. While there are plenty of activities like horseback riding and hiking through scenic trails, you can also feel a sense of comfort just sitting back and taking in all that nature has to offer.


Activities for All Ages

We already discussed activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but we also have a vast array of activities that are catered to different age groups.

At Colorado Trails Ranch, the fun is endless:

  • Picnic Lunch Horseback Rides
  • Nature Hikes
  • Whitewater Rafting Adventures
  • Guided Trips to Mesa Verde National Park
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Archery and Shooting
  • Petting Zoo On-Site
  • Fishing from Our Stocked Ponds or Spud Lake
  • Power Tubing at Vallecito Lake
  • Games Including Horseshoes, Volleyball, and Basketball
  • Hayrides
  • Campfires and Cookouts


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Western Dancing and Music

No dude ranch vacation is complete without Western dancing and music!

Join us in the Opera house for a night of square and line dancing or enjoy cowboy campfire singalongs with legendary local artists like Tim Sullivan.




Colorado Trails Ranch is the perfect vacation this Summer!

We would love to share these experiences with you! Contact us to learn more about our accommodations and reservation availability!