When you imagine a perfect romantic getaway, you may envision beautiful white sandy beaches, or a quaint little New England bed and breakfast — but if you’re the adventurous type, you may want something a little more “outside the box”.

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning an engagement, celebrating a wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary, there is no denying that a good dose of nature, gourmet food, and riding beautiful horses would make the sparks fly or keep the romance alive in any relationship. Enjoying activities together like horseback riding, fishing, hiking, or white water rafting promotes flirting and bonding; taking a minute to unwind in a hot tub with a glass of wine and connect over good conversation and the natural setting encourages us to think and act at a slower and more thoughtful pace.

That being said, there’s nothing more romantic than watching the sunset on horseback or cuddling in a cabin in a gorgeous Rocky Mountain setting. At Colorado Trails Ranch you can indulge in your dream romantic getaway! So, if you’re wanting or needing to book a vacation with that special someone — consider adding some of these alluring activities to your bucket list!

Top 9 Romantic Colorado Trails Ranch Activities

Horseback Riding

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Riding alongside your sweetheart and discovering vast mountain ranges that encircle beautiful meadows make it feel like you’re living in a fairy tale or movie, especially during sunset. Our expert Wranglers cater to all experience levels, and we offer morning or afternoon sessions that can be booked for 1 hour, 2 hours, half day, or full day rides!

We have easy riding trails for our beginners and more challenging trails for our more advanced riders — but we do have a weight restriction of 240 pounds for anyone wishing to ride any of our horses. If you have any questions about our policies, facilities, lessons, events, or how we can help you make your ride more romantic; please don’t hesitate to contact us!


If you and your partner love to fish— a romantic vacation at Colorado Trails Ranch is clearly meant to be. Whether fishing is a big part of your life, or you’ve never done it before, a couples fishing excursion is a fabulous way to show your date what a catch you are!


It doesn’t matter if it’s your first date or your 50th wedding anniversary; Colorado offers endless opportunities for lovers to enjoy a romantic hike. Plan a picnic to enjoy at the top of the trail, pack a couple of headlamps and go for a sunset hike — or you could get really cheesy and bring along your guitar to serenade your love while you enjoy the view. The opportunities to plan a thoughtful and romantic hike are truly endless.

White Water Rafting

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There is plenty of white water rafting available nearby on the Animas River with a professional outfitter, which we will happily coordinate for you! Although this isn’t the most traditionally romantic activity — keep in mind that overcoming challenging experiences together brings you closer together as a couple, and the adrenaline rush will help boost your libido and put you in the mood…

Not only that, but rafting truly allows you and your main squeeze to disconnect from it all. Most river canyons don’t get service, so there will be no technological distractions or interruptions, which can be a big buzzkill when you’re trying to connect intimately with someone.

Couple’s Massage

You can find several local businesses that offer couples massage packages nearby in downtown Durango. We understand how this can feel a bit strange to some, especially first-timers — but it really isn’t. It’s meant to relax and bond you and your partner together and is especially romantic when snacks like champagne and strawberries are added into the mix.

If you have any special requests, our staff would be honored to do all the planning for you! Also, if you and your honey are planning on hiking, biking, or horseback riding, we highly recommend booking your massage after doing these activities.

Cozying Up

Staying in one of our guest ranch cabins is the ultimate romantic experience. Typically, soft lighting and candles equate to romance; and the idea of spending quality time with your other half while you both enjoy nature and a good bottle of wine gives you a chance to unwind and reconnect with each other.

Rustic Weddings

What’s more romantic than wide-open spaces, picturesque settings, and two people committing themselves to each other? Colorado Trails Ranch is more of a small town from the wild west, complete with a Saloon, Opera House, and Trading Post that could be a fun place to host a themed or rustic wedding. The memories and pictures will be one of a kind, and once you’re married — the ranch makes a great honeymoon destination!

Fine Wine and Fine Dining

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Even if you’re here on vacation with the family, you can still carve a little time out for some romance. Our dedicated staff will entertain and care for your children while you enjoy a grownup evening of dinner and drinks. We also treat all of our adult guests to a candlelight dinner where you will have the opportunity to indulge in delights like grilled Colorado lamb chops with fresh mint chutney or Rocky Mountain bison with house-made chimichurri. (If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance, and we can offer gourmet menu items that fit your specific needs.)

Moreover, according to researchers — the act of feeding and sharing food with others is a big indication of the level of intimacy in both friendships and romantic relationships. It’s also a clear indication of affection and comfort, and it’s the strongest sign of romantic interest and intimacy observed among academics and scientists.

Star Gazing

All of our cabins are beautifully decorated, comfortable, and feature a private porch or balcony area that is perfect for watching the sunset or stargazing. Since Colorado Trails Ranch is far away from all the noise and light pollution from the city — some of our guests bring their own telescope to get an even better view and to turn up the romance factor.

If you really want to put stars in your lover’s eyes and show them just how much you truly care, take your stargazing to the next level! You can start by learning where the different stars, planets, and constellations are located; by naming a star after your sweetie, or just by simply cuddling up under a blanket while you watch a meteor shower.

Wrapping It All Up

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Setting the stage for romance requires the right environment. Being surrounded by bustling mountains, crystal clear streams, swaying pines, and expansive views of beautiful mountain valleys will leave you and your significant other feeling as if you’ve truly gotten away from it all; giving you time to focus on what’s important: each other.

Plus, a dude ranch vacation tailored for couples and romance typically doesn’t require traveling overseas and enduring a long day of flying, layovers, delays, bad food, or currency exchange. To come to see us, most need to simply hop in their car and drive. And if you don’t have kids, or don’t want to necessarily be around a bunch during your romantic getaway — coming in September, or when school is back in session will increase your odds of having a child-free experience.

If you and your beloved are wanting to reconnect, get away from the stress of everyday life, or to spice things up while saving time and money, then a romantic dude ranch getaway could be just what the doctor (or in this case, cupid) ordered.

To get started, call us at 1-970-247-5055, or email us today. We would be honored to help you coordinate a relaxing trip that will get your fires burning!