Ah, Mother Nature. For some people, the perfect vacation is a hot tub and a novel; for other people, it’s a hike up a beautiful mountain. The good news is, at Colorado Trails Dude Ranch, we can satisfy both kinds of people. Our all inclusive family vacations truly have something for everyone, no matter what their age and what their inclinations. For those looking for outdoor adventure and hiking vacations, our location in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains is perfect.

Hiking Vacations at Colorado Trails Dude Ranch

Colorado Trails Dude Ranch is located on the edge of San Juan National Forest in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. It’s a perfect launch point, in other words, for guided nature hikes through the surrounding forests and mountains. On our guided nature hikes, you’ll stroll through mountain meadows dotted with bright wildflowers and through birch forests that look like they came straight out of a movie. You’ll look over postcard-perfect vistas, and return back to the guest ranch knowing that you definitely got your exercise in for the day.

You don’t need to bring experience for our guided nature hikes, just a pair of comfortable hiking shoes and a wish to see Mother Nature at her finest while on your outdoor adventure. It doesn’t matter what time of year you come, either; the mountains always reward their visitors. In the spring and summer months, the area is lush with color; during the fall, the leaves turn into bright hues of orange, red, and yellow – creating a magical scene to amble through.

Enjoy the Scenery Horseback Riding

If you’re not up for all that walking, ask a horse to take you around, instead. What kind of dude ranch would we be if part of our week wasn’t dedicated to horseback riding? Both our horses and our wranglers are real professionals; whether you’re new to horseback riding or have plenty of experience, you’ll love seeing the mountains from the back of one of our wonderful animals as part of your outdoor adventure.

Fly Fishing Fun

Are you drawn to mountain streams and lakes? So are we. At Colorado Trails Dude Ranch, you have the option to practice catch-and-release fly fishing on the river, stocked ponds and clear cold streams far from the bustling world. Don’t know how? It’s ok, we’ll teach you what to do. Our staff has plenty of experience to go around.

In sum, the next time you’re looking for family vacation ideas, don’t forget about Colorado Trails Dude Ranch. We’ve been satisfying our guest ranch visitors with a variety of fun activities for fifty years now, and we look forward to spending fifty more years making families happy.