Pack your bags and ride on out to Colorado Trails dude ranch. Get prepared for a horseback riding vacation that you will never forget. Our dude ranch is home to 85 well trained, beautiful horses. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or experienced, we’ve got a horse for you. You can choose from many different riding options, including an exciting cattle drive for those with who really want an authentic western adventure resort’s experience.

We will watch you based on ability, size, and personality to one of our 85 different horses. This way, you and your horse are perfect for each other, can ride with confidence. Our Colorado dude ranch wranglers each takes 6 guests or less, to ensure that each person is getting a customized lesson. We ride everywhere: from wide open meadows to relaxing walks by mountainside creeks to the twists and turns of Ponderosa Pines.

We offer a variety of different dude ranch riding options throughout the day. Our morning and afternoon rides are a great way to start off the day, each around 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours. Our half-day rides run for 3 to 4 hours, and include a Chuck wagon lunch. Our all day lunch rides last 6 to 8 hours and the guests pack their lunch, so they can enjoy it on the trail.

For those guests who are looking for real western adventure resorts for Durango horseback riding vacations, Colorado Trails is the right choice. The horses, cows and land all belong to Colorado Trails Ranch – this is a real working ranch and not just lodging with ambiance and being bussed off to ride rented horses on another spread in the area. This allows us to give you wonderful, unique adventures like spending quality time with the family on early morning breakfast rides and lots of fun with horseback arena games.

Many of the people that visit for horseback riding vacations at our dude ranch are beginners. In fact, 80% of them have ridden a horse less than 3 times. Our professional staff will instruct guests on the proper techniques when horseback riding. Our staff insures that you are always in your comfort zone and move on to more advanced techniques when and if you are ready.

Once a year a special week event takes place on our dude ranch. Durango Horseman’s Week, which is seven days dedicated to personalized horseback riding lessons. We welcome all ages and all skill levels. We provide instruction on basic and advanced techniques, depending on the guest’s previous experience. You will learn the jog, loping/cantering, grooming, arena work, horse nutrition, and much more! You’ll find this total immersion approach to professional horseback riding lessons is the superior way to hone your skills and become a better horseman. We also have evening activities, so you can wind down after a long day of horseback riding. It’s a great event for the entire family to bond and learn more about each other. Each member of the family will enjoy their customized lesson and talk about this week for years to come.

You don’t want to miss out on this fun event. Bring your family out for a horseback riding vacation at Colorado Trails. We guarantee you’ll have a wonderful time, Colorado dude ranch style! Make your reservations in advance, we’d hate for you to be disappointed by our accommodations being booked completely. We are the only dude ranch Durango has that 99% of your adventure resort activities take place on ranch grounds with private stock and herds.