Whether you are in search of a staycation, a vacation, or on a business trip, enjoying some time at a Colorado dude ranch can be the perfect way to relax and unwind. You can find authentic working ranches throughout the state with a range of amenities.

Some maintain their rustic feel by limiting modern technology like TVs in rooms while others are fully-packed with all the amenities of a luxury hotel but in a dude ranch setting.

1. C Lazy U Ranch

C Lazy U Ranch
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C Lazy U Ranch is an all-inclusive guest ranch in the Rocky Mountains that is open year-round and delivers down-home experiences mixed with high-class amenities. The ranch has been serving guests since 1919, offering something for everyone.

Enjoy a spacious guestroom with beautiful appointments, solitude, and first-class comfort. Most guest rooms have western style furnishings, personal touches, and stone fireplaces. There is always daily housekeeping service along with nightly turn-down service, plush robes, and cocoa, tea, and coffee in each room. There are 40 accommodations, ranging from individual rooms to private cabins, including three-bedroom cabins ideal for families. Every cabin has fridges, bath products, in-room safes, new beds, and the previously mentioned amenities.

The ranch offers a range of activities for guests of all ages or you can explore the ranch on your own. There is a Kids and Teens Program that lets teens socialize while younger kids learn about life on the ranch. The activities vary somewhat depending on the season, with options like skiing, snow tubing, horseback riding, and fly fishing. While staying on site, you can go mountain biking, do archery, enjoy trap shooting, or enjoy one of the indoor games. To get the most out of your stay, the ranch also offers Wi-Fi, shuttle service, photography, ice, complimentary sports equipment, umbrellas, sunscreen, newspapers, boots, and more. More info

3640 Colorado Hwy 125, P.O. Box 379, Granby, CO, Phone: 970-887-3344

2. Vista Verde Guest Ranch

Vista Verde Guest Ranch
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Vista Verde Guest Ranch is just to the north of Steamboat Springs, giving you amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch delivers western hospitality and AAA Four Diamond amenities and is all-inclusive with room for up to 52 guests. Enjoy luxury dude ranch accommodations in luxurious cabins with one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. They also have private hot tubs on decks, wood stoves, and living rooms. Or opt for a lodge room with sitting areas and balconies. Every room, whether in the lodge or a cabin, has a snack bar, a stocked fridge, a hairdryer, a coffeemaker, robes, and more. There is daily housekeeping and turn-down service but no TVs or phones in the rooms. The Vista Verde Guest Ranch has resort-like amenities, such as a kids’ cabin, swimming pool, and Indoor Riding Area. You will find free wireless internet in the Main Lodge. Make use of the swimming pool or the Fitness Center that includes weekly yoga. The Coyote Corral has the Kid’s Cabin as well as the low ropes course. The Great Room is perfect for views and socialization with other guests. In the summer and autumn, enjoy an in-depth horsemanship experience, hiking, paddleboarding, massages, fly fishing, the kids’ and teens’ program, photography, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, yoga, cooking, and mountain biking. In the winter, enjoy the snow for skiing and more. Things to Do in Steamboat Springs

P.O. Box 770465, Steamboat Springs, CO, Phone: 970-879-3858

3. Lane Guest Ranch

Lane Guest Ranch
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Lane Guest Ranch is a mountain resort that is just outside of the Rocky Mountain National Park and has been hosting guests for more than 50 years. This ranch hosts couples, honeymoon couples, families, family reunions, and individuals. Overall, the ranch can accommodate around 60 guests, who all have access to the comfortable accommodations. There are 25 units perfect for couples or families up to 6. Each unit has queen beds, a private bathroom with a tub/shower, a TV with DVD player, a radio, a minibar, a lighted makeup mirror, and a hair dryer. Most also have private patios featuring hot tubs and are surrounded by gorgeous natural landscaping. Several buildings can sleep 12 or more guests.

If you want to cool off, go for a dip int eh ranch’s pool. Other activities include Wi-Fi, lunch rides, horseback riding, jewelry and cooking classes, fishing guides, and massages. Although there is no on-site laundry, the ranch does offer one-day laundry service for a small fee. The ranch serves breakfast and dinner in the lodge and lunch is served by the pool. All meals are included int eh stay and made with fine ingredients. You can also order a complimentary birthday cake. Enjoy morning coffee when you want and access fresh fruit 24/7. Things to Do in Estes Park

P.O. Box 1766, Estes Park, CO, Phone: 303-747-2493

4. Majestic Dude Ranch

Majestic Dude Ranch
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The Majestic Dude Ranch has farm to table food, breathtaking scenery, and amazing weather. You can stay in an intimate two-person suite or a spacious cabin perfect for families or groups of friends. All rooms have Temper-pedic mattresses as well as aromatic diffusers complete with a range of essential oils. Standard Cabins have a master bedroom with a king bed plus two twin beds in a separate room and two bathrooms. Large Luxury Cabins can fit parties of eight and more with floor-to-ceiling windows, porches, and large living rooms. There is a king-sized bed and a queen bed in separate bedrooms plus a sleeping loft. Luxury Suites are ideal for couples with a king bed or two full beds and a bath.

The lodge and gym have free Wi-Fi, with unlimited gym access. If you need to do laundry, use the ranch’s free washer and dryer, which includes detergent. Relax in the Game Room with a pool table, giant Jenga, darts, puzzles, board games, ping pong, and foosball. Unwind in the 24/7 hot tub and sauna or go for a swim in the outdoor pool. Whenever the urge strikes, stop by the bottomless cookie jar for a snack. All stays are all-inclusive. Get a drink in the Saloon, where you will find local craft beers and award-winning local wines. Browse our Weekend Getaways in Colorado guide for more ideas.

42688 Road N, Mancos, CO, Phone: 970-533-7900

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5. Drowsy Water Ranch

Drowsy Water Ranch
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Drowsy Water Ranch has been hosting guests for more than 90 years, giving those guests access to the 700-acre family guest ranch that sits in a private mountain valley. The cabins and lodge have a western flair, all showing off a historical cabin feel but with refurbishments and remodels to give you modern amenities.

Enjoy the vacation package that offers a range of activities for all ages. The ranch is designed to put everything within walking distance, including the swimming pool, game area, and fishing pond. There is always evening entertainment and guests get to enjoy horseback riding on one of the ranch’s over 100 horses and get horseback riding instruction first if you need it. If you want more adventure, consider rafting, mountain biking, or enjoying the ranch’s zip line course. There are also guided or solo hikes available. Other activities include pack trips, hayrides, campfires, song fests, western dancing, steak fryes, trout fishing, gymkhana rodeos, and programs for children. Relax in the Lodge with its games and library. Three meals are included every day with your stay. You will always find coffee in the main lodge. Most meals are family style and in the dining room, although outdoor meals also occur regularly.

P.O. Box 147, Granby, CO, Phone: 970-725-3456, (website link)

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6. RC Guest Ranch

RC Guest Ranch
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RC Guest Ranch is a history 100-year-old ranch that was founded over a century ago. The property has 50 acres of land and nine comfortable cabins. Guests of the ranch are treated to western hospitality and natural landscapes. The cabins range from one to three bedrooms and each have propane heat, bathrooms, and kitchens. The cabins are clustered by the main Ranch House and each was built during the early 1900s with round logs and unique floor plans. The ranch supplies bath and bed linens for all guests as well as utensils for eating and cooking. The cabins also have private decks perfect for enjoying views. The ranch’s location makes it ideal for viewing wildlife, fishing, hiking, biking, photography, and horseback riding. The property is pet-friendly, including for dogs, cats, and horses with advance notice for a small additional fee. The ranch also offers day trips that take you on horseback to a gorgeous nearby spot with your guide or overnight full-service trips that feature a camp cook as well as a guide. There are also drop camps, wilderness adventure trips, progressive camping, and progressive backpacking. Creede is just 17 miles away from the ranch with a Victorian Main Street and Creede Repertory Theatre.

37531 Hwy 149, P.O. Box 186, Creede, CO, Phone: 719-658-2253

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7. Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is perfect for hosting dude ranch vacations, family reunions, weddings, overnight business retreats, and more. The ranch has been providing western hospitality since 1946. The cabins have daily housekeeping services and have up to three bedrooms with full amenities, including kitchens.

The guest ranch delivers seclusion without a feeling of isolation in its 3,100 acres of land by the Rocky Mountain Foothills. Enjoy riding the ranch-raised and -trained registered quarter horses and take advantage of customized plan. During a dude ranch vacation, guests get their own horse during their stay along with adventures in the arena and on the trail along with Western riding instruction. Upon arrival, there is a welcome wagon ride. Guests also get to enjoy guided nature walks, campfires with s’mores, trap shooting, bass fishing, and the option to participate in ranch chores. The game room has billiards and ping pong and there is a heated outdoor pool, volleyball, horseshoes, and space for four-square, basketball, pickle ball, tennis, and shuffleboard. You can add-on options like massages, private riding instruction, guided fly fishing, and white-water rafting. Every vacation package also includes hearty ranch-style meals. The ranch also raises natural, free-range and grass-fed cattle for beef. Things to Do in Loveland

2939 N County Rd, 31D, Loveland, CO, Phone: 970-667-3915

8. Colorado Dude Ranches: 4UR Ranch

Colorado Dude Ranches: 4UR Ranch
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4UR Ranch is an all-inclusive luxury resort tucked among the Goose Creek Valley in the San Juan Mountains and has 3,000 acres of land, complete with six miles of private trout streams. There is nightly turn-down service. There are four cottages in the Adirondack style, featuring stunning views and wide graceful porches. The cabins are centrally-located for convenience and range in size to accommodate anything from a couple to a group. One even has six spacious guest rooms. All rooms have robes, shampoo and cream rinse, hair dryers, umbrellas, irons, flashlights, and fiber-optic service.

Guests at 4UR Ranch can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, historic natural hot springs, and more. Enjoy the geothermal heated outdoor swimming pool, the fitness center, poolside yoga, children’s programs, and fly fishing. In terms of riding, you can enjoy trail riding, obstacle courses, natural horsemanship instruction, and all-day lunch rides. There is a game room plus more games in Palmer House, including pool and foosball. Every stay includes gourmet cuisine along with morning coffee and tea delivery plus picnic baskets upon request. The ranch also takes of transportation to the local airport. You can add fishing guides, massages, and alcoholic beverages as well. Maude’s Bar has premium liquors, locally crafted beers, and more plus an extensive wine list. Things to Do in Creede

One Goose Creek Road, Box 340, Creede, CO, Phone: 719-658-2202, (website link)

9. Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch

Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch
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Black Mountain Ranch hosts guests each summer to deliver the feeling of enjoying the west. This ranch delivers all-inclusive week-long vacations for those in search of an adventurous western experience. The ranch is family-run and has decades of experience delivering award-winning vacations. The ranch is typically family-friendly but also offers Adults Only Weeks. Standard suites have two bedrooms/lofts and are suites in a larger building. Or you can opt for a private cabin in a standalone building with two to three bedrooms. There are also premium private cabins, which are custom log cabins built onsite using local materials and have two to three bedrooms. All accommodations have full private baths, coffee and tea stations, mini fridges, and wood-burning stoves. Guests of the ranch get to enjoy unlimited horseback riding for the true western experience. Those who want something more from their ranch experience can also go on a pack camp trip, enjoy trap or skeet shooting, or go fly fishing. Every meal is always included in your stay, so there is nothing to worry about during a stay at the ranch. Adults will enjoy the ranch’s fully-licensed saloon that has cold beer as well as a cold bar. For convenience, the ranch offers a free shuttle from the closest airport.

4000 Conger Mesa Rd, McCoy, CO, Phone: 970-653-4226

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10. Colorado Trails Ranch

Colorado Trails Ranch
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Colorado Trails Ranch delivers all-inclusive family vacations. Cabins come with private baths for every bedroom, inviting porches, and daily housekeeping. The ranch recently replaced the cabins with more spacious ones with larger bathrooms and bedrooms, living rooms, and spacious covered porches. The cabins vary in size and there are handicapped-accessible options. Horseback riding is a main attraction at Colorado Trails Ranch, but there are also other activities. Explore the ranch, which is laid out like an old western town. There is wireless internet access in the Loft of the Lodge, as well as a computer with printer. This is also the adult lounge area with a pool table and overstuffed chairs. Guests also have access to the heated swimming pool, hot tub, rifle and archery ranges, exercise room, volleyball and basketball court, traditional horseshoe pit, and free laundry room. There is also a petting zoo with pot-bellied pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats. Enjoy fresh-baked breads with each meal as well as cookouts outside. The meals combine home-cooked charm with a gourmet experience and the menus are filling and diverse. The ranch can accommodate special dietary needs and allergies with advanced notice. Enjoy ice cream at the old-fashioned Soda Fountain. Things to Do in Durango

12161 County Road 240, Durango, CO, Phone: 970-247-5055

11. Colorado Dude Ranches: Latigo Ranch

Colorado Dude Ranches: Latigo Ranch
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Latigo Ranch is an all-inclusive destination as well as a family-owned-and-operated ranch. The ranch sits on a mountainside for amazing views. Each cabin is a modern log structure featuring a sitting room with a woodburning stove or fireplace, daily maid service, and a fridge. These fridges come stocked with complimentary soft drinks. You will also find bathrooms with tub/showers, hair dryers, coffeemakers, and porches with chair. Single bedroom suites can include separate sitting rooms and bathrooms or just be a larger room with an attached bath. Or you can stay in a three-bedroom suite in one of the large cabins with varying layouts. The property has a hot tub and pool for when the weather is nice. When you would rather stay inside, go to the main lodge to play board games, foosball, ping pong, or the piano. There is Wi-Fi in the Social Club and Lodge. While at the ranch, you can enjoy more than 200 miles of riding trails spread across 40,000 acres of the National Forest. Enjoy activities like skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing, sledding, fly fishing, and horseback riding. The all-inclusive nature of Latigo Ranch extends to the food, including gourmet contemporary cuisine. Have a snack whenever you want as each cabin has its own container with homemade caramel corn which is always topped off.

P.O. Box 237, 201 County Road 1911, Kremmling, CO, Phone: 970-724-9008, (website link)

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12. Cherokee Park Ranch

Cherokee Park Ranch
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Cherokee Park Ranch has been hosting guests since 1886 and is family-owned and all-inclusive. The location by the Rocky Mountains is perfect for individuals and groups, including friends and families. There are six outlying cabins as well as 120-year-old log lodge suites. Every unit has a porch with a swing, perfect for watching wildlife. Choose from units with one to three bedrooms and enjoy daily maid service. All accommodations also have their own private bathrooms. Admire the huge stone fireplace in the two-story log lodge, where you will also find a pool table. Enjoy a nice horse ride, star gaze at night, or just relax and explore the woods. The ranch makes it easy to go fly fishing on the Cache La Poudre River’s North Fork. Choose from a range of riding activities, enjoy square dancing, or just appreciate nature. Guests can access the shared swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, the coin-op laundry, the game room, the indoor riding area, and the basketball court, or take advantage of on-site massages. There is even a playground and a petting zoo. All meals are designed to suit a range of appetites with home cooking. There are cocktails available at the Saddle Sore Saloon and date nights for adults.

436 Cherokee Hills Drive, Livermore, CO, Phone: 970-493-6522

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13. Deer Valley Ranch

Deer Valley Ranch
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Deer Valley Ranch was created for families, with the goal of reigniting families around time together and adventures. Guests can stay in either the lodge or cabins. The cabins are spacious and have two, three, or four bedrooms, each with a living room/dining area, deck featuring a view, fireplace, and fully-equipped kitchen. The lodge rooms have private baths and easy access to the lodge’s amenities. Every cabin is unique so you get a one-of-a-kind experience. Spend some time in the common areas of the lodge to enjoy the fireplace and lounge, the dining rooms, or the front deck. The ranch has a new multi-use court system with a full net system for volleyball, pickleball, badminton, and tennis plus two NBA-quality basketball hoops. You can also enjoy the two swimming pools and the two outdoor hot tubs or the deck chairs. Sit in the saloon to use the printer and computer or your own device and Wi-Fi. Participate in square dancing on the Lodge Deck. Enjoy the home style cooking while at the ranch. The ranch also regularly hosts picnics and cookouts to make mealtime even more fun, such as Wrangler’s Breakfast, Tailgate Lunch, and the Steak Cookout in the mountains.

16825 CR 162, Nathrop, CO, Phone: 719-395-2353

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14. Elk River Guest Ranch

Elk River Guest Ranch
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The Elk River Guest Ranch delivers a remote, beautiful setting that is still fairly close to a resort town. The ranch is at an altitude of 7,502 feet, perfect for amazing views and prides itself on using eco-friendly practices that are sustainable. There are three cabins to choose from with features like tile showers, full-size kitchens, gas fireplace stoves, Serta memory foam mattresses, heat blankets, wood-burning stoves, kitchenettes, and/or two bedrooms. Expect amenities like toiletries, luxurious towels, hair dryers, kitchenettes or kitchens, electric kettles, Kuju pocket pourovers, and utensils for eating and cooking.

During your stay at the ranch, you will get to connect with nature and admire the wildlife. The ranch is a three-season activity center. There is a hot tub to enjoy and you can pick up items at the ERGR Trading Post or watch TV in the saloon. Explore the path along the river and rest in one of the hammocks. Enjoy activities like horseback riding, rafting, hiking, fishing, soaking in hot springs, mountain biking, golfing, boating, and rock climbing in summer. In the fall, hunt or go horseback riding. In the winter, go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or enjoy local activities like dog sledding or sleigh rides.

29840 RCR 64, Clark, CO, Phone: 970-879-1946

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15. Colorado Dude Ranches: Lost Valley Ranch

Colorado Dude Ranches: Lost Valley Ranch
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Lost Valley Ranch is one-of-a-kind and has earned the AAA Four Diamond award 42 years in a row, offering unforgettable adventures and relaxation since 1961. The property has Pike National Forest as its backdrop for amazing views. There are 23 deluxe cabins to choose from, complete with fireplaces. Choose from a cabin with one, two, or three rooms with designer and traditional western furnishings. Many guest ranches also have several bathrooms and whirlpool tubs. Cabins also have separate living rooms complete with fireplaces and daily-delivered wood.

There is daily housekeeping, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and oversized towels. Visiting the ranch is about connecting with nature so the cabins do not have phones, TVs, or internet. If you need to make a call, use one of the phones in the lodge. Enjoy a full range of outdoor activities both on the ranch and nearby. Go fishing at Goose Creek, go on a hike, or just breathe in some nature. The ranch has professional wranglers to lead horseback riding adventures or you can enjoy the heated Olympic-scaled swimming pool. Guests are also welcome to help wranglers with daily tasks. You will also find family-friendly evening entertainment, two all-weather tennis courts, and guided hiking adventures. In-room massages are available. Meals are cooked to order and let you experience cowboy cuisine.

29555 Goose Creek Rd, Sedalia, CO, Phone: 303-647-2311

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16. Rainbow Trout Ranch

Rainbow Trout Ranch
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Rainbow Trout Ranch lets guests travel back in time to a family dude ranch in the heart of the old Wild West. The Great Lodge dates back to the early 1920s and is made from Engelmann Spruce. At its time, it was the largest log structure and it covers 18,000 square feet. All cabins have two or three bedrooms, living areas, fireplaces, private bathrooms, daily housekeeping, comfortable bedding, and front porches.

While staying at the ranch, enjoy horseback riding, fly fishing, programs for teens and children, swimming, day trips, trapshooting, whitewater rafting, and the longest and highest narrow-gauge steam train in the country. The ranch raises horses and the ranch is also competitive team-ropers so you can count on them to deliver a superb riding experience. When you arrive at Rainbow Trout Ranch on Sunday afternoon, the owners greet you and take you to your cabin and you will continue to interact with them throughout your stay. Relax in the lodge’s spacious common areas by the double-sided fireplace or visit the library. Get essentials at the Trading Post. Get more active with volleyball, basketball, or swimming in the heated pool. There is also a hot tub and lazy rocking chairs on the lodge’s front porch. Enjoy coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, snacks, and fruit at any time of the day.

1484 FDR 250, Antonito, CO, Phone: 719-376-2440

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17. Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch
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Sundance Trail Guest Ranch is a family dude ranch open during all four seasons of the year. There are seven cabins and suites to choose from, all with private baths, decks, and entrances. They also have daily maid service, AM-FM radio, a coffee bar, and a refrigerator. The ranch is pet friendly. Accommodations can sleep between two and nine guests and may also include a fireplace and/or living room. In total, the property can accommodate 24 guests or about seven families. The Main Lodge has adjoining decks and is perfect for relaxation. This is where you will find the parlor and dining room. There is also a Recreation Barn, where you will find the whirlpool, foosball, pool, and horseshoes. This is also where you will find boots to borrow and the barn has satellite internet, guest laundry service, a gift shop, and a massage suite.

In the summer, enjoy horseback riding, rock climbing or belaying lessons, white water rafting, hiking, fly fishing, fishing, throwing tomahawks, evening campfires, shooting shotguns and rifles, pool, horse shoes, foosball, the whirlpool, and a children’s program. In the fall, winter, and spring, you can enjoy similar seasonal activities, Murder Mystery weekends, massages, trips to Red Feather Lakes, disc golf, and more.

17931 W County Rd 74e, Red Feather Lakes, CO, Phone: 970-224-1222, (website link)

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18. Colorado Dude Ranches: Wind River Ranch

Colorado Dude Ranches: Wind River Ranch
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Wind River Ranch is a Christian family guest ranch resort surrounded by majestic Colorado mountains. The ranch aims to help guests relax and connect with nature or be as active as they wish. The quaint modern cabins have welcoming, warm décor and unique layouts. Cabins range in size from accommodating two to eight people. All cabins have mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, hair dryers, toiletries, chargers and outlets, king-sized pillow-top master beds, linens, safes, and porches with wicker rocking chairs. Some also have wood-burning fireplaces.

The rates for your stay include three daily meals, all ranch activities and horseback riding, daily housekeeping service, and babysitting for activities off property. Golfing, river rafting, and fly fishing in the National Park are all extra. Enjoy the resort’s pool and hot tub or read a book while relaxing on the porch. There are plenty of hammocks as well. The ranch regularly hosts featured Christian guest speakers. Your kids will enjoy the playground. In addition to the on-site activities, Wind River Ranch will help guests set up additional activities, both on-site and nearby, such as golfing. Your stay includes a dinner upon arrival, three meals a day, and a continental breakfast before you leave as well as fresh-baked cookies upon arrival.

5770 Highway 7, Estes Park, CO, Phone: 970-586-4212

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