Colorado dude ranches

BY Jody Dahl | Mon 09 Jan, 2012

Colorado dude ranches are many and varied, but you can guarantee a dude ranch vacation at one of Top50's handpicked Colorado dude ranches will provide the experience of a lifetime - whatever your tastes or requirements. Whether it's the authenticity of a working ranch operation, the luxury of a dude ranch with a spa, or anything in between - you'll find the best of them all with Top50's pick of Colorado dude ranches. Which of our seven dude ranch vacations offer what you're looking for? With the choice of C Lazy U Ranch, Chico Basin Ranch, Zapata Ranch, Elk Mountain Ranch, Latigo Ranch, Majestic Dude Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch and Badger Creek Ranch, you're sure to find the perfect vacation at one of these Colorado dude ranches...

C Lazy U Ranch C Lazy U Ranch, Colorado

C Lazy U Ranch near Boulder, Colorado, is a luxury dude ranch known for its rich history, rustic elegance, legendary cuisine and signature 5-Spur Service. Kids will love the adventure and discovery, while adults can do as much as they want or nothing at all. This simple and secluded retreat destination is the perfect Colorado dude ranch for family dude ranch vacations.

cattle at chico Chico Basin Ranch, Colorado

Chico Basin Ranch is, by stark contrast, an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch near Colorado Springs. Chico Basin Ranch is owned by The Nature Conservancy and managed by third-generation ranchers Duke and Janet Phillips and their family. Chico Basin has a rich cultural history and uses traditional, time-honored methods alongside innovative management programs. Dude ranch vacations at Chico Basin Ranch can mean anything from casual and relaxing vacations to more intensive programs including cattle work and horsemanship clinics - it's your call!

16-Zapata RanchZapata Ranch, Colorado

Also managed by the Phillips family is Zapata Ranch in Mosca, sister ranch to Chico Basin. Dude ranch vacations at Zapata mean immersing yourself into the day-to-day life of a real, working ranch. Keen riders can move bison and cattle on real cow horses, participate in traditional branding and help with chores such as fixing fence. Guests looking for a more relaxing dude ranch vacation can take interpretive walks to learn about bison as a conservation species, relaxing trail rides through the bison pastures, go hiking in the mountains or take a birding trip through the San Luis Valley.

Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado, USA Elk Mountain Ranch, Colorado

Elk Mountain Ranch in the San Isabel National Forest, boasts spectacular scenery, quality horses, endless activities and a superb menu. Hospitality is second to none on dude ranch vacations at Elk Mountain, and there's a real emphasis on riding and relaxing. A family-oriented ranch, this dude ranch vacation provides well supervised activities for children aged 3-7.

Latigo Ranch: Horse out to pasture Latigo Ranch, Colorado

Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, is a Colorado dude ranch noted for its quality horses and riding program. Spend your dude ranch vacation improving your riding skills, and spend time reconnecting with your family. Says Latigo Ranch: "We enjoy serving people and want to make sure you have the dude ranch vacation of a lifetime. Our goal is to develop friendships, not just customers."

4 dec Majestic Dude Ranch, Colorado

Majestic Dude Ranch in Cortez is a family oriented dude ranch where riders and non-riders alike can enjoy the fresh alpine air and stunning sunsets over Sleeping Ute Mountain, whether it's from the saddle, on foot or by bike. Get in touch with nature, enjoy campfire treats, watch an outdoor movie or relax in the hot tub - a dude ranch vacation at Majestic offers it all.

hot tub with view Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado

Vista Verde Ranch is not just any Colorado dude ranch. What makes dude ranch vacations here stand out is the ranch's flexibility and personalization that goes into each experience. This luxury dude ranch is more down to earth than your average luxury resort and here, you'll be treated you like family. Whichever of Vista Verde's endless and diverse summer activities you want to try on your dude ranch vacation, you can be sure the wranglers and guides will go out of their way to tailor each experience to your interest, ability and schedule. It's all about YOU!

Cowgirl moving cattle at Badger Creek Ranch Badger Creek Ranch, Colorado

As a traditional working cattle ranch, Badger Creek Ranch offers working ranch vacations suited to keen riders and wannabe cowboys. This is no Colorado dude ranch, instead a traditional and authentic working guest ranch. Ranch vacations at Badger Creek involve riding fences and rounding up, doctoring and sorting cattle, and generally immersing yourself in western cowboy culture. With a guest capacity of just six, Badger Creek creates a homely atmosphere where first-rate hospitality comes first. Enjoy hearty home-cooked meals served family style in the dining room, then retire to traditional and comfortable accommodations in the ranch bunkhouse and prepare for another day of horseback adventure. One for adults and keen riders, although beginners are welcome and full horseback riding tuition provided.

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