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  • Established

    1996. Guest ranch since 2007
  • Owner

    Dave & Chrissy McFarren, Natalie & Brian Allio
  • Tel

    (719) 837-2962
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $295 - $310
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $295 - $310
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Maximum Guests

    10
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery

Badger Creek Ranch is a working cattle and guest ranch located high in the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains. It is also our home. Here we invite you to enjoy a western vacation adventure of a lifetime.

At Badger Creek Ranch you will be an important part of our cowboy crew as we ride fences, round up, doctor and sort our cattle. Even though we are a working cattle ranch, we never forget you are on vacation!

A sturdy horse will become your new best friend as you cover miles of mesas and ride the open range. Sleep in our comfortable bunkhouse after a traditional day of ranch life but don't forget to check out the endless stars in our Colorado Rocky Mountain skies. A breathtaking view and a life long memory are never more than a horse step away.

Like many before us we traveled west to find our American dream. Now that we have found it we would be honored to share it with you.

Good time to go

From May to November there isn't a bad day to be at Badger Creek Ranch.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 14 and over

While we love children of all ages, due to the nature of our horse program and cattle work, guests must be able to ride independently. This is a more adult-focused ranch vacation and to get the most out of a BCR stay, we recommend that our guests be at least 14 years of age.

Activities

hiking, biking

Games

board games, horseshoes

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

“Green” Ranching

Here at Badger Creek Ranch, we believe that we are caretakers of this land. We practice living “green” and continue to learn and expand in this area. Some of our practices include:

BCR is an “off the grid” property. This means that we rely on solar power for our energy use. We do our best to be mindful of this and build our energy use routines around the daylight hours in order to conserve fuel needed otherwise. The ranch composts all organic materials including manure from the animals and scraps from our kitchen. This compost then gets used as fertilizer for our garden and hay meadows. We recycle all plastic, glass, cardboard and aluminum in order to minimize what goes into the landfill. We reuse MANY materials for our projects. This may include things like lumber, fencing materials, nails and screws. We use organic/non toxic cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and soaps in order to keep our runoff water clean and safe for the environment. We do our best to be minimal in our consumption AND our waste. We believe strongly in these practices and will strive to expand and share our knowledge.

Conservation

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture is a philosophy based on the integration of human goals and the understanding of the long-term impact of our activities on the environment and on other species.

As stewards of Badger Creek Ranch, we recognize our responsibility to care for the land, which includes all the grasses that grow here, the soil, the water, and all the animals that live here, domestic and wild; predator and prey. For this reason we practice holistic management, a process of decision making and planning that maintains and improves the health of the land for future generations, with the goal of raising healthy, flavorful food to serve our guests, and sell to customers seeking all-natural products including grass fed meats, eggs, and other farm/ranch raised goods.

Ranch History

Our working cattle ranch is located in Colorado's Badger Creek Basin at approximately 9,000 feet on the Ute Trail (Fremont County Road #2), 40 miles northwest of Canon City and 20 miles northeast of Salida, with spectacular views of the Collegiate Peaks and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

The area is rich in history. From the Ute Indians, who had their summer hunting grounds here, to the Spanish Conquistadors, to the pioneers, miners, and cowboys of the old West, to our present day Badger Creek Ranch, this is a land of countless tales, both fact and fiction.

"Like many before us we traveled west to find our American dream. And we would be honored to share our dream with you."

Your staff and owners,

Dave & Chrissy McFarren, Natalie & Brian Allio

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together
  • Alcohol

    BYOB
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs, locally grown produce, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

At Badger Creek we serve breakfast and dinner family style. Our guests share meals with us in the bunkhouse dining room where we get to have great discussions about the day ahead of us and the one we just finished.

Delicious meals are prepared three times a day. A hot ranch style breakfast will keep you energized for the trails ahead. Refreshments will be provided for the day's ride. Breakfast and dinner are served in the bunkhouse. Lunch is usually out of your saddlebag on the open range, or picnic style on the front porch. With all the mountain air you will be ready for hearty home cooked meals. Make sure you leave room for a slice of pie. Help yourself to beverages and snacks from the always open kitchen.

Badger Creek Ranch doesn't have a liquor license but you are welcome to bring your own.

Guest Favourites

  • Pork Carnitas
  • Chicken & Rice
  • Salisbury Steak w/mushroom gravy

Sample Menu

  • Entrées

  • Chicken & Rice
  • Salisbury Steak w/mushroom Gravy
  • Enchiladas w/Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Pork Carnitas
  • Desserts

  • Lemon Bars w/cream cheese bars
  • Lime Cake w/cream cheese icing
  • Banana Bread w/chocolate chips and whiskey sauce

Lowdown

  • Address

    5795 County Road 2
    Cañon City
    Colorado
    81212
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    9,000 ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    1000-5000

Nearest Town - Salida

Salida has a population of 4,000 (approx), and is situated 20 miles / 45 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Salida include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Salida offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear.

Rental car

Required, 4x4 recommended

Nearest Airports

Colorado Springs Airport (COS), Colorado Springs, CO

Distance

90 miles / 1 hour 45 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, United Express, American Airlines, Frontier

Ranch shuttle

$100/trip


Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, CO

Distance

150 miles / 3 hours 15 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Northwest, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Boutique Air, British Airways, Copa, Edelweiss, Frontier, Great Lakes, Icelandair, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, Volaris, West Jet

Rental car

Required, 4x4 recommended

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Everyone rides together, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    18
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Paints, Geldings, Mares, Mustangs
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 4 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

Public Land (1000-5000 acres)


Our Riding

Guided rides

All rides are guided by the ranch owners. The cows decide for us where that ride will go or the day. We also do have a few tourist rides to some fantastic Native American ruins on the Ranch. Our rides can be over varied terrain so we do recommend that you are in good physical shape to enjoy the ride.

Good to know

We prefer people have experienced riding a horse before but do not require any experience. Due to us riding cross country it is up to us when we feel the guest is secure enough in being able to stop and steer the horse before going out into big country.

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, Riders should be confident without a wrangler by their side, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

Our rides can often be dictated by the cattle. Sometimes a quick ride to go check can end up being 4-6 hours or a long day might be changed by a sick cow that needs attention.


Why our riding stands out

  • Natural horsemanship instruction
  • Beautiful open country vistas
  • Comfortable saddles and safe horses

Riding Lessons

Details

lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

ranch owner or manager

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic

Clinician

Ranch owners

Details

Clinics occur weekly, Included in package, Clinics occur in the arena, Clinics occur on the trail

Cattle work - pasture gathers

When

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Frequency

Weekly

Interaction

Guests watch, Guests participate

Arena Work

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

roping from the ground

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $295 - $310
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $295 - $310
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Weds, Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Glamping
  • Packages available

    4 night, 5 night, 6 night, 1 week

Badger Creek Ranch can cater for up to 10 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins, Luxury Tents and Lodges. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Bunkhouse Room w/private bath

Rates (Per Person)

$295 - $310

Minimum Stay

4 nights

Description

Room in bunkhouse with queen-sized bed and double bed and private bath

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

seating area

Luxury Tent | Cowboy Platform Tent

Rates (Per Person)

$295 - $310

Minimum Stay

4 nights

Description

Cowboy wall tent on raised wooden platform with two twin beds (can be pushed together to make a king-sized) and short walk to a private bathroom.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

seating area

Lodge | Lodge Room w/private bath

Rates (Per Person)

$295 - $310

Minimum Stay

4 nights

Description

Room in the main lodge with queen-sized bed and private bathroom

Rooms

2

Bathrooms

Private bathroom


Booking Policy

To book a reservation for the ranch a guests would contact us for availabilty, either by phone or email. If dates are agreed on a 30% deposit is required to confirm the reservation. We will refund that deposit up to 30 days prior to arrival date minus any processing fees.

Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding

Extras

Tax

7.4% tax

Gratuity

Gratuities are welcome and go to our interns.

Other

White water rafting, golfing, rental of ATV, guides for fishing etc. We are happy to recommend businesses and even get guests to these places but activities off the ranch aren't included

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  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone, free long distance.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

climbing, mountain biking, bird watching, wild life viewing, gold panning, rock hounding, hiking


Fishing & Wildlife

Badger Creek is one of the best kept fly fishing secrets around. If you like small stream fishing you will fall in love with Badger Creek. (when you get here we will give you directions!)

Fishing on offer

fly, stream, equipment available, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment

Wildlife

coyote, bear, mountain lion, elk, deer, antelope, big horn sheep


Local Attractions

The Royal Gorge

Boasting the highest suspension bridge in the USA, cable car and zip line, the Royal Gorge offers a great afternoon of breathtaking views.

Distance

30 miles / 45 mins


Salida

Small cowboy town that has evolved into a great destination while at the Ranch. The town has everything a tourist would want. Ghost towns, white water rafting, musuems, shopping and some great festivals!

Distance

20 miles / 45 mins


Cañon City

Offers train rides up the Royal Gorge valley, white water rafting, and shopping.

Distance

40 miles / 1 hour

Top50 says

Highs

  • Ideal for those looking for a working cattle ranch experience. The horses are their partners and horsemanship is the main focus. Instruction in all aspects of horsemanship (groundwork and riding) is provided by skilled and experienced horsemen
  • Small guest capacity of 6-8 guests creates an intimate experience. Guests become part of the BCR family and are invited to participate in all aspects of daily ranch activities
  • Guests will enjoy a beautiful and varied landscape with breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo range and the Collegiate Peaks of the Sawatch Range. Explore lands rich in Native and early American history
  • There is opportunity for off-ranch rafting, ghost town exploration, fishing, festivals and rodeos – don't forget to visit the highest suspension bridge in the world at Royal Gorge in Cañon City

Lows

  • It's set in a very remote location with over 20 miles of gravel to get to the ranch, but once you're there it's full of peace and quiet, making it well worth the drive. Being remote allows for a quiet getaway in a tranquil setting, with expansive night skies perfect for spectacular stargazing, rest and relaxation
  • No cell service, limited WIFI access is available. Perfect for 'unplugging' and enjoying connecting with nature

Visitor Reviews

Dont just take our word for it, see what visitors like you say...

Wonderful experience

Staying at the ranch for a week was fantastic! Felt like I was home really felt like family. Definitely planning on visiting again. Had a real ranch experience and fantastic food! Riding the horses everyday was the icing on the cake!

5 stars

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