Visiting a Colorado dude ranch is about more than fulfilling your deepest John Wayne western fantasy: It’s about enriching your body, mind and spirit. Colorado Trails Ranch, located just 12-miles northeast of Durango, offers ample opportunity for the entire family to experience authentic western wonder. Here are 3 things you need to know about Colorado Trails and the dude ranch experience.
1. There’s more to Colorado dude ranch life than horses
Yes, chances are you’ll take a trail ride or two after you check in. But there’s so much more to the ranch than the equestrian experience. Colorado Trails has tons of activities for adults and kids; there’s truly something for everyone. Fishing expeditions, white water rafting, hiking through wooded and mountain nature trails and power tubing deliver the action and adventure that outdoor enthusiasts crave.
Social butterflies might enjoy community events like ice cream socials, barbecue cookouts, country dancing, theatrical shows, campfires and hayrides. Kids and teens can participate in supervised events like arts and crafts, a visit to our petting zoo, hayrides, sports, scavenger hunts, archery and an overnight campout. Those looking for love might enjoy a romantic moonlit trail walk or just cozying up in your cabin.
2. Cowboy cuisine deserves a five-star rating
Chances are you won’t find any dude ranches listed in the Michelin Guide. That doesn’t mean even the pickiest gourmand will go hungry. Chef Brian McCormack is the man behind the menu at Colorado Trails, and the Washington, D.C., native has won awards in the culinary arts. He’s trained in some of the best kitchens in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico and is an expert when it comes to matching the bold San Juan terrain with inspired flavors.
The breakfast menu might include Navajo fry bread, French toast, Kielbasa, or home-made granola. Lunch might be grilled chicken, soup and salad, or even a fresh veggie burger. Dinner often includes savory entrees like salmon, prime rib, chicken dishes, pork and grilled beef tenderloin along with homemade breads, fresh salads that constantly change in type, pastas, and garden vegetables.
3. It's perfect for reunions, business retreats, & other group trips
Take the work out of planning your next group getaway – consider the all-inclusive dude ranch experience. The wide range of activities at Colorado Trails promises to keep everyone entertained, and for many, the ranch offers a selection of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will make memories and give you time to reconnect and rekindle relationships.
For the corporate crowd, Colorado Trails offers the best of both words: Modern meeting space meets the Old West at the ranch, offering opportunities for team-building and much more.
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