For an Authentic Colorado Experience, Visit these 5 Dude Ranches for an Unforgettable Vacation.
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For an Authentic Colorado Experience, Visit these 5 Dude Ranches for an Unforgettable Vacation

Colorado Dude Ranches
Written By Mairi McAtamney

Ever had the dream of living in Wild Wild West or being an outlaw or a sheriff in a small country town? Ever wanted to make that dream a reality? Well now you can with a Dude Ranch vacation. You will be fed gourmet meals and have your own horse for your whole stay! Enjoy Cattle drives, Guided horseback Riding, Rodeos, Hiking, Spin and Fly Fishing, Trapshooting, Archery Courses, Square Dancing hayrides and tons of other fun western activities. If you want to live the life of a cowboy here are the best locations to go and fulfill that cowboy lifestyle fantasy.

#5: Elk Mountain Ranch

Elk Mountain Ranch located just two hours outside of Denver Colorado and few minutes from the quaint little town of Salida is an intimate experience since they are only able to accommodate up to 30 people. With Elk Mountain Lodge being as small as it is it has the ability to accommodate and tailor your week to fit and fulfill your hopes and dreams. Throughout your week at Elk Mountain Ranch you will do activities including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, riflery, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, and other super fun activities. If you are looking for those personal touches to your trip then elk mountain ranch is the place to be. Book your dude ranch experience and learn more about Elk Mountain Ranch.

#4: Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch

If you are looking for the most genuine experience of a Dude Ranch this is the place to go. Since it was built in 1912 it has been open to help its guests enjoy their vacation with relaxation and recreation that comes with living that cowboy lifestyle. Your first day will consist of a scrumptious dinner with Jerry and Cheri Helmicki the ranch owners and your hosts for the week and then proceed to you meeting your horse for the week! Then you will proceed to enjoy a week of adventure right along side the Colorado River. As your wonderful week long trip at the Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch concludes they do not believe in saying goodbye what everyone says on the ranch is see you soon or till next time. Book your dude ranch experience and learn more about Bar Lazy J Guest Ranch.

#3: The Home Ranch

The Home Ranch which is located out near Steamboat Springs in Colorado is a quaint yet unique dude ranch. Just footsteps from your doorstep at The Home Ranch is the scenic Elk River, Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest all of which are waiting to be explored. Its uniqueness brings guests a warm and welcoming feeling that helps create memorable and long lasting memories. Book your dude ranch experience and learn more about The Home Ranch.

#2: Drowsy Water Ranch

Drowsy Water Ranch is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city located 6 miles from the wonderful town of Granby. Each day during your stay at Drowsy Water Ranch has a different theme the first day will start off with the Arrival you will learn about what your week at Drowsy Water Ranch be arrival day they will have a hearty dinner for you and you will have the chance to get to know the ranch and all the lovely staff who works there. Then you will proceed to have Saddle Up, Ridin’ and Raftin’, Carnival, Breakfast on the Mountain, Zippin’ and Pickin’ and, lastly the Rodeo and Horse Show. Book your dude ranch experience and learn more about Drowsy Water Ranch.

#1: Lost Valley Ranch

Lost Valley Ranch is located just 90 minutes from the city of Colorado Springs. Over the last 43 years Lost Valley Ranch has been awarded a AAA Four Diamond Award for its impeccable service. This all-inclusive ranch is known for their Signature Brand of Western Hospitality. They provide true old western activities like horseback riding, cattle round-ups, rodeos, hiking, fly fishing, trap shooting, 3-D archery course, cowboy cookouts, square dancing, swimming, hot tubs, hay rides and tons of other fun activities and amenities. They offer twenty three cabins located all overlooking the ranch and three different floor plans to accommodate the exact kind of vacation you are looking to enjoy. Book your dude ranch experience and learn more about Lost Valley Ranch.