Colorado’s surroundings are both beautiful and breathtaking, with so much outdoor recreation to be explored. Nicknamed the Centennial State, it’s known for its Western heritage and traditional cowboy culture, which are still celebrated today.
Travellers looking for an authentic Colorado experience can book a ranch stay; whether luxurious, romantic or fun for the whole family, there’s a ranch for everyone to channel their inner cowboy.
Ranch Stays in Colorado You Need to Visit
Rainbow Trout Ranch
Rainbow Trout Ranch combines the best of the Colorado Rockies with the enchantment of nearby New Mexico. Located in the beautiful secluded Conejos River Valley at 9,000ft, the 5-star ranch features vast amounts of the unspoiled countryside that lends itself to outdoor recreation. Something for every member of the family, activities include horseback riding, fishing, archery and white-water rafting.
At the end of each day, families can enjoy the atmosphere of the western log cabins and share stories with other guests over home-cooked meals. Rainbow Trout Ranch is just a 44-minute drive from Denver. Priced from $2,800 per adult and $2,200 per child in summer, including all meals and on-ranch activities.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
Nestled among the rugged mountains of Ranch Valley Creek in Tabernash lies Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a historical and anthropological haven of mythology and beauty. As a leading Colorado mountain resort with pristine landscapes, Devil’s Thumb Ranch prides itself on its sustainable credentials. Solar panels and battery banks supply almost all of the spa’s electrical needs, and a large portion of the lighting runs on DC (direct current) power, which is more energy-efficient than AC power.
Using homegrown produce for the Ranch House Restaurant, including vegetables and honey from the 80 beehives on the property, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is committed to being eco-friendly and preserving its natural surroundings. Other sustainable amenities include organic skincare products, electrical vehicle charging stations, digital newspaper subscriptions, recycling bins in guest rooms, compostable containers and geothermal heating. The bed & breakfast package including a night’s stay in the High Lonesome King Suite w/ Loft starts from $554.00.
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
As the name suggests, Loveland is the perfect place to spend a truly romantic break. Located at the foot of the Rockies, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is an intimate option for newlyweds, anniversary celebrators and everyone in between. Couples can disconnect from everyday life and soak up one another in the beautiful surroundings. With so many activities to choose from, guests can decide if they want to be adventurous on the many hiking and biking trails, saddle up with a horse ride, or simply relax in the outdoor heated pool. Priced from $2,600 per adult in summer, including all meals and most activities.
C Lazy U Ranch
Operating since 1919, C Lazy U Ranch is a luxurious dude ranch offering an upmarket yet authentic western experience. An all-inclusive resort, amenities include world-class cabins, a wealth of outdoor activities, daily horse rides and exceptional cuisine. With an extensive culinary history at many five-star resorts, Chef Cory Untch’s style of cooking is ‘fine dining meets casual family gatherings.’
The wood-fired, farm-inspired seasonal menus ensure guests’ pallets are always presented with the best that nature has to offer. Set within beautiful log cabins next to Willow Creek and neighbouring acres of untouched land is the on-site spa, where guests can enjoy incredible views of the Continental Divide mountain range in complete peace and tranquillity whilst switching off from the rest of the world. Priced from $817 per person per night in summer, including all meals and most activities.