Colorado Cattle Ranch

The Colorado Cattle Ranch is set in 10,000 acres of ranch land, filled with rolling hills and deep canyons.  This is a working ranch which plays home to hundreds of cattle and over 75 horses.

The Colorado Cattle Ranch gives its guests the opportunity to experience life on a real working ranch.  During your stay you can experience a real cowboy adventure whilst enjoying activities such as cattle work and saddling and grooming the horses.  There are well-trained horses to suit every level of riding ability.   You also have the chance to attend cowboy school and experience roping lessons, team penning, cattle handling, cutting instruction and horsemanship.

Of course there is plenty of time to relax as well, enjoy the indoor swimming pool and sit around the campfire with a few cold beers.

As this is a working ranch the activities will be based around the needs of the ranch and cattle which can differ greatly throughout the year. 

Additional Information
Accommodation

Main Lodge 

The main lodge is the meeting place for meals, and is part of the original homestead on the ranch enjoying excellent views of the meadow where the sunrise greets guests every morning.


Lodge Facilities

  • Indoor pool
  • Hot tub, gift shop
  • Laundry area
  • Coffee bar
  • Snack area.


Deluxe Rooms

Guests can sleep in either the log bunkhouse, which was the original homestead on the ranch, or in one of the charming log cabin duplexes. The original bunkhouse was built in 1897 and has since been extended, refitted and modernized with five private bedrooms designed for couples.


Blackrock Deluxe Room Facilities

Decorated with ranch photos, and a saddle; this room is quite comfortable and relaxing.

  • Log queen size bed
  • Dresser drawers
  • Rocking chair
  • En suite bathroom equipped with a modern sink and tub/shower


Canyon Deluxe Room Facilities

The Canyon Deluxe Room is a cowboy/trapper’s style room, the decorations include antique traps, furs and original western art.

  • Queen size log bed
  • Dresser drawers
  • Two comfortable chairs
  • Ottoman
  • En suite bathroom including a full tub/shower and unique bucket sink  


Meadow Deluxe Room Facilities

The Meadow Deluxe Room is decorated in honor of the schoolmarm who resided in the room years ago.

  • Dresser drawers
  • Rocking chair
  • Queen size bed
  • En suite bathoom including a full tub/shower and bucket sink
  • Southern exposure windows  that ensures lots of sunshine and light.


Longreen Deluxe Room Facilities

This room is the most requested room on the Ranch.

  • Bark on log walls
  • Queen size log bed
  • Dresser drawers
  • En suite bathroom with a full tub/shower and bucket sink.


Far Side Deluxe Room Facilities

The Far Side Deluxe Room has a north facing entrance and its own private patio.

  • Larges en suite bathroom with a full tub/shower and bucket sink
  • Queen size log bed
  • Dresser drawers
  • Two comfortable chairs
  • Ottoman
  • Closet for clothes


Standard Cabin Rooms

Newly constructed log cabin rooms are designed for singles and friends traveling together. There are 8 standard log cabin rooms on the ranch.

  • Private bathroom with a shower and bucket sink
  • Two individual beds with down comforters
  • Small coffee bar and refrigerator
  • Individual air conditioning and heating
  • Private porch and parking area
Example Seasonal Daily Programme

A typical daily riding schedule can consist of the below:


Before breakfast:

Around 7am you catch, feed, groom and saddle horses. You can do as much or as little as you wish. You can join in for the entire time or choose to relax part of the time.  It is your choice.


Breakfast:

Served between 8:30 and 9:00, unless there is a big gather or cattle drive, in which case it will be much earlier and on the run.


After breakfast:

The guests and cowboys go out to work cattle. There is cattle work out on the range every morning for guests who want to participate in the real thing. The cattle work ride leaves the corral as soon as we can get mounted after breakfast and returns around 13:00, unless the work takes us too far from the ranch to return for lunch.  Sometimes the cattle work can last longer than the morning and even up until the evening depending what work is required on a given day.


Lunch:

Lunch is served between 13:00 and 14:00 at the homestead.  If you are out on the trail driving cattle or helping a neighbour, then it is sandwiches, crisps, fruit and dessert on the trail.


After Lunch:

The Colorado Dude Ranch Cowboy School meets after lunch out by the hitching racks, or by the roping dummies, Monday – Friday and ends around 16:00.  The instructors are professional cowboys, they have years of knowledge and experience and can share that knowledge with you.. In addition to roping lessons, Cowboy School also includes team penning, team sorting, cutting, tag, cowboy handball, barrel racing, obstacle course, and other fun games that teach cattle handling skills and allow you to improve your riding while you are having fun.  There is no extra charge for any of these activities.

Happy hour starts after the horses are fed and settled for the night at 17:00 on the patio and dinner is served shortly afterward. 

The cattle work schedule is written on the notice board every evening so you know what is planned for the next day.

Activities

Cowboy School 

Every Monday through Friday, after the day’s cattle work is done and before dinner; guests are offered an opportunity to further their riding education by participating in ‘Cowboy School’ – lessons in things cowboys do for fun! Partake in these optional rodeo events at no extra charge. Every day brings a new adventure and challenge with a new event to help you improve your riding skills.


Events Include

  • Red Neck Bull Riding
  • Barrel Racing
  • Team Penning
  • Team Sorting
  • Rope Live Steers from Horseback
  • Obstacle Course


Additional Activities

Colorado Cattle Company has a wide range of fun activities to keep you entertained in your downtime. Some of these activities include:

  • Fishing in the Pond
  • Overnight Camp-out
  • Wagon Rides
  • Horse Shoe Pits
  • Pool & Hot Tub
  • Massages on Fridays $75
  • Shooting Practice
  • Roping Practice
  • Outdoor Volley Ball Court
  • Campfire
  • Relaxing on the Porch
Dining

Meals are included. Make sure to bring your appetite because three home cooked meals are served each day and snacks are available as desired to keep you full and energized. Hungry cowboys can sit down and dig in to a real ranch meal three times a day. Breakfast meal choices range from eggs, bacon and sausage, cold and hot cereal, fruit, yogurt; occasionally biscuits and gravy or breakfast burritos are also served.

Lunch is normally served in the dining room unless you are out on the trail or at a neighbour’s for the day.  Sandwiches and soups, fruit, bread and salad are typical lunch meals.  Lunch on the trail is brown bag containing sandwiches, fruit, crisps and a dessert.

The evening meal is served in the dining room nightly. Margarita night is on Tuesday evening where the ‘all you can drink’ Margaritas are on the house. Other evening meals may include BBQ ribs, chicken, beef or pork served with appropriate side dishes, bread, salad and dessert. Vegetarian and other special diets are happily catered to with advance notice.

 

Beverages

All non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks are complimentary.  Alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.

Please note:  Federal, state and local laws PROHIBIT guests bringing their own alcoholic beverages on to the ranc

What's Included
  • All activities
  • All flights and transfers
  • One night pre and one night post-ranch experience hotel stay 
  • All meals, packed lunches and snacks
  • All non-alcoholic beverages
  • All you can drink margaritas on a Tuesday night
  • Indoor pool and hot tub
  • Laundry services
What's Not Included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Voluntary gratuities
  • Transfers and shuttle transportation
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