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Guest Ranches in Colorado: Part One

Farms and Ranches

LAZY H GUEST RANCH
P.O. Box 248
Allenspark, CO 80510
(303) 447-1388
(800) 578-3598

Airport: Denver

Capacity: 50

Season: Year-round

Altitude: 8300 feet

Located high on a ridge with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain scenery, we offer a combination of family activities, horseback riding, heated pool, hot tub, sauna, hiking and fishing to keep the most restless busy. Our riding program is suited for all ages and designed to advance a beginner to a level capable of participating in the exciting all-day ride and gymkhana at the week's end. Hay rides, a mountain man's camp, Native American entertainment and line dancing. Our children's program and counselors help create memories for your youngsters that will last a lifetime. Guest rooms and cabins with private baths. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover.

HARMEL'S RANCH RESORT
Box 399
Almont, CO 81210
(970) 641-1740
(800) 235-3402

Capacity: 150

Season: 5/19-9/30

Altitude: 8400 feet

Hidden among the tree-lined rivers in beautiful Taylor Canyon, Harmel's offers flexible options to suit your vacation schedule. Stay a few days or an entire week enjoying horseback rides through spectacular mountain wilderness, thrilling whitewater rafting, backwoods mountain bicycling, hayrides, chuckwagon cookouts, square dances, children's program, kid's fishing pond, swimming pool and evening entertainment. From hearty steak eaters to vegetarians, our entrees will tantalize all complimented by homemade soups, hot rolls and desserts. Enjoy dining while overlooking the Taylor River, and watch hundreds of hummingbirds dance for their dinner. Afterwards, fall asleep to the soothing lullabies of our rivers.

RAINBOW TROUT RANCH
1484 FDR 250
P.O. Box 458
Antonito, CO 81120
(800) 633-3397
(719) 376-2440
(719) 376-5659 fax
rainbow2@amigo.net

Airport: Alamosa

Capacity: 60

Season: May 25-Sept 17

Altitude: 9000 feet

A very special place for a unique summer vacation, combining the splendor of the Colorado Rockies with the enchantment of Northern New Mexico. Located on the border, we feature vast amounts of country to ride, fish, hike, and relax. Fine horses for all ages and abilities, whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande, swimming, hiking and da ytime children's programs for ages 3-5, 6-11 and teenagers. Friendly accommodating staff. Activities include hayrides, country dancing, sin-a-long, and cookouts. Enjoy cozy log cabins and feast on delicious home cooked meals. Easy access from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Alamosa and Denver. No credit cards. Call us for a brochure. Lisa Robinson, Doug & Linda Van Berkum and Family. Let us make your next vacation!

SKY CORRAL GUEST RANCH
8233 Old Flowers Road
Bellvue, CO 80512
(970) 484-1362 Phone and Fax

Airport: Denver

Capacity: 30

Season: Year-round

Altitude: 8200 feet

A family ranching experience will be yours when you visit Dave and Sharon Vannice in this 450-acre Rocky Mountain setting. Our ranch is nestled in a secluded mountain meadow filled with aspens and wildflowers growing under beautiful skies, yet only 25 miles form Fort Collins. You will have your own horse for 6 days to ride with experienced wranglers on high mountain trails. Other activities include an overnight trail ride, rafting, trap shooting, hiking, fishing, tennis, volleyball, square dancing, campfire songs and stories, and a rodeo. Activities will be provided for children under 6 by prior arrangement.

ELK MOUNTAIN RANCH
P.O. Box 910
Buena Vista, CO 81211
800-432-8812

Capacity: 30

Season: May-Sept

Altitude: 9600 feet

High and remote in the San Isabel National Forest. Nestled among aspen and evergreen on Little Bull Creek. Accommodations: log cottages and lodges tastefully furnished, all with private bath. Activities: excellent horseback program. Thrilling whitewater raft trip down the famous Arkansas River. Overnight campout, trap shooting, jacuzzi, hayride, square dance, campfires, full kids' program, hiking, movies, library and relaxation. Food: superb meals to delight hearty appetites. Trail ride cookouts, steak fry, hors d'oeuvres each evening. Phone or write Tom and Sue Murphy, Managers at above phone or address.

THE HOME RANCH
P.O. Box 822 by the Great Divide
Clark, CO 80428
(970) 879-1780
(970) 879-9044

Airport: Steamboat Springs

Capacity: 40

Season: Summer and Winter

Altitude: 7200 feet

The Home Ranch has an old ranch atmosphere and congeniality with quality accommodations and decor. The setting is beautiful and green, very green! The only ranch to be Mobil 4-star and a member of Relais and Chateaux. Accommodations include cabins and lodge rooms. We have a heated pool, recreation room and playground for kids. The Elk River is a blue ribbon trout stream that is relatively unknown. The Mt. Zirkel Wilderness is known for spectacular hiking and beautiful lakes. We visit the Steamboat weekly rodeo and have a variety of cookouts and musical shows. Don't forget the private Jacuzzi on your cabin porch. Come and see us once and you'll be back. Your hosts, Ken and Cile, Harmony and Jasmine, Jones.

COLORADO TRAILS RANCH
12161 Country Road 240-R
Durango, CO 81301
(800) 323-3833
(970) 247-5055
(970) 385-7372

Airport: Durango

Capacity: 60

Season: June 4-Sept 17

Altitude: 7500 feet

In the San Juan Mountains near Durango in Southwest Colorado, this full-program ranch has been operating with the same management for 35 years. Certified riding instructors and trained horses provide you with an exceptional riding experience. Teaching riding and training horses is our passion. But there's more to our vacations. There's tennis, swimming, shooting sports, water skiing, river rafting and fishing. Super-clean cabins, delicious home cooking and baking, top facilities and a great staff add up to the best vacation you ever had. Rates include everything. Early June and September are for adults only. Call toll-free for information and brochure. Your hosts, Dick and Ginny Elder.

LAKE MANCOS RANCH
P.O. Box 206 1D
Durango, CO 81302
(970) 533-7900
(800) 325-9462

Airport: Durango

Capacity: 55

Season: June 4-Oct 1

Altitude: 8000 feet

Ride the beautiful trails of the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. We are located at 8000 feet, just 45 minutes west of Durango. Join us for a stress free family vacation. Relax on the front porch of your own comfortable and spacious cabin. Enjoy home-style meals in our cozy lodge. Your children will love our kids' program: including cookouts, fishing, camp-outs, swimming and of course horseback riding! Our family has owned and operated the ranch since 1956. We would love to have you make us your home in the mountains! AAA and Mobile Guide rated; VISA MasterCard, Discover. $1225-1350 per adult, $990-1095 per child (per 6 day week) - rates are all inclusive, lodging, meals, riding, all ranch activites, gratuities, children's program are included. Special rates for children and non-riders.

WILDERNESS TRAILS RANCH
776 Country Road, 300D
Durango, CO 81301
800-527-2624
970-247-0722

Capacity: 48

Season: May 28-Oct 1

Altitude: 7800 feet

Make tracks to our spectacular, secluded mountain valley for an intimate, personalized vacation experience. Our top-notch horse program offers instruction, rides divided according to ability, all-day rides, half-day rides, weekly overnight pack trip. Special programs geared for ages 3-5, 6-11, and teens. They'll never be bored! Swim in our 72' heated pool, catch trout, hike the forests, take the 4-wheel drive trip to a mountain top, water-ski, visit prehistoric Mesa Verde Indian Ruins, or just plain relax. Square dancing, magic show, staff show, country dance lessons, western dance. Weekly all-inclusive adult rate: $1345. Children's rates, June discounts. September for adults. All described in 12-page brochure.

ASPEN LODGE RANCH RESORT
6120 Highway 7
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-8133
(800) 322-6867

Capacity: 150

Season: Apr-Oct

Altitude: 9100 feet

Select accommodations with the majesty of Colorado's largest log Lodge or in cozy cabins. Awaken to stunning views of the Rockies highest peaks. Then whatever your Western Dream, we are dedicated to serving your needs. Relax or fully explore. Ride adjoining horse trails of RMNP, or the challenge of 36,000 acres of exhilarating open country riding. Our year-round activities offer a multitude of choices for individuals and groups, such as private fishing, hiking, tennis, golf nearby, Sports Center with sauna racquetball, weight room, hay rides, sleigh rides, nightly entertainment, extensive winter activities. Exciting children's program. Award-winning "casual-continental" to "Colorado" cuisine. AAA 3-Diamond.

WIND RIVER RANCH
Box 3410
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-4212
(800) 523-4212
(970) 586-2255 fax

Capacity: 56

Season: June-Sept

Altitude: 9200 feet

Located in COLORADO'S SPECTACULAR HIGH COUNTRY, our ranch is situated among stately pines and bordering on Rocky Mountain National Park. Wind River Provides an excellent opportunity for busy people to relax and get away from it all. This unique ranch combines rustic and antique western charm with modern comfort. Accommodations have automatic heat, private baths, King, Queen and Twin beds, some fireplaces. Choice wines available in the dining room. Heated pool, spa, stocked fishing pond, hiking, hay ride, library and evening entertainment. Children's counselors. Children's, group and limited daily rates available. 75 miles from Denver. Call or write Rob and Jere Irvin; hosts.

C LAZY U RANCH
P.O. Box 379 D
Granby, CO 80446
(970) 887-3344

Capacity: 115

Season: 5/28-10/15 and 12/17-3/26

Altitude: 8200 feet

The only guest ranch in the United States to receive the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings. A stress-free vacation in a beautiful setting. Ride the ridges, valleys and meadows on a horse that's yours for the week. Riding program is our pride and joy, & is geared to all abilities. Fully supervised program for children and teens. Fishing in 2 miles of stream that flows through property. Heated pool, tennis and trap range. Enjoy amenities of a top resort in a ranch setting. Discounts available in early June. Adults only 9/3-10/15. Great Winter vacations too.

DROWSY WATER RANCH
P.O. Box 147
Granby, CO 80446
(970) 725-3456
(800) 845-2292
(970) 725-3611 fax

Capacity: 60

Season: June 4-Sept 17

Altitude: 8200 feet

This famous Colorado ranch, only two hours from Denver, is nestled in the secluded Drowsy Water Creek Valley and offers a complete, unique western family vacation. Our 600 acres of land adjoining BLM and National Forest provides private access to miles of back country. Over 90 quality horses provide your own horse for the week. Weekly American Plan includes riding instruction, fast and slow trail rides over miles of varied trails, all-day rides, and sight-seeing trips. Evening entertainment, square dancing, hayrides, carnival, staff shows and more. Daily maid service in modern log cabins and lodge. Weekly rates from $830 to 1020 with family plans. Ken and Randy Sue Fosha, owners and hosts. References provided. No credit cards accepted.

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