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Guest Ranches in Colorado: Part Three

Farms and Ranches

Powderhorn, CO 81243
(800) 786-1220

Capacity: 30
Season: June 4-Sept 17
Altitude: 8500 feet

Friendly, personal family atmosphere nestled in historic Powderhorn Valley near Gunnison, Colorado. Small, secluded and remote, yet with all the amenities. Log cabins with carpet, refrigerators; nice front porches. Excellent trout fishing in Cebolla Creek running through property as well as stocked children's pond and Hidden Lake. Heated swimming pool and spa and tubing in the creek. Square dance, jeep and raft trips, cookouts and campfires. Delicious meals served in log lodge with fireplaces and game tables. Children's playground. Early June discount. All activities included. Gunnison airport pickup available. Please write or call Bonnie or Jim Cook.

2677 S. Siloam Road
Pueblo, CO 81005
(719) 784-6600
(800) 874-0307
(719) 784-6600 Fax

Capacity: 40
Season: May 14-Oct 5
Altitude: 6500 feet

Pass through Red Creek Canyon, where red rock walls rise to form some of the West's most spectacular scenery, and it's as if a curtain quietly drops behind, shutting out the rest of the world. Here, in this valley all its own, lies the Don K Ranch completely surrounded by a quarter million acres of the San Isabel National Forest. The Don K offers an extensive riding program for all levels, your "own" horse, large heated swimming pool, tennis court, square dancing, hot tub, cookouts, campfire sing-a-longs, whitewater rafting, volleyball, horseshoes, cocktail bar and more. Golf nearby. No credit cards. Brochure available.

17931 Red Feather Lakes Road
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
(970) 224-1222
(800) 357-4930

Capacity: 16
Season: 6/4-10/14
Altitude: 8000 feet

Bordering on Roosevelt National Forest, our small, family-oriented Western ranch is nestled amid the beauty of stately pines, granite rock outcroppings and whispering aspen groves in the heart of mountain country. Delicious meals are served family-style with homemade desserts. Horseback riding on endless mountain trails is the main activity for the beginner to advanced rider. After hiking, jeep trips, white water rafting, and family campfires, discerning guests relax in the large hot tub before retiring to their newly decorated ranch suites. Come and let our warm and friendly staff make this the Rocky Mountain vacation of your dreams.

2882 Hwy 23
Ridgeway, CO 81432
(970) 626-5360
(800) 331-3015

Capacity: 30
Season: Year round
Altitude: 7200 feet

A charming guest ranch, located just north of Ouray, surrounded by more 14,000 foot mountains than any other region in the U.S.A. Activities include comprehensive riding program, Jeeping to abandoned gold mines and ghost towns, cookouts, private trout fishing, surrey rides, hot tub, volleyball, trap and rifle range. The SJR guest house is carpeted, individually heated, private baths, and tastefully decorated. Hearty meals are served family style. Parents without partners welcomed. Write or call Patricia and Scott MacTiernan.

80 County Road 273 KRW
Rifle, CO 81650
(970) 625-1473
(800) 858-3046

Capacity: 25
Season: 5/28-10/7 and 12/18-4/2
Altitude: 8100 feet

Over 55 years as a guest ranch. A perfect rustic setting for your summer and winter vacations or fall hunting. 21 miles NE of Rifle deep in the White River National Forest. Activities include horseback riding on trails of endless wildflowers; fish, swim or row in private lake; stream fishing nearby; cookouts; square dancing; volleyball; hiking; 4-wheel-drive trips; sing alongs and a melodrama. American plan package includes all ranch activities. Group rates available. Non-guided deer and elk hunts in rifle season. Great snow-mobiling and cross-country skiing, open mid-December through March for meals and lodging; $110/day per couple. Norm and Sue Benzinger, K Sutton.

29555 Goose Creek Road, Box KRW
Sedalia, CO 80135
(303) 647-2311
(303) 647-2315 Fax

Capacity: 95
Season: Feb 10-Dec 1
Altitude: 7200 feet

Come blaze new trails with the Fosters' unique "Brand of Western Hospitality." Discover year-round authentic Western living on our 100-year-old AAA rated "four diamond" working cattle/horse ranch. Experience a total destination vacation while exploring 26,000 secluded acres of the Rocky Mountains, just 80 miles from Denver. Participate in cattle roundups, weekly rodeos, and Orvis fishing schools and trap shooting. Relax in our heated outdoor pool or ease into to the whirlpool. Indulge your appetite in an array of Western cooking; order-your-own breakfast, cookouts, and 5-course dinners. Children's discounts. For brochure information, write or call Bob Foster.

Box B
Shawnee, CO 80475
(800) 843-7895
(303) 838-9873
(303) 838-1549 fax

Capacity: 40
Season: May 27-Sept 16
Altitude: 8100 feet

On the bank of the historic North Fork of the South Platte River, surrounded by the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area, yet only 50 miles from Denver. Great riding along secluded trails far from signs of civilization, through meadows of wildflowers. Accommodations include our Homestead Log Cabin, the Klondike Log Cabin, BBQ's, steak cookouts and trout to champagne brunch and homestyle breakfast. Our children's program offered for ages infant to eight. Terrific fishing and instruction in rivers and stocked pond. Heated pool and spa. All-inclusive with lodging, meals, horses, whitewater rafting, trapshooting, etc. We do not accept credit cards. Dean and Karen May.

Slater, CO 81653
(970) 583-2410

Capacity: 30
Season: Year-round
Altitude: 7000 feet

Our working cattle ranch provides an unusual experience for riders of all ages and abilities. A limited number of guests reside in our comfortable, private-bath cabins in the remote beauty of high mesa country on the Colorado/Wyoming border. Avid riders work in small groups with professional wranglers moving cattle over 100 square miles of National Forest. Spring and fall are reserved for experienced riders and fisherman. Summer is ideal for families. Fishermen will enjoy several miles of privately stocked trout stream.

Box 465
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 879-3858
(800) 526-7433

Capacity: 36
Season: June-Sept
Altitude: 7800 feet

Experience a Vista Verde vacation at our small secluded western guest and cattle ranch snug against the 12,000' peaks of the Zirkel Wilderness. Enjoy rock-climbing, white-water rafting, rodeos, fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking. Or just relax in our new lodge, on the front porch of your own antique-furnished,carpeted log cabin with fireplace, or in bubbling hot tubs and sauna. After December 15, join us in our winter wonderland for cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, dog sledding and horseback riding. Personal or traveler's checks, please. Recommended in numerous publications. Contact owners John & Suzanne Munn for brochures and information.

P.O. Box 67
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-3757
(888) 754-1126
(970) 728-6728 fax

Capacity: 35
Season: June 5-Sept 3
Altitude: 9600 feet

At Skyline Guest Ranch you will be surrounded by all the wonderment of nature. You will wake to sunlit views of 14,000' peaks, take a breakfast ride through flower-filled meadows where wildlife abounds; fish our three trout-filled lakes or nearby rivers; explore the San Juan Mountains by jeep, horseback or on foot; visit Indian ruins at Mesa Verde; or simply relax in Skyline's pastoral quiet. We offer a Western-style lodge and six cozy cabins, all with private baths. Scrumptious meals are served to the accompaniment of music, laughter and sunset. Write to Sheila Farny at the address above.

The Pines Ranch
P.O. Box 311
Westcliffe, CO 81252
(719) 783-9261
(800) 446-9462

Capacity: 40
Season: 5/15-10/31 - 12/15-3/31
Altitude: 8700 feet

Established in 1893, The Pines specializes in family-oriented vacations featuring personalized horseback programs, overnight packtrips, spectacular Alpine trail rides, guest rodeo, wagon rides, square dancing, fishing, staff shows, and complete children's programs. Relax in modern cabins or our 100-year old Victorian lodge, soak in the hot tub, or swim in the pool. Our backyard, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, are the highest, most continuous in the world. We overlook the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley. Meeting and conference facilities are available. Nordic skiing and sleigh rides in the winter. For an unforgettable experience in the ranch Rockies, contact The Pines Ranch.

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