WIT'S END GUEST RANCH & RESORT
254 County Road 500
Bayfield, Colorado 81122
(970) 884-3261 fax
Summer High Season
Rocky Mountains, high country, pine and aspen forests, the Continental Divide, wild rivers, alpine lakes, trout over 30" long, northern pike, lush meadows, bald eagles, Canadian geese, wild ducks, deer, majestic elk, 14,000' snow-capped peaks, roaring streams charging down the mountains, thin strand waterfalls 200 feet tall, cattle on the open range, National forest and wilderness country. This is Wit's End and Meadowlark Ranch.
Riding is our main focus with over 100 horses available during peak seasons. These mountain horses are owned by the Ranch. We offer a variety of rides over many wide areas. Horseback riding and trail rides go out over hundreds of miles of mountain and meadow trails. We offer beginning as well as advanced riding. Rides of one hour to all day are available on both easy and challenging trails, as well as arena riding and lessons (private lessons are extra). On Saturday, our horses have the day off - no rides are available on Saturdays. Pack trips up to 7 days long are also available (extra cost).
From Memorial weekend through August guests are accommodated on a 7-day Royal American Plan, which includes all of your meals, fine dining, horseback riding or any of the ranch or ranch-owned activities. During other seasons, shorter stays and winter or appropriate seasonal activities are available.
KIDS! Also included in the high season American plan rates are:
Youngsters' Overnight Cookout/Campout (Supervised)
Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
Children's Program (4 years and older) from 8am to 6pm.
Children's Activity Center
For Everybody! Great extras make for a great trip, like:
Spectacular Mountain View Breakfast Ride
Outdoor Campfire Cookout
Fishing and instruction on our Private Fishing Ponds
Tennis (2 courts)
Mountain Bike Riding
Hot Tubs (4 on the property)
Roping by our Wranglers and Participants, Arena Riding
Please consider, because we are a Dude & Guest Ranch, not a fine hotel, we don't offer what hotels and resorts offer. We are in the country and we are out for having fun, riding horses, hiking, fishing, and relaxing, along with enjoying the history, and the small part of our Ranch has played in Western history. All of our cabins are at least 50 years old and have been fully restored with modern kitchens and baths. Some of the cabins date to 1930, 1910, 1870 and 1859. One cabin may be from the 1720 to 1760 era. Our area was originally explored by the Spanish about 1540, and was actively mined by them until the 18th and 19th centuries. There are legends of billion dollar caches of gold still hidden in our high country, from these old mines.
WINTER LOW SEASON
[Please note that Christmas is High Season]
The clear, crisp air of the Rockies, up on the Continental Divide, as snow envelopes enormous areas, freezing ponds and entire mountainsides, and providing landscapes as beautiful as any you've ever seen. Take the kids for a Winter Wonderland vacation extraordinaire.
Concerned about an entire week skiing the same old slopes? Well, this ranch adjoins a 560,000-acre wilderness and a 2-million-acre National Forest. Weather permitting, you should see new vistas every day.
Winters are beautiful here - cold at night until daybreak, warming to between 20 and 30 degrees by 10 o'clock. The sun shines bright and will keep you warm most days with a sweater or light jacket - but please bring a heavy ski-type jacket, hat, gloves, and warm boots or sorrels. Our store carries limited amounts of goggles, gloves and scarves.
"A step back in time" is the best way to describe our Lodge at the Lake and Colorado Tavern: hand-hewn beams, log doors, the flavor of a 19th-century hunting lodge, candle-light dining, a huge stone fireplace crackling with warmth, walls mirrored with cut glass from the 1853 Crystal Palace in London, the soft sound of billiards and a secluded antique library. All the ingredients are here for a unique vacation experience - when you're at your wit's end.
From Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend, Low Season rates (20% off High Season rates) are in effect.
The Winter American Plan includes:
3 Scrumptious Meals Daily
Skis, Boots, Poles
Snowmobiling - unlimited (your snowmobile)
Also available at extra cost are:
Snowmobiling (our snowmobile)
Purgatory/Wolf Creek Downhill Skiing
Pick Up & Delivery to Airport
KIDS! There's also a Children's Activity Center|
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