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Tracks, trails and tails in Colorado

9th May 2011 Print
Horses in Colorado

For over a hundred years Colorado has been welcoming visitors to experience one of the oldest western traditions of ranching. 

This legacy has been passed down from generation to generation with carefully cherished rituals that are shared with privileged visitors to the state. 

Over the years the ranching holiday experience has evolved depending on your requirements; the authentic experiences can start with a 5am wakeup call with a hard morning’s work herding up the cattle, doctoring and branding; or alternatively enjoy a restful lie in before hitting the spa and tucking into the gourmet fresh lunch buffet produced by the onsite chef.

Contrary to popular beliefs, modern dude ranches can differ dramatically from the old western stereotypes.  Today ranch guests can take advantage of various activities that extend way beyond the traditional ranching activity of horse riding.  Families of all ages can not only enjoy riding and horse clinics, but also take advantage of pack trips, fishing, archery, white water river rafting, golf, rock climbing and yoga to name just a few activities!

The ‘all-inclusive’ packages on offer at many of Colorado’s ranches include accommodation, three meals, many ranch activities, taxes and gratuities, so once you arrive on site you really can saddle up and enjoy the experience.

To find out more on Colorado’s range of dude ranches visit:

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Horses in Colorado