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Mount Up: Dude Ranches of Colorado & Wyoming

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There are dozens of trusted dude and guest ranch experiences across Colorado and the surrounding states. They span a range of rustic tent camps to ultra-luxe lodges; some offer horseback-only activities, and many offer all manner of mountain fun: rafting, fishing, hiking, shooting, etc. Start your search with these suggestions, or at http://www.coloradoranch.com, a Colorado guest ranch group that gives a good idea of all that's available in the cowboy culture travel realm.
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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
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3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash, CO 80478, USA
Winter came surprisingly early to Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado, crushing my plans to mountain bike and fly-fish amid fall foliage. Luckily, horseback riding is on offer year-round at the ranch stables. My horse Rusty braved the...
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Creede, CO 81130, USA
4UR Ranch boasts personalized horseback-riding programs, fly-fishing excursions, a natural hot spring hot tub, and superb camping nearby. Nearby Creede is a former ghost town from mining days.
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58000 Cowboy Way, Clark, CO 80428, USA
My family and I recently stayed at Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado and for a bunch of Texans this place was heaven for us. Never seen so much snow!
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66 Brush Creek Ranch Road, Saratoga, WY 82331, USA
There are over 100 excellent guest ranches in the Western U.S., offering a range of family vacations. Brush Creek Ranch, in southern Wyoming, is one of the more exclusive properties, offering an enormous range of activities on 15,000 acres of...
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167 Fish Hatchery Rd, Dubois, WY 82513, USA
I have no idea what to expect as my family and I mosey across the lawn to the dining hall on our first night at CM Ranch. This historic guest operation, outside Dubois and up Jakey’s Draw in north-central Wyoming, has been in continuous operation...
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82 Parque Creek Rd, Dubois, WY 82513, USA
"Are we still going to ride?" I ask, glancing at the storm rolling off the jagged peaks of the Absaroka mountains. Wrangler Dallin Maples, 25, responds by handing me a long, yellow raincoat as the first drops splat on the hard brim of my hat. "The...
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29555 Goose Creek Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135, USA
The nine-mile dirt road through Pike's Peak National Forest is a properly isolated, remote, and grand driveway to Lost Valley Ranch, one of the few guest ranches in Colorado that is so close to Denver. (It is only about two hours by car from...