A Winter Wonderland

The little sorrel mare plunges joyfully through the powdery drifts, like a carousel horse freed from its pole. Her shaggy winter coat is frosted with snow and when she pauses at the hilltop, she snorts steam and her sides heave with the effort. Yet, she pulls at the reins, seeming eager to push on. But … Read more A Winter Wonderland

Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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The sun has set and the nearly full moon will soon be rising over the Colorado peaks. Skiers and snowshoers group outside the lodge at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, bindings latched and stomachs churning. It’s time to eat. They are the first wave of participants on the annual Grand Huts Association progressive dinner at Devil’s Thumb … Read more Ski or Snowshoe to Dinner: At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Summer in Steamboat Springs: 7 Ways to Play

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One of the great joys of summer is getting outside and enjoying the sun. With its 300-plus days of sunshine, Colorado summers are as long as the mountains are tall, and one place to enjoy the blue skies and mountain highs is in the town of Steamboat Springs. We’ve gathered a list of seven cool … Read more Summer in Steamboat Springs: 7 Ways to Play

Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

Remember sleep-away camp? Roasting marshmallows by the fire, bunking in log cabins, crafting leather belts, laughing in the dining hall with new-found friends… Picture your adult self at camp with your kids. Now add snow. That’s the scene at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside Winter Park. At this high-altitude hideout, … Read more Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

C Lazy U Guest Ranch: Full Winter Fun

The ranch compound lies about a half-mile below. It would take two minutes to drive, but right now no vehicles are allowed on the roadway. This route to the ranch is reserved for us sledders. I center my Flexible Flyer on its snow-packed crown. A ranch hand’s foot chocks the sled while I drop on … Read more C Lazy U Guest Ranch: Full Winter Fun

Devil’s Thumb Ranch: A Devil of a Good Time

Located just over 10 minutes from downtown Fraser, CO is the beautifully enchanting Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Anything but demonic in nature, the year-round ranch is home to two restaurants, spa, and unbelievable accommodations for the ultimate Colorado getaway. Just west of Winter Park, the sprawling 6,000 acres of private wilderness is a virtual playground for … Read more Devil’s Thumb Ranch: A Devil of a Good Time

Gallop Or Trot To Hotels In Granby

A vacation to Granby can be a lot of things, with the exception of being boring. If you’re looking for something slow paced and relaxing, it’s the place for you. If you’re looking for something more adventurous and exciting, Granby can provide that too. With a number of dude ranches, B&Bs and lodges to choose … Read more Gallop Or Trot To Hotels In Granby

Colorado Guest Ranches: In Touch With Your Inner Cowgirl

Purple lupine, pink wild roses and yellow arnica color the green hillside directly outside my cabin. Any moment, I expect to see a deer wander through the thick forest of aspen, pine and spruce trees. It’s this gentler side of my inner cowgirl I seek to cultivate on this Colorado ranch outing. While I yearn … Read more Colorado Guest Ranches: In Touch With Your Inner Cowgirl

Smith Fork Ranch: A Colorado Guest Ranch With Style

Vacationers seek out Colorado dude and guest ranches when they want to rough it Old West style – exploring mountain wilderness, navigating trails on horseback, fishing in Colorado’s roaring rivers and ending the day with campfire stories before retiring to a rustic, comfortable cabin. But most Colorado guest ranches also have a luxurious side, with … Read more Smith Fork Ranch: A Colorado Guest Ranch With Style

Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

The last traces of snow have disappeared here in the Rockies, replaced by blooming wildflowers, shimmering aspen and the pure, warm breezes of summer. The temperate days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for hiking along mountain streams and horseback riding across valley pastures. Though thousands of skiers flock to Colorado each winter, summertime is … Read more Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

Lake City’s Vickers Ranch: Frontier Spirit Thrives in the San Juan Mountains

Colorado dude ranch vacations can be as simple or luxurious as you want them to be. From airy mountaintop cabin rentals with four-star gourmet meals and spa treatments to rigorous cowboy camping excursions, guest ranch proprietors are ready to make your Old West lifestyle vacation a reality. Adventurous travelers with a yearning for days gone … Read more Lake City’s Vickers Ranch: Frontier Spirit Thrives in the San Juan Mountains

Keyah Grande: Pampering in the Wild

Barbara Sackman is a city girl. She and Alan Sackman, her husband of 40+ years, are Manhattan developers. They have traveled the world and visited many places that most never see. Yet years ago, the couple came across a secluded piece of property in southwestern Colorado that would enhance their lives and ultimately lead to … Read more Keyah Grande: Pampering in the Wild

Tarryall River Ranch: A Family Vacation of a Lifetime

The Old West – in times gone by it was full of cowboys, open frontier and adventure. Today, the lure and call of the West still beckon from Colorado’s prairies and mountains to those who hunger for a taste of a simpler time. Families can escape the bustle of today’s lifestyle at a place where … Read more Tarryall River Ranch: A Family Vacation of a Lifetime

Winter Fun for Families: Keystone and Snow Mountain Ranch

My 10-year-old grandson Anthony blasts right past me as I yell at him to turn. Like most kids, he likes to ski fast in the fall line, turning only when absolutely necessary. I try not to spend too much time teaching; we’re here to have fun together. Last year, I found two Colorado winter playgrounds … Read more Winter Fun for Families: Keystone and Snow Mountain Ranch