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Colorado Trails Ranch
Spectacular, breathtaking, magnificent. These are just some of the words guests use to describe this location in southwestern Colorado. Colorado Trails Ranch is only 12 miles northeast of the historic western town of Durango, Colorado. There's a wide range of activities like horseback riding, fishing, swimming, rafting, hiking, as well as a great kids' activity program.

Elk Mountain Ranch
Colorado's highest guest ranch at 9,635 feet, Elk Mountain Ranch has been Tom and Sue Murphy's home and passion since 1985. The ranch is nestled among aspen and evergreen on Little Bull Creek and surrounded by a breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks—paradise for nature lovers and photographers. Spend your week horseback riding amidst thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness, whitewater rafting, camping overnight high in the Rockies, or learning how to square dance. The fun-filled kids' program is for children ages three to seven.

Aspen Canyon Ranch
Aspen Canyon Ranch is located in beautiful Parshall, Colorado, about two hours' drive from Denver and west of the Continental Divide. Enjoy free horseback-riding lessons and small group rides that crisscross mountain and river trails. Other highlights include scenic hiking trails, fishing holes, skeet shooting, and Western dancing. There's also an adult rodeo evening and overnight pack trips. The ranch's rustic, Western-style lodge is set alongside a secluded river with breathtaking mountain views, making it a great place to relax and drink in the scenery. A fully supervised program for children is offered at no additional charge.

Vista Verde Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch is located in the Elk River Valley, just outside of Steamboat Springs in north-central Colorado. Ride on horseback through an untamed wilderness wonderland or tackle the rugged mountain terrain on mountain bike. The crystal-clear water of the quiet lakes and rushing streams make for some stellar fishing and there are hikes for every level—from mild, self-guided tours to all-day challenging adventures above timberline. Better yet, after a hard day on the trail, Vista Verde's cuisine is second-to-none—one of the major reasons why guests keep coming back!

Wilderness Trails Ranch
Wilderness Trails Ranch rests in the secluded and striking Pine River Valley, just upstream from Vallecito Lake in the heart of Colorado's San Juan Mountains. Enjoy a progressive riding program geared to all ages and abilities. Not riding? No worries. There are loads of other activities, including fishing in one of the stocked ponds, guided fly-fishing on a local river, whitewater rafting, water skiing, swimming, massage or spa treatments, tours of Mesa Verde National Park, hiking outings, roping lessons, campfire sing-alongs... or you could just kick back and simply take it all in from the deck of your cabin.

Tumbling River Ranch
Tumbling River Ranch is nestled in a secluded valley high in the heart of the Rockies, surrounded by 14,000-foot mountains and millions of acres of national forest. Activities here include horseback rides along secluded trails, vehicle trips to long-abandoned gold and silver mines as well as to seldom-seen ghost towns, whitewater-rafting trips, overnight pack trips, and a variety of trout fishing in streams, ranch ponds, and high mountain lakes. Tumbling River offers a terrific organized kids' program, not to mention lots of fun evening activities.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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