herding cattle on horseback holiday in USA

The state of Colorado was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Río Colorado for the red coloured silt the river carried from the mountains.

This is an excellent family run ranch surrounded by millions of acres of wilderness and forest. Here you ride on trails often travelled by deer and elk where each turn you take is different, wind through stands of native aspen, lope over rolling hills of sage brush and cactus and meander across lush meadows ablaze with wildflowers of course all the while you'll be surrounded by endless vistas of the majestic Colorado Rockies, that are simply spectacular.

The Ranch has around 100 Quarter Horse types, all Western trained and very responsive to heel and weight signals, each rider will be assigned their own horse for the week.

On this Riding Holiday activities range from cattle work in the form of team penning, fly fishing in stocked ponds, a full day of white water rafting, guided hiking, 4WD back country drives, great evening entertainment and a fully supervised children's programme. Adult only weeks in the first two weeks in September are great for a relaxing getaway.

Accommodation comprises of either a lodge with 8 bedrooms, all en suite or family cabins. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool and a hot tub to relax in after an exciting day on the ranch.

 

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from GM of Nottingham on 20/06/2015

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RIDING ABILITY
No previous riding experience is necessary to ride on this horse riding holiday. Riders weighing more than 97kg/215lb/15 stone may be limited to walking only rides. When you see the terrain you will understand why.

HORSES
The horses are mainly Quarter Horse with some paints, appaloosa and draft crosses. They range in size from 15hh to 16hh. There are about 100 horses on the ranch at any one time. Some are real schoolmasters while others are more sensitive and respond to the slightest leg or weight shift. Everyone gets to do some cattle work on this ranch. Once a week there is a team penning session. Here everyone splits into teams and tries to separate a few cattle from the herd and take them across the coral and into a pen. This is usually fast and fun!

ACCOMMODATION
Authentic log cabins, some dating back 100 years, and a lodge house form the accommodation on the ranch. The lodge and cabins are scattered along a creek, some reached across a small bridge. The cabins have from 1 to 4 bedrooms for singles to families. The larger cabins with more rooms also have a private sitting room. The cabins are decorated in western style with carpeted floors and twin or double beds. Every booking group has their own shower and toilet en-suite. All have coffee making facilities and many have fridges. Each has its own verandah where you can watch the sunset or just watch life pass by. Wi-Fi is available in the communal lounge (next to the dining room). There is some mobile phone reception depending on network and also a landline for guest use.

FOOD
Sometimes the food is gourmet and sometimes western but always delicious. There is an informal atmosphere and guests are always welcome to drop into the kitchen for a snack, a drink or just a chat. Vegetarians can be catered for as can other special diets with advance request. There is no alcohol served at the ranch due to the family atmosphere. Guests are welcome to bring their own, or the ranch staff will buy some for you from the local store. This can be enjoyed in your own cabin, sitting room or verandah. In the autumn adult only weeks you are welcome to enjoy alcohol on all parts of the ranch at any time.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
There is a huge variety of activities on offer and a programme is done for each individual week. Non riders will not feel left out even if they do not intend to sit on a horse at all! Fly fishing instruction and fishing for trout are available both in stocked ponds and on the Colorado River. One day an all day river rafting programme is available on the Colorado River. Mountain biking, guided hiking, Four-Wheel drive trips into the mountain, a hot tub, swimming in the heated pool, 4 nearby golf courses to choose from (only golf involves a fee), not to mention evening entertainment such as campfire sing-alongs, country and line dancing, old fashioned play acting and carnival nights.

CHILDREN
There are counsellor-led programmes for children from infants to teenagers. Activities include riding instruction, brushing the horses, river tubbing on the Colarado River, mountain biking, nature hikes, story telling, fishing, crafts, heated swimming pool, cycling, hay rides and wagon rides to mention a few. The counsellors and programme supervisors are college students selected for their experience, attentiveness and interests in child development and recreation. They treat the children with understanding, patience, love and respect. The children very quickly feel at home and often make life long friends under these circumstances.

SHOP
There is a gift shop available on site which stocks western hats, souvenirs and crafts as well as more mundane items like postcards

Transfers
The meeting point for this ride is Granby, Colarado.
There is a shuttle service called 'Home James' that can be pre-booked. This service operates from Denver Airport to the Granby 7/11. The ranch then comes out and picks guests up from there and takes them back to the ranch (about a 20 minute drive).
The Home James website can be found here.
If guests cannot meet this shuttle service due to the time of their flight then a private transfer can be arranged. Please enquire.

Another good alternative is to rent a car and drive the very scenic 125 miles across the continental divide to the ranch. For three people this is an economical alternative. Driving in the USA is very easy - the cars are large, the roads wide and everyone drives slowly. Having a car also gives you the freedom to visit the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park on your visit.

There is also an AMTRAK train from Denver to Granby, one of the more spectacular rail journeys of the world. The train departs daily.

Please note that all our ranch prices are fully inclusive of all taxes, charges and gratuities. Extras that are commonly charged on site at ranches which we include in our prices are: state taxes (2-8%), local town taxes (1-5%), accommodation tax ($1-5/night) and gratuities (12-15% is commonly expected as the staff are paid largely via tips). Our prices include all of the these and are guaranteed not to be affected by currency fluctuations once booked.

It is possible to stay the Saturday night after the week long program, to make up a stay of 7 nights. Please enquire for costs. This is booked on a B&B only basis.

We have an extensive range of Western Riding holidays across the world. Please click on the link below to go to our listings page:

Western Riding Holidays

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

The horses are mainly Quarter Horse with some paints, appaloosa and draft crosses. They range in size from 15hh to 16hh. There are about 100 horses on the ranch at any one time. Some are real schoolmasters while others are more sensitive and respond to the slightest leg or weight shift.


Riders are separated in groups according to ability and ride at appropriate speeds with plenty of loping for experienced riders where the terrain permits. There are lessons for all levels, also in the art of western riding. The horses are ridden in western tack and the western riding style is utilised.


Children from 6-13 have their own riding programmes which adults may join on request. Children under 6 are only led on the horses. Riders can opt to join a slower group to ride with a friend or family member.


Everyone gets to do some cattle work on this ranch. Once a week there is a team penning session. Here everyone splits into teams and tries to separate a few cattle from the herd and take them across the coral and into a pen. This is usually fast and fun! On some days the owner may invite advanced riders to visit neighbouring ranches and ride over really rough terrain doing more cattle work. This is a long, slow and hard day.

Rider requirements

No previous riding experience is necessary to ride on the ranch. Riders weighing more than 97kg/215lb/15 stone may be limited to walking only rides. When you see the terrain you will understand why.
The rides gradually increase in difficulty and time so no training is needed before coming out. There is tuition in western riding available on the ranch.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 18 st/255 lb/116 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Authentic log cabins, some dating back 100 years, and a lodge house form the accommodation on the ranch. The lodge and cabins are scattered along a creek, some reached across a small bridge. The cabins have from 1 to 4 bedrooms for singles to families.


The larger cabins with more rooms also have a private sitting room. The cabins are decorated in western style with carpeted floors and twin or double beds.

Every booking group has their own shower and toilet en suite. All have coffee making facilities and many have fridges. Each has its own verandah where you can watch the sunset or just watch life pass by.


Wi-Fi is available in the communal lounge (next to the dining room). There is some mobile phone reception depending on network and also a landline for guest use.


The food is lovingly prepared often from recipes handed down for generations. Sometimes the food is gourmet and sometimes western but always delicious. There is an informal atmosphere and guests are always welcome to drop into the kitchen for a snack, a drink or just a chat. Vegetarians can be catered for as can other special diets with advance request.

Breakfast: You can turn up to breakfast anytime from 8-9am. Breakfast is a hearty full western breakfast with hot pancakes, sausages, eggs, French toast as well as the usual cereal, yoghurt, juice, coffee, bagels, toast, jam, tea, hot chocolate.

Lunch: This is usually a lighter affair with for instance a Mexican buffet with tacos, nachos and burritos or salads and quiches. On picnic days a selection of ingredients is put out and riders choose their own pack lunches to put in the saddle bags. Various meats, subs, cheeses, condiments and pickles, juices, crisps, chocolates and fruit are available.

Dinner: Usually consists of a starter, main course and desert and can be a barbeque special or open fire cookout in nature.


Once a week the children under 18 leave on a wagon ride and cookout while their parents are treated to a gourmet style dinner served at the table.


There is no alcohol served at the ranch due to the family atmosphere. Guests are welcome to bring their own, or the ranch staff will buy some for you from the local store. This can be enjoyed in your own cabin, sitting room or verandah. In the autumn adult only weeks you are welcome to enjoy alcohol on all parts of the ranch at any time.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Climate Summary

Typically the night time temperatures drop to the low 40s F and daytime temperatures are usually in the 70'sF but can reach the 80'sF in July and August. This means it is cool enough to sleep under a blanket and pleasant to ride in during the day. The ranch is situated in a deep valley, so it takes a while to heat up in the morning once the sun hits.

Climate Chart

Film and Camera Equipment

Camera with plenty of film – it is nigh impossible to video, ride and carry out cattle work simultaneously! Wi-Fi is available in the ranch living room. There is intermittent mobile signal at the ranch, the best carrier is Verizon.

Packing List

Packing list
Jeans or jodhpurs
Jacket
Long sleeved shirts
Casual dinner wear
Short sleeved shirts
Rain gear (no ponchos)
Sweater
Sneakers or soft shoes
Riding boots
Sunscreen
Chaps (optional)
Chapstick
Gloves

Programmes

This is a 7 day/6 night programme starting Sundays from 28 May to 9 September. You can also stay the Saturday night at the ranch, a good way to visit the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park by car the next day. If staying for two weeks the middle night is included free and you are part of the family, visiting the local rodeo if one is on, taking a ride to town and eating round the table with the staff and family.

Departure Dates

2017: Sundays from 28 May to 9 September
Discount weeks: 28 May, 27* Aug, 3* Sept (15%); 4 Jun (5%); 20 Aug (10%), (* adults only).

Pricing
Single supplement must be paid if booking alone.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2017 Daily Rateper night1double pp405
2017 Daily Rateper night1single429
2017 Daily Rateper night1Adult (3 or more sharing)385
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)359
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)335
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)195
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)145
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider289
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider - single room295
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5double pp1,835
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5single1,875
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)1,795
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,635
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,555
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)905
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)499
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider Adult (3 or more sharing)1,429
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider double pp1,469
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider - single room1,515
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only47
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5double pp2,049
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5single2,095
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,005
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,825
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,735
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,009
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)555
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider sharing Adult1,599
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider douple pp1,645
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider - single room1,689
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only47
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5double pp2,159
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5single2,205
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,109
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,919
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,825
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,065
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)585
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)1,679
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider double pp1,729
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider - single room1,775
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only47
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5double pp1,945
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5single1,985
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)1,899
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,729
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,645
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)959
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)529
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)1,515
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider double pp1,559
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider - single room1,599
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5extra night (B&B) Saturday only47
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5double pp1,835
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5single1,875
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider douple pp1,409
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider - single room1,515
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5Extra night B&B - Saturday only47
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2017 Daily Rateper night1double pp439
2017 Daily Rateper night1single475
2017 Daily Rateper night1Adult (3 or more sharing)419
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)395
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)369
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)215
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)159
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider315
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider - single room325
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5double pp2,009
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5single2,055
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)1,969
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,789
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,699
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)989
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)549
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider Adult (3 or more sharing)1,569
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider double pp1,615
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider - single room1,655
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only51
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5double pp2,245
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5single2,295
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,195
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,999
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,899
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,105
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)609
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider sharing Adult1,749
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider douple pp1,799
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider - single room1,849
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only51
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5double pp2,365
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5single2,415
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,309
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)2,105
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,999
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,165
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)639
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)1,839
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider double pp1,895
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider - single room1,945
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only51
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5double pp2,129
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5single2,175
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,079
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)1,895
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,799
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,049
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)579
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)1,659
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider double pp1,705
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider - single room1,755
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5extra night (B&B) Saturday only51
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5double pp2,009
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5single2,055
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider douple pp1,539
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider - single room1,655
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5Extra night B&B - Saturday only51
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2017 Daily Rateper night1double pp495
2017 Daily Rateper night1single529
2017 Daily Rateper night1Adult (3 or more sharing)475
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)445
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)415
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)239
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)179
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider355
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider - single room365
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5double pp2,259
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5single2,309
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,209
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)2,009
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)1,915
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,115
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)615
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider Adult (3 or more sharing)1,765
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider double pp1,815
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider - single room1,865
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only57
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5double pp2,525
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5single2,579
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,469
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)2,245
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)2,135
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,245
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)685
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider sharing Adult1,969
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider douple pp2,025
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider - single room2,079
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only57
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5double pp2,659
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5single2,715
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,599
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)2,365
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)2,245
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,309
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)719
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)2,069
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider double pp2,129
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider - single room2,189
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only57
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5double pp2,395
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5single2,445
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)2,339
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)2,129
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)2,025
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)1,179
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)649
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)1,865
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider double pp1,919
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider - single room1,969
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5extra night (B&B) Saturday only57
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5double pp2,259
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5single2,309
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider douple pp1,735
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider - single room1,865
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5Extra night B&B - Saturday only57
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2017 Daily Rateper night1double pp4,249
2017 Daily Rateper night1single4,549
2017 Daily Rateper night1Adult (3 or more sharing)4,045
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)3,795
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)3,545
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)2,035
2017 Daily Rateper night1Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)1,529
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider3,039
2017 Daily Rateper night1non rider - single room3,125
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5double pp19,375
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5single19,799
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)18,945
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)17,235
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)16,379
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)9,539
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)5,265
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider Adult (3 or more sharing)15,099
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider double pp15,525
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5non rider - single room15,955
2017 - 28 May7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only485
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5double pp21,635
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5single22,115
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)21,159
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)19,245
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)18,289
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)10,645
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)5,869
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider sharing Adult16,859
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider douple pp17,335
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5non rider - single room17,815
2017 - 4 June7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only485
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5double pp22,769
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5single23,269
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)22,265
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)20,255
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)19,245
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)11,199
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)6,169
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)17,739
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider double pp18,239
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5non rider - single room18,745
2017 Weekly Rate7d/6n5extra night (B&B) - Saturday only485
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5double pp20,505
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5single20,955
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Adult (3 or more sharing)20,049
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 13-17 years (3 or more sharing)18,239
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 6-12 years (3 or more sharing)17,335
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child 2-5 years (3 or more sharing)10,095
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5Child under 2 (3 or more sharing)5,565
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider (3 or more sharing)15,979
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider double pp16,429
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5non rider - single room16,885
2017 - 20 Aug7d/6n5extra night (B&B) Saturday only485
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5double pp19,375
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5single19,799
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider douple pp14,845
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5non rider - single room15,955
2017 Adult 27 Aug/3 Sept7d/6n5Extra night B&B - Saturday only485
Wildlife

Like to see some wildlife? The ranch and its surrounding area have quite a selection. Keep your eyes open for elk, moose, deer, badger, mountain lion, coyote, beaver, fox, antelope, wild turkey, eagles and more, whether you’re on foot or on horseback.

Other Activities

There is a huge variety of activities on offer and a programme is done for each individual week. Non riders will not feel left out even if they do not intend to sit on a horse at all!
Fly fishing instruction and fishing for trout are available both in stocked ponds and on the Colorado River. One day an all day river rafting programme is available on the Colorado River. Mountain biking, guided hiking, Four-Wheel drive trips into the mountain, a hot tub, swimming in the heated pool, 4 nearby golf courses to choose from (only golf involves a fee), not to mention evening entertainment such as campfire sing-alongs, country and line dancing, old fashioned play acting and carnival nights.

Children:
There are counsellor led programmes for children from infants to teenagers. Activities include riding instruction, brushing the horses, nature hikes, story telling, fishing, crafts, heated swimming pool, cycling, hay rides and wagon rides to mention a few. The counsellors and programme supervisors are college students selected for their experience, attentiveness and interests in child development and recreation. They treat the children with understanding, patience, love and respect. The children very quickly feel at home and often make life long friends under these circumstances.

Other Country Information

The USA has 4 main times zones - Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST) and Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Vermont is on EST, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah are all on MST, California is on PST.

Weights and measures are imperial although weight is always expressed in pounds, not stone. The US gallon is 3.8 litres in contrast to an imperial gallon which is 4.2 litres.

Mobile telephone: In 2015 3G is widely available throughout the US in cities, towns, villages and along main highways with AT&T having the best overall coverage and T-mobile offering better speeds in cities. 4G is beginning to be available in cities. There are still a few rural areas which have no GSM reception but do have the older CDMA telephone networks. To be able to call from these areas we recommend buying a cheap Verizon phone from eg Walmart (from $13) and topping up with credit. Almost all hotels and airports offer free wifi connection.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Granby, Colorado. Closest Airport is Denver Airport (DEN)
Transfer:
Included from meeting point. A shuttle runs from Denver to Granby and can be booked online (approx. $80pp) and there is also an AMTRAK. Private transfers can also be arranged - please enquire. Car hire is another option.
Flight Guide:
Return from London £580 -£750. Please see "getting there" for flight information
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