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.
7days / 6 nights
3 to 6 nights are available at a daily rate
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The weight limit for this ride is 18 st/255 lb/116 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
As we are specialists in our field we have extensive knowledge of all our products from details of accommodation and meals to number/size/type of horses to pace of riding ... and much more.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED
This includes all activities mentioned, full board and lodging, an 18% gratuity, a 3.9% state tax and a local lodging tax.
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WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Flights to and from Denver International airport car rental or transfer from Denver to and from the ranch and any alcoholic drinks.
There is a gift shop available on site which stocks western hats, chaps, souvenirs and crafts as well as more mundane items like postcards.
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Beginner - You've never been on a horse before or have had a few lessons. You may have trotted and may have hacked out at walk.
Novice - You've mastered the basic aids in all paces and can mount and dismount unaided. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
Intermediate - You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
Advanced - You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly and have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse at canter in open country and are happy to jump. You may have owned or shared your own horse and have experience of riding a variety of horses.