No matter where your interests lie, there are activities here enjoyed by everyone. If you’re looking for an exciting and relaxing Colorado vacation, this is the place to visit. On adventure vacations here, every guest will be having a grand time horseback riding, swimming along with other outdoor activities, etc. The fun doesn’t end with the setting sun. There are always evening events for the guests. Nighttime activities include hayrides, Western dancing, campfires, and much more. You’ll feel comfortable and at ease once you’ve met the friendly staff and seen your cozy cabin with its stunning views. The delicious home-cooked meals with menus like ribs, freshly baked bread, and salad will make Colorado Trails Ranch a home away from home.
Airport transfer included: Durango La Plata County Airport
After a great meal and full day of activities, you may find it inviting to stretch out on your cabin porch or visit with other guests. The views here will take even the most seasoned traveler’s breath away. The guest ranch cabins are comfortable and beautifully decorated with a casual luxury. Once here, you may find that like all other guests, it’s hard to tear yourself away from the gorgeous surroundings, the fun-loving ranch family, and this new found freedom. The cabins included in the adventure vacation packages feature private baths for each bedroom, daily housekeeping, and inviting porches just right for watching the sunset or visiting with new friends.
From 2013 to 2016, Colorado Trails has replaced all of the cabins with new, larger cabins with larger bedrooms, larger bathrooms, and living rooms as well as large, covered porches. The Longview cabin was not replaced, but had a total interior remodel. The view from the cabins is incredible, a panoramic display of the awesome mountains, beautiful forest, and clear night sky. The stars really do seem within reach here. At Colorado Trails, there are the right assortment of cabins to match all sizes and types of families, groups, and couples or singles. Other important facilities include the heated swimming pool and hot tub, exercise room, archery and rifle ranges, free laundry room, basketball and volleyball court, and traditional horseshoe pit. There is also a fantastic petting zoo with goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and pot-bellied pigs.
In the old West, every town had a dance hall known as the Opera House. This is where you’ll be kicking up your heels and tapping your toes doing square dancing, line dancing, and other activities.
This is a place for kids to hang out and play games like ping pong,air hockey and pool. It is located next to the Trading Post. This addition is also home of the small lending library.
You’ll love this little spot located inside the Trading Post building. It’s not a reproduction. Colorado Trails has a real old-time soda fountain from the 1930s. This is a favorite with all guests, regardless of age, and super popular on hot days. Colorado Trails serves up old-fashioned milkshakes, ice cream sodas, and other ice cream treats.
The main area of this large building is where you’ll find our dude ranch emporium. This is the place you can buy fun stuff like T-shirts and cowboy hats or needed items like sunscreen and lots more.
Centrally located, Colorado Trails Ranch’s office is easily accessible by guests to get answers to questions and special needs met.
Cell phone service can’t be relied on at Colorado Trails. It is set aside this special spot so you can easily call home or check in with the office on a free long distance landline. Colorado Trails does have a network extender that allows cell service with Verizon to work around the ‘main street’ area.
The Longview cabin includes a living room and a great porch. This cabin also includes a king-sized bed and bathroom with a tub / shower.
The Pueblo cabin, built in 2016, has a bedroom with a king bed, bathroom with a tub / shower, and a living room plus a great porch.
The Birdhouse, built in 2013, is a handicapped accessible cabin with two bedrooms and a central living room. One bedroom has a king bed. The other bedroom has a queen bed and a twin bed. Each bedroom has its own covered sitting porch (entrances from the living room and bedrooms) and bathroom.
The Fish Pond (built in 2014) and the Den (built in 2015) have two bedrooms and a central living room. One bedroom has a king bed. The other bedroom has a double bed and a set of single bunk beds. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. Each cabin has two covered porches on either side of the cabin.
he Lake cabin (built in 2013) and Remuda cabin (built in 2016) are duplex units with large covered porches on two sides, separate entrances and a total of four bedrooms and bathrooms. Each side or section of the cabin has a main room with a king bed and bathroom with a tub / shower. In the Lake, the other room has a double bunk and a single bunk (or a double bed and a single bunk) and a bathroom with a tiled stall shower. In the Remuda, the other room has a double bed and a double bunk. Each cabin has a large living room, ideal for family gatherings.
The Mountain cabin (built in 2013) and the Woodlands (built in 2015) are duplex units with large covered porches on two sides, separate entrances and a total of four bedrooms and bathrooms. Each side or section of the cabin has a main room with a king bed and bathroom with a tub/shower. The other room has a double bunk and a single bunk (or a double bed and a set of single bunks) and a bathroom with a tiled stall shower. Each of these cabins has a living room for every two bedrooms. Two families can easily be accommodated in each cabin, with total privacy except the large shared porches.
The Storm Shelter (built in 2014) and the Durango (built in 2016) each have three bedrooms and a central living room. One bedroom has a king bed, one has two double beds and one has a double bed and a double bunk. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. There are two covered porches on either side of the cabin.
You can check in at any time between 15:00 and 17:30 on your arrival Sunday. This will allow you and your family to check in and get settled in your cabin before dinner. Your first Colorado Trails event will be the welcome to the ranch dinner which will begin at 18:30. This will include introductions, an ice cream social event, and a vacation orientation explaining what the week ahead features.
You’ll have choices of morning and afternoon rides or both. The lengths of these adventures can range from half day, chuck wagon lunch, and all day rides. Once you’re in the saddle, you’ll be able to enjoy short scenic trail jaunts, half day rides, all day rides, and even take part in competitive games in the ‘Corral Capers’ guest rodeo. You will all enjoy a fun-filled week of adventures and activities that are perfect for people of all ages.
There are horseshoes, the archery range, a relaxing hot tub soak, or a swim in the heated pool. You could also choose to just sit on the cabin porch to enjoy the night air. This means no one will be bored and your entire family will be spending valuable quality time together. Even on family adventure vacations, parents need a little time for some romance. All of the adult guests are treated to a candlelight dinner. While you enjoy a grownup evening, the staff will be caring for your children and entertaining them The departure time will be on Sunday morning, around 09:30.
Note: August 26, September 2 and 9 weeks are for adults only.
Durango has been a Colorado vacations hot spot for scenic beauty since the days of the silver mines so Colorado Trails is not surprised to hear guests describe the location as magnificent, breathtaking, or spectacular. Colorado Trails is just 12 miles northeast of the historic mining town of Durango, Colorado. The 450 acres of dude ranch property are nestled in a beautiful mountain valley and shares a property line with the two-million acre San Juan National Forest.
From there, the ridges and mountains sweep up to provide a panorama of beautiful, undeveloped country in every direction you look. You will quickly understand after arriving, the reason why all the ‘city folks’ flocked to this area by train in the late 1800s for the sole purpose of admiring the view. It hasn’t changed that much since way back when. There are miles and miles of virgin landscapes just waiting for you to discover just how fabulous the natural world can be.
You will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Colorado Trails guarantees that you’ll enjoy every meal served during your stay. It’s one thing for Colorado Trails to tell you that the chef is one talented cook but it takes more than words to prepare you for the dining experience at Colorado Trails. Everyone raves about the food. It is one part gourmet and one part homemade goodness, always high quality, healthy, and sensational.
Colorado Trails is well aware that meals at home are hurried events or eaten on the run. Every part of a vacation should be pure pleasure and on the guest ranch, you have the opportunity to indulge yourself in scrumptious, yet wholesome food. Menus are fulfilling, diverse and satisfying to both adults and children alike. Even your picky eaters will be thrilled with the delicious meals.
If any member of your party has food allergies or dietary restrictions with advance notice, the dude ranch chef can prepare special menus for your meals. Colorado Trails asks for as much information as possible before you arrive so please don’t hesitate to send an inquiry with the details. On your first evening here, you can meet with the chef to discuss the best options for the week ahead.
Cold food selections might include homemade granola, a variety of breads and bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, and cereal. Hot food selections consists of homemade waffles, eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls, scones, and biscuits. There are also two cookout breakfasts: a pancake cookout and a family ride cookout where people can enjoy eggs made to order, Navajo fry bread, grilled kielbasa, and grits.
Mid-day meal selections of homemade soups, a salad bar, Philly and chicken cheese steaks, grilled chicken breasts, homemade pizza, burgers and veggie burgers with delicious fixings, tortilla wrap sandwiches, a taco bar, and Reuben and grilled cheese sandwiches. Dessert may consist of freshly baked cookies, brownies, or even lemon bars, among other items.
Evening meal menus may include entrees like salmon, prime rib, chicken dishes, pork, and grilled beef tenderloin along with homemade breads, fresh salads that constantly change in type, pastas, and garden vegetables. There are also two cookouts held during the week: one beginning with a hayride that features a sing-a-long and cowboy singer entertainment, and a farewell dinner on Saturday night.