Fascinating Things to Do On Our Dude Ranch Vacations

Visit ancient ruins and other places of historical value

For guests of the Colorado Trails Ranch, there's a lot more to explore than horseback riding and fishing or rafting. One of the most interesting is the opportunity to tour the ruins of the ancients nearby. Mesa Verde National Park is the finest example of Ancient Puebloan dwellings. These Puebloans were formerly called Anasazi. Mesa Verde ... [Read More]

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Cruise Vacations on Horseback


Vacationing in one spot, only having to unpack once, meals and activities all at the same location, sounds like a cruise…..or a dude ranch vacation. You can think of a dude ranch vacation as a cruise on horseback and know just what you are getting into. As with a cruise, you can get settled into ... [Read More]

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Ever Wondered Why It’s Called a ‘Dude Ranch’?

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It certainly has nothing to do with today's younger crowd referring to each other as 'dude'. It's also doubtful that they coined the name after anything connected to a guest ranch. So where did this ranch classification come from? As it turns out, credit is due mostly to Theodore Roosevelt and people like him. How Theodore ... [Read More]

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History of the Dude Ranch

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Dude ranch vacations have been considered some of the very best family vacations ever since dude ranches and guest ranches first burst onto the scene in the late 19th century. The Romance with the American West Why did folks from “back East” start heading to Western dude ranches in the first place? If you remember any of ... [Read More]

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Cowboy Boots Aren’t Just Fashionable Dude Ranch Footwear

Our dude ranch also have them for rent

There's a reason that cowboys of both past and present wear cowboy boots. Far more than fashionable footwear; cowboy boots by design are the best footwear for riding horseback. As a matter of fact, at Colorado Trails Dude Ranch, we require all of our guests who plan to go horseback riding to have smooth-soled footwear ... [Read More]

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Entertaining Dude Ranch Evenings: The Henry Strater Theatre Melodrama


The Durango Melodrama is a little piece of the Old West that's still alive and well. At Colorado Trails Dude Ranch, visiting the Durango Melodrama & Vaudeville at the Henry Strater Theatre for one night during their stay is one of our guests' favorite activities. Here's a look at what's on-tap at the Durango Melodrama ... [Read More]

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Fly Fishing: Vacation Traditions from Antiquity

All Inclusive Family Vacations always include Fishing Trips

Across America, as well as all over the world, people enjoy the sport of fly fishing. Although you may be under the impression that fly fishing is a more recent fishing innovation, in fact it's a sport that dates all the way back to ancient Greece. Here's a brief history of fly fishing. Fly Fishing in ... [Read More]

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Colorado Trails Ranch Hosts Training Academy for Equine Abuse Investigators


If there's one thing we love at Colorado Trails, it's horses. From old to young, we love them all. That's why it's very upsetting for us to think about horses being abused, misused, neglected, or starved. If you understand how Colorado Trails Dude Ranch staff feels about horses, then you'll also understand why we host the ... [Read More]

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Things About Horses You Might Like to Know


If you haven't had the chance to spend a lot of time around horses, they might seem a bit mysterious. Getting comfortable with them can begin before you arrive on our dude ranch on adventurous all inclusive family vacations at Colorado Trails. Did you know that horses have frogs? Not the kind that croak and hop ... [Read More]

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How To Have the Best Horseback Riding Vacations


Did you know that you and your horse are supposed to work as a team? That's the secret to a truly enjoyable experience on any type of horseback riding vacations. Here at Colorado Trails guest ranch, we understand that spending a week in the saddle having a great time begins by matching each guest to ... [Read More]

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