Get some classic cowboy culture in Colorado with a stay in a dude ranch

IF you’ve seen the Oscar-nominated Power of the Dog and been hankering after a little cowboy adventure of your own, then head to Colorado.

Yes you read that right. Texas might be known as the cowboy capital of the world but Colorado has its very own Western heritage and culture, with the Rocky mountains thrown in!


Giddyap for a genuine cowboy experience in ColoradoCredit: Getty

And if you’re looking for an authentic experience then you are in luck, because there are ranch stays galore here –whether luxurious, romantic or family friendly.

So saddle up for some cowboy fun in the Centennial State with these top five ranch stays.

Families can channel their inner cowboy at Rainbow Trout Ranch in Antonito. It combines the best of the Colorado Rockies with the enchantment of nearby New Mexico.

Located in the beautiful and secluded Conejos River Valley at 9,000ft, the 5 * ranch features vastly unspoiled countryside to enjoy all manner of outdoor recreation.

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There’s definitely something for every member of the family with activities from horseback riding (of course!) To fishing, archery and white-water rafting.

At the end of each day, enjoy the atmosphere of the western log cabins and share stories with other guests over home cooked meals.

Rainbow Trout Ranch is just a 44-minute drive from Denver. Priced from approx £ 2,100 per adult and £ 1,672 per child for a week’s stay in summer, including all meals and on-ranch activities.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash is one for the eco warrior and it prides itself on its sustainable credentials.

Solar panels and battery banks supply almost all of the spa’s electrical needs at this leading mountain resort and using home grown produce for the Ranch House Restaurant, including vegetables and honey from the 80 beehives on property, Devil’s Thumb Ranch is committed to being eco-friendly and preserving its natural surroundings

Nestled among the rugged mountains of Ranch Valley Creek, the resort is surrounded by pristine landscapes. The bed & breakfast package including a night’s stay in the High Lonesome King Suite w / Loft starts from approx £ 421.

A suite livingroom at Devil's Thumb Ranch


A suite livingroom at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch in Loveland, as the name suggests, is the perfect place to spend a truly romantic break.

Located at the foot of the Rockies, it is an intimate option popular with newlyweds, anniversary celebrators and everyone in between.

Couples can disconnect from everyday life and soak up one another in the beautiful surroundings.

With so many activities to choose from, guests can decide if they want to be adventurous on the many hiking and biking trails, saddle up with a horse ride, or simply relax in the outdoor heated pool.

Priced from approx £ 1976 per adult in summer, including all meals and most activities.

C Lazy U Ranch is a luxurious dude ranch offering an upmarket but still authentic western experience.

An all-inclusive resort, amenities include world-class cabins and a wealth of outdoor activities, including the obligatory daily horse rides.

With an extensive culinary history at many five-star resorts, Chef Cory Untch’s style of cooking is’fine dining meets casual family gatherings.’ The wood-fired, farm-inspired seasonal menus present the best that nature has to offer.

Set within beautiful log cabins next to Willow Creek and neighbouring acres of untouched land the on-site spa, offers incredible views of the Continental Divide mountain range. Priced from approx £ 662 per person per night in summer, including all meals and most activities.

The C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado offers authentic cowboy culture with added luxury.


The C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado offers authentic cowboy culture with added luxury.

Appealing to those who want to immerse in nature whilst enjoying the finer aspects of life, Vista Verde Guest Ranch is a luxury ranch silicide in Steamboat Springs.

The cabin accommodations might look rustic on the outside but are nothing short of elegant on the inside, each with its own unique design and decor.

Amenities include a private hot tub on deck, Italian linens, spa robes and locally sourced bath products.

The ranch prides itself on offering a personalized service with Western hospitality. For those looking for adventure, the ranch provides a full programme of activities from fishing to mountain biking.

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Vista Verde is a perfect place to reconnect with nature, be adventurous and relax, whether on a solo trip, in a couple or with a family. Priced from approx £ 3,416 per person for a week in summer, including all meals and activities.

United Airlines flies twice daily from London Heathrow to Denver International Airport and British Airways also flies direct daily. For more on visiting Colorado see

Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado


Rocky Mountains National Park in Colorado
Open countryside, the Rocky Mountains and life on horseback, enjoy cowboy culture in Colorado.


Open countryside, the Rocky Mountains and life on horseback, enjoy cowboy culture in Colorado.Credit: Getty –Contributor

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