Colorado Dude Ranch
Colorado Guest Ranch: Featured in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide
Top dude ranch in the Southern Colorado Rockies known for its superb horseback riding and fly-fishing and the western hospitality that brings guests of all ages back time and time again.
Southern Colorado Rockies
Colorado Springs, CO or Albuquerque or Santa Fe, NM
Riding Style & Ability
Beginner to Advanced
60 in summer, 35 in September (adults only)
Late May/early June to third Sunday of September.
Check, Visa/Mastercard, Cash, Traveler’s Cheques, Wire Transfer
Why an Equitrekking Top 20 Ranch?
Rainbow Trout Ranch offers exceptional horseback riding, fly fishing and Western hospitality for adults, families, singles, couples, groups and anyone looking for a family ranch vacation in the Colorado Rockies. Horse savvy owners David and Jane Van Berkum also breed top quality Quarter Horses and own over ninety horses with variety enough to ensure the best match for each person’s riding ability.
From the Horse’s Mouth
Rainbow Trout Ranch’s top ranch horses challenge the most experienced riders and take care of total beginners and children. Diverse trails take guests to pristine waterfalls, alongside rushing rivers and mountain lakes, through giant stands of aspen, open meadows, or to high in the mountains to see views of the peaks of the San Juans and the Continental Divide. Riders may pick up the pace, trotting and cantering along the trails, enjoy arena work with cattle or compete in team-penning.
Ranked one of the top fly fishing ranches in the country, this first-class Colorado fishing lodge is a fisherman’s paradise. Catch rainbow and brown trout in one of the many fishing holes or off the bridge using a fly-rod or a spin-rod available to borrow at the ranch. Fly-fishing guides on staff can take you fishing on the ranch’s own stretch of river, and instruct you in the nuances of the sport.
The ranch’s Children’s and Teens Dude Ranch Program is top-notch. Split into groups based on age, kids and teens may enjoy horseback riding in the arena and on trails with expert instruction, fishing, hiking, swimming, western crafts, PB&J lunch rides and more. Teens may enjoy guided excursions to an abandoned gold mine, the Colorado Gator Farm and the awesome National Sand Dunes Monument with giant dunes that provide for lots of fun.
Guests gather at the giant spruce-log lodge with its cozy double sided fireplace, library, trading post, recreation room and kitchen and hang out on the large porch complete with rocking chairs and hummingbirds. Other amenities include the heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and the volleyball court.
Feast on homemade entrees such as steak, ribs, fresh trout and tenderloin, served up by the ranch’s chef, a graduate of the Culinary School of Arts. A variety of vegetables, fruits and salads is always available and special dietary needs can be met.
In addition to spectacular star-gazing, evening activities include horse drawn hayrides, dancing in the main lodge, live western music, Candlelight dinners or relaxing by the fire or in the hot tub.