Adventure awaits as you explore the best ranches of the west. Whether you’re a newbie who’s never ridden a day in your life or you’re more experienced in the ways of ranch life, an incredible vacation awaits you in Colorado.

1. Latigo Ranch

An all-inclusive option located in Kremmling, Colorado, Latigo Ranch sits on a mountainside near the Continental Divide. Surrounded by more than 40,000 acres of National Forest, guests can enjoy over 200 miles of horseback riding trails, cabins with all the amenities, and a historic lodge full of indoor games.

2. Cherokee Park Ranch

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Livermore. Photo credit: Charles Wilgren (flickr)

Located in Livermore, Cherokee Park Ranch has been hosting adventurers since the late 1800s. Guests can choose to stay in the log lodge or one of six cabins with plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy nature at its finest. Don’t miss out on the nightly activities that range from shows to barn dances.

3. Rainbow Trout Ranch

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Antonito. Photo credit: Chris Light (Wikimedia Commons)

Talk about a rich history! Rainbow Trout Ranch boasts a serious pedigree and holds true to its Wild West roots. Spend the day fly fishing or whitewater rafting, ride the nearby steam train, or head out on horseback for one of the gorgeous trails. Select a room in the historic grand lodge or snuggle up in one of the cozy cabins complete with modern amenities.

4. Black Mountain Dude Ranch

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Black Mountain Dude Ranch. Photo credit: Andrew Hyde (flickr)

If you’re looking for a thrilling summer vacation that allows you plenty of time outdoors surrounded by beautiful Colorado mountain country, this is the place for you. Unlimited horseback riding and several cabins to choose from are just a few of the options that set this ranch apart.

5. Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

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Dowdy Lake in Red Feathers Lakes. Photo credit: OakleyOriginals (flickr)

Providing year-round entertainment options, Sundance Trail Guest Ranch in Red Feather Lakes is the perfect choice for first-timers or experienced ranchers. If you’re really looking to unplug, reconnect, and recharge then turn off your cell phone and take some lessons with one of the ranch’s instructors. This is one of the smaller ranches on the list, but it provides special experience for families looking for something a little different.

6. Drowsy Water Ranch

Granby, Colorado is home to this 700-acre ranch that has been heavily lauded by the likes of Parents Magazine and TripAdvisor. Whether you opt for a room in the main lodge or one of the guest cabins, everything on the ranch is within walking distance and there is always fresh coffee available for parents to shake off the cobwebs or get an afternoon energy boost. Drowsy Water Ranch is close to four golf courses, Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park, the Silverthorne Factory Stores, and even the Georgetown Loop narrow gauge railroad.

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