Colorado Farm Stays

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Colorado farms and ranches are opening their doors to travelers looking for genuine experiences that can include a range of non-required activities from cheese-making to picking dinner’s veggies, butchery classes to group picnics and shoeing horses to just a (delicious!) bed-and-breakfast stay. Consider these ideas for a Colorado farm vacation:

Colorado Farm Stays

Mesa Winds Farm & Winery
Wake up to the sight of dewy peaches, apples, grapes and cherries glistening in the sun at the Mesa Wind Farm & Winery in Hotchkiss. If you’re up for it (no pressure!), pitch in around the farm by prepping peaches for pressing into wine, helping with the grape harvest, weeding and raking pruning in the orchards, or picking and sorting tree fruit. You’ll definitely want to make friends with the resident flock of babydoll sheep, who are even cuter and more docile than they sound, as they graze among the orchards and “keep the alleyways mowed.” Sit on the tasting patio to sample the fruit, literally, of Mesa Winds' peach, rosé, pinot gris and pinot meunier wines.

Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn and Gardens
A restored 1908 farmhouse in Paonia with mountain views is the setting for the relaxing farm-to-table-themed stay of your dreams. Start with chef-prepared breakfasts made with products grown within a short radius of your dining table. Then choose your own adventure with cooking classes that start in the garden and farmstead classes in the arts of cheese- and sausage-making or quilting and weaving. Head off the farm to explore the area’s wineries and other farms, bike and hike its trails and putter along its West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

Zapata Ranch, A Nature Conservancy Preserve
Zapata Ranch’s 103,000 acres in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley near Mosca combine gourmet cuisine, nature hikes, yoga sessions and guided fly-fishing excursions with the slightly less glamorous — but most enlightening! — activities of moving grass-fed cattle, monitoring bison-herd health, mending fences, irrigating farmland and learning about land conservation. Visit during special themed weeks focused on photography, calving, branding, horsemanship, painting and butching/baking/ice-cream making.

Gunnison River Farms
Nestled along the Gunnison River, this idyllic farm in the tiny southwest town of Austin has been growing some of the state's best peaches for more than 100 years. Guests are welcomed to the farm's historic cabins. When the dinner bell rings, they can gather around the lodge's farm table for a meal that might include lamb or pork raised on the property as well as veggies from the abundant garden. Gunnison River Farms also offers guests expert trout-fishing guide services, which will help you plan a bountiful Colorado fishing adventure.

Colorado Farm Dinners

Experience an authentic farm-to-table meal alfresco at scenic farms across Colorado with these organizations, which typically hold events during the spring, summer and fall months.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinners: Various farms around the state
Isabelle Farm, Lafayette
63rd Street Farm Seed-to-Table Dinners, Boulder
Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse and Gardens, Paonia
Ollin Farms, Longmont
Lone Hawk Farms Longmont
Fox Fire Farms, Ignacio

Other Colorado Farm & Ranch Experiences

Ya Ya Farm and Orchard in Boulder has U-pick programs, cider-making workshops, music-filled evenings in the orchard, hay rides and more.

Mountain Goat Lodge in Salida offers house-made goat cheese during a stay, as well as cheese-making workshops to learn how to make chevre, mozzarella, feta, paneer and even Greek yogurt.

James Ranch's 400-acre Animas River Valley spread near Durango will whisk you through its green pastures, where you'll see cattle grazing, visit the artisanal cheesemaking facility and marvel at gardens, hens, turkeys and pigs while learning about sustainable farming and ranching. 

Fruition Farms in Larkspur, Colorado's first artisanal sheep dairy and creamery and the chief supplier of delicious menu items at Denver's Fruition Restaurant, occasionally offers tours and classes where you might learn about animal husbandry, cheesemaking and butchering.

The Goat Cheese Lady in Colorado Springs is an "urban farmgirl" offering classes in the making of cheese, bread, soap and lotion. Stone Creek Farmstead also offers classes on those three crafts on their tiny goat farm in Divide.

Canyon Wren Farm's historic farmhouse in Grand Junction can be your homebase for exploring the area’s wineries, markets and outdoor pursuits — and will start your day off right with a hearty homemade breakfast. 

Living Farm Cafe in Paonia is the perfect spot to savor food made with ingredients grown by the area’s farmers. Peek into the attached farmers’ market, and take some fresh treats along with you.

Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy Tour in Buena Vista offers a tour of the dairy’s operations, where you can mingle with the goats and taste their delicious cheese.

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Babydoll sheep at Mesa Winds' Colorado farm stay in Hotchkiss
Babydoll sheep at Mesa Winds' Colorado farm stay
Courtesy of Mesa Winds Farm/Eugenie Frerichs
Harvesting grapes at the Mesa Winds Colorado Farm Stay in Hotchkiss
Harvesting grapes at the Mesa Winds Colorado Farm Stay in Hotchkiss
Courtesy of Mesa Winds Farm/Eugenie Frerichs
Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn in Paonia, Colorado
Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn in Paonia
Courtesy of Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn and Gardens
Room at Zapata Ranch near Great Sand Dunes National Park
Room at Zapata Ranch near Great Sand Dunes National Park
Courtesy of Zapata Ranch/Sigurd Fandango
Bison at Zapata Ranch
Bison at Zapata Ranch
Courtesy of Zapata Ranch/Stephen Weaver

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