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5 Fall Secrets at Colorado Dude Ranches

Fall is a special time at Colorado's dude ranches, inviting travelers to quieter stays, specialty weekends and other perks of the season.
A fall ride on a Colorado dude ranch
A fall ride on a Colorado dude ranch
Culinary weeks are just some of the themed options to take advantage of
Culinary weeks are just some of the themed options to take advantage of

1. Adults-Only Weeks

When the kids are away the parents will play! Most ranches offer adults-only weeks and weekends in September. Saddle up for an unforgettable horseback ride through the changing aspens or try your hand at rounding up the cattle. September is a great month for the "big kids" of the family to take a deep breath after a busy summer and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer in the fall. Whether you take a solo trip to rejuvenate, travel as a couple or escape for a short getaway with friends, you will likely fall in love with autumn in the Colorado Rockies.

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2. Shorter Stays Available

Although you'll still find the popular weeklong stays available in September, you will also find that Colorado dude and guest ranches offer a variety in minimum-night stays.

Many ranches that require a six- to seven-night stay in the summer months will offer a minimum-three-night package (or shorter, based on availability) in the fall, winter and spring. You can also find a few ranches who offer B&B stays. So whether you come for a night, three nights or more, September is a great month to get a taste of an authentic ranch experience.

3. Specialty Weeks & Weekends

When the clamor of summer dies down, ranches expand their offerings to specialty or themed weeks, which can include things like culinary stays, yoga retreats, nature workshops, cowgirl roundups, painting/photography workshops, cattle roundups, hunting and birding trips, and more. See a few of the offerings here and call 866-942-3472 for ranch availability.

4. Off-Season Rates

Many Colorado ranches offer discounted rates throughout the month of September and on into the fall and winter! Call 866-942-3472 for September availability and to find the perfect ranch for your next getaway.

5. All-Inclusive Packages

Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association member ranches continue to offer their famous all-inclusive packages throughout the month of September. These rates always include meals, lodging and horseback riding, and typically include most of the on-ranch activities. You can truly leave your wallet at home! No need for tipping at meals or lugging around a bulky purse: Colorado cowboys travel light and we think you should too!

Winters on the Ranch

When snow blankets the Colorado Rocky Mountains, wildlife comes in a little closer to the dude ranch and suddenly that fire in the lodge takes on a whole new glow. Colorado’s dry climate produces some of the world’s best powder for snow sports. Skiing, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, dog-sledding, nature viewing, sleigh rides, ice climbing and hot-tub soakingare a few of the possible activities. See what’s available at each individual ranch.

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