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Dude Ranches: 5 Secrets to Memorable Family Vacations

Colorado dude ranches are a technology-free vacation. Unplug and reconnect with the family — and you'll see dreams come true and memories last forever.
The splendor of a Colorado dude ranch vacation
The splendor of a Colorado dude ranch vacation
There's always time for relaxing on a dude ranch
There's always time for relaxing on a dude ranch
Wranglers will match your family with a horse according to ability and disposition
Wranglers will match your family with a horse according to ability and disposition
Everyone gets in on the fun on a dude ranch!
Everyone gets in on the fun on a dude ranch!
All the comforts of home on a Colorado dude ranch
All the comforts of home on a Colorado dude ranch
Explore the Wild West on a dude ranch vacation
Explore the Wild West on a dude ranch vacation

1. Slow Down & Turn Off the Technology

Being on a dude ranch is one of the only places left where time seems to slow down and families can simply enjoy being with each other without the distraction of ever-present technology. There is something special about being away from it all in the mountains, on the back of a horse and not thinking about what awaits in your inbox. Although you will find the cabins and lodge rooms have all of the modern comforts you'd find in your own home, there will be no TV or gaming system to entice lil' buckacroos away from this adventure.

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A dude ranch is a place where you can truly turn it all off and tune back into what matters: Spending quality time with your kids and creating lasting memories for them. With so much to do, see, taste and experience on a Colorado dude ranch, you’ll be surprised to find that your fear of separation from your mobile device or TV is far easier than you could have ever imagined.

2. Let the Kids Get Dirty

At a dude ranch, kids will stretch their imagination to the limit, explore new things and find a sense of independence that is nearly impossible to find in a busy city or even the suburbs. Children from 3–12 and even your teens will find unique pleasure in the simple things such as brushing and saddling their own horse, making forts in the woods around the ranch, or shooting a bow and arrow for the first time. In short: kids learn how to be kids on a dude ranch without using technology as a crutch. Boredom just doesn't happen at a ranch. You’d be amazed by how many legendary campfire stories come from retelling the adventures that lead to the dirty boots and soggy socks. Read more about children and teen activities.

3. Grandparents Make Grand Memories

Year after year we see more grandparents choosing a Colorado dude ranch to take their grown children and/or grandchildren to. There’s a good reason for this: They want to leave lasting memories for their families and know that the simplicity of being in nature and getting back to our roots brings people together. Grandparents grew up in a different era where things were simple and bonds were stronger. Our ranches rekindle that spirit of simplicity and togetherness every day on the ranch. Start planning your next family reunion.

4. Try Something New

Whether it’s whitewater rafting, trap shooting or even stepping into the saddle for the first time, you’re going to have plenty of opportunities to try something new at a Colorado dude ranch. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! Kids might learn to pan for gold, rock climb or tend the ranch’s farm critters (gathering eggs, feeding the goats and chickens). You’ll even find paintball, ziplines and rodeo games (running the barrels for instance) to strike your fancy. There is something special that happens when the whole family embarks on a brand new adventure together. These types of memories last a lifetime! Explore more dude ranch activities.

5. Make it a Tradition

You might at first be thinking: I’ve had a dude ranch on my bucket list for years and we finally have our trip booked — we can cross this trip off the list! Consider yourself properly warned: Dude ranching is an addictive experience! You might be surprised to know that our ranches average a 60 to 80 percent return guest ratio. What does this mean? Most families get bitten by the dude ranch bug and return year after year to continue adding to the stories that started the previous summer. Find out for yourself what hundreds of families, couples and individuals have already discovered: The magic and memories you find as soon as you cross the cattle guard at a Colorado dude ranch.

Planning Your Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation

Once you have wrangled up a little R&R on one of our many all-inclusive Colorado dude and guest ranches, it is time to really sink your spurs into all of the features life on the range can offer. These ranches have all the grit and adventure of the West but with the charm and comfort to make it the ultimate vacation. The possibilities of what you can do on each of the ranches seem to stretch as far the big, beautiful Colorado sky. From campfires to cattle drives, there is never a dull moment.

Your family memories are awaiting you and are as close as a phone call away at 1-866-94-CDGRA (23472). We would love to answer any questions you may have about any of our dude ranches and an all-inclusive vacation with our one-of-a-kind Western hospitality or click here to get started planning your dude ranch vacation.

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