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A Rip-Roarin’ Dude-Ranch Ride in the San Juan Mountains!

Pack your boots, saddle up the horse, and welcome yourself to Colorado Trails Ranch, an all-inclusive dude ranch experience in the heart of the San Juan Mountains! Located just northeast of the historic mining town of Durango, this 450-acre property helps you discover your inner cowboy or cowgirl, and rediscover yourself. The ranch’s main attraction, horseback riding, remains its biggest draw, offering everything from riding lessons to exciting cattle drives and rodeo games. However, horseback riding is just the beginning. The ranch boasts two miles of private water on the Florida River, the perfect place for a day of fly fishing for trout. The ranch’s ‘downtown’ area - a replication of a small Western town - is filled with fun amenities like a dance hall, a ruckus room filled with games, and even an authentic soda fountain, the perfect place to cool off after a rough ride. And, make sure to stay up for the nightly sing-alongs, campfires, and live entertainment before calling it a night in the ranch’s rustic cabin accommodations! Yee-haw!

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant Onsite
  • Pets Allowed
  • Property Size 33 units
  • Conference Facility
  • Kids Allowed
  • Nearby City Durango
  • Nearby Water Florida River
  • Open Dates All Year


The Colorado Trails Ranch has everything you need for the perfect all-inclusive adventure! Rates include two hearty meals everyday, accommodations, exciting activities and programs, plus gratuities. From the moment you arrive until the day you leave, Colorado Trails Ranch offers everything you need for great fun and entertainment!


Parents, teens, and kids alike will love their stay at Colorado Trails! The Ranch offers fun-filled activities for all age groups, including picnic-lunch horseback rides, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and overnight camping experiences. Hearty meals are served morning and night in the Lodge dining room to keep everyone full, and there's plenty of room to sleep in a wide variety of cabins. Plus, everyone will enjoy the wide variety of nightly activities, ranging from ice cream socials, camp fires, square-dancing and cook outs!


Strengthen the bond between your team with a fun and relaxing retreat at Colorado Trails Ranch. The change of environment is sure to help your colleagues ease away their stress and truly bask in the inspiring setting and multitude of activities. The ranch will help take care of everything from accommodations to team-building activities such as horseback riding and fishing. It's the perfect way to get the team in the right frame of mind!


Looking to reconnect with the family? Hold your next family reunion at Colorado Trails Ranch, where there's dude-style fun for the entire family! A dude ranch provides the perfect family reunion location, and a chance for relatives to enjoy a week to reconnect and rekindle close ties. Enjoy three delicious meals a day during a week-long stay. And, take advantage of the horseback riding and fishing opportunities, not to mention the archery range, hot tub, swimming pool, and nightly family-friendly activities. You and the whole family will have a blast!


Colorado Trails Ranch offers many opportunities for you to get out and explore your natural Colorado surroundings. Go whitewater rafting on the Animas River with a professional outfitter, take a guided nature hike through the mountains, or visit the ancient Pueblo ruins at Mesa Verde National park! And don't forget to enjoy plenty of relaxing onsite horseback riding. Whether you're an expert on the saddle or just a novice, their staff will help you learn so you can enjoy exploring the trails on horseback, too!


Fishing enthusiasts of all ages will discover incredible opportunities at Colorado Trails Ranch. Fish for trophy trout at the ranch's private section of the Florida River, in the nearby cold-mountain streams, or the fully-stocked private ranch ponds. You can even try your hand at fly-fishing! All fishing is with a guide, allowing you to get the most out your experience!


Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a much more relaxing way of life at Colorado Trails Ranch. Here, you'll have the majestic Rockies as your backdrop and plenty of outdoor space to explore together with your sweetheart. If you're here with the whole family and interested in a romantic night, the ranch offers one night for the adult guests to be treated to a candlelight dinner while the staff looks after the kids!


Live like they did back in the day when you come visit Colorado Trails Ranch. Get back to nature and explore the area via horseback. Enjoy camping out under the stars and experience fresh air. After a vacation like this, you'll have no choice but to preserve the area! Enjoy your surroundings and book your vacation today!


Head to Colorado and enjoy a vacation with the Rocky Mountains in the background. When you come to Colorado Trails Ranch, go horseback riding and hiking amongst nature. Head to the Rocky Mountains for a day trip. Don't forget your camera on your next vacation!


Colorado Trails was built to be a dude ranch from its very beginning in 1960! The original property consisted only of a tiny barn and the Coney Cove dance hall anteroom, constructed around 1912. Come and learn the whole story as you relax at Colorado Trails Ranch, an authentic dude ranch experience!


Enjoy a unique honeymoon retreat and head to a Colorado dude ranch! Book a vacation at Colorado Trails Ranch and enjoy horseback riding together and sleeping under the stars with the Rocky Mountains in the background. Say I do to this beautiful destination, just as you've said to one another!

Cabins, Cottages, and Chalets

Colorado Trail Springs offers a range of charming guest cabins to choose from during your stay. These comfortable accommodations feature amenities such as private baths for each bedroom and cozy porches. Daily housekeeping is also available for all their cabins. No matter what you choose, you're sure to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable stay!

Dude Ranch

At the heart of any good dude ranch is its horses, and Colorado Trails has plenty. Enjoy scenic trail jaunts, half-day rides, all-day rides, cattle drive excursions, and even take part in the 'Corral Capers' guest rodeo. And, if it's your first time in the saddle, Colorado Trails will show you the basics of riding and get you comfortable on horseback! Not to worry, instruction for all levels is offered!

  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Game Room/Arcade
  • Gift Shop
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Archery
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Live Entertainment
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Fire Pit(s)
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Babysitting/Daycare
  • Fishing Guides
  • Laundry Facilities
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Nearest Airports

  • Animas Air Park (AMK) / 13.7 miles
  • San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field (ALS) / 100.9 miles
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) / 130.5 miles

* Not all airports listed here may be open to public use, or service commercial flights

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