Going to a dude ranch has been high up on my list of places to go while in Colorado. My husband's birthday was a couple of weeks ago and this seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially since Miles (my husband) has been obsessed with everything Western since he was a kid.
It took me a while to find a dude ranch that was open during the Fall/Winter becausemost of the ranches are closed for the season. But after researching I found Sundance Trail Guest Ranch near Feather Lakes, CO and it was a done deal.
The ranch is about 1.5 hour drive from Denver near Fort Collins (BTW you should stop to Jessup Farmhouse for a delicious brunch like we did! We totally recommend this cute place). When we arrived at the ranch our faces lit up when we saw the main house, horse stables and the surroundings. It was perfect! We stayed in one of the rooms in the main house and went on to explore the area unplugging from the world (For better or for worse there wasn't any cellphone signal, WiFi or TV... the good news is that we soon found that it was for the better!).
We had and excellent host couple, and this husband and wife duo were absolutely magical in the kitchen. They served breakfast, lunch and dinner family-style at communal tables and it is a great way to connect with other guests and hear stories from the wranglers.
Since we went during the Fall we couldn't partake in all of the activities they have during the summertime, like: whitewater rafting, rock climbing. Though we did get to enjoy other fun activities, like going on an amazing horseback ride through the forest, playing horseshoes, hiking and relaxing on the multiple decks that the ranch has.