Stayed for 6 nights, it was perfect! Very calm, peaceful, and quiet area. Sue and Eric are perfect hosts, very friendly and accomodating. The countryside is totally unlike the East Coast, took over 150 photos! Eric finds the right horse for you on the 1st day, and you keep that horse for the entire time. I had not ridden in 7 years, but it felt just like yesterday. Sue is a wonderful cook and we never went hungry. I had hoped to lose some weight on vacation, but at least I did not gain any! Mornings are spent riding, but the afternoons are free. I had plenty of time to just sit and read. You could travel out to Canon City or Salida (20 miles away), go hiking, or just drive around and see the scenery. This is not a place where every minute is planned out for you, so you need to be able to entertain yourself. The bunkhouse has two guest rooms, very comfortable, with your own bath. Each room has 2 beds. Kitchen, dining/living area attached. TV available in the living room. Ranch is powered by Solar power with generator backup. No Cell phone service, so don't even think about working while you are here! Somtimes on high ridges service would come in. Of course the ranch has a phone and internet if you need to communicate with home. Two dogs, a cat, chickens, birds, cows and the horses will keep you occupied at the ranch, then the occasional coyote, elk and deer on the plains. There was only myself and another guest there, both traveling alone, but we were never lonely.
Overall, a wonderful week. I already feel jealous of the next guests, and hope to go back someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Badger Creek Ranch is an ALL INCLUSIVE working cattle and guest ranch located high in the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains. It is also our home. Here we invite you to enjoy a western vacation adventure of a lifetime. At Badger Creek Ranch you will be an important part of our cowboy crew as we ride fences, round up, doctor and sort our cattle. Even though we are a working cattle ranch, we never forget you are on vacation! ... more less