I spent 5 days (all too short) at the ranch. Eric and Sue are the best folks and are sharing their dream of becoming ranchers with us. Eric & Sue have owned Badger Creek Ranch going on 6 years and loving every minute of it. Winters are tough, summers can be hot and dry but these two people are living the dream. Those of us who are lucky enough to visit this beautiful, untouched haven will never forget it. Waking up to coyotes howling, elk walking the driveway, herds of antelope and the calm, peacefulness of the ranch strip away the whirlwind non-stop life we lead and teach you how to relax again. The horses are wonderful and as sure-footed as any mountain goat. Eric has a certain calmness when working with the horses and guests that will cancel out any nervousness of riding the open range that you may have. Will you be galloping across the range - of course not - but you will be riding across prairie, up and down hills and the small mountain ranges that are part of the ranch and view spectacular landscape. I counted cows, checked fences (hard to believe that people actually will cut through a fence) ate lunch out of saddle bags, explored caves, saw a Buffalo Jump and just sat and enjoyed the peace of this beautiful ranch. If you are looking for non-stop "activities" and the go-go-go bustle of dude ranches where every second is planned, Badger Creek isn't for you. If you want to unwind, decompress, sit back and relax Badger Creek is the place.
The Bunk House has two guest rooms, (maximum of 6 guests) a kitchen and living room - make yourself at home. I visited by myself and felt like part of a family, the other two guests (long time returning guests) that arrived later in the week were so much fun. Sue is a great cook and you will enjoy her cooking - you won't want for food. Sue and Eric and guests all enjoy meals together discussing what the day may hold for you or what you saw and did. If you want to ride or sit on the bunkhouse porch with a cup of coffee looking at the horses grazing you can do either. I arrived on a Monday, turned off the cell phone, took my watch off and never thought about either until I left the following Saturday. There are plenty of places to hike if you don't want to ride. I rode every day and loved it! Eric will have you ride in the round pen the first day to see how you ride or work with you if you never have been on a horse before. Safety of the guests is the number one priority.. everyone starts in the round pen. The horses are lovely, I rode Earl and he took excellent care of me for the entire week. There are two dogs who will come along on the rides with you; Blue and Sami, and of course there is the resident barn cat 'Ghost' along with chickens and a rooster who crows all day - don't think he has figured out the morning thing yet. I could go on and on, but the best review I could give is that you must go to the ranch and experience the adventure yourself.
- 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