Our extended family of 11 just came back from BMR. Ages ranged from 7 to 77 and fun was had by all! Everyones prior riding experience varied but we were all matched up with great horses (you can request a different horse if you don't fall in love with your match) and there were options of shorter rides for the less experienced/adventurous guests. If you didn't want to ride, you could hang at the hilltop pool or in the hot tub or try taking a lesson. I can't say enough about the staff. They were awesome! Everyone was so accomodating and went out of the way to make sure you were havig a great time. Chris' food was fantastic and the cabin was clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. We had a chance to camp out at pack camp where the food was cooked over an open fire and we were served delicious fajitas with margaritas. Tents and cots were available but my kids chose to pull their cots outside and sleep under the stars with the wranglers. Great bragging rights! The one downfall was the lean-to outhouse which lacked a door. Not for the faint of heart, but we all managed, and they have a system worked out to ensure your privacy. White water rafting was a blast and the trip to Steam Boat Springs included dinner, shopping and a rodeo. Nichola, the ranch's professional photographer, is outstanding and for a small fee you can have incredible pictures of your vacation without spending your time behind the lens ( doubtful anyone's picture can compare as she is an experienced rider and can get angles most could not.) Nights in the saloon were kid friendly with games, music and dancing with the wranglers. This trip was definitely exhausting but well worth it! My four children are ages 8- 14 and they all loved this trip. My kids now all say they want to move to Colorado and my 12 year old says he wants to be a wrangler! My 14 year old says he liked this trip better than Hawaii and wants to go back next year ( if you have a teeenager you understand how rare it is for them to want to go anywhere with their family!) Pack your cowboy boots and hat, as everyone seemed to embrace the theme. You may want to bring a nice outfit for the end of the week coctail party although it's not necessary. All in all,it was an awesome family vacation with lots of chances to meet new people and make new friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come join us for a taste of the wild west. Your week long package includes lodging, all meals, unlimited horseback riding, an overnight pack trip, a longhorn cattle drive, whitewater rafting, fly and spin fishing, rifle and trap shooting, archery, a trip to a local rodeo and so much more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Mountain Ranch Colorado