Majestic Dude Ranch
Majestic Dude Ranch
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A family-owned and oriented guest ranch nestled high in the pristine wilderness of the San Juan Mountains and just 35 minutes from Durango, CO. Since 1956, Lake Mancos Ranch (now re-named the Majestic Dude Ranch) has been offering our guests a home away from home in the Colorado mountains 35 miles west of Durango. A week-long, all-inclusive dude ranch vacation provides families with a lifetime of memories, whether that means long rides on a mountain trail, guided mountain bike tours, hikes in the neighboring national forest, catching a rainbow trout along the banks of a cool stream, lake or river, or just relaxing by the fire with friends.
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  • Tnelmar
    La Porte, Indiana13 contributions
    Truly Majestic!
    Fantastic week! I have been to several Dude Ranches and this one went above and beyond. Most of the other ranches have few activities besides horseback riding and if there are excursions you usually have to pay extra. The Majestic packed so much fun into one week that I’m still tired after returning home. All of the activities (white water rafting, scenic ATV rides, shooting, motorized mountain biking, etc) were all included at no extra charge. Robert was the most hands on owner that I’ve ever encountered. He met us when we arrived and showed us to our cabin. He started every morning with cooking omelets for the group. He led hiking and biking expeditions. I mentioned once in passing that I’d love to have a Sprite Zero (my drink of choice) after a long horseback ride and one day when I returned to my cabin there was a six pack of it in my refrigerator! Their hospitality was out of this world! The staff was top notch and friendly and I felt like I had known them for years. I can’t recommend this ranch enough. The Majestic truly lived up to its name and then some!
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 3, 2021
  • Scott T
    1 contribution
    Incredible time
    The Majestic Dude Ranch exceeded our expectations in every possible way. Our family of 5 (3 young teens) had an incredible time. There are so many activities to choose from, you don't get a break between 8am and 10pm every day. Of course, you can choose to relax some if you prefer. The amount of activites each day was great. Besides the optional horseback riding everyday, we did fly fishing, mountain biking, Polaris Razor off roading, clay shooting, mechanical bull riding, rafting, and so many more things. After dinner, there was always a great group activity like movie night, smores night, human foosball, and karoke. The food was incredible and made to order. Robert (the owner) is involved everyday in many of the activities. He and his staff were on top of anything that was needed and you could tell that their goal was to make the week incredible. We were there the second week after they opened due to the COVID pandemic. They figured out how to keep everyone safe, socially distant, eat safely, and yet still meet lots of other families and have an incredible time. We highly recommend Majestic to any family that likes the outdoors and trying new things.
    Written June 25, 2020
  • Steve R
    Denver, Colorado6 contributions
    Awesome vacation at the Majestic Dude Ranch!
    Robert (Owner) and his Staff work hard each day to ensure guests enjoy their Majestic Dude Ranch experience. My wife and I visited for 3 nights during an Adults only week. We regret not staying all 6 nights. We enjoyed meeting other guests and all the activities we participated in. The food was excellent. The cabins were clean and beds comfortable after each day of fun activities. During the three days we were there we went on three horseback rides, two fun bike rides, participated in Archery & Clay Pigeon shooting, and had a blast competing in two Human Foosball matches! There are so many fun activities it is hard to do them all. We were sad to leave the Majestic Dude Ranch on Wednesday morning knowing we were missing more fun activities with new friends we made during our short stay. We plan to return to the Majestic Dude Ranch in 2021 or 2022 with our adult children and granddaughters. The price of this vacation is really a good value when you factor in the lodging, great meals, and all the activities you will experience!
    Written December 24, 2020
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Tami P
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Jun 2021 • Family
Truly the best family vacation in our lives! The activities, the owner Robert and his amazing staff, the food (breakfast, lunch and dinner!), and location were fantastic. We WILL be back with friends and family. From horseback riding, family baseball game, mountain biking, river rafting, human foosball, hikes, ATVs and FAMILY photo session and IT WAS ALL INCLUDED in the per person price! They even went to town to the pharmacy and paid for our so’s asthma puffer that was forgotten at home. While glove service all around and we have the amazing memories to reprove it. We had a total of 11 in our ground from Nana to parents and grandchildren (13 to 19 in age). Not a TV to be seen and they were off their phones the whole time as they were having so much fun.
Written July 13, 2021
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msaleem123
1 contribution
Jun 2021
The most wonderful family experience. Robert the owner surrounds you with staff who care and remain always positive and upbeat. His own positivity is evident throughout all aspects of the stay. You are well taken care of at Majestic. We plan on returning soon.
Written June 5, 2021
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CAROL A
1 contribution
Jun 2021
5 stars is not enough for our family's experience this past week. From Robert, to the people who work there (and go above and beyond to make sure you have the best experience possible), to the many activities available (never a dull moment if you choose), to the amazing meals provided by the chefs, kitchen staff and dining servers, you will not be disappointed. Never been to another dude ranch, but can't imagine one any better than Majestic Dude Ranch in Mancos, CO. We were a family of 11, grandparents, daughters and spouses, grandchildren ages 23-7 and stayed from Saturday to Friday. No one left with anything but great memories. Well worth every penny and didn't have to buy or pay for a thing while there unless we wanted something extra (souvenirs).
Written June 25, 2021
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Jeremy F
Parkland, FL10 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
I cannot say enough positive things about majestic dude ranch. My wife and I just stayed there for one week and it was the most magical experience we could have ever hoped for. Between the horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting and all of the communal meals and late night activities, majestic dude ranch is absolutely amazing. All of their staff including the owners Robert and Jamie are so personable and hands-on. It was by far the best vacation we have ever taken and I cannot recommend enough that everyone experience a week at Majestic dude ranch. We certainly will be going back many times in the future.
Written August 7, 2021
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Barbara M
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Aug 2021
I give them 100 out of 5 stars. Just came home from Majestic Dude Ranch. What a blast ! Could not be happier with my experience ! You will not find a more accommodating place! Ready to satisfy your every desire. More food than you can wish for. Delish, all you can eat lemon cookies !! Activities for every second if you want them. Hands on owner, Robert which I cannot say enough good about him. Did I say he cooks the best omelets ? His staff run a close second to Robert. They are like one big family. They are friendly and always helpful with anything and everything. Great horses that are VERY WELL taken care of. Wranglers are the best ! All of them are there to help you. You don't like something, they will fix it. Views awesome ! Stars and Milky way are so brilliant at night. Robert is also very kind when your abilities are zero on the bull riding. Thank you Robert and Staff for such a satisfying and perfect vacation!
Written August 31, 2021
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Jim Ed
Hart, MI93 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Spent a Sept Adult only week with good friends who had been to majestic before. I trusted their recommendation and they were spot on. We are horse owners and ride a lot, and everything about the horse program was great, topped off by some incredible Colorado scenery. Our fellow guests were all a hoot, and the accommodations are great. Meals were worth the trip alone! And owner Robert is a knucklehead!
Written February 12, 2020
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BrenkJ
Dallas, TX9 contributions
Aug 2011
We visited the Majestic Dude Ranch for a week in late July - early August 2011. We had a blast and would definitely go back. Here are our thoughts on the ranch.

The cabins are comfortable but not swanky. If you're looking for Ritz-type accommodations (marble counters, 5 million thread-count sheets, etc.), this may not be the place for you. They're plenty spacious (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) and we found our cabin to be just fine.

The food is basic, but very good - and there's lots of it. Breakfast is phenomenal each morning. We really liked the community seating; it helps you get to know other families.

The activities are just the right combination of scheduled, but not too rigid. There is always something to do (usually several things), but you can also just hang out if you'd like. They will also try to honor special requests for other activities if you ask.

The horse program was really great. We're not big horse people, so we didn't plan on riding a whole lot, but the high quality of the horses, and the jaw-dropping beauty of the trails, made it a really special experience. We wound up riding every day of the trip, for between 3 and 6 hours a day, and loved it.

The staff was really, really great. The one reviewer who complained about the staff is way off-base. From the moment we got there, everyone on the staff treated us like family. They were great during all the official ranch activities, like trail rides, river rafting, etc., but they were also "on" 24 hours a day. I walked into the main house at 8:30 one morning and saw a ranch hand teaching one of the visiting kids a song on the piano. A couple days later, at 9:00 at night, another ranch hand was playing Monopoly with some other visiting kids. I honestly don't know how they managed to keep in such good spirits all the time. They really made the trip special.

Bottom line: A trip to the Majestic Dude Ranch is like a week-long visit to your favorite uncle's really awesome ranch. Nothing real fancy, but lots of fun and very welcoming. On departure day, most of the families tend to leave around the same time. No one wanted to leave and there were even some tears from some of the younger visitors (and a couple of the adults too). It's hard to think of a better endorsement of a place than the fact that no one wanted to leave it.
Written September 2, 2011
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Sue H
Allen, TX50 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
There was never a dull or unoccupied minute on this wonderful vacation, except when I chose to be idle. The activities were plentiful and varied, but the atmosphere of the Ranch was relaxed, and focused on accommodating the client.

Robert was like an old family friend, making sure his guests were having a good time. Friendly and supportive, he went out of his way to accommodate every reasonable wish and ensuring that everyone was enjoying himself--even getting up a the crack of dawn so a guest could have a final ride before flying out a 7 AM or giving private riding lessons to those that were horse wary. He even brought me a blanket when he noticed I was cold at the outdoor movie. His staff follows his lead; they were all just wonderful and attentive to detail.

The cabins and rooms are extremely nice, each with a Tempur-Pedic bed and a stocked refrigerator (which was included in the price). There is wi-fi, but no tv....but why would you want to stay in your cabin and watch the tube with so much to do and in such beautiful country!

The lodge is open 24/7 with free homemade cookies, milk and coffee at anytime...and I confess, I did have some midnight snacks... The food was delicious and plentiful;everything is made from scratch. No processed or prepackaged food here. It is fortunate that I stayed so active or I would have surely gained weight.

If you ever wanted to do a dude ranch, this is the place to come. As I said, the multitude of activities beyond horseback riding was astonishing, and yet there was no pressure to do anything. If you want to chill, then just sit back on the porch in your rocker and chill. But if you want to pen cattle, gallop through the pines, fish or mountain bike, your wish is but a request away. And, BTW, there is a professional mountain biker on staff to lead rides at the nearby famous Phil's World and support those that want to mountain bike. (The bikes are higher end bikes--this is serious biking, just not clunkers to pedal around on. Don't be intimidated, though, this is the perfect place to learn to ride or perfect your technique. Nick was very knowledgeable and supportive)

After a fun-filled, busy day, I slept like a baby and felt like a kid again. I haven't been this carefree in a long time.

(BTW--the horses were excellent--no nags here)
Written September 20, 2011
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MICHLYNPP
Dallas, TX14 contributions
Jul 2011 • Solo
I'm writing this review a little late, but better late than never! I stayed at the Majestic for six nights in July. It was my first vacation solo and I was a little nervous about it. It turned out to be the best week ever! Loved the staff, the scenery, the food, and the other guests were fantastic. The owner was very hands-on and involved in the day to day events, which was very refreshing. The activities involved horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking, a little hiking, fly fishing, and eating lots and lots of good food! There were nightly events such as kickball, softball, dodge ball and movie night under the stars. My horse for the week was Gussy and she was a sweetheart. There was a little "petting zoo" area with goats, bunny's, donkeys and miniature horses to pet and say hi to. The room I stayed in was the "Kelly" room which had been completely remodeled and it was beautiful. If you love the outdoors, don't hesitate, book now!! I am hoping to return next summer!
Written September 23, 2011
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DudeRanchVisitor
Denver, CO2 contributions
Jun 2011
My family and I were really excited about going on our vacation at Majestic Dude Ranch. When we arrived on the first day, they decided to skip the scheduled activity because there was only one other family at the ranch. I was a little irritated as we paid A LOT of money for the experience and felt like I was being a little taken advantage of, but got over it quickly. We soon met all of the staff, and by Wednesday one thing was very apparent. The staff at the dude ranch are very close, and tend to all hang out together in a way that makes the guests watch them have fun while we feel left out. For example, on Tuesday we went for a "cookout" with all the guests and staff. The staff made quite a show of having the most wonderful time, playing loudly with each other, and trying to throw each other in the water. The guests all sat around quietly, feeling extremely awkward. my strongest recommendation would be for no teenagers. My two girls and the other family that had teenagers all felt very left out watching all of the staff their age having a blast while they had to sit and watch. I truly think that you could find a much better experience someplace else for the money. On the good side, the food was surprisingly wonderful. I give it a definite A+. All in all, it's a beautiful place, but the ridiculous price (we paid four thousand for four people for three nights, which only included two days of any sort of activity) and the way the staff makes you feel left out may make you want to look elsewhere.
Written July 5, 2011
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We have yet to charge a single family of four $4000.00 for a three night stay - wonder if you're mistaking us for another ranch. In addition, you mentioned we canceled an activity because you were one of two families at the ranch. This has never happened since we have consistently hosted between 13 - 17 families at the ranch each week. In addition, our staff goes out of their way to take guests on mountain bike, horseback, kayak and guided fishing trips - even for one person. Our staff does get along very well with each other - that's one of the main reasons we've had so many positive reviews in the past. However, they are significantly older than you suggested (average age 28), put the guests needs above their own and have always acted in a positive and professional manner. Thank you for the terrific comments about our food and beautiful ranch - everyone who has stayed at the ranch so far this season has raved about their stay.
Written July 22, 2011
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