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“As near to 'authentic' as one may get”

Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours
Ranked #4 of 69 things to do in Golden
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage ~ Buffalo Tours. A working Buffalo & Guest Ranch. We offer educational buffalo tours daily May thru September (10 a.m to 1 p.m. Alberta Time ) and year round accommodations in our fully furnished guest cottage and our peaceful cabin by the creek,, Wagon in the Woods and Buffalero's Bunkhouse in the Barn. Make yourself at home, see buffalo in their natural social order, learn about them first hand, wander the ranch and our pristine river frontage on the beautiful Blaeberry River, and come Dog Sledding with us starting Winter 2018 !!
Reviewed September 24, 2012

On a hot September afternoon, we visited the Ranch and spent a hour or so learning what a person may achieve by determination and love for a herd of untamed 'buffalo' or bison. Leo, whose unaffected way of communicating his experience to us was immediately attractive, gave us some background information about the ranch and how he came to create and maintain it.
The bison were keeping cool in woodland so Leo called to them. The females responded quickly and came - first one, then several - to sample the oats he threw on the ground as a treat. The senior male, now pretty old, decided to keep well back, but we could see he was still quite a lot larger than the young males and mature females. One of these came really close to our quiet group of adults, separated from them by a strong wire fence. It was useful to know that buffalo can outrun many animals, including man, and Leo told us of several 'dashes for the fence' that he'd been forced to make after displeasing one or other of the buffalo.
We were told about the problems of keeping such wild creatures in a partially tamed landscape, and were shown the fresh spoor of what Leo recognised as a mountain lion /cougar. He pointed out to us marks on the back of one of the females made by claws. He told us that he had no intention of guarding his animals, but would need to be watchful in the following days in case the big cat returned so that the authorities could be alerted - young children of neighbours could be at risk.
Yes, the animals were captive and yes, their grass had to be supplemented during the hot, dry early autumn, but the peace of the place and the pleasure of being there at the foot of the mountains, with Leo leading our interest clearly and fully and answering our questions, made us realise how fortunate we were to be there then. It may be artificial, but it's the better way of 'keeping' nature available to be observed. A real treat.
Also suitable for quiet children.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Leo was an excellent tour guide. He is very informative and extremely passionate about the animals. Loved the artifacts he was able to show us. Well worth the money.

1  Thank Bev L
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

This is such a cool place. The buffalo ranch is a working farm and the herd is beautiful. It is an excellent spot for taking photos, and there is an elevated viewing platform so I could get close. The owner-guide gives an excellent tour. He obviously cares a lot about buffalo. Stop here on your visit to Golden.

1  Thank Sister_Amy
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The guides tour was Great and informative and the mountain backdropps where awsome. Just the way you would expect it to be. Thanks for the tour Leo!

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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile
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